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A doctor checks the conditions of a patient in Jinyintan Hospital, designated for critical COVID-19 patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China on Thursday reported 254 new deaths and a spike in virus cases of 15,152, after the hardest-hit province of Hubei applied a new classification system that broadens the scope of diagnoses for the outbreak, which has spread to more than 20 countries. (Chinatopix Via AP)

Outbreak and uncertainty; virus challenges global companies

Feb. 13, 2020 1:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The economic toll of China's viral outbreak continues to mount for corporations based in and outside of the country as factories are shuttered and consumer behavior is altered measurably. On Thursday Alibaba, the first major Chinese company to report quarterly earnings since the emergence...

In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 photo, Indian laborers sit near burnt remains after a fire broke out at Nandan Denim, one of the largest denim suppliers in the world, in Ahmedabad, India. At least seven people died in the blaze that swept the factory that has ties to major U.S. retailers, according to its website. Some of the U.S. and multinational companies listed on the website said they were not actually customers, and many issued statements that strongly condemned dangerous work sites. (AP Photo)

Burned India denim factory had single door reached by ladder

Feb. 12, 2020 9:27 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Shouting and crying, workers in an Indian denim factory struggled to claw their way up a ladder to a door, their only exit as a fire blazed through fabric and machinery, officials said. Seven people died in the weekend blaze, and families were still waiting Wednesday to recover their...

St. Louis nonprofit's sewing classes helping local designers

Feb. 7, 2020 1:02 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The creative side of designer Courtney Tharpe’s soon-to-launch clothing line was humming along last year when she was stymied by practical considerations. She needed fabric, patterns and, most importantly, sewers. In six months, she had scouted companies from Los Angeles to New...

Geoff Werner, owner of Arctica, gestures at his ski wear warehouse in Mount Horeb, Wis., Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Ski wear company Arctica grows SW Wisconsin garment district

Feb. 1, 2020 1:05 AM EST

MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) — Geoff Werner’s passion for skiing and his career in outdoor apparel intersected about 10 years ago in his Shorewood Hills garage. That’s where he began to fill a niche with Arctica, an online store he founded that sold jackets and pants directly to ski racing...

FILE - In this April 19, 2018 photo, Bangladeshis work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. A group set up by European clothing brands that has monitored factory safety in Bangladesh for years plans to leave, with its duties being assumed by a local group including unions and industry figures in the world's second-largest garment manufacturer. The European group and a separate North American group were formed after the collapse of Rana Plaza, a building housing five garment factories that made clothing for international brands. The departure, which officials said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019, was planned for May, follows a protracted tussle with garment manufacturers who wanted Bangladesh's government to form a local watch group to monitor the sector. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

European clothing brand group for safety leaving Bangladesh

Jan. 16, 2020 3:36 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A group set up by European clothing brands that has monitored factory safety in Bangladesh for years plans to leave, with its duties being assumed by a local group including unions and industry figures in the world's second-largest garment manufacturer. The European group and a...

Families of 2 Seattle crane collapse victims sue companies

Jan. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Family members of two of the four people killed in the April crane collapse site have filed wrongful death suits against companies involved in crane operations at the South Lake Union construction site. Gusting winds knocked the crane over April 27, after workers prematurely removed pins...

FILE - This April 10, 2012 file photo shows the production department at fashion giant Inditex's headquarters where Zara fashion garments are designed in La Coruna, Spain. Inditex, the retail giant that owns Zara, H&M and many other brands, announced a sustainability pledge in July, for example, saying it wants all its clothes to be made from sustainable or recycled fabrics by 2025.  (AP Photo/Jesus Sancho, File)

Sustainability in the fashion industry faces an uphill climb

Jan. 7, 2020 11:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Sustainability in fashion is a hot button topic, with retailers large and small racing to prove their green credentials, but the desire for new attire churns and the industry remains one of the world's largest polluters as climate activists and watchdogs sound alarms. The industry is the...

Delta workers sue manufacturer Lands' End over uniforms

Jan. 3, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of Delta Air Lines employees have filed a pair of class action lawsuits against Wisconsin-based clothing manufacturer Lands' End, claiming that uniforms they are required to wear are causing serious medical problems. The first lawsuit against the Atlanta-based airline was...

This combination of photos released by w.r.yuma shows Belgian designer Sebastiaan de Neubourg, left, and a collection of frames made from recycled materials. De Neubourg uses recycled plastic bottles, car dashboards and refrigerators for sunglasses for his brand, w.r.yuma.  (Christophe Morre/w.r.yuma via AP)

Innovative fashion designers lead the way on sustainability

Dec. 27, 2019 3:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Innovative fashion designers are turning to such things as horseradish and nettles to make sustainable clothing and accessories to the delight of a growing number of buyers. While more consumers are paying closer attention to how the production of goods impacts the environment, old habits...