Tukatech to Showcase Next Generation of 3D Solutions at PI Apparel, Berlin

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Tukatech’s virtual sample-making software, TUKA3D, is a solution catered to the fit-conscious fashion product developers. “It’s important for a 3D system to help designers use their creativity with design, embellishments, style lines to make a unique looking product but NOTHING SELLS UNLESS IT FITS”, comments Ram Sareen, Founder and CEO of Tukatech. “Brands and retailers who have begun implementing 3D have been stuck using it only in the design stage; they can’t use it for fitting, which ends up wasting time and resources, because they still need to see the fit samples in real life.”

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Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM® Cloud Chosen to Help Alsico Embrace Digital Transformation

Implementation of YuniquePLM Cloud is Latest Addition to Alsico’s Digital Workflow

TOLLAND, CONN., USA, OCT 12, 2017 – Optimization of workflows, greater efficiency and insight into processes are essential ingredients to drive the speed, quality and agility needed for success in the clothing industry. For Alsico, this means outfitting the workforce with clothing that is functional, comfortable and safe, with the right fit and at the right price. They recently added YuniquePLM Cloud to their host of Gerber’s Digital Solutions enabling them to pass data between systems and move from concept to production with greater efficiency.

Alsico is a specialist in work wear with more than 80 years experience producing quality clothing with anexcellent finish in an environmentally conscious manner, enforcing sustainability and basic corporate responsibility. Alsico styles and creates the clothing design as well as produces it in their production workshops. They focus on customer service and quality and is ISO 9001 certified. In addition to work wear, they also produce high technology reusable cleanroom and clean area garments. The Alsico group has 7,000 employees and has a consolidated turnover of +200 million Euro.

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Sometimes its the forest that makes the tree - its called 'networking'

WAY back in 2008, Fortune published this article which applies to you this very minute:

Be A Better Networker

In this troubled economy, finding your next job (or not) may depend on your having a strong circle of people you can call on, and who know they can call on you.

NEW YORK (Fortune) -- You've heard or read it a thousand times (including in this very space): To supercharge your career, particularly when times get tough, you need a big, strong network of professional contacts -- people you can call on, and who know they can call on you, for advice, information, referrals, and introductions.

But many smart professionals are flummoxed when it comes to figuring out exactly how to get such a network started, and how to make their network grow and flourish.

"Networking is one of those things that some people naturally 'get' and others don't," says Ivan R. Misner, founder and CEO of BNI (www.bni.com), a worldwide networking organization with more than 110,000 members in 39 countries. "One metaphor I like is that most people treat networking like hunting - they're out there trying to bag the big one - but it's really a lot more like farming. You have to cultivate relationships over time."
You won't learn how in college, or even in B-school, Misner notes: "Most professors have never run a business, or had to figure out how to rise through the ranks in a big company, so they really don't understand how critical it is."

A survey of 2,200 BNI members found that 87% never had a college course that even mentioned networking - "and we're not talking about entire courses on the subject, which are rarer than unicorns, but any course that even briefly brushed on the subject," Misner says. "Yet, in another of our surveys, of more than 3,800 businesspeople worldwide, 73% said they get most of their business through networking."








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Crowley Delivers Around-the-Clock Response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Monday, October 9th 2017 --  With employees working around the clock and its vessels calling the Port of San Juan almost daily, Crowley Maritime Corp. said today it will have offloaded by the end of this week more than 6,500 loads of FEMA and commercial cargo from 20 vessels since Hurricane Maria struck the island in late September. And the company projects another 9 vessels, carrying between 2,500 and 3,000 loads, will arrive in Puerto Rico next week.

"I am very grateful for the extraordinary work of our teams in San Juan, Jacksonville and in other parts of the country," said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO. "Many of these employees – as well as response professionals at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other government agencies – are military service veterans who learned disaster response logistics in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other tough environments. Many of our employees have friends and family directly affected by the disaster. Their tireless commitment and focus on getting results is truly impressive and deserves our respect and appreciation."

Noting the island will have needs extending beyond response activities, Crowley said, "While emergency response work continues, it is not too soon to begin focusing on how Puerto Rico's needs can be met over the longer term. We look forward to working as a coalition with government and business to help Puerto Rico rebuild and come back stronger than ever."

Much of Crowley's hurricane relief effort is being directed by its logistics division, which has a dedicated team providing drayage, direct deliveries, deconsolidation, inventory control, and final mile deliveries in Puerto Rico, along with a team on the U.S. mainland coordinating trucking, cross docking, and cargo deliveries to the ports for ocean transport.

"With our logistics operation, we are storing goods at our Guaynabo distribution center and releasing products once they are needed, said Ayesha Diaz, general manager of Crowley's logistics operation in San Juan. "We have also been supporting airport operations providing forklift equipment and operators to expedite the handling of air freight."

Crowley's logistics group now has more than 375 trucks being used for distribution activities on the island, and the team is supporting FEMA with regional distribution capabilities in Ceiba, Aguadilla, and the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

"I am very pleased and appreciative of the efforts our truck drivers have made to speed relief cargo to those in need," said Frank Larkin, senior vice president and general manager, logistics and commercial services. "We were the only logistics provider that had truck power – albeit limited at the time – available as soon as the U.S. Coast Guard reopened the port in San Juan. The port was reopened at 8 a.m. on Sept. 23, the first Crowley vessel was in discharging cargo at 10 a.m., and many of our truckers were right there to deliver relief cargo to FEMA's distribution center when no other trucking or logistics company was providing transportation services on the island."

As featured in a new video detailing the operations out of Jacksonville​, a steady stream of vessels – almost one per day – is providing the island with a pipeline of food, water, fuel, building materials, machinery, equipment and much more.

"Crowley's vessel calls and loads carried since the onset of the storm is more than double our normal weekly volume," said Crowley's John Hourihan Jr., senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services. "Most of the additional cargo consists of water, ready-to-eat meals and other relief supplies, as well as utility trucks, fuel trucks, and many other types of rolling equipment on behalf of FEMA."

"We have responded to immediate and projected longer-term needs on the island by adding six vessels to our fleet to ensure there is plenty of cargo carrying capacity between the mainland and Puerto Rico," Hourihan said.

Meanwhile, commercial cargo operations are beginning to come back on line as customers reopen stores and begin to restock shelves.
"When you consider that many people lost everything in the storm, all cargo is relief cargo, whether it comes from FEMA, a retail store or a grocery," said Jose "Pache" Ayala, vice president, Puerto Rico services. "That's why the recovery of our commercial customers is so important."

Congestion on Crowley's Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan continues to be a challenge, though improvement has been realized. The pace of loads being dispatched from the terminal and trucked out to locations on the island has gradually improved to near the normal rate of 400 to 500 loads per day. While this has helped clear some of the backlog, the additional volumes brought into the port have kept the total loads awaiting dispatch at more than twice the normal amount.

Industrias MyR in a hurry to support business growth and best in class performance with parallel implementation of Evolve of Fast React and upgrade of ERP

Since its foundation in 1996, Industrias MyR has developed a reputation as a reliable, trusted supplier to leading global sports apparel brands including Puma, adidas and Charly. Recognised as a trusted supplier that is able to deliver at high speed to market, MyR was acknowledged by Puma in 2016 for the development and production of the soccer kit for the Mexican Club, Chivas.

In recent years, MyR has diversified its product lines to include a wide range of apparel and accessories for the military and police forces. The company has two facilities in Guanajuato, Mexico: a cutting and embellishment facility with state of the art cutting and sublimation equipment and a sewing facility with 1,800 operators. MyR is currently making a major investment in a fabric mill to offer vertical integration to its customers, and the opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce lead times, as well as investing in doubling the capacity in sublimation, sewing, finishing and warehousing.

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The Supply Chain of the Western Hemisphere is Known.......and it is Organized

While preparing slides for our Dallas Regional Conference next week, we went over mountains of data we maintain here. The core data is, of course, our membership.

We have over 160 dues-paying members and another 31 from the industry (magazines, trade shows, universities, associations, government, etc).

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Gerber’s AutoMatch™ for Apparel Reduces Labor by 50% and Increases Throughput

Debuting at CISMA, Fully Automated Solution Boosts Apparel Pattern-Continuity with Precision


TOLLAND, CONN., USA, SEPT. 26, 2017 – Consumers are becoming more aware about the quality of their clothing purchases – holding brands and manufacturers to quality standards all while demanding new styles with every new trend. “We have taken our research and learning from our AutoMatch for furniture and applied it to the apparel market,” said Tom Gordan, director, product management, Gerber Technology.

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Byer California Transforms Design Productivity with NGC’s PLM Solution

NGC’s PLM improves workflow and standardizes product development at Byer California

MIAMI—Sept. 25, 2017— NGC Software, a leading provider of cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications, today announced that Byer California, the creators of on-trend, affordable clothes for young women, has implemented NGC’s PLM. Byer California has improved workflow and standardized product development with NGC’s solution, providing complete visibility and control from concept to delivery.

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9 Big FAT Garment Lies

In 2007, we hosted our last of 5 AAPN CAFTA SUMMIT conferences. Barbara Zeins, who serves on our Board and is President of Gerson & Gerson in New York, was on the agenda. She gave the following talk. I am afraid I have lost the original, therefore some of the notes are mine, not hers. Nonetheless, she blew the top out of the assumptions so many make about sourcing.

You see, Barbara imports massive numbers of designer little girls dresses. (see for yourself by clicking here) She works with hundreds of retailers. More than almost anyone we have ever met, she exercises true Full Value Costing. She is one of the brightest and most practically academic minds in the industry so it occured to me this morning to share the following with you. HAVE a great weekend!

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EDITORIAL: WHAT WE NEED IS THE SPLIT-SECOND DECISION

Exchange from the TV show LAW & ORDER, by Detective Lennie Briscoe:
Lab technician (trying to establish the age of a skeleton): "Once we get the chemical analysis, we can narrow it down."
Lennie: "Great. When you get an answer, give me a call at the retirement home."

It made me think of the micro-factory we profiled for AAPN member Next Wave last week. Anyone can analyze then buy one, but how long does it take to learn the operations of apparel production needed to maximize the investment?

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American Apparel Founder Dov Charney Chooses Tukatech For New Company - Los Angeles Apparel

Dov Charney continues his adventure in Los Angeles introducing Tukatech’s new technologies, and renewing his commitment to produce apparel, locally with his new company, Los Angeles Apparel.
 

In 2016, Charney’s second wind came to life by introducing Los Angeles Apparel to wholesalers in the fashion world. While ensuring his commitment to quality apparel, and providing a living wage to local workers, he continues his quest in designing and developing trendy clothing with a business model unlike other apparel companies. By creating so-called “chaos,” Los Angeles Apparel continues to challenge the norm in all parts of the process and raises the bar with quicker manufacturing turn-around, less material waste, using textiles and yarns all made in the USA, and all their garment pattern making, grading and cut and sew are done under one roof.

“I know Tukatech, they helped me set up a state of the art design and production systems with Tukacad, Tuka 3D for virtual samples, automatic fabric spreaders, automatic cutters for production, Smartmark that saves me time and fabric, even a laser cutter for my development. Without these affordable systems, making in LA will be just a dream. Thank you Tukatech for being with me again,” commented Dov Charney.

“While designing the game plan for the new operation, Dov and I sat down and worked a plan to automate every possible step, I love his energy and his passion, adding his knowledge of yarns to fabrics to products to fit is absolutely a unique formula for success,” says Ram Sareen, CEO and Founder of Tukatech. “Two disruptive companies working together again to cause chaos and shake up the market, seems so much more charming the second time around,” added Ram Sareen.

Veteran Brand Executive Brings Fresh Insights and Strategies to Apparel and Fashion

Former Coville executive Kevin Williams has launched EPIC Brand Management Group to help apparel and related companies better understand where and how to position their brands for greater success.

Winston-Salem, NC – September 18, 2017 – Focused on building brands and growing businesses, EPIC Brand Management Group, LLC leverages a wide range of brand management and digital marketing experience to deliver fresh insights, winning strategies, and results-driven services for apparel and other fashion-related brands and supply chains. 23-year industry veteran Kevin R. Williams founded and leads the new firm as President and CEO.

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Repreve featured on Fox's Xploration Earth

Unifi, Inc.’s REPREVE® Recycled Fiber Featured on Xploration Earth 2050 TV Show

What: The process of creating REPREVE, a leading recycled fiber made from plastic bottles by textile manufacturer Unifi, Inc., will be featured on national TV show Xploration Earth 2050.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: Xploration Earth 2050 TV show on FOX Channel (WGHP-TV in the Triad)

Details: Xploration Earth 2050 looks at advancements in science, technology, engineering and math to see where that might lead us and what the world might look like in the year 2050.

LECTRA AWARDED ‘SHOWCASE FOR THE INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE’ LABEL

Paris, September 14, 2017 – The Industry of the Future Alliance (AIF) has awarded Lectra with their ‘Showcase for the Industry of the Future’ label for demonstrating the criteria exemplarity, innovation and commitment. This certification is given to companies who have concretely developed a ground-breaking project to organize their production by leveraging the potential of digital.

The AIF bestowed Lectra with this distinction for its competitiveness concerning cost, quality and delivery times, all obtained thanks to a lean approach and reflection around the design of its products. Further, Lectra received the certification for its competitiveness regarding value, achieved thanks to mastering customer use from which new associated services have flowed.

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Denver Broncos Join REPREVE® Ultimate Sports Fan Experience

Sweepstakes offers sports buffs once-in-a-lifetime opportunities with the franchise

DENVER – Sept. 11, 2017 – The Denver Broncos have teamed up with Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) to become part of the Company’s REPREVE® Ultimate Sports Fan Experience, which kicked off in February with seven professional sports teams in the NBA and NHL. Unifi is the creator of REPREVE, a recycled fiber made from plastic bottles that offers an earth-friendly solution to brands and consumers who want to become more environmentally responsible.

“We are proud to be a part of the REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience this season and happy to be able to provide our fans with a cool experience inside the Broncos stadium,” said Darren O’Donnell, vice president of business development for the Denver Broncos.

Now expanding to the NFL, the REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience is a sweepstakes that highlights how fans can be a catalyst for environmental change and features once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The lucky Denver Broncos winner will receive a set of prizes for him/herself and three guests, including pre-game field passes, tickets to the Bud Light Champions Club, access to the Broncos’ special halftime chalk talk, a visit to the post-game conference, complimentary gourmet food and beverages, VIP parking, a team merchandise pack, and the opportunity to mingle with Broncos cheerleaders and Broncos alumni.

“We are elated that the Denver Broncos can participate for the first year ever in this Ultimate Sports Fan Experience,” added Jessica Geymayr, partnership activation coordinator for the Denver Broncos. “REPREVE has been a great partner and this is an awesome way to reward our fans with a unique VIP experience inside our doors.”

The REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience is part of Unifi’s national REPREVE mobile tour, in which the Company travels the nation with a custom-designed, interactive trailer to educate the public about the importance of recycling and showcase the high-quality REPREVE-based products that can be made when fans recycle their water bottles. Unifi’s REPREVE fiber is used by many of the world’s most influential brands in the auto, fashion and home industries, including Ford, New Era and Pottery Barn.

“Only 31 percent of plastic bottles are recycled in the United States, which is a statistic Unifi is working diligently to change,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand/Premium Value-Added (PVA) sales for Unifi. “Through the REPREVE Ultimate Sports Fan Experience and the mobile tour, we aim to rally people’s passion for sports and help expand that passion to taking better care of our environment. Because so many performance sports brands use REPREVE in their products, it’s a great opportunity to connect fans with environmentally responsible practices and top-quality merchandise, as well as show them that they can make a positive impact on our environment just from buying recycled products.”

The sweepstakes entry period will last for approximately one month, starting today, Sept. 11, and closing on Oct. 15. Fans can enter online by visiting repreve.com/broncos.

Haggar Creates Iconic Orange Jacket for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 2016 Receives First Naismith Orange Jackets During Enshrinement Event

DALLAS, Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Haggar Clothing Co. and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled today a new signature jacket for inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Made with Naismith Orange wool inspired by the basketball, the jacket replaces the black jacket of years past and reflects a number of enhancements to better represent excellence and achievement in the sport.

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A&E strategically aligns with CGS to improve productivity through technology

Sri Lanka and New York, NY  – A&E, a global leader in premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, announced this month its strategic alliance with CGS, a provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, to improve productivity, quality and employee motivation within manufacturing operations. A&E has long been committed to assisting with the challenges global apparel manufacturers face each day and is proud to be a part of a collaborative effort with CGS that addresses these challenges.

The alliance was announced earlier this month at a special networking event in Colombo, Sri Lanka, attended by; manufacturing industry leaders; Paul Magel, President, Business Applications and Technology Outsourcing division at CGS; A&E CEO, Les Miller; along with many officials and stakeholders of A&E Lanka, a fully owned A&E subsidiary.

Many sewn products manufacturers today are challenged to improve productivity and efficiency in order to reduce throughput time and production costs and at the same time to also improve quality and reduce work in process inventory levels. CGS’s BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control provides powerful tools that automate the collection and reporting of production, enabling real-time shop floor visibility and control, improving factory operations and productivity while reducing costs.

Since its first real-time installation in 1984, hundreds of thousands of BlueCherry Shop Floor Control terminals have been installed, enabling apparel companies to achieve a return on investment (ROI) in just 6-12 months.

“Sri Lanka’s apparel manufacturing facilities are among the most sophisticated in the world,” said Miller. “These world-class operators have the ability to further enhance production efficiency through the use of A&E’s premium sewing thread and CGS’s real-time technology in BlueCherry® Shop Floor Control.”

Magel added, “We are delighted A&E is committed to the marketplace in the advancement of improved manufacturing operations and productivity. CGS is looking forward to building a strong relationship with A&E in the Sri Lanka market.”

NGC Software Receives Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “SDCE 100” Award for Top Supply Chain Projects in 2017 NGC is recognized as a winner for seventh consecutive year

MIAMI— Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a leading publication focusing on supply and demand chain transformation, has selected NGC Software, a leading provider of cloud-based Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions, as a recipient of the SDCE 100 Award for 2017. NGC received the prestigious award for the seventh consecutive year, demonstrating the company’s consistent commitment to supply chain excellence.

The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve supply chain excellence and prepare their supply chains for success.

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North Carolina Zoo Awards Unifi, Inc. 2017 Paw of Approval for Earth-Friendly Commitment

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – August 22, 2017 – The North Carolina Zoo has awarded Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) its 2017 Paw of Approval, which highlights the Company’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing. Unifi is the manufacturer of a family of fibers called REPREVE®, which are made from recycled materials, including plastic bottles.

“We are honored to be recognized as good stewards of the environment throughout the Triad and beyond,” said Tom Caudle, president of Unifi. “At Unifi, environmental responsibility is more than just something we do. It is a major part of our culture, and we continually seek out ways to enhance our earth-friendly efforts.”

Inspired by the Polar Bears International organization, polar bear keepers at the North Carolina Zoo launched the Paw of Approval award in 2011 as a way to highlight and reward the Triad’s most earth-friendly businesses. Companies are nominated by zookeepers and then voted on by Zoo guests in order to select the winner.

North Carolina Zoo polar bear keeper, Nicole Pepo, remarked, "as an Arctic Ambassador Center, it's our great pleasure to celebrate local businesses for their leadership and for their commitment to helping us tackle climate change at a community level."

Since the introduction of REPREVE, Unifi has transformed more than five billion recycled plastic bottles into fiber for REPREVE-based products. Production of REPREVE conserves resources by offsetting the need to use newly refined crude oil, which is required in the production of virgin synthetic fibers. REPREVE production also uses less energy and water, and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, compared to making virgin fibers. In addition to producing REPREVE fibers, Unifi also bolsters its commitment to sustainability through several other initiatives.

  • Last year, Unifi opened its REPREVE Bottle Processing Center in Reidsville, North Carolina, where Unifi cleans and chops recycled plastic bottles into small pieces called flake, which can then be transformed into REPREVE fiber or chip for other products that can be made from recycled plastic, such as food-grade packaging, high-performance clothing, shoes and more.
  • Unifi drives change through a multi-stop, national mobile tour that travels the country educating individuals on the importance of recycling and what can be made from plastic bottles.
  • Unifi installed a one MegaWatt solar farm in Yadkinville, North Carolina, which allows Unifi to harness natural power to generate energy.

FINCH Designs, Made With REPREVE®, Awarded Seal of Approval by Project JUST

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – August 14, 2017 – FINCH Designs, a swimwear brand using REPREVE® recycled fiber in its products, is a new recipient of the Project JUST Seal of Approval. FINCH Designs is the first-ever China-based brand to receive the distinction, which is based upon the company’s commitment to transparency and building a sustainable supply chain. FINCH Designs is one of only three brands to win the Seal of Approval in the swimwear category, out of more than 115 nominations.

A significant player in FINCH Designs’ supply chain is Unifi Manufacturing, Inc., a company that transforms recycled plastic bottles into a fiber called REPREVE. REPREVE is traceable and certified through Unifi’s proprietary U TRUST™ verification program. U TRUST is a comprehensive certification program that is designed to provide REPREVE customers with an increased level of transparency. As part of the U TRUST program, Unifi incorporates FIBERPRINT™ technology, a unique tool that allows a third party to analyze fabrics for the FIBERPRINT signature, which Unifi then uses to certify the level of REPREVE content.

Project JUST’s Seal of Approval is based upon extensive research into the brand’s environmental and social practices. In addition, Project JUST considers availability, accessibility (size and price), quality and aesthetic.

“FINCH identifies with the slow-fashion movement and repeats 85 percent of its prints and styles year after year to encourage timeless, responsible purchasing. We design all of our signature prints in-house, and work only with manufacturing partners that share our core values of social and environmentally responsible production,” said Itee Soni, FINCH co-founder.

Since launching swimwear made from REPREVE fiber in 2013, FINCH has rapidly established partnerships with some of the most luxurious names in travel, including Six Senses, W Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Park Hyatt and Naked eco-resorts.

“When we began, we were looking for a supplier that understood our mandate of providing a transparent supply chain to our customers,” added Heather Kaye, FINCH co-founder. “We found that commitment in our collaboration with Unifi; and through the use of REPREVE, they were able to help us create a high-quality product for the good of our consumers and the environment.”

Having launched men’s and boys’ REPREVE recycled swim trunks in addition to the women’s and girls’ categories, FINCH is essentially a one-stop shop for eco-swimwear. In addition to being environmentally responsible and stylish, FINCH swimwear is also high-performing, as each item offers protection from the sun with a UPF rating of at least 50.

“We’re proud to support FINCH as they receive this well-deserved distinction from Project JUST,” said Jay Hertwig, vice president of global brand/Premium Value-Added (PVA) sales for Unifi. “FINCH creates swimwear for the whole family that is fashionable, functional and earth-friendly.”