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Sourcing Q&A: Active Brands prAna and Cushe Talk Textiles, Certifications and Costs

With the rise of performance textiles, sourcing the best fabrics can take an activewear brand on a worldwide shopping spree. While design is important when creating a garment or shoe, so are other attributes like sustainability, technology, innovation and, of course, cost.

For Pam Theodosakis, founder of yoga, swim and climbing apparel brand prAna, manufacturing decisions revolve around conserving energy and water as well as closely monitoring chemical use. Much of the line is crafted with organic cotton, natural fibers and recycled materials.

Footwear brand Cushe is focused on comfort and unique details. By conforming to the foot’s natural shape, Cushe shoes provide protection and stability for the tired toes of surfers, skiers and BASE jumpers après-adventure.

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Sears, Kohl’s, Hanesbrands Honored by EPA for Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have honored 127 organizations for excellence in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The retail recipients for 2014 include Sears Holdings Corporation, Kohl’s Corporation and Hanesbrands Inc. Winners were selected from… Read More

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