This special Drapers supplement looks at the trends affecting the textiles industry in the year ahead.
It examines the digital revolution in the industry, which has allowed the UK to lead the way in both technology and the use of digital patterns for high-impact fashion. The supplement will also discuss the impact that the production of different fibres may have on the environment.
Despite ongoing economic pressures, UK consumers continue to favour products which are made by reputable manufacturers and are of high quality.
British shoppers are increasingly interested in the traceability of the products that they are buying and the journey these products have taken from field to store.
Therefore, a responsible supply chain is more important than ever for retailers and manufacturers.
Environmental impacts - ranging from materials and energy used to CO2 emissions and water use - are increasingly being measured by companies
that want to manage the effects of their operations, products and supply chains on the world in which we live.
As part of a joint initiative, the US and Australian cotton industries launched Cotton Leads, a programme that is committed to responsible cotton production. Cotton USA, the global brand of US cotton, is one of the supporting members of Cotton Leads, and our role is to educate and strengthenthe market for US cotton and US cotton products around the world.