VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel companies, has snapped Timberland up in a $2 billion deal, but what does it mean for sustainability? (GreenBiz)

Your “Made in Italy” garment may be made in China in everything but name, as Chinese sweatshops gain a foothold in the textile center of Prato in Tuscany. (NPR)

Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney says that fur is worn by beautiful animals and ugly people. (The Discerning Brute)

Ethical hat company Pachacuti wins the fashion and accessories category in the Observer Ethical Awards, closely followed by Christopher Raeburn and Veja. (Guardian)

A greener future? growing number of universities are dressing their grads in recycled-bottle gowns and handing them diplomas printed on recycled paper. (Los Angles Times)


“By partnering with VF, some of our choices will be better informed. They have a very large portfolio with a lot of smart eyes. Any environmental justice cowboy who thinks he can do it by himself is naïve and arrogant. We’ll get to hear ideas from the Vans people or the Reef people, some of which we’ll have already thought of and some of which we won’t have. Plus, we’ll have a huge opportunity to sell ideas into their network, get collaboration and then scale. Remember, the biggest user of organic cotton is Walmart, not Patagonia.”

—Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz, speaking to Fortune, on the future of the company.