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Timberland Steps Up Recycled Content in Footwear; Commits to Sustainability

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

Apparel and footwear brands spent Wednesday waving their eco-friendly flags and shared their environmental achievements with anyone who would listen. Timberland took it a step further. The VF Corp. unit released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) performance data, reporting its progress in pursuit of sustainability and highlighting a continued commitment to shrinking its ecological … [Read more...]

Moltin Wants to Make E-Commerce Easy

Posted on April 24, 2015 by

Ask any independent retailer who has tried to add an e-commerce feature, like a shopping cart or a checkout, to his website or mobile app and he’ll likely tell you it’s no easy feat. Whether he’s employed a web developer to custom-design his site or gone the DIY route with Shopify or Magento, bloated code bases and a lack of extensibility—not to mention demanding maintenance requirements—mean most … [Read more...]

Authentic Brands Acquires Jones New York; Taps Former LVMH Exec as Strategic Advisor

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

Jones New York is getting a new lease on life. Authentic Brands Group, LLC revealed Thursday that it’s adding the label to its stable of women’s brands and has tapped Mark Weber as strategic adviser. Weber most recently served as CEO of LVMH Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. The news follows the announcement in January that private equity firm Sycamore Partners, which acquired The Jones Group for … [Read more...]

From Digital to In-Store: Firing on All Cylinders to Serve Consumers

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

Although "clienteling" might have a number of definitions, and myriad paths to best achieve it, it really means connecting with customers so well on every channel that they want to keep coming back. It's not a new concept. But in the digital age when it's easier than ever to reach consumers, it's important to employ technology that engages the shopper and connects them with the brand, while … [Read more...]

New Technology Platform Automates Sale of Off-Price Apparel Inventory

Posted on April 22, 2015 by

The way brands and retailers buy and vend off-price apparel, footwear and accessories may have just gotten simpler with the intro of retail tech innovator Inturn’s newest software solution. With the B2B platform, brands and retailers can buy and sell excess inventory in a private marketplace with detailed product information, tailored transaction rules and analytics to evaluate the … [Read more...]

Adidas Attracts Outdoor Enthusiasts With PrimaLoft Partnership

Posted on April 22, 2015 by

It’s fair to say that in the outdoor apparel arena, the more labels a product has, the more likely a consumer is to reach for it. In the eyes of today’s tech-savvy outdoor enthusiasts, hang tags and performance-enhancing attributes go hand in hand, and anything that can potentially offer an edge when they’re hiking or biking will grab their attention—and possibly their purse strings. According … [Read more...]

Report: Apparel Brands and Retailers Keep their Heads in the Cloud

Posted on April 21, 2015 by

When e-commerce-averse labels like Chanel and Fendi finally caved and announced plans to start selling their goods online, other longtime luxury holdouts likely started plotting their own virtual invasions. And if that didn’t do the trick, an Exane BNP Paribas prediction that e-commerce could be “the next China” for high-end houses probably did: Who doesn’t like the idea of an added $43 billion in … [Read more...]

Update: Frederick’s of Hollywood Files for Bankruptcy, Shutters all Stores

Posted on April 21, 2015 by

Los Angeles-based Frederick’s of Hollywood has not fared well in its battle to compete with rival lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, and on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The retailer closed what was left of its brick-and-mortar locations last week in preparation for the bankruptcy filing and now has a $22.5 million buyout offer on the table from Authentic Brands Group, LLC. Under the … [Read more...]

A Dent in the Under Armour: Increased Activewear Competition

Posted on April 21, 2015 by

Athletic apparel and footwear company Under Armour (UA) announced first quarter results that met or exceeded Wall Street expectations. However, current year guidance was more tepid than analysts had hoped for, causing the stock to stumble in early morning trading. For the quarter ended March 31, net revenues increased 25 percent to $805 million from $642 million in the prior year period, … [Read more...]

American Apparel Sued by Laid-Off Workers

Posted on April 21, 2015 by

Three former American Apparel employees who were among the nearly 200 workers fired by the retailer earlier this month have filed a class action lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. According to Reuters, the laid-off workers are seeking about $1 million in damages for not receiving appropriate legal notice. The labor complaint filed on Apr. 16 accuses … [Read more...]