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US apparel retailers' June 2015 retail roundup

An improving US labour market, rising consumer confidence and higher wages were not enough to spark a significant break-out in spending in J...

Can the Gap brand reclaim its iconic status?

The latest string of financial reports paint a very dull picture for the mid-market fashion industry in the US, writes Bernadette Kissane, a...

Can the Gap brand reclaim its iconic status?

Bernadette Kissane | 30 Jun 2015

The latest string of financial reports paint a very dull picture for the mid-market fashion industry in the US, writes Bernadette Kissane, apparel and footwear analyst at Euromonitor International. In particular, she asks, can the all-American Gap brand reclaim its iconic status?

Product 3.0 underpins Gap brand turnaround plans

Leonie Barrie | 18 Jun 2015

A new approach to product development – dubbed ‘Product 3.0’ – underpinned by a responsive and seamless supply chain, is at the heart of plans to turnaround the Gap brand.

When will Gap get back on track?

Leonie Barrie | 27 May 2015

While new Gap Inc CEO Art Peck has a laser focus on fixing the Gap brand’s woes, finding the right formula is proving elusive. Indeed, a turnaround is not now expected until mid-2016, with the spring season seen as a “no excuses moment.”

US apparel retailers' April 2015 retail roundup

Katie Smith | 12 May 2015

A shift in the timing of Easter, coupled with the lingering adverse effects of the West Coast port delays, as well as an economic soft patch in the first quarter, led to the majority of US apparel retailers recording comparable store sales declines in April.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Crystal CEO rises to the challenges

Leonie Barrie | 25 Sep 2014

Building the business for long-term growth, but also ensuring that the company has a strong local supply chain in place to deliver on its goals, are among the challenges faced by Andrew Lo, CEO of Hong Kong based Crystal Group, as he continues to build the capacity and competitiveness of one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers.

Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, TAL Apparel

Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 2011

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

Latest News

Gap sales continue to slide in June

Katie Smith | 10 Jul 2015

Weak sales at Gap Inc's namesake brand during the month of June are likely to lead to further discounting as the retailer tries to eliminate inventory build-up, analysts say.

Gap to close 175 stores and cut 250 jobs

Leonie Barrie | 16 Jun 2015

US clothing retailer Gap Inc is to shutter 175 of its namesake stores in the US and axe 250 head office jobs as it tries to increase profitability and speed decision-making at the struggling brand.

Gap brand hires to boost design and merchandising

Leonie Barrie | 15 Jun 2015

Retailer Gap Inc has hired two industry veterans, including the former chief merchandising officer at Uniqlo, as it works to improve the design and performance of its namesake brand.

Gap brand "still a drag" on sales performance

Katie Smith | 5 Jun 2015

Gap Inc’s namesake brand is “still a drag” on the US clothing giant’s overall performance, one analyst has said, after the label posted its 13th consecutive monthly decline in comparable store sales.

Gap’s woes “not so easy to fix”

Richard Woodard | 24 Apr 2015

Gap Inc is "not close" to finding the right formula to turn around its namesake brand’s fortunes in the US market, an analyst believes.

Analysts “encouraged” despite Gap brand sales slip

Katie Smith | 10 Apr 2015

Even though Gap Inc's namesake brand posted its 11th consecutive comparable store sales decline in March, one analyst is "encouraged" after the retail giant booked an overall increase during the month.

Gap names new design head amid mixed Q4

Katie Smith | 2 Mar 2015

Gap Inc has named a new head of design and product development for its namesake brand, after the unit continued to weigh on the company's sales during the fourth-quarter.

Need for change at Gap “evident”

Katie Smith | 11 Feb 2015

The need for change at Gap Inc's namesake brand is “evident”, one analyst has said, after the struggling label weighed on the retail giant's fourth-quarter and January sales performance.

Gap removes creative director Rebekka Bay

Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 2015

US retail giant Gap Inc has made a number of key leadership changes that it hopes will intensify the brand’s customer focus, but will see the removal of creative director role Rebekka Bay.

Gap to close Piperlime division

Michelle Russell | 26 Jan 2015

US clothing giant Gap is to close its Piperlime fashion brand in order to focus on its core portfolio.

Gap brand likely to face continued pressure

Katie Smith | 9 Jan 2015

Gap Inc will see its namesake brand continue to weigh on the retailer's results in the near term, analysts believe, after the US clothing giant saw December comparable store sales climb 1%.

Lacoste joins ban on angora

Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.

Gap to be "held back" by namesake brand

Katie Smith | 5 Dec 2014

Gap Inc's namesake brand will continue to weigh on the US clothing giant's performance during the holiday season, one analyst believes, despite it posting November comparable store sales growth.

Gap and Tau to accelerate supply chain innovations

Katie Smith | 4 Dec 2014

Tau Investment Management is partnering with clothing giant Gap Inc to promote "best-in-class" innovations and support the development of more sustainable, efficient and improved garment factories and mills across Southeast Asia.

Old Navy under fire over plus-size allegations

Michelle Russell | 27 Nov 2014

Gap's Old Navy has come under fire over allegations it charges extra for women's plus-size clothing, but not for men's.

Gap unveils management changes as Q3 profit rises

Katie Smith | 21 Nov 2014

US clothing giant Gap Inc has shaken up its management team by promoting two executives to lead its namesake and Banana Republic brands globally, after booking an increase in third-quarter net profit.

Marimekko Q3 "step in the right direction"

Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 2014

Finnish fashion and textile business Marimekko Group said its third-quarter was a "step in the right direction" after booking an increase in earnings and sales.

Digital change ahead in the retail C-suite

Leonie Barrie | 14 Nov 2014

Last month's leadership change at US retail giant Gap Inc was widely seen as indicative of the company's transition to a more digital focused business model - but is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg as more and more retailers line up CEOs who combine digital savvy with a global mindset.

Gap in third-quarter gross margin U-turn

Katie Smith | 7 Nov 2014

Apparel giant Gap Inc has done a U-turn on its third-quarter gross margin forecast, saying it is now likely to be better than previously expected.

Gap accelerates expansion in Greater China

Katie Smith | 6 Nov 2014

US retail giant Gap Inc is to accelerate growth plans for its namesake and Old Navy brands in Greater China, as it prepares to open its 100th Gap store in the market next month.

Monsoon Accessorize joins ban on angora

Katie Smith | 29 Oct 2014

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.

Crystal Group steps up effort in carbon monitoring

Leonie Barrie | 24 Oct 2014

Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal Group has stepped up its efforts to disclose greenhouse gas emissions by becoming one of just two unlisted companies taking part in a climate change questionnaire.

Latest blogs

Gap CEO switch a sign of transition

Leonie Barrie | 13 Oct 2014

If evidence is needed as to the new direction likely to be pursued by US retail giant Gap Inc, look no further than the company's new leadership change. It was revealed last week that CEO Glenn Murphy is to step down in February, making way for Art Peck, the head of Gap's digital division.

Responsible development a key requirement

Leonie Barrie | 9 Sep 2014

US retail giant Gap Inc has made no secret of the fact that it faced - and continues to face - a number of compliance issues linked to its decision to start sourcing garments from Myanmar/Burma.

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