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Transparency mixed in Uzbek cotton supply chain

Transparency among apparel brands and retailers appears to be mixed when it comes to sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan. New research has revea...

More licensing and less M&A for Global Brands

Following its spin-off from Li & Fung last month, fashion apparel, footwear and accessories business Global Brands Group has outlined the fi...

JC Penney emphasises new merchandising strategy

Michelle Russell | 15 Aug 2014

JC Penney has emphasised its commitment to moving back to a merchandising model marked by narrow and deep assortments, as it looks to build on the momentum created to date from its turnaround strategy.

Kohl's outlines "greatness agenda" to drive growth

Katie Smith | 19 May 2014

US department store retailer Kohl's has outlined a new strategic initiative designed to generate sales growth, after booking a drop in earnings and revenue in the first quarter. The plan, dubbed "Greatness Agenda", focuses on giving customers what they want, when they want it - and however they want it.

Fifth & Pacific eyes initiatives to grow top line

Michelle Russell | 26 Feb 2014

Fifth & Pacific Companies, which today (26 February) begins trading as Kate Spade & Co, says it has a number of operational initiatives in place that it hopes will accelerate margin expansion and top line growth in 2014.

In the money: Fifth & Pacific finally flying solo

Katie Smith | 12 Dec 2013

Apparel giant Fifth & Pacific has finally become a mono-brand company focused on its Kate Spade line after firming a deal to sell its Lucky Brand Jeans unit to an affiliate of private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners.

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Fernando Capellán, Grupo M

Leonie Barrie | 31 Jul 2012

With apparel manufacturing operations bridging the Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti, Grupo M's co-production model is an exemplary example of trade preferences in action. Here company founder and president Fernando Capellán tells just-style about the opportunities that lie ahead.

Speaking with style: Ashroff Omar, CEO, Brandix

Joe Ayling | 25 Feb 2011

Few have been more instrumental in the positioning of Sri Lanka's 'garments without guilt' apparel industry than Ashroff Omar. Joe Ayling interviewed the Brandix Lanka chief executive during a recent visit to the country.

Latest News

US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Nov 2015

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch recorded higher earnings thanks to less discounting, while Foot Locker revealed a mixed quarter, and Destination XL narrowed losses. Also, Kate Spade & Co returned to profit, while L Brands, Ross Stores, and Perry Ellis lifted their full-year guidance. Guess revealed declining earnings as a result of the stronger US dollar, while Dollar Tree's earnings fell on acquisition costs, and DSW recorded "disappointing" figures.

US Q2 in brief: Finish Line, Zumiez, Cherokee

Michelle Russell and Katie Smith | 25 Sep 2015

Second-quarter earnings for the retail sector as a whole are forecast to be lower than the prior month, despite easy year-on-year comparisons. The Finish Line posted a small drop in net income, Zumiez saw its profit more than halve, Cherokee Global Brands posted a double-digit decline in net earnings, while Christopher & Banks swung to a loss, and Hudson's Bay was back in the black. 

ITC narrows denim laser abrasion patent probe

Leonie Barrie | 2 Sep 2015

The US International Trade Commission has narrowed the scope of its ongoing patent infringement investigation of certain laser abraded denim garments by removing five respondents.

Lucky Brand settles denim laser abrasion dispute

Leonie Barrie | 27 Jul 2015

Lucky Brand Dungarees has become the latest company to reach a settlement and license agreement with laser technology firm RevoLaze over an abrasion technology for denim garments.

Fabricant to head Kate Spade North America

Michelle Russell | 24 Jun 2015

Apparel and accessories business Kate Spade & Co has appointed former Aeropostale executive Emilia Fabricant as its president for North America.

Kate Spade swings to Q1 loss on wind downs

Michelle Russell | 7 May 2015

Apparel and accessories business Kate Spade & Company has swung to a loss in its first-quarter amid plans to wind down some businesses, but revealed plans to grow in Latin American.

Kate Spade posts huge Q4 profit gain

Richard Woodard | 4 Mar 2015

Apparel and accessories business Kate Spade & Company increased its fourth-quarter net profit by nearly US$100m, thanks to 50%-plus revenue hikes for its core divisions.

Kate Spade to shut Saturday and Jack Spade stores

Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 2015

US retailer Kate Spade & Co. has revealed plans to close its Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores as it focuses long-term investment on its flagship Kate Spade New York brand.

Majid Al Futtaim extends Juicy Couture deal

Michelle Russell | 23 Jan 2015

Hypermarket conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim Group and Authentic Brands have signed a long-term partnership deal for the Juicy Couture brand in the Middle East.

Global Brands subsidiary signs Kate Spade deal

Michelle Russell | 20 Jan 2015

A subsidiary of Li & Fung spin-off Global Brands Group has signed a licensing deal with Kate Spade.

Wolford in profit as Sensarma named new CEO

Katie Smith | 16 Dec 2014

Austrian hosiery brand Wolford AG has named Ashish Sensarma as its new CEO, and returned to a profit in the first six months of the year.

Kate Spade & Co Q3 loss narrows to $9.1m

Katie Smith | 7 Nov 2014

A double-digit sales increase and improved margins have helped US retailer Kate Spade & Co to narrow its loss during the third-quarter.

Kate Spade confirms Linko CFO appointment

Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2014

Apparel giant Kate Spade & Company, formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies, has confirmed the appointment of Thomas Linko as chief executive officer.

Juicy Couture to launch in India with Reliance

Michelle Russell | 13 Oct 2014

Authentic Brands Group has signed an agreement with Reliance Brands to launch Juicy Couture in India late next year.

ABG to launch Juicy Couture in India

Katie Smith | 1 Oct 2014

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has entered into an agreement with Reliance Brands Ltd to open Juicy Couture stores in India as part of ongoing expansion plans.

Billabong reveals supply chain appointments

Katie Smith | 1 Sep 2014

Australian surfwear brand Billabong has tapped two industry veterans to drive its global supply chain strategy.

Global Brands H1 net loss widens on costs

Michelle Russell | 21 Aug 2014

Fashion apparel, footwear, and accessories business Global Brands Group has widened its net loss in the first half as a result of increased investment in new brand additions.

Kate Spade upbeat as Q2 loss narrows

Michelle Russell | 12 Aug 2014

Kate Spade, formerly Fifth & Pacific, has narrowed its net loss in the second quarter thanks to strong performances from its North America and international divisions.

Authentic buys footwear brands from Payless

Katie Smith | 31 Jul 2014

Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is adding to its growing portfolio by acquiring the Collective Licensing International footwear brands from Payless ShoeSource for an undisclosed sum.

Juicy Couture to accelerate growth in Asia

Katie Smith | 10 Jul 2014

Authentic Brands Group is looking to accelerate the growth of its Juicy Couture brand in Asia as part of a long-term franchise partnership with ImagineX Group.

Juicy Couture axes all US stores in revamp

Richard Woodard | 25 Jun 2014

Juicy Couture owner Authentic Brands Group is to shutter all of the apparel brand’s US stores as it plans an overhaul of the business.

Kate Spade swings to Q1 profit on sales growth

Katie Smith | 15 May 2014

US apparel giant Kate Spade & Company has returned to profit during the first quarter, driven by strong sales growth at its namesake brand.

Latest blogs

A pop of purple sets the mood for 2014

Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 2014

Surely one of the best reasons to cut short the holiday break and rush back to your desk at the beginning of January is to see what Pantone is unveiling as its colour of the year.

Pakistan GSP+ could boost exports

Leonie Barrie | 16 Dec 2013

Pakistan's garment manufacturers are anticipating significant trading benefits after finally being granted preferential access to the European Union under the GSP+ scheme.

Company research

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

Kate Spade & Company (KATE) - Financial and Strategic SWOT A

Kate Spade & Company (Kate Spade) formerly known as Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc designs and markets a range of apparel and accessories....

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Global Apparel Markets: Product Developments and Innovations - 3rd Quarter 2014

Global Apparel Markets: Product Developments and Innovations

This report analyses some of the latest developments and innovations in the global apparel industry, including: dyes and inkjet printing inks; environmentally friendly apparel; fabric treatments; new...

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Global apparel markets: business update, 4th quarter 2013

Global apparel markets: business update, 4th quarter 2013

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate so...

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