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Pacific Brands review may drive more divestment

Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a b...

“Complex” Billabong seeks simple solution

Simplicity is the key to restoring fortunes at beleaguered surf-led apparel business Billabong, according to new CEO Neil Fiske....

Australasia key for apparel brands going global

Having long sat on fashion's sidelines, Australasia has generated significant interest of late. In particular, the region's relative resilie...

Spotlight on...What's wrong with Billabong?

For all of the suitors circling Billabong, the Australian surfwear brand is yet to see much action. With four bidders showing interest over...

Latest Interviews

Speaking with style: Dilan Gooneratne, Bodyline 2 Jan 2013

Petah Marian

Bodyline was one of the first factories set up by Sri Lankan apparel manufacturing giant MAS Holdings in partnership with Victoria's Secret and Triumph. Looking back over the past 20 years, the company's CEO Dilan Gooneratne tells Petah Marian about the challenges Bodyline faced, and how the business was turned around in the midst of the economic crisis.

Interview: Sportsgirl CEO Elle Roseby 7 Nov 2011

Petah Marian

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.

Latest News

Oroton Group H1 earnings slide on costs 22 May 2015

Michelle Russell

Australian retail business Oroton Group saw its earnings slide in the first half as the company worked through a period of brand repositioning and expansion of its distribution reach.

Quiksilver shareholder calls for sale 23 Apr 2015

Michelle Russell

Ryan Drexler, president of private equity firm Consac and Quiksilver shareholder, has again called on the board to consider a sale.

SmartWool inks $8m NZ Merino wool deal 16 Apr 2015

Leonie Barrie

US based manufacturer SmartWool – a unit of VF Corporation – has signed a new $8m fibre supply contract to use wool from the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) in its socks and clothing.

New approach to wool’s environmental performance 10 Apr 2015

Richard Woodard

New methods of drawing up life cycle assessments (LCAs) are set to improve the reporting of wool’s environmental performance.

Quiksilver appoints Agnes to CEO role 27 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Surf-led fashion business Quiksilver has made a number of management appointments, including the promotion of president Pierre Agnes to CEO and the appointment of a new CFO.

Myer Holdings H1 earnings slide 19 Mar 2015

Michelle Russell

Myer Holdings said trading conditions were “challenging” in the second quarter, only improving in late December, as it revealed a decline in first-half earnings and margins.

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