Blog: Billions of dollars, two pairs of shoes
Joe Ayling | 21 September 2010
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has caused a stir in the fashion world by confirming he only owns two pairs of work shoes.
Bloomberg, a billionaire, prefers to have his black loafers resoled than to buy new ones. In fact, he's had the soles of his shoes repaired so many times he can't even remember what brand they are, according to media reports.
With many celebrities having a shoe cupboard the size of a small house, his minimalist approach to footwear is somewhat refreshing - if a little worrying for retailers. Media guru Bloomberg prefers to share his wealth with a New York cobbler, who I assume is making a healthy living on tips alone.
One advantage of the 'Bloomberg method' of buying shoes is that storing the two he's not wearing is nothing more than a stroll through Central Park.
Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...
The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...
Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector...
With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices o...
- Digitalisation and data to disrupt supply chains
- EU eyes mandatory due diligence for apparel supply
- Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape
- What TTIP might mean for US, EU textiles & apparel
- Where next for Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?
- Li & Fung forms supply chain partnership with PVH
- US Q4 in brief – Finish Line, Oxford Industries
- Levi Strauss and ILO probe Cambodia factory death
- Sears has "substantial doubt" of future
- Adidas mulls roll-out of in-store customisation
- Central and East Europe Report Package
- Central America strategic sourcing review - a focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras
- Southeast Asia strategic sourcing review – a focus on Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar
- REPORT BUNDLE: Africa-Med, Southeast Asia and Central America strategic sourcing pack
- When Things Go Wrong - A Practical Guide to Managing Common Problems in Apparel Sourcing