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AUSTRALIA: Children's Coats Recalled Over Choking Scare just-style.com | 5 Jun 02

A popular brand of children's coats embroidered with famous Disney characters have been recalled from two Australian department stores amid fears they may pose a choking risk to youngsters. The coats, which were made in China, were voluntarily recalled by the Go Lo and Crazy Clarks chains after concerns a plastic toggle for the hood could come lose and then be eaten by children.


THAILAND: Nike To Step Up Shoe Production just-style.com | 27 May 02

Sportswear giant Nike Inc plans to produce up to 20 per cent more goods in Thailand this year than last in a move which will see the value of its orders hit $600 million, it was reported on Monday. The company is poised to increase the value of its footwear orders by 16 per cent to $350 million, with that rise meaning Thai-made Nike shoes would account for 18 per cent of Nike's overall shoes production, according to a report in the Bangkok Post.


AUSTRALIA: Retail Group Colorado Names New CFO just-style.com | 27 May 02

Fashion and footwear retailer Colorado Group Ltd on Monday announced the appointment of Eddie McDonald to the position of CFO and company secretary, effective immediately. He will replace Richard Pepper who has left the Brisbane-based operator of more than 340 stores to take up another role at another firm. Prior to his new role, Mr McDonald has served as CFO of Clarks Shoes - Australia, and held senior financial positions at Mattell, BP and Australia Post.


Walking on air just-style.com | 2 May 02

State-of-the-art technology used to carry out aerodynamic and fluidity research on projects ranging from gas turbines to Formula 1 teams has for the first time made its way into the footwear sector. UK-based shoe firm Clarks has spent the last few years bringing its shoe styles up to date, and has now turned to simulation software to improve the design of its Active Air range, which it plans to launch for spring/summer 2003.


UK: Profits Up At Shoe Giant Clarks just-style.com | 18 Apr 02

Britain's largest shoe retailer, Clarks, on Thursday posted a 27per cent jump in annual pre-tax profits to £46.8 million compared to the year-ago period. The company said turnover in the 53 weeks to January 31, climbed seven per cent to £937m from the year earlier and that its current fiscal year had begun well.


Shoes on show at GDS just-style.com | 27 Mar 02

GDS, the world's biggest shoe trade fair, took place last week in Germany. Quietly commercial and characterised by good-looking, wearable shoes was the verdict of Penny Leese. For autumn/winter heels are lower and lasts less extreme; materials include fur, brocade, lace, denim, and distressed, embossed or laser cut leathers; and details like beading and fringing decorate simply styled shoes, sandals and boots.


AUSTRALIA: Discount Chains Accused Of Selling Unsafe Clothing just-style.com | 10 Jan 02

Three of Australia's leading discount retail chains have been publicly accused of ignoring warnings to stop selling dangerous toys and clothing. The New South Wales Fair Trading Department says it told the companies to remove the banned items last September, but that many were still on sale in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Dangerous products on sale at Go Lo, Crazy Prices and Crazy Clarks included sunglasses and children's nightwear.


AUSTRALIA: PacDun Directors To Resign just-style.com | 16 Oct 01

The number of Pacific Dunlop directors to leave during 2000 and 2001 has now risen to six with the announcement that chairman, John Ralph, and acting chief executive, Tony Daniels, will be gone by early 2002. Ralph will be replaced by former FH Faulding chief executive, Ed Twedell.


UK: Shoe Retailers' Web Sites Don't Measure Up - Survey just-style.com | 9 Oct 01

General clothing retailers measure up better than specialist shoe retailers when it comes to selling footwear on the web, according to a mystery shopper survey by the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG).


GDS puts its best foot forward just-style.com | 26 Sep 01

Despite a sombre start and a drop in the number of international visitors, the 92nd GDS international shoe fair went ahead as scheduled. Flower prints, denim blue, platforms, thongs, short boots, sports influences and a range of retro styles were among the ranges on show for spring/summer 2002.


UK: M&S Boycotts Indian Leather Goods just-style.com | 22 Jun 01

British retailer, Marks & Spencer, has stopped selling products containing Indian leather after evidence that cattle were being ill treated. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said the company has confirmed it had phased out its use of the leather. PETA said M&S is the latest in a long list of retailers such as Gap and Clarks who have joined the boycott.


UK: Clarks Appoints New Design Chief just-style.com | 22 May 01

Somerset-based Clarks footwear company has appointed an Italian to head its design team. The175-year-old company said it is forging ahead with international expansion plans. The company acquired Elefanten in March and plans to expand its children's shoe brand through the brand. Anton Magnani heads the design team that works part of the week in Somerset and the rest in Clarks' new London studio.


No gain, more pain for UK clothing retailers just-style.com | 23 Apr 01

Is clothing going out of fashion? With the well-publicised problems of M&S, the sale at a knock-down price of Bhs and the dramatic exit from the UK of C&A it is clear that the clothing sector has been among the hardest hit in Britain’s beleaguered retail industry. Nevertheless, even worse news is on the horizon. The latest five year forecast from retail consultancy Verdict says that life will get considerably tougher over the next few years.


A tough road ahead for UK footwear retailers just-style.com | 19 Apr 01

The footwear market faces another year of upheaval as major consolidation in the sector looms, according to a new report from retail consultancy Verdict. Verdict on Footwear Retailers 2000 says that as the sector has been defined by major discounting for more than two years, the only way that many specialists will be able to secure a profitable future is by mergers and acquisitions.


USA: Track 'n Trail Announces Chapter 11 Filing just-style.com | 17 Apr 01

Track 'n Trail, one of the largest full-service specialty retailers in the United States, focusing on a broad range of branded casual, outdoor and adventure footwear, has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code in Oakland, California. A statement issued by the company says that daily operations at its stores will continue. Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code allows a company to continue operating its business and to maintain possession of its property while it restructures its operations and finances under the protection of the Bankruptcy Code.


UK: Clarks Chief Does Not Rule Out Flotation just-style.com | 12 Apr 01

Clarks, the UK's biggest shoe retailer, on Wednesday said it would not come to market for at least another two years, the Financial Times reported. Roger Peddar, chairman and a member of the Clark family that has owned the business for 175 years, said a flotation was "not off the agenda". However, he said it was unlikely that the company would consider coming to market before 2003.


UK: Clarks Reports Satisfactory Profits just-style.com | 11 Apr 01

British shoe retailer Clarks has reported a satisfactory rise in its profits and sales for the financial year ended 31 January 2001. The company posted pre-tax profits before exceptionals of £47.5m, compared to the £45.4m reported last year. Operating profits before exceptionals rose to £52.5m from the 50.4m recorded last year. Company sales rose 5 per cent to £875.9m.


Winter footwear smartens up its act just-style.com | 23 Mar 01

The first GDS of the year saw manufacturers turning to bright colours, diverse treatments and attention grabbing design to lure in the winter footwear shoppers who had been conspicuous by their absence in 2000. Penny Leese explores the latest shoe trends for men and women.


UK: Clarks Launches BioPod Active Mover just-style.com | 22 Mar 01

Clarks Shoes is to launch Active Mover, a new range of outdoor boots that features a revolutionary shock absorption system that is designed to minimise foot movement, preventing rubbing and blistering. The BioPod system (Biomechanical Performance On Demand) is a small plug that sticks out slightly from the heel of the shoe. As the wearer's heel strikes the floor the plug compresses, absorbing the energy and spreading the resulting pressure evenly across the heel of the insole.


INDIA: Saudi Ban And PETA Action Hit Leather Trade just-style.com | 20 Mar 01

Two recent developments could signal the end for Indian manufacturers of leather hide, apparel and footwear: the Saudi ban on beef from Iran, India and Taiwan; and the imminent lifting of a moratorium on the ban imposed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). India exports US$1.7bn worth of leather goods annually, including shoes, apparel, raw hide and leather accessories such as belts. While the country’s share in world leather trade is only 2.25 per cent, the industry provides employment to two million persons. It is led by the Council of Leather Exports (CLE), a semi-government body.


UK: Footwear Trainer Get Government Grant just-style.com | 12 Mar 01

FLNTO, the National Training Organisation for the Footwear, Leather and Shoe Repair Industries, has been awarded a £130,000 grant by the government to implement Employer Learning Networks. In partnership with SATRA and The BLC Leather Technology Centre, FLNTO intends to create several networks across the country. The networks will provide an insight into the skills and training requirements of the industries, with particular emphasis on the development of new and existing managers.


UK: Foot-And-Mouth Crisis Hikes Leather Prices just-style.com | 9 Mar 01

Specialist leather maker, Pittards, is warning that consumers may face an increase in leather prices from next autumn because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK. The Somerset-based company, which supplies top-class names such as Puma, Adidas and Clarks, has welcomed the governments partial lifting of the ban on moving animals to abattoirs.


UK: Burdale Financial Backs Jones The Bootmakers Consortium just-style.com | 8 Mar 01

Burdale Financial Limited, a majority-owned subsidiary of the First Union banking group, has come through as a financial backer for the UK-based consortium Monsta Holdings Limited, which is hoping for a £17m acquisition of Jones The Bootmaker from Italian fashion house Prada. The finance group is reported to have provided Monsta Holdings with a financial package worth around £10m, including a property loan and a revolving line of credit, which the group hopes will provide them with flexibility to expand the business.


UK: Foot-And-Mouth Threatens Pittards' Profits just-style.com | 7 Mar 01

Specialist leather makers Pittards has warned of disappointing profits for the near future following the outbreak of foot-and-mouth in the UK, which has quickly dried up UK supplies of sheep and cattle hides. Pittards, based in Somerset, used to buy around 10,000 hides a week to enable it to supply finished leather to companies such as Puma, Adidas and Clarks shoes.


UK: Clarks Strides Into Europe With Elefanten Purchase just-style.com | 5 Mar 01

Clarks International, the UK's biggest shoe brand, has taken another step forward in its plans for overseas expansion with the acquisition of Elefanten, one of the best-known names in the German shoe business. Elefanten has been sold by the industrial conglomerate Freudenberg in a deal worth £23 million (DM71 million).


THAILAND: Danish Ecco Steps Up Operations In Thailand just-style.com | 5 Mar 01

Danish shoemaker Ecco is to expand Thailand's role as its regional production base as part of a global drive to build on core markets in Europe and the United States the Bangkok Post reported today. As part of its thrust into Asia, Ecco will open a concept shop in Bangkok later this year, complementing its existing shops in China, Singapore and a sales office in Hong Kong. Costing 20m baht ($2.5m), the shop would be expanded into a 120 sq m outlet if sales went well, said Bob Jones, managing director of Ecco (Thailand) Co, a joint venture owned 95 per cent by Ecco of Denmark and five per cent by Bangkok Rubber Plc, a subsidiary of the Saha Group.


UK: Clarks To Close Factory, 168 Jobs To Go just-style.com | 28 Feb 01

Clarks International, the UK's leading shoe retailer, is to close its "Bushacre" factory in Weston Super Mare before the end of the year with the loss of 168 jobs. The company said that intense competition, particularly during the past year, and reducing demand for some of its existing range has led to the decision. It said that men’s traditional casual shoes had been particularly hard hit.


UK: Jones Bootmakers To Return To The UK just-style.com | 26 Feb 01

Jones the bootmaker is set to return to the UK following a rumoured £17m deal between Italian fashion house Prada and a UK consortium. The 140 year old bootmakers chain was bought by the Italian fashion house in 1999 as part of a £106m acquisition of shoemakers Church & Co, but has always intended to sell the chain on because its middle market audience was not in keeping with Prada's upmarket image.


AUSTRALIA: Pacific Dunlop Limited Acquires Sara Lee Apparel just-style.com | 26 Feb 01

Pacific Dunlop Limited has announced the acquisition of the Sara Lee Apparel Australasia and its range of market-leading brands in hosiery, workwear, casual clothing and intimate apparel. The deal is expected to see an extra $200m in sales added to the Pacific Brands business, which last year totalled around $1.3bn.


USA: Skechers To Begin Direct Distribution In The UK just-style.com | 8 Feb 01

Skechers USA Inc today announced that it is organising its operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland in order to establish direct control over its wholesale distribution, merchandising and marketing in the region. As part of this initiative, the company has created Skechers USA Ltd, a subsidiary with headquarters in London. Effective immediately, Skechers will assume responsibility for sales and logistics from Sportsflair Inc, a subsidiary of The Pentland Group, which has handled distribution for the past five years.

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