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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).

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.

INDIA: Leather Council Loses $28m Over Animal Rights Concerns just-style.com | 12 Jan 01

Government-backed promotional body the Council of Leather Exports (CLE) which promotes Indian footwear, apparel, and leather hides around the world, has a new fight on its hands. The council has lost around $28m worth of orders from brands such as Gap, Florsheim, J. Crew, Clarks, Fiorucci, and Liz Claiborne cancelling orders following accusations from animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

UK: Change At The Top For Dinkie Heel just-style.com | 8 Jan 01

Dinkie Heel, the UK-based manufacturer of toe caps and other footwear components, has appointed a new chief following the retirement of David Parkes, the company's former chairman. He has been replaced by Richard Organ, who was previously employed by Clarks. A spokesman for Dinkie Heel said that he hoped Mr Organ's appointment would push the company back into profit. Dinkie was badly affected by the weak euro during 2000.

USA: Comp Sales Up 13.4 Per Cent For Shoe Pavilion just-style.com | 31 Oct 00

Shoe Pavilion today announced net income of $389,000, or $.06 per share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2000 a 58.8 per cent increase compared to net income of $245,000, or $.04 per share, for the third quarter of 1999. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2000 was $1.8m, or $.26 per share compared to net income of $1.6m, or $.24 per share, for the same period in 1999.Net sales increased 25.3 per cent to $23.1m for the third quarter ended September 30, 2000, from net sales of $18.5m for the same period in 1999. Net sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2000 were $67.4m, a 35.1 per cent increase from sales of $49.9m for the same period in 1999. Comparable store sales increased 13.4 per cent for the third quarter ended September 30, 2000 from the same period in 1999.During the quarter ended September 30, 2000, the company opened three new stores and closed two stores. As of October 31, 2000 the company operated 113 stores and licensed shoe departments."Our momentum in same store sales from the second quarter was sustained in the third quarter with another double digit increase of 13.4 per cent," said Dmitry Beinus, chairman and CEO of Shoe Pavilion. "We are pleased with our performance for the third quarter which resulted in the increased earnings compared with the third quarter last year," he added.

GDS lures international crowds with footwear fashions just-style.com | 20 Sep 00

GDS, the largest shoe expo in the world, came to an end in Düsseldorf last Sunday. Penny Leese was there, taking note of the trends. Will we all be following in GDS's footsteps next year?

USA: Shoe Pavilion Reports Record Sales For Second Quarter Company Press Release | 4 Aug 00

Shoe Pavilion, Inc (Nasdaq:SHOE) today announced net income of $1.1m, or $.17 per share, for the second quarter ended July 1, 2000 compared to net income of $842,000, or $.12 per share, for the second quarter of 1999. Net income for the six months ended July 1, 2000 was $1.4m, or $.20 per share, unchanged from net income of $1.

USA: Emery Worldwide To Handle New Zealand Logistics For Clarks Shoes Company Press Release | 2 Aug 00

Emery Worldwide, the heavyweight air cargo subsidiary of CNF Inc (NYSE:CNF), has been selected by Clarks Shoes, one of the world's leading shoe distributors, to provide transportation, customs brokerage and logistics services for its operations in New Zealand. Under the terms of the agreement, Emery will airfreight goods direct from Clarks' South Pacific base in Melbourne, Australia, to Auckland and handle customs clearance and cross docking for immediate distribution to shoe retailers throughout New Zealand.

USA: Track 'n Trail Announces Second Quarter Losses Company Press Release | 26 Jul 00

Track 'n Trail (NASDAQ: TKTL), a premier destination specialty retailer of branded casual, outdoor and adventure footwear, today reported net sales for the quarter ended July 1, 2000 of $23.1 million versus $28.3 million reported for the same period in 1999. Comparable

USA: Shoe Pavilion Announces the Appointment of Chief Financial Officer Company Press Release | 5 Jun 00

Shoe Pavilion, Inc. (Nasdaq:SHOE) today announced that John D. Hellmann has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer effective June 5, 2000. Hellmann replaces Gary Schwartz who has resigned as Shoe Pavilion's vice president and CFO. In announcing the appointment, Dmitry Beinus, the president and CEO of Shoe Pavilion, noted, "I am delighted to be able to hire someone with John Hellmann's background and experience.

USA: Track 'n Trail Announces the Appointment of Two New Board Members Company Press Release | 2 Jun 00

Track 'n Trail (NASDAQ: TKTL), a premier destination specialty retailer of branded casual, outdoor and adventure footwear, today announced that Mr. Ralph T. Parks and Mr. Ira Pickell have been appointed to Track `n Trail's Board of Directors. Mr. Ralph Parks is a 30-year veteran of the shoe business.

Hush Puppies Secures A Foothold In The Fashion Market Sonia Roberts | 26 May 00

One of the best-known names in footwear, Hush Puppies, is seeking to change its image in the UK. The ranges now going into British stores will include some models that are startlingly different from the brand's traditionally sedate looks. Obviously designed to attract the younger consumer, mules, high wedge heels, toe post sandals with asymmetric straps, plus the celebrated patented, water repellent but still breathable Hush Puppies suedes ― dyed to a new palette of high fashion colors which includes scarlet, sky blue, lilac and royal purple ― form part of the spring/summer ladies collection. In children's footwear, prototypes for the spring 200l season move yet further along the route to high fashion with cute boots and trainer inspired toddler footwear employing metallic and multi-colored iridescent hot foil overprinting of the typical soft handle Hush Puppies suedes.

USA: Shoe Pavilion Announces Agreement with Zappos.com to Provide Exclusive e-commerce Services just-style.com | 12 May 00

Shoe Pavilion, Inc. (Nasdaq National Market: SHOE), today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Zappos.com, the leading provider of e-commerce services for the footwear industry. Under the agreement, Zappos.com will provide end-to-end e-commerce services for Shoe Pavilion. This agreement brings together the best in core competencies of "bricks and mortar" retailing of off-price brand name footwear with the technology of e-commerce retailing to form a solid "bricks and clicks" strategy in footwear retailing. Starting May 20, 2000, consumers will be able to order Shoe Pavilion products directly from

USA: ComforTemp DCC To Revolutionize Leather Performance just-style.com | 2 May 00

Frisby Technologies Inc, (Nasdaq: FRIZ), developer of the ComforTemp DCC dynamic climate control materials, today announced the introduction and worldwide launch of an entirely new climate control leather product. The announcement was made in conjunction with Sadesa, one of the world's leading leather tanners and a manufacturing partner for this new material.

Working wardrobes Company Clothing | 4 Feb 00

The chips are still stacked in favour of company clothing. The image has evolved over the years and now encompasses formal, semi formal and downright leisure wear as well as the protective and uniform sectors. The stringent performance criteria always demanded by corporatewear results in quality make, which is one reason why British manufacturing is still strong on the scene. Here is a run-down of some new developments and projects that are going on in this field.





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