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UK: Sexy CK Ad Cleared By Watchdogs just-style.com | 15 May 02

A raunchy Calvin Klein advert that features a male model wearing just a pair of bulging underpants was today cleared of being too sexy for the British public. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) dismissed complaints the poster of model Travis Fimmel in his white underpants was indecent, sexually suggestive and demeaning to men.


Embracing EDI Bobbin Publishing Group | 16 Apr 02

As the worldwide apparel industry moves toward more sophisticated use of communications technologies, it's becoming increasingly apparent that old Electronic Data Interchange systems - commonly known as EDI - are not enough. Bobbin contributing editor, Laurie Joan Aron, reports on the latest developments in EDI and reveals how apparel and textile companies can reap the benefits.


USA: Scott Grassmyer Named Oxford Controller just-style.com | 10 Apr 02

K Scott Grassmyer has joined private label manufacturer Oxford Industries Inc as corporate controller responsible for accounting, tax and financial reporting.


USA: Oxford Industries' Q3 Earnings Plunge 64 Per Cent just-style.com | 26 Mar 02

Georgia-based apparel manufacturer Oxford Industries Inc on Monday blamed "weak consumer demand" for a 64 per cent plunge in third-quarter earnings and falling sales. The firm saw its net profit plummet to $1.4 million, or 18 cents per share, from $3.9m, or 53 cents per share, in the year-ago period, as quarterly sales slipped 24.3 per cent to $149.5m.


UK: Selfridges Enjoys Jump In Full-Year Profits just-style.com | 22 Mar 02

Upscale department store Selfridges on Thursday posted a 16 per cent surge in annual pre-tax profits to £44.5 million before one-off costs compared to the year-ago period. Sales climbed 4.1 per cent to £402.2m, while total sales in the first six weeks of the new fiscal year are up six per cent thanks to a 21 per cent leap in sales at its Manchester store and a four per cent rise at its flagship store in London#;s Oxford Street.


USA: Kellwood Names Riley and Skinner Corporate VPs just-style.com | 15 Mar 02

Donald R Riley and Robert C Skinner have been elected corporate vice presidents at Kellwood Company, the $2.2 billion marketer of apparel and recreational camping products. Riley joined Kellwood as chief information officer in 1998, following a 13-year tenure with EDS, and adds the vice president title to his current role of CIO.


The big question Bobbin Publishing Group | 28 Jan 02

What will come of China in the WTO and a world without quotas? With China’s entry into the WTO and the final phase-out of quotas scheduled for 2005, sourcing strategy is a heightened priority for manufacturers, brand marketers and retailers. Bobbin taps into their current plans and perspectives on the future.


Investment itineraries for 2002 Bobbin Publishing Group | 21 Jan 02

Top executives from a wide range of leading apparel and soft goods firms reveal their top investment plans for 2002 in this eye-opening feature. Executives representing a diverse mix of apparel and soft goods enterprises were asked about their plans for information technology, capital expenditures and other outlays in the year ahead. Here is what they had to say.


UK: Selfridges Reveals Small Rise In Sales just-style.com | 10 Jan 02

Leading British department store Selfridges revealed on Thursday that sales recovered at its flagship London outlet during the Christmas period but said margins would be hit by discounting. Strong festive trade saw sales increase one per cent at its Oxford Street store in the second half to date and that sales for the six weeks of the festive sale period to January 5 were up six per cent at the same branch.


USA: Shirt Group Agrees Deal For New Patented Collar just-style.com | 10 Jan 02

Apparel manufacturer Oxford Industries Inc has announced its Oxford Shirt Group has agreed a licensing deal with California-based LK Enterprises for the exclusive rights to two patents for the manufacturing of a new dress shirt collar.


USA: Oxford Industries Posts Fall In Quarterly Sales just-style.com | 20 Dec 01

Leading men's, women's and children's branded and private label apparel manufacturer, Oxford Industries Inc, on Thursday announced its sales for the second quarter fell 19.7 per cent to $156.5 million from $194.9m in the same period last year.


UK: John Lewis Celebrates Record Sales As Shoppers Spend Big just-style.com | 17 Dec 01

Leading British department store chain John Lewis took a record £72 million in sales in the first week of December as shoppers embarked on a massive spending spree that had tills ringing out around the country. Delighted bosses said those figures were the best in its history and said sales could soar even higher in the second and third weeks of the month as the countdown to the festive season gets well underway.


UK: Men Need Help When Buying Clothes - Survey just-style.com | 16 Oct 01

One in five British men still need a helping hand when it comes to buying new clothes, a nationwide survey published today claims. Just over 20 per cent of men get hot under the collar when they have to choose which shirt goes with which trousers or what colour shoes to buy.


USA: Oxford Industries Names New Group Vice President just-style.com | 3 Oct 01

Leading US manufacturer and wholesale marketer of branded and private label apparel for men, women and children, Oxford Industries Inc, today announced it had appointed a new group vice-president. Frank Sahagian will take up his new role this month but will continue to serve as president of the Oxford Shirt Group, with responsibility for all shirt group operations including OxSport, Ely & Walker, Oxford Shirtings and Tommy Hilfiger Dress Shirts.


B2C: top players and their strategies just-style.com | 1 Oct 01

Money can't buy success. That, at least, is one thing that the recent e-commerce explosion and ensuing shake-up has shown. To be successful online, e-tailers need to stick to the fundamentals of solid business basics in order to meet demand. Retailers with bricks-and-mortar establishments have a definite head-start, and ultimately the best players seem to be those with multi-channel operations and a solid branding strategy. In this special feature we take a look at the state of B2C e-tailing, including the top players and their strategies.


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.


IT innovators: how their projects are paying off Bobbin Publishing Group | 25 Sep 01

Smart firms don't shy away from strategic information technology (IT) investments, even in down times. That's when staying ahead of the competition can be more crucial than ever. This feature explores five very different information technology initiatives undertaken by five diverse sewn products firms. By Laurie Joan Aron.


USA: Oxford Industries Q1 Better Than Expected just-style.com | 25 Sep 01

Despite a 6.7 per cent fall from a year ago, first quarter earnings at Oxford Industries Inc were better than expected. The clothing apparel maker's sales dropped to $179.53m from $204.38m, and net income was down to $3.127m from $3.477m.


USA: New Show Opens Up Global Sourcing Opportunities just-style.com | 7 Sep 01

As the process of globalisation in apparel and textile sourcing continues to accelerate, and US policy concerning imports continues to change in ways that open up tremendous opportunities. Manufacturing nations that have recently achieved access to the US market are aggressively seeking venues to showcase their skills and products, and manufacturers with established access are moving to expand their positions. At the same time, US buyers sense an urgency to update their sourcing programmes.


USA: Oxford Profits Down 27.7 Per Cent just-style.com | 18 Jul 01

Oxford Industries fourth quarter and full year earnings have been hit by a tough retail climate, the company announced in a statement. For the three months ended June 1, the US-based apparel maker posted net income of $5.3m, or 70 cents a diluted share, down 27.7 per cent from $7.3m, or 94 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Net sales slipped 12.4 per cent to $215.9m, down from $246.4m in the same period last year.


Wireless technology in apparel applications just-style.com | 9 Jul 01

From cell phones to pagers to wearable radio frequency (RF) scanners, wireless technology is making headway in apparel and business in general. just-style.com spoke with Jud Early, corporate vice president of apparel research for US-based textile think-tank [TC]2 to get his opinion on how wireless has impacted this industry and if the new technology is as inevitable as many predict.


UK: The Officers Club Plans Rapid Expansion, Appoints New MD just-style.com | 27 Jun 01

More than 1,700 new jobs are to be created by menswear retailer, The Officers Club. The nationwide chain is planning to double the number of its stores to more than 300 outlets, doubling its 1,700 strong workforce over the next three years. The nine-year-old company, which sells men's and women's fashion at significant discounts, is expanding to meet its profit targets.


The outsourcing evolution Bobbin Publishing Group | 20 Jun 01

Supply chain shifts in the US tailored clothing industry are moving more volume makers toward global sourcing - and mid-range makers may soon be following in their footsteps.


UK: Ciro Citterio Set For Revamp After Sale just-style.com | 18 Jun 01

Stylish suit seller, Ciro Citterio - which called in the administrators three months ago - has been snapped up by Trident Fashions, a company backed by a group of Middle East investors. Now Ciro is set for a revamp as its new owner repositions the product as a more upmarket brand. Trident has revealed that it is likely to keep its 130 stores - 40 underperforming outlets were closed by the administrators, Kroll Buchler Phillips.


JAPAN: International Push For Uniqlo just-style.com | 11 Jun 01

Tadashi Yanai, founder and president of Fast Retailing, told Kyodo News that he plans to expand the popular Uniqlo chain internationally. "We plan to open new stores domestically at an annual pace of 100 outlets and expand abroad starting with three to four stores in London this autumn. "In the future, we want to enter all major markets worldwide, including the United States and France," Yanai said.


FRANCE: Skechers USA Opens Third European Store In Paris just-style.com | 31 May 01

Skechers USA Inc yesterday announced the successful opening of its third European flagship store in Paris on Thursday, May 17, 2001. The Paris store follows the openings of the company's first two international flagship stores - Oxford Street, London, and in Oberhausen at Germany's largest indoor mall - in early Spring 2001.


JAPAN: Uniqlo Inks First Deal For UK Expansion just-style.com | 25 May 01

Uniqlo, Japan's fastest-growing retailer, is to set up shop at Wimbledon south London in the first phase of its UK expansion plans. More deals are on the cards, with leases about to be signed for more London-based stores on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and Oxford Street. Japan's fastest growing retailer plans to use the sites as a bridgehead for rapid expansion into the UK with an aggressive target of 50 UK outlets.


USA: WestPoint Stevens Adds Gladden And Lanier To The Board just-style.com | 10 May 01

Joseph R Gladden Jr and J Hicks Lanier have been elected to the WestPoint Stevens board of directors, bringing total board membership to nine.


USA: Oxford Industries Selects Log-Net Supply Chain Solution just-style.com | 8 May 01

From mid-summer, international apparel manufacturer and wholesale marketer Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) will be implementing Log-Net's online purchase order and transport management software applications. "The order management application has the potential to expedite and simplify Oxford's order creation and release process from start to finish," said Mark Kirby, Oxford's director of global logistics. "We see this as a potential replacement for the system we are currently using to create our orders. Rather than inputting all our orders we can use the Log-Net order management application to generate them from the beginning."


USA: Oxford Industries Names New Director just-style.com | 5 Apr 01

Oxford Industries Inc announced today the promotion of Anne M Shoemaker to director of internal audit and credit. Ms Shoemaker will maintain her responsibilities as director of credit and assume the additional responsibilities of director of internal audit. "Anne has done an outstanding job of managing our credit and accounts receivable departments," said Ben B Blount, executive vice president and CFO. "Her strong background in accounting and her extensive knowledge of our systems and practices should serve her well as she adds Internal Audit to her responsibilities."

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