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USA: Kids HQ Ups Business Intelligence With Cognos Series 7 just-style.com | 23 Oct 02

Children's apparel manufacturer and reseller Kids Headquarters has invested in new business intelligence software to help provide in-depth performance reports to customers and support senior management's decision-making capabilities. The firm, which is one of North America's largest distributors of children's apparel to a client roster that includes Walmart, Target, Kmart, JC Penny, Sears, May Corp and Federated Stores, is using the Cognos Series 7 solution to deliver fast and accurate reports on shipping and inventory status, improve response times to customers, and enhance its business planning capabilities.

USA: G-III Apparel Q2 Profit Plunges $3.3 Million just-style.com | 9 Sep 02

Leading outer wear manufacturer and distributor, G-III Apparel Group Ltd, on Friday posted a sharp fall in second quarter net income amid plunging sales.

USA: Phillips-Van Heusen Q2 Profit Up To $7.8m just-style.com | 23 Aug 02

Dress shirt maker Phillips-Van Heusen Corp has posted a rise in second quarter net profit to $7.8 million from $6.9m in the year-ago period. The New York-based company, whose brands include Van Heusen, Bass and Izod, said sales slipped one per cent to $331.2 million and it expects third quarter sales to be up 1-2 per cent but flat for the full-year.

USA: Calvin Klein, Phillips-Van Heusen Agree Licensing Deal just-style.com | 22 Aug 02

Shirt maker Phillips-Van Heusen Corp announced has won a licence from Calvin Klein to produce dress shirts under the cK brand name for sales in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The New York-based company said the new dress shirts will be available in department and specialty stores this fall and will cost between $40 and $50.

INDIA: Arvind Brands Targets Arrow Women's Range just-style.com | 23 Jul 02

Leading Indian apparel group Arvind Brands is set to launch a new women's range under the Arrow brand and children's brand Healthtex under licence from US giant VF Corp. The company said the new women's collection will be mainly formal wear but will also include sportswear when it is launched early next year.

USA: Jack Voith To Head Perry Ellis Wholesale Sales just-style.com | 10 Jul 02

Jack Voith has been promoted to executive vice president of sales for Perry Ellis International's hallmark Supreme International division, which is responsible for a majority of the company's wholesale sales. Voith assumes responsibility for sales and merchandising for the Natural Issue, Munsingwear, Penguin Sport, John Henry, Cubavera, Grand Slam, Andrew Fezza, and Crossings brands.

CANADA: Algo Group Q1 Sales Fall By $2 Million just-style.com | 5 Jun 02

Canadian fashion manufacturer and importer Algo Group Inc said sales for the first quarter ended 31 March 2002 were in line with expectations, falling to $25.1 million from $27 million last year. Net loss at the ladies', men's and children's wear company was $180,000, compared with a net loss of $212,000 for the quarter.

USA: Phillips-Van Heusen Posts Loss On Poor Apparel Sales just-style.com | 23 May 02

Poor apparel sales pushed shirt maker Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation into a first quarter loss of $0.8 million, against a net income of $0.6 million in the same period last year. First quarter sales were $349.4 million, or 4.8 per cent below last year's $366.9 million.

CANADA: Algo Annual Loss Widens To $11.3 Million just-style.com | 22 May 02

Leading producer and importer of ladies', men's and children's fashion apparel, Algo Group Inc, on Wednesday posted a wider full-year net loss of $11.3 million compared to a loss of $2.5m in the year-ago period. The Montreal-based company said sales for fiscal 2001 fell to $101.5m from $114m in 2000, with sales in Canada $15.3m lower than the previous year but US revenues were greater by $2.8m.

INDIA: Grasim To Launch New Fabrics In Growth Bid just-style.com | 3 May 02

Diversified company Grasim Industries Ltd, the flagship division of the Aditya Birla Group, is to launch a range of new fabrics in a bid to grow its market share by three per cent this year. The textiles division currently contributes almost 20 per cent of Grasim Industries' turnover and has a 14-15 per cent share of the country's synthetics market.

USA: Larry Macpherson Named As Tropical's CFO just-style.com | 2 May 02

Sportswear maker Tropical Sportswear International Corporation has named N Larry McPherson as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.

USA: Phillips-Van Heusen Backs Earnings Guidance just-style.com | 30 Apr 02

Clothing and footwear giant Phillips-Van Heusen Corp said today it expects first quarter sales to fall 6-8 per cent to &388.9-$396.3 from the $366.9m recorded a year ago. The company reaffirmed its first quarter and fiscal 2002 earnings guidance in a statement and said it still sees flat second quarter sales at $334.4m, but expects second half sales to climb 3-4 per cent.

USA: Kenneth Cole To Open First UK Stores just-style.com | 11 Apr 02

New York-based apparel giant Kenneth Cole Productions Inc is to open its first stores in the UK after signing a lucrative licensing deal with Shoe Studio Group. The company will also distribute its branded products in the UK and Ireland as part of the deal, which aims to further boost its presence in international markets.

USA: Susan Powers Moves From BCBG To Wet Seal just-style.com | 10 Apr 02

Specialty retailer The Wet Seal Inc has hired Susan Powers as vice president, director of stores for the Wet Seal division. Ms Powers has served since January 2000 as the vice president of retail store operations of BCBG Max Azria, a specialty retailer of women's clothing with over 100 stores in the US and Canada.

USA: Liz Claiborne Names New Executive Vice Presidents just-style.com | 19 Mar 02

Leading apparel designer Liz Claiborne Inc has appointed Angela Ahrendts and Trudy Sullivan to the newly-created position of executive vice president-Liz Claiborne Inc. The positions are effective immediately, with both Ms Ahrendts and Ms Sullivan continuing to report to Paul Charron, chairman and chief executive officer.

USA: Kenneth Cole Promotes Blaum To President just-style.com | 18 Mar 02

New York-based retailer Kenneth Cole Productions Inc has promoted its chief operating officer Paul Blum to the position of president. In his new role Blum, who joined Kenneth Cole Productions in 1990, will oversee wholesale, licensing and marketing operations for the Kenneth Cole New York, Reaction Kenneth Cole and Unlisted brand names.

USA: Shirt Firm Phillips-Van Heusen Reports Profit Slide just-style.com | 5 Mar 02

Leading shirt manufacturer Phillips-Van Heusen Corp on Tuesday posted a 12 per cent slide in fourth quarter sales compared to the year-ago period and attributed the fall to the economic slowdown. The clothing firm, which sells apparel under its Van Heusen, Bass and Izod brands, as well as labels such as DKNY, Geoffrey Beene and Kenneth Cole, posted earnings before charges of $3.9m, or 14 cents a share, compared with $6.6m, or 24 cents, in the year prior.

USA: Randa Corp Moves To The ICC Network just-style.com | 21 Feb 02

Men's neckwear Randa Corp has chosen Internet Commerce Corporation (ICC) as its EDI communications company. Charles Townsend, chief technology officer of Randa Corp, said: "Randa Corp is reaping the rewards of significantly reducing our EDI costs through the ICC.NET service.

UK: Double Two On The Acquisition Trail just-style.com | 20 Feb 02

The boss of Wakefield-based shirt-maker Double Two says his company is keen to expand its operations and is on the lookout for a major acquisition. Last year the company was thwarted in its attempt to buy rival shirt company Van Heusen from Coats Viyella. But according to Double Two managing director Ricky Donner, the firm is now looking for a substantial acquisition of a UK-based clothing business to complement its existing operations.

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.

GREECE: Vardas Agrees Deal With BCBG Max Azria just-style.com | 9 Jan 02

Leading Greek clothing retailer Vardas announced on Wednesday that it had agreed a deal to become the exclusive representative of US fashion firm BCBG Max Azria. The deal will see Vardas develop a chain of womenswear stores with the US company's brand, with an expected revenue of 5.9 million euro ($5.2m).

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.

WRAP up ethical sourcing just-style.com | 18 Sep 01

The Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) certification scheme was developed to provide the industry with a single standard for monitoring clothing production around the world. This independent initiative offers a guarantee that garments from certified factories are produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions. Niki Tait provides an update on its development and uptake.

INDIA: Madura Mulls Offshore Production just-style.com | 5 Sep 01

Madura Garments, the branded apparel division of Indian Rayon, is thinking about setting up manufacturing facilities in Bangladesh, Indonesia, China or Eastern Europe to cater to growing global demand for its Louis Philippe, Allen Solly and Peter England brands. "We are currently weighing all options of setting up garment manufacturing facilities oversees," confirmed Prakash Nedungadi, Madura Garments' chief executive officer and president.

CANADA: Low Orders Hit Algo Group just-style.com | 30 Aug 01

Canadian apparel manufacturer and imported The Algo Group yesterday reported a net loss for the second quarter ended June 30, 2001 of $3.5 million compared with a net loss of $2.0 million in the previous year. Six month losses were $3.8 million, up from the $2.8 million loss in 2000.

USA: Beximco America Establishes US Sales Presence just-style.com | 14 Aug 01

The Beximco Group announced today the opening of its US sales headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Lisle M. Budden will be heading up US operations as managing director of the Americas. Beximco America is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Beximco Group, the largest industrial conglomerate in Bangladesh, which employs nearly 22,000 people and recorded sales of over $850m in 2000. Beximco Textiles produces 5,000 tons of Knit fabric, 10 million yards of Denim and 35 million yards of woven fabrics annually.

USA: Charlotte Russe Announces New Board Member just-style.com | 10 Aug 01

Charlotte Russe Holding Inc, a rapidly growing specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories for young women, has appointed Leonard H Mogil as a new member of its board of directors. This addition increases the size of the board to six members. "Len brings a wealth of experience in many aspects of retail to our brand," said Bernard Zeichner, chairman and CEO. "His association with us is in keeping with Charlotte Russe's seeking out the best people to help us as we continue our rapid expansion."

INDIA : Indian Rayon, Tommy Hilfiger Talks Fail just-style.com | 7 Aug 01

Talks between Indian Rayon and Tommy Hilfiger for a strategic alliance, first reported in the media on June 22, have broken down. The companies were unable to agree on royalty payments or on the territories to be covered by the agreement. The original plan was for Indian Rayon's Madura Garments division to manufacture and market the US brand in India. Indian Rayon is already a major supplier to Tommy Hilfiger.

Madura Garments discusses expansion plans just-style.com | 1 Aug 01

Sales of branded apparel already account for 30 per cent of the Indian market, and are set to soar even higher over the next couple of years. Madura Garments is the leading and largest branded clothing company in India, and also produces apparel under contract for Marks and Spencer, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. As Niki Tait found out on a recent visit, the company is now set to increase its local market share and has plans to take on the rapidly developing export market.

INDIA: Arvind Mills Signs Fabric Supply Agreement With Pantaloons just-style.com | 16 Jul 01

Denim and garment maker Arvind Mills has signed an exclusive production agreement with 12-store retail chain Pantaloons for the supply of fabric and apparel for its in-house brands. Arvind Mills is already established as the single largest supplier for Pantaloons Retail's Bare, John Miller, Ajile, Annabelle, and AFL (Apparel For Less) labels. And as Arvind's president Anand Parekh explains: "We expect to do Rs25 crore worth of business with Pantaloon in the current year. The alliance will allow Pantaloon to focus on brand building and retailing, while we take care of production." 






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