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US Q3 in brief – Steve Madden, Crocs, Carter's just-style | 27 Oct 20

The latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers show companies are continuing to recover from the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Jeans giant Levi Strauss & Co returned to profit, while footwear firm Croc's has achieved record third-quarter revenue. Steve Madden, however, swung to a loss for the period.


US Q2 in brief – Lands' End, VF Corp, Vince Holding Corp just-style | 19 Oct 20

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and widespread store closures can be clearly seen. Despite many retailers swinging to a loss in the period – including G-III Apparel Group and American Eagle Outfitters –  online demand across its brands helped lift comparable sales at specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, and casual clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch bounced back to profit. Elsewhere, VF Corp has seen net income tumble 60% to US$256.7m.


VF Corp reshuffles core and emerging brand management Beth Wright | 14 Oct 20

VF Corp has outlined a series of organisational changes as part of its ongoing business model transformation and to ensure greater alignment in the management of its core and emerging brands portfolio – including the appointment of a new global brand president for The North Face.


Pilot to probe hidden Bangladesh RMG supply chains Beth Wright | 23 Sep 20

GoodWeave International, a non-profit working to end child, forced and bonded labour in global supply chains, has launched a new project to provide marginalised apparel workers in Bangladesh with immediate Covid-19 relief and conduct research on the impact of the pandemic. 


Inditex and H&M join call for EU to cut emissions by 55% Michelle Russell | 17 Sep 20

More than 150 businesses, investors and business networks, including Inditex, H&M and VF Corp, are calling on European Union leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030.


VF's Icebreaker commits to plastic-free by 2023 Hannah Abdulla | 3 Sep 20

VF Corp-owned Icebreaker has set a goal of becoming plastic-free by 2023, eradicating synthetics from its entire collection within three years.


UK government aid to support fashion supply chains Beth Wright | 14 Aug 20

The UK Government has launched a new programme to strengthen global supply chains by supporting workers in developing countries during the coronavirus pandemic in a move that is estimated to benefit nearly 120,000 people working in the global garment industry. 


VF Corp names Winnie Ma as first Greater China president Beth Wright | 4 Aug 20

Apparel giant VF Corp has appointed Winnie Ma to the newly created role of president of Greater China as part of its efforts to strengthen and accelerate its business strategy in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.


US Q1 in brief – VF Corp, J.Jill, Francesca's just-style | 31 Jul 20

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and widespread store closures can be clearly seen. VF Corp has reported a net loss of US$285.6m, while Francesca's has seen a 50% drop in net sales. Elsewhere, Macy's, Inc said its net loss totalled $3.58bn and PVH Corp has posted an "unprecedented" decline in revenue and earnings.


VF Corp to open first multi-brand retail store Beth Wright | 27 Jul 20

Apparel giant VF Corp has revealed plans to open its first multi-brand store this autumn in a move that furthers its strategy to become more consumer-minded, retail-centric and hyper-digital. 


Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update just-style | 27 Jul 20

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 


Napapijri receives gold Cradle to Cradle certification Beth Wright | 10 Jul 20

VF Corp's casualwear brand Napapijri has received gold-level certification for its Circular Series of recyclable jackets from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.


Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update just-style | 16 Jun 20

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.


US retail stores close amid civil unrest across the country Michelle Russell | 3 Jun 20

Adidas and Target Corp are among a number of retailers in the US to have closed stores or postponed openings in response to the civil unrest taking place across the country over the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer.


US Q4 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, PVH Corp just-style | 21 May 20

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has posted a fall in both earnings and revenue, while VF Corp and PVH Corp have both reported a net loss. Elsewhere, Oxford Industries has booked its twelfth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales, while G-III Apparel Group saw profit rise but revenue fall.  


VF Corp aligns with post-pandemic health and wellness shift Leonie Barrie | 20 May 20

Apparel powerhouse VF Corp believes it is well-positioned to emerge as a winner from the coronavirus crisis – with an increased consumer focus on the outdoors, health and wellbeing set to boost its activity-based lifestyle brands.


VF Corp takes step to explore virtual reality Beth Wright | 15 May 20

Technology company Cemtrex says it has received an order from apparel giant VF Corporation to build a virtual reality (VR) application for corporate and third party use, aimed at creating a better retail experience for consumers. 


Global retail staff and salary reductions amid Covid-19 – Update just-style | 1 May 20

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the apparel and footwear industry, brands and retailers are moving from store closures to worker lay-offs or furloughs, as well as executive pay cuts. Here are the latest:


VF Corp warns of full-year sales decline Michelle Russell | 21 Apr 20

VF Corp has seen its share price fall as the US apparel giant said it expects to report lower sales for the full year. 


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update just-style | 15 Apr 20

A raft of apparel and footwear brands and retailers including Next Plc, Primark, H&M, Nike and Gap Inc, are temporarily closing stores and suspending online operations as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. 


VF Corp closes "industry-first" EUR500m green bond Beth Wright | 28 Feb 20

Apparel giant VF Corp has closed its inaugural EUR500m (US$551.5m) green bond offering, the proceeds of which will be used to fund progress on its environmental and social responsibility commitments. 


VF Corp offers notes to fund sustainability projects Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 20

Apparel giant VF Corp is offering EUR500m (US$540m) in unsecured notes to investors, with plans to use the proceeds to fund a number of sustainability projects.


60% of VF Corp China stores closed due to coronavirus Beth Wright | 7 Feb 20

US apparel giant VF Corp says about 60% of its owned and partner stores in China have been temporarily closed due to efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus – but notes it is not yet possible to gauge the impact on its supply chain.


US Q3 in brief –Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Genesco just-style | 5 Feb 20

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has delivered an increase in both profit and revenue with the company "well-positioned" to deliver a solid finish to fiscal 2020, Stage Stores has narrowed its net loss, and American Eagle Outfitters has booked record sales. Elsewhere, J.Crew Group has announced an agreement on the terms of a transaction that will enable it to separate its J.Crew and Madewell brands into two independent companies and pursue a proposed IPO of Madewell. 


VF Corp weighs up future for its workwear brands Beth Wright | 21 Jan 20

US apparel giant VF Corp is to look at strategic alternatives for the occupational portion of its work segment as part of ongoing efforts to focus on its higher-growth, consumer-focused brands.


TAL Apparel, VF Corp and Zalando join Global Fashion Agenda Beth Wright | 16 Jan 20

TAL Apparel, VF Corporation, and Zalando have become the latest companies to join Global Fashion Agenda's associate partners circle, who will all contribute with insights from various parts of the supply chain.


Jim Pisani to step down as Timberland brand president Beth Wright | 16 Jan 20

Jim Pisani is to step down as global brand president of Timberland after three and a half years in the role.


VF Corp eyes 30% in supply chain carbon emissions by 2030 Beth Wright | 6 Dec 19

Apparel and footwear giant VF Corp has set new targets to slash its carbon emissions over the next decade, including a 30% absolute reduction of Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions focusing on farm-to-retail materials, sourcing operations and logistics.


US Q2 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Stage Stores just-style | 1 Nov 19

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Boot Barn Holdings has delivered what CEO Jim Conroy called an "outstanding" second-quarter, VF Corp has reaffirmed its full-year outlook, and Oxford Industries has posted its tenth consecutive quarter of consolidated comparable sales growth. Elsewhere, Genesco moved to a profit, while G-III Apparel Group has revised its full-year guidance in the wake of Trump's latest tariff hike. 


Timberland apparel reaches 100% responsibly sourced cotton Beth Wright | 18 Oct 19

Outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland continues to progress towards its 2020 sustainability goals, with all of the cotton used by its global apparel production team in the second quarter responsibly-sourced.

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