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Why circular fashion is "the answer for everything" at Esprit 24 Oct 2018

Hong-Kong listed Esprit is currently rethinking every step of the fashion lifecycle with a view to "inclusive circularity" that respects the use of both material and human resources. Sara Bermúdez Couto, head of product safety management and environmental sustainability, explains.


Faster fashion – How to shorten the apparel calendar 29 May 2018

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitise the value chain, according to insight from McKinsey.


How to tackle the apparel industry's digital skills gap? 4 May 2018

As the apparel industry wakes up to embracing digitalisation as a way of delivering on speed, customisation and transparency, it is also seeing a gap in the digital skills set of its workforce. Some tips the industry can take include collaborating with teaching staff on job expectations, sharing new technologies, and making them accessible to students.


Sportswear firms debate digitalisation and disruption 22 Nov 2017

Faced with a paradigm shift in everything from the way products are sold to the tools and technologies that make them, sporting goods brands, retailers and manufacturers are still trying to work out the best way to navigate this rapidly-changing landscape.


Adidas poised to thrive in highly competitive landscape 9 Nov 2017

Despite a number of difficult years, Adidas is back on track. The company's strong performance has been helped by the health of the global sportswear industry, the proliferation of athleisure, and a more reactive and agile manufacturing process, writes Pedro Aguilar, beauty and fashion analyst at market research provider Euromonitor International.

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Gerry Weber to close 230 stores as FY earnings plummet 10 Dec 2018

Struggling German fashion retailer Gerry Weber has announced it will close 230 stores and cut its workforce, warning it expects a "significant loss" in earnings for the full year fuelled by restructuring costs, depreciation and write-downs.


Otto Group joins Fashion for Good 29 Nov 2018

Fashion for Good, a global initiative trying to make fashion more sustainable, is partnering with German e-commerce giant Otto Group in a move that underlines their shared commitment to a more circular apparel industry.


Sympatex spun-dyed technology reduces water usage 27 Nov 2018

Functional fabric specialist Sympatex has developed a sustainable spun-dyed process for apparel fabrics that it says reduces the amount of water needed by around 75%.


Speed, Asia and online key to boosting sales, says Hugo Boss 15 Nov 2018

German fashion brand Hugo Boss has outlined a new strategic business plan, designed to increase the desirability of its Boss and Hugo brands through investments in speed and personalisation. The company, which is hosting an investor day in London today (15 November), has also revealed plans to increase group sales by an average of between 5%-7% per year through the expansion of its online business and exploiting its growth potential in Asia.


Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt merger approved 13 Nov 2018

Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) and retail estate business Signa Holding have received the go-ahead to merge their respective HBC Europe and Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH’s retail operations.


Adidas to continue "heavy" investment in digital 9 Nov 2018

Adidas says it will continue to invest very heavily into its digital business model as the German sportswear giant looks to boost product innovation and speed-to-market.


Texprocess and Techtextil numbers to surpass previous editions 9 Nov 2018

The Techtextil and Texprocess trade shows will return to Frankfurt next year with organisers claiming the number of registrations received for the two fairs is already significantly over that of the previous editions


Adidas up FY profitability outlook amid "strong" Q3 7 Nov 2018

German sportswear group Adidas has increased its profitability outlook for the year on the back of what it called a "strong financial performance" in the first nine months of 2018 and "high-quality growth" in the third quarter.


Hot weather wilts Q3 profit at Hugo Boss 7 Nov 2018

German fashion brand Hugo Boss is optimistic of a return to profitable growth in the coming year, after booking a drop in third-quarter earnings blamed on higher markdowns to shift unsold summer stock.


Zalando Q3 loss widens as hot summer slows sales growth 7 Nov 2018

A long and unusually hot summer has been blamed for cooling sales at German fashion e-tailer Zalando, leading to wider losses in the third quarter.

Latest blogs

World Sports Forum to focus on new markets 23 Jan 2015

Anyone heading to ISPO Munich next month for what is arguably the world’s largest multi-segment sports exhibition, should also try to take in the World Sports Forum event on 'Entering and Exploring new Markets.'


Adidas joins world's most sustainable companies 22 Jan 2015

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Esprit launches vegan hantags 30 Jul 2014

Hong Kong-listed fashion brand Esprit is introducing vegan hangtags, in a bid to increase transparency in textile labelling and better inform conscious consumers.