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Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

26 May 2020 | just-style

JCPenney, PVH Corp, and Kohl's 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.... read more


3D virtual design and fit tools keep fashion on track

15 April 2020 | Leonie Barrie

With fashion supply chains around the world fracturing in the face of travel bans, factory shutdowns and remote working, tools such as 3D virtual design, fit and prototyping software are helping businesses to stay on track.... read more


Global retail closures as coronavirus spreads – Update

15 April 2020 | just-style

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. ... read more


Alvanon launches new network of Fit Studios

4 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has launched a new network of Fit Studios in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, New York and Shanghai to help designers, fashion brands and retailers achieve the best possible fit for their target demographic.... read more


Alvanon names Ton Wiedenhoff Europe director

27 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has named Ton Wiedenhoff as executive director of its European operations.... read more


Under Armour digitises size range for 3D avatar fleet

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

US sportswear giant Under Armour has teamed up with apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon to digitise its fit forms to create a range of 3D digital avatars across sizes running from an infant 0 to men's 5XL.... read more


Is profit a bad thing? The business case for sustainability

27 June 2019 | Beth Wright

With many companies still struggling to find a way forward on sustainability, Jackie Lewis, senior consultant at apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon, suggests there needs to be a hook from a business point of view to motivate change. Here she sets out five steps she sees as key.... read more


Five ways to get a good fit to boost jeans sales

10 April 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The global jeans market is set to become a US$59.46bn opportunity by 2022. But with so much choice available, how can jeans brands and retailers remain relevant to the consumer? Specialist consultancy Alvanon has put together a 'cheat sheet' for brands, summarising the top five ways to execute great, consistent fit.... read more


Alvanon releases new children's clothing standard

30 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has launched a new size standard for North American children in response to what it called a "seismic shift" in sizing standards for youngsters. ... read more


Fit issues remain in global childrenswear market

9 October 2018 | Michelle Russell

The global childrenswear market is growing, with the US in particular expected to expand – but issues remain around size and fit.... read more


Alvanon opens fashion innovation hub in China

30 January 2018 | Beth Wright

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has developed a new industry hub in China in a bid to commercialise new technologies and sustainable innovations aimed at transforming the global fashion industry.... read more


Survey aims to identify apparel industry skill gaps

13 October 2017 | Leonie Barrie

What is thought to be the first ever in-depth skills study conducted specifically for the apparel industry has been launched in a bid to identify changes in skills and training throughout the entire supply chain.... read more


Alvanon and Browzwear partner on 3D in Hong Kong and China

13 September 2017 | Beth Wright

Digital apparel specialists Alvanon and Browzwear are teaming up in a new strategic regional partnership to offer both fit consulting and 3D apparel design, development and merchandising solutions in Hong Kong and China. ... read more


Open source is key in the move to new technology tools

17 November 2016 | Beth Wright

While some retailers are already enjoying the benefits of 3D design, virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software, others are still struggling to find the best ways to leverage the potential benefits into their businesses.... read more


Managing change in the move to new technology tools

25 October 2016 | Beth Wright

With the road to implementing new technology often a daunting prospect – be it 3D design and virtual prototyping tools or product lifecycle management software – some of the tips for managing the process include clear communication, honest expectations, and good old-fashioned patience.... read more


Fashion fit for the future – five strategies for speed

21 October 2016 | Leonie Barrie

The apparel industry has to get faster if it is to remain competitive – and relevant ­– in a rapidly changing environment, according to Ed Gribbin, president at size and fit specialist Alvanon. Speaking at last week's 'Fashion Fit For The Future' event, he set out some strategies and tactics for speed.... read more


Alvanon appoints Fong as Asia Pacific consultant

7 September 2016 | Michelle Russell

Apparel and textile industry consultancy Alvanon is strengthening its core fashion advisory capabilities in Asia Pacific with the appointment of May Fong as senior consultant for the region. ... read more


How virtual garments are set to shape fashion retail

13 July 2016 | Leonie Barrie

As well as offering new opportunities for apparel design and prototyping, 3D tools also have the potential to change the way retailers and brands interact with their customers.... read more


Quick wins a key part of the 3D virtual design puzzle

13 July 2016 | Leonie Barrie

While the fashion industry still grapples to find the best ways to leverage the business benefits of 3D design and virtual prototyping tools, some of the tips for building buy-in include inspiring trust in the technology, and identifying quick and obvious wins.... read more


Texprocess Americas taps into apparel automation

12 May 2016 | John McCurry

Automation and robotics were among the key trends on show at last week's Texprocess Americas exhibition. These industry-changing technologies have the potential to bridge the industry's skills gap, increase productivity in apparel manufacturing, and drive speed to market, according to exhibitors.... read more


Something’s not right about ‘see now, buy now’

1 April 2016 | Guest author

Brands need to respond to consumer needs for instant gratification with a strategy for speed – where speed and efficiency in the product development cycle are crucial, warns Alvanon president Ed Gribbin.... read more


C&A extends consistent fit to men's and children's wear

25 February 2016 | Katie Smith

As it works to establish a more consistent fit across its entire product range, European fashion retailer C&A is to highlight the changes with special labels on its men's, children's wear and Clockhouse offerings.... read more


US Q3 in brief: Finish Line, Gymboree, Cherokee Global Brands, Men's Wearhouse

7 January 2016 | Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel brands and retailers Gymboree, Aeropostale, Sears and New York & Co narrowed their losses, while Oxford Industries, Destination Maternity and J Crew saw theirs widen. Both The Finish Line and Men's Wearhouse swung to a loss. On a positive note, The Children's Place, Express, American Eagle Outfitters, G-III Apparel Group and Abercrombie & Fitch booked higher earnings. ... read more


C&A building brand loyalty through consistent fit

16 November 2015 | Leonie Barrie

If proof was needed of the link between consistent garment size and fit and its impact on top-line growth, then look no further than European value fashion retailer C&A – where a 10-month overhaul of fit and product development processes is already paying dividends. Involving the supply base as early as possible has also been one of the keys to success.... read more


Alvanon strengthens advisory capabilities with new hire

2 November 2015 | Katie Smith

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has tapped Tracy Woosley to the role of senior consultant, adding the former Target executive in a bid to strengthen its apparel business advisory capabilities.... read more


Scandinavian tech tour on virtual apparel development

26 October 2015 | Leonie Barrie

A Scandinavian technology tour is being organised next month to bring the very latest 3D virtual and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) innovations to apparel companies in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.... read more


Alvanon to drive innovation with new hires

29 July 2015 | Katie Smith

Apparel size and fit specialist Alvanon has announced two executive changes within its strategic innovations research and development facility in Hong Kong, including the promotion of Kevin Campbell to chief technology officer.... read more


Leveraging the business benefits of 3D virtual design

6 July 2015 | Leonie Barrie

While 3D design and virtual prototyping technology is already well-established in industries like architecture and automotives, the fashion industry is still grappling to find the best ways to leverage its business benefits.... read more


C&A to add "consistently accurate fit" label to garments

1 July 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Retailer C&A is to highlight the improved and consistent fit of garments across its size range with special labels on its latest ladies’ wear and denim ranges.... read more


US Q1 in brief: Finish Line, Cherokee, Destination Maternity

26 June 2015 | Michelle Russell and Katie Smith

First-quarter revenue forecasts for US apparel retailers fared far worse than earnings expectations. The Finish Line said it got off to a "solid start" with double-digit profit growth, and Cherokee was pleased with a "strong" quarter, despite some headwinds. Elsewhere, Urban Outfitters revealed a mixed quarter, while Men's Wearhouse booked record sales but a decline in earnings. ... read more


Brown Shoe new name Caleres takes effect

29 May 2015 | Michelle Russell

Shareholders of Brown Shoe Co have approved the company's new name, Caleres, as part of a rebranding initiative.... read more


Alvanon president Ed Gribbin joins IAF board

13 May 2015 | Katie Smith

Ed Gribbin, president of apparel size and fit expert Alvanon, has joined the board of the International Apparel Federation (IAF).... read more


Turkey’s LC Waikiki invests in strategic fit

16 March 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Turkey’s largest independent fashion brand, LC Waikiki, is expanding its investment in technical fit mannequins after identifying consistent size and fit as a key strategy for apparel sales growth.... read more


The Fit Factor: Five rules for reinvention

13 March 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion brands and retailers need to embrace “radical change” in their apparel sizing and fit strategies if they are to remain competitive in a changing environment. And for Alvanon’s Ed Gribbin, there are lessons to be learned from technology giants like Apple.... read more


First apparel size and fit project in the Middle East

24 February 2015 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailers Splash and Iconic have launched their first ‘fit’ accredited ranges following what is thought to be the first ever garment sizing, fit and development project carried out in the Middle East.... read more


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