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US Q4 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, PVH Corp

21 May 2020 | just-style

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.  ... 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


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


US Q3 in brief –Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Genesco

5 February 2020 | just-style

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. ... read more


US Q2 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Stage Stores

1 November 2019 | just-style

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. ... 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


US Q1 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Cherokee Global Brands

1 August 2019 | just-style

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, VF Corp has raised its fiscal 2020 outlook, Cherokee Global Brands booked a mixed first quarter and announced it will officially rebrand to Apex Global Brands, Destination Maternity reported a challenging start to the year amid the news Marla Ryan will step down as CEO, while PVH Corp saw profits slip. Dick's Sporting Goods enjoyed higher sales as did Footlocker. ... 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


US Q4 in brief – VF Corp, Boot Barn Holdings, Destination Maternity

23 May 2019 | just-style

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Iconix Brand Group reported a GAAP net loss, CEO of PHV Corp, Emanuel Chirico, said the company is "very pleased" with its fourth-quarter and full year 2018 results, and Guess Inc released its first results under new CEO Carlos Alberini.... 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


US Q3 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp

6 February 2019 | just-style

In the latest third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Francesca's Holdings Corporation swung to a third-quarter loss of US$16.2m, PVH Corp posted what CEO Emanuel Chirico called a "strong earnings performance", and Abercrombie booked its fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales.... 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


US Q2 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, VF Corp, Sears

26 October 2018 | just-style

In the latest second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, VF Corp raised its full-year guidance on strong sales and earnings, while L Brands reported a 28.7% drop in earnings, and Urban Outfitters achieved record second-quarter sales and a jump in profit.... 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


US Q1 in brief – Destination Maternity, Tailored Brands, Boot Barn

8 August 2018 | just-style

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH Corp saw revenues exceed guidance thanks to strength across the business, while Guess saw continued momentum in Europe and Asia push earnings and sales up in the three months ended 5 May. Dick's Sporting Goods raised its full-year outlook and Destination XL narrowed its net losses.... read more


US Q4 in brief – Boot Barn Holdings, Destination Maternity

18 May 2018 | just-style

In the latest fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination Maternity narrowed its net loss, Sears was boosted by the new US tax law, Caleres returned to profit, Dick's Sporting Goods achieved growth across key businesses, and Urban Outfitters produced record fourth-quarter sales.... read more


US Q3 in brief – Deckers Brands, Boot Barn Holdings

6 February 2018 | just-style

In the most recent third-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Deckers Brands exceeded expectations, while Boot Barn Holdings saw earnings nearly double. Destination Maternity, meanwhile, widened its losses.... 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


US Q2 in brief – Finish Line, Zumiez, Tailored Brands, Vince Holding

22 September 2017 | just-style

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, PVH upped its full-year guidance based on strong second-quarter results, while Guess saw its results boosted by solid growth in both Europe and Asia. Oxford Industries, meanwhile, saw mixed results as earnings fell but sales edged up.... 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


US Q1 in brief – Cherokee, The Finish Line, J Crew

10 July 2017 | Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, G-III Apparel moved to a loss on acquisition charges, while Guess saw earnings fall on soft Americas sales. Kate Spade, meanwhile, saw earnings slump on the back of sales declines, while Hudson's Bay recorded comparable store declines on the back of lower domestic store traffic across all banners. ... read more


US Q4 in brief – Cherokee, Vince Holding, Destination Maternity

15 May 2017 | Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent fourth-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Destination XL moved to a profit but booked lower sales, while Caleres moved to a loss in the quarter. VF Corporation, meanwhile, revealed a fall in both sales and earnings for the quarter, while Stein Mart moved to a loss as a result of "aggressive" promotions. ... read more


Dick's Sporting Goods taps Target supply chain exec Jones

12 May 2017 | Michelle Russell

US retailer Dick's Sporting Goods has appointed former Target supply chain executive Keri Jones as its chief merchant, and promoted Lauren Hobart to company president as part of a number of management moves.... 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


Gap names List-Stoll new finance chief

16 November 2016 | Beth Wright

Struggling US speciality retailer Gap Inc has named former Dick's Sporting Goods executive, Teri List-Stoll, as its new finance chief, following the news Sabrina Simmons is to leave the company next year.... 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


Dick's Sporting Goods appoints Belitsky CFO

4 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

US apparel retailer Dick's Sporting Goods has promoted Lee Belitsky to the role of finance chief.... read more


US Q2 in brief - The Finish Line, Cherokee, Zumiez, Vince Holding, Tailored Brands

9 September 2016 | Michelle Russell and Beth Wright

In the most recent second-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, Tailored Brands showed improvement on Q1 but saw earnings slide, while DSW booked mixed results. Abercrombie & Fitch widened its net losses but remained optimistic, while Destination Maternity revealed improved losses. Express, meanwhile, delivered what it described as a "disappointing" second-quarter, below management expectations, and Macy's saw a "distinct" improvement in its sales and earnings trends for the quarter. ... 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


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