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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


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


VF Corp aligns with post-pandemic health and wellness shift

20 May 2020 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more


Global retail staff and salary reductions amid Covid-19 – Update

1 May 2020 | just-style

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:... read more


VF Corp warns of full-year sales decline

21 April 2020 | Michelle Russell

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


VF Corp closes "industry-first" EUR500m green bond

28 February 2020 | Beth Wright

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. ... read more


VF Corp offers notes to fund sustainability projects

19 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more


60% of VF Corp China stores closed due to coronavirus

7 February 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... 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


VF Corp weighs up future for its workwear brands

21 January 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


TAL Apparel, VF Corp and Zalando join Global Fashion Agenda

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


Jim Pisani to step down as Timberland brand president

16 January 2020 | Beth Wright

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


VF Corp eyes 30% in supply chain carbon emissions by 2030

6 December 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... 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


Timberland apparel reaches 100% responsibly sourced cotton

18 October 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more


The North Face launches first Futurelight waterproof apparel

4 October 2019 | Leonie Barrie

The North Face has launched the first outerwear garments featuring its new FutureLight waterproof fabric that is soft, light, flexible and comfortable – but also durable and sustainably designed.... read more


Pilot project to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt & Cambodia

27 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, and VF Corporation have partnered with Mastercard on a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally with the group coordinating pilots in Egypt and Cambodia.... 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


Napapijri launches its first 100% recyclable jacket

24 July 2019 | Beth Wright

VF Corp's casualwear brand Napapijri has unveiled its first 100% recyclable jacket and developed an accompanying take-back programme that gives customers the option of returning the jacket after two years, when it will be processed into new yarn and new products.... 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


How a converged single audit approach marks the next step in responsible sourcing

28 June 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

An overhaul of the auditing process on factory safety and working conditions is long overdue – and a new initiative launched this month could offer the solution. The Social & Labour Convergence Programme's Converged Assessment Framework enables apparel brands and retailers to align collectively around one standard, reduce the amount of money spent on duplicated auditing, and instead free up resources to improve efficiency and factory working conditions. SLCP executive director Janet Mensink, and Peter Higgins, senior director of global responsible sourcing at VF Corp, tell just-style more.... 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


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard

18 June 2019 | Beth Wright

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. ... read more


VF Corp commits to UK growth with opening of new business hub

7 June 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp has officially opened its new business hub in London with highlights including avatar-based virtual mannequins to showcase seasonal looks in 3D and dedicated brand experience floors.... 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


Kontoor Brands spin-off from VF gets the green light

30 April 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp has been given the green light by its board of directors to proceed with plans to spin off its jeans business into a separate publicly traded company that includes brands such as Lee and Wrangler.... read more


VF Corp sees lower FY outlook at Kontoor Brands

29 April 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

VF Corporation is expecting full-year revenue and earnings guidance at newly spun-off denim division Kontoor Brands to be lower year-on-year, as a result of operational actions related to the separation.... read more


Activating brand purpose – and putting it to work at Wrangler

23 April 2019 | Guest author

Over the last few years, there's been a lot of compelling information demonstrating the importance of a brand or organisation's purpose. Just like mission, vision, and values before it, purpose is gaining in critical mass as an organisational architecture trend. Here, Roian Atwood, director of sustainability for Wrangler and Lee jeans, discusses the methodologies involved in discovering brand purpose – and how it was put into practice at Wrangler.... 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


VF Corp takes next step in Kontoor Brands spin-off

1 April 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp is preparing for the official spin-off of its jeanswear business as an independent, publicly traded company called Kontoor Brands Inc, having today (1 April) announced the public filing of a Form 10 Registration Statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.... read more


The price of US imports from China continues to fall

19 March 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Despite concerns about sourcing from China amid an intensifying trade war with the US, newly-published figures show China continues to dominate US apparel imports – with import volume rising and prices continuing to fall again last year.... read more


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