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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3D technology: Applications in retail

2 September 2014 | Lee Adendorff

From scanning technology for major sizing studies, to magic mirrors or virtual fitting rooms, 3D technology is helping to transform both retail stores and online shopping.... read more

UK: Fashion fit and sizing workshops set for next month

28 August 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Fit specialist Alvanon is bringing its new sizing and fit workshops to the UK next month in a bid to help fashion executives improve their understanding of the process.... read more

UK: Alvanon virtual 3D fit form boosts speed to market

5 June 2014 | Michelle Russell

Fit specialist Alvanon has developed a new virtual fit form avatar that it says will further increase the speed of the design-to-market process while yielding significant savings in physical fittings and sampling.... read more

SOUTH AFRICA: Woolworths begins national sizing survey

11 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

South African retailer Woolworths is embarking on a new nationwide body shape and sizing survey, which it says is the first to take place in the country.... read more

UK: Morrisons commits to Nutmeg children's wear fit

22 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

The new Nutmeg children's wear brand launched by supermarket retailer Morrisons has invested in a range of technical fit mannequins to help communicate with its suppliers.... read more

UK: Alvanon unveils sizing and fit training programme

17 July 2013 | Katie Smith

Fit specialist Alvanon has launched a global training programme to help product design and development teams achieve better and more consistent garment fit - providing them with a competitive edge.... read more

UK: Supergroup to roll out new body size standards

30 April 2013 | Petah Marian

UK retailer Supergroup is planning to implement a new core body size standard and fit strategy for its Superdry brand. ... read more

Garment size and fit a "moving target"

19 April 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion retailers, brands and manufacturers are facing a "moving target" when it comes to garment sizing and fit. A focus on changing consumer shapes, communication with both offshore factories and customers, pattern blocks and fit forms, as well as processes and training are all needed now if the industry is to prevent problems in the future, say leading executives.... read more

GERMANY: New fit mannequins for northern Europe

17 April 2013 | Richard Woodard

A new range of technical fit mannequins has been developed to help garment suppliers to make better fitting clothes for consumers in Germany and across Northern and Eastern Europe.... read more

HONG KONG: Prime Source Forum returns for sourcing debate

14 March 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Senior executives from across the apparel industry and its supply chain will be heading to Hong Kong later this month for the annual Prime Source Forum.... read more

UK: Speakers line-up for apparel size and fit seminar

12 March 2013 | Leonie Barrie

The latest issues and innovations in garment sizing and fit will be the focus of a new one-day seminar being organised by the ASBCI (Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry) next month.... read more

UK children's wear retailers collaborate on fit standards

22 January 2013 | Petah Marian

Six of the UK's leading children's wear retailers have partnered with fit solutions specialist Alvanon and Select Research to create a common standard for children's clothing sizes in the UK. ... read more

Speaking with style: Harry van Dalfsen, president, IAF

6 September 2012 | Leonie Barrie

The theme of change resonates loudly with Harry van Dalfsen, who took on the role of president of the International Apparel Federation (IAF) two years ago at the height of the global economic crisis. Not surprisingly, ‘Fashion business in a changing environment’ is also the focus of the upcoming IAF World Apparel Convention, which takes place later this month.... read more

ITALY: United Colors of Benetton unveils new fit strategy

31 August 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Global fashion brand United Colors of Benetton is set to implement a new core body size standard and fit strategy based on an in-depth body shape analysis of its target customers.... read more

UK: M&S unveils new Body Shape Denim range

21 August 2012 | Richard Woodard

Fashion retailer Marks & Spencer is launching a new range of women’s jeans designed to offer a better fit by focusing on shape rather than size.... read more

US: Alvanon adds plus-size women's apparel fit forms

27 July 2012 | Leonie Barrie

A new tool to help fashion designers, apparel makers and retailers create well-fitting plus-size women's wear has been launched by fit specialist Alvanon Inc.... read more

PORTUGAL: IAF line-up for technology and innovation session

11 July 2012 | Leonie Barrie

The latest speakers lined up for the technology and innovation session at the International Apparel Federation's (IAF) World Apparel Convention later this year include executives from Hugo Boss, Alvanon and TC2.... read more

AUSTRALIA: Retailer Target launches sizing survey

19 April 2012 | Petah Marian

Australian general merchandise retailer Target today (19 April) announced plans to scan up to 20,000 people as part of efforts to identify and analyse the dominant body shapes and measurements of its customers.... read more

Prime Source Forum 2012: Quote/unquote - day 2

31 March 2012 | Leonie Barrie

Industry issues tackled on the second day of this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong included the globalisation of retail and its impact on the supply chain, the internet and social networking, and a call for more effort to train and promote talent. Here is a roundup of comments from some of the speakers at the event.... read more

Prime Source Forum 2012: Quote/Unquote - day 1

29 March 2012 | Leonie Barrie

The first day of this year's Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong threw up the usual mix of ideas and insight. Rising costs, finding capable capacity, new sourcing locations such as Myanmar, collaboration across the supply chain - and of course China's role in all of this - were all up for discussion. Here are some of the most quotable highlights from the first day. ... read more