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US Q1 in brief – Macy's, Stein Mart, Francesca's

2 July 2020 | just-style

In the latest first-quarter filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers, the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic and widespread store closures can be clearly seen. Macy's, Inc has posted a US$3.58bn loss, while Stein Mart reported a 57% tumble in sales. Elsewhere, PVH Corp has reported an "unprecedented" decline in revenue and earnings and sales at Zumiez have fallen by more than a third.... read more


Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

16 June 2020 | just-style

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group 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


Kohl's quits eight brands in bid to tighten apparel offering

20 May 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

US department store chain Kohl's is exiting eight "down-trending" womenswear brands as it moves to tighten up its apparel offering, following a 43.5% sales plunge and booking a loss in its most recent quarterly financial update.... 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


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


Kohl's cuts 250 roles in organisation restructure

17 February 2020 | Beth Wright

US department store retailer Kohl's has cut about 250 positions as part of a restructure designed to create a more customer-centric focus and position the company for long-term success.... 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 holiday sales in brief – Target Corp, Zumiez, Urban Outfitters

16 January 2020 | just-style

It's been a mixed bag of holiday sales filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers as Target's holiday sales failed to meet company expectations but Urban Outfitters reported record results. Elsewhere, L Brands has lowered its fourth-quarter earnings guidance and Kohl's is now expecting fiscal 2019 diluted earnings per share to be at the low end of its guidance range.... 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


Kohl's outlines 100% sustainably sourced cotton goal

11 September 2019 | Beth Wright

US department store retailer Kohl's has announced a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to achieve 100% sustainably sourced cotton in its proprietary brands by 2025.... read more


Kohl's names new tech chief amid president's exit

9 September 2019 | Beth Wright

US department store retailer Kohl's has announced the upcoming departure of its president, Sona Chawla, and named a new chief technology officer to support the retailer's omnichannel business.... 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


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


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


Outlook for UK retailers looks bleak

11 March 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The outlook for UK retailers continues to look bleak. UK department store John Lewis blamed a "challenging" retail backdrop for a more than 45% drop in full-year profits to GBP160m. It was a similar story for rival Debenhams, which issued a warning on full-year profits based on poor sales performance. In an update, the retailer said for the 18 weeks to 5 January, gross transaction value fell 5.6% and like-for-like sales were down 5.7%. ... read more


How Levi Strauss is driving sustainable change

4 March 2019 | Beth Wright

The denim and jeans sector is having to work tirelessly to change perceptions over its sustainability, or lack of it. But change is nigh, promises Michael Kobori, vice president of social and environmental sustainability at Levi Strauss & Co. The company recently expanded its Partnership for Cleaner Textiles (PaCT) programme to four countries in Asia and is now engaging in one of its most ambitious plans to date, with a target to cut carbon emissions across its supply chain by 40% by 2025. "At this point, that is the most aggressive target in the industry, we believe, in terms of both the magnitude and the timeframe," Kobori tells just-style.... read more


Apparel and sourcing firms make 2019 ethical ranking

28 February 2019 | Beth Wright

US apparel giant VF Corp, Hong Kong-based sourcing specialist William E Connor & Associates, and Swedish apparel retailer H&M are the only apparel, sourcing and retail companies to make it on to the latest annual ranking of the world's most ethical companies.... read more


British MPs call for laws to tackle fast fashion

25 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The UK government is being urged to introduce legislation that requires fashion brands and retailers to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains and take more responsibility for the environmental impact of their businesses. ... read more


Cambodia facing trade benefits suspension

18 February 2019 | Beth Wright

The European Union has officially started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme. The move follows a warning toCambodia in Octoberthat without clear and demonstrable improvements to its human rights situation there would be asuspension of trade preferences. Not surprisingly, the news has disappointedthe Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), which sayssuch a movewould jeopardise the country's efforts to build a responsible apparel supply chain.... read more


US imports hit by earlier stockpiling efforts

11 February 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Latest figures have revealed a fall in US apparel import volumes from nine of the top ten supplier countries in November. China, its biggest apparel supplier, booked flat growth. The picture was hugely different from the previous month where all ten showed positive growth for imports into the US, suggesting retailers were stockpiling earlier to get ahead of the holiday period, as well as bringing in spring merchandise, in a bid to beat a potential increase in tariffs on goods from China.... 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


Hemp apparel – hype or opportunity?

4 February 2019 | Leonie Barrie

With products derived from hemp making their presence felt in a range of industries, from food and drinks to medicines, we've looked at potential applications in clothing – and issues for the supply chain.... read more


TexOps restructure and the quest to get ahead

28 January 2019 | Beth Wright

Salvadoran sportswear maquila TexOps is navigating a painful restructuring, with owner David Ha putting the brakes on expansion. "We are going back to basics,” the Korean entrepreneur tells just-style in an exclusive interview, revealing how the firm is strategising ahead to get ready for what is coming. This, he says, includes an increase in US labels shifting sourcing south of the border as Trump's trade war with China escalates.... read more


Brexit deal rejection worries apparel industry

21 January 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Last week's rejection of Theresa May's proposed UK-EU Brexit deal by MPs saw chatter spike among industry execs who say a No-Deal Brexit could be problematic for the sector given its heavy reliance on overseas talent ... read more


US trade updates out of date

15 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Apparel and textile industry executives are among those being deprived of key trade and economic data amid the ongoing US government shutdown – at a time when trade tensions between the US and China mean that having access to the most up-to-date statistics is more important than ever.... read more


US holiday sales in brief – Nordstrom, Citi Trends, Urban Outfitters

15 January 2019 | just-style

It's been a mixed bag of holiday sales filings from US apparel and footwear brands and retailers as Urban Outfitters reported record holiday sales, Kohl's raised its full-year earnings guidance on the back of a 1.2% rise, while US retail giant JC Penney is to shutter three stores this spring on the back of a 5.4% comp sales drop.... read more


2019 off to a positive start

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Getting 2019 off to a positive start, it seems US apparel retailers saw some holiday cheer, with strong sales momentum that started during the back-to-school season carrying on to Christmas.... read more


UN sets new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

18 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

43 leading fashion brands, retailers and suppliers – including Adidas, Burberry, Gap Inc, H&M Group, Inditex, Kering, Levi Strauss & Co, and PVH Corp – are backing the UN’s new Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action with an initial goal of reducing aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.... read more


Decathlon's decade-long eco-labelling project

12 December 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Global sporting goods giant Decathlon is nearing the finishing line on a decade-long project that will see all textile and footwear items labelled with their environmental impact by the end of next year. The data is also enabling more eco-friendly design – and will be made freely available to other companies. The retailer has spoken exclusively to just-style about the initiative.... read more


Regional supply chains shape up

26 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Regional patterns in world textile and apparel trade are becoming increasingly important, according to an analysis using data from the re:source by just-style sourcing tool. The trend reflects both the changing dynamics of the global economy and the shifting sourcing strategies of fashion brands and retailers.... read more


US-China trade spat spurs sourcing shifts

22 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The coming change of control of the House of Representatives following the US mid-term elections will probably do little to stop the escalating tariff disputes between the US and China, the American fashion industry has been warned.... read more


Apparel makers - Let's get virtual

21 November 2018 | Hannah Abdulla

The Virtual Reality market is becoming a bit of a big deal. According to recent forecasts from DigiCapital, the global VR market value could surpass $120bn by 2020. And, as consumers are demanding more from their apparel, combining VR with apparel is something to think about. Cue Google. ... read more


Complexities of multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control

15 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

The fashion industry is operating in a multi-channel world – but when it comes to managing this approach, it seems there is no unanimity of best practice (and often no best practice at all) on multi-channel pricing, sourcing and stock control. Here we unravel some of the complexities.... read more


Fashion firms struggle on speed to market

6 November 2018 | Leonie Barrie

Fashion firms are continuing to wrestle with the challenges of taking decisions quickly and meeting deadlines – and admit they are struggling to speed their go-to-market processes to keep up with fast-moving consumer buying behaviour.... read more


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