Can Denim Achieve 3 Key Must-Haves?

Can Denim Achieve 3 Key Must-Haves?

Ask any mill what buyers are looking for and the answer is the same “sustainable fabrics.”  Still, the sales of these materials accounts for as little as 5% of mills’ sales.  Price remains the biggest obstacle.  Materials represent the biggest cost factor for apparel and in a hyper competitive market that input will be controlled down to the last cent. While almost every mill has quickly jumped onto the sustainability directive, they are finding that their i...
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"Work It Out",  say G20 Finance Ministers

"Work It Out", say G20 Finance Ministers

Tense times for international trade.  G20 Finance Ministers encourage nations to bury the hatchet.What:  G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors MeetingWhen:  June 8-9, 2019 in Fukuoka, JapanTop Concern:  The “intensifying” global trade and geopolitical tensions.  US-China rift is particularly worrisome. (G20 communique / IMF summary)“The principal threat stems from continuing trade tensions.  The first priority should be to resolve the cu...
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Dressbarn Leaves Market Opportunities for Others

Dressbarn Leaves Market Opportunities for Others

Ascena Group, Inc (USA), which includes Dressbarn amongst its brand portfolio, has announced it will close the entire 605-store chain.   Ascena has accumulated $1 billion in debt and to reduce that burden, it sold off Maurices.  Now it had hoped to sell Dressbarn.  No one showed up to buy it.Analysts agree that Dressbarn has been a victim of lackluster brand image, being part of a group that overall is struggling, and an overall weakness in the apparel sector.Parent company A...
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17 Top Developments from Performance Days

17 Top Developments from Performance Days

Performance Days is always a hub for technical innovation. Here's the best of what we saw.
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A Brand That's Built to Outlast Its Celebrity Status

A Brand That's Built to Outlast Its Celebrity Status

Many brands are touted as the next big thing.   Canada Goose is one brand that’s literally built to outlast its current celebrity status. Brand PositionCreated its own niche between sport Patagonia and the luxury glam of Moncler. Not just a status brand - Canada Goose delivers on performance.  Started out as protective gear for extreme cold weather conditions (polar expeditions - can protect wearers in temperatures to -30 C (according to the company)  Financia...
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New Technology Uses Nanoparticles To Mark Fiber’s True Indentity

New Technology Uses Nanoparticles To Mark Fiber’s True Indentity

There’s now one more way to trace the origins of the fiber used in apparel and other products.FibreTrace, developed by Fibremark Solutions Limited (UK) uses a US patented process that employs marked fibre materials that are incorporated into fabric or yarn, usually during the yarn spinning stage.A yarn or thread with trace slivers that contain luminescent nanoparticle photon micro encapsulated markers is used as a 'marker'.  This yarn is woven or knitted into the finished garm...
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New Digital Printing Solution for Polyester Apparel

New Digital Printing Solution for Polyester Apparel

Now activewear can enjoy the customisation that used to be possible only on cotton Tshirts, polos, and cotton garments. Using Kornit’s NeoPoly technology, it is now possible to do industrial polyester printing, without dealing with dye migration. The new solution means that activewear and athleisure garments can now take advantage of the flexibility and design opportunities that digital printing offers. The Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro is the first machine equipped with the new...
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Amazon vs Everyone Else

Amazon vs Everyone Else

The battle has now moved to a new front:  Wages.Amazon has given retailers one more reason for angst.In a letter to shareholders on April 11, CEO Jeff Bezos taunted "Today I challenge our top retail competitors (you know who you are!) to match our employee benefits and our $15 minimum wage.”KEY POINTS Most of Amazon’s workers are in distribution centres where pay tends to be higher due to the physical nature of the job.  (Charles Allen, Bloomberg Intelligence Analyst) ...
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Seeking New Suppliers in New Locations

Seeking New Suppliers in New Locations

It wasn’t too long ago that buyers were focused on reducing the number of countries where they sourced, and also consolidating the number of vendors they worked with in each country.A year ago, everything changed.Growing geopolitical uncertainty caused buyers to rethink their strategy.  The new plan:  diversify.  The US-China trade war (for the record, apparel has not had to suffer "Trump Tariffs"), was a wake up call about how fast even what appears to be a t...
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I Spy: The Fine Line Between Insights and Intrusion

I Spy: The Fine Line Between Insights and Intrusion

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most talked about new technologies. Retailers and brands see AI (and other methods of tracking consumer behaviour) as a big breakthrough in determining what to sell.  Consumers see it as a growing invasion of privacy.  The heightened publicity surrounding privacy breaches is adding fuel to the fire.Consumers no longer trust social media platforms, as well as a growing number of other tech service providers.  That should be ...
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