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What People Were Saying… The U.S. consumer is very aware of fiber content. Business is good for smaller, niche brands. If you have the right product, buyers will not push too much on price. Physical retail is important – need customers to experience the products. Interestingly, there was almost no talk about sustainability.  What’s Selling Bold floral prints (jungle prints, tropical prints) Soft fabrics with lots of drape The difference is in the details (think...

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Creative, high quality, and targeting specific consumer needs has been the ticket to success for a growing number of small brands. New products that address specific consumer needs, unique designs, and better quality were the ‘asks’ at Curve NY (August 4-6, 2019). It was a big order to fulfill, however an increasing number of brands are meeting these new requirements. The rise of niche brands – and their importance in the market - can’t be overlooked. ...

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Everyone is talking about robotics these days. Manufacturers tend to see completely automated apparel production as not viable, given the complexities of making most garments.  Consultants, on the other hand, tell us that this is the future – and the future is now. Unquestionably, garment manufacturing is seeing greater automation.  Right now, the most practical application (at least from a cost-benefit point of view) are co-bots – essentially automation that boost wor...

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“Who failed the customer? Was it the mall or the retailer?” said Lanne Bennett, Vice President of New Business Development with Samuels and Company, and who previously worked for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in Los Angeles.Many of the brands that are doing poorly have lackluster products, shoddy quality and have cut back on investing in maintaining their stores. So is it the mall or the brand that’s to blame for weak sales?

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FRONTLINE REPORT: Spinexpo NY Talking About Sustainability - and Everyone Was! Despite the mixed sentiments about the health of the US market (some say the market is strong and expect it to remain this way. Others sense an impending recession…), the mood at SPINEXPO New York (July 16-18) was very upbeat.“It’s been a tough year, said John Yau, Director of R&D at UPW (Hong Kong). “Smaller brands have been more hesitant to purchase the same amounts as they hav...

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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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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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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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Performance Days is always a hub for technical innovation. Here's the best of what we saw.

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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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