PAST ISSUE

December 2004

Issue Article:

"If you see a football team going into the game and not calling, how do they know what the play is?"

12/01/2004 - JORDAN K. SPEER

If you see a football team going into the game and not calling, how do they know what the play is?

2004 Apparel Executive Forum Event Report

12/01/2004 - By Michael Cole, Apparel

The 2004 Apparel Executive Forum offered an understood but critical reminder for its participants: Shedding traditional ways of thinking and adopting new organizational approaches is critical to tackle the challenges presented by 2005 and beyond.

AIM Inc., a global trade association recognized

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AIM Inc., a global trade association recognized as an authority on automatic identification and mobility, has published "Proposed Guidelines for the Use of RFID-Enabled Labels in Military Logistics: Recommendations for Revision of MIL-STD 129."

Ann Fairhurst, Ph.D.

12/01/2004 - Michael Cole

Those who hold the premise that professionals in the world of academia are isolated from real-world realities have never encountered Ann Fairhurst.

Apparel reported in the November issue

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Apparel reported in the November issue that 10 China safeguard petitions had been filed by the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) as of mid-October.

Apparel's "2005 Business & Technology Outlook" Webcast

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Apparel's "2005 Business & Technology Outlook" Webcast, which was broadcast live over the Internet on Oct. 12, is available for replay through mid-April.

Apparel's 2004 All-Stars Take Center Stage (Cover)

12/01/2004 - Michael Cole

The 2004 All-Stars (featured below), which include American Apparel Inc., Brooks Brothers, Burlington Coat Factory, Elie Tahari Ltd., Hot Kiss, Dr. Ann Fairhurst of the University of Tennessee, L.C. King Manufacturing Co., Pacific Sunwear of California, Patagonia and Vital Apparel Group, were chosen from among a strong group of outstanding candidates.

Brooks Brothers

12/01/2004 - Jordan K. Speer

Put away your irons, ladies! Brooks Brothers has just introduced its world-exclusive, non-iron stretch shirt for women, a 93 percent cotton/7 percent XLA (Dow Chemical fiber) blend that looks sharp and travels well.

China Safeguard Petition Update

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he U.S. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) requested consultations with the Chinese government on sock imports on Oct. 29, prompting immediate imposition of temporary safeguard measures to cap sock imports at no more than 7.5 percent growth.

DOW XLA Stretch Fiber Broadens Its Uses

12/01/2004 - RAYE RUDIE

Dow Fiber Solutions announced at a press conference earlier this year in New York that its DOW XLA stretch fiber, already successful in men's dress shirts, could be used in wool, swimwear, intimate apparel and no-wrinkle cotton.

Elie Tahari Ltd.

12/01/2004 - Kathleen DesMarteau

Elie Tahari, designer and founder of Elie Tahari Ltd., says his business is a design-driven company in everything that it does, from its women's fashions to its approach to systems to its architecture.

Full-package' branding

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Hot Kiss Inc.

12/01/2004 - Michael Cole

Most apparel executives feel fortunate if one business they launch takes flight in the course of their lifetime.

Just a splash of the major color and fabric

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Just a splash of the major color and fabric direction sure to criss-cross the fall/winter 2005/06 season, characterized by Premiere Vision as full of color, lan and fantasy.

Keeping Your Eye on the Holy Grail: The Consumer

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In just a few weeks, the ball will slowly descend in New York City's Times Square, marking the passing of the old year and the coming of the new.

L.C. King Manufacturing Co.

12/01/2004 - Kathleen DesMarteau

When you first hear of L.C. King Manufacturing Co., a firm that still produces jeans entirely in the United States at its own factory, it can be tempting to draw some flawed conclusions.

Lawson

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Letters - December 2004

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Apparel's China Symposium, Sourcing Fair Right on Target

Look Ma! No Sewing!

12/01/2004 - JORDAN K. SPEER

The Girl Scouts have been a Lion Brothers client since 1914, but the relationship took an exciting turn two years ago and has been going gangbusters ever since.

Mission Accomplished: Software Implementation Series, Part 3 (Technology Initiatives)

12/01/2004 - By Jordan K. Speer, Apparel

Approaching the final stages of Operation N-Vision - the implementation of an enterprise-wide "net new" IT platform, which included both store and back-office systems - Northern Group Retail has reached the end of the "pain" and is ready for the "gain," says Paul Bellack, a consultant to the company.

Monroe Milstein

12/01/2004 - Jordan K. Speer

Monroe Milstein, the 77-year-old founder, president and CEO of Burlington Coat Factory, learned the secret to good business from his father many years ago, and it has stood him in good stead ever since: "Give the customers what they want and give them the hottest styles."

National Retail Federation's Annual Convention

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To say Patagonia is a different kind of apparel company would be an understatement.

Patagonia

12/01/2004 - Kathleen DesMarteau

To say Patagonia is a different kind of apparel company would be an understatement. To say Patagonia is an altogether different breed of business enterprise would be more accurate.

Price Deflation, Globalization Put Pressure on Apparel Firms (Business Outlook)

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The apparel world is changing dramatically from both the retail and supply base perspectives, and only those organizations that embrace change and utilize technology to facilitate global communication are likely to stay in the game.

Product News - December 2004

12/01/2004 - MICHAEL COLE

Business Objects announced an agreement with Velosel to combine Business Objects' business intelligence platform with Velosel's collaborative product information management software.

Special Feature: 2004 All Stars

12/01/2004 - By Kathleen DesMarteau, Jordan K. Speer and Michael Cole, Apparel

The 2004 All-Stars, which include American Apparel Inc., Brooks Brothers, Burlington Coat Factory, Elie Tahari Ltd., Hot Kiss, Dr. Ann Fairhurst of the University of Tennessee, L.C. King Manufacturing Co., Pacific Sunwear of California, Patagonia and Vital Apparel Group, were chosen from among a strong group of outstanding candidates.

Tara Weiner, Vice Chairman and National Managing Partner, Consumer Business Industries, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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The domestic apparel manufacturing industry in 2005 and beyond: The reality of today's marketplace is that most apparel sold in the United States is made or sourced from abroad.

Textile Machinery Advancements May Speed Cycle Time

12/01/2004 - JOHN MCCURRY

Most technology related to apparel applications at the show was geared toward reducing the time and costs of pushing products through the supply chain.

The 2004 Apparel Executive Forum

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The 2004 Apparel Executive Forum, which took place Oct. 8-10 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami, FL, was an invitation-only event produced by Apparel Magazine.

Trend Spotter - December 2004

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Ronnie Cage, a former college and pro basketball player turned juvenile probation officer and counselor, says he believes the female athlete is underserved by today's apparel marketplace.

Vice President of Sourcing and Production, Pacific Sunwear

12/01/2004 - Michael Cole

Assessing his six months at Pacific Sunwear of California, Joseph Harris, the company's recently appointed vice president of sourcing and production, described his new job as "an outrageously wonderful place to work, especially if you like high energy."

Vital Apparel Group

12/01/2004 - Jordan K. Speer

IF Vital Apparel Group were a mutual fund, its portfolio would comprise a group of small, high-value companies that had been passed over by other investment firms.

Web-based PDM: Once the Exception, Now the Norm

12/01/2004 - By Staci Kusterbeck, Special to Apparel

Product development management (PDM) technologies are quickly becoming essential tools in today's global apparel market.

What is the AAPN?

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The AAPN is a global supply chain network serving the apparel industry, with emphasis on the needs of the Western Hemisphere,

With mega-consolidation at retail

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With mega-consolidation at retail and continued anticipation of the imminent phaseout of quotas and its effects on sourcing, among other things, all eyes are focused on the big players.