February 2012

Cover Story:

Denim Now: The Lure of L.A. Luxury

01/28/2012 -

Premium denim continues its rise to prominence through a made-in-L.A. strategy that focuses on quality, fit, wash and sex appeal.

The Market: Briefs:

Acquity Group Brings Chinese Brand to U.S. Consumers

12/22/2011 -

Li-Ning initially will be sold online only.

AE Outfitters Opens Stores in Egypt, Jordan and Morocco

12/22/2011 -

American Eagle expands its strong presence in the Middle East.

G-III to Open Calvin Klein Performance Stores in U.S. and China

12/09/2011 -

The product offering will include athletic and performance wear that utilizes materials and designs that enhance the lifestyle associated with women's sports and activities, including yoga, running, tennis and biking.

Nike Announces 600,000 Sq Ft Campus in Shanghai

01/09/2012 -

Nike's investment in developing this new centralized campus will support its long-term business growth strategy in China, where revenue grew by 35 percent in the second quarter of FY12.

Liz Claiborne Rebrands as Fifth & Pacific Cos.

01/04/2012 -

In the renaming effort, the company draws inspiration from New York and California.

SHC to Shutter Up to 120 Sears, Kmart Stores

01/04/2012 -

Sears Holdings Corporation maintains the closings are necessary to transform its business.

Bakers Footwear Inks Licensing Deal with Steve Madden

01/03/2012 -

Steven Madden ponies up $4 million to purchase the Wild Pair brand trademark from Bakers.

Retail Intelligence: Case Study:

Online, Offline and Everything in Between

01/19/2012 - Jessica Binns

Retailers are harnessing consumer enthusiasm for always-on mobile devices, which are becoming a critical component of cross-channel operations.

Retail Intelligence: In Brief:

American Apparel Selects Oracle’s ATG Web Commerce to Support Global Retail Channels

02/06/2012 -

Columbia Sportwear Pilots Payment Data Security Solution

02/06/2012 -

Consumers Show 20X Preference for Browser-based Web, Tablet and Mobile Shopping Over Apps

02/06/2012 -

Epicor Showcases Mobility and Multi-Channel Retail Solutions

02/06/2012 -

Reflexis Systems Inc. and Irisys Announce Partnership To Drive Profitability and Retail Operational Efficiency

02/06/2012 -

YCD Introduces New Analytics Module for Retail Stores with HP and Retalix

02/06/2012 -

Supply Chain: In Brief:

SAP Encourages Serious Look at Sustainability

12/15/2011 - Jessica Binns

The business software enterprise unveils new tool to help companies track their products' carbon and water footprints.

Sonobond Technology Keeps Ballistic Vests Waterproof

02/06/2012 -

Heat Transfer Technology Available for Small-Batch Manufacturers

01/11/2012 -

Air Waves' SuperTone Soft Hand process can be applied to a broad range of fabrics and colors used for children wear, cottons, tri-blends, outerwear and athletic garments.

Tech Conference West Set for March 21 in L.A.

01/09/2012 -

The full-day event is designed to help executives strengthen their firm’s strategic direction, technology roadmap and overall competitiveness.

Sourcing & Logistics:

In Brazil, Booming Economy Boosts Apparel Business

02/01/2012 -

Thanks in large part to a booming explosion in the middle class, Brazil’s domestic textile and apparel industry is thriving — but companies in the South American country face challenges in becoming international enterprises.


The New World of Cotton

01/02/2012 -

Sustainable cotton products could drive innovation for apparel companies.


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