| In This Issue|
| Magazine Sections|
|Announcing Apparel's 2010 Sustainability All-Star Award Winners|
Author: Jordan K. Speer
Given that Apparel's second annual Sustainability All Stars program came on the heels of one of the most formidable recessions in current history, it is encouraging - and telling - to find that apparel companies did not abandon green pursuits in the face of troubling economic times, but in fact used sustainability as a platform around which to build more innovative products and practices that offer more to the customer while also cutting waste out of their businesses - ultimately impacting the bottom and top lines.
Author: Jordan K. Speer
In his first major work, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard explores both the aesthetic and ethical stages of existence.
|Perfect Pairs: Heritage Men's Wear Brands and Young Designers Pair Up|
Author: By Christian Chensvold, Apparel Contributing Writer
Learn in this trends report how collaborations between heritage brands and up-and-coming designers and retailers in the men's wear market are on the rise -- and proving to be a boon for both parties in the partnership.
|The Market: Briefs:|
|JCPenney Announces Plans To Speed Up "Transformation"|
At its analyst/investor meeting in New York, the company unveiled merchandising and technology initiatives to realize its vision to be America's "style destination."
|Jones Apparel To Acquire Majority Stake In Stuart Weitzman |
Jones Apparel Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Stuart Weitzman Holdings, the privately-held leading designer and manufacturer of women's salon footwear and accessories.
|Stylesight Goes Beyond Pop-up Retail|
The idea of pop-up retail, which began as a short-lived retail experiment to create buzz and potentially test a new product line or location, has become an established marketing ploy.
|Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica to Use Wind Power to Operate 348 Stores |
Walmart de Mexico y Centroamerica has announced that 348 of its self-service stores, pricing clubs and restaurants in Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Morelos, will use wind-powered energy* from Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm, located in Oaxaca.
|Retail Intelligence: In Brief:|
|Cornell-Mayo Announces Availability of its Entire Software Suite on the iPad|
Cornell-Mayo's Clientsmart, Omnistore, and Omnistore Central now on the iPad for on-the-go retail executives.
|de Bijenkorf, Netherlands Top Retailer, Implementing Reflexis' WMS |
Reflexis announced its workforce management solution, designed to manage labor budgeting, forecasting and scheduling, has been implemented by de Bijenkorf, an upscale specialty retailer based in the Netherlands.
|Gucci Selects Demandware for Global Luxury E-Commerce Initiative|
Demandware has announced that Gucci Group has selected the Demandware eCommerce platform to build multiple branded direct-to-consumer ecommerce sites for its brands including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Sergio Rossi, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent in the U.S. and Europe.
|MarketLive Offers Mobile E-Commerce Tool, Enables Etail Sites to be iPad Enabled |
Armani Exchange is among those using the new application; MarketLive also announces that handbag designer Big Budha, owned by Steve Madden Ltd., is working with the firm to develop its first e-commerce site.
|Supply Chain: In Brief:|
|Customs Compliance for the Captain of the Ship -- You |
Customs compliance = money in your pocket. True or false? Read on and find out.
|Lawson Announces Full-Function ERP on Amazon Web Services Infrastructure|
Lawson Software has announced that it is offering its core Lawson Enterprise Management Systems and Lawson Talent Management suite powered by the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) infrastructure.
|Sourcing & Logistics:|
|Quiet Migration: Apparel and Textile Companies Head Out of China |
The CEO of leading Hong Kong manufacturer Toppy weighs in on the costs of doing business in China, the movement of companies to lower-cost countries, indemnity insurance and more.
|Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:|
|[TC]2 Pushes Ahead on Virtual Fashion|
[TC]2, the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp., announced new developments to its Virtual Fashion research and applications at its April 13 Board of Directors meeting in Cary, NC.
|Fiber-to-Fabric: In Brief:|
|Finotex Introduces GREEN WORLD Recycled Polyester Labels|
Finotex USA Corp. has introduced its now certifiable recycled polyester labels as part of its GREEN WORLD line of products.
|Nano-Tex Introduces Three New Repellency Innovations|
Adding to its portfolio of repellency solutions, Nano-Tex announces the launch of three new products, All Conditions, Speed Dry and Repels Water, solutions that the company says will extend its reach into new merchandise categories.
|NAT: CRAiLAR Yarn Technology Closer To Commercialization After Tests|
Naturally Adanced Technologies (NAT) announced its "CRAiLAR" yarn technology that converts hemp-based organic materials into apparel-suitable fibers has taken a step closer to commercial production.
|Oeko-Tex Updates Global Restricted Substances List |
The International Oeko-Tex Association has issued an updated 2010 Restricted Substances and Limit Values List (RSL) which will be used to certify textile products to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
|Tommy Hilfiger Makes Large Investment In "Virtual Fitting Room" Technology |
With the Iceland volcanic ash travel crisis putting teleconferencing squarely in the spotlight of late, Tommy Hilfiger recently adopted a telepresence solution to enhance global communication among designers and manufacturers. Learn about this potential new wave of the future here.