June 2010

Cover Story:

Announcing Apparel's 2010 Sustainability All-Star Award Winners

06/09/2010 - 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.

Editor's Note:


06/09/2010 - Jordan K. Speer

In his first major work, Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard explores both the aesthetic and ethical stages of existence.

The Market:

Perfect Pairs: Heritage Men's Wear Brands and Young Designers Pair Up

06/09/2010 - 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"

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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.

Concept-to-Spec: In Brief:

[TC]2 Pushes Ahead on Virtual Fashion

06/09/2010 -

[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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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

06/09/2010 -

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.

Issue Article:

Tommy Hilfiger Makes Large Investment In "Virtual Fitting Room" Technology

06/09/2010 -

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.


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