A Fast Growing Market that Brands Have Ignored

A Fast Growing Market that Brands Have Ignored

Nearly 1 billion consumers worldwide wear plus-sizes.  Why aren’t brands listening to their cry for better fashion options? The fashion industry is scrambling to meet sales targets and yet most brands and retailers willingly overlook what could be a huge market opportunity for them:  Plus Sizes. There is more than ample data to validate that people are getting larger, even in developing nations.  At the same time, larger consumers are more demanding and want clothi...
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15 Cutting Edge ‘Inclusive’ Brands

15 Cutting Edge ‘Inclusive’ Brands

These brands were purpose-built to cater to the plus-size consumer.  Torrid:  One of the first brands designed just for the fashionable plus size consumerPremme: Rock star-inspired fashion11 Honore: Luxury fashionPlus BLKYN:  Vintage vibe fashionCurvy Beach: SwimwearDay/Won:   ActivewearAshley Neil Tipton: Project Runway winner.  Has done capsules for JC Penney, along with having her own collection.See Rose Go:  Sexy club wearRWN by Rawan:  Denim, plus oth...
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A Fast Growing Market That's Being Seriously Overlooked

A Fast Growing Market That's Being Seriously Overlooked

Nearly 1 billion consumers worldwide wear plus-sizes.  Why aren’t brands listening to their cry for better fashion options? The fashion industry is scrambling to meet sales targets and yet most brands and retailers willingly overlook what could be a huge market opportunity for them:  Plus Sizes. There is more than ample data to validate that people are getting larger, even in developing nations.  At the same time, larger consumers are more demanding and want clothi...
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Investments into Vietnam Starts to Slow Down

Investments into Vietnam Starts to Slow Down

After a record US$21.93 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first seven months of 2017, a 52 percent year-on-year surge and the highest growth rate since 2011, investment has started to taper off..  Noteworthy, is that of all the FDI pouring into the nation only US$0.75 billion went to the textile and garment industry, despite Vietnam attracting an increasing volume of apparel orders. Manufacturing and processing industries continued to be the top sector, receiving US$10.8...
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China’s Growing Sports Sector Lures Investors

China’s Growing Sports Sector Lures Investors

While still way behind developed nations, China’s sports sector is poised for massive growth.Aided by a national plan to boost the sports industry, sport-related businesses have attracted massive financing from private and corporate investors over the past two years.The sports entertainment and service sectors, which include businesses such as sports marketing, training, venue operation and sports tourism, are considered the industry's next frontier, with their growth linked to a shift...
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Liverpool Dept Store:  Leaner & Faster

Liverpool Dept Store: Leaner & Faster

How a new sourcing strategy helped Liverpool Department Stores outperform the market. “We met our retail targets for 2017, thanks to the very responsible handling of inventory,” said Stephen C. Patton, Liverpool Asian Sourcing CM. “The focus was on keeping inventories turning and having a leaner business with better end margins.  Our business is very price driven, and the consumer has become very dependent upon promotions, so we need to be sure that our initial p...
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Leather Suffers Despite Trend Towards Natural Fibers

Leather Suffers Despite Trend Towards Natural Fibers

In the apparel sector it’s all about natural fibers.  Seen as being better quality, more skin-friendly and part of the whole movement towards greener living, fabric and yarn is seeing a growing demand for natural-touch textiles, even when they are made from synthetic fibers. The demand for natural fibers has driven up both wool and cotton prices, which have been on an strong upward trend since last year. Cotton is now expected to reach 85 cents by July, up from the low 70 ce...
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Fast Retaling Sees Opportunities Where Others See Obstacles

Fast Retaling Sees Opportunities Where Others See Obstacles

Ambitious Uniqlo is looking to beat out rivals H&M and Inditex as the biggest fast fashion retailer.  It’s a tough challenge.  Both H&M and Inditex are at the top of their game, and look set to remain strong through savvy market moves that keep them two steps ahead of their competitors. However Fast Retaling Co. Ltd., Uniqlo’s parent company, has one ace in the hole: a dominant share of the Asian market.  Not surprisingly, H&M and Inditex draw their st...
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Knitwear Moves Up the Value Chain

Knitwear Moves Up the Value Chain

Higher materials prices and more demanding consumers are starting to move the market in a new direction. Materials prices have hit new highs, the major markets remain challenging and China’s domestic market is continuing to get even more competitive. Still, suppliers and buyers at Spinexpo Shanghai (March 13-15) were optimistic about the coming season.  Part of that is a result of the fair’s unique spirit, which combines innovation and inspiration on both the design an...
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How to Be Prepared for Unexpected Change

How to Be Prepared for Unexpected Change

What we can learn from military leadership about surving market shifts.One of the most overused business expressions is, “Embrace the Change!”  This, of course, is the change that we as leaders want to occur.  Usually these changes are the ones as leaders that we want to happen for our own personal benefit or for reasons that we believe are “right in our own conception of the future.”  By telling others to “Embrace the (my) Change,” it serves ou...
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