For the first time, Tommy Bahama stores will stock an outside brand: Maui Jim, maker of polarized sunglasses, has made an exclusive retail partnership with the company.
Karen Alberg Grossman sat in on student presentations for Sal Giardina’s Textile Marketing Strategy class at FIT and saw outerwear that recharges batteries, eco-conscious infant apparel, bandages made from the collagen in fish skin and more.
Shopping blog Racked profiles two of the largest vintage clothing retailers in NYC, Brooklyn-based Beacon’s Closet and Tucson-based Buffalo Exchange. Read more at Racked.
K-Swiss Global Brands has appointed footwear veteran Robert ‘Cape’ Capener as president of its newly acquired Supra and KR3W brands.
The outdoor brand Patagonia, which has long offered a lifetime guarantee on its products, is sending a bio-diesel-powered truck with solar panels on top on a road trip, offering repairs on apparel from any brand. The company says it’s promoting the idea of fixing stuff, rather than throwing it away …
Both HENRYs, or high earners not rich yet (incomes of $100,000 to $249,000), and people who earn more than $250,000 a year are spending less on luxury goods, and it’s hurting the retailers that cater to them. Read more at Bloomberg.
Enrollment in loyalty programs is up but active participation is down. “The goal is to be a loyalty brand, rather than just a brand with a loyalty program,” writes Fiona Soltes. Read more at Stores Magazine.
Growing organically from its surf-inspired roots, the independent label, which turns 35 this year, managed to parlay its heritage into a business that generated $50 million last year, even without the man whose name is on the label. Read more at Business of Fashion.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America held its annual Fashion Awards last night, and Tom Ford took home the top menswear honors. Kanye West presented Pharrell Williams with the Fashion Icon award and New Yorker editor David Remnick presented J. Crew chief Mickey Drexler with the Founders Award.
William Buckley samples Peru’s famously luxurious fibers — vicuña, alpaca and guanaco — at the Peru Moda trade show in Lima.
When the Council of Fashion Designers of America posted a video of comedian and host James Corden’s monologue on YouTube, all the jokes about Terry Richardson, Swarovski, Robin Thicke, Kanye West and Abercrombie & Fitch had been edited out. Read more at Racked.
A report by the NAACP and Demos finds that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to work in retail than whites and Asians, and they tend to have the lowest-paying jobs in the retail industry. Read more at the Washington Post.
Designer John Galliano, who left Dior in disgrace after public anti-Semitic outbursts, somehow managed to move some of London’s Jewish community when he spoke to an audience of 220. Read more at the Telegraph.
Kanye West gave a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s annual student fashion runway show last week. Read more at the LA Times.
Ben Baum, an apparel executive whose experience includes Bebe Stores, Google and Target, will be chief digital officer for Men’s Wearhouse — a newly created position. “Ben has an incredible track record developing and leading digital operations in the fashion retail industry,” said CEO Doug Ewert in a statement. “His …
True Religion has named John Ermatinger as its new chief executive, effective immediately, replacing David Conn. Ermatinger, who has been serving as True Religion’s interim SVP of global sourcing and production, was CEO of Tommy Hilfiger’s Asia business from 2011 to 2013 and served as president of Gap’s Japan and …