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.
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.
As Giorgio Armani’s brand celebrates forty years in business, GQ sits down with the designer for an in-depth interview. Read more at GQ.
Designer Michael Bastian, who’s working on a film collaboration with GMC trucks, lists five observation about menswear. Number one: Menswear Is a Game of Millimeters. Read more at Esquire.
Brioni, Hermès and other luxury brands have skipped Facebook and Twitter in favor of the more visually-driven Instagram. Read more at Luxury Daily
NewsHour’s Ivette Feliciano reports on how the explosion of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the mainstream media is impacting clothing options for the LGBTQ community. Read more at PBS.org.
Robert Tas: “Think about how one of your typical customers feels about their experience with your company. What’s your honest reaction about how they feel?” Read more at Forbes.
Google is working on “smart fabric” technology that can respond to taps and swipes like touch screens and connect to devices like your mobile phone. Read more at the New York Post.
According to the 10th annual BrandZ Most Valuable Global Brands rankings, Nike is the No. 1 most valuable apparel brand. Not the most valuable sports apparel brand, the most valuable apparel brand. Read more at the New York Times.
Nordstrom has released a texting app to let shoppers buy shoes, clothes and other products suggested via text messages from in-store sales associates. Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
American Apparel is too bogged down in lawsuits related to its fired founder Dov Charney to focus on rebuilding its business. Read more at Wall Street Journal.
Jacob Gallagher talks to Gitman Vintage’s Chris Olberding and others about how and why the band collar is making a comeback. Read more at Wall Street Journal.
“We take the men’s business not as a secondary business, but a primary one,” said Uniqlo’s chief merchant Steven Sare. Read more at Business Insider.
Saks Fifth Avenue hasn’t come to Canada yet, but at its future setting inside Hudson’s Bay Co.’s storied Toronto flagship building on Queen Street, signs of its arrival later this year are abundant. Read more at Financial Post.
A recent study found that when people felt more formally dressed as compared to their surrounding peers, they tended to think more creatively. Read more at New York Magazine.
While Mad Men may be over, its effect on menswear will no doubt live on in the U.S. and abroad. Read more at Fortune.