ThredUp is Busy Signing Brands and Going Global – Sourcing Journal

ThredUp is Busy Signing Brands and Going Global – Sourcing Journal

Amid rumblings that it’s planning to go public, Fabletics is partnering with ThredUp to extend the life of its popular, Kate Hudson-approved activewear and any other fashion its consumers want to turn in. For ThredUp, the announcement marks the latest in a flurry of new brand partnerships, including Vera Bradley, Farfetch and LG Electronics. The… … Read more

What Tech Should Brands Adopt to Address Apparel’s Visibility Problem? – Sourcing Journal

When it comes to transparency and traceability, many fashion brands still have difficulty collecting and validating data and have limited visibility with sub-suppliers.

It’s no secret that consumers have become increasingly aware of the environmental and ethical impact of their clothing. According to Fashion Revolution’s 2021 Transparency Index, 69 percent say they would like to know how their clothes are manufactured and 74 percent believe fashion brands should publish the factories they use for manufacturing. Related Articles When … Read more

How Wholesale Fits into a Holistic Omnichannel Fashion Retail Strategy – Sourcing Journal

DTC retail models may be growing in popularity, but even digitally native labels are taking retail distribution beyond their own channels.

Direct-to-consumer retail models have been growing in popularity, but even digitally native labels are taking their retail distribution beyond their own channels. Related Articles Wholesale—or selling through a multi-brand boutique, department store or chain—offers a host of benefits to brands regardless of how young or well-established they are. The value in wholesale is gaining a … Read more

H&M Models How Fashion Brands Can Help Refugees – Sourcing Journal

H&M Models How Fashion Brands Can Help Refugees – Sourcing Journal

Covid-19 and its repercussions have shined a harsh light on the situation for global refugees. Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, for instance—now at more than 1 million—have been beset by a litany of difficulties. First they were pushed into overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazaar, then a series of fires ravaged the camps, followed by the… … Read more

Fashion Brands Aggravate Wage Theft, Other Supply-Chain Exploitation – Sourcing Journal

RMG Worker In Dhaka

The garment workers hailed from different parts of South and Southeast Asia, yet their stories were startlingly similar. Speaking at a recent webinar organized by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, a coalition of labor unions and other advocacy groups, the workers described factory closures, indiscriminate layoffs and wage losses that have left many on the… … Read more

Vault by Vans, Vibram Team Up on Chunky Sneakers – Sourcing Journal

The Vault by Vans x Vibram collection includes chunky takes on Vans' SK8-Hi Reissue LX and Authentic LX

Vans has teamed up with Vibram to give two of its most iconic silhouettes a chunky makeover. “Taking cues from high fashion and urban exploration,” the new designs update the skate brand’s SK8-Hi Reissue LX and Authentic LX by adding Vibram’s chunky Bristol sole, Vans said. The shoes, available in black and white, also feature… … Read more

US Apparel Imports Ballooned 141 Percent to 2.28 Billion SME in May – Sourcing Journal

The surge in U.S. apparel imports continued in May, as retailers and brands restocked to meet strong consumer demand, OTEXA data shows.

The surge in U.S. apparel imports continued in May, as retailers and brands restocked to meet a strong return of consumer demand, with every major and secondary producer nation taking part in the upswing. While monthly and year-to-date comparisons are skewed by last year’s Covid-caused lockdown and store closures, the increases are still substantial. U.S…. … Read more

42% of Wholesale Brands Hitting or Exceeding Pre-Covid Sales – Sourcing Journal

While consumer demand is on the upswing, wholesale fashion brands and retailers continue to transact through digital platforms, Joor said.

Fashion has found its footing on the road to recovery, according to wholesale management platform Joor. The firm’s latest survey of global fashion players revealed that more than two-fifths brands are achieving sales volumes equal to or greater than pre-pandemic levels. In line with those positive trends, the vast majority of brands (90 percent) indicated… … Read more

Leading brands set to attend 2nd edition of F2F Sourcing Show

Leading brands set to attend 2nd edition of F2F Sourcing Show

Several leading companies will be attending the second edition of F2F Sourcing Show as buyers. Providing access to unlimited business and networking opportunities for global visitors and companies alike, the two-week virtual trade event for apparel, fabric and yarn exhibitors, being organised by Fibre2Fashion is scheduled to be held from September 6, 2021.Representatives from … Read more

Accelerator to Nurture Emerging African Fashion Brands – Sourcing Journal

Accelerator to Nurture Emerging African Fashion Brands – Sourcing Journal

Birimian, the first operational investment company dedicated to African luxury and premium heritage brands, has announced two key strategic and exclusive partnerships. Birimian and the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) have launched IFM-Birimian Accelerator x Africa, an innovative acceleration program for emerging African heritage brands in the fashion, accessories and jewelry sectors. Every year,… … Read more

Fashion Professors on Why Brands Need Gen Z’s ‘System Thinkers’ – Sourcing Journal

Fashion educators at LIM College and Long Island University have advice for brands looking to recruit sustainability-minded Gen Z students.

As the driving force behind the sustainability program at LIM College, a fashion institution in New York City, Andrea Kennedy has seen Gen Z’s perspective on sustainability evolve firsthand. The assistant professor of sustainability and fashion merchandising said she first asked for approval to develop a sustainability course just six years ago. Two semesters later,… … Read more

Victoria’s Secret Board Named, Neiman’s Appoints Fashion Director – Sourcing Journal

L Brands announced the board for an independent Victoria’s Secret and Neiman Marcus named Lisa Aiken fashion and lifestyle director.

Retail L Brands L Brands Inc. announced the composition of the board of directors for the standalone, publicly traded Victoria’s Secret that is expected to be formed through the company’s separation of its Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret businesses. The new Victoria’s Secret board is expected to consist of seven directors, six of… … Read more

Fosun Fashion Group to Acquire Luxury Footwear Brand Sergio Rossi – Sourcing Journal

Fosun Fashion Group announced plans to acquire Sergio Rossi from Investindustrial

Shanghai-based Fosun Fashion Group (FFG) has entered into an agreement to completely acquire Sergio Rossi, it announced Thursday. The Fosun International associate will buy the Italian footwear brand from Absolute Luxury Holding, an independently managed investment subsidiary of Investindustrial. Since its founding in 2017, FFG has acquired majority ownership of several luxury brands, including the… … Read more

Amazon Private-Label Fashion Brands Poised to Win Prime Day: 1010Data – Sourcing Journal

Amazon Private-Label Fashion Brands Poised to Win Prime Day: 1010Data – Sourcing Journal

Amazon Prime Day is one of retail’s largest and most lucrative shopping holidays. And the online mega-marketplace has been positioning itself for even greater success with its private-label business, according to 1010Data. This year’s two-day Prime Day festivities, which will take place June 21-22, stand to shine a brighter spotlight on Amazon’s growing roster of… … Read more

Nike, Converse Bring Back Looney Tunes Fashion With ‘Space Jam’ Drop – Sourcing Journal

Nike, Converse Bring Back Looney Tunes Fashion With ‘Space Jam’ Drop – Sourcing Journal

Nike is going all in on the upcoming “Space Jam: A New Legacy” film, unveiling sneakers and apparel pulling on millennial heartstrings while introducing the sequel’s classic Looney Tunes characters to younger generations. Related Articles The footwear titan is taking advantage of the LeBron James tentpole pic as an opportunity to preview the Los Angeles … Read more

Clarks Originals Taps Levi’s Original Clothing for ’80s-Era Collab – Sourcing Journal

The Levi's Vintage Clothing x Clarks collection was designed to complement Levi's line of '80s-inspired garb, from jeans to T-shirts.

Heritage brands Clarks Originals and Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s latest collaboration is bound to stir up feelings of nostalgia in late-‘80s music lovers. Related Articles On Friday, the pair will release a limited-edition collection inspired by the British music scene invigorating Manchester more than 30 years ago. The capsule features three Clarks silhouettes that complement the … Read more

Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Fashion Fortunes – Sourcing Journal

Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Fashion Fortunes – Sourcing Journal

“Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” the 2007 E! Network reality series that catapulted the Kardashian and Jenner family into an unchartered echelon of fame, ends its 20 season-run this week, but it’s unlikely that the family’s megawatt star power will soon fade. With a combined 950 million followers on Instagram, and a collective worth of … Read more

Gender-Fluid Fashion Gets Luxury-Level Reinforcements – Sourcing Journal

A new report by Lyst shows how designer brands and influencers are helping mainstream gender fluidity in apparel, footwear and accessories.

High-end agender fashion is a part of the outward personas of Gen Z pop culture icons like Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Harry Styles, but the gender-fluid fashion movement is taking place off stage as well. Related Articles New data from global fashion shopping platform Lyst sheds light on the brands and influencers that … Read more

Fashion Brands At Risk of ‘Losing’ Asian Labor Force to Covid-19 – Sourcing Journal

In apparel production hubs such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, garment workers are usually at the center of coronavirus clusters.

India isn’t the only nation battling a resurgent wave of Covid-19. Other countries in South and Southeast Asia, which had previously kept the coronavirus at bay, are struggling to contain a sudden surge in cases from more contagious and rapidly replicating new variants amid widespread vaccine shortages. In apparel and footwear production hubs such as… … Read more

Fashion Brands Celebrate Pride with Artist Collections and Donations – Sourcing Journal

Denim brands celebrate Pride month with themed products benefitting the LGBTQ+ community.

Fashion brands and retailers are celebrating Pride this month with positive messages of inclusivity and sizable donations to charitable organizations that provide support to their LGBTQ+ customers. Related Articles The United Nations Foundation announced this week that H&M and Banana Republic are partnering with UN Free & Equal for Pride Month to raise awareness and funds … Read more

US BMX Freestyle National Team Will Make Olympic Debut in Levi’s – Sourcing Journal

Levi’s and Champion worked with USA Cycling to become the official apparel provider for the BMX Freestyle National Team.

The return of sports opens up a realm of opportunities for fashion brands. And as the king of all sports, this summer’s Olympic games, set to begin on July 23 in Tokyo, present an even greater chance for companies to showcase their know-how on a global stage. Related Articles In a competition of best-dressed, however, … Read more

Brooks Brothers Owner and Shein Could Be Fashion’s Next Big IPOs – Sourcing Journal

Authentic Brands Group, Chinese fast-fashion giant Shein, Allbirds and On Running are all said to be considering making their public debut.

The red-hot IPO market could soon have several new entrants. So far in 2021, Poshmark, Mytheresa.com, Dr. Martens, and ThredUp all brought their fashion propositions to the public markets, with self-driving tech firm TuSimple raising $1.35 billion in its debut and medical scrubs startup Figs also joining the IPO party. New names are said to be… … Read more

Anne Klein Debuts New Home Collection at Macys.com – Sourcing Journal

Anne Klein Debuts New Home Collection at Macys.com – Sourcing Journal

Women’s fashion brand Anne Klein has launched a new home collection at Macys.com and its flagship website AnneKlein.com. The namesake founder’s design archives and her Connecticut country home, West Hampton beach house and Manhattan downtown apartment with a pool in its entry serve as inspiration for the collection. “We are excited to bring the bed… … Read more

Scalefest Helps Fashion Companies Boost Their E-Commerce Business – Sourcing Journal

When it comes to data, more doesn't mean more meaningful. Air360 by Scalefast helps eliminate data noise for more focused e-commerce sites.

John Newbern’s Law:People can be divided into three groups: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened. Related Articles It’s no longer enough to get a detailed picture of what happened in your web business. With a growing portion of enterprise revenue shifting to digital channels and … Read more

JCP Launches Ryegrass Women’s Private-Label Apparel Collection – Sourcing Journal

JCP Launches Ryegrass Women’s Private-Label Apparel Collection – Sourcing Journal

The private label revamp at JCPenney marches on. The department store is yet again expanding its portfolio by launching its newest women’s collection, Ryegrass, in 400 of its more than 650 stores and online starting Monday. The collection is founded on a fabric-first approach, the company says, offering an assortment of blouses, dresses, skirts, denim,… … Read more

Klarna Teams with ABG, Quadpay Event Boosts Transactions 20 Percent – Sourcing Journal

Klarna Teams with ABG, Quadpay Event Boosts Transactions 20 Percent – Sourcing Journal

In the battle of the “buy now, pay later” players, platforms such as Quadpay, Klarna and Afterpay are turning to events to not only showcase their services to shoppers, but also provide them with exclusive deals. Most recently, Quadpay held its inaugural “Quadpay Fest” sale, a four-day shopping experience that took place from April 29… … Read more