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Macy’s to Cut 4,500 Jobs After Holiday Sales Slump
January 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Macy’s said last week that it would eliminate about 4,500 jobs, or about 3 percent of its work force, in a major restructuring drive. It said slumping holiday season sales had hurt its bottom line. The department store chain’s holiday woes were a harbinger of what could be a difficult winter for retailing. The consumer…

Wearable Tech at CES 2016 Was All About One Thing: Fitness
January 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm

Hundreds of companies flock to Las Vegas each January to make their marks on the tech industry in a given year, but one company remains absent. Apple doesn't attend CES, at least not officially, but the company's influence looms over the annual tech convention at nearly every turn, particularly the wearable segment. While it was…

SanMar Reveals More Than 80 New Styles for 2016
January 13, 2016 at 7:11 pm

SanMar, Issaquah, Wash., launched its 2016 product collection, which is geared toward the upcoming spring selling opportunities with an infusion of new polos, tees, fitness gear, bags and caps. The 83 new products are featured in the 2016 New Arrivals catalog and available on www.sanmar.com. Highlights of the latest launch include: Port Authority blazers for…

How David Bowie's Fashion Transformations Changed the World
January 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

David Bowie was a master of every kind of drag. Unafraid to play fast and loose with gender, he reinvented himself endlessly, with each new incarnation inspiring boys and girls to copy his fashion as well as his sound. In 1970, on the cover of The Man Who Fell to Earth, he was an effete street urchin…

H&M's New Scarf Looks Remarkably Like a Jewish Holy Garment
January 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell has a lovely and thought-provoking piece on Dolce & Gabbana’s new fashion line for Muslim women. She points out that high-end hijabs and abayas are a good business bet: “In 2011, Reuters reported that Arab women were the biggest buyers of haute couture, and they continue to dominate a market that only serves…

Nike Sues Skechers for Infringing on 8 Patents
January 6, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Nike Inc. filed a lawsuit against competitor Skechers USA Inc. alleging patent infringement Monday. The lawsuit comes less than four months after Adidas sued Skechers for trademark infringement. In its lawsuit, Nike claimed Skechers is selling shoes that infringe on eight Nike design patents issued to the company in the last two years. The "overall…

How Under Armour Plans to Turn Your Clothes Into Gadgets
January 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Under Armour was founded on a simple idea: Make athletes better. To do that, it’s turning human performance into a big data problem. The company is betting on the notion that the right hardware, the biggest data set, a lot of machine learning and powerful motivational tools can make everyone better, faster and stronger. It’s…

S&S Activewear Hires Managing Director of National Operations
January 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

S&S Activewear, Bolingbrook, Ill., created the position of managing director of national operations to facilitate national growth. Mike Mannucci has been hired to fill that role. "Obviously, I’ve been familiar with S&S Activewear for years," said Mannucci. "I admire the values of this company, and the growth we are experiencing right now is exciting. Increasing our size with an…

Urban Outfitters Still Is Fighting Navajo Nation
January 6, 2016 at 5:10 pm

Urban Outfitters frequently is criticized for making offensive clothing and for ripping off the work of independent designers without much in the way of consequences. But it may have picked the wrong fight with the Navajo Nation. Urban Outfitters and the group have been locked in a legal battle since February 2012, when the Navajo…

Why Clothing Made in New York Is More Important Than Ever
January 6, 2016 at 5:12 pm

As recently as 1960, 95 percent of clothing that was sold in the United States was made in New York City’s historic garment district, a once sprawling microcosm and beating heart of the American fashion industry on the West Side of middle Manhattan, boasting 7.7 million square feet of manufacturing space and home to more…