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Battle of the Fast Fashion Giants: Why Zara Wins, H&M Loses

Fast fashion is the darling of the fashion retail today. Whereas women’s clothing store sales have declined 2.7 percent from 2016-2017 in the U.S., a recent report from Hitwise shows the fast fashion market has grown 21 percent worldwide over the past three years. Two brands are the leaders in the fast fashion market: H&M […]

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Suistudio Is Suitsupply’s “Me Too” Answer for Women

Since its founding in 2000 in Amsterdam, Suitsupply has been an unqualified success. Launched out of the trunk of Fokke De Jong’s car, giving new meaning to “Trunk Show,” Suitsupply has been helping men worldwide “find their perfect fit” in tailored fashion. Starting first with an online direct-to-consumer model, Suitsupply carved out a niche in men’s suiting […]

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9 Failing Fashion Retailers in Intensive Care

Despite the dire threats of a retail apocalypse, retailers pulled it out last year. The retail sector, excluding automobiles and parts, saw a 4.4% increase in 2018 over 2017, with nonstore, including ecommerce retailers setting the pace, up 10.4%. But last year, not all retail segments were so fortunate. While shoppers were busy furnishing and updating […]

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How Gucci Cracked the Millennial Code of Luxury

Kering, the global luxury group with brands including Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Brioni, Stella McCartney and others, is going gangbusters this year, with first three quarter 2017 revenues up 26.4% on reported basis over last year. Even in North America, which has been slow to advance for most luxury brands, posted a 20.7% uptick […]

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Fashion Retailer Ascena Retail Group Is in Trouble

Ascena Retail Group Inc. recently released its 2017 annual report and the news wasn’t good.  Sales were off 4.9% from 2016 and all of its four reporting segments showed a decline year-over-year with plus and kids fashion off the most, both down 7.5%. In response to its failing fortunes in retail, it plans to close […]