All Articles Tagged "clothing industry"
(Black Enterprise) — Necessity, the saying goes, is the mother of invention—and for Lameka Weeks, necessity typically made itself known every morning, as she looked through her closet in an attempt to put together an outfit for the day. Weeks, 34, is six-foot-one, a former basketball player (and communications major) at Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama, her home state.
(Wall Street Journal) — A year ago, top Gap designer Patrick Robinson stood alongside Oprah Winfrey and Vogue Editor Anna Wintour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art overseeing the New York fashion industry’s most prestigious gala. Thursday, he was out of a job. His departure after four years of lackluster results was yet another sign of Gap Inc.’s failure to breathe new life into its namesake brand, which peaked in the mid-1990s. It also underscores how difficult it can be for a retailer to set itself apart with jeans, T-shirts and other staples that can be found everywhere. Mr. Robinson’s appointment in spring 2007 received considerable fanfare. His resume boasted stints at Perry Ellis, Anne Klein and Giorgio Armani, as well as a degree from the Parsons School of Design. He was named one of Vogue Magazine’s 100 rising stars in 1996. Mr. Robinson notched some successes, including a revamped line of jeans that was critically and commercially well-received. But overall, improvement didn’t materialize. Same-store sales at Gap brand’s North American stores declined for 14 of the 16 quarters of his tenure.
(New York Times) — CALVIN TRAN was darting around his shop on Mott Street the other day, fiddling with a fan-shaped slice of wool. “You can wear this as a poncho, a dress, a kimono or a hooded cape,” Mr. Tran said as he pulled the fabric over his head. With a high-pitched laugh, he added, “See, when you go to Iraq, it becomes a burqa!” That puckish performance is surely known to viewers of “The Fashion Show” on Bravo, where Mr. Tran routinely shows off his antic personality. It was certainly familiar to Renita Bernard, a longtime client who stopped at the shop last week to try another of his designs, a swath of hammered silk that mutated, in Mr. Tran’s hands, from a knee-length skirt to a maxi, and from a one-shoulder Amazon dress to a lavishly draped Aphrodite gown. Witnessing its transformation, Ms. Bernard was charmed. “Four pieces for one,” she exclaimed. “That works for me.”
(Wall Street Journal) — Shoppers will have to pay more for clothing next year as skyrocketing cotton prices force companies to take their chances with price increases even as consumer demand remains sluggish. Hanesbrands Inc, Jones Group Inc. and VFCorp. said they will raise prices for clothing set to hit stores early next year by as much as 10%. When cotton prices began their climb a year ago, retailers and manufacturers were unclear how much—if any—of the cost would be passed along to consumers. But with benchmark cotton now up about 80% since the beginning of the year, apparel companies say they no longer have a choice.