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NPD: “Athleisure” Lifestyle Drives Fashion Sales Growth in 2014

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Port Washington, NY—Total U.S. apparel, footwear and accessories sales in 2014 were up1% due primarily to growth in activewear, athletic performance footwear and bags. According to The NPD Group, Inc., the global information company, U.S. consumers spent $323 billion on apparel, footwear, and accessories last year. The additional $2 billion …

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Item of the Day: Betabrand

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Remember when calling a new product or business as a “flash in the pan” meant that you didn’t have high hopes it would survive in the long run? You may have to come up with a new analogy should Betabrand’s latest flash-reflecting technology takes hold.  Not only is it cool …

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AAFA Releases 2014 Apparel, Shoe Statistics

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) released last week its ApparelStats 2014 and ShoeStats 2014 reports, which provide a snapshot of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2013. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the yearly business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports, and retail prices. “The industry …

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Accessories Directions Trend Forecasting: Spring/Summer 2015 Report Available

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New York–Trends happen faster than ever, driving demand for accessories trend projections that are right on the money! Accessories Directions Trend Forecasting offers the essential trend/color/classification tools and trends to design, develop and plan Spring/Summer 2015 accessories lines and retail buys. With an eye on the women’s fashion accessories industry, …

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Trade Associations Urge End of Cambodian Unrest

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Arlington, VA—The six leading North American trade associations representing apparel and footwear brands and retailers, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the Canadian Apparel Federation (CAF), the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Fashion Industry …

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AAFA Releases ApparelStats, ShoeStats 2013 Reports

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Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today released its ApparelStats 2013 and ShoeStats 2013 reports, serving as snapshots of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry market trends for 2012. ApparelStats and ShoeStats examine the latest business and trade information related to U.S. consumption, production, employment, imports and retail …

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Columbia Sportswear Venture Poised for Growth

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Portland, OR—Columbia Sportswear has begun its new joint venture with Swire Resources, which is designed to act as a springboard for growth in the Chinese market. Samson Wong has also been appointed president of the venture—Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Company—headquartered in Shanghai. The company’s new operating model in China was …