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Maria Rugolo

Director, Industry Analyst - Apparel


Maria Rugolo is a Director and Industry Analyst of Fashion Apparel heading up NPD’s Apparel Market Insights team, driving insights and addressing industry challenges through deep levels of analysis and expertise. Maria joined NPD in 1999 as an Analyst of retail and consumer fragrance information. In 2011, Maria moved into a fashion apparel role where, in addition to managing a number of key fashion clients, she keeps a pulse on the apparel industry. Maria presents industry trends to manufacturers, retailers, and key apparel industry associations, including state of the industry presentations and white space opportunity analyses.

Maria has an MBA in Marketing, and a BBA in both Marketing and International Business from Hofstra University in New York. She expanded her global perspective while working four months in NPD’s Milan office.


Recent Posts

Jun 29, 2017
Apparel

Entering the World of “Spashion”

Eight glasses of water…check. Ten thousand steps…check. Whole grains…check. From clean eating to athleisure makeup, the idea of living a healthy lifestyle is here to stay and making its presence k...

Apr 10, 2017
Apparel

Survival of the Fittest

Ivy Park, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, and Calvin Klein are not your “traditional” athletic apparel brands, but they are making their presence known within the activewear category. The definition ...

Mar 13, 2017
Apparel

Navigating the Retail Course Correction

Though store closings are not considered new news, there was a plethora of retailers officially announcing their closures earlier this year, including a number of industry leaders. And while busin...

Jan 17, 2017
Apparel

Will Consumers Wear American Pride On Their Sleeves…and Deepen Their Pockets?

Change is in the air. News about companies outside of apparel bringing their manufacturing back to the U.S. is increasing. One of the largest clothing manufacturers in the U.S., American Apparel, ...

Nov 22, 2016
Apparel

Hello, Fun Socks Season

As I notice the beautiful fall foliage outside my window I’m quickly reminded that boot season is upon us – that means it is time to break out my fun socks. Besides providing me with warmth, socks...

Jun 7, 2016
Apparel

Style Me!

Helping to fix my clothing conundrum When my maternity leave came to what seemed like a very quick end, I began to mentally prepare myself to return to the working world. This meant no more yoga ...

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