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Jun 4, 2018
Apparel

Weaving Sustainable Messaging Into Fashion

As temperatures finally warmed up, something I thought was never going to happen – I set my sights on switching out clothing to match the season.

Jan 19, 2018
Apparel

Apparel’s Just Gotta Have Fun in 2018

When a new year arrives, I start to think of the things I’d like to do differently from the last.

Nov 7, 2017
Apparel

Tis the Season To Be Unique – Apparel Looks To New Shopping Experiences

A good portion of my family members celebrate their birthdays in the fall.

Aug 23, 2017
Apparel

The New Look of Back-to-School

This back-to-school shopping season is a clear reflection of changing times.

Jul 26, 2017
Apparel

Personalizing Prime?

We recently welcomed Alexa into my family through Amazon’s latest virtual assistant option, the Echo Show.

Jun 29, 2017
Apparel

Entering the World of “Spashion”

Eight glasses of water…check. Ten thousand steps…check. Whole grains…check.

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.

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.

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.

Eight Expectations for Fashion in 2017

This year will be one full of change for fashion at retail – some is overdue, some is driven, but all of it is necessary.

Dec 21, 2016
Apparel

Holiday Wardrobe Malfunction?

The first half of this holiday shopping season proved to be a challenging start for the apparel industry.

Sneakernomics: Predictions for the Sports Business in 2017

It’s the end of another fascinating year for the U.S. sports business, so that means predictions time!

Dec 19, 2016
Apparel

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like #sweaterweather

Pumpkin spice lattes and #sweaterweather would normally mark the beginning of fall.

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 are a fun accessory to complete my outfit. From no show liners to over-the-knee boot socks, from neon colors to wacky prints, from traditional to stripes…there are an infinite number of options.

Sneakernomics: The State of the Athletic Footwear and Apparel Businesses Heading into Holiday

U.S. athletic footwear results in Q3 were softer than they were in the first two quarters of the year, with dollar sales growing by only 2 percent for the quarter, compared to the mid-single digits for the first two quarters.

Sneakernomics: Fast is the New Normal

Everything seems faster today. Change is happening more quickly than ever, and nowhere is this need for speed more evident than in the sports industry.

Sneakernomics: The Election’s Potential Impact on Footwear Sales

Donald Trump shocked the world on Tuesday night with his presidential win. His victory could have deep implications for the sports industry, and the footwear market in particular.

Nov 4, 2016
Apparel , Sports

Sneakernomics: Cubs Win! Who Else Does?

Now that the Chicago Cubs’ 108-year winless drought has ended and the curse of the Billy Goat named Murphy has been extinguished, let’s see who the sports winners (besides the Chicago Cubs) are.

Oct 3, 2016
Apparel , Sports

Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

Sep 21, 2016
Apparel , Retail

Election Distraction

With less than two months to go until the 2016 presidential election it is as if the circus has come to town. Regardless of your political affiliation, there is no denying that this presidential election year is unlike any in recent history. Presidential elections typically distract consumers and less of their attention is paid to spending, but this year the distraction is likely going to be bigger than ever.

Aug 30, 2016
Apparel , Retail

New Rules for Back-to-School and Beyond

New Rules for Back-to-School and Beyond

Jun 7, 2016
Apparel

Style Me!

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.

May 25, 2016
Apparel

Time to Realign

There is a growing gap between the retail world and the apparel consumer. The seasonal selling cycle is off, the emphasis on fashion vs. function is out of balance, and there is an overlooked opportunity when it comes to dressing U.S. consumers for work. In order to get back on track, especially in the wake of recent lackluster retail earnings, the apparel industry needs to realign itself with the consumer.

Jan 21, 2016
Apparel

Holiday Shopping Remorse

Holiday Shopping Remorse

Aug 20, 2013
Apparel

Say It Isn’t So. The “Murse” Is Back.

Say It Isn’t So. The “Murse” Is Back.

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