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Aug 23, 2017
Apparel

The New Look of Back-to-School

This back-to-school shopping season is a clear reflection of changing times. Besides the season starting earlier and ending later, back-to-school shopping now includes more options for the consume...

Jul 26, 2017
Apparel

Personalizing Prime?

We recently welcomed Alexa into my family through Amazon’s latest virtual assistant option, the Echo Show.  She claimed prime real-estate on the kitchen counter thanks to her new seven inch touchs...

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, ...

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. The days of the consumer following trends have faded. Consumers are now cr...

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. Despite early consumer intentions pointing to apparel as an area of increased spending thi...

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! But before we get into that, let’s set the stage by recapping how we did on our 2016 predicti...

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. October 31st would roll around and temperatures would drop. Frost would begin to form on the car doors and our s...

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...

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 fo...

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. Let’s examine the impact. One of the greates...

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. In Trump’s nomi...

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. W...

Oct 3, 2016
Apparel , Sports

Sneakernomics: Is Activewear Being Stretched Too Thin?

There have been many words written recently about the potential demise of activewear, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s take a look at what is really happening in this space. Deni...

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 e...

Aug 30, 2016
Apparel , Retail

New Rules for Back-to-School and Beyond

Another school year is here and that means shopping for everything from pencils and pants, to comforters and coffeemakers. One-third of consumers purchase some kind of back-to-school related merch...

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 ...

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 oppo...

May 13, 2016
Apparel , Sports

We The North: Basketball Fever Sweeps Across Canada

Have you sent a text today? Of course! Chances are you’ve sent more texts than you have received calls. However, looking back to the last time the Toronto Raptors were in the second round of the NBA p...

Apr 18, 2016
Apparel

April Showers And The Email Flood

Springtime bloomed in stores months ago, though the season is only a few weeks old and, moreover, it hasn’t felt much like it in many parts of the country. For all this time, retailers’ heaps of promo...

Jan 21, 2016
Apparel

Holiday Shopping Remorse

Despite the abundance of promotions designed to lure consumers to shop early and often throughout the 2015 holiday shopping season, the final sales results have been mixed. In reality, there may have ...

Feb 5, 2014
Apparel , Sports

Activewear Is Not Just For Athletes Anymore

Have you noticed just how many people are walking the streets or shopping the stores in sweat pants?  How about the number of people wearing yoga pants (by day and by night) to the gym, in the gym, an...

Dec 1, 2013
Apparel , Retail

What’s Selling So Far?

Holiday weekend shopping results (Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Saturday) are looking good for both brick and click retailers. The top ten categories that scored well are filled with a few surprises...

Aug 20, 2013
Apparel

Say It Isn’t So. The “Murse” Is Back.

While many of us may have noticed others might have not, recently men have been quietly carrying around what women have been addicted to for decades – a bag for their essential items. Men have been si...

Sep 12, 2012
Apparel , Retail

The Importance of Fashion Week to the Business of Fashion

So just how important is Fashion Week to the business of Fashion? Well, according to the numbers that the NYC Tourism Bureau released – very important. New York Fashion Week contributes more revenue t...

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