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Industry Voices: Can Sustainability Be Sexy

Carolyn Son
Aug 12, 2016

The social and environmental issues within the fashion industry are well documented. The industry knows it needs to act responsibly and work sustainably for the sake of the millions of workers it employs, not to mention the future of the business itself. We tend to think that fashion is all about change, and yet we […]

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Consumers, Technology and China Market Reshaping Apparel Industry

Carolyn Son

“Ever-increasing customer demands for factors like speed to market and enhanced customer engagement will either propel our businesses to greater prosperity or leave them struggling in the past.” Click here to read Ed Gribbin’s entire interview with WWD.

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The Research Firms Breathing New Life Into Hong Kong’s Garment Industry

Carolyn Son
Aug 01, 2016

City’s days as a mass clothing manufacturer are long gone, but scientists and entrepreneurs have given it a new role pioneering hi-tech fabrics, mannequins and more for producers worldwide. Click here to read the full article.

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(Re)defining sustainability – Does technology hold the key?

Carolyn Son

Once seen as a niche part of the fashion industry, being eco-conscious has rapidly become one of the hottest ‘topics’ of our time. From luxury fashion houses to fast-fashion retailers, and everything in between – more and more fashion companies are responding to mounting consumer interest and ‘going green.’ Read the full article. →

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CrossFit is Leading To a Huge Revival For a Once-disappearing Fitness Brand

Carolyn Son

Nike has its famous “just do it” slogan, encouraging everyone to work hard to be his or her very best. Under Armour has exploded thanks to its underdog-overcoming-the-odds marketing. But what about Reebok? Click here to read the full story on Business Insider UK.  

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Alvanon’s Ed Gribbin Cites Disruption, Risk-taking as Keys to Advancing Fashion Development, Fit and Speed to Market

Carolyn Son
Jul 29, 2016

Alvanon president and global fashion business authority Ed Gribbin expressed concern over the industry’s slow reaction to the technology demands of “today’s empowered consumers” at the company’s Technology Trends Event seminar, held June 8 at NYC’s Hotel Eventi. The seminar, attended by managers of leading brands, such as Lord & Taylor, J.C. Penney, Calvin Klein […]

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Op-Ed: New-Skills to Skirt the Old Ways of Retail

Carolyn Son
Jul 27, 2016

One of the systemic challenges for our industry today is that we have a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality. Read the full article on Sourcing Journal

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At the Paris Opera Ballet, Changing the Shape of Couture

Carolyn Son
Jul 05, 2016

PARIS — Couture, the handcrafted, made-to-measure clothing that regularly sells in the six figures, is fashion’s top stratum for the uber rich. Aside from brief glimpses on the runways, to most of us it is a hidden world. But couture also exists in another, more accessible universe: theatrical costume departments. Perhaps the most remarkable — […]

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Op-Ed: Future View, The Consumer at the Center of Everything

Carolyn Son
Jun 01, 2016

It’s no secret to retailers and brands that the consumer has taken control of the buying experience when it comes to apparel, footwear and accessories. Click here to read the full article

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Are Apparel Retailers Willing to Pay the Cost of Innovation?

Carolyn Son
Apr 25, 2016

Apparel retailers are at once in a world of ‘innovate or die’ and ‘lowest cost wins,’ so forking over cash for innovation hasn’t been as easy as might soon be necessary. Highlighting the outcomes of a recent panel on customer engagement and innovation at the World Retail Congress in Dubai last week, Alvanon President Ed […]

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