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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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Something’s not right about ‘see now, buy now’

Carolyn Son
Apr 11, 2016

Brands need to respond to consumer needs for instant gratification with a strategy for speed – where speed and efficiency in the product development cycle are crucial, warns Alvanon president Ed Gribbin. Click here to read the full article. 

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Ellie Kai Wins Alvanon’s Second Apparel Expert Mentorship Program

Carolyn Son
Apr 01, 2016

Global apparel consulting firm Alvanon has named made-to-order brand Ellie Kai as the second winner of its Dr. Wang Mentorship Program. Click here to read the full article. 

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Op-Ed: Web Meets Brick-and-Mortar: Supply Chain Considerations

Carolyn Son
Mar 21, 2016

In the age of fashion immediacy, brands are considering how to leverage digital and physical worlds. Where is this trend headed? Ed Gribbin speaks exclusively to Sourcing Journal. Click here to read the full article.

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