Uniqlo sales fall, Russian retailers to close, Sustainable footwear, Plus-sized social community, Autumn trends

Uniqlo S/S 2009 ad campaign, courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo S/S 2009 ad campaign, courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo’s July sales falls 4.2 pct, hurt by weather (Reuters)
Fast Retailing said on Tuesday same-store sales at its Uniqlo casual-clothing chain in Japan fell 4.2 percent in July, the first drop in nine months, hit by unseasonably rainy weather.”

One-Third of Russia’s Clothiers Are Going Bust, Exporters Say (Bloomberg)
“A third of Russia’s 42,000 clothing retailers will close by the end of this year after the economic crisis hurt local spending, according to the head of the European Fashion and Textile Export Council.”

Footwear firms demand action from Brazilian suppliers (Drapers)
“Footwear giants Clarks, Adidas, Nike and Timberland are demanding assurances from their leather suppliers in Brazil that their production is not destroying the Amazon rainforest.”

Lane Bryant Launches Plus-Sized Social Community (Media Post)
“Lane Bryant, the company that wrote the book on plus-sized clothing for women, is hoping that an online community can help reverse its shrinking sales trends.”

Autumn trends: Power craze (Independent)
“Big shoulders, boots and leather – the key autumn/winter trends are not for the shy and retiring. Susannah Frankel introduces eight looks that make an impact.”