HONG KONG, China — Armed with empty suitcases and same-day return tickets, an army of mainland Chinese is descending on suburban outlet shopping malls and international fashion chains in Hong Kong, turning cheap into the new chic as luxury falls out of favour.
BoF distills recent fashion stories from the French media.
Credit Suisse has issued a report on the rise of the wearable technology market, which, it says, has hit “an inflection point” and will have “a significant and pervasive impact on the economy,” reaching $30-$50 billion over the next 3-5 years.
SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said the online service for 140-character messages is increasingly being used to track personal health with wearable computing gadgets such as Nike Inc.’s fitness devices.
BEAVERTON, United States — Nike Inc., the world’s largest sporting-goods company, reported third-quarter profit that topped analysts’ estimates amid demand for footwear and equipment in North America.
Guest contributor Rachel Arthur recaps the highlights of this year’s SXSW Interactive conference and identifies key takeaways for the fashion industry.
HERZOGENAURACH, Germany — Adidas is to stick with its troubled Reebok business even though the German sportswear group had to make a 265 million euro ($344.5 million) write-down on the brand at the end of last year. Adidas, which bought Reebok in 2005 for $3.8 billion to try to close the gap with market leader Nike, last year had to cut its 2015 sales target for the brand by a third after two quarters of declining sales. But the
BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed recaps the week’s top developments in the business of fashion.
CHICAGO, United States – Yesterday, US First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the 3-year anniversary of ‘Let’s Move,’ her campaign to fight childhood obesity. She was joined by Mark Parker, president and CEO of Nike, who announced that the sportswear giant was committing $50 million to Mrs. Obama’s cause, to be spent on a multi-pronged effort to bring physical activity back to American schools over the next five years.
NEW YORK, United States — Coach Inc. shares rose 5 percent on Wednesday to $48.90 after a DealReporter article said there were rumours among investment bankers that the leather-goods maker was exploring a sale of the company. A Coach spokeswoman said the company does not comment on speculation or rumours. A share price of $48.90 would give Coach a market value of $13.7 billion. DealReporter cited two bankers as saying there were rumours Coach was exploring a sale, and a third banker who said Coach was rumored to be exploring strategic options, but was unable to provide specific information. Last month, Coach reported disappointing quarterly earnings and has faced growing competition from companies like Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. Two weeks…
The dramatic, public falls-from-grace of Nike brand ambassadors Oscar Pistorius, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods should create pause for high-profile brand association in the digital age.
Nike sells Umbro brand to Iconix (FT) “Iconix Brand Group has agreed to buy Nike’s Umbro sports apparel and footwear unit for $225m in cash, marking the fashion brand’s second deal with the US sportswear group.” Accessible Luxury Brands Ride China’s Middle-Class Wave (Jing Daily) “As the battle rages on between high-end and high-street brands in mainland China and Hong Kong, one ongoing trend to watch is the