Happy New Year! And to everyone who celebrated, we hope you had a peaceful—and profitable—holiday season. We’re looking forward to this new year and getting back to our regular publishing schedule tomorrow. Until then, we’re sharing a few apparel and retail-related articles we read over the last few days that might be of interest to you as well:
- The President-Elect has been a vocal proponent of re-shoring even proposing ways to make U.S. production more appealing. This New York Times article asks the question: So why aren’t Trump—Donald and Ivanka—products made here?
(Related on SJ: Trump Proposes 10 Percent Tariff on Imports)
- Boohoo.com, suitor to the beleaguered Nasty Gal, is trying to out Zara Zara. Bloomberg takes a closer look at how the etailer feeds millennials’ voracious appetite for newness.
(Related on SJ: Boohoo Bids $20 Million for Bankrupt U.S. Brand Nasty Gal)
- Fast Company peers into its crystal ball and predicts what’s afoot for fashion next year. Topping the list? A call for quality.
(Related on SJ: Sourcing Outlook: Experts on what to Expect in 2017)
- Tis the season for lists, and Drapers brings us its compilation of the top names in fashion for 2016. While some boldface names lost steam, others appeared in the ranks for the first time like Instagram’s Eva Chen and Louise Greenlees of TJX.
(Related on SJ: Top Moments in Trade in 2016)
- Based on user activity, Pinterest is making some fashion predictions for the year ahead. Chief among them: bell sleeves, “flair” (pins, patches and stickers) and distressed denim.
(Related on Rivet: Google’s 2016 Fashion Report)
- Call it Forever Oscar. Next year, the United States Postal Service will give us 11 more reasons to send snail mail with stamps commemorating Oscar de la Renta‘s life and designs.
- The robots are taking over. And that’s a good thing for brick-and-mortar stores trying to keep up with demanding consumers, who are used to shopping when and how they want.
(Related on SJ: The Year Ahead in Technology)
- Despite its continued successes, not everyone shops Amazon. Can these 22 million Americans be wrong? The Wall Street Journal takes a look at these holdouts.
(Related on SJ: Amazon’s Top Moves of 2016)
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Global shipping giant UPS is putting a little fun and funding in a competition aimed at helping companies export their products.Read more
Topshop's creative chiefs announced their departure, while Carolina Herrera hired two new executives to helm its retail and merchandising divisions.Read more
Another party has stepped forward for a possible bid for beleaguered Sears Canada, while legal the wranglings around the company’s bankruptcy status continue.Read more
Cotton Made in Africa made strides in 2016 in its mission to make cotton growing in Sub-Saharan Africa more sustainable year after year, while improving the lives of smallholders and their families.Read more
Though the deal has been in place just five years, the U.S. and South Korea will meet in Seoul next week to discuss renegotiations, and President Trump has already said he would either go that route or terminate the agreement.Read more
New Zealand wants to go ahead with a TPP 11 and the deal could be reached before the end of the year.Read more