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)
Under Armour is jumping on the subscription box bandwagon and fulfilling the call for consumers who desire a monthly—or semi-monthly—activewear fix.Read more
Pakistan’s Punjab University has signed a memorandum of understanding to provide newly invented disease-resistant cotton seed to farmers in the country through seven multinational companies nationwide.Read more
FedEx Corp. has acquired Northwest Research Inc., a specialist in inventory research and management.Read more
Stitch Fix, which uses data analytics and personal stylists to offer curated apparel subscription boxes, has filed for an initial public offering.Read more
Rue21 named a new interim CEO and reorganized its board, while Céline's creative director is allegedly leaving the company.Read more
The apparel supply chain is emerging from the dark ages with on-demand manufacturing, data analytics and the digitization of the inspection process—and start-ups are leading the way.Read more
The U.S. Commerce Department has initiated antidumping duty investigations to determine whether imports of polyethylene terephthalate, known as PET, resin from Brazil, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan and Taiwan are being dumped in the U.S.Read more