Apparel Stories From Around the Web

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This week, the apparel industry opened its supply chains, explored new brick-and-mortar technologies and welcomed new advanced materials for clothing production.

As global retailers continue to be called out for unethical supply chains, some fashion chains are taking a more local and transparent approach to their apparel manufacturing. The Telegraph noted how many brands, including Jack Wills are providing supply chain visibility to their consumers.

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It’s been about thirty-something years since the sports bra concept was born. WBUR provided the candid backstory of the activewear staple and how founder Lisa Lindahl would forever impact what women wear for physical activities.

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President Trump’s election isn’t resonating well with Chinese Shoppers and FashionUnited discussed how more than 40 percent of the nation’s shoppers had a more negative view of the U.S. due to proposed trade changes.

(Related on SJ: Made in China 2025 Plan May Edge Out Western Competitors)

Big box retailers, including Target and Walmart are having difficulties competing with Amazon. The Wall Street Journal analyzed how both companies will have a tough time beating Amazon in the market, due to its technology innovations and dabble in brick-and-mortar stores.

(Related on SJ: How Big Box Retailers Are Using IoT to Heighten In-Store Experiences)

While Prada goods remain in high demand, Yoox Net-a-Porter is turning towards a global communication app to reach more consumers. Bloomberg reported that the e-commerce giant is teaming up with WhatsApp to launch a digital marketplace for luxury goods.

(Related on SJ: Op-Ed: The Only Constant is Change—But at What Speed?)

Patagonia and The North Face are causing the great outdoors to trend in the apparel market. The Guardian noted how both companies, while they don’t sell baseball bats, are encouraging consumers to go outside more in their digitally-centric lives.

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The resale apparel market is booming among millennials and Gen Z. OZY discussed how the resale apparel market is anticipated to grow from $14 billion in 2015 to $25 billion in 2025, as more young consumers are interested in the history of their apparel, not just the purchasing process.

(Related on SJ: Gen Z: Getting a Handle on the Newest, Youngest Shopper)

The Made in America store is surprisingly not stocked to the max. The Los Angeles Times interviewed founder Mark Andol about his domestic product inventory and struggle to shift business away from other nations, including China.

(Related on SJ: Chinese Manufacturers Take on “Made in USA)

Visual search technology is making moves in the fashion industry and Glossy explored how new innovations, including clothing recognition apps, could be the future of apparel e-commerce.

(Related on SJ: E-commerce and Social Edge in on Show Dominance in Intimates)

While stores are closing left and right, off-price retailers are giving e-commerce a run for its money. New York Post discussed how discount companies, including Burlington Stores and TJ Maxx, are beating brick-and-mortar’s demise by providing consumers with better bargains and the ability to personally hunt for apparel.

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DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products debuted a new hangtag program for its Susterra brand, which will allow high-performance apparel to enhance consumer’s lives and promote sustainability in supply chains.
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