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Global apparel markets: business update, July 2016

Global apparel markets: business update, July 2016

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the global apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business strategies for environmental sustainability; certification; closures; corporate restructuring; corporate social responsibility (CSR); joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; market forecasts; new brands; new facilities; new stores; and online retailing. Companies, other organisations, and brands featured in this report include: Abercrombie & Fitch, Aéropostale, Alstyle Apparel & Activewear (AAA), Asos, the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), BMB Clothing, Champion Europe, Cherokee Global Brands, G-III Apparel Group, Gildan Activewear, Gilt, Grupo Axo, HanesBrands, Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), the International Oeko-Tex Association, JC Penney, Karl Lagerfeld Group BV, Kate Spade & Company, Levi Strauss & Co, Lifestyle Essences, MagnaReady, Majid Al Futtaim Fashion, Marks and Spencer (M&S), Marquee Brands, the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM), Pacific Brands, Perry Ellis International, PVH, Reda, Reliance Brands, Re:newcell, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Textile Exchange


SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
G-III Apparel Group has acquired a 19% stake in Karl Lagerfeld Group BV
Gildan Activewear has acquired Alstyle Apparel & Activewear
HanesBrands has acquired Pacific Brands
HanesBrands has acquired Champion Europe
Hudson’s Bay Company has acquired Gilt
Marquee Brands has sold the UK operations of its Ben Sherman brand to BMB Clothing
BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Levi Strauss & Co has launched a fellowship programme for entrepreneurs focusing on
environmental sustainability
CERTIFICATION
The International Oeko-Tex Association has developed a new certification scheme called Eco
Passport by Oeko-Tex
CLOSURES
Asos has closed its local operations in China
CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
Aéropostale has filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Levi Strauss & Co has launched its clothing recycling initiative in the UK
Membership of the Better Cotton Initiative increased by 51% in 2015
Textile Exchange has released the first draft of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS)
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
Abercrombie & Fitch has entered into a franchise development agreement with Majid Al
Futtaim Fashion
Cherokee Global Brands has entered into three new licensing agreements relating to the
retailing of Cherokee branded apparel and footwear in the USA
Kate Spade & Company and Reliance Brands have plans to enter into a distribution and retail
agreement
MagnaReady has entered into a licensing agreement with PVH
Perry Ellis International has entered into a distribution agreement with Lifestyle Essences
PVH has entered into an agreement with Grupo Axo in Mexico relating to the formation of a
joint venture
The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) has signed a five-year contract to supply Reda
with merino wool for activewear and suits
MARKET FORECASTS
Consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear in Asia and Oceania is forecast to grow by
5.2% per annum between 2015 and 2019
NEW BRANDS
JC Penney has developed a plus size clothing brand called Boutique+
NEW FACILITIES
Re:newcell has started constructing a demonstration plant for recycling cotton
NEW STORES
Hudson’s Bay Company has opened its first Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Canada
ONLINE RETAILING
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has launched an online store in Australia
List of tables
Table 1: Asia and Oceania: consumer expenditure on clothing and footwear, selected markets, 2010-19

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