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Boot Book: The Essentials

Durability, comfort and protection never go out of style in the work and safety footwear category. And even as the footwear business has been challenged in 2020, work footwear has continued to deliver with performance, style and more.

Boot Book: New Rules

The outdoor boot has been redefined. No longer dominated by traditional hiking boot silhouettes, performance hiking styles range from mid to low-cut heights, and pack in plenty of athletic tech and aesthetic. Outdoor lifestyle boots span the same diverse spectrum.

2020 in 3D

In a time of Zoom meetings and virtual trade shows, Taiwan-based Frontier has experienced increased demand for its digital fabric development platform. The co-working software as a service (SaaS) designed to digitize fabrics, enhance supply chain management and employ 3D design capabilities...

The Future of Gathering

As the “old” days of shuttling to presentations and large trade shows in early 2020 seem like just a blur, industry executives are currently doubling down on how the business of marketing and selling textiles will change. Webinars and Zoom calls have filled in a lot of in-person gaps...

Rebooting 2020

After months indoors, consumers are eager to get outside. At the same time, outdoor companies are operating in a new normal. What do consumers want from brands and how are brands strategizing for 2020 and beyond?

Both Sides Now

Serving the kids market can be tough. And it’s not just that the stock demands are high (all those sizes!), margins thin and the market competitive — although all those things can be true. Kids stores have two different sets of customers to impress: Style-conscious kids, and their features...

The Whole Package

With an increasing number of cities and municipalities eliminating the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam at retail, both consumers and companies are thinking more about how they package and transport products.

Up Cycling

Fresh off of a five-day gravel bike camp full of technical descents and pace-line practice in Elgin, Arizona, Martina Brimmer reflects on how much adventure cycling — and her business — means to her. “We are working hard to bring female representation into the sport, as well as trans and gender...

Sole Diagnosis

Just because folks work in the medical industry it doesn’t mean that their shoes need to look orthopedic. The same goes for service industry employees who would appreciate footwear that is serviceable yet stylish.

Small Companies, Big Ideas

In an industry that can be dominated by huge conglomerates, small – and even tiny – companies are standing out by presenting innovative ideas. Here are three notable names currently on our radar.