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In 2020 companies faced a unique challenge: How to sell textiles without being able to touch and feel fabric. The natural order of the textile world was turned upside down this year with online fairs replacing in-person interactions and video conferencing the new sales call.

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Eco Entrepreneurs’ Next Steps in Leveling Up Production Capacity

Innovation is rampant within the sustainability sector as new ideas for climate positive product and responsible production processes continue to define today’s textile industry. Now the challenge becomes the ability to bring these novel ideas to scale.

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Eco Incentives to Shelter Better

With the home now the central hub for all areas of our lives, indoors is the new outdoors in terms of staying healthy and being environmentally aware. “By choosing safe and sustainable materials, we can positively impact our own health along with the health of the planet.

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A Modern Make

Concerned about the impact of fast fashion’s carbon footprint and spectacular levels of textile and apparel waste, today’s forward-thinking manufacturers are elevating the age-old concept of custom-make by investing in high-tech platforms built for efficiency, low minimums and transparency.

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All Star Solutions

What’s new in online marketing? Recently launched #SupimaStrong COVID-19 Relief Project where we reached out to Supima Design Competition alumni and offered fabric to make homemade masks for...

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Hard C.O.R.E.

Looking to meet today’s customers’ sustainability needs and influence garment design, as market direction increasingly turns to a more holistic eco approach that stretches beyond textiles, Morito Scovill Americas (MSA) has introduced C.O.R.E., composed of environmentally-responsible...

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The New Wave

Gather around old timers. Remember the backpacking boom of the early 1980s? Those exciting days when the intersection of army surplus DEET, Chinese made sleeping bags and freeze-dried food allowed a diaspora of young people to go off into the wilderness and wander about for days at a time.

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Cotton Incorporated Intros Go-To Digital Tool

At a time when companies, independent designers, industry organizations, emerging professionals and textile services are looking to transition to a new virtual reality, Cotton Incorporated’s state-of-the-art online resource Cottonworks covers all the bases.

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Noble Biomaterials Adds New Markets, New CMO

If not now, when? That is the question of the day regarding antimicrobial solutions. Noble Biomaterials has answered that call to action by seizing several opportunities to showcase its stable of antimicrobial and conductive products, as concerns over safety and cleanliness have escalated...

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Akcel Partners Create Modern Sales Approach

In response to the rapidly changing marketplace, a trio of industry experts have joined forces to launch Akcel Partners, a new style consulting firm tailored to fit today’s business needs that goes beyond traditional selling.

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Moncler Goes Super-Tech for Fall/Winter ’20

New looks from Moncler elevate both form and function with garments that merge performance skiwear with space suit aesthetics to feature Dyneema composite fabric in styles that work on and off the slopes. The new partnership between Moncler and DSM, a global science-based company and...

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In My View: Why Sizing & Sustainability Go Hand in Hand

What does proper bra fit have to do with preserving the planet? Actually, more than one would think. Because, in today’s COVID marketplace, with surging e-commerce sales and spiraling return rates, that little bralette, the one purchased in a few swift clicks online then sent back for being...

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Textile Insight

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Patagonia x Supertex Make a Case for Fair Trade

October is designated National Fair Trade month and Patagonia’s partnership with its Colombian factory Supertex serves as a prime example of how investing in Fair Trade offers a wide range of social and eco benefits.Supertex makes Patagonia fleeces and Capilene baselayer products.

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Score Suspension

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released an updated version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) in August which leading leather organizations believe treats leather unfairly, stating that “inappropriate methodologies” and “out-of-date, unrepresentative, inaccurate and...

Supplier Update: Launches, Collabs & Eco Efforts

Taiwanese fiber/textile manufacturer Nan Ya Plastics has launched a new brand called SAYA based on R&D focused on new sources for recycled fibers and defined by strong, more consistent recycled fibers with functional attributes targeting the performance marketplace.

In My View: Most Sustainable, Really?

They say “three’s the charm,” but in the newsroom “three’s the trend.” At least that’s what I was taught from a top editor in my early days of reporting and a rule of thumb that continues to hold true. So when I heard Annie Agle of Cotopaxi describe a recent collection done in...

Trade Shows Evolve & Change as Covid Concerns Continue

The days of having an event calendar filled with dates scheduled one or even two years in advance are long gone, as show organizers continue to find their footing in this time of change and Covid concern. The latest updates reveal new and different show formats, along with...

PrimaLoft and Shanghai Challenge Textile Enter Global Partnership

To more effectively deliver fabric innovations, PrimaLoft has formed an alliance with Shanghai Challenge Textile Co., to exclusively produce PrimaLoft Performance Fabrics. This partnership will utilize the strengths of each company’s market position to best serve PrimaLoft customers.

Unifi Publishes Fiscal 2020 Sustainability Report

Unifi has just released its inaugural Sustainability report, a comprehensive account of the company’s environmentally responsible journey over the years with the introduction of the Repreve platform in in 2007 and this year’s milestone of 20 billion plastic bottles recycled.

The Woolmark Company Debuts Digital Education Platform

With people now more reliant on digital content and interaction, and interested in learning about sustainability in materials and products, The Woolmark Company has introduced a new resource well suited to the times. The Woolmark Learning Centre is an open-access learning platform established for...

Supima Design Competition Announces Winner

Earlier this month Supima presented the 13th annual Supima Design Competition, held for the first time in a digital format and broadcast on Instagram Live. The collective runway show featured women’s evening wear that was made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics and designed by...

Textile Firms Rate Outdoor Retailer Online Experience

Keeping with the trend of trade shows evolving from trans-actual, order-writing affairs to networking gatherings, so it goes with today’s virtual shows as textile execs we spoke to highlighted “connectivity” as a top takeaway of Outdoor Retailer Online.

Noble Biomaterials Adds New Markets, New CMO

If not now, when? That is the question of the day regarding antimicrobial solutions. Noble Biomaterials has answered that call to action by seizing several opportunities to showcase its stable of antimicrobial and conductive products, as concerns over safety and cleanliness have escalated...

Read More

Akcel Partners Create Modern Sales Approach

In response to the rapidly changing marketplace, a trio of industry experts have joined forces to launch Akcel Partners, a new style consulting firm tailored to fit today’s business needs that goes beyond traditional selling.

Read More

Moncler Goes Super-Tech for Fall/Winter ’20

New looks from Moncler elevate both form and function with garments that merge performance skiwear with space suit aesthetics to feature Dyneema composite fabric in styles that work on and off the slopes. The new partnership between Moncler and DSM, a global science-based company and...

Read More

In My View: Why Sizing & Sustainability Go Hand in Hand

What does proper bra fit have to do with preserving the planet? Actually, more than one would think. Because, in today’s COVID marketplace, with surging e-commerce sales and spiraling return rates, that little bralette, the one purchased in a few swift clicks online then sent back for being...

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Score Suspension

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released an updated version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) in August which leading leather organizations believe treats leather unfairly, stating that “inappropriate methodologies” and “out-of-date, unrepresentative, inaccurate and...

Supplier Update: Launches, Collabs & Eco Efforts

Taiwanese fiber/textile manufacturer Nan Ya Plastics has launched a new brand called SAYA based on R&D focused on new sources for recycled fibers and defined by strong, more consistent recycled fibers with functional attributes targeting the performance marketplace.

In My View: Most Sustainable, Really?

They say “three’s the charm,” but in the newsroom “three’s the trend.” At least that’s what I was taught from a top editor in my early days of reporting and a rule of thumb that continues to hold true. So when I heard Annie Agle of Cotopaxi describe a recent collection done in...

Trade Shows Evolve & Change as Covid Concerns Continue

The days of having an event calendar filled with dates scheduled one or even two years in advance are long gone, as show organizers continue to find their footing in this time of change and Covid concern. The latest updates reveal new and different show formats, along with...

PrimaLoft and Shanghai Challenge Textile Enter Global Partnership

To more effectively deliver fabric innovations, PrimaLoft has formed an alliance with Shanghai Challenge Textile Co., to exclusively produce PrimaLoft Performance Fabrics. This partnership will utilize the strengths of each company’s market position to best serve PrimaLoft customers.

Unifi Publishes Fiscal 2020 Sustainability Report

Unifi has just released its inaugural Sustainability report, a comprehensive account of the company’s environmentally responsible journey over the years with the introduction of the Repreve platform in in 2007 and this year’s milestone of 20 billion plastic bottles recycled.

The Woolmark Company Debuts Digital Education Platform

With people now more reliant on digital content and interaction, and interested in learning about sustainability in materials and products, The Woolmark Company has introduced a new resource well suited to the times. The Woolmark Learning Centre is an open-access learning platform established for...

Supima Design Competition Announces Winner

Earlier this month Supima presented the 13th annual Supima Design Competition, held for the first time in a digital format and broadcast on Instagram Live. The collective runway show featured women’s evening wear that was made exclusively with donated Supima cotton fabrics and designed by...

Textile Firms Rate Outdoor Retailer Online Experience

Keeping with the trend of trade shows evolving from trans-actual, order-writing affairs to networking gatherings, so it goes with today’s virtual shows as textile execs we spoke to highlighted “connectivity” as a top takeaway of Outdoor Retailer Online.

Chargeurs Taps Raedeke for CMO Post

In support of Chargeurs’ global growth strategy, Christy Raedeke has been appointed the company’s first chief marketing officer. The position includes a focus on growing the company’s new U.S.-based Lainiere Health & Wellness division.

Noble Biomaterials Adds New Markets, New CMO

If not now, when? That is the question of the day regarding antimicrobial solutions. Noble Biomaterials has answered that call to action by seizing several opportunities to showcase its stable of antimicrobial and conductive products, as concerns over safety and cleanliness have escalated...

Read More

Akcel Partners Create Modern Sales Approach

In response to the rapidly changing marketplace, a trio of industry experts have joined forces to launch Akcel Partners, a new style consulting firm tailored to fit today’s business needs that goes beyond traditional selling.

Read More

Moncler Goes Super-Tech for Fall/Winter ’20

New looks from Moncler elevate both form and function with garments that merge performance skiwear with space suit aesthetics to feature Dyneema composite fabric in styles that work on and off the slopes. The new partnership between Moncler and DSM, a global science-based company and...

Read More

In My View: Why Sizing & Sustainability Go Hand in Hand

What does proper bra fit have to do with preserving the planet? Actually, more than one would think. Because, in today’s COVID marketplace, with surging e-commerce sales and spiraling return rates, that little bralette, the one purchased in a few swift clicks online then sent back for being...

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

Patagonia x Supertex Make a Case for Fair Trade

October is designated National Fair Trade month and Patagonia’s partnership with its Colombian factory Supertex serves as a prime example of how investing in Fair Trade offers a wide range of social and eco benefits.Supertex makes Patagonia fleeces and Capilene baselayer products.

Read More

Leather Industry Calls for Higg Score Suspension

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) released an updated version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) in August which leading leather organizations believe treats leather unfairly, stating that “inappropriate methodologies” and “out-of-date, unrepresentative, inaccurate and...

Read More

Supplier Update: Launches, Collabs & Eco Efforts

Taiwanese fiber/textile manufacturer Nan Ya Plastics has launched a new brand called SAYA based on R&D focused on new sources for recycled fibers and defined by strong, more consistent recycled fibers with functional attributes targeting the performance marketplace.

Read More

In My View: Most Sustainable, Really?

They say “three’s the charm,” but in the newsroom “three’s the trend.” At least that’s what I was taught from a top editor in my early days of reporting and a rule of thumb that continues to hold true. So when I heard Annie Agle of Cotopaxi describe a recent collection done in...

Read More

Trade Shows Evolve & Change as Covid Concerns Continue

The days of having an event calendar filled with dates scheduled one or even two years in advance are long gone, as show organizers continue to find their footing in this time of change and Covid concern. The latest updates reveal new and different show formats, along with...

Read More

PrimaLoft and Shanghai Challenge Textile Enter Global Partnership

To more effectively deliver fabric innovations, PrimaLoft has formed an alliance with Shanghai Challenge Textile Co., to exclusively produce PrimaLoft Performance Fabrics. This partnership will utilize the strengths of each company’s market position to best serve PrimaLoft customers.

Read More

Unifi Publishes Fiscal 2020 Sustainability Report

Unifi has just released its inaugural Sustainability report, a comprehensive account of the company’s environmentally responsible journey over the years with the introduction of the Repreve platform in in 2007 and this year’s milestone of 20 billion plastic bottles recycled.

Read More

The Woolmark Company Debuts Digital Education Platform

With people now more reliant on digital content and interaction, and interested in learning about sustainability in materials and products, The Woolmark Company has introduced a new resource well suited to the times. The Woolmark Learning Centre is an open-access learning platform established for...

Read More

FOOTWEAR INSIGHT INDEX

With the second quarter closing next week, ominous signs remain for the U.S. economy in this persistent pandemic environment as the number of active U.S. cases rose for a 10th straight day on June 22 to 1.26 million and 23 states reported increases in the number of cases. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the U.S. economy will generate $8 trillion less in economic activity over the next decade than it predicted months ago. And a report in The Atlantic suggests four factors — a great business die-off, the household fiscal cliff, state and local budget shortfalls and the persistent pandemic crisis — put the U.S. risk for a depression. Amid this backdrop, the Dow generated nearly 59 percent of its weekly 261.80-point gain for the week on the period’s final day, June 22. The action helped the Dow post a 1.02 percent increase for the period, about even with the Segment’s 1.06 percent increase as 12 stocks rose and eight declined. Aside from Mizuno, which benefited from currency effects, Nike and Deckers were the period’s biggest gainers. The Swoosh received four stock price target hikes from investment banks ahead of its scheduled fourth-quarter earnings report on June 25. Meanwhile, Nike and Puma are merging running technology and style into styles for the golf course, including The Cat’s RS-G and The Swoosh’s Air Max 270. Shoe Carnival reported that its 389 re-opened U.S. and Puerto Rico stores experienced a 28.1 percent rise in second quarter comparable store sales through  June 22, with brick-and-mortar up 4.0 percent and e-commerce gaining nearly 470 percent year-over-year. Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank has sold his Washington, D.C. mansion for $17.3 million after a reported two years on the market at a 41 percent discount from his 2018 asking price of $29.5 million. — Bob McGee 
The Footwear Insight Index tracks 20 of the most important publicly traded companies that have a substantial footwear business (6 retailers, 14 brands).
Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/29/17

INDEX: 123

1.06%

Weekly Review

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

ASICS Corp.
7936.T

0.35%

$11.38 • $11.34

Boot Barn
BOOT

1.09%

$22.84 • $22.59

Crocs
CROX

2.46%

$31.71 • $32.49

Designer Brands
DBI

4.49%

$7.13 • $6.81

Genesco
GCO

6.41%

$22.51 • $20.73

Mizuno
8022.T

14.12%

$18.41 • $21.01

Puma
PMMAF

1.65%

$72.90 • $74.10

Shoe Carnival
SKVL

0.26%

$27.02 • $27.09

Steve Madden
SHOO

0.13%

$23.30 • $23.33

VF Corp.
VFC

0.82%

$63.12 • $62.60

Company name
(Ticker Symbol)

% Change over week
Price 06/15/20 • Price 06/22/20

Adidas
addyy

0.72%

$132.53 • $133.49

Caleres
CAL

5.71%

$8.58 • $8.09

Deckers
DECK

3.71%

$193.55 • $200.73

Foot Locker
FL

0.99%

$29.23 • $29.52

GEOX
GEO.MI

4.49%

$0.89 • $0.85

Nike
NKE

1.72%

$97.83 • $99.51

Rocky Brands
RCKY

2.74%

$20.78 • $20.21

Skechers
SKX

5.66%

$33.20 • $31.32

Under Armour
UAA

3.55%

$9.86 • $9.51

Wolverine
WWW

0.26%

$23.08 • $23.14

TOTAL
Week over week

1.06%

$849.49 • $858.46