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Learning Curves

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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Sewing as Performance Art

This past summer I made little bags under a tent on a breezy street in Telluride, Colorado. Now, I’m sewing miniature bags under a tent on the central plaza in downtown Montrose. It is our local Farmers’ Holiday Market with our small spot nestled between a family selling Angus beef and...

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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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ISPO Textrends 2021: Key Drivers for Season Ahead

Despite all the adversity of the past year, the textile industry has come forth with a full scope of eco advances for Fall/Winter 22/23. These developments, showcased by ISPO Textrends 2021, present six key drivers defining what’s new and what’s next.

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Cordura Launches Digital Fabric Library

The new Cordura Fabric Finder allows brands to navigate a user-friendly digital interface to view an assortment of over 500 fabrics. The digital fabric library includes images of all fabric angles, and close-up details as well as fabric content information so that partners can...

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Mask Use & Exercise Key Aspects of COVID Experience

Whether actually worn or not, face coverings are now recognized as a mainstream lifestyle item. Results from our recent Trend Insight Consumer survey not only confirm this trend but also reveal that masks have become a must-have fitness accessory...

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Evaluate, Calculate, and Get to Know your Supply Chain

Whether the relationship is rooted in chemistry, circularity or consumer awareness, experts believe the best course of action in the era of sustainability is to know your supply chain. Understanding that it takes an interrelated system to improve the sustainability of product...

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Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

Suppliers Mixed on Showing at Winter OR Online

With Winter OR Online just around the corner, the textile community continues to ponder the benefits of participation in virtual trade events. Whereas in the past, exhibiting at Outdoor Retailer was pretty much a no-brainer, after a year like 2020 suppliers are re-evaluating selling options.

In My View: 2020 Top Takeaways

Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic and analyzing post-Covid trends will provide a plethora of talking points in 2021, so here’s my 2 cents on 3 top takeaways from 2020.

MMI Textiles Expands Operations

MMI Textiles, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, will open a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Lenoir, NC to begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021 in an effort to improve quality and lead times.

HeiQ Lists on London Stock Exchange

HeiQ has become a publicly listed company (LSE:HEIQ) on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. The Company’s shares were admitted to the Standard Segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority earlier this month by way of a reverse take over into Auctus Growth Plc.

A Flurry of Recent Industry Developments

With the intent of creating a face covering that can be worn comfortably during workouts, NexTex Innovations, an Atlanta-based textile technology and inventor of TurboDry, recently launched its new ParticleScreen face covering fabric.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

Cordura Launches Digital Fabric Library

The new Cordura Fabric Finder allows brands to navigate a user-friendly digital interface to view an assortment of over 500 fabrics. The digital fabric library includes images of all fabric angles, and close-up details as well as fabric content information so that partners can...

Read More

Mask Use & Exercise Key Aspects of COVID Experience

Whether actually worn or not, face coverings are now recognized as a mainstream lifestyle item. Results from our recent Trend Insight Consumer survey not only confirm this trend but also reveal that masks have become a must-have fitness accessory...

Read More

Evaluate, Calculate, and Get to Know your Supply Chain

Whether the relationship is rooted in chemistry, circularity or consumer awareness, experts believe the best course of action in the era of sustainability is to know your supply chain. Understanding that it takes an interrelated system to improve the sustainability of product...

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

In My View: 2020 Top Takeaways

Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic and analyzing post-Covid trends will provide a plethora of talking points in 2021, so here’s my 2 cents on 3 top takeaways from 2020.

MMI Textiles Expands Operations

MMI Textiles, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, will open a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Lenoir, NC to begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021 in an effort to improve quality and lead times.

HeiQ Lists on London Stock Exchange

HeiQ has become a publicly listed company (LSE:HEIQ) on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. The Company’s shares were admitted to the Standard Segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority earlier this month by way of a reverse take over into Auctus Growth Plc.

A Flurry of Recent Industry Developments

With the intent of creating a face covering that can be worn comfortably during workouts, NexTex Innovations, an Atlanta-based textile technology and inventor of TurboDry, recently launched its new ParticleScreen face covering fabric.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.

Cordura Launches Digital Fabric Library

The new Cordura Fabric Finder allows brands to navigate a user-friendly digital interface to view an assortment of over 500 fabrics. The digital fabric library includes images of all fabric angles, and close-up details as well as fabric content information so that partners can...

Read More

Mask Use & Exercise Key Aspects of COVID Experience

Whether actually worn or not, face coverings are now recognized as a mainstream lifestyle item. Results from our recent Trend Insight Consumer survey not only confirm this trend but also reveal that masks have become a must-have fitness accessory...

Read More

Evaluate, Calculate, and Get to Know your Supply Chain

Whether the relationship is rooted in chemistry, circularity or consumer awareness, experts believe the best course of action in the era of sustainability is to know your supply chain. Understanding that it takes an interrelated system to improve the sustainability of product...

Read More

Textile Insight

EXTRA Archives

Suppliers Mixed on Showing at Winter OR Online

With Winter OR Online just around the corner, the textile community continues to ponder the benefits of participation in virtual trade events. Whereas in the past, exhibiting at Outdoor Retailer was pretty much a no-brainer, after a year like 2020 suppliers are re-evaluating selling options.

Read More

In My View: 2020 Top Takeaways

Reflecting on the impact of the pandemic and analyzing post-Covid trends will provide a plethora of talking points in 2021, so here’s my 2 cents on 3 top takeaways from 2020.

Read More

MMI Textiles Expands Operations

MMI Textiles, with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, will open a 30,000-square-foot production facility in Lenoir, NC to begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021 in an effort to improve quality and lead times.

Read More

HeiQ Lists on London Stock Exchange

HeiQ has become a publicly listed company (LSE:HEIQ) on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. The Company’s shares were admitted to the Standard Segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority earlier this month by way of a reverse take over into Auctus Growth Plc.

Read More

A Flurry of Recent Industry Developments

With the intent of creating a face covering that can be worn comfortably during workouts, NexTex Innovations, an Atlanta-based textile technology and inventor of TurboDry, recently launched its new ParticleScreen face covering fabric.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

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