Is the Mall Really Dead?
Last winter, the post-holiday season was pretty dismal for those in retail. As stores were shuttering doors or closing down altogether, more than one headline asked if malls were going
The Use of Natural Fibers
Consumers are an interesting bunch. They have fiber and fashion preferences, but sometimes, for reasons ranging from fit to price to convenience, they end up buying products that end
Activewear Sales
With the many stories touting the strength of athleisure apparel mixed with the aisles of workout apparel in stores, it may come as a surprise that consumers spent less on activewear
Seamless Retail
Every week we read about the flux that retail is experiencing. But whether consumers are shopping for new clothes in-store or online, the bottom line is they're still purchasing apparel.
Looking for Hits
On a hot and humid day this past July, when the only logical places to be were either at the beach or in front of an air conditioner, a street in lower Manhattan was jammed with people
Data and analyses of consumer attitudes, preferences and shopping habits.

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Data and analyses of the cotton textile retail sector,including fiber share by category.

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Data and analyses of trends in the cotton textile supply chain, including commodity economics.

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Is the Mall Really Dead?

Last winter, the post-holiday season was pretty dismal for those in retail. As stores were shuttering doors or closing down altogether, more than one headline asked if malls were going the way of the dinosaur. To say apparel retailing has been a challenge in 2017 is an understatement. But if you look around, all of the malls and their tenants have not disappeared. So, let’s talk about evolution.

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Activewear Sales

With the many stories touting the strength of athleisure apparel mixed with the aisles of workout apparel in stores, it may come as a surprise that consumers spent less on activewear last year than in previous seasons. Interestingly, though, they actually increased their overall activity levels in the U.S. While manufacturers may be questioning what is happening at retail, they might consider the fibers being used just aren’t what the consumer is seeking.

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Seamless Retail

Every week we read about the flux that retail is experiencing. But whether consumers are shopping for new clothes in-store or online, the bottom line is they’re still purchasing apparel. However, with all the choices and all the distractions out there, making and maintaining a connection has become hyper important. And a lot of that has to do with the seamless connection that runs from a brick and mortar location to a shopper’s online experience.

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Looking for Hits

On a hot and humid day this past July, when the only logical places to be were either at the beach or in front of an air conditioner, a street in lower Manhattan was jammed with people who had arrived hours earlier, waiting to see the new Dim Mak collection, a luxury line of apparel by Steve Aoki, the electronic dance music deejay and musician, and hear tunes from his new album.

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