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Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Relaunch of the ISPO.COM website

by Andi Spies

With the relaunch of ISPO.COM the new website becomes an information platform and contact point for all B2B and B2C sports business professionals. The ISPO NEWSBLOG that has been reporting on the latest sports industry news on a daily, weekly and monthly basis will now be part of ISPO.COM. With ISPO.COM sports business professionals that […]

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Thursday, November 5th 2015

Expert interview: These are the winter fashion trends 2015/ 2016

by Andi Spies

Alexa Dehmel has been a member of the ISPO AWARDApparel Jury since 2012. As Head of Design and owner of Active Sports Design agency she is also developing products and collections for mountain and watersports brands. In the following interview she tells us about the most important trends of this year’s winter fashion.

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Tuesday, October 27th 2015

Belle: Apparel performs better than footwear

by Markus Huber

In the first six months of its financial year, Belle International, China’s huge footwear, apparel and sporting goods retailer, lifted its total sales by 4 percent to nearly 19,360 million yuan renminbi (€2,756.4 million). Equally net profit was up also by 4 percent, and reached RMB 2,158 million (€307.3 million). Apparel developed better than shoes. […]

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Wednesday, October 7th 2015

Sports Direct plans major investment in Ireland

by Markus Huber

Sports Direct International (SDI) announced this morning that the big British sporting goods retailer was considering acquiring a controlling stake in Warrnambool, the holding company behind Heatons, the Irish apparel chain. SDI is in negotiations with Sandra Minor, a minority investor in Warrnambool, to take over Minor’s shares which would allow SDI to own more […]

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Did this shoe inspire the designers of Skechers when creating the Onyx? The Stan Smith model by Adidas.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

Adidas sues Skechers over brand identity

by Markus Huber

The Three Stripes have reportedly taken their competitor Skechers to federal court in Oregon for abuse of Adidas’ brand image. The subject of the dispute is Skechers’ Onyx shoe which, according to the plaintiff, is too similar to Adidas’ own Stan Smith model. While there is nothing really new about one brand being inspired by the design of its […]

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Thursday, September 3rd 2015

Zalando cancels next winter’s Bread & Butter

by Markus Huber

Textilwirtschaft, the publication for the German apparel trade, reports that Zalando is not going to hold its Bread & Butter fashion show next spring, but confirmed that there will be a summer show later on in 2016. The online footwear, fashion and sporting goods retailer bought the Berlin show out of insolvency earlier this year. The reason […]

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Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Asics hires senior exec to boost lifestyle category

by Markus Huber

Asics has hired Torsten Widarzik as senior general manager in charge of its new global lifestyle division, effective September. The strategic idea behind the appointment is to create global structures for the different product categories. The lifestyle unit is set to combine the worldwide efforts of Onitsuka Tiger and Asics Tiger. Operating from Asterdam, Widarzik will move across from Campus, […]

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Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Zalando: strong on sales, but less so on profit

by Markus Huber

Berlin-based shoe fashion and sporting goods retailer Zalando had a successful second quarter – at least in terms of turnover. Preliminary figures say that total sales jumped by 33-35 percent to €727-738 million. The increase is by far higher than originally expected. Margins dropped, however, compared with last year’s second quarter. The company confirmed that […]

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Friday, July 17th 2015

Messe München: 10 Years European Fashion Award FASH

by Markus Huber

Adidas, Hugo Boss, G-Star or Zalando, Vivienne Westwood or Wolfgang Joop – the careers of European Fashion Award FASH winners are impressive. The renowned young designer award by the German Fashion Industry Foundation (Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie – SDBI) has been committed to support the development of fashion talents for the last 10 years. In his […]

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Tuesday, July 7th 2015

New Zealand’s Alchemy launches first northern hemisphere line

by Markus Huber

Alchemy Equipment, the kiwi brand of outdoor apparel and travel equipment, is introducing its first line of products designed especially for the northern hemisphere. It’s set to hit the European and American markets in spring 2016. The collection targets the smart casual and business traveler, according to the New Zealand company. The line includes wool/cotton […]

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