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March 27, 2015

Fashion Friday: Fashion and Technology Companies: Competitors or Partners in the Wearables Market?


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Global sales of wearable electronics are expected to grow more than twofold to US$20 billion in 2016. Given this projected growth, companies beyond just consumer electronics brands are expected to jump on this bandwagon, particularly luxury fashion houses.  For example, Ralph Lauren is launching a smart sports top later this year with a smart bag expected to follow not long after.

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March 19, 2015

The Athleisure Trend in Japan


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The sportswear market in Japan grew by 5% in 2014. Since the 2011 earthquake, fashion perceptions in Japan have changed and women feel more comfortable replacing formal styles with more comfortable options, particularly in footwear. This podcast discusses the growing trend in sportswear that can be worn for both athletic activity and leisure occasions. Listen for complete insights.

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March 14, 2015


2014年の日本国内アパレル市場は、スポーツウェアが市場の伸びを牽引しました。特に、「アスレジャー」と呼ばれる新たなトレンドの兆しが見受けられ、 多くのスポーツメーカーが「アスレジャー」の国内ラインアップを強化しました。ユーロモニターインターナショナルのリサーチアナリスト川端雪乃が日本国内 アパレル市場のトレンドについて解説します。

March 10, 2015

Analysing the Global Surf Apparel Market


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Surf-themed apparel has suffered a well-documented struggle in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as the category’s “Big Three” brands have suffered severe subsequent financial losses­. However,  Euromonitor International apparel analyst Julia Illera raises the question of whether the surf apparel category is indeed “wiping out” in terms of global sales and profitability as Billabong International returns to profit for the first time in three years, Mambo sells to Saban Brands and Kelly Slater bids farewell to his long-term sponsor Quiksilver to launch a “coastal lifestyle” brand backed by Kering.

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March 4, 2015

The Rising Power of Female Consumers


The global female population totalled an estimated 3.6 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach 4.2 billion by 2030. Average disposable income amongst women is the highest it's ever been, and women are living longer than men.

What are you doing to reach this growing market?

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  • The size and distribution of the female consumer market
  • Literacy and education rates
  • Labour participation
  • Purchasing power


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March 3, 2015

The Colour of a Dress and Milan's Catwalks Illuminate Online/Real World Convergence

Daphne KasrielAnalyst Insight by Daphne Kasriel-Alexander - Consumer Trends Consultant

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Who would have thought that a posting on the colour of a dress worn to a wedding in Scotland, asking whether it was blue and black or white and gold, would spread like wildfire over social networks, engaging close to 30 million people within a matter of days. It polarized consumers and led to extended discussions on perception which broke traffic records on Buzzfeed and Tumblr and got twitterers tweeting with relish. Real world sales of the dress have soared.  Buoyed by simplicity and universality, this ‘debate’  “definitely felt like a special thing” said Buzzfeed’s editor in chief, Ben Smith. “It sort of erased the line between web culture and real culture”. Milan's Autumn/Winter 2015 catwalks too have been featuring symbols saluting the importance of things digital with fashion businesses switching their haute couture launches to the virtual world.

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March 2, 2015

Euromonitor to Partner with WWD Digital Forum: London 2015


Euromonitor International is pleased to partner with WWD Digital Forum: London Thursday April 30, 2015 from 8:00am - 5:30pm in London (UK).

The connected world has necessitated a new approach to digital marketing and omnichannel retailing. Brands and retailers are adapting with more sophisticated storytelling and new strategies to capture online and offline customers.

Hear new trends and actionable insight from global industry leaders at the 2015 WWD Digital Forum in London on April 30th. Curated by WWD exclusively for fashion, footwear, beauty and retail industry executives featuring the latest creative solutions in social, mobile and e-commerce from around the world. 

Request a copy of the Euromonitor International report, Internet vs. Store-BasedShopping: The Global Move Toward Omnichannel Retailingto learn more about the move to the omnichannel experience

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March 1, 2015

Topshop Suffers a Setback in Japan

Emily PottsAnalyst Insight be Emily Potts - Contributing Analyst

No UK high street would be complete without a Topshop, the brand has firmly secured its place as a stalwart of teen and 20-something fashion. And, in recent years, parent company Arcadia has made no secret of its ambitions to replicate this success on high streets the world over. Since 2013, Topshop has brought its unique blend of cult cool and quirky designs to the US, Australia and China. In Japan, however, where Topshop first opened in 2006 with a goal of having 10 stores in the country, the brand’s bid to be a global player has suffered a setback. In January 2015, without an official announcement, Topshop closed its five Japanese stores. News filtered through from social media when shoppers posted pictures of closed stores.

Distracted by bigger prizes?

Topshop’s stores – two in Tokyo, plus one each in Yokahama, Osaka and Chiba Prefecture – were operated by franchise partner Mori Retail Systems. According to media reports, this partnership came to an end in May 2014. With its franchise agreement at an end, Topshop could simply be stepping back to reassess its approach to the market. This seems unlikely, however, given the seemingly hasty nature of the closures – some stores were left fully stocked.

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February 18, 2015

Apparel and Footwear Value Brands in the United Arab Emirates


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Apparel and footwear specialist retailers in the UAE grew by 9% in 2014 as a result of new retail locations opening and new brands entering the market. This podcast discusses strategies of successful value brands, demographic trends driving this market growth and market forecasts for value apparel brands in the UAE.

Fatemah SherifPodcast features Fatemah Sherif - Senior Research Analyst

February 13, 2015

The Rebirth of Mothercare: Will It Happen?

Bernadette-KissaneAnalyst Insight by Bernadette Kissane - Apparel and Footwear Associate

Back in 2012, Mothercare laid out a 3-year plan to turn around its ailing UK business. Now it is 2015 and investors are yet to see an improvement in its performance, as the retailer battles to gain traction in what has become an extremely competitive marketplace. Are analysts right to remain sceptical about the future of the business or is there scope for a revival?

The company recently reported that total UK sales for the 13 weeks to 10 January 2015 fell by 1.9% in comparison to the same period last year. However, like-for-like sales rose by 1.1%, indicating that the most recent adjustments in the retailer’s strategic plan, spearheaded by new CEO Mark Newton-Jones appointed in July 2014, are beginning to bear fruit. Returning the UK to profitability is a top priority and rightly so, given the UK accounts for over 60% of total group sales and current dynamic international growth may not be sustainable without a healthy domestic business.

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Fashion Friday: Fashion and Technology Companies: Competitors or Partners in the Wearables Market?

The Athleisure Trend in Japan


Analysing the Global Surf Apparel Market

The Rising Power of Female Consumers

The Colour of a Dress and Milan's Catwalks Illuminate Online/Real World Convergence

Euromonitor to Partner with WWD Digital Forum: London 2015

Topshop Suffers a Setback in Japan

Apparel and Footwear Value Brands in the United Arab Emirates

The Rebirth of Mothercare: Will It Happen?