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Industry News – June 10th, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Friday, June 10th, 2016…

CHRISTOPHE LEMAIRE TAKES UP THE CREATIVE REINS AT UNIQLO’S R&D CENTRE – FASHIONUNITED
“London – Christophe Lemaire has finally made his ongoing relationship with Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo official, by becoming the artistic director of the Japanese label’s newly established R&D Centre in Paris, France.”

UNDER ARMOUR, LUXOTTICA SHARE INSIGHT ON IMMERSIVE RETAIL INNOVATION – Retail Customer Experience
“Under Armour and Luxottica may not seem to have much in common at first glance, given their specific retail focus. But the athletic performance apparel retailer and the eye-wear maker and seller actually have more than a few things in common.”

AN UNHERALDED SNEAKER COMPANY HAS QUIETLY BEEN MAKING BILLIONS — AND IT SHOULD TERRIFY COMPETITORS – Business Insider
“Skechers’ recent success can be attributed in part to consumers’ growing preferences for comfortable, stylish shoes over basketball sneakers, according to a new report from Morgan Stanley.”

RALPH LAUREN HIRES CFO FROM RIVAL LUXURY RETAILER COACH INC – FashionMag
“Ralph Lauren Corp has appointed former Coach Inc executive Jane Nielsen as chief financial offer, two days after announcing a sweeping plan to lower costs and revive sales growth at the luxury fashion brand.”

ADIDAS & PARLEY LAUNCH RUNNING SHOE FROM OCEAN PLASTIC – RetailingToday
“Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have announced the release of a limited number of the iconic running shoe on the occasion of World Oceans Day (June 8) made from Parley Ocean Plastic, which is collected in coastal areas in the Maldives.”

FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS TO UNDER ARMOUR – RetailingToday
“Dave Dombrow, former Under Armour senior VP, creative footwear and accessories, will return to the brand as chief design officer, beginning Aug. 1, 2016. In his newly created role as chief design officer, Dombrow will guide the design of Under Armour’s entire collection of footwear, apparel and accessories.”

COACH’S NEW COLLECTION IS GOOD NEWS FOR MICKEY MOUSE LOVERS EVERYWHERE – Vogue
“When Stuart Vevers, the executive creative director of Coach, tells you this is a very important year, he isn’t referring to the upcoming election or the looming Brexit vote—no, what he means is, Shanghai Disney Resort is opening!”

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