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Industry News – November 1st, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Tuesday, November 1st, 2016…

TROUBLED APPAREL RETAILER HEADING TOWARD BANKRUPTCY—AGAIN – ChainStoreAge
“American Apparel filed Chapter 11 in October 2015. It emerged in February 2016, with new owners led by Monarch Alternative Capital and an ambitious plan led spearheaded by CEO Paula Schneider. She abruptly left the chain a few weeks ago, amid rumors it was exploring a sale of all or parts of the business.”

ZENDAYA LAUNCHES A FASHION LINE! 5 INSPIRED LOOKS TO TRY NOW – Vogue
“The news may have just come down that Zendaya will be launching a clothing label—Daya by Zendaya—this Friday, but we had been expecting this turn in the young entertainer’s promising career for some time now.”

WILL.I.AM MOVES WEARABLES OFF THE WRIST WITH THE HELP OF KENDALL JENNER AND APPLE – TheNewYorkTimes
“Wearable technology is finally beginning to go beyond the wrist. “Why should you have to take off your earphones when you finish listening to something and put them back in a box or bag, instead of just wearing them around your neck like jewelry?”

COACH BAGS AN EARNINGS BEAT AS SALES FACE EXPECTED PRESSURE – Forbes
“Coach Inc. beat analyst estimates for the first fiscal quarter, but missed sales estimates as the company pivots way from discounts and back to a luxury label.”

MEIJER ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION OF PLUS-SIZE APPAREL IN WOMEN’S DEPARTMENT – PRNewswire
“Building upon its investment in apparel, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer is announcing a new, inclusive shopping experience that will give customers of all sizes the opportunity to shop together. By early 2017, plus-size departments in each of the retailer’s 230 stores across the Midwest will be integrated into missy and women’s, placing straight and extended sizes on one rack. As an industry leader in making this change, Meijer is proud to create a shopping experience based on trends, not size.”

THE NORTH FACE IS MAKING ‘ANTARCTICA’ SHOES WITH MENSWEAR STAPLE PUBLISH BRAND – FootwearNews
“Fresh off opening its New York City flagship, outdoor staple The North Face has a hot new collaboration with renowned menswear label Publish Brand built to look good when withstanding the cold winter months.”

CHEERLEADING COPYRIGHT CASE GOES BEFORE SUPREME COURT – TFL
“A copyright dispute over cheerleading uniforms brought out the fashion maven in Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Breyer said Monday that clothing hanging in a closet does nothing. But he said that “clothes on the woman do everything.”

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