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Industry News – October 6th, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Thursday, October 6th, 2016…

NEW YEAR WILL BRING NEW CEO TO VF CORP. –  TheChainAge
“The company announced that president and COO Steven E. Rendle will become CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Rendle, 57, will succeed Eric C. Wiseman, who will continue to serve as executive chairman and work with Rendle to ensure a successful transition.”

BEARPAW LAUNCHES FIRST APPAREL COLLECTION IN TIME FOR FALL – PRNewswire
“BEARPAW, a global leader in fashion footwear for men, women and children, is moving into the apparel sector with the launch of a new line of outerwear. The brand debuts this month showcasing a range of jackets in multiple styles and fabrics for both men and women.”

LOOKS LIKE J.CREW REVERSED ITS STANCE ON ATHLEISURE – TheCut
“Jewelry and “sparkly things” are still very much a part of the J.Crew image, but now they are — finally — dipping a toe into the activewear pond via a new 20-piece collaboration with New Balance.”

MEET THE MAN WHO’S GIVING COACH A SERIOUS STYLE UPGRADE – GQ
“If the old Coach had a ladies-who-lunch feel, Vevers’s incarnation plugs more into street style. The early Beastie Boys, for example, have been a consistent reference: “Their style and attitude—I connect so much to New York City.” So now he’s making gargantuan parkas, plus beefy sneakers that evoke Air Force 1s but are distinguished by serious quality leathers—because despite all the changes, it just wouldn’t be Coach without fancy-ass cowhide.”

WHAT JEFF STAPLE JOINING TGS MEANS FOR EXTRA BUTTER, RISE & REED SPACE – FootwearNews
“Extra Butter co-owner Jason Faustino added, “As we embark on our 10th year, we’ve found both a unique perspective and commonality with Jeff in how we view what’s next, and we’re thrilled to be moving things in that direction.”

FASHION BRANDS FALL OUT OF FASHION, EXCEPT FOR HERMÈS, OF COURSE – TFL
“Fashion labels have fallen a little out of, well, fashion according to Interbrand’s 17th annual survey of corporate names, which ranks the world’s 100 most prestigious brands. A slowdown in demand for fashion – particularly from China – hammered those brands in this year’s list.”

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