True Religion Q1 profit falls

True Religion Apparel Tuesday (8 May) reported first-quarter earnings that, even without special items, fell below year-ago levels. For the three months ended 31 March, net income fell 35.4% to US$4.2m, or $0.18 a diluted share, from $6.5m, or $0.28 cents, in the 2006 quarter. Excluding special items, net income in the 2007 quarter would […]

Gerber Technology launches high-speed digitising system

A new automated, high-speed pattern digitising system from Gerber Technology could mark the end of manual digitising, the company claims. AccuScan digitises multiple patterns simultaneously and outputs AccuMark pattern pieces. The scanning technology is around 20-50% faster than manual digitising, depending on the complexity of the pieces being digitised, Gerber says. It is also described […]

Trudy Larson Joins JA Apparel

NEW YORK – Trudy Larson has joined JA Apparel Corp., owners of the Joseph Abboud and JOE Joseph Abboud trademarks, in the new post of vice president of marketing. She will oversee all advertising, media, public relations, events, promotions, packaging and trade shows for the company and report to Marty Staff, president and chief executive […]

Warnaco Q1 Net Flies; Stock Follows

NEW YORK – The Warnaco Group’s first-quarter results far surpassed analysts’ expectations and its stock followed suit Tuesday, hitting a new 52-week high in midday trading. The New York-based diversified apparel marketer also raised its guidance for the current year. Warnaco shares ended Tuesday’s Nasdaq trading session at $31.79, up $3.80 or 13.6%, but hit […]

Q1 Net Swells at Swank

NEW YORK – Strong sales of leather goods and belts helped lead the way to higher revenues and profits during the company’s first quarter. In the three months ended March 31, net income nearly quadrupled to $93,000, or $0.02 a diluted share, from $24,000, or $0.00, in the prior-year quarter. Sales increased 12.7% to $25 […]

Rites Set for Paul Daube, 78

NEW YORK – Funeral services for Paul H. Daube Jr. will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, at the Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home. As previously reported, Daube, the founder and president of Daube Co. Big & Tall, died last Saturday. He was 78. The funeral will be preceded by visitation beginning […]

Big Dogs logs bigger Q1 loss of US$4.1m

Improvements at The Walking Company division were insufficient to prevent a larger loss at Big Dog Holdings during its first quarter. During the three months ended 31 March, the Santa Barbara, California-based marketer of casual and active apparel and accessories posted a net loss of US$4.1m, or $0.44 a diluted share, up from a loss […]

Marvin Traub joins NexCen Brands board

Marvin Traub, president of Marvin Traub Associates and long-time CEO of Bloomingdale’s, has joined the board of directors of NexCen Brands, the brand acquisition and management firm. In addition to his consulting firm, Traub serves as chairman of SD Retail Consulting and senior advisor to Compass Advisers, a financial services firm. “NexCen is committed to […]

Urban’s Q1 Comps Drop on Tough April

NEW YORK – Urban Outfitters’ comparable-store sales were up during February and March, but dropped for the first quarter due to what the company characterized as a weather-related decline in April. The Philadelphia-based specialty retailer reported Tuesday that its same-store sales for the quarter were down 2% versus a 3% decline in last year’s period. […]

Freeborders launches new Quad PLM

Freeborders PLM is launching a web-based collaborative development solution to help shorten the design cycle, reduce the amount of physical samples needed, and bring product managers closer to their trend. Quad and Quad PLM Express, which is designed for smaller retailers and apparel companies, include an easier configuration, multi-language capabilities, and an intuitive user interface. […]