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A collection of featured Publisher's Notes.

Can you guess which retailer might have commented, "We haven't provided sufficient context around our brand" or "We haven't been innovative enough?"

At last month’s Sourcing at MAGIC, Apparel hosted its annual Sourcing Summit in conjunction with Kurt Salmon, featuring a panel of sourcing and industry experts addressing subjects from China to compliance to skills needed by future sourcing leaders.

It won’t be long now before that phrase becomes commonplace. Have you noticed how quickly the buzz around wearables is escalating?

This issue marks the 8th annual anniversary of Apparel’s Top Innovators and during this time we have profiled and honored hundreds of apparel companies and retailers — from household name super-brands to up-and-coming entrepreneurs. It’s been fun!

This month’s issue of Apparel digs deep into both multichannel and omnichannel apparel operations and commerce, and rightly so given the near blinding spotlight on both these strategies.

One of the most compelling issues our industry faces today is education — how do we attract, prepare, train, motivate and inspire incoming talent to do great things in our companies.

It’s said it only takes a spark to create an innovation. Just how those sparks are brought to fruition is certainly not an easy concept or “process” to define.

Any successful apparel firm involved with sourcing production knows that endlessly chasing cheaper options is a dead-end.  While low cost is still important, the entire ecosystem has vastly changed.  Whereas 15 to 20 years ago buyer/vendor relationships were tactical and local, and not ve

For the second year in a row, Sourcing at MAGIC,  held last month in Las Vegas alongside MAGIC and its related retail buying shows, put an emphasis on sourcing in the Americas, and included for the first time a Made in L.A.

What is changing as I write this and more fluid, elusive and diverse than ever before? Why the consumer of course. So says Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst, NPD Group, and he is dead right.

This year, von Furstenberg is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her creation of the wrap dress, which became a symbol of power and independence for women, and landed the designer on the cover of Newsweek in 1976, at which point she had sold more than a million dresses. If her story ended there it would be memorable, but of course it endures.

This year certainly has not been a boring one for the apparel and retail world, and as we reflect on major 2012 themes while looking toward 2013, onshoring definitely makes the list.

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