How technology will elevate the customer’s online experience
Footwear Today Magazine
by Will McGill
3d ago
Returns are commonly known as a major challenge for the fashion industry; while bricks-and-mortar stores typically have a one per cent return rate, e-commerce rates range from 20 to 50 times higher. Footwear is no exception to this trend; industry experts argue that the main reason for returns is the lack of a sufficient customer experience online. 3D and augmented reality (AR) technology addresses this issue by mimicking the in-store experience. The data speaks for itself, with skyrocketing conversion and engagement rates and decreasing return rates. Additional benefits reported by brand ..read more
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MICAM Milano: Innovation, trends, youth. The future of footwear takes centre stage
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by Jack Cheeseman
1w ago
MICAM is back, characterised by a focus on footwear and the latest trends, but also on the values of sustainability, innovation in retail, and Italian manufacture. MICAM Milano, currently taking place at Fiera Milano (Rho), welcomes buyers from 150 countries. With 923 brands, the event includes a range of exciting new products from new entries such as BRUNO MAGLI, PLEIN SPORT and KATY PERRY COLLECTIONS, and unique opportunities to learn about the latest footwear trends. Chair of MICAM and Assocalzaturifici, Giovanna Ceolini, said: “The February event is not only a sort of annual check-up for t ..read more
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An exciting year ahead for kids’ footwear brand, Bobux
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by Jack Cheeseman
1w ago
Kids’ footwear brand, Bobux, has revealed exciting plans for 2024 – including partnering with UK distributor and wholesaler, HB Shoes, and recruiting design legend, Karen Strickland, as its new Lead Product Developer. From humble beginnings in a New Zealand shed back in 1991 to a global presence with over 1,000 stockists in its key markets of UK, NZ, Australia and Italy, and a distribution into over 44 more territories through dedicated channel partners, Bobux is one of the leaders in children’s footwear. The brand has recently announced its new exclusive distribution partnership to help grow ..read more
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Autumn/Winter trends spotted at Expo Riva
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by Jack Cheeseman
2w ago
Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags has consistently presented a vast array of product categories; the main offerings include boots, ankle boots, casual and comfort models, as well as sandals, flip-flops and slip-ons. Sports and high-performance shoes also make a big impression, as do work and safety shoe collections. But which trends proved to be most popular at the recent 100th edition of the show, which took place on 13-16 January. The event in Riva del Garda, as always, provided a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights into the main themes to be explored. Styles spotted at the exhibition ..read more
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Christian Louboutin enters eyewear market, signing exclusive licensing agreement with Marcolin
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by Jack Cheeseman
3w ago
International luxury brand, Christian Louboutin, is making its debut in eyewear. It has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement – until 2029 – with worldwide brand, Marcolin, for the design, manufacturing and distribution of its sunglasses and optical frames. “We are progressively rolling out a strategy to become a complete lifestyle luxury accessories player and the eyewear and sunglasses categories are a natural extension for us,” said Alexis Mourot, CEO of Christian Louboutin. “Marcolin is the ideal partner for this strategic partnership as they share the same vision for creating obj ..read more
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Fashion manufacturers are ready to storm ahead in 2024, report finds
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by Jack Cheeseman
3w ago
Footwear, clothing and accessories manufacturers are set to go from strength to strength in 2024, according to a new report. Small and medium-sized firms in the sector achieved a score of 78 out of 100 in the latest Manufacturers’ Health Index, compiled quarterly by inventory software brand, Unleashed. The index is calculated from a number of key performance metrics including sales, purchasing, and internal efficiencies that impact stocking levels and lead times across 16 manufacturing categories. A score of 50 points or more indicates that a sector is performing well against these metrics. Of ..read more
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SGS to host Comfort Footwear Evaluation Solutions webinar
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by Jack Cheeseman
1M ago
SGS, the testing, inspection and certification company, is hosting a ‘Comfort footwear evaluation solutions’ webinar tomorrow (31 January 2024). This event will be of interest to footwear brands, retailers, manufacturers, designers, technicians and quality assessment, marketing, compliance and management staff. Methods of testing footwear comfort have conventionally involved the use of questionnaires and fittings. These subjective approaches are no longer considered to be an effective way of measuring performance and quality, as they fail to provide objective data to a recognised standard. Thi ..read more
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Principals and agents, suppliers and distributors – the issues for 2024
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by Jack Cheeseman
1M ago
Fox Williams is hosting its annual agentlaw seminar entitled ‘Principals and agents, suppliers and distributors – the issues for 2024. The event will be held in-person on Tuesday 6 February at Fox Williams’ offices at 10 Finsbury Square, London. The topics being covered are: Principals and agents – what is reasonable and what is not? Guest speaker, Oliver Segal KC, will share his views on: The requirement under the Commercial Agents Regulations that the agent comply with the principal’s reasonable instructions; the obligations under the Regulations for the principal to act in good ..read more
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Tamaris opens its first flagship store at the Paris Opera House
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by Jack Cheeseman
1M ago
Tamaris has opened its first flagship store in the immediate vicinity of the Paris Opera – one of the cultural heartbeats of the city. An important strategic step, the brand said, to further establish itself as the leading commercial fashion brand in France, but also globally. Tamaris has deliberately chosen one of the most exposed locations that Paris has to offer. The “Triple A” location near the Opera metro station not only promises excellent visibility and accessibility, but the brand said it is also making a strong statement to the global audience that frequents the French metropolis. The ..read more
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Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags: Attendance on par with 2023
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by Jack Cheeseman
1M ago
The 100th edition confirms the influence and impact of Expo Riva Schuh & Gardabags: an increasingly united community dedicated to strengthening the international footwear and bag business. The entire footwear industry met at Riva del Garda to celebrate the exhibition’s 50-year history. 16 trade associations representing all major producing countries came together to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues. While the 100 candles took centre stage at the January edition, offering a preview of the upcoming AW2024-25 collections, another set of numbers serve to confirm the strength of thi ..read more
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