Uncovering the state of fashion

McKinsey

With the global economy cooling and concerns about sustainability rising, the mood among fashion-industry executives is far from exuberant. Retail Insights

Patterns for value creation in apparel, fashion, and luxury

McKinsey

Performance in the fashion and luxury industries has turned lower, but leading companies haven’t been deterred. Here’s how they excel. Retail Insights

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The ‘digital land grab’ in fashion

McKinsey

As e-commerce and platforms evolve, fashion companies could use them to realize higher margins and build scale. Retail Insights

The fashion industry in 2020: Ten top themes from The State of Fashion

McKinsey

Amid uncertainty, brands, retailers, and other fashion-industry players must act strategically to capitalize on digital opportunities, boost earnings, and address sustainability.

The State of Fashion 2020: Navigating uncertainty

McKinsey

The industry is not looking forward to 2020—suggesting strategic clarity will be important. Retail Insights

Measuring the fashion world

McKinsey

A new survey takes stock of apparel companies’ go-to-market processes. The findings have implications for product design, development, and delivery. Retail Insights

Fashion on demand

McKinsey

Technology and shifting consumer needs have made just-in-time production a trend to watch. Retail Insights

The end of ownership for fashion products?

McKinsey

Business models capitalizing on preowned, refurbished, or rented products have hit the fashion market. The industry needs to pay attention as these models continue to evolve. Retail Insights

The influence of ‘woke’ consumers on fashion

McKinsey

Here’s what the fashion industry should know about the trend. Shoppers, particularly younger ones, have social and environmental issues on their minds. Retail Insights

Casual Apparel Outperforms High-End Fashion

BCG

In the wake of the recent financial crisis, the global fashion and luxury industry established a solid record of extremely strong value creation. Thirty-nine of those companies are in fashion and luxury. Article Tuesday, December 13, 2016.

Fashion’s new must-have: Sustainable sourcing at scale

McKinsey

Sustainable sourcing is fast becoming a top priority for fashion companies. A survey of sourcing executives reveals ambitious targets—and highlights the transformation needed. Retail Insights

Renewed optimism for the fashion industry

McKinsey

After a challenging stretch, has fashion turned the corner? Things are looking up, but the rebound may be uneven, says this year’s The State of Fashion report. Our Insights

Faster fashion: How to shorten the apparel calendar

McKinsey

To get new styles into stores more quickly, fashion companies must improve internal collaboration, tap into consumer insights, and start to digitize the value chain. Retail Insights

Ten trends for the fashion industry to watch in 2019

McKinsey

What issues matter for brands and retailers most in the coming months? Retail Insights

What Real Sustainability Would Look Like in the Fashion Industry

BCG

Article Friday, July 14, 2017 To maintain its current growth trajectory, the global fashion industry must address its environmental and social footprint.

Self-disruption in the fashion industry

McKinsey

To keep up with digital advancements and with consumers’ preference for novelty, brands must be willing to adapt. Retail Insights

Caution ahead: Global growth and the fashion industry

McKinsey

Our State of Fashion 2019 report suggests dampening economic growth is one of ten important trends to watch for the year. What will it mean for your company’s strategic agenda? Retail Insights

How Innovation and Collaboration Can Accelerate Sustainability in Fashion

BCG

Article Friday, July 14, 2017 To maintain its current growth trajectory, the global fashion industry must address its environmental and social footprint.

The fashion market and ‘Trade 2.0’

McKinsey

Companies should make contingency plans for a potential shake-up of global value chains. Here’s how the apparel trade could be reshaped by new barriers, trade tensions, and uncertainty. Retail Insights

How India’s ascent could change the fashion industry

McKinsey

There’s great promise in India’s apparel market—but challenges as well. Here’s what brands need to know about the country’s rise. Retail Insights

The State of Fashion 2019: A year of awakening

McKinsey

The industry as a whole is embracing new opportunities—even as dangers lurk. Retail Insights

Perspectives for North America’s fashion industry in a time of crisis

McKinsey

Apparel retailers, department-store chains, and cosmetics stores employ millions of people. Industry leaders must take quick action while also planning for postcrisis realities. Retail Insights

The two faces of fashion-industry performance

McKinsey

Top-quintile companies are the engines of value creation. Digitization and better in-store experiences will drive future gains. Our Insights

What radical transparency could mean for the fashion industry

McKinsey

Consumers’ trust in brands has been eroding. This has implications across the value chain. Retail Insights

Now or never: Immediacy and customer experience in fashion retail

McKinsey

To serve and inspire shoppers, retailers and brands need to think through how new technology has changed the customer decision journey. Retail Insights

"Selfie" Fashion Trends: Cheap Dresses and "Rentabag"; Mish Handbag Tips

MishTalk

The popularity of sending "selfies" has even influenced retail sales and women's fashion. In the above video, FT’s Andrea Felsted visits online fashion retailer Asos to see how it is adapting its business model in the era of the selfie.

The need for speed: Capturing today’s fashion consumer

McKinsey

Top performers are using data analytics and consumer insights to stay ahead of the pack. Retail Insights

A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future

McKinsey

The clothing industry’s take-make-dispose model has large economic, environmental, and social costs. A transformation based on circular-economy principles could lead to better outcomes. Our Insights

Style that’s sustainable: A new fast-fashion formula

McKinsey

Stylish, affordable clothing has been a hit with shoppers. Now companies are trying to reduce its social and environmental costs. Our Insights

Powerful pricing: The next frontier in apparel and fashion advanced analytics

McKinsey

Leading apparel retailers are embracing advanced analytics and blending intuition with science to price smarter. Retail Insights

A closer look at the fashion industry in Gulf Cooperation Council markets

McKinsey

Middle Eastern consumers are experienced and increasingly savvy, but the region is grappling with shifting economic currents and the rise of digital. For brands, this implies risks but also opportunities. Retail Insights

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Consulting Fashion

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Consulting Fashion. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Tuesday, September 2, 2008.

The Crazy Lives of Consultants: Memorial Day Fashion Update

The Crazy Lives of Consultants

Memorial Day Fashion Update. Fashion Reminder: Fashion rules have changed as of Memorial Day. skip to main | skip to sidebar. Tuesday, May 27, 2008.

Art vs Business

Tom Spencer

She entered journalism in the 1980’s and claims to have had no particular inclination towards fashion. Although, after gaining some exposure to the fashion runways working with the British edition of GQ, she says that she ultimately found herself as the editor of Vogue.

Avoiding Fads and Fashions in Org Design: Talent Management Video Interview with Amy Kates

Kates Kesler

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Avoiding Fads and Fashions in Org Design: Talent Management Video Interview with Amy Kates

Kates Kesler

Talent Management magazine recently interviewed Amy Kates. Click here for a five minute video on why trends and styles have no place in organization design.

Raising Money the Old Fashioned Way

The Nonprofit Consultant

They call this one-on-one, in-person fundraising a return to raising money "the old-fashioned way." Old-fashioned" maybe, but you stick with what works An article in the New York times the other day looked at "something called 'face-to-face' or 'street fundraising,' trolling city streets and taking credit card information from donors on the spot."