Exclusive Products for Specialty Retailers

For years, the action sports industry has produced exclusive collaborations between retailers and manufacturers on certain products and limited-edition lines. Specialty retailers have always asked for exclusive product as a means to help them stand out, in what has become a very crowded retail world. Manufacturers comply to varying degrees, but specialty retailers often aren’t able to compete for these deals with bigger and larger retailers. Despite the difficulties that often accompany exclusive deals, the resurgence of the movement is one good indicator that the economy is recovering. Andrew Asch, Retail Editor for California Apparel News recently wrote an article on the “The Art of the Exclusive.” Be sure to check it out to delve into this issue further at...

Update on Active Ride Shop, A Year After Bankruptcy

To read an update on the Active skate retail chain one year after they filed for bankruptcy, check out the California Apparel News article by Andrew Asch, Retail Editor, available at http://www.apparelnews.net/news/details?article_id=12386&page=1. The article talks about the chain’s new ownership team, previously unpaid debts, vendor relations, current business strategy and plans to not open or close any new shops in the next year or...

Quiksilver Loses Latest Round Over Roxy Name

As reported by California Apparel News After eight years of battling Quiksilver Inc. in federal court, a small Los Angeles manufacturer has won the right to resume making clothes under its Roxywear label. Kymsta Corp., a women’s clothing maker located close to downtown Los Angeles, recently received a ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning a 2-year-old U.S. District Court decision mandating Kymsta phase out its Roxywear line over an 18-month period. The appeals-court decision on Dec. 30 is the latest chapter in a legal tussle launched by Quiksilver, which complained the Roxywear name was too close to its Roxy brand for teens and young women. Quiksilver, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., had 30 days to seek further review of the appeals-court decision, but it has not taken further legal action. The legal saga between Kymsta and Quiksilver began long before the two went to court in 2002. Since the early 1990s, the companies and their brands had co-existed. Bob McKnight—chairman, chief executive and president of Quiksilver—noted that in the mid-1990s, the two even had showrooms next door to each other in New York. But Roxywear at the time was almost like a private label, he said, with no hangtags and no marketing. Roxy was a surf-inspired line for young women that eventually branched out to encompass girls and infants. The two didn’t cross paths on store floors. But by the end of the 1990s, conflicts arose. Roxywear, which traditionally had been in stores’ contemporary departments, started infiltrating the juniors department, such as the Brass Plum division at Nordstrom, Quiksilver said in court documents. Quiksilver said...

Action-Sports Store To Watch: Active

California Apparel News names Active Action-Sports Store to Watch. “Skate fashions might florify carefree and irresponsible youth, but their recent sales detail a well-prepared performance. According to New York-based market-research firm NPD Group, sales of skate footwear increased 6.5 percent in the weeks between March and April 2008, while the entire category of athletic footwear declined 5.7 percent. Mira Loma Calif.- based Active is riding the crest of skate success by offering a mix of skate and streetwear brands…yet they just won SIMA’s coveted Surf Retailers of the Year Award? The 19-year-old company has 25 stores spread across Southern California, and its growth spurt continues across Southern California. By the end of 2008, it will open 7000 square foot flagship stores in downtown San Diego and in downtown Huntington Beach. The Huntington store will not compete with high-profile specialty emporiums, Jack’s Surf and Huntington Surf & Sport because “Active does not carry surf-related products, and we don’t intend on stocking surf-related products in Huntington...