Retailers Feel the Effects of Rising Cotton Prices

We’ve all seen recent media coverage of the cotton prices climb, and Bloomberg is now reporting that retailers like Gap and Wal-Mart are seeing firsthand the effects of higher clothing costs. According to the article, manufacturers may be paying Chinese production facilities an additional 30% for apparel items made of cotton.  It’s only a matter of time before action sport retailers are seeing the effects of increase raw material costs. The question will be how small, specialty shops already coping with low margins are going to be able to handle the increased wholesale costs that are inevitably heading our way, especially because our industry boasts such a large t-shirt sales category....

French Surf Brand Oxbow Debuts In USA

Oxbow, a 23-year-old French surf brand, opened a store in Santa Monica last June and plans to open five more including its second location in Waikiki in 2009. Oxbow hopes to establish themselves as a “sophisticated alternative to the typical surf fare” by serving core surf shops with wholesale merchandise. Oxbow will be exhibiting at ASR. Stop by and check out their line which caters to 25-35 year-olds as opposed to the usual 12 -18 year-olds. Wholesale prices hover about 10% above domestic surf brand...