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Aakar: Private Label For U.S. Specialty Stores

Aakar is an intimate apparel producer based in Noida, India that has low minimum order requirements and has built a strong following among specialty stores in this country. BODY’s associate publisher Ted Vayos interviewed founder and designer Aayuushi Agarwal.

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New ’Silcone Valley’ Offers Intimate Solutions

Silicone Valley is a new intimates solutions company, launched in November 2018, that will soon be exhibiting at its first trade show, Curve in New York.

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ShapeOn Aims To Grow Retail, Private Label

ShapeOn, a Canadian company with a new approach to shapewear, is coming to New York Curve with a small collection of shaping products developed over the past three years.

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Claudel Expanding U.S. Wholesale Operation

Claudel Lingerie Inc., which comprises different chains of retail stores in Canada, as well as several wholesale brands, is focused on expanding the latter operation in the U.S. BODY publisher Nick Monjo interviewed the company’s Anny-Claude Lapierre.

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Fastech Wins Four New U.S. Component Patents

Matthew Fink, managing director of Fastech Asia Ltd., a leading supplier of the many components that go into apparel, especially bras and other intimates has, in recent months, won four separate U.S. patents.

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Pepper: New Bras For Small Breasted Women

Pepper, the new company that claims it is “the first brand to design products specifically for women with small boobs,” is now interested in “working with select retailers” to expand its distribution.

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Giulia: Austrian Hosiery Showing At Curve

Giulia, an established Austrian hosiery producer, is planning to exhibit for the first time at the upcoming Curve show.

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Ewa Bień: Colorful Brand Coming To Curve

Ewa Bień is an established Polish brand that will be exhibiting for the first time at the New York Curve show later this month.

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Ajour Lingerie Bringing 2 New Brands To Curve

Ajour’s new Bretelle lingerie and V&T sock lines.

Ajour has two new brands, a lingerie label, Bretelle, and V&T, a sock line. All three will be exhibiting at the upcoming Curve show in New York.

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Victoria’s Secret, Pink January Comps Fell 1%

Pink’s GRL PWR styles.

Victoria’s Secret and Pink January store and direct comparable sales in the U.S. and Canada fell 1%. Comparable store sales alone, for the two brands, fell 8%.

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Jessica Cheung Has New Duties At BL Intimates

Jessica Cheung has been named corporate account and ecomm manager at BL Intimates. Based in Montreal, and in business for over 20 years, the firm specializes in intimate apparel, hosiery and activewear with distribution centers in both the U.S. and Canada.

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NuBra Adds Innovative New Straps For Its Bras

NuBra, a leader in the development of the adhesive bra, has introduced innovative straps that provide new ways to wear its bras.

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Seven ‘Til Midnight Bought By J&V Apparel

Seven ‘Til Midnight (STM), the California intimate apparel wholesaler, was acquired earlier this month by J&V Apparel, Inc., a firm that was itself established in December, 2018.

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Me Seduce: Exhibiting For First Time In U.S.

Swim and lingerie designs from Me Seduce

Me Seduce is a relatively new Polish brand, exhibiting for the first time in the U.S., and bringing its strappy, sexy collections to both the New York and Las Vegas Curve shows later this month.

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Forever Group Coming To New York Curve

The Forever Group is a Canadian intimate apparel solutions products company that focuses on smaller specialty stores with a collection of products that include one particularly interesting and unique item.

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İpek Kıramer Bringing Luxury Line To Curve

İpek Kıramer (inset) with her designs.

İpek Kıramer is a Turkish designer bringing a 35 piece collection of luxury “sleepwear, robes, chemises, wedding sets, pajamas and kimonos” to the upcoming Curve show in New York at the end of February.

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Music Legs Just Joined NILS Exhibitor List

The New International Lingerie Show (NILS) has just added Music Legs to the list of exhibitors for its upcoming show, according to the event’s Tim McNamara.

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Harder To Sell Lingerie? It’s The VSM Effect

Wondering why it seems harder to sell lingerie than in previous years? Dealing with customers who want more for less? Considered the VSM effect.

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EuroSkins Introduces Body Shaping Leggings

EuroSkins has added a new a group of body shaping leggings to its already large activewear collection.

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Designer Hidi Lee Joins Dreamgirl International

Hidi Lee has joined Dreamgirl International as vice president of private label design, CEO Barry Revzen told BODY.

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‘Soma Is Strong’ But Will Close More Doors

Chico’s FAS, Inc., the parent company to the Soma intimates brand as well as the Chico’s and White House Black Market apparel labels, announced it will “close at least 250 stores in the U.S. over a three-year period,” including an unspecified number of its lingerie shops.

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Dreamgirl: Gihan Gabor Added To Sales Team

Dreamgirl International has named Gihan Gabor vice president of business development, responsible for working with mainstream and department stores, on both the company’s branded and private label programs.

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Progress Report From Dreamgirl’s New CEO

Barry Revzen took over as the CEO of Dreamgirl a little over a year ago with the mission to make a number of changes to the operation. In this interview, BODY publisher Nick Monjo asked how the process has been going.

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Shapeez Readies Launch Of Comfeez Bralette

In early 2019 Shapeez will introduce to retailers and consumers its Comfeez bralette, a wire-free design with years in development, which can be used with or without foam cups.

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Axami Spring 2019: ‘Miami Vibe’ Collection

Axami’s 2019 spring collection includes many new “lace motifs, patterned bras and panties,” and features a group called Miami Vibe, with both tropical and ocean references.

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LeggStory Exhibiting At Several Shows In 2019

LeggStory, the French hosiery specialist, announced it will be showing its extensive collection of legwear designs at trade shows early this year. First, it will be one of the exhibitors at the Kinky Korner, the new section at Curve Las Vegas (February 5-7).

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Dominique Has Added Two New Styles For ‘19

Dominique’s new Lena minimizer and Nanette nursing bra.

Dominique is offering two new styles for 2019. “The first is the Nanette (our first nursing bra). And second is the Lena (lace minimizer),” according to Michael Chernoff, CEO.

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J. Templeton: Success With Schoolgirl Skirts

J. Templeton is a costume and dancewear specialist that has found success by focussing mainly on one item: scholgirl skirts.

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Atelier Amour: ‘Erotic-Chic Lingerie’ At Curve

Atelier Amour, a relatively new, sexier French brand will be coming to Curve in New York in February. The company has exhibited at European lingerie shows (Paris and Dessous London) in the past, but this is its first in the U.S.

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Montelle In Partnership With Rya Collection

Montelle Intimates, the Montreal-based producer, announced a new partnership with Rya Collection, a line of “ethereal lingerie and sleepwear for women,” created by Flora Backer.

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Parfait To Open Retail Shops In India In 2019

Parfait Lingerie is about to open two of its own retail shops in India, one in Mumbai, the other in New Delhi, both offering only the company’s branded intimates.

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Aerie Comparable Sales Jump 32% In Quarter

An image from the Aerie website.

Aerie comparable sales jumped 32% in the quarter ended November 3rd, which came on top of a 19% comp sales jump in the same three months last year.

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‘Kinky Korner’ Coming To Las Vegas Curve

The Kinky Korner will be a new section, focused on sexier brands, at the Curve show in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, February 5 through 7, 2019.

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November Comps +2% At Victoria’s Secret

Combined November store and direct comparable sales increased 2% at Victoria’s Secret and Pink in the U.S. and Canada, perhaps heralding a modest turnaround. Last month the comps were flat. Last November they were down 6%.

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Le Petit Trou Coming To New York Curve Show

Le Petit Trou, an established Polish brand, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Curve show in New York in February, its first trade show in the U.S.

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PVH Q3 Sales, Net Rise, Intimates Perform Well

Warner’s Cloud 9 Underwire Contour w/ Lace Back, and Warner’s Easy Does It Wire-Free with Lift bra.

PVH third quarter sales and earnings rose as most parts of the company performed well, including Calvin Klein underwear and intimates and its Warner’s brand.

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Vintage Looks Selling Well For LeggStory

LeggStory fishnet styles: Dora, Veronica and Andrea.

“Vintage looks, including fishnets and hosiery with seams up the back of the leg are very big today. And they are an important part of the LeggStory collection,” a company spokesperson told BODY.

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So, Just How Big, Actually, Is ThirdLove?

In mid-October Forbes named ThirdLove to its “Next Billion-Dollar Startups 2018” list, estimating its 2018 sales at $160 million, calculating the amount of start-up capital raised at $30 million and stating the intimates brand now represents “1% of the market.”

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Soma Comparable Sales Reverse, Up 2.4% In Q3

Comparable sales at Soma reversed direction and headed 2.4% higher in the third quarter. The brand had previously posted negative comps for five quarters in a row.

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Strongest Halloween Ever For Daisy Corsets

Daisy Corsets, which makes corsets with a wide variety of applications, reported its “strongest Halloween season ever.”

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Promotions Help Raise Crisscross Brand Appeal

Jean Criss, center, with models wearing Crisscross styles.

Jean Criss, the founder of Crisscross Intimates, continues to promote at important media and celebrity events, raising consumer awareness and demand, and making her products the more profitable choice for retailers.

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VS Zings ThirdLove And Zak Zaps Back

Heidi Zak, co-founder of Third Love, was so upset by a recent interview (in which a Victoria’s Secret’s executive discussed the company’s famous fashion show) that she took out ads in November in the New York Times (one a full page) to protest.

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‘Everything Is On Table’ At Victoria’s Secret

As expected, L Brands reported its first quarterly loss in over a decade, citing, among other things, an “$80.9 million non-cash impairment charge related to certain Victoria’s Secret store assets.”

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How Va Bien Survived Hurricane Maria

Over a year ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, home to Va Bien, an important shapewear and intimates firm, that happens to be based on the island. Creative Director Gregory Gimble, son of the founders Marianne and Richard Gimble, described the situation in this message to BODY.

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Correct NuBra Ad Has Current Company Logo

Due to a computer breakdown, the November ad for NuBra was replaced by an older version in the printed copies of BODY Magazine.

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Gwen Harper Named Panache VP Sales, N.A.

Panache has named Gwen Harper as its vice president of sales for its North American team.

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Changewear Introduces Samantha Collection

Changewear, the lingerie company with a patented concept that allows women to quickly alter the look of their bra with changeable, colored cup inserts, has introduced its new Samantha Collection.

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McCubbin: Acquisitions Are Accelerating Growth

Yummie and Pendleton product from McCubbin.

McCubbin Hosiery, a specialist in leg wear, slippers, and soft-soled footwear, has a long history of growth, but recent acquisitions have accelerated its expansion. Next year it predicts sales will be in excess of $135 million.

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Suddz, Nippeez Now Available To Retailers

Shapeez has just made two new products available to retailers: Suddz intimate apparel and activewear wash and Nippeez non-adhesive, petal-shaped nipple covers with tapered edges.

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Hot Girl Growing Fast Under New Management

Hot Girl Dancewear, now under new management, has been expanding in recent months by shipping faster while offering the latest fashions and fabrics.

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Walmart Declares Bare Necessities Acquisition

Walmart closed a deal to acquire Bare Necessities on Friday, October 12. Terms were not disclosed.

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Curve New York Runs Next Week, Feb. 25-27

Next week Curve New York opens at the Javits Center on Monday and runs for three days, February 25 through 27.
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Hanes 2018 Innerwear Sales -3.4%, Profit -9.3%

Hanes Innerwear division sales fell 3.4% and operating profit dropped 9.3% in 2018. But the parent company fared much better with overall sales rising 5.1% and profit surging 793.6%.
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iFabric Lost $327,000 in Q1 As Sales Fell 52%

iFabric reported a loss of CAD 431,778 (Canadian dollars, about $327,000 at today’s exchange rates) in its fiscal first quarter 2019, as its sales dropped 52% to CAD 2,471,881 (about $1.87 million).
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EuroSkins Valentine’s Day Sale Now Going On

EuroSkins has launched an extensive “Valentine’s Day Event” for its wholesale accounts.
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Van de Velde Sales Fell 1.8% In Fiscal 2018

Van de Velde sales fell by 1.8% in fiscal 2018, decreasing from 209.0 million euros (about $239 million at current exchange rates) in fiscal 2017 to 205.2 million euros (about $234 million).
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Naked Faces Ongoing Lawsuit From Investor

A nasty fight has been simmering for the past several months between Naked Brand Group and Alrai Capital over the latter’s $12 million pre-merger investment.
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VS, Pink Comps -6%; La Senza Sale Closed

Victoria’s Secret and Pink December comparable store and direct sales in the U.S. and Canada fell 6%, following a 1% decline for the brands in December 2017.
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iFabric Q4 Sales -62% As It Exits Sleepwear

iFabric’s abrupt exit from the sleepwear market resulted in a 62% drop in sales and a CD$222,058 (about $163,000 at current exchange rates) loss in its fourth quarter ended September 30, 2018.
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Marleen Vaesen Is New CEO At Van de Velde

Van de Velde has a new CEO, Marleen Vaesen, who has been a board member since 2012. She replaced Erwin Van Laethem, who led the company for the last two years after spending 27 exclusively in various parts of the energy business.
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Naked’s First Half Sales Fall And Losses Jump

Naked Brand Group Limited sales fell in the six months ended July 31, 2018 while its losses jumped dramatically. The company also postponed until 2019 what would have been its first conference call with analysts to discuss the results.
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Delta Galil Sales Rise 9% In Third Quarter

Delta Galil third quarter sales increased 9% while net income fell 33% mainly due to costs related to the recent acquisition of Eminence Group and other restructuring.
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John Mehas Named CEO of Victoria’s Secret

John Mehas, was named the new CEO of Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, replacing Jan Singer who resigned in mid November. He is currently the president of Tory Burch and will start in “early 2019.”
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Naked Gives Up More Shares To Buy FOH

Naked Brand Group Limited announced it had acquired FOH Online Corp., “the exclusive licensee of the Frederick’s of Hollywood brand for global e-commerce business,” at a price of $18.2 million.
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VS Parent Will Report Rare Quarterly Loss

Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands today said it expects to report a rare net loss when it announces its third quarter results later this month, a large part of it due to “an approximate pretax non-cash impairment charge of $80 million related to certain Victoria’s Secret store assets.”
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Hanes Q3 Innerwear Sales, Profit Both Down

Innerwear sales fell 6.9% at HanesBrands, while “segment operating profit” fell 13.6% in the three months ended September 29, 2018. For the company as a whole, sales rose while net income fell.
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Sales, Income Down Again At Wacoal U.S.

Fiscal first half sales and operating income both fell at Wacoal’s U.S. division, repeating declines reported in the first quarter.
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Naked CEO, Armistice Capital Invest $3.4M

Both Naked’s CEO and its largest institutional investor recently “closed a private placement of ordinary shares and warrants for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $3.4 million.”
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Naked Not Getting $25 Million Investment

Naked Brand Group Limited will not be receiving the recently proposed $25 million investment from Sapinda Holding B.V., according to a joint press release.
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Sale Or Closure May Be Coming For La Senza

Parent company L Brands may, apparently, sell or close its La Senza chain of stores according to an opaque announcement today. The division, with its company-owned shops mainly located in Canada, is expected to report “approximately $250 million” in 2018 sales, with an operating loss of $40 million.
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NILS To Be Held Same Dates As Vegas Curve

A new confluence of trade shows will occur next February when, for the first time, both Curve and the New International Lingerie Show (NILS) will both be held on the same dates, the 5th, 6th and 7th of the month.
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Wacoal U.S. Division Sales -6%, Income -10%

First quarter sales at Wacoal International, the U.S. division of the Japan-based firm, fell 6%, while operating income dropped 10%. Meanwhile, for Wacoal globally, sales rose 1.4% and net jumped 59.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2018.
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Calida First Half Sales +10.7%, Income -25.1%

Calida Group first half sales rose 10.7% while net income fell 25.1% “due to positive one-time effects from tax and valuation of foreign currency positions in the prior year,” according to the company.
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Naked May Land $25M Sapinda Investment

At the end of August, Naked Brand Group announced it had reached a non-binding agreement to receive a $25 million investment from Sapinda Holding B.V. (Sapinda), owner of La Perla. But no further developments on the deal have been announced in the month since.
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Wolford Q1 Sales -14%; Loses $8.8 Million

Wolford sales fell 14% while losses increased to 7.56 million euros (about $8.8 million at recent conversion rates) in the first quarter of its current fiscal year.
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Aerie Q2 Comps +27%; Were Up 26% Last Year

Aerie second quarter comparable store and online sales jumped 27%, that on top of a 26% rise in the same quarter a year ago.
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Delta Galil Q2 Sales Flat, Net Income -28%

Second quarter income at Delta Galil declined 28% while sales dropped only slightly.
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Delta Galil Completes Acquisition of Eminence

Delta Galil announced that it has completed the previously reported acquisition of French underwear brand Eminence SAS and its subsidiaries.
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Many Intimates Firms At Las Vegas Offprice

The Las Vegas Offprice Show, as of mid-July, listed at least 76 companies under the various categories of women’s intimates, women’s hosiery, women’s sleepwear, women’s loungewear, men’s underwear, men’s hosiery, men’s loungewear and men’s sleepwear.
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Paris Lingerie Show Attendance Declines 9%

The recent Paris lingerie show, Unique by Mode City, and its companion textile exhibition, Interfilière, “saw visitor attendance drop by 9%” overall.
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Altitude Intimates Lists Spring 2019 Show Dates

Altitude Intimates has announced “that its spring show in 2019 will take place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on April 8, 9, and 10.” Altitude also announced the appointment of Valerie Jones as its new managing director.
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Bendon Reveals Huge Losses As It Merges

As Naked Brand Group and Bendon Limited announced the consummation of their merger, Bendon itself revealed huge losses in its past two fiscal years, about $25.7 million and $27.4 million respectively, at current exchange rates.
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Naked Brand Group Q1 Losses Shrink Sharply

Naked Brand Group sales rose and it’s losses shrank dramatically in the three months ended April 30, 2018. A big part of the sales increase was due to a consignment agreement with its new merger partner.
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Naked Shareholders Vote To Merge With Bendon

Naked Brand Group stockholders have voted to merge with Bendon, the much larger, New Zealand based intimates firm. The plan has been in the works for over a year.
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VS Mailing Catalog, May Return To Swim

Victoria’s Secret is again mailing a print catalog (which, in a face saving measure, it insists on calling a “magalog”). And it may bring back swimwear, a category it announced it was exiting a couple of years ago.
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First Quarter Profits, Sales Rise At Delta Galil

Delta Galil reported first quarter earnings of $7.4 million on sales of $334.5 million compared to a profit of $5.6 million on sales of $315.7 million in the same period last year.
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Hanes Innerwear Sales, Operating Profit Fall

Hanesbrands Innerwear segment sales fell 2.8% in the first quarter, while the division’s operating profit plummeted 13.0%. Meanwhile the company as a whole, which has other large divisions including activewear, posted increases in both sales and profits.
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Naked: Loses $5.8M On Higher Sales Of $2.9M

Naked Brand Group sales increased, in the year ended January 31, 2018, to $2.9 million, but it nevertheless reported a loss of $5.8 million. The firm is expected to merge with Bendon by the end of May.
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Naked, Bendon Ltd. Move Closer To Merger

Naked Brand Group and Bendon Limited moved closer to their previously announced merger, with the SEC declaring their merger registration statement effective. A vote of the shareholder of both companies has been scheduled for May 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m.
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U.S. Sales For Calida Down 2 Years In Row

2017 sales at the Calida Group, which offers intimate and related apparel under both the Aubade and Calida brands, as well as other products under other brands, declined in the U.S. for the second year in a row, while they expanded elsewhere around the world in 2017.
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Wolford Halves Loss For First Nine Months

Wolford, a majority in stake in which was recently acquired by a Chinese conglomerate, halved its losses for the first nine months of its fiscal year.
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Tefron Sales Rise Again To $121.5 Million in ’17

2017 sales at Tefron Ltd. rose to $121.5 million, up from $116.4 million in 2016 and $93.1 million in 2015.
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PVH: Sales and Income Rose In 4th Quarter 2017

PVH income in the fourth quarter of 2017 rose to $107.9 million on higher sales of $2.38 billion, compared to income of $100.5 million on sales of $2.00 billion in the same quarter in fiscal 2016.
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Wacoal U.S. Sales Down In Fiscal 3rd Quarter

At Wacoal, a variety of factors led to a decline in sales of “new products” for Wacoal’s U.S. division for the three months ended December 31, 2017.
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Filing Reveals Ongoing Losses At Bendon Group

Bendon Group Holding Ltd. has posted significant recent losses, including in the six month period ending July 31, 2017, and in the years ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2015.
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Sales At Delta Galil -1% In Q4, +16% For Year

Fourth quarter sales fell 1% at Delta Galil, but jumped 16% for the full year. Net income was up 8% in the quarter, but fell 6% for the twelve months.
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