Sponsors
Billabong ▲ +0.035 | PPR ▲ +0.20 | American Apparel ▲ +0.008 | The Buckle ▼ -0.07 | Columbia ▼ -0.49 | Deckers Outdoor ▼ -0.13 | Dicks ▼ -0.15 | Foot Locker ▲ +0.12 | Genesco ▼ -2.64 | Iconix Brand Group ▲ +0.13 | Jarden Corp ▲ +0.16 | Nordstrom ▼ -0.39 | Luxottica ▲ +0.57 | Nike ▼ -0.27 | Pacific Sunwear ▼ -0.22 | Skullcandy ▲ +0.09 | Sport Chalet - 0 | Urban Outfitters ▲ +0.02 | VF Corp ▲ +0.30 | Quiksilver ▼ -0.02 | Zumiez ▲ +0.20 | Macys ▼ -0.07 | Tillys ▼ 0.00 |
Ticker Sponsor
Readers Say
It pertains to my business
It pertains to my business

I’m an avid reader of Shop-Eat-Surf because it’s really the only online newsletter that I have found that is not only industry related, but also because it’s not so “guy-centric.” I find that a lot of the information I read on the site pertains to my business (as a swimwear designer) and keeps me up to date on what other companies and other women in the industry in general are doing which is not only inspiring but also helps me gauge the future direction of my business as well.

I feel privileged to read the Executive Edition because I know I am getting insider industry information before it hits the mainstream media channels. And it’s always good to know what my friends are up to in the industry.

- By Monica Wise, Founder, L*Space
The first thing I look at
The first thing I look at

I find Shop-Eat-Surf to be a very useful and informative site that I enjoy browsing daily. Shop-Eat-Surf is the first thing I look at every morning to keep up-to-date on the latest talk, events, and happenings in the industry. I must say I am a fan of Shop-Eat-Surf.

- By Bobby Abdel, Partner, Jack's Surfboards
Industry Insight

AGENDA: Video recaps, 2015 show dates, "Love Made Me Do It" women's networking series on Wednesday.

STOKES ME: Deadline today to enter SIMA Humanitarian Fund's Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.

Details on Industry Insight.


Tiffany Montgomery
Print This Article

Designer labels fight back against department store discounts

By Tiffany Montgomery
April 20, 2009 6:00 AM

I saw in interesting story about designer labels fighting back about deep department store discounts that took place last fall and holiday.

A lot of the same discounting issues bubbled up in the action sports industry as stores looked to move inventory after consumer spending came to a halt.

The Wall Street Journal story said some designers, including Eileen Fisher, are even pushing to rent space in department stores to have better control of pricing. At a minimum, Fisher wants stores to mark down only poor sellers quickly, leaving strong sellers at full price even when new inventory arrives. To lessen her company's dependence on department stores, it is opening more of its own boutiques.

Many brands are also demanding to be left out of department store sales all together. "All of our brands are taking great care to ensure that what happened in November will not happen again," Paola Milani, a spokeswoman for the Gucci Group, told the WSJ.

Some brands have been successful controlling their presentation and prices in department stores. Louis Vuitton goods sold at Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus are sold by salesmen employed by Vuitton in space that is leased by the company, the WSJ said.

It will be interesting to see if any similar ideas develop in the action sports industry as the recession changes the playing field.

 


Articles You Might Have Missed