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Urban executives on the future of online vs. stores, plus performance of industry competitor Free People

Urban executives on the future of online vs. stores, plus performance of industry competitor Free People

May 19, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Executives made some interesting comments about the future of online vs. stores on an earnings conference call, plus keeping track of Free People, increasingly an industry competitor.
SurfStitch Co-Founder on Stab, Magicseaweed acquisition

SurfStitch Co-Founder on Stab, Magicseaweed acquisition

May 18, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
We followed up with SurfStitch's Lex Pedersen to find out more about the company’s big news last week: that it is acquiring Stab Magazine and Magicseaweed in a quest to marry content and commerce.
Bob McKnight's full Surf Summit speech

Bob McKnight's full Surf Summit speech

May 15, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Bob McKnight talked about many different subjects during his keynote, and we have the full speech here, and the slides used during the presentation. Plus, an audio replay.
Prana's Q1 results, future plans

Prana's Q1 results, future plans

May 06, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Columbia Sportswear, owner of lifestyle brand Prana, provided a few interesting details about Prana’s performance in the first quarter and about future plans for the brand during an earnings call.
New Luxottica leadership making big changes at Oakley

New Luxottica leadership making big changes at Oakley

May 05, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Major changes are on the way for Oakley as new leadership at Luxottica makes integrating Oakley into the Luxottica structure a key strategic priority.
Rip Curl swim gaining major momentum

Rip Curl swim gaining major momentum

May 04, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
We check in with Rip Curl swim leaders and retailers about the brand's recent success and find out what is working as we head into the key summer season. Plus, some new major growth pieces for the brand.
No slowdown in sight for Vans

No slowdown in sight for Vans

May 01, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
A look at how Vans performed in Q1 across regions and distribution channels, plus what VF executives said about the brand during an earnings conference call this morning.
PacSun and Tilly's executive pay breakdown

PacSun and Tilly's executive pay breakdown

April 30, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
PacSun and Tilly’s filed their 2014 proxy statements that detail executive compensation in the past week. We compare and contrast executive pay.
ActionWatch: Footwear dives, hardgoods rise at core stores

ActionWatch: Footwear dives, hardgoods rise at core stores

April 28, 2015 Cary Allington
Cary Allington of ActionWatch reviews how different categories performed at core stores in Q1, including some interesting trends in important categories.
The fascinating revival of Sole Tech's éS brand

The fascinating revival of Sole Tech's éS brand

April 27, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
A detailed look at how Sole Tech has turned its dormant éS brand into a top seller at many core skate shops thanks to a new strategy guided by social media, exclusivity, and a deep connection with the core community.
Karmaloop insiders' prebankruptcy payday

Karmaloop insiders' prebankruptcy payday

April 24, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
While Karmaloop was teetering on the edge of financial disaster in 2014 and early 2015, the CEO and his family members managed to pay themselves handsomely.
Breaking news: Amer sells Nikita and Bonfire

Breaking news: Amer sells Nikita and Bonfire

April 23, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Amer Sports has sold its Bonfire and Nikita brands. We have an interview with the new owner, and details about the go-forward plans for the brand.
Two Billabong operational executives depart

Two Billabong operational executives depart

April 22, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Two global operational executives at Billabong are exiting the company, SES has learned.
Details about Volcom and Electric's Q1 revenue results

Details about Volcom and Electric's Q1 revenue results

April 21, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
SES listened to the Kering earnings conference call today and we have some details about the brands' top line performance.
Zumiez's unique approach to executive pay

Zumiez's unique approach to executive pay

April 17, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Zumiez filed its annual proxy statement today. We have some interesting details about executive pay, major stockholders and the unique way Zumiez's evaluates its leaders.
Vans Global VP of Marketing on how Vans is globalizing the function

Vans Global VP of Marketing on how Vans is globalizing the function

April 16, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
A key strategic priority for Vans is also a top priority for many other companies in this space: How to create and maintain a truly global brand. Fara Howard shares how Vans is approaching the task.
SES Special: Vans President Kevin Bailey

SES Special: Vans President Kevin Bailey

April 15, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
An update on Vans initiatives that other industry companies are also striving to achieve: globalization, distribution segmentation, company retail expansion, and product extensions via sub branding. Also, reaching $2 billion and fighting off athletic.
Quiksilver details financial terms of Mooney's exit, new executive salaries

Quiksilver details financial terms of Mooney's exit, new executive salaries

April 13, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Quiksilver disclosed terms of former CEO Andy Mooney’s separation agreement with the company in a filing with the SEC late last week. The company also reported new base salaries for executives who have taken on more responsibility.
The spring merchandise mix at PacSun and Tilly's

The spring merchandise mix at PacSun and Tilly's

April 02, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Since we’re in the height of spring, an important season for the industry, SES visited PacSun and Tilly’s at the Irvine Spectrum Center this week to see which brands were getting the most space at those stores.
How high-flying Karmaloop became bankrupt

How high-flying Karmaloop became bankrupt

March 31, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
The mistakes that led to Karmaloop's bankruptcy and which industry brands the online retailer owes the most money to.
SES analysis: What went right, and what went wrong during Mooney's tenure

SES analysis: What went right, and what went wrong during Mooney's tenure

March 27, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
For two years, SES has been talking to former and current Quik employees and key retailers about Mooney’s strategies, and listened to every conference call since he became CEO. Some themes emerged over time from all those conversations and our reporting.
Top line improvement continues at PacSun

Top line improvement continues at PacSun

March 25, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
How men's and women's performed in Q4 at PacSun, plans for 2015, more.
Element plants big stake in London

Element plants big stake in London

March 23, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Europe is Element’s highest-volume territory, and the brand’s new London store is in Covent Garden, a high profile area of the city.
A look at Nixon's London store

A look at Nixon's London store

March 23, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
A visit to Nixon's London store.
Nike SB focuses on performance in London

Nike SB focuses on performance in London

March 23, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
While in London in February, SES visited several industry stores to see how brands were presenting themselves in this busy city that is important to skate, but not a key hotspot for traditional surf brands.