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SurfStitch, Swell, Surfdome results - plus which retailers Swell is targeting

SurfStitch, Swell, Surfdome results - plus which retailers Swell is targeting

March 03, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Online retailer SurfStitch, which now also owns Surfdome in Europe and Swell in the U.S., released earnings. Executives also had some interesting things to say about which retailers it plans to take market share from in the U.S.
Longtime Zumiez executive to retire

Longtime Zumiez executive to retire

March 03, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Ford Wright, Zumiez’s longtime Executive Vice President of Stores, is retiring, the company said this week.
Terry Strumpf exits Vissla, moves to yoga brand

Terry Strumpf exits Vissla, moves to yoga brand

March 02, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Terry Strumpf, the Vice President of Operations for Vissla and Amuse Society, has exited the company to take a new job with a growing yoga brand.
Canada's Sport Chek records banner year

Canada's Sport Chek records banner year

February 27, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
While the Canadian market is reportedly tough of late, one large industry customer had a banner fourth quarter and year.
An interview with Billabong CEO Neil Fiske about Billabong results

An interview with Billabong CEO Neil Fiske about Billabong results

February 26, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
A talk with Neil Fiske about the wholesale resurgence he sees for Billabong in the U.S., how Billabong performed in other regions, why Element may be turning around in the U.S., and why overall company results were still challenged.
Billabong swings to profit, sees U.S. wholesale improvement

Billabong swings to profit, sees U.S. wholesale improvement

February 25, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Billabong today reported financial results for the six months ended Dec. 31, and CEO Neil Fiske pointed to several positive signs in the business. Plus, how Billabong, RVCA and Element performed.
How Spy is growing its snow business, plans for '15

How Spy is growing its snow business, plans for '15

February 24, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
An interview with CEO Michael Marckx about Spy's growing goggle business plus 2015 plans for other categories.
Vans rules London

Vans rules London

February 23, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
SES was in London for a few days earlier this month, and it was impressive to see the breadth of Vans’ reach in the city.
Nordstrom details expansion plans for Rack, Canada, Top Shop

Nordstrom details expansion plans for Rack, Canada, Top Shop

February 20, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Industry customer Nordstrom provided details about several initiatives during an earnings conference call Thursday.
Beach Riot expanding into apparel

Beach Riot expanding into apparel

February 19, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Swim brand Beach Riot, fresh off its big win at the SIMA Image Awards for Swim Brand of the Year, is launching its first apparel line at the new AXIS show in New York this weekend.
Billabong Americas President on the closing of Billabong's Times Square store

Billabong Americas President on the closing of Billabong's Times Square store

February 18, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Ed Leasure offers some interesting insight into the changing retail landscape and details why the company closed the high-volume Billabong and Element stores.
Updated: Kering details Volcom and Electric's 2014 results

Updated: Kering details Volcom and Electric's 2014 results

February 17, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Kering released annual results this morning and shared how the brands performed, which regions and categories grew, and plans for the coming year. Updated with annual revenue in US dollars.
Vans surpasses $2 billion in 2014

Vans surpasses $2 billion in 2014

February 13, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
VF executives provided details about the brand’s performance in Q4 and 2014 around the world, and also shared insights about Reef, The North Face and Timberland.
Photos and wrap of the newsy SIMA Image Awards

Photos and wrap of the newsy SIMA Image Awards

February 13, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
The SIMA Image Awards show Thursday night was one of the most exciting in years with several awards streaks broken, different brands winning in major categories and a touching tribute to the industry’s longest serving retailers.
All 13 Winners: Live from the SIMA Image Awards

All 13 Winners: Live from the SIMA Image Awards

February 12, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
SES is reporting live from the SIMA Image Awards tonight at The Grove in Anaheim. We will be updating this story with the award winners as the night progresses.
Trends to watch at SIMA Image Awards tonight

Trends to watch at SIMA Image Awards tonight

February 12, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
The SIMA Image Awards are tonight at The Grove in Anaheim, here are some interesting trends to watch.
The new Smith strategy and growth plan

The new Smith strategy and growth plan

February 11, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
An informative talk with Global Design and Marketing Director Eric Carlson about what is driving the major changes at Smith, the brand's impressive growth in 2014, and how the company plans to double sales in five years.
More details on Neff's move into underwear

More details on Neff's move into underwear

February 04, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Neff CEO Shaun Neff shared some details about the brand’s move into underwear with us at SIA.
ActionWatch details category trends for Q4 and 2014

ActionWatch details category trends for Q4 and 2014

February 04, 2015 Cary Allington
A breakdown of performance by category in Q4 and for the full year at core stores, according to ActionWatch data. There are some interesting bright spots and some underperformers.
DEPACTUS brings on heavy hitter as investor and Australian licensee

DEPACTUS brings on heavy hitter as investor and Australian licensee

February 02, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
CEO Bruce Beach outlines several big developments at DEPACTUS as the brand prepares to ship including details about the new partnership with former top Quiksilver executive Craig Stevenson, plans for Japan, the marketing strategy and much more.
Sanuk sales fall in Q3, brand has big plans for spring

Sanuk sales fall in Q3, brand has big plans for spring

February 02, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Parent company Deckers Brands provided some details about Sanuk’s performance during an earnings conference call last week.
Rob Colby to exit Quiksilver

Rob Colby to exit Quiksilver

January 31, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Rob Colby, who has held a variety of key jobs at Quiksilver over many years, has resigned from the company, SES has learned.
Reef debuts new product initiatives for fall, new marketing look

Reef debuts new product initiatives for fall, new marketing look

January 26, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
The work from Reef’s new executive team debuts for fall with major new initiatives in footwear, a high-fashion collaboration with Japanese designer Masafumi Watanabe, and a marketing campaign that showcases Reef in a new light.
Neff hires snowboard industry veteran as new President

Neff hires snowboard industry veteran as new President

January 21, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Industry veteran Brad Steward, a long time snowboard executive who founded the outerwear Bonfire and also held a variety of jobs at Amer Sports, a large, publicly traded Finnish company, starts at Neff today.
What's new, and what's performing, at the high-volume Curl store

What's new, and what's performing, at the high-volume Curl store

January 20, 2015 Tiffany Montgomery
Owned by Sammy and Susan Duvall, Curl, in Downtown Disney, is a very high-volume account for the industry with an elevated presentation.