Billabong hosted two parties Sunday on the North Shore for retailers, athletes, media from fashion magazines and other publications and industry executives as the Billabong Pipe Masters is set to begin.
SES has spent the week in southwestern France and in Paris visiting company headquarters and seeing stores. We have a sampling of some of the people we have spoken with and the stores we have seen during our stay.
We asked Neil about what is driving future order growth for Billabong and RVCA, if any of the three brands grew in 2014, retail plans for the U.S., plans for Europe, why the Americas is weak, how Element will rebuild in the U.S., and more.
During Billabong’s Fiscal ’14 earnings conference call, CEO Neil Fiske emphasized how the company is working to “win back” the important wholesale channel in the U.S., the company’s largest market. He also commented on changes the company made at Jack's.