By  on August 25, 2008

No matter how murky the economic waters, swimwear vendors are confident that great suits will compel shoppers to open their wallets.

Although the current spate of economic ills is certainly weighing upon the group of nearly 60 vendors attending WWDMAGIC, they’ve weathered trying times before. In recent years, they’ve been tested by corporate fallout in their niche industry — Warnaco’s downsizing of its multibrand swim division to Calvin Klein and Speedo is one vivid example — and widespread consolidation in the retail sector, the biggest jolt being the Federated-May merger.

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