Vintage Revolution Denim blends, canvas jeans and in-stock programs are key draws for fall.
Vintage Revolution was launched in late 2009 by Ropa Siete Leguas, a major Mexican denim manufacturer that has produced jeans for a who’s who of brands such as Ralph Lauren, Gap, Lucky Brand and Levi’s. The company operates its 2.2 million-square-foot denim production facility in Torreon, Mexico, which gives it a leg up when it comes to quick turnarounds of reorders and stocking inventory.
“I’m hearing from a lot of retailers that they are optimistic for this coming season, but they’re still looking to chase winners and remain conservative with their own inventory,” said Michael Press, president of Vintage Revolution, which is based in New York.
For fall, the brand is adding a Tencel blend from Cone Denim to its jeans lineup. Also new is a stretch fabric from Cone Denim. Canvas has been a big part of Vintage Revolution’s growth, and the category represents over 35 percent of total sales. Also for fall, the company is introducing 10 new colors in its canvas program, in evocatively named shades like black coffee, duffel bag green and shiitake mushroom brown.
The canvas jeans retail for $118 and the denim for $128 to $142. The brand is currently sold in 475 stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and E Street Denim.
Shirt by Shirt Turkey’s SBS can produce one million shirts a month.
Based in Turkey, Shirt by Shirt (SBS) is a vertically integrated company that produces apparel for a range of international fashion brands, including Forever 21, Zara, H&M, Guess and French Connection. The company makes 250,000 shirts a month in its own factories and owns the capacity to make one million shirts a month through its extended facility partnerships in Asia.
The company operates two of its own brands: the upscale, contemporary Shirt by Shirt and the more casual and trendy Just a Cheap Shirt, or J.A.C.H.S.
Shirt by Shirt tops retail for $119 to $179 and are currently sold in about 300 U.S. stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. J.A.C.H.S., which encompasses a full sportswear collection, has shirts that retail for $39 to $79, denim from $59 to $79 and chinos from $49 to $59. The brand is in about 1,100 doors in the U.S., including Nordstrom, Von Maur, Kitson, Atrium and Lisa Kline.
“All our shirts have lots of hanger appeal, with contrast cuffs and contrast taping,” said Hayati Banashi, co-founder and president of Shirt by Shirt. “For fall, mini-plaids and lots of greens and burgundies are key trends for us.”