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    Royer plans to cut 200 jobs


    The loss of a major distribution contract for New Balance in France, the Benelux countries and Germany and the crisis linked to Covid-19 have led Groupe Royer of France to start discussions with its staff about the dismissal of about 200 of its 500 employees. The loss of ...

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    Merrell releases eco-friendly undyed line


    Merrell ’s new line, the Undyed Collection , has white, undyed uppers made of partially recycled mesh and outsoles made of natural rubber. According to the brand, when measured against factory-supplied averages, the Undyed Collection saves about 80 percent of the water and 50 percent of the energy expended in ...

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    TikTok ban suspended by U.S. judge


    A federal judge, Carl Nichols , has decided to suspend an executive order issued by president Donald Trump that would have banned the Chinese video sharing app TikTok from being downloaded on mobile phones in the U.S. The ban was scheduled to start from Sept. 27. TikTok ...

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    Camper in collaboration with Tencel for sustainable collection


    Camper has joined forces with Tencel , a brand of the Austrian chemical group Lenzing , to produce a shoe collection using sustainable Lyocell fibers. The Spanish-based company has redesigned its Right and Upright boot and bootie to include Lyocell fibres derived from sustainably-grown wood sources. For the collection, ...

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    Sabu hires Zalando procurement manager


    Sabu , the German shoe retailers’cooperative, has hired Johanna Ferner to fill the newly created position of head of purchasing fashion and accessories. The 44-year old will join the company on Oct. 1 . Ferner comes from the German e-tailer Zalando , where she was senior buyer in ...

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    Alma FRC Group unit Débé takes over Tacco


    Tacco Footcare , a German shoe-care producer, announced on its Facebook page that it has been acquired by the Belgian insole producer Débé , which in turn is owned by Alma FRC Group , a French manufacturer of shoe care and shoe accessory products. Tacco will be included ...

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    Reebok to release a plant-based running shoe


    In October, Reebok will be releasing the Forever Floatride Grow , a running shoe with uppers derived from eucalyptus trees, midsoles from sustainably cultivated castor beans, sock liners from bloom-algae foam and outsoles from plant rubber. According to Footwear News , the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has conferred ...

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    Footaction sponsors a reggaetón documentary


    Footaction is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month – from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the U.S. – with a “platform” called La Música . It is in fact a short documentary, available online through social media, on four musicians of the reggaetón genre: Myke Towers , Brytiago ...

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    BIG buys Aldo U.K.


    The U.K. arm of the Canadian footwear retailer Aldo Group has been acquired by Bushell Investment Group (BIG), which is based in Birmingham, England. BIG indicated that the acquisition, for which financial details were not released, will preserve 150 jobs and lead to the creation of an additional ...

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    ​Nicholas Kirkwood takes back brands from LVMH


    The British designer Nicholas Kirkwood is taking back his namesake luxury shoe brand from LVMH after a seven-year partnership. The French conglomerate said that the decision was mutual and amicable and that it would continue supporting Kirkwood over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. No ...

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    Alexandra Dornérus leaves NilsonGroup for Ellos Group


    Alexandra Dornérus is leaving the Swedish footwear group NilsonGroup , where she was head of digital sales for over a year, and is joining on the Swedish e-commerce company Ellos Group, as new business development manager, on Oct. 1. Dornérus estimates that Ellos Group has great potential ...

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    Reebok partners with Maison Margiela


    The French luxury fashion house Maison Margiela and Reebok have started to develop a joint product line, and the partnership is “set to span several seasons,” the companies say. The first products are scheduled for a launch on Sept. 22 in the spirit of “the cyber-industrial revolution” at ...

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    Michelle Poole becomes president of Crocs


    Michelle Poole has been promoted to the position of president of Crocs , taking over one of the former functions of Andrew Rees , the company’s chief executive. After working for Kangol, Timberland, Converse and Sperry Top-Sider , Poole joined Crocs in 2014 as senior vice president of ...

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    Olukai updates two of its sneakers


    OluKai , producer of Hawaii-inspired footwear, has taken two models of beach sneaker, the Lae’ahi for men and the Pehuea for women, and substituted full-grain leather for the mesh of the upper. These new, more upscale variants are called the Laeʻahi Lī Ili and Pehuea Lī Ili ...

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    Burberry launches maiden sustainability bond


    Burberry has priced its inaugural sustainability bond. The £300,000,000 (€330,000m-$390,000m) bond will bear an annual coupon of 1.125 percent and is due Sept. 21, 2025. The U.K. firm indicated that it is the first sustainability labeled bond issued by a luxury fashion company. It will diversify Burberry’s sources ...

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    U.S. bans WeChat, TikTok from Sept. 20


    The U.S. Department of Commerce said that from Sept. 20 the Chinese mobile applications WeChat and TikTok will be prohibited in the U.S. to safeguard national security. “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, ...

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    French government remains opposed to EU, Mercosur trade deal


    The French government remains opposed to a trade deal between the European Union and the countries of the South American trading block Mercosur, because of the “major” issue of deforestation in the Amazon region. The French government set three conditions to continue talks with Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, ...

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    Keen donates up to $20,000 to wildfire relief efforts


    While devastating fires in the states of Oregon, Washington and California on the U.S. west coast threaten and destroy lives, property and nature, the footwear brand Keen has decided to donate 1 percent of its U.S. sales from , up to a total of $20,000, to relief programs. ...

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    Russian shoe market nearly 3 times larger than previously estimated


    The recent introduction of mandatory tagging of footwear in Russia has shown that up to 1.3 billion pairs of shoes are sold in the country on average per year. This is nearly three times more than previous official estimates, said Denis Manturov , the Russian industry and trade minister ...

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    Gabor has 500,000 pairs in stock for autumn/winter season


    Gabor has around 500,000 pairs of shoes in stock for the current autumn/winter season to enable retailers to reorder at short notice. Orders can be made continuously through the B2B online shop. Telephone orders are also possible.