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Exquisite Form Intros 3 New Shaping Briefs

Two of the new Exquisite Form shaping briefs.

Two of the new Exquisite Form shaping briefs.

Exquisite Form, the brand specializing in “fuller bras,” is, for the first time, offering three versions of a shaping brief. Distributed in the U.S. by BL Intimates, the briefs will be sold in two-packs with a suggested retail price of $20.

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Exes and Ohs: Lingerie For Every Body Type

Exes and Ohs Intimates is a lingerie collection specifically created to accommodate a wide range of body types, including a variety of difficult to fit silhouettes.

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Ann Marie John Joins Rubie’s Canada Team

Ann Marie John has joined the Rubie’s Canada sales team. She has worked extensively in the costume and lingerie industries.

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Bandelettes: More New Stores Speeds Growth

Sales for Bandelettes, the anti-chafing thigh bands, have been expanding rapidly in 2015, with continued growth coming as more store have decided to offer the product.

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aerie: Doing Great, May Close Even More Shops

Two engines of growth for aerie: swimwear and its “aerie Real” anti-Photoshop advertising.

Sales at aerie were up 12% for the quarter ended May 2, 2015, but parent company American Eagle Outfitters revealed that it may now close as many as 25 of its lingerie stores this year, instead of the approximately 20 it said it would close during an analyst conference call in March.

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Agent Provocateur: Grows Too Fast To Sell

Agent Provocateur’s rapid recent sales growth and future potential has convinced its owners to keep building the business rather than sell it, a spokesperson told BODY.

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Squeem: New CEO, VP For Shapewear Specialist

Thiago Pasos is now the CEO at shapewear specialist Squeem. Also recently hired to the post of vice president of sales and marketing is Mario Pace, who had served, until last year, in the same positions for the U.S. division of the international lingerie giant Triumph.

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Panache Launches Its Own “Real Women” Ads

Women in the Panache “Modeled by Role Models” ad campaign.

Panache, the UK-based lingerie firm, launched an advertising campaign, “Modeled by Role Models,” that features six women who reveal their admirable life accomplishments and promote their causes while wearing underwear.

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Shapeez: Many Factors Lead To Steady Growth

The Tankee Slip and Sportee sports bra from Shapeez.

Shapeez is off to a strong start for 2015, despite the cold winter in some parts of the country, and there are several indications that the growth will continue. “Our year has been going very well,” said CFO David Berner. “Our numbers are up in both the U.S. and Canada, our two key markets.”

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Psycho Bunny: Women’s Intimates & Loungewear

Apparel Partnership Group now offers a women’s Psycho Bunny intimates collection to go with its existing men’s underwear and lounge line.

The Apparel Partnership Group (APG), which launched a licensed collection of Psycho Bunny men’s underwear, loungewear and apparel early last year has now expanded its offerings to include a women’s collection that “consists of a few small capsules of both intimates and loungewear,” according to Matthew Healy, president and CEO.

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Victoria’s Secret Sales Rise 8% In First Quarter

In May, Victoria’s Secret is promoting its Pink racerback bralette and “new and improved Bombshell.”

Comparable Victoria’s Secret store sales in April in North America “were flat to last year driven by the timing shift of Easter versus last year,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations at parent company L Brands. Meanwhile, “at Victoria’s Secret direct, April sales decreased by 10%, as significant growth in core categories was more than offset by the exit of apparel.”

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Shibue Couture Supplies Pageants, Fashion Week

A variety of products from Shibue Couture.

Shibue Couture announced it will supply official products for the 2016 Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA pageants, and the items will be “featured on the red carpet, main stage, runway and worn by the contestants.”

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Sean Monahan Hired As Executive At Charades

The Rubie’s Group has hired Sean Monahan as manager of operations and new business development for Charades, LLC, as well as head of a new division called Pizazz.

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Despite Big Loss Naked Pushing Aggressively

Image from the site where Naked currently offers its men’s collection.

Naked Brand Group, the underwear and intimates firm where Carole Hochman became CEO in mid 2014, reported a loss of $21,078,265 on sales of $557,212 for the year ended January 31, 2015. More than half of this deficit is composed of “substantial non-cash losses associated with the derivative accounting in connection with” a private placement offering last year to raise capital for the firm.

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Bumbrella Adds Book, Video To Explain Itself

The company that produces the bumbrella, the half slip with panty built in, has created an attractive new 17-page brand book and an informational video to explain and show off the product.

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Starline: New Role Playing Fetish Lingerie

The cover of the Starline Fetish Lingerie collection catalog.

Starline introduced a role playing group, the Fetish Lingerie collection, at the recent International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas. It joins the company’s existing costume and corset collections.

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More Stores, New Rep For Patrice Catanzaro

Fashions from the latest Catanzaro collections. Photo: nath-sakura.

The International Lingerie Show (ILS), which concluded at the start of April, “was a very good show for us” according to French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro.

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Wood Underwear Now Shipping ’Striate’ Line

Wood Underwear is now shipping the men’s Striate collection it announced last fall. According to the firm the line has already “sold well.”

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Baci: Expanded White Label Leads Way At ILS

New fashion from Baci Lingerie’s expanded White Label collection led the way to a successful International Lingerie Show for the company. Images of the intimate apparel adorned the firm’s booth at the bi-annual event March 30 through April 1, in Las Vegas.

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Heidi: Lower-Price Line Exclusively At Macy’s

Bendon has offered the Heidi by Heidi Klum Lingerie collection to Macy’s on an exclusive basis. The lower-priced line is part of the celebrity’s overall brand, which also includes a men’s label, HKMAN.

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Yandy Uses Frederick’s Bankruptcy To Crow

Chad Horstman, the founder and CEO of Yandy.com, a leading retailer of intimate apparel, has taken the unusual step of distributing a statement citing the bankruptcy of Frederick’s of Hollywood to promote his own company.

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More Victoria’s Secret Stores Coming In 2015

Victoria’s Secret plans, in 2015, to open “approximately 26 net new Victoria’s Secret stores (21 in the U.S. and five in Canada) and expand some existing stores, for a total net gain in square footages of about 5%. Additional expansion is planned around the world.

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Frederick’s Bankruptcy Hits Lingerie Makers

The Frederick’s of Hollywood online store, which remains open during bankruptcy proceedings.

When Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for bankruptcy Sunday, it listed four lingerie wholesalers among it 30 largest creditors. And it revealed that it already has an offer of $22.5 million from Authentic Brand Group for its remaining inventory, shared revenue from future licensing opportunities and the right to run its online store, which will remain open during bankruptcy proceedings.

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Agent Provocateur Shop Opening In Manhasset

Agent Provocateur images from its website and the Americana Manhasset mall lookbook.

Agent Provocateur is about to open its 20th location in the U.S., a 700 square foot shop in the Americana mall in Manhasset, Long Island, on about April 22nd. Yet another location is planned for later this summer, a 990 square foot shop in The Mall Short Hills in New Jersey.

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Frederick’s Closing All Stores, Remains Online

Frederick’s of Hollywood has decided to close not some but all of its stores. A notice posted on the company’s “Store Locator” page stated, as of April 15, “We no longer have store locations. Our online store offers the same selection of products.”

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Triumph Finds Way To Lure Young Customers

A frame from the new “Find The One” bra commercial from Triumph.

Triumph has created a clever way to lock up customers at an early age. A cynic might call it an innocent version of what tobacco giant R. J. Reynolds was doing with the cartoon character Joe Camel in the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s to lure children to its products.

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Sales Dip At Aubade, Calida As Parent Grows

The declining share of lingerie sales at Calida Holding is reflected on the covers of the 2013 (left) and 2014 (right) annual reports.

2014 sales dropped slightly at both Calida and Aubade, the underwear and intimate apparel divisions of Calida Holding AG, as the Switzerland-based parent company completed its majority takeover of the Lafuma Group, a producer of surfing, skiing, climbing and other outdoor products.

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Texco: New Hook & Eye Closures For Sports Bras

Texco, a leading manufacturer hook and eye bra closures, has created a new collection of components specifically designed for sports bras: the Sports Series. This comes at a time when most wholesalers having expanded their bra offerings to include at least one silhouette designed for exercise.

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Intimacy Stores Losing Money For Van de Velde

While Intimacy slipped, most of Van de Velde performed well, especially PrimaDonna swim.

The Intimacy chain of lingerie stores lost money for its parent company for the first time in 2014, and as a result of continuing declines there, the publicly trade lingerie firm Van de Velde was forced to register an impairment charge of 31.4 million euros.

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Early Easter Helped VS March Sales Rise 9%

Lingerie in Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels collection, to be featured mid-April.

March Victoria’s Secret and Pink comparable store sales in the U.S. and Canada were up 9% over the same month last year, while Victoria’s Secret Direct sales fell 2% during the same period.

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Cacique Scores Points At The Expense Of VS

An image from Cacique’s “I’m No Angel” ad campaign.

Score a win for Cacique, the plus size lingerie brand from Lane Bryant, that has challenged Victoria’s Secret’s definition of sexy lingerie in its new “I’m No Angel” advertising campaign. The American media — and social media — have enjoyed watching Cacique throw down the gauntlet.

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’Heavy Metal’ Is Theme For Parfait A/W 2015

Examples from the Ellie and Marrianne groups from Parfait

“Heavy metal” is the theme of Parfait’s new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection. The full-busted bra specialist is sister brand to Affinitas.

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February Best Ever For Adam & Eve Retailers

In February, Adamandeve.com, the parent company of Adam & Eve retail shops, claimed “the stores’ best sales month on record.”

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PVH Says Calvin Klein Driving Sales Growth

New men’s styles Air FX and Intense Power at CalvinKlein.com.

PVH Corp. reported a dramatic rise in earnings for the year and fourth quarter ended February 1, 2015. And, in a conference call to discuss the results, CEO Manny Chirico spent much time discussing the contribution, over the past year and going forward, of the Calvin Klein brand and underwear.

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Gilly Hicks Brand About To Disappear Forever?

While not surprising, it seems that the Gilly Hicks lingerie brand is now officially dead. Joanne Crevoiserat, EVP and CFO at parent company Abercrombie & Fitch Co., speaking recently on the conference call to discuss Q4 2014 results, said, “we decided during the quarter that we would wind down that business in 2015.”

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Wood Adding Pockets, Drawstrings To Lounge

Wood Underwear has again expanded its product line, now adding “super comfy lounge/sleepwear” with pockets and drawstrings.

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Aerie for Yellowberry: New Tween Collection

Aerie launched, at the end of March, Aerie for Yellowberry, a nine piece “collaborative bra collection for girls 11 to 15” announced the company, which is the intimates division of American Eagle Outfitters.

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Vast Color Choices Set Coobie Intimates Apart

Bras in lollipop red, margarita green, periwinkle, sea foam, Bahama blue, pomegranate, endive, mocha and peony....and dozens more shades. “We offer a crazy amount of color choices,” admitted Adam Slater, owner of Total Stockroom, explaining one of the key selling points of his Coobie intimates line. All these hues allow retailers “to satisfy their customers’ needs.”

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Envy Menswear & Baci Lingerie Coming To ILS

Items from the Baci Lingerie and Envy Menswear collections.

Baci Lingerie and Envy Menswear will both be in booth 203 at the upcoming International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas at the end of the month, and both collections will feature many new styles.

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Frederick’s: More Store Closings, Departures

The recent announcement that Frederick’s of Hollywood is in the process of reducing the number of retail locations to around 60 is but one of several important changes that have occurred since the once publicly trade firm was taken private last May. A count of the stores listed on the company website indicate about 82 store are now in operation, down from 94 last May and 135 as of February, 2008.

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Peekay Boutiques Opens 48th Location In CA

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., the adult products store that became a publicly trade company in February, opened its 48th retail location (and its 17th in California) in Valencia. The chain, which operates stores under various names including Lovers, ConRev, Christal’s and A Touch of Romance, used the latter name for this location.

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Exquisite Form Prospers, Soon Adding Shapewear

Exquisite Form, a venerable Vanity Fair brand that has been around since the 1940’s, strengthened and consolidated its position with U.S. retailers over the past year, and will soon be offering additional styles and a new shapewear segment.

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Polidan Purchases UFM Men’s Underwear Line

The UFM brief, an inside view of the brief and the boxer brief.

Underwear For Men (UFM), a recent start-up offering two styles of men’s supportive underwear, has a new owner, John Polidan.

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Shapeez Adding Videos, New Features To Site

Still shots from Shapeez videos on its website.

Shapeez is in now completing a series of information videos designed to show, on attractive models, how their bras and shaping garments look from all angles and in a variety of poses and activities. This comes as the company is in the midst of upgrading its already highly detailed website.

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Sean Monahan Leaving Raveware & Party King

Sean Monahan, founder and CEO of LRS Apparel, Ltd., has announced his “resignation from the day to day operations of the company effective 3/20/15.” The company includes both Raveware Lingerie and Party King Halloween apparel.

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SEC Filings Reveal Details Of Peekay Stores

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., the adult chain that became a public company this February, expects to expand from its current fleet of 47 stores “at a rate of 8-15 stores per year, resulting in 114 stores by the end of 2019.” That information, including the fact that its sales rose to $39.449 million in fiscal 2013 (and $29.367 million for the first nine months of 2014) and much more can be gleaned from an examination of various documents recently filed with the SEC.

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Aerie Closing 20 Stores, Despite Strong Results

Different versions of the popular ‘Sunnie’ bra from Aerie.

Even though Aerie, the intimates division of American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), has been outperforming recently, its parent plans to close an additional 20 lingerie shops in 2015, continuing a process that, by the end of the year, will have cut the total number by about half since the end of 2011. At the end of that year there were 158 Aerie stores; by the end of 2015 there will be about 81.

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NightLift: Revolutionary New Sleep Bra Styles

One exhibitor that provoked a good deal of interest and conversation at the recent Curvexpo in New York was NightLift, showing a bra, babydoll and bra-camisole, all specifically designed by a plastic surgeon to provide maximum support for the breasts during sleep.

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Victoria’s Secret Stores Up 7% In February

February comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret and Pink stores in the U.S. and Canada rose 7% in February, while Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped 6%. Parent company L Brands, which also owns Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, reported a 7% sales increase for the four week period ended Feb. 28, 2015, registering at total of $806.1 million, compared to $750.0 million for the four-week period ended March 1, 2014.

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Patrice Catanzaro Brings Latest Collections to ILS

Patrice Catanzaro, the French fetish designer, will return again to the International Lingerie Show at the end of the month (March 30 through April 1) with a range of styles, including his latest collection for women: Tome 12.

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Schmitt Now U.S. Agent For Marlies Dekkers

Lingerie brand marlies|dekkers has extended its distribution agreement with DW Schmitt Global Ltd. to include U.S. specialty stores. The arrangement had previously covered Canada.

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ILS: Hotel Discounts, Some Free Room Nights

Specialty Trade Shows is offering a discounted room rate as well as some free hotel room nights to boost the number of buyers at their end-of-summer International Lingerie Show (this year running August 31 through September 2).
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Defending Your Images Against Copyright Theft

Over the years, many apparel makers have complained that images from their ad campaigns have been stolen by unscrupulous wholesalers, often overseas, for use in their own promotions.
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Wacoal: Sales Drop 1%, Profits 16.4% For Year

Sales at Wacoal dipped 1% for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, but net income attributable to Wacoal Holdings Corporation plummeted 16.4%. The company said the sharp decline in income was do to the decrease in sales and the “impact of impairment charges of 6,021 million yen [about $50.28 million] as a result of the reassessment of the fair value of our Peach John” catalog and online retail business.
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Delta Galil: Sales Rise 6%, Income Drops 4%

Sales at Delta Galil rose 6% for the three months ended March 31st but net income fell 4%. “Sales increased to $252.8 million in the 2015 first quarter, an increase of 13% in original currency,” the Israel-based intimate apparel giant pointed out, noting the effect of currency exchange rates on its net sales results. It added, “Operating income was $15.3 million in the 2015 first quarter, growing 3% from the comparable period a year ago.”
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Frederick’s Creditor List: 40 Lingerie Firms

When Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for bankruptcy in mid April it listed at least 40 creditors from the intimate apparel industry among its total 6500 or so creditors. Others owed money range from shopping mall operators to banks and former employees.
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Hanes Innerwear Sales Drop 4%, Profits Rise

Sales in the “innerwear” segment at HanesBrands, Inc. declined 4.4% for the quarter ended April 4, 2015 but operating profit for that segment actually rose 13%. Meanwhile, at the parent company, overall sales rose 14.1% and net income rose 26.7% over the same period last year.
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2 Former Calvin Klein Execs To Naked’s Board

Naked Brand Group Inc., added two key former Calvin Klein executives to is board of directors earlier this year. One is Martha Olson, former group president of Calvin Klein Underwear Global; the other is Paul Hayes, a CPA who served as CFO for the Europe region of The Warnaco Group. There Hayes led “the commercial finance and accounting team for the $500 million Calvin Klein brand business.”
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Sales At Soma Intimates Up 13.7% In Q4 2014

Sales at Soma Intimates were up 13.7% for the fourth quarter of 2014 and 8% for the 52 weeks ended January 31, 2015, rising to a record total of $311.2 million for the year.
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Peekay, With 47 Stores, Now Public Company

Peekay Boutiques, Inc., a prominent retailer of intimate apparel and sexual wellness products, became “a public reporting company with its securities quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board,” in mid February.
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Sycamore Drops Plan To Acquire Soma’s Parent

Sycamore Partners has abandoned its attempt to buy Chico’s FAS, parent to Soma Intimates, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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HanesBrands Agrees To Acquire Knight Apparel

HanesBrands has “entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Knights Apparel, a leading seller of licensed collegiate logo apparel in the mass retail channel.”
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Sycamore Poised To Be Intimates Powerhouse

Sycamore Partners, the private equity firm, could soon become an even more prominent force in intimate apparel. Earlier this month the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other sources reported that Chico’s FAS, the women’s clothing retailer and owner of Soma Intimates, might be close to a sale to Sycamore.
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Victoria’s Secret Sales Up In January & 2014

Comparable sales at Victoria’s Secret stores (including PINK) in the U.S. and Canada rose 4% in January, while Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped the same amount. Meanwhile, parent company L Brands reported an overall increase in sales for the quarter and year, as well as a several other pieces of encouraging news.
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Intimacy ’14 Sales Drop, Rest Of Van de Velde Up

The Intimacy chain of lingerie shops in the U.S. continue to be a drag on the otherwise positive results for Belgian parent company Van de Velde. In reporting its company-wide 2014 results it acknowledged “A fall in retail turnover at Intimacy by 16.7% (12.0% on a like-for-like basis) in local currency.”
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Victoria’s Secret Sales Rose 3% In December

December sales at Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S. and Canada rose 3% in December 2014 when compared to the same month in 2013. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped 1%.
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Charney Out, Buy Offer At American Apparel

American Apparel received a takeover offer in mid-December from an investor, shortly after the company terminated Dov Charney, its former CEO. Paula Schneider, an executive with experience as president or senior officer at Warnaco, Gores Group, BCBG Max Azria, and Laundry by Shelli Segal, has been named as the new CEO as of January 5th, 2015.
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Hanes Q3 Sales Up 17%, But Income Drops 5%

HanesBrands reported 5% lower income of $118.9 million on 17% higher sales of $1.40 billion for its third quarter ended September 30, compared to income of $125.3 million on sales of $1.20 billion for the same period last year.
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Delta’s $1B Trajectory: Q3 Sales, Income Rise

Still on target to surpass $1 billion in sales, for the first time in a fiscal year, Delta Galil reported rising income of $13.8 million on higher sales of $267.2 million for the quarter ended September 30. This compares to income of $12.7 million on sales of $257.2 million for the same period last year.
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’Poor Performance’ By B.Tempt’d & Eveden

Wacoal’s worldwide sales fell 2.4% for the six months ended September 30, but net income rose 1.5%. The Japan-based firm, which does 83% of its business in Asia, noted that in the U.S., “sales at department stores, which are our major clients, remained unchanged” from the same period last year, but admitted “Sales from our b.tempt’d brand, featuring simple design, showed poor performance,” as did its Eveden products.
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Intimacy Down But Van de Velde Up In First Half

Parent company Van de Velde reported an overall rise of 9.4% in sales in the first half of 2014. But at its U.S. retail division, Intimacy, there was a “fall in retail turnover ... by 22.7% (14.1% on a like-for-like basis) in local currency. Due to the weakening of the US dollar against the euro, the fall in euro was greater.”
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Victoria’s Secret Direct Sales Up 8% In August

Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 8% in August, while Victoria’s Secret comparable stores sales in the U.S. and Canada rose 5%. Year to date, however, direct sales are up only 1%, while comparable store sales are up 3%.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp Stores Up 5% In July

Victoria’s Secret July comparable store sales rose 5% and Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 1%. Meanwhile parent company L Brands, Inc. reported “net sales of $735.3 million for the four weeks ended August 2, 2014, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $678.4 million for the four weeks ended August 3, 2013.”
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Income Up, Sales Down At Yarn Maker Unifi

Yarn maker Unifi, Inc. reported a higher net income for the 52 week year ended June 29, 2014, of $28.8 million on lower sales of $687.9 million. In the 53-week fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013 the company reported net income of $16.6 million on higher sales of $714.0 million.
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Delta Galil: Sales, Income Up In 2nd Qtr.

Delta Galil’s second quarter sales and earnings were both up over the same quarter last year, continuing to propel the firm towards its first fiscal year with sales over $1 billion. In fact, the company has “already reached that milestone during the four quarters ended June 30, 2014,” noted CEO Isaac Dabah in comments accompanying the financial release.
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UK La Senza Lingerie Stores In Administration

Marnixheath Limited, which controls the La Senza lingerie chain of 55 stores in the UK, has been placed into administration, a legal status similar to bankruptcy. La Senza operations in other parts of the world are controlled by L Brands and are unaffected by the move.
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Victoria’s Secret Stores Up 3%, Direct Up 6%

“Victoria’s Secret stores North America June comparable store sales increased 3% driven by increases in lingerie and Pink” while June sales at Victoria’s Secret direct rose 6% over the same month last year, according to Amie Preston, chief investor relastions, at parent company L Brands.
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Hanes To Buy European Underwear Firm DBA

HanesBrands announced today intends to acquire DBApparel of France, an underwear and hosiery producer, from Sun Capital Partners, Inc. for a purchase price of “€400 million on an enterprise basis (approximately $550.”
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Gildan Activewear Agrees To Acquire Doris

Gildan Activewear, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to “acquire substantially all of the assets of Doris Inc. (Doris), a marketer and manufacturer of branded sheer hosiery, legwear and shapewear products to retailers in Canada and the United States." The initial purchase price is approximately $101.4 million.
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Soma’s Parent May Be Considering Takeover

Chico’s FAS, Inc., in early June, was widely reported to be in preliminary discussions to consider the option of a private equity buyout or some type of takeover, this leading to a significant jump in its stock price. One of the firm’s best-performing divisions is Soma, a retailer of intimates, sleepwear and loungewear.
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VS Direct Down 10%, Stores Up 2% For May

While Victoria’s Secret North American comparable store sales for May rose 2%, and Victoria’s Secret direct sales declined 10%, parent company L Brands reported a company-wide net sales increase of 4%.
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L Brands Income Rises, VS Strategies Adjusted

In the conference call to discuss its first quarter earnings, L Brands acknowledged a modest reduction in the number of U.S. lingerie stores it plans to open this year, said it is exiting some apparel and make-up categories, and confirmed its emphasis on opening new Pink stores as opposed to Victoria’s Secret stores in this country.
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Frederick’s Completes "Going Private" Deal

The acquisition of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. by “HGI Funding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harbinger Group Inc., and certain of the company’s other common and preferred shareholders” was approved May 28th “by over two-thirds of the aggregate voting power of the company’s common stock.”
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Delta Galil: 1st Quarter Net Income Up 40%

Delta Galil is off to a great start in 2014. First quarter net income soared to $9.3 million, 40% above the same quarter last year, while sales also rose, and the company raised its sales guidance for the full year — now even further above the $1 billion mark than it had originally predicted.
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Victoria’s Secret Store Sales Rose 8% In April

Victoria’s Secret comparable store sales for April, in the U.S. and Canada, rose 8% over the same month last year. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret Direct sales dropped 3% from last year.
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Victoria’s Secret: 50 New U.S. Stores In 2014

The number of Victoria’s Secret stores here and around the world will take another big jump in 2014, most likely topping 1,100 in the U.S., according to parent company L Brands’ annual report for 2013 and information released during the firms 4th quarter conference call.
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NPD: Tights Up 33%, Women’s Apparel 4%

The NPD Group estimated women’s apparel retail sales grew to $116.4 billion in 2013, a 4 percent increase over the $112.3 billion it estimated for 2012. And one particularly dramatic increase occurred in hosiery where “dollar sales for tights grew 33 percent in 2013.”
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Victoria’s Secret Comp March Sales Down 1%

“Victoria’s Secret North America March comparable store sales decreased 1%,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands.
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Frederick’s: Closes 16 Stores, Loses $5.1 M

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. lost $5.1 million in the fiscal second quarter 2014 on sales of $23.5 million, compared to a loss of $10.0 million on sales of $24.3 million in the same period last year.
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Thekkekara of Dolce Vita Purchases Lunaire

Jack Thekkekara, who owns Dolce Vita Intimates, LLC and some years ago purchased the Movie Star brand, has purchased the Lunaire brand. Lunaire is a 20-year-old firm that specializes in attractive bras in fuller sizes.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp February Sales Up 2%

February comparable store sales at Victoria’s Secret stores in North America were up 2% “driven by core lingerie and Pink,” while at Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose “1%, as growth in bras, panties, Pink, swim and sport was partially offset by a decline in apparel,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands, Inc.
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Delta Galil: Sales Will Top $1 Billion in 2014

Sales at Delta Galil in 2013 rose 19%, from $817,782,000 to $974,719,000 and CEO Isaac Dabah projects that “Based on our initial financial guidance,” 2014 “will be our first year of sales in the $1 billion-plus range” in a press release that accompanied the year end results.
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Problems At Intimacy As Van de Velde Rises

Sales rose slightly in 2013 at Van de Velde, the Belgian firm that owns Intimacy and PrimaDonna among other stores and brands (up 0.4% to 182.4 million euros - about $251.9 million at today’s exchange rates).
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L Brands: Small To No Sales Gains In February

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among others, reported “Earnings per share for the 13-week fourth quarter ended February 1, 2014, were $1.65 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $1.76 for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February. 2, 2013. Adjusted earnings per share for the prior year on a 13-week basis were approximately $1.68.”
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Hanes Sales Rose, Profits Doubled In 2013

Hanesbrands recorded double the net income in 2013 that it did in 2012, despite a fourth quarter 2013 in which net income fell from $80.4 million in 2012 to $32.3 million. Full year sales in 2013 were $4.628 billion compared to $4.526 billion the year before as profits rose from $164.7 million to $330.5 million.
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L Brands Comparable Sales Up 9% in January

L Brands, Inc., (parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza), reported “comparable sales for the four weeks ended Feb. 1, 2014 increased 9% compared to the four weeks ended February 2, 2013,” as well as sales increases for the full year 2013.
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