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Golyta Releases Hauty Collection For 2015

Golyta, parent company to a number of intimates brands, has released the 2015 Hauty collection. The sexy, strappy brand was originally launched in 2014.

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Steven Bernstein Is VP, GM At QT Intimates

Q-T Intimates has hired Steven Bernstein as VP general manager. He starts on January 5th, 2015. Previously he had served as general manager of U.S. operations for Anita.

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Triumph Recalls 22,000 Bras Sold In Japan

Triumph International is recalling about 22,000 bras because of under wires that “penetrate the tape” that covers them. The company claims that the bras, which were priced in the $48 to $53 range, were only sold in Japan.

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Gym Membership Up? So Are Knock Out! Sales

In 2014, over 58.8 million people utilize gyms each year and the industry is growing according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. How does this affect underwear?

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Affinitas 2015: ’Dark Romance,’ DDDD Sizes

Four styles from the Affinitas Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection

Affinitas, a lingerie firm offering a broad array of styles, previewed some of the new products, colors and size extensions it will be rolling out to customers for Autumn/Winter 2015.

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’Premium’ Corsets Make 2014 Daisy’s Best Year

“We paid a lot of attention to our retailers that clearly wanted a higher quality product,” said Daisy Corsets owner Mark Reynolds, in explaining the key reason 2014 turned out to be his company’s “strongest year yet.”

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So Why Does Ann Deal Love The Red Carpet?

Every time a female celebrity steps on to the red carpet wearing a dress that reveals almost too much, there is one woman who celebrates, no matter what the event or who designed the garment. That woman is Ann Deal, the owner of Fashion Forms.

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Erica M. Spring/Summer 2015 Hosiery & Cat Suit

Erica Young, the hosiery designer behind the Erica M. hosiery brand, recently introduced a Spring/Summer 2015 group that further expands her collection. The new styles are included in a new look book.

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Interview: Fersten On Future For Body Hush

In mid 2014 Fersten Worldwide, a leading supplier of decorated women’s and men’s apparel, outerwear and headwear for the promotional market, purchased the Body Hush brand of shapewear. Body associate publisher Ted Vayos interviewed founder Mitchell Fersten about this takeover as well as future plans for the brand.

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Janira Shapewear Plans On Expanding In U.S.

Silueta from Janira Shapewear

Janira, the Barcelona-made shapewear brand that, in recent years, has been expanding in the world market, is now taking aggressive steps to build its market share in the U.S.

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Nov. VS Store Sales Up 6%, Direct Down 5%

Sales at comparable Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S. and Canada rose 6% in November over the same month last year, while Victoria’s Secret direct sales dropped 5%. Meanwhile, comparable store sales for the entirety of parent company L Brands, Inc., which also operates Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel stores, rose 8% for the four weeks ended November 29, 2014.

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Q-T and Crème Bralée: 10% Off For Valentine’s

The holiday of romantic love and sweet sensations, Valentine’s Day is known for giving thoughtful cards, lavish flowers, and dreamy presents for that special someone. Celebrate love with a gorgeous set of intimates from Q-T Intimates and Crème Bralée Intimates. For the month of February, Q-T Intimates and Crème Bralée Lingerie are offering a special promotion to retailers: 10% off any 10 pieces of our red, pink, or sexy styles.

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Soma Reports 22nd Qtr. Of Comp Store Growth

Soma Intimates recorded its “22nd consecutive quarter of positive” comparable store sales,” expects to open a net 31 new stores by the end of this year and “19 to 22” in 2015, and is projecting to eventually have open “600 plus” Soma stores. This information came from executives at parent company Chico’s FAS, Inc. as they commented on the firm’s third quarter 2014 financial results.

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Elila Will Deliver New Shapewear In March

Elila, the lingerie brand that focuses on the full figure woman, is scheduled to deliver two new shapewear pieces to stores in mid-March. The Leopard Highwaist Shapewear and Leopard Highwaist Long Leg Shapewear, which both feature the animal pattern in the lace, range in size from medium to 5XL, and offer “boning to prevent rolling,” as well as “butt-lifting action.”

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Wood Underwear Offers XXL For Some Styles

Wood Underwear, LLC, has added “XXL sizes” to “select styles and colors” in its existing line of men’s under garments, including boxer briefs and loungewear and in such colors as black, heather grey and navy.”

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United Legwear Making 2(X)IST Men’s Socks

2(X)IST has entered a license agreement for men’s socks with United Legwear Company, LLC. The hosiery, including “men’s performance and lifestyle athletic socks as well as everyday essentials in prints and patterns,” is scheduled to be in stores for fall 2015.

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Komar Moving 500 To Jersey City In Q3 2015

“We are moving to 90 Hudson Street in Jersey City,” Charles Komar, CEO of Komar, Inc. the giant sleepwear, loungewear and intimates firm, wrote BODY in an email message. According to published reports Komar currently employs almost 500 workers at three Manhattan locations: 183 Madison, 135 Madison and 16 East 34th Street.

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Patrice Catanzaro Set To Launch ‘Tome 12’

Patrice Catanzaro and wife Aude interviewed at a fetish event in Montreal

Patrice Catanzaro, the French fetish designer, discussed his new collection, Tome 12, scheduled to launch at the upcoming Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris, January 24 through 26.

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Urban, HIA Take Over Halloween & Party Expo

The Halloween Industry Association (HIA), a manufacturer-centric industry group, announced that it and Urban Expositions, a large show promoter, acquired the Halloween & Party Expo. The Expo had been operated as an limited liability corporation in recent years by members of the Erwin family, owners of Erwin Distributing Co. Inc.

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Fit Fully Yours Launches New Colors & Styles

Elizabeth and Gloria bras from Fit Fully Yours

Fit Fully Yours, a firm that has grown rapidly by specializing in attractive bras in the fuller cup sizes, has just launched a new group, the Gloria Collection.

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Reliable Seasonal Trend: TC’s Strapless Shapers

One reliable seasonal trend is that sales of strapless shapewear “tend to pick up with all the holiday dresses” that are worn this time of year, reported Eric Crawford, national sales manager at Cupid Foundations. “Women are always looking for a one-piece garment that will smooth them and support them. Our TC brand offers three such all-in-one garments.”

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Knock out! Celebrating 5 Year Anniversary

Knock out!, the company which launched with its patented “Smart Panties,” celebrates a its five year anniversary in December. Since its founding the company has added several new solutions products and placed its intimates in hundreds of stores in the U.S. and around the world.

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Soma Says No Violation Of Wink Bra Patents

Soma’s “Oh My Gorgeous Cami Bra” and Wink’s “9to5 Bra”

Chico’s FAS, the firm that owns the Soma lingerie brand and stores, asked a U.S. district court in Florida in mid-November, for a declaratory judgment dismissing claims of patent infringement by Wink Intimates, a Canadian firm. Chico’s also asked the court to prohibit “defendants from making further claims of litigation against Chico’s for patent infringement” and to award “Chico’s its attorneys’ fees and costs.”

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Coobie’s Catalog: Many New Styles, Colors

Total Stockroom, the maker of the Coobie seamless bras, as well as other intimate apparel and hosiery, has just added several new styles and products, as well as new colors, to its already large assortment.

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Clover Group Close To Naming Dyeing Partner

Angie Lau in New York in November

Angie Lau, CEO at Clover Group, a large Asian producer of intimate apparel, told BODY over tea in the lobby of the Pierre Hotel in November that she was close to announcing a U.S. partner for the new Go! Color bra dyeing process announced last summer at the Paris Mode City lingerie show.

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Nasty Gal Opens First Store In Hollywood

Nasty Gal, the online store that offers a wide range of apparel from dresses to coats (as well as an extensive collection of swimwear and lingerie), has just opened its first retail location at 8115 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

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Success With ’Jercho’ Campaign For Fantasy

Fantasy Lingerie reported “tremendous success with its participation in EMG’s nationwide radio promotion for author Ginger Jamison’s new romance novel, Jericho. The campaign, spanned “10 Nielsen Audio rated U.S. markets” and “featured a Fantasy Lingerie shopping spree as its grand prize,” according to the firm.

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Shapeez, Continuing To Innovate, Grows In 2014

“We’re having our best year ever,” declared David Berner, CFO at Shapeez, while explaining in detail which products led the way, and previewing upcoming releases that he predicted will accelerate growth in 2015.

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In Halder, Amoena Has 3rd Owner In 8 Years

Amoena, a sizable Germany-based producer of breast forms and pocketed lingerie and apparel used by women after mastectomy, has its third owner in eight years.

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Oh La La Cheri Names Bartling Brand Director

Oh La La Cheri named Lisa Bartling as its marketing and brand director. Most recently she was the head buyer for intimates at the retailer Romantix, based in the Los Angeles area, and has now moved to Miami.

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More Swim Suits For Espiral’s AM:PM Brand

Anticipating “a great year for swim,” AM:PM, the resort wear brand from Espiral is, for the second year in a row, dramatically expanding the number of bathing suits it is offering. The label is also moving up the release of its catalog to February to get product to consumers earlier.

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Laundry by Shelli Segal Now Goes To Undergirl

In a second try in two years, Perry Ellis International, Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Undergirl under which that company will “design and distribute intimates including shape-wear, sleepwear, loungewear and robes under the Laundry by Shelli Segal brand in the United States and Canada.”

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Baci: Store Winners & New ’Dreams Volume 3’

Styles from Baci Lingerie’s “Dreams Volume 3” collection

Baci Lingerie announced the top three winners of its “Dreams Retail Display Contest,” and at the same time released “Volume 3” of its Dreams role playing costumes.

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Dream Lounge Showing Jockey Thermals Line

Dream Lounge has the Jockey license for a collection of men’s and women’s thermal, and showed the new collection, which is scheduled to be in stores next fall, during the November 2014 market.

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Joe’s Intimates, Newly Licensed, Now In Stores

In late May, Onis Design Group signed a licensing agreement with Joe’s Jeans to produce a collection of intimates and loungewear under the Joe’s Intimates label. Holiday styles have already been delivered to stores.

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Leg Avenue’s Amy Tsai: ‘Best Has Yet To Come’

Amy Tsai now heads Leg Avenue

Over the years, we at BODY, as well as the rest of the industry, watched the Tsai family grow Leg Avenue from a tiny brand to one of the very largest in the lingerie, hosiery and costume arena. Indeed, the Los Angels Times reported sales at the firm had risen to $87 million in 2010.

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Hanes Still Hungers For More Acquisitions

HanesBrands is still hungry to devour more companies, even after buying DBApparel for $528 million earlier this year and Maidenform for $583 million in 2013.

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Sales Must Be Good For $2 Million Brassieres

Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio in the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras (PRNewsFoto/Victoria’s Secret)

Sales must be good for $2 million bras. Otherwise, why did Victoria’s Secret make two of them for its upcoming televised fashion show December 9th?

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Jerry Leigh To Make Dickies Girl Underwear

Jerry Leigh of California, a firm that produces apparel for a wide range of stores under many licensed labels, has become “the exclusive licensee for Dickies Girl juniors’ apparel,” according to brand owner Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co. Products will include “work and fashion tops, bottoms, and outerwear; plus juniors’ underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear.”

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L Brands: Selling Rest Of MGF To Sycamore

L Brands, parent to Victoria’s Secret, announced that it “and certain of its affiliates have entered into an agreement to sell all of its remaining interest in MGF Sourcing Holdings to Sycamore Partners for $85 million, subject to customary terms and conditions. The sale is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. MGF Sourcing Holdings owns and operates the third-party sourcing business in which [L Brands] sold a majority interest in October of 2011.”

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Intimates Sales Slow In Oct. At Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret direct sales in October dropped 7% compared to the same month last year, while Victoria’s Secret North American comp store sales for the month were “flat” compared to last year, indicating something of a slowdown on the lingerie side of parent company L Brands’ overall business. In each of the other nine months this year, Victoria’s Secret’s comp store sales have increased from 1% to 10% over the same month in the prior year; direct sales have been higher than the year before in six out of the 10 months.

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Maurice Reznik: CEO, President At Delta Galil

Maurice Reznik, the former CEO of Maidenform and the architect of its sale to Hanes in 2013, was named to top executive positions at Delta Galil Industries, Ltd. Starting January 5, 2015, Reznik will become “CEO of women’s intimate apparel for USA and Great Britain and president of the company’s Delta Galil USA segment,” according to an announcement, made by the company after 5pm November 3rd, moments before the start of the annual H.U.G. Awards, a major industry charity event in Manhattan.

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Schwartz: New Delta VP Business Development

Inbar Schwartz, an executive with extensive experience in business development and mergers and acquisitions, was recently named vice president director for business development at Delta Galil. She is the first addition to the “Executive Management” team at Delta since Tim Regan left in mid-year.

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Maidenform Hires Celeb Stylist Micaela Erlanger

Maidenform has hired celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger as brand “ambassador and spokesperson through March 2015. Erlanger will act as a guide to the Maidenform customer, offering expert tips, product picks and styling insight via the brand’s website and social media platforms,” according to the company announcement.

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OSP Buys Plus Retailer Swimsuitsforall.com

OSP Group has acquired swimsuitsforall.com (S4A), a retailer of plus swim and resort wear. OSP operates several other online sites catering to the plus consumer including OneStopPlus.com,WomanWithin.com, Roamans.com, JessicaLondon.com, KingSizeDirect.com and BrylaneHome.com.

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Baci’s Seduction:’Value-Priced’ Packaged Line

Baci Lingerie has launched Seduction: “a sub-chapter of our White Label Collection, Seduction is inspired by Baci’s core characteristics – European styling with an edgy, sexy flair,” sales manager Helle Panzieri told BODY.

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Impala Takes Large Stake In Maison Lejaby

In a press release October 17, the French investment group Impala announced that it had made a significant investment in Maison Lejaby and will partner with “existing shareholders” in moving the brand forward.

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DoubleScoop: Planning New Colors, Products

DoubleScoop, the new bra insert brand with an altogether different attitude, has been expanding since its launch at Curvexpo in Las Vegas in August, shipping to additional stores and expanding its product line.

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Bob Mellerup Explains Success Of Miraclesuit

Miraclesuit Extra Firm shapewear has been making significant inroads into the specialty store market, according to Bob Mellerup, national sales manager for that brand, as well as Naomi & Nicole. Both collections are divisions of Cupid Foundations.

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Halle Berry & Hop Lun Bring Scandale to Target

Images of Scandale Paris lingerie on the brand website.

Halle Berry has partnered with Hop Lun, the Hong Kong lingerie firm, to launch a Scandale Paris collection that debuted today at certain Target stores in the U.S. as well as at Target.com. Nine styles were offered on the site on October 27th; five bras ranging in retail price from $16 to $18 and four panties each priced at $7.

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First L’Agent Lingerie Shop Opening Soon

L’Agent by L’Agent Provocateur styles on the company website.

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur, the lingerie sub-brand designed by Penelope and Monica Cruz, is opening its first boutique, and has chosen to plunk down in a Manhattan neighborhood already full of lingerie shops. L’Agent has plans for additional shops in the near future in Los Angeles, London and Moscow.

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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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Suit Opposes Frederick’s ’Going Private’ Deal

A minority Frederick’s of Hollywood shareholder, Bruce Paul, is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court opposing the proposal by a consortium of shareholders to take the company private.
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Victoria’s Secret Parent: Sales Up In December

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among other stores and brands, reported sales increases for both December and the 48 weeks ended January 4th, 2014, while at the same time lowering its estimated earnings moderately for the fourth quarter due to lower margins and increase promotions.
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Frederick’s Going Private, Lynch Still CEO

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. has agreed to be taken private by a group of investors who already own most of its outstanding shares. The proposed move was first announced at the end of September. Thomas Lynch, the current CEO, has received a contract to remain with the company for three more years.
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November Sales Up For Victoria’s Secret Parent

Victoria’s Secret November comparable sales declined 3% (while the brand’s direct channel sales increased by 9%) as parent L Brands, Inc. overall net sales rose to $988.5 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013, compared to net sales of $922.0 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 24, 2012.
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Victoria’s Secret Stores October Sales Up 10%

Comparable store gains of 10% at Victoria’s Secret stores this October over the same month last year led to company-wide sales gains for its parent, L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands).
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Sales Rise, Net Income Falls At Delta Galil

Sales at Delta Galil Industries, Ltd. rose in the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 to $257,199,000 from $233,996,000 while income dropped significantly to $12,674,000 from $20,190,000 in the same period last year, the decline attributed, by the firm, to various “non-recurring” or “one-time” items.
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Frederick’s Has $22.5M Loss In Fiscal 2013

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group, Inc. reported Friday a loss of $22.5 million for 2013, as well as a dramatic 22.4% drop in sales from $111.4 million in the fiscal year ended July 28, 2012 to $86.5 million for the year ended July 27, 2013. The release of the year-end results comes as the company’s “sole disinterested independent director“ considers a recent offer to take the company private. And two weeks after Frederick’s amended agreements with its lenders, resulting in, among other things, an increase in its revolving line of credit from $24 million to $35 million with “$5 million having been advanced on October 10.”
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Limited Brands Closes Senior Notes Offering

L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands (and parent to Victoria’s Secret), announced yesterday “the closing of its previously announced offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured senior notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”).”
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September Sales Rise At Victoria’s Secret

L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands), parent to Victoria’s Secret, reported an increase in sales for the five weeks ended October 5, 2013 when compared to a similar period last year. Comparable store sales for this September vs. last September increased 1% at Victoria’s Secret stores, 2% at Victoria’s Secret direct and 3% at La Senza, the firm’s Canadian lingerie store chain.
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Group In Offer To Take Frederick’s Private

A “consortium” of shareholders owning about 70% of the outstanding common shares of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc., a public company, has sent the company’s board of directors a “non-binding proposal letter” offering to purchase the remaining shares and take the company private.
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Hanes: Will Soon Close Maidenform Acquisition

HanesBrands has reaffirmed its 2013 financial guidance and said that its acquisition of Maidenform, intention of which it announced in July, “is expected to close by Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, pending approval by Maidenform stockholders voting at a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The acquisition has already received regulatory clearance.”
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Lingerie Sales Rose In August for L Brands

August comparable store sales were up 3% at both Victoria’s Secret stores and Victoria’s Secret Direct, as well as 8% at La Senza lingerie stores in Canada, as parent company Limited Brands, Inc., (now known as L Brands, Inc.) reported rising net sales of $704.7 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 31, 2013, compared to net sales of $665.6 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 25, 2012.
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L: Adding Pink, Cutting Victoria’s Secret Stores

Limited Brands, Inc. (now known as L Brands, Inc.), which is parent to Victoria’s Secret, is actually cutting the number of North American Victoria’s Secret stores by 20 in 2013, while at the same time increasing the number of Pink stores by 49. It also reported increased company-wide sales in July compared to last year.
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Victoria’s Secret Parent: Q2 Sales, Earnings Rise

Limited Brands, Inc. (now known as L Brands, Inc.), parent to Victoria’s Secret, reported increased sales and income for the second quarter and increased its guidance for per share earnings for the full year.
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Hanes Agrees to Acquire Maidenform for $575 M

HanesBrands announced today that it “has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Maidenform Brands” in a transaction valued at approximately $575 million on an enterprise-value basis,” or “$23.50 per share, a 30 percent premium to Maidenform’s average closing price over the past 30 days.”
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Triumph About To Open 2 Long Island Stores

Triumph held a “media event” (in the words of one executive — meaning that the focus was not on impressing retailers, who were not in attendance in any number) the night of July 18, as part of its expansion plans for the U.S. Most significantly, two Triumph flagship locations are about to open, one in the Roosevelt Fields mall, one in the Walt Whitman mall.
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