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Fast track: sports wear or fashion wear? A blurring of the boundaries
published in Issue 23, 4th quarter 2007
The boundaries between sports apparel and fashion apparel are becoming increasingly indistinct. The reasons are partly technical. As special performance technologies are developed for clothes worn by athletes and team sport players, it makes sense for those technologies to be enjoyed by a wider market—even if in a more dilute form. The reasons are also financial. Investments in research and development can be considerable in the case of high performance sports apparel, and one way of recouping such investment is to widen the net to include higher volume consumer markets for apparel—even if this means sacrificing some margin in the process.
However, the reasons are also attributable to the rising cult of the sports celebrity, or the sports team, which provides opportunities for sales that can far exceed revenues derived from the sport itself. Given such opportunities, brand merchandisers are motivated to back their efforts with heavy promotion in order to boost sales of merchandise even further.
The step from the athletics or football field to the consumer fashion market is a relatively short one—especially as the celebrity, by definition, is already well known. This is one of the major attractions for established fashion brands which have used celebrities to endorse their products—usually with profitable results.
Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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