This year, Sourcing Journal readers homed in on key topics and players, from Nike’s many moves and the drama around Xinjiang to store closings, West Coast port problems, toxic chemicals, mushroom-root leather and more. Read on to discover the headlines that got your attention in an action-packed 2021.
As Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) spoke at January’s history-making inauguration, a pair of blurry shoes cladding the feet of an attendee behind her snatched sneakerheads’ attention.
The port pileups that plagued the nation’s biggest marine gateway this year devolved into undignified name-calling. But was it justified?
Nike made more than its fair share of headlines this year, but one high-profile brand protection imbroglio appeared to put the proverbial shoe on the other foot.
The sneaker reselling son of now-former Nike executive Ann Hebert was reported multiple times for abusing the brand’s family discount at Nike across Oregon stores, a surefire way to erode consumer trust.
The New York designer and breakout “Project Runway” star executed the secondhand feat in partnership with ThredUp, which supplied Siriano with dresses from his past collections that found their way into the resale giant’s clutches.
The owner of Jessica Simpson’s lucrative fashion empire faced trouble from all sides this year, spawning the downfall of a brand management giant.
The northern African nation’s deadly conflict put the Calvin Klein owner in a tough sourcing spot.
Chief creative officer Jen Foyle said the company was looking to reinvigorate the “under-appreciated” American Eagle brand.
The twin titans of the sneaker world are duking it out in court over valuable IP.
Images of an upcoming Air Force 1 sneaker celebrating Nike’s namesake goddess left Twitter users in disbelief back in June.
Diversity and inclusion take on new meaning for the footwear sellers.
A Midwestern retailer that sold a range of categories such as apparel, footwear, farm supplies, outdoor goods for camping, boating, fishing and hunting, power tools and even firearms is closed up shop at all 25 of its locations, and hosted a chainwide liquidation sale.
Italian solidarity helped the luxury maker recover from a devastating conflagration.
Southern California’s cargo crunch turned calamitous in October.
Gary Graham, or “little Gary on the prairie,” as the judge and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott called him, keyed into three of fashion’s hottest trends when creating his winning design for episode five of “Making the Cut,” the Amazon Studios reality series where 10 global designers duke it out for the opportunity to turn their creative chops into the next big household-name brand.
The problem with the textile supply chain is that current standards and technology are insufficient for avoiding chemicals of concern, one expert said.
Big-name brands are increasingly turning to vegan-friendly animal-skin alternatives.
The Oregon athletic giant made good on its commitment to the Consumer Direct Offense plan it hatched three-and-a-half years ago.
The “Anaconda” hitmaker’s post sent legions of fans chasing down their own pair of bubblegum-colored footwear—enough to even crash Crocs’ site at one point, according to a Twitter user.
After Weibo users denounced H&M and Nike, Tencent scrapped a Burberry deal, while statements on XUAR are gone from Inditex and PVH’s sites.
The retail giant has been moving away from Tier C and D malls.