African fashion is this month’s headline act, notably championed by Balenciaga and Virgil Abloh, with Friday’s Parisian show organised by Africa Fashion Up, and Afro Fashion Week scheduled in Milan on September 23-26.
Sportswear group Intersport International has announced the sale of its sneaker chain The Athlete’s Foot and its 564 stores to Arklyz Group. The group, based in Switzerland, already owns sock supplier Intersocks.
French winter sports brand Salomon is set to cut 82 manufacturing jobs, while at the same time adding to its R&D and head-office staff, where 59 new jobs will be created to speed up the company’s diversification.
French mountain sport equipment group Rossignol has announced that Vincent Wauters, the former CEO of footwear brand Hunter, will take over in December from its CEO Bruno Cercley, who will remain group president.
Swiss sport equipment brand On has unveiled a new recyclable shoe model available via subscription only, a concept that may well prompt a fresh wind of change to blow through the sport equipment distribution landscape.