1. New York Men’s Fashion Week Men’s Kicks Off
Designers have all eyes on the second edition of New York Fashion Week Men’s starting Monday morning. Labels will present their fall ’16 and much lauded shoe designer Paul Andrew will unveil his first men’s collection on Thursday.
2. Trans-Pacific Partnership Being Signed Thursday
President Obama and global leaders get a trip to New Zealand this week for the official signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership on Thursday. The signing is just the beginning of approval though — the U.S. Congress and other member legislatures and Parliaments have to approve the deal which should save footwear around $450 million in tariffs in the first year alone.
3. NFL Turns Attention To Super Bowl 50
The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos have landed in San Francisco for the big game on Sunday Feb. 7. Under Armour is betting big on star quarterback and brand athlete Cam Newton. It could also be the final go for a Super Bowl ring for legendary Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
4. Deckers Set To Report Earnings
Analysts are watching closely as Ugg parent company report third quarter earnings on Thursday Feb. 4. Warm winter weather and promotional activity through the holidays could eat at sales results, and high inventory could be a big headwind for the last quarter of the year.
5. Michael Kors Expects Handbag Headwinds In Q3
Consumer handbag fatigue and extra promotions during the December holiday have market watchers on alert as Kors reports third quarter earnings Tuesday Feb. 2. Department store sales during holiday and lackluster traffic have analysts concerned about wholesale orders for the next quarter and overall results.
6. What Is Next At #NYFW?
More and more designers are opting out of New York Fashion Week’s traditional structure. Tracey Reese announced she would be hosting a private show and film screening. Rebecca Minkoff announced plans to re-show her spring ’16 line for a more consumer friendly presentation and Kanye West, who brought such buzz to the shows last year, is headed to Madison Square Garden to show Yeezy Season 3. Read the full coverage ahead of the shows, which start Feb. 11.
7. Key Sneakers Releases: Rita Ora to Kobe to Iverson
Rita Ora’s first sneakers with Adidas of 2016 lands in stores this Saturday Feb. 6. Nike announced the new Kobe XI Elite ‘Last Emperor’ sneaker for Thursday Feb. 4 and the Reebok Question “Prototype” based on Allen Iverson’s famous style drops Friday Feb. 5.
8. FFANY Kicks Off In NYC
The quarterly footwear trade show starts on Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 4.