Hosiery Market Analysis

October 2, 2012 under News

I got these statistics online and I thought you may want to see that actually in some countries hosiery is on the rise.

Canada

In 2011 hosiery in Canada saw healthy sales growth, with an increase of 3% in volume and 6% in current value terms to reach C$1.4 billion in total by the end of the year. This represented healthy growth compared with the value drop experienced during the recession, although in terms of volume growth remained positive through the recession and slow recovery.

United Kingdom

Hosiery sales increased in both volume and value terms compared to 2010, growing by 2% and 5% respectively in 2011. The famous British Wellington Boots led to the trend of wearing "Wellies with socks", which proved very popular in 2011 with sales soaring. Over-the-knee socks had a large part to play in A/W 2012 Fashion weeks, and were featured by many popular designers. Large woollen socks worn with short skirts and a large overcoat hit the runways.

France

In 2011, hosiery volume sales remained on a declining trend while current value sales stabilised somewhat after consecutive years of marginal decline. This could be explained to a large extent by the efforts deployed by the main players to upgrade their offer through innovative and high-tech products. For instance, the leading socks player Groupe Kindy invested €1.5 million in research and development in 2011 to expand its product portfolio and offer ground-breaking products.

India

Companies making formal wear compulsory and the increasing number of students joining professional courses and colleges encouraged ongoing growth in demand for hosiery throughout 2011.

Spain

Cotton remains the main material used in the manufacture of hosiery. However, fabric is increasingly mixed with materials such as elastane, lycra and velvet, which increase the elasticity and comfort of hosiery considerably.

The Hosiery in Spain report offers a comprehensive guide to the size and shape of the market at a national level. It provides the latest retail sales data 2006-2010 and analysis by distribution format allowing you to identify the sectors driving growth. It identifies the leading companies, leading brands, and offers strategic analysis of key factors influencing the market. Forecasts to 2015 illustrate how the market is set to change.

China

Hosiery experienced 8% current value growth to reach HK$1,649 million in 2011. This represented a strong slowdown versus 2010 with the necessary nature of hosiery helping to support the continued positive performance of this category in 2011.

Germany

Volume sales saw a small decline of less than 1% in 2011. The positive development of values sales has been achieved through the increase of unit prices. An increase in costs due to higher cotton prices and costs for energy induced manufacturers to raise prices. This price increase has been transferred to other customers.

Russia

In 2010, hosiery sales registered 5% growth in volume terms and 16% growth in current value terms. The increase in demand is attributed to the growth in consumers’ disposable income, and hence, rising living standards. Consumers have greater requirements as their quality of life improves. Hosiery is no longer darned, and after the first hole appears is typically discarded. Modern businessmen in cities do care about what socks are visible under their trousers.

what not to wear – pantyhose and uggs or rubber boots

November 11, 2011 under Style

Michelle Trachtenberg in pantyhose and uggs

Here is an example of a horrible combination of pantyhose and rubber boots.  Oh, is she planning to clean the barn and look sexy for the cows while doing it?  I only wear rubber boots if I am going to the forest or to the stables.

hunter rubber boots

To my surprise I took this photo at a fashion show, not at the cowshed. Pantyhose and rubber boots combo.

I love pantyhose, but I believe that it should be worn in harmony with other garments.  Therefore, in some cases it’s better not to wear it rather than to look stupid.

Another one of my most disliked combinations is pantyhose and ugg boots.  One of the local bloggers in Vancouver even created an article about how much she dislikes the ugg fashion.  She has quite a number of people that agree!

I remembered another horror combination, but I couldn’t take a picture because I was actually at work at the time.  There was a woman wearing 40 den pantyhose  and men’s flat sports sandals.

summer fashion faux pas

Vanessa Hudgens is wearing Uggs even in the summer, without hosiery or socks.

But let’s also not forget that in July sometimes there are women going around in Uggs or winter boots with bare legs.  Let’s say, like on the photo here Vanessa Hughes, actress and singer, comes off her tour bus in Uggs and a summer outfit.

Isn’t it time for some common sense?  Here is another example of bright pink pantyhose and uggs spotted in Vancouver by a local blogger, Side Walk Runway.

It is not unusual that Vancouver got ranked as one of world’s top worst dressed cities because of its love for yoga pants.

But I’d personally add more items to that list that make Vancouver locals so sloppy when it comes to keeping up their look.

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