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Bankruptcies in the Menswear Industry, 1981-2006

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Flaneur, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Flaneur

    Flaneur Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    I performed a search of the "Daily News Record" electronic archive, using the search term "bankrup*", which, for the period they've indexed (1981-2006), yields 4950 articles. Divide by the number of years indexed (25), and you have a yearly average of 198 times a year that an article with the search term "bankrup*" is printed in the menswear industry's principle trade journal. Strictly for fun, and clearly NOT meant to be an indication that any of these firms themselves actually entered into bankruptcy protection, I performed a series of searches of American menswear designers and filtered that number by asking how many of those articles mentioning Designer X also used the term "bankrup*" in the same article. Spot checking just a few of the articles that came up revealed that frequently, the designer's name and the term "bankrup*" were in the same news article only because (say) the designer held a license with a second firm, and it was that firm (or even a third firm!) that declared bankruptcy, or some such. # mentions in DNR since 1981/# of those also including term "bankrup*": J.A.: 1116/2 J.B.: 662/3 P.E.: 1995/29 A.J.: 743/3 D.K.: 1279/8 C.K.: 2696/19 R.L.: 3012/36 This ain't pure science, folks, but it does reveal, I think, that the bowl of spaghetti that is the very definition of the menswear industry yields plenty of corporate shirts "indelibly marked" from the sauce of fiscal irresponsibility...
  2. thinman

    thinman Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    As someone who has followed the threads you've started here and on AAAC, I would like to add: some "'indelibly marked' corporate shirts" are almost certainly marked differently than others. Please drop this issue.
  3. mrchapel

    mrchapel Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    Southern California
    Ok, and that's wonderful, but what is your point?
  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Upper East Coast
    This should have been posted in the Socially Embarrassing Hobbies thread.
  5. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Well-Known Member

    Apr 18, 2005
    The fact that Alexander Julian's financial habits aren't atypical doesn't change the fact that the clothes look like Seinfeld on a bad day.

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