Hot Topic, the teen brand and retailer that is highly desirable by youth culture shoppers and continues to perform well as revealed in our 15th Annual Spring Youth Culture Study 2015, announced on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, that is was buying Geeknet for $122 million. This means that Hot Topic is moving into the realm […]
Hot Topic Buys Geeknet for $122 Million, Adds More Online Retail, Gaming, Sci-Fi
Troubled Aeropostale New Target for Sycamore Partners, Owners of Hot Topic
Sycamore Partners have expressed interest in Aeropostale, the teen retailer that has recently been dealing with low profits and missed targets when it comes to today’s youth culture. As we note in our 13th Annual Fall Youth Culture Study, released yesterday September 16, the brand had been out of sync with the marketplace for some […]
Billabong In Talks with Sycamore Partners and Paul Naude for US$297.9 Million—And the Sad Story of Surf
The sad saga of surf brand Billabong looks like it’s finally coming to some sort of conclusion with its buyer’s bidding wars ending. On April 8, 2013, The Australian reported that Billabong was in talks to be acquired by Sycamore Partners and Paul Naude, who was the former President, for US$297.9 million. Sycamore Partners were […]
Hot Topic Gets Bought by Sycamore Partners for $600 Million
Punk rock/Goth inspired retailer Hot Topic just landed a huge deal, getting bought by the private equity firm Sycamore Partners, owners of brands like Talbots, for $600 million. Hot Topic shareholders will get $14 a share as part of the deal, which is a whopping 30% above the closing price yesterday, March 6, 2013. […]
The Power of T-shirts in Youth Culture Markets, from Branding to Retail to Creating Entire Movements for Change -Label Networks Takes an In-Depth at the New Landscape, Trends, and Fresh Data
T-shirts have never been more important in youth culture fashion, often creating entire brands through cool messages and graphics. Moving into plans for 2012, here’s a recap of where things stand
Retail Round-up: Nike’s Stock Drops, Effected by Higher Production Prices; Hot Topic Transitions with New CEO, plus Where Nike, Converse, Hurley and Hot Topic Now Stand Among Youth Culture Preferences
Financial results vs. youth culture preferences. Interesting differences and opportunities revealed.
Retail Round-up: Hot Topic’s Designer Collection with John Eshaya; Vans Retail Collab with Thalia Surf Shop; Rock and Republic Bought by VF Corp; Quiksilver Buy-out Rumors; Hilary Swank to Launch Sportswear
The end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 is already proving some shake-ups and new collabs are under way. Here’s some of the latest.
Music Tour 2010 Update: Lilith Fair Returns; Vans Warped Posts Tour Dates, Logo; Hot Topic Heads-up Sub City Take Action Tour; Country Throwdown Gains Momentum
Marketing through music is the way to go for brands looking to launch effective grassroots campaigns. Here’s a quick look at what’s going on for 2010 so far.
Retail Round-Up: Uniqlo Shines with 19.2% Increase; Hot Topic Shares Drop Despite 3.1% Increase; Zumiez Sales Down; Plus Other Top Youth Retail Reports
April financials for same-store sales provides excellent indicators of the retail landscape. Quick round-up of top stores/chains to watch.