Friday, April 20, 2018

Cotton Thread Quality

Eva Lea Klein is a longtime south Florida resident with an extensive retail management background. Eva Lea Klein also has experience as a tailor and most recently engaged with Banana Republic in Boca Raton in the alteration and creation of garments. 

One of the key considerations in any sewing project is the quality of the thread. Cotton thread is generated by twisting the fibers of the cotton boll, with extra-long fibers adding strength and durability. 

A key advantage of cotton is that the natural fibers grab the fabric firmly and create a tight seam. Disadvantages include the expense of quality thread and the difficulty of telling the difference between high- and low-quality threads. In addition, non-optimal fiber length and processing can create a great deal of lint.

Cotton threads are typically mercerized, which involves immersing them in a caustic solution. This results in the fiber swelling and enables luster-enhancing dye to permeate the fibers more fully. Another common process is gassing, or cotton polishing, which involves passing the thread at high speed through a flame. This effectively burns off the longest pieces of lint and results in a finished low-lint product.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Gap Inc. Beats Earnings Predictions

A native of Brazil and resident of Florida, Eva Lea Klein has spent more than two decades in the retail and fashion industry. In addition to working as a sales professional in a retail store in Brazil, Eva Lea Klein spent eight years as a tailor for the Banana Republic store in Boca Raton, Florida.

Though the retail market continues to be tight for companies that rely on traditional brick-and-mortar stores, Banana Republic and its parent company, Gap Inc., exceeded expectations for the Q4 earnings report in 2017. In March of 2018, the company announced that its sales and revenue had far surpassed analyst predictions, pushing up the company’s price.

The higher-than-expected revenue was largely due, Gap reported, to an increase in holiday shopping at the company’s Old Navy locations, though other brands under the umbrella, such as Banana Republic, also saw a modest increase in sales. The company’s CEO stated during an investor call that he expects overall revenue to continue its upward trajectory; this is a result of the company’s strategy of shifting focus from its Gap and Banana Republic retail locations, to the more profitable Old Navy and Athleta brands.