Esprit inaugurates the “YES Center – Youth Empowerment through Skills” educational center in Multan, Pakistan

NEW CENTER FOR “YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILLS” – PROMOTION OF GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN’S ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE –  OFFICIAL INAUGURATION CEREMONY ON 8 NOVEMBER 2017 IN THE PRESENCE OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND NGOS.

Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Within the context of its comprehensive sustainability strategy, Esprit launched the “YES Center – Youth Empowerment through Skills” educational project in autumn 2016. Its purpose is that of conveying important competences to young people in supplier countries, thereby allowing them an economically-independent and self-determined life. Following the successful opening of the first school in Bangladesh in 2016, the official inauguration ceremony of the second YES Center in Pakistan takes place on 8 November 2017. The Yes Center in Pakistan is a school for girls only. It aims to promote the economic independence of girls and young women and, as such, to contribute in combatting poverty in Pakistan.

Esprit shares the self-concept of the United Nations, seeing high-quality education as one of the most important interventions toward more peace, prosperity, health, equality and fairness. Therefore, the company took the decision to sponsor selected supplier countries for two years. After the opening of the first schools in Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka in Bangladesh in 2016, this is now followed by another school in Pakistan. The girl’s school, which is located in the Multan district in South Punjab, will be officially inaugurated on the 8th of November in the presence of local authorities and representatives of NGOs.

All in all, 430 students between the age of 15 and 22 years are to be educated. All measures have the goal of strengthening the young girls’, women’s and female entrepreneurs’ competences in Pakistan. Knowledge and know-how transfer, as well as good technical equipment on site are to facilitate women entering regional and international markets. In the coming two years, they will acquire knowledge in different areas that will prepare them for the labor markets and convey the skills that are needed to be in a position to act independently.

The funding of the YES Center was made possible by the Esprit Cares Trust, which was founded in 1993 with the objective of supporting charity-related activities. All projects funded through the Esprit Cares Trust are committed to charitable activities. The YES Center was initiated by Esprit and the YOU Foundation. Until the end of 2018, three additional YES Centers will be opened in Vietnam and India as well as another location in Bangladesh.

Contact:

corporate communications
Hartmut Schultz (HQ & Europa)
t +49 89 9924 9620
office-de@schultz-kommunikation.com

Source: Esprit

Esprit publishes its third sustainability report

Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Oct-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — On October 13, 2017, Esprit published its third sustainability report. In the successfully completed FY16/17, Esprit continued to extend its sustainability activities and developed concrete guidelines along which it will orientate its actions and measures. Substantial headway has been made over the past two years in particular in the areas of sustainable products and materials, transparency, and the improvement of wastewater.

• UPDATED HOLISTIC STRATEGY WITH A FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL ASPECTS
• ESPRIT COMMITS TO CONCRETE IMPERATIVES
• SUBSTANTIAL HEADWAY IN SUSTAINABILITY ACTIVITIES

Since the foundation of Esprit in 1968, doing business responsibly has been a key component of the brand. In the spirit of this founding philosophy, Esprit continued to extend its sustainability activities in the past FY16/17 and developed a holistic strategy that incorporates the human-centered side (PEOPLE) of sustainability along with the environmental side (PLANET). With the updated strategy, the company has committed itself to four major imperatives:

In all four areas of action, Esprit has been able to achieve decisive progress over the past two years, inter alia through valuable strategic cooperation with partners such as Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT), CanopyStyle, and the Better Cotton Initiative. In the area of products and materials, Esprit gradually increased the share of organic cotton and recycled materials in its products and was certified with the Organic Content Standard, Recycled Claim Standard and the Responsible Wool Standard. In order to create additional transparency, Esprit published a list with all its direct suppliers and subcontractors in accordance with the Human Rights Watch Transparency Pledge. A newly developed training and auditing program for wet processing facilities, where printing, dyeing and finishing takes place, contributes to a clean supply chain. With the membership at ACT, a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to enable industry-wide collective bargaining in major production countries, Esprit intends to lay the foundation for achieving living wages.

Jose Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez, Executive Director and Group CEO of Esprit, comments: “Last year we were able to achieve significant progress in our efforts toward an even stronger anchoring of the sustainability principle in our company. In this way, we get closer to our long-term goal of integrating sustainability into all business processes. On the basis of the updated sustainability strategy and our concrete commitments, we are confident that we will have an even bigger impact”.

In order to ensure that everyone within Esprit is working collaboratively towards our sustainability goals and to seek opportunities for improvement, a cross-departmental steering committee was launched in spring of 2017 to take charge of the commitments. Members include top management from operations, logistics, supply chain and marketing.

The global sustainability report was prepared in agreement with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 ‘Core’ level and is being published in English and German on Esprit’s website. For further information on Esprit’s global sustainability report, go to Esprit Sustainability.

Source: Esprit

Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection

Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection

 

Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bio-based. Lightweight. Flexible. Durable: In fall/winter 2017, Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection. The eco-friendly optical collection is made of bio-based plastic material, resulting in lightweight, flexible and durable frames. The key ingredient of the ECOllection frames is castor oil, which is extracted from the beans of the highly environmentally-friendly castor oil plant: It absorbs carbon dioxide; grows on poor soil in Mediterranean and tropical regions; and doesn’t compete for land with food crops.

ECOllection comprises of four new, on-trend styles for women and men. The captivating front shapes range from a round vintage Panto style with a modern bridge to softly-squared and slightly angular contemporary shapes. The color portfolio includes classic black, as well as the fashionable tones of brown, red, gray and blue.

Eco-friendly designs deserve ecological packaging: Each ECOllection frame comes in a sustainable case made from recycled paper. It has been specially shaped to be shipped flat and prevent shipping of empty space, reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Another highlight: With ECOllection Esprit eyewear supports the NGO WeForest and its global mission to restore forest landscapes. For every frame of this line sold in 2017 a new tree will be planted.

Contact:

email: press@esprit.com

Source: Esprit

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Esprit by Opening Ceremony launches Spring/Summer 2017 collection

Esprit by Opening Ceremony launches Spring/Summer 2017 collection

Ratingen/New York, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Spring, Opening Ceremony is once again collaborating with Esprit, debuting a collection which draws from the counterculture mall brand’s fresh, subversive history. Inspired by funhouse prints and sherbert stripes from Esprit’s ‘80s and ‘90s heydey—with silhouettes that will look as modern in 20 years as they would have on a Memphis Milano sofa—the collection is an icon in the making.

“Esprit and Opening Ceremony share an ethos, from our relationship with global youth culture to our insistence on diversity in fashion,” says Opening Ceremony co-founder Humberto Leon. “This collection channels that spirit.”

“We are very proud to see the collaboration with Opening Ceremony going into the second season with so much energy,” says Esprit’s Chief Brand Marketing Officer, Arnd Mueller. “The project is an inspiration. It is a fresh, modern and very relevant interpretation of the original vision of the Esprit brand.”

Paying homage to the brand’s aspirational yet democratic appeal, Esprit by Opening Ceremony focuses on mix-and-match separates in easy, versatile shapes. For womens’ wear, skater skirts, button-ups, and high-waisted shorts dominate; many feature adjustable details like knotted straps and drawstrings. When it comes to patterns, bricolage is key. Pastel stripes and ditsy florals rub elbows on otherwise simple pieces. A dress pairs a denim bustier top with a flared polka-dot-floral skirt. A pair of sky blue pants features a darker waistband and pockets.

Activewear takes mix-and-match to the next level: A racerback swimsuit juxtaposes ditsy-floral bottom and paisley-print top, while a bicycle short and top combo unite four different racing stripes: orange, yellow, pink, white, and periwinkle. Unisex logoed sweats and tees, an Esprit by Opening Ceremony staple, are back in spring hues and, from time to time, with a screen-printed daisy. Menswear brings the collection’s kaleidoscope of prints to button-down shirts and drawstring shorts. Accessories—socks, bucket hats, totes, flat-brimmed caps, and yes, fanny packs—top off the fun.

On April 27th, the Esprit by Opening Ceremony S17 collection will be available at Opening Ceremony retail stores, openingceremony.com, and in select domestic and international retailers, including Kith (US), i.T. (HK), Selfridges (London) and KaDeWe (Berlin), as well as in pop-up locations in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. Styles will retail between $30 USD for a logo cap to $250 USD for the printed crop denim jacket.

The Esprit by Opening Ceremony campaign images and videos, shot by photographer Matt Jones and featuring Coco Gordon and Arsun Sorrenti, were influenced by seminal moments in Esprit advertising and branding. In the ’80s and ’90s, Esprit worked with a host of creatives to realize its vision, from campaign photographer Oliviero Toscani, to makeup artist Francois Nars, to store architect Ettore Sottsass.

SOURCE: Esprit

Esprit announces branded jewelry collection from Versteegh

Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Esprit has concluded a new license partnership in the area of fashion jewelry with Versteegh modeaccessoires effective 1 July 2017. With more than 60 years of experience in the wholesale trade, Versteegh brings to the cooperation valuable know-how and important expertise in the field of fashion accessories. Thanks to their excellent supplier network, Versteegh is able to guarantee short and reliable delivery times. The Esprit branded jewelry collection from Versteegh will be available internationally in Esprit’s own retail stores and e-shop.
Maria Pambori, VP Head of Global Licenses/Product Esprit: “Together with our new partner, we want to excite our customers with a product portfolio that reflects the latest trends and interprets them through the philosophy of our brand Esprit. With Versteegh we have found a partner who attaches great importance to quality, has a keen sense of trends and thus perfectly meets our high requirements.”

“Due to its positioning, the brand Esprit offers an ideal platform for our products. We are excited about the cooperation and are looking forward to making a great impression on Esprit customers with our collections” says Frans Lenting, Director of Versteegh.

About Esprit

Founded in 1968, Esprit is an international fashion brand that pays homage to its roots and expresses a relaxed, sunny Californian attitude towards life. Esprit creates inspiring collections for women, men and kids made from high-quality materials paying great attention to detail. All of Esprit’s products demonstrate the Group’s commitment to make consumers “feel good to look good”. The company’s “esprit de corps” reflects a positive and caring attitude towards life that embraces community, family and friends – in that casual, laid-back California style, The Esprit style.

Esprit’s collections are available in over 40 countries worldwide, in around 700 directly managed retail stores and through over 6,000 wholesale points of sales including franchise stores and sales space in department stores. The Group markets its products under two brands, namely the Esprit brand and the edc brand. Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange since 1993, Esprit has headquarters in Germany and Hong Kong.

More information can be found on www.esprit.com

About Versteegh

Versteegh is an international wholesaler in the field of fashion jewelry and accessories. Its own design and styling team regularly provides for new collections. The collections cover a broad field ranging from trend to classic items.
Versteegh has its headquarters in Houten in the Netherlands. The products are sold by the sales team and the showrooms in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium and Spain. Alongside jewelry, the company also sells bags, sunglasses, watches, hair accessories and gloves.

For further information visit www.versteegh.eu

Source: Esprit

Esprit unveils new Spring/Summer 2017 brand campaign — #ImEsprit

Esprit unveils new Spring/Summer 2017 brand campaign — #ImEsprit

 

Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by Esprit’s customers and expressed through the cast, ImEsprit is a way of telling the world that Esprit stands for something – ranging from the playful #ImLove, to the inspiring ImChange. The hashtag-led sentiments act as a device throughout the campaign to capture what it means to belong – to a cause, to ourselves, to another person – to truly occupy an empowering stance of acceptance, freedom – and of course, fun!

Esprit teamed up with esteemed photographer, Dan Martensen, who shot the campaign outdoors across 8 locations in Los Angeles. #ImEsprit features a cast of eight truly individual souls who each bring a defiant edge to their picture. Warm block tones in softest cottons dominate the season, with a signature crew neck two-piece in rust orange working as a standout piece. The look is offset beautifully against the crisp natural light of the Californian outdoors. A number of relaxed bombers in of-the-moment military colours have the guys covered; and are paired with subtle athleisure-inspired slouched jumpers in rich aubergine and easy grey marl sweats. Contemporary coordinated pieces such as a favourite chalk-striped suit culminate to convey a collection that delivers an empowered, can-do attitude for all who wears them.

Shot by director Gordon von Steiner, the supporting campaign film is set to the anthemic sound of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Right Here, Right Now’ which enhances the energy and pace of the stills shoot. The overall mood of picture and moving image is hopeful and uplifting; and acts as the perfect tonic to an unpredictable and unprecedented world.

The campaign will launch in March 2017 with a bold and captivating series of TV/Web TV spots, print and a social media presence in Esprit’s main market that will run throughout the season. The campaign further supports Esprit’s ambitious marketing efforts to reintroduce and power the story of the brand.

Contact:

Hartmut Schultz (HQ & Europa)
tel: +49 89 9924 9620
email: office-de@schultz-kommunikation.com

Source: Esprit

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Sustainability report 2015/16: Esprit expands activities in the area of sustainability and social compliance

Sustainability report 2015/16: Esprit expands activities in the area of sustainability and social compliance
Sustainability report 2015/16: Esprit expands activities in the area of sustainability and social compliance

 

Ratingen, Germany, 2016-Oct-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Doing business responsibly has been a key component of the corporate culture and an important part of the brand’s identity since the founding of Esprit. This commitment resulted in the first sustainability report for the financial year 2014/15, which is intended to bolster and secure the work of Esprit in this area and make it measurable and transparent. Having reported a positive result for the financial year 2015/16, Esprit is now publishing its second global sustainability report. In spirit of the founding philosophy, Esprit is continuing to expand its activities in the area of sustainability and social compliance, focusing on the three main topics of sustainable materials, social sustainability and environmental sustainability. The company has been able to further advance these important fields of action, among other things, through valuable strategic cooperations with partners such as IndustriALL, Canopy and the Better Cotton Initiative.

Whereas, in the financial year 2014/15 the focus in the area of sustainable materials was on the Tier 1 suppliers, in the financial year 2015/16, the focus has moved to the Tier 2 suppliers and cotton farms. This means that Tier 2 suppliers are now also integrated into the HIGG index and thus their environmental impacts in the value chain can be measured. In February 2016, Esprit also became a Learning Member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), which contributes to the promotion of organic cotton production. The likewise new alliance with the non-profit organisation Canopy ensures the sustainable production of viscose, which, besides cotton, is the most important textile fibre at Esprit.

To guarantee social sustainablity, Esprit cooperates with various initiatives and programmes such as the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), Better Work and Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety. In addition, in September 2015, Esprit joined the Action, Collaboration, Transformation (ACT) programme1 in which the company works with other members to ensure fair living wages in the textile industry.

In order to implement environmental sustainability in the textile industry, Esprit is a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group (ZDHC) to completely eliminate hazardous chemicals from the supply chain by 2020.

José Manuel Martínez Gutiérrez commented on the sustainability report as follows: “Given our legacy as a socially responsible company, we are eager to continue to better our operations through the engagement in issues related to sustainability and social responsibility – hereby, we seek to do our part in enabling a more sustainable fashion future. In this spirit, in the last financial year 2015/16 we further expanded our sustainability strategy and systematically advanced the development of significant fields of action. An important part of our sustainability strategy consists of cooperation with initiatives and programmes such as IndustriALL, Canopy and the Better Cotton Initiative. We are convinced that these cooperations are essential to implement our sustainability vision and to make industry-wide improvements possible. We also want to continue along this path in the current financial year.”

Esprit is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). In addition to participating in these initiatives, Esprit also has its own department which examines the risks associated with sustainability and social responsibility and works to implement national and international requirements. This includes, for example, the standards of the International Labour Organization, REACH standards and environmental and animal welfare directives.

The global sustainability report was written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 ‘Core’ Level and will be published in English and German on Esprit’s website. For more information on Esprit’s global sustainability report, please visit www.esprit.com/company/sustainability/

For further information:

Esprit Social Compliance
Esprit Sustainability
Esprit Sustainability Report 2016

1 You’ll find further information at http://www.hiil.org/project/act-towards-living-wages-in-global-supply-chain.

Investor Relations:
Patrick Lau
tel: +852 2765 4232
fax:  +852 2303 4610
email:  esprit-ir@esprit.com

Source: Esprit

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Esprit launches its Fall/Winter 2016 campaign — #Imperfect

Esprit launches its Fall/Winter 2016 campaign — #Imperfect
Esprit launches its Fall/Winter 2016 campaign — #Imperfect

 

Ratingen, Germany, 2016-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Esprit’s Fall/Winter 16 campaign presents a fresh interpretation of the #Imperfect narrative explored in previous seasons. Documenting the magnetic power of dance, the campaign is a natural celebration of diversity, individual expression and personal style.

Shot in New York by Christian MacDonald, the campaign features a cast of 10 who bring their own #ImPerfect twist to the story. Set to the irresistible beat of MC Hammer’s ‘You Can’t Touch This’, the campaign film captures the electric energy that is synonymous with the mood of the season.

Photographed in a studio setting, the accompanying stills capture the models’ natural responses to the music that embody the sentiment of #ImPerfect. MacDonald, a former assistant of Steven Meisel, engages intensely with his subject thus bridging the divide between fashion and portrait photography.

The warm lighting lends itself to a visually upbeat mood, whilst the coloured backdrop captures the diverse range of textures and patterns in the FW 16 collection. The overall look is casual yet rich, thanks to lush and creatively textured knits, jacquards, wool and viscose fabrics. Kept wide with roomy popover tops and fluid blouses, and the new wider masculine pant and still popular culottes also have room to move. On the long and narrow, there are slim skirts and dresses, uncomplicated in cut and thus all the more striking, and the jumpsuit further continues its one-piece reign. Prints and patterns play a pivotal role, starting with wallpaper and muted Indian florals and paisleys plus novelty woven stripes and jacquards in earthy autumn hues. There’s a comfy, homey touch to it all, with slouchy sweaters, tops, slightly romantic dresses and skirts just waiting to be thrown on and enjoyed.

Letting go of all inhibitions, Esprit’s #ImPerfect campaign is a celebration of natural beauty and individual style as a confident and unique form of self-expression.

The campaign will be launched in September with a fun series of TV/Web TV spots, digital, print and out-of-home ads, and a social media presence that will run throughout the season. The campaign further supports Esprit’s ambitious marketing efforts to reintroduce and power the brand.

Contact:

e: press@esprit.com

Source: Esprit

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Esprit partners with Canadian distributor Freemark Apparel Brands to re-enter the Canadian market

Ratingen/Montréal, 2015-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Esprit, the international fashion brand headquartered in Ratingen near Düsseldorf, Germany, announces a strategic partnership with Canadian distributor Freemark Apparel Brands (FAB Inc.), to re-enter the Canadian market. As part of a multi-channel distribution strategy, the first stand-alone Esprit doors in Canada will open in Spring 2016. The exact locations are to be announced.

“We are very happy about the opportunity to return to Canada”, comments Dieter Messner, General Manager Europe, Americas & Middle East, Esprit. “With the North American continent being the birthplace of our brand, we are convinced that we can revive the Canadian consumer’s strong relationship with Esprit as it has been missed in the market place for several years. We are convinced that with our exclusive distribution partner FAB Inc. we have found the perfect way to enhance the Esprit brand experience in the most promising way throughout Canada.”

“We are thrilled to bring Esprit back to Canada. The consumer will be very pleased with Esprit’s continued strength in quality versus price point value and they can expect to see exciting evolution in product mix every season within all key categories of Esprit’s apparel portfolio such as edc, casual, collection, bodywear, accessories, and sport,” comments Lawrence Routtenberg, Vice President of Sales and Co-Owner of Freemark Apparel Brands. “We want to ensure that Esprit is well represented at the best retail destinations throughout Canada. We will be marketing Esprit to the end consumer through a variety of marketing vehicles that will ensure the consumer knows Esprit is back in Canada where it belongs. We are very much looking forward to upholding Esprit’s world class standards while ensuring we become an iconic power brand in Canada.”

http://www.fabinc.ca/

corporate communications
Mona Schmadl (HQ & Europe)
t +49 2102 123 46176
e mona.schmadl@esprit.com

SOURCE: Esprit