Jobs in apparel and accessories retail have been harder to come by so far this year, even as holiday hiring kicked in.Apparel and accessories specialty stores cut 5,600 jobs in November, after shedding 5,800 in October and 2,800 the month before, reductions that came in the wake of weeks of record-breaking hurricanes. Department stores however added 3,100 positions, according to new data from the labor department, after nixing close to 5,000 over the previous two months.Even with department stores’ relatively modest hiring, the numbers aren’t anywhere near the 7,000 jobs and more than 13,000 jobs Macy’s and Nordstrom, respectively, said they were looking to add as of October. Those stores may be well on their way to that level of hiring, but it’s clear others are still reducing workforces.Non-store, or online, retail also cut 2,600 jobs last month, and lost another 1,000 in September.The National Retail Federation pointed out that the government numbers generally exclude employees that don’t work in stores, including at corporate headquarters, distribution centers and call centers.“Warehouse and storage employment, was up by 8,100 jobs in November, but the positions do not count as retail jobs even if the workers are employed by retailers,” the retail group said. Nevertheless, this holiday season is shaping up to be a solid sales period for retailers and vendors, with many reporting strong third quarter sales and expressing confidence for the rest of the year, led by a boon in shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.But the employment picture for the retail industry as a whole is much brighter. Overall, the sector added 18,700 jobs during November, a strong comeback after losing 8,200 in October, largely attributable to hurricane effects.Hiring was led by grocery and beverage stores, adding 5,600 jobs, health and personal care stores adding 3,600 jobs, and general merchandise stores, adding 6,800 jobs.“This was one of the strongest gains we’ve seen all year,” Jack Kleinhenz, the NRF’s chief economist, said. “You expect employment to be up during the holiday season and retailers are expecting strong holiday sales with related job growth, but overall growth in the economy has to be recognized here as well.”Kleinhenz also noted job increases in industrial sectors outside retail, which “means more demand for retail goods and a need for more retail workers.”Total nonfarm employment was even better, with 228,000 workers added during November, leaving the unemployment rate at 4.1 percent, or about 6.6 million people. While the average months growth in jobs this year is about 174,000, that’s less than last year’s average of 187,000.For More, See:PVH Sales, Holiday Trends Buoy Prospects for North American RetailAmazon’s Apparel Sales Could More Than Double in Two YearsBuying Less, Wanting More: A Look at Millennial Shoppers
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)