Months of job declines in department and specialty stores continued in August. Apparel and accessories speciality stores cut another 2,400 jobs last month, after shedding 10,000 positions in July, bringing the sector's total employee count to about 1.33 million, according to new seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.Department stores also cut 600 jobs in August after adding 3,000 in July, leaving it with about 1.28 million employees.Meanwhile, non-store or online retailers continued to grow their employee ranks, adding another 700 workers during the month.Employment in the retail trade as a whole grew, albeit moderately, adding 800 jobs in August, leaving 15.83 million retail workers. Growth is primarily coming from automotive parts dealers, furniture stores and building and materials retailers, which added 4,500 jobs during the month.Overall, non-farm work continued to grow as well, with the entire sector gaining 156,000 jobs, aided by manufacturing and construction jobs, but the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent.The NRF recently contended that retail jobs have been growing steadily since 2010 and said the government’s reporting fails to give a full economic picture of the retail job market. In an effort to rectify this, the NRF is pushing the BLS to change the way it counts retail jobs to include those who may work in less traditional roles for retailers.Hurricane Harvey, which rocked Texas for the last week, did not affect the numbers for the month, as the survey was completed before the weather event began, the bureau said.It’s possible that after-effects of the storm, which flooded at least 100,000 houses and caused an estimated tens of billions in total economic damage, will have an impact on the September jobs report. Several retailers in the area, including Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Target and Amazon, shut down during and in the days after the storm, but as the area begins to dry out, they are turning the lights back on.A Macy’s spokeswoman said all company stores in the Houston area are now open with modified hours, as is a distribution center in the area, but that its two Bluemercury beauty stores remain closed.The retailer is also operating a shop for employees in the area to “receive necessities without charge,” and the spokeswoman said this, along with donations the company has made to relief efforts “is only the start.” For More, See:Lululemon Sales Grow in Q2, but Profits Still DownAmerican Artist Miranda July Opens Charity Shop in SelfridgesJimmy Choo Strength in Asia Seen Supporting Kors’ New Regional Focus
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion