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Think the iPod is convenient? How about a pair of sunglasses that plays tunes? Oakley Inc.’s Thump incorporates a digital audio player and earphones, and the whole thing weighs less than 2 oz. The $395 version stores 60...
Think the iPod is convenient? How about a pair of sunglasses that plays tunes? Oakley Inc.’s Thump incorporates a digital audio player and earphones, and the whole thing weighs less than 2 oz. The $395 version stores 60 songs; an extra $100 gets the wearer another 60 songs. It comes in six colors, including a tortoise print and a limited-edition red camouflage print (that’s the one worn by rapper Lil Jon in the company’s advertising). Perfect for skiing or blocking out the commotion at fashion shows.
TO EACH HIS OWN
JDA Software Group Inc. has inked a deal worth more than $1 million with Sears, Roebuck & Co. that calls for the retailer to use JDA’s suite of merchandising software to buy apparel and other goods for its 2,300 stores, including Orchard Supply Hardware and Sears Grand. Sears will use the suite to coordinate and manage product selection, quantities, allocation, replenishment and display for all its stores, and can adjust the plans and assortments for individual stores on a case-by-case basis, said Peter Charness, JDA chief product officer. “What you end up with is better-focused assortments by location,” he said. “Typically, that means you end up with better sell-throughs.” The software will replace a mix of homegrown and off-the-shelf programs, including Excel spreadsheets, and should be partly in place by the second quarter of 2005, he said.
Meet a celebrity or just pretend to be one with the Swatch “Paparazzi” watch. Its data feed offers big-city hipsters the latest on new clubs, bars and free events, courtesy of international “what do we do now?” arbiters at Time Out. To keep all bases covered, Microsoft’s MSN Network will also deliver personalized news, horoscopes and stock quotes. The watch comes in orange, red, black and navy. Swatch is also running a sweepstakes whose winners will get a chance to meet celebrities. Prizes include a tour of the set of “The O.C.” with Mischa Barton and a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show with Bill Gates. The latter is a somewhat unexpected perk for budding young nightclub divas.ONLINE CHEER
Forrester Research Inc. is predicting that online sales will reach $13.2 billion this holiday season, up from $11 billion in 2003. Interestingly, in 2002, online sales grew only to $8.4 billion, compared with $8.3 billion the year before. Forrester’s explanation? The 2002 selling season was six days shorter than in 2001.
WHERE WEB SHOPPERS FLOCK
Twenty percent of online shoppers have made a purchase at eBay in the PAST THREE MONTHS, according to Retail First Look from Forrester Research.
Amazon.com has added beauty to its list of retail conquests. As with its apparel shops, Amazon’s Beauty store offers shoppers access to beauty products from other online retailers, including Philosophy, L’Occitane, Lush, Laura Mercier, Avon, DDF and Sephora. From the consumer point of view, it’s similar in concept to an online mall, boutique or specialized search engine, except that Amazon is offering a lot of perks such as free shipping and gift-with-purchase promotions. Here’s how Beauty works: Participating retailers and brands send product information to Amazon, which displays the products on its site and completes transactions. The participating retailer ships the order, and pays Amazon a cut of sales. Nonetheless, Amazon still gets 75 percent of its revenue from sales of books, compact discs and DVDs, according to a financial presentation on its Web site.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye