TOKYO — Don’t be fooled by the abundance of Christmas lights here — retailers have little to cheer about when it comes to the Japanese market.
Department stores are on track to post their 12th consecutive year of declining sales in 2008 and the outlook for next year is just as grim. Last week, Louis Vuitton and Dior cut their retail prices by 7 and 8 percent, respectively, joining a growing list of brands engaging in early markdowns here, including Prada, St. John, Tiffany & Co., Cartier and Montblanc. With spending slumping, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bally unveiled price reductions on fall-winter merchandise as early as the summer.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)