TOKYO — Retailers in Japan saw mixed sales in August, as unseasonably cool weather stunted sales of summer items but helped to boost the movement of fall styles.Fast Retailing said Monday that same-store sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan fell 3.4 percent last month. While the average purchase per customer inched up 0.7 percent, customer numbers were down by 4.1 percent.“Same-store sales dipped year on year in August as unseasonal weather weakened demand for summer items,” the company said in a release.Fast Retailing has not opened a new Uniqlo store in Japan since April. After closing two locations last month, it now operates a total of 790 Uniqlo units across the country.Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said same-store sales among its eight stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area grew 6.5 percent in August, the third straight month of sales growth. Japan’s largest department store operator saw the biggest gains come from its stores in urban centers. Sales at the Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo’s Ginza area were up 17.9 percent in August, while those from the Isetan flagship in Tokyo’s Shinjuku grew 9.3 percent.August sales among Takashimaya’s 17 department stores in Japan grew 4.1 percent on the year.“Temperatures in August continued to be lower than most years, and we saw movement among autumn clothing items such as jackets,” the retailer said. “There was also growth among big-ticket items and tax-free sales, leading to overall higher sales than the same month last year.”H2O Retailing, which operates the Hankyu and Hanshin chains of department stores, said same-stores sales gained 5.4 percent last month. The Hankyu flagship store in Osaka’s Umeda district saw its sales rise by 10.1 percent. It was the ninth consecutive month of sales growth for the Hankyu and Hanshin stores.J. Front Retailing’s Daimaru and Matsuzakaya department stores saw their August sales rise by 3.6 percent. They were given a big boost by the Daimaru store in Osaka’s Shinsaibashi neighborhood, where sales were up 20.1 percent compared with the same month last year.“While the start of the women’s fall fashion season was slow, sales of men's wear, accessories and food products were bullish, and cosmetics, luxury brand goods, fine art and jewelry all saw large growth in sales,” J. Front said.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)