At Nordstrom Inc., digital is now just a fact of life.
“The Nordstrom team is squarely focused on a strategy that serves customers the way customers want to be served today,” the retailer’s chairman, Enrique Hernandez Jr., told shareholders at its annual meeting in Seattle Wednesday. “But that’s evolving fast. In fact, it’s evolving faster than we had originally anticipated even just a year ago.”
It was a challenging year for retail in 2013, but Nordstrom continued to grow its sales, even while its full-line stores saw net sales slip 3.3 percent to $7.71 billion. The shortfall was made up by a 27.8 percent sales gain at nordstrom.com, to $1.6 billion; a 12 percent rise at Nordstrom Rack, to $2.74 billion, and a 21.8 percent increase at HauteLook and the smaller Jeffrey business, which saw combined sales of $330 million. (Together nordstrom.com and the Web-centric division including HauteLook and Jeffrey logged sales of $1.95 billion last year, 16 percent of the company’s overall take of $12.17 billion).
“We don’t even like to use the word ‘channel’ to describe the way we serve customers because customers don’t say, ‘I like this channel’ or ‘I like that channel.’ They say, ‘I like Nordstrom.’ They just like shopping on their terms,” Hernandez said. “It’s simply the way you have to do business today in retail, combining the accessibility of the pure online experience with the high touch and inclusivity of the stores.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast