Retailers in Midtown and downtown Manhattan began reopening Sunday as power was restored throughout most of the city and nearly 80 percent of subway service was back in operation.
Some stores in Midtown Manhattan, such as Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, opened for the first time Sunday since losing power last week. Stores in downtown Manhattan such as J. Crew on Prince Street and Tory Burch on Elizabeth Street, where power was out, also reopened Sunday.
The Americana Manhasset, Long Island’s North Shore luxury shopping mecca, had power again over the weekend and was planning on opening for the first time on Sunday as well. Some stores encountered glitches, such as the Coach location at the Americana, where a sales associate at 11 a.m. noted that the store had power and was planning on opening at noon, but was still having issues getting the cash register to work.
Along the New Jersey shore, one of the hardest hit areas, the Tanger Outlets at Atlantic City was open for business. A sales associate at the Forever 21 store there noted, “Twenty-five percent of Atlantic City still doesn’t have power, but we do.”
Retailers launched efforts to help victims of the hurricane. Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, posted a note on the retailer’s Web site letting customers know they had a place to go to meet up with loved ones to sit, have coffee, or even just to “recharge your electronic devices or use one of our phones to make a call.”
Joining the number of companies making gifts to the American Red Cross was Macy’s, which pledged to match donations made at any of its registers until Nov. 30 with the goal of raising at least $1 million; it also offered discounts to residents affected by the storm. Barney’s New York said it would donate 10 percent of all sales Sunday — a sum in the amount of at least $50,000 — from its Madison Avenue flagship.
Fashion Delivers, the industry’s charitable organization, is seeking donations of excess home and apparel products from manufacturers and retailers for Hurricane Sandy victims.
While some areas were starting to look less like ghost towns, there were still nearly 1 million Con Edison customers without power statewide. One major problem that surfaced was the shortage of gas for commuters and residents who needed fuel to power generators.
By Saturday, over 8 million gallons of gas had been delivered to the area, but the lines remained long at stations that were open, both throughout New York City as well as New Jersey, Westchester County and Long Island. While estimates of economic losses from Hurricane Sandy range in the $30 billion to $50 billion range, the losses statewide in New York alone are said to be over $18 billion.
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)