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Retail

Lee Abraham 2nd, Associated Merchandising Corp., Dies at 93

The retail merchant rose from a department store floorwalker to the head of a powerful international sourcing and consulting organization.

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The active outdoor style of Eddie Bauer.

Business Features

Authentic Brands Group and SPARC to Acquire Eddie Bauer

The outdoor industry will be new territory for ABG.

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Kate Hudson

Media

The 43rd Annual Outstanding Mothers Awards Is a Virtual MomFest

The honorees spoke about raising kids with resilience and making the workplace more equitable for working mothers.

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Nudie Jeans

Business Features

Nudie Jeans Marks Milestones in Sustainability Report

The denim brand repaired more than 45,900 jeans last year.

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Marci Zaroff, founder of sustainable brands Seed to Style and Farm to Home, appears on QVC.

Retail

Qurate Scores ‘Blowout’ Quarter

Last quarter was the company’s best since early 2018 when QVC and HSN merged to form the Qurate Retail Group.

clock May 7, 2021David Moin

A promotional picture of Adidas' premium running shoe, the adizero pro.

Financial

Adidas Reports 27% Growth in Q1, Raises Outlook

The German sportswear brand plans to be back to pre-pandemic levels in Q2. Execs also have high hopes for ongoing casualization of office wardrobes.

clock May 7, 2021Cathrin Schaer

Valentino

Human Resources

Valentino Appoints New Japan and Korea CEO

Masumi Shinohara joins Valentino from Ermenegildo Zegna Japan and succeeds William Yoon.

clock May 7, 2021Luisa Zargani

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Business Features

The Politics of Fashion: A New World Order

Consumers are pressuring brands to step up on issues, complicating the industry’s global expansion as opinions vary around the world.

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Kendra Scott at home.

Business Features

Kendra Scott on Taking the Time to Empower Mothers, Young Women and Her Own Staff

Kendra Scott speaks to WWD about her newly revised role that sees her focusing on philanthropy, product development and staff engagement.

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Shanina Shaik, Sara Sampaio, Jasmine Tookes and Romee Strijd

Financial

Revolve Profits Surge As Outings Are Back

The apparel company targeted at Millennial and Gen Z demographics notched records as shoppers revive social lives during the pandemic.

clock May 6, 2021Sindhu Sundar

The Hearst Tower, center, is shown on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 in New York. The tower, designed by architect Norman Foster and constructed by Turner Construction, is the world headquarters of the Hearst Corporation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Media

2021 Media Moves: Buyouts at Hearst Magazines and More

A roundup of who’s been hired, fired or maybe just jumped ship in media land over the past few weeks.

clock May 6, 2021Kathryn Hopkins

The Fifth Avenue Coach store.

Financial

Tapestry’s New C-suite Lineup Readies for Post-pandemic World

Meanwhile, increased engagement in China, the digital business and consumers’ renewed interest in ready-to-wear fashions bode well for the company.

clock May 6, 2021Kellie Ell

Bitski, an emerging NFT shopping platform, raised $19 million in Series A funding backed by investors from entertainment, tech and gaming.

Technology

NFT Shopping Platform Raises $19M in Series A

Bitski, the “Shopify for NFTs,” raised some tech- and star-powered funding to take this digital shopping trend from fad to fixture.

clock May 6, 2021Adriana Lee

AAPI Heritage Month Impact Initiative by Revisionary

Business Features

30 Asian-owned Brands Are Donating 20 Percent of Sales to Fight AAPI Hate

Twenty percent of each purchase this month will benefit a select nonprofit that supports Asian communities.

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Helena Helmersson

Financial

H&M Confident on Post-pandemic Prospects

Chief executive officer Helena Helmersson said the fast-fashion group “will come out of the crisis stronger.”

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Technology

CommerceHub Names Former AWS, Microsoft Executive as CEO

The announcement is part of a planned leadership succession for the company.

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Human Resources

Kenneth Cole’s Mental Health Coalition Unfurls ‘121’ Instagram TV Series

Guests include Whoopi Goldberg, Donna Karan, Alyssa Milano, Monica Lewinsky, Katie Couric, Alan Cumming and Michael Strahan.

clock May 6, 2021Lisa Lockwood

Antonia's store at the K11 Art Mall in Wuhan.

Retail

Antonia Opens Store in Wuhan’s K11 Art Mall

The multibrand retailer is continuing its expansion in Asia, where it already counts doors in Macau and Hong Kong.

clock May 6, 2021Sandra Salibian

ManMany people gather to buy duty-free goods at a duty-free shop in Sanya, Hainan Province on May 1, 2021. The consecutive holidays of International Workers' Day (May Day) continued until May 5th. y people gather to buy duty-free goods at a duty-free shop in Sanya City, Hainan Province on May 1, 2021. The consecutive holidays of International Workers' Day (May Day) will continue until May 5th. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

Business Features

China’s Labor Day Holiday Travel Spending Shows Steady Recovery

In Hainan Island, duty-free sales during the five days break were up 248 percent year-over-year to 993 million renminbi, or $153.3 million.

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Paula Nickolds has been named head of clothing and general merchandise at Sainsbury's in the U.K.

Human Resources

Paula Nickolds to Lead Sainsbury’s Clothing, General Product Division

Nickolds will head the supermarket chain’s 7.8 billion pound clothing and general merchandise division, which sells men’s, women’s children’s wear under the Tu label. 

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Rinascente Piazza Fiume store

Retail

Rinascente Renovating Its Historic Roman Store

Located on central Piazza Fiume, the store will be subjected to a radical remodeling to be fully disclosed in August 2023.

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Andrea Weiss and Lisa Gurwitch

Human Resources

Delivering Good Plans Roundtable Series With Industry Leaders

The topics are women’s impact on philanthropy, leadership, business and technology.

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JZips

Business Features

T-shirts That Make a Difference

Inspired by his own battle with cancer, the founder of JZips shares his mission to help children undergoing treatment.

clock May 6, 2021Alexandra Pastore

Attractive business woman Asian in suits and headsets are smiling while working with computer at office. Customer service assistant working in office

Retail

Brands Need to Work Harder at Creating a Better Customer Experience

A new report from the Sitel Group reveals consumer sentiment on shopping experiences, and how a poor one can sour a brand’s reputation.

clock May 6, 2021Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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Retail

How In-store Technology Can Help Retailers Address Changing Consumer Behaviors

A retailer’s mobile app can play a critical role in boosting in-store conversions.

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Human Resources

Longtime Pedder Group Head Peter Harris Exits

Harris cofounded the footwear arm of the Lane Crawford Joyce Group with Jennifer Woo 25 years ago.

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Social Tourist Charli and Dixie D’Amelio

Retail

EXCLUSIVE: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Launches Social Tourist, a New Brand for the Cohort Who Grew Up Online

The brand, which was cocreated by TikTok stars and sisters Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, debuts May 20 at Hollister stores and Socialtourist.com.

clock May 6, 2021Kellie Ell

The Wrangler and Lee brands' parent posted more revenue growth as it recovers from the early impacts of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Financial

Kontoor Looks Toward Growth Amid Pandemic

The Wrangler and Lee brands’ parent posted more revenue growth as it recovers from the early impacts of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kate Spade store

Financial

Coach, Kate Spade Parent Company Logs $92 Million Quarterly Profit

Tapestry made notable gains in China and its digital business, but Wall Street wasn’t satisfied. Company shares fell more than 1 percent in premarket hours.

clock May 6, 2021Kellie Ell

Colorful and bright fabric samples of furniture and clothing upholstery. Close-up of a palette of textile abstract diagonal stripes of different colors.

Technology

AFFOA Institute Taps PTC’s FlexPLM Platform to ‘Pioneer New Products’

Using the PLM solution will support the institute’s mission to “revolutionize” U.S. manufacturing.

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View of the beach at Cannes.

Government and Trade

Launchmetrics and TikTok Partner on Luxury Tech Hub in Cannes

Cannes wants to be a global hub for luxury research and innovation, via a partnership with Côte d’Azur University, Launchmetrics and TikTok.

clock May 6, 2021Joelle Diderich

Retail

Retail’s Rebound Sustained Through April

Americans are spending again, eager to go out again, and reconnect with friends and family.

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Financial

At an All-Time High, Zalando Expects Good Fortune to Continue

After a record first quarter, the European e-commerce giant explained how it plans to continue the trend, post-pandemic. 

clock May 6, 2021Cathrin Schaer

Kim Kardashian West fronting an editorial for the debut of Grazia USA.

Media

Grazia Launches Hamptons Edition

A total of six issues will print between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

clock May 6, 2021Kathryn Hopkins

A dress from the new company Byrdie.

Business Features

Start-ups Chase After the Sporting Life

The athletic look is always a winning style for women whether they play sports or not.

clock May 5, 2021Rosemary Feitelberg

A couple shops with masks firmly in place during the coronavirus pandemic.

Legal

Anticipating the Next Wave Of Retail Bankruptcies

Amid the current lull in restructurings, lenders watch for warning signs after stimulus funds dry up and the pandemic persists.

clock May 5, 2021Sindhu Sundar

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to crowd before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo. Former President Donald Trump will find out this week whether he gets to return to Facebook. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board says it will announce its decision Wednesday, May 5 on a case concerning the former president. Trump's account was suspended for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File)

Technology

Decoding the Facebook Oversight Board’s Trump Ban Decision

The former president remains persona non grata on Facebook and Instagram for now. But it doesn’t mean he’s gone for good.

clock May 5, 2021Adriana Lee

Media

Meghan Markle Wins Copyright Claim Against Mail on Sunday

On Wednesday, a High Court judge ruled in Markle’s favor in the copyright part of her lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday.

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The Honest Co.'s Jessica Alba and Nick Vlahos ring the opening bell at the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Financial

Honest IPO: Jessica Alba’s Beauty Company On Wall Street

Shares of the L Catterton-backed clean beauty firm jumped 43.8 percent after the initial public offering.

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online shopping

Business Features

Should Brands Be Driving Resale?

Scalefast’s Dan Wallace-Brewster discusses the growing appetite for resale and how brands can take ownership of the consumer journey.

clock May 5, 2021Alexandra Pastore

O’Neill

Business Features

Swimwear Gets Sustainable With O’Neill’s Expanded ‘Blue’ Collection

O’Neill expanded its eco-friendly activewear line with a new sustainable swimwear collection.

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Ruby Has

Mergers and Acquisitions

Ruby Has Acquires Boss Logistics as Part of Expansion Strategy

Both companies are based in Louisville, Ky. Ruby Has is a full-service fulfillment provider.

clock May 5, 2021Arthur Zaczkiewicz

The German brand, best known for suits, is moving towards more casual looks.

Financial

Hugo Boss Pins Hopes on Casualwear and Online

The German firm saw sales slide 8 percent in the first quarter.

clock May 5, 2021Cathrin Schaer

Gucci Aria

Marketing and Promotion

Gucci Is Italy’s Most Valuable Brand, According to BrandZ

The brand’s “digital first” approach played a pivotal role in engaging a cross-generational community and powering the company’s brand value increase.

clock May 5, 2021Sandra Salibian

The look of Ssense Kids.

Retail

Ssense Keeps It Curated With Kids Launch

Ssense Kids children’s fashion emphasizes designer labels, gender-neutral styles and exclusives from brands that don’t otherwise create children’s wear.

clock May 5, 2021David Moin

Influencer accounts peddling fake designer goods are taking hold on social platforms, according to a new AAFA report Wednesday.

Legal

Retail Trade Group Targets Counterfeit Marketing on Social Media

Influencer accounts peddling fake designer goods are taking hold on social platforms, according to an AAFA report Wednesday.

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Lauren Johnson

Human Resources

Career Learnings From Taking the ‘Path Less Chosen’

Former Steve Madden executive and digital consultant Lauren Johnson shares her career path from school to founding her own agency.

clock May 5, 2021WWD Staff

A look from the Jane fall 2021 collection. The Jane label was formerly known as Goat.

Business Features

London Designer Jane Lewis Rebrands Her Label as Jane

Lewis, who founded her fashion label, Goat, 20 years ago, has sold the global trademark to 1661/Goat Group following a longstanding legal dispute.

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Nick Kamen in Munich in 1987.

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Industry Pays Tribute to Model Nick Kamen

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