Human Resources

Fire Burns Down Valentino Shoe Manufacturing Plant; Company Reveals Action Plan

A week after a fire devastated a Valentino shoe manufacturing plant in Tuscany, the company revealed a plan to help resume production — also thanks to Prada CEO Patrizio Bertelli’s solidarity.

clock April 9, 2021Luisa Zargani

MSCHF has initiated a voluntary buyback program for the “Satan Shoes” that were developed in collaboration with Lil Nas X.

Business Features

The Other ‘Satan Shoe’ Drops: Lawyers Size Up Nike’s Settlement With MSCHF

While some saw the legal dispute as a trademark-relation issue, others considered it to be a free speech one.

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Business Features

FedEx Discusses Learnings After a Year in Peak Shipping

Ryan Kelly, vice president of e-commerce and alliances, discusses the short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic.

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Candace Cameron Bure


Candace Cameron Bure Teams With QVC for Women’s Collection

Best known for playing D.J. Tanner on “Full House,” Bure is also an author, director, producer and businesswoman.

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Vogue's december cover with British artist Harry Styles photographed by Tyler Mitchell on local newsstand in New York, NY on November 24, 2020. Harry Styles has become the first solo male cover star of Vogue in the magazine's 128-year history. Photo by Charles Guerin/Abaca/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)


The Magazines People Have Actually Been Reading During the Pandemic

Home decor, bookazines and food are among the categories that have performed well in print and online.

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Elmira College's Hamilton Hall.

Business Features

Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School Established at Elmira College

The school will offer a concentration and minor in fashion marketing and fashion merchandising.

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A view outside the headquarters campus of Alibaba Group in Hangzhou.


Alibaba Fined $2.78 Billion for Monopolistic Behaviors in China

It’s one of the largest penalties Chinese regulators have ever issued.

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Investors Funneled $2B to Beauty and Personal Care in 2020

Funding for beauty start-ups hit an all-time high last year, CB Insights says. And 2021 is shaping up to be even bigger.

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Rick Caruso

Real Estate

Caruso’s Latest Development: Connecting With Cryptocurrency

Caruso will be accepting rent payments for both residential and retail properties in bitcoin.

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Lee Delaney of BJ’s Wholesale Club Dies Unexpectedly at 49

The sudden passing of the CEO triggered certain management changes with more to come.

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Netflix's L.A. headquarters


Netflix Sets Post-Labor Day Return to Office Life

CEO Reed Hastings has previously expressed his distaste for work from home culture created by the pandemic.

clock April 9, 2021Kali Hays


JWoww Jumping Into Retail at American Dream

The reality TV celebrity says opening a shop has been a lifelong dream.

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Marketing and Promotion

Nike Again Tops Annual Apparel 50 Study From Brand Finance

Nike maintained its lead despite dropping in value while Gucci ranked second and Louis Vuitton overtook Adidas for the third position.

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Adyen Taps Afterpay to Offer Buy Now, Pay Later

The partnership officially launched with outdoor lifestyle brand Hunter offering the payment option.

clock April 9, 2021Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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Marketing and Promotion

Executives Pin Future Success on Social, With Consumers Aligned

Sprout Social commissioned The Harris Poll to gauge business leaders and consumers.

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Pandora Q1 Revenue Grows 13% at Constant Rates

Pandora prereleased quarterly financial figures showing that business crept closer to pre-pandemic crisis levels.

clock April 9, 2021Mimosa Spencer

Chiara Ferragni

Human Resources

Tod’s Group Appoints Chiara Ferragni Member of the Board

With Chiara Ferragni, the Italian group is reaching out to a younger generation and pledges to continue to support solidarity projects.

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Business Features

Field Notes: Fly Fish Fashion Forward

Fly fishing in style means staying dry with the latest water-repellent technology for high-performing fabrics and dressing up like a pro.

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Business Features

Fishing for Fashion: Outdoor Adventures Fuel Interest

As consumers take an active interest in the outdoors, fishing in all its facets emerges as a sport of choice.

clock April 9, 2021Tracey Meyers

Some girls' looks from Bonpoint.


Bonpoint Sets Up Children’s Shop in Greenwich, Connecticut

The pop-up covers 1,600 square feet and will offer newborn, baby, girl, boy, skin care and fragrance collections.

clock April 9, 2021Lisa Lockwood

Shoppers at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, Calif.


IBM: Nearly 3 in 4 Mall-goers Eager to Return to Brick-and-Mortar

According to a new IBM study, shoppers are ready to swarm stores, while investors and retailers prep for the return of the prodigal shopper.

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Michelle Gass


Kohl’s Execs Refute Activist Claims and Proposals

Shareholders will either reject or support the activist investors’ slate of five board nominees at the May 12 annual meeting.

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Retail’s ‘Chapter 22’ Risks During the Pandemic

The risks of filing for bankruptcy a second time, unofficially dubbed “Chapter 22,” can complicate restructuring efforts.

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At Retail, Innovation in High Gear

In a COVID-19-riddled world, retail innovation centers on e-commerce, convenience and safety.

clock April 8, 2021David Moin

Salvatore Ferragamo Pre-Fall 2021

Business Features

Reading the Tea Leaves at Salvatore Ferragamo

Analysts weighed in on what could lie ahead for Salvatore Ferragamo, which has confirmed the exit of creative director Paul Andrew in May.

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Retail Picture Bright in Mastercard’s March Report

Data shows positive signs for department stores and apparel specialty stores.

clock April 8, 2021David Moin

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Levi Strauss’ First-quarter Transformation

The jeansmaker has been working on becoming lean, mean and more digital during the pandemic.

clock April 8, 2021Evan Clark

An Amazon warehouse that labor is trying to organize is shown in Bessemer, Ala., Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Union representatives are pushing for some 6,000 Amazon workers to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on the promise it will lead to better working conditions, better pay and more respect. Amazon is pushing back, arguing that it already offers more than twice the minimum wage in Alabama and workers get such benefits as health care, vision and dental insurance without paying union dues. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)


Amazon Union Vote Count in Bessemer Marks Industry Milestone

The public vote count for whether the U.S. will see its first Amazon labor union in Bessemer, Ala. has begun — and it’s already heated.

clock April 8, 2021Kaley Roshitsh and Sindhu Sundar

Rinascente's "Keep It Beautiful" campaign.


Why Rinascente’s CEO Believes the Word ‘Sustainability’ Is So Last Decade

The Italian department store opted for other terms to communicate its values in its latest advertising campaign, which doubles as illustrated manifesto.

clock April 8, 2021Sandra Salibian

A plus-size section of a Rue21 store.


Rue21 Picks Up the Pace on Plus Sizes

Within the specialty retail sector, Rue21 has been among the most aggressive promoting plus sizes.

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Business Features

Kering Presents Global Logistics Hub in Italy, Embodies Omnichannel Strategy

The new state-of-the-art site will help support the growth of the French group’s fashion brands and represents Kering’s biggest investment in the country yet.

clock April 8, 2021Luisa Zargani

Selfridges unveils its new windows, inspired by the pleasure and optimism found in nature, ahead of store reopening on April 12.


Selfridges Gears Up for Reopening With Sustainable Window Displays

The retailer is also rolling out an outdoor gym with SoulCycle and a new concierge service to lure more customers back to the store.

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Condé Nast


2021 Media Moves: Teen Vogue’s New Executive Editor and More

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

clock April 8, 2021Kathryn Hopkins



Multimedia Plus Adds Zoom Capabilities to Latest Version of Incite Platform

Technology from Multimedia Plus helps brands and merchants communicate more effectively with front-line sales associates.

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Uniqlo Tokyo


Fast Retailing Sees Strong First Half, Raises Full-Year Guidance

Strong performance by Uniqlo in Japan and Greater China drove the growth, despite the impact of COVID-19 on other markets.

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Business Features

Facebook Report Reveals Ongoing Pain Points for Small Business

The Global State of Small Business Report finds vulnerabilities and identifies new challenges ahead.

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Klevu Doubles Down on E-commerce Discovery

The AI discovery and search specialist launched a suite of products to better connect buyers and sellers.

clock April 8, 2021Evan Clark

Nike Sues MSCHF Over Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’

Business Features

Repurposing Brands Is Complicated for Designers, Artists and Brands

For decades, artists have reimagined logos without companies’ consent and designers have taken to the practice, too.

clock April 8, 2021Rosemary Feitelberg and Jean E. Palmieri

Neiman Marcus, which emerged from bankruptcy in September, refinanced with $1.1 billion in senior secured notes, WWD reported Sunday.


Retail Debt Risk Remains: Moody’s

The debt watchdog said more defaults were in the offing with department stores and apparel retailers at risk with low ratings.

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The NuOrder vision deck.


Store Buyers Talk Best Practices in Virtual Market Appointments

Sending swatches, showing inspirational slides and having clear sound and videos are key to successful digital market appointments.

clock April 7, 2021Lisa Lockwood

Hermes Goes Big in Hawaii, Giving Vote of Confidence to Region


Hermès Taking Over Former Sears Space to Anchor L.A. Westfield Mall

The luxury brand is set to open in 2023 a large, new store as part of a redevelopment and expansion of a mall in the Los Angeles Valley.

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The WhatsApp application icon is seen on an iPhone home screen in Warsaw, Poland on March 3, 2021. (Photo by Jaap Arriens / Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)


WhatsApp Makes Managing Catalogues and Hiding Products Easier

The messaging app marks its continued evolution into shopping by making product catalogue management less annoying.

clock April 7, 2021Adriana Lee

Aspesi new store in Madrid

Business Features

Aspesi Wants Its Slice of China

The Italian brand, which is expanding its retail presence in Europe, will debut an online store on Tmall in September.

clock April 7, 2021Alessandra Turra

Miles Socha, Editor in Chief, WWD, Samuel Ross, Founder and Designer, A-Cold-Wall, and John Hoke, Chief Design Officer, Nike, in a panel discussion at Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Human Resources

Global Fashion Agenda Names New CEO

Federica Marchionni is joining the advocacy forum from Chinese e-commerce platform Secoo.

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Saks Fifth Avenue


Saks Fifth Avenue to Phase Out Fur

The retailer aims to phase out brand partner and private label merchandise made using animal fur by the end of January 2023.

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Bluemercury Rolls Out Klarna to 183 Stores, Nationwide

Customers can use the Klarna app in the beauty retailer’s physical stores, or online too.

clock April 7, 2021Arthur Zaczkiewicz

The scene in Los Angeles as retail reopens.


How Two Unions Representing Retail Workers Are Navigating the Pandemic

Thousands of retail workers have worked with their unions to deal with furloughs, severance and safety issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Exterior of Cottam House, where The Mills Fabrica is based at King's Cross, London

Business Features

Fashion Tech Incubator The Mills Fabrica to Open London Branch in June

The platform aims to support companies and individuals who are using tech and innovation to help develop a circular economy in the fashion industry.

clock April 7, 2021Tianwei Zhang

The retailer is ‘decarbonizing’ supply chains and investing in employees, its sustainability chief said at Cowen’s virtual summit.


Walmart’s Sustainability Pitch to Wall Street

The retailer is “decarbonizing” supply chains and investing in employees, its sustainability chief said at Cowen’s virtual summit.

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