The venture between Simon Property Group and Authentic Brands Group operates Brooks Brothers, Nautica, Aéropostale, Lucky Brand and Forever 21.
The big dilemma is whether retailers should roll the dice on another robust holiday season or play it conservative.
The innerwear brand has sold more than 17 million pairs of underwear. Meanwhile, sales of loungewear up nearly 100 percent, year-over-year.
The 202-year-old brand was purchased by ABG and Simon Property Group in September.
In light of the current poor business climate and for shopping centers in particular, Simon’s 80 percent purchase of Taubman is viewed as a win-win for both sides.
Malls have struggling with dwindling shopper traffic but Simon’s takeover of Taubman will help the combined portfolio.
But the landlord still managed to stay profitable last quarter and is looking toward deals for Brooks Brothers and Lucky Brand.
The $3.6 billion deal is going to mediation while both sides prepare for a potential trial in November.