2014 WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit: Revolution, Evolution

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Creativity. Charm. Passion. Instinct. Personalization. Drive. These were all words used by fashion and retail executives at WWD's 2014 Apparel & Retail CEO Summit.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Business Features

Coach Net, Sales Off in Q1

Declines on both top and bottom lines smaller than analysts expected.

clock October 28, 2014Vicki M. Young and Arnold J. Karr

New Adidas x Pharrell Williams campaign by Ryan McGinley


Adidas, Pharrell Williams Set New Campaign

Photographed by Ryan McGinley, the ad highlights racial as well as gender equality and a new pack of tennis-related products.

clock October 28, 2014Paulina Szmydke


Iconix Beats on Net, Sales in Q3

Company raises profit guidance for full year.

clock October 28, 2014Arnold J. Karr

Fashion Scoops

American Friends of the Israel Museum Hosts “Rock the Garden” Gala

The organization raised over $2.5 million for the Israel Museum with a rock ‘n’ roll-themed party.

clock October 28, 2014David Yi

Oliver Walsh, Mary Beech and Ara Katz.

Marketing and Promotion

WWD CEO Summit: The Changing Role of the CMO

Kate Spade & Company’s Mary Beech, Aritzia’s Oliver Walsh and Spring’s Ara Katz talk digital innovations.

clock October 28, 2014Lauren McCarthy

Maxine Bédat

Marketing and Promotion

Zady’s Maxine Bédat Talks Values in Retail

Values consistently play a key role in shaping Zady as a destination shopping and lifestyle site.

clock October 28, 2014Vicki M. Young

Nicolas Ghesquière

Designer and Luxury

Nicolas Ghesquière Talks Design and the Louis Vuitton Brand

The creative director discussed his vision for the future of the iconic brand.

clock October 29, 2014Marc Karimzadeh

Michelle Gloeckler

Government and Trade

Michelle Gloeckler Discusses Wal-Mart’s U.S. Manufacturing

“It was a journey that didn’t take us further from home, as most journeys do, but closer to the heart of America,” Gloeckler said at the WWD CEO Summit.

clock October 28, 2014Arthur Friedman and Sharon Edelson

Nathalie Remy

Mergers and Acquisitions

Nathalie Remy and Jennifer Schmidt on Value Creation

The pair, both partners at McKinsey & Co., dispelled industry myths and gave advice on creating company value.

clock October 29, 2014Vicki M. Young

Beyonce, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jay-Z.


Jay Z, Beyoncé Attend ‘Nightcrawler’ Premiere

The couple showed up to show their support for Jake Gyllenhaal’s new movie.

clock October 28, 2014Kristen Tauer

John Spelich


Alibaba’s John Spelich Talks ‘Ecosystem Platform Approach’

Until its initial public offering last month, e-commerce giant Alibaba was largely unknown outside the confines of its native China.

clock October 28, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Alexei Agratchev


RetailNext’s Alexei Agratchev Talks E-commerce

RetailNext wants to help brick-and-mortar retailers adapt to an ever-evolving digital world.

clock October 29, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Government and Trade

Report Links Brands to ‘Slavery’ in Indian Mills

A new report alleging “modern-day slavery” in five Indian textile mills prompted Western retailers linked to the factories to pledge to take action.

clock October 28, 2014Kristi Ellis

Christina Mercando


Christina Mercando Talks Ringly

Ringly is a smart ring that connects to a phone and alerts users to a waiting message with a subtle vibration or light.

clock October 28, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Deena Varshavskaya


Social Commerce: Wanting, Needing, Loving Online

Wanelo looks to crack the social shopping code.

clock October 29, 2014Rachel Strugatz

Stefano Rosso

Mergers and Acquisitions

Stefano Rosso Talks OTB and Future Acquisitions

The CEO says they want to buy brands that have a global approach and strong heritage.

clock October 28, 2014Lisa Lockwood

José de Jesús Legaspi


José de Jesús Legaspi and Rick J. Caruso on the Future of Brick and Mortar

If the Internet and the economy haven’t already dented the shopping mall industry, then its own detachment from consumers will hasten its downfall.

clock October 29, 2014Sharon Edelson

Chip Bergh and Harold Reiter


Levi Strauss’ Chip Bergh Remains Optimistic

Macroeconomic headwinds have made it a challenge, but Bergh, president and ceo of Levi Strauss & Co., is hoping for growth this year.

clock October 29, 2014Arnold J. Karr

William Bratton


New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton Talks Retail Security

Bratton encouraged attendees to work together to help offset crime affecting fashion and retail.

clock October 29, 2014Rosemary Feitelberg

Jeffrey Gennette, Marigay McKee and David Walker-Smith.


David Walker-Smith, Jeffrey Gennette and Marigay McKee Discuss Retail Survival

Survival tips from three top executives, who realize the sector has been losing market share yet aren’t about to raise the white flag.

clock October 29, 2014David Moin

General Growth and Ashkenazy Acquisition are looking to add contemporary brands to retail offerings already in place, like Agnona.

Real Estate

GGP and Ashkenazy Take MDD Stake

General Growth Properties and Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. are taking a stake in the Miami Design District.

clock October 29, 2014Sharon Edelson

A rendering of the future Tommy Hilfiger store in Paris.​

Designer and Luxury

Tommy Hilfiger to Open 2nd Paris Unit

The new 7,800-square-foot unit is slatedto open in February at 43 Boulevarddes Capucines, across the street fromL’Olympia.

clock October 29, 2014Miles Socha

Inside the Esprit Dior exhibition.

Designer and Luxury

Esprit Dior Taking Ginza Stage

The French house has taken over a four-level retail space on Ginza’s main drag to stage the latest incarnation of its sprawling retrospective.

clock October 29, 2014Amanda Kaiser

An H&M bag featuring a Balloon Dog motif by Jeff Koons.

Fashion Scoops

H&M Continues Collaboration With Jeff Koons

The retailer is once more offering a limited-edition bag, this time picturing Balloon Dog.

clock October 29, 2014Meghan McCarty

Fashion Scoops

Bobbie and Lew Frankfort Honored by New York City Center

They were honored with the 2014 Fiorello H. LaGuardia Award for distinguished service to New York City and New York City Center.

clock October 29, 2014Lauren McCarthy

Fashion Scoops

Franca Sozzani to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Sozzani will be in New York on Nov. 19 to receive the award at The New York Ball benefit hosted by the European School of Economics.

clock October 29, 2014Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Scoops

Brickstream Acquires Retail Optimization Company

The Ga.-based in-store analytics firm has acquired Nomi.

clock October 29, 2014Rachel Brown

Shinola watches will be sold at the store.


Shinola’s Tom Kartsotis Discusses Brand Expansion

The company's founder never expected his brand to grow so drastically.

clock October 28, 2014Lauren McCarthy


André Leon Talley Departs Zappos

WWD has learned that Zappos Couture has decided not to renew Talley’s contract as artistic director.

clock October 29, 2014Alexandra Steigrad


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