As Spring Temps Rise, So Does Retail Outlook

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Overview

  A strong U.S. dollar, the lingering impact of the West Coast ports shutdown and lousy weather in March are expected to weigh-down profits of public companies in a variety of industries — but retailers may get some spring in their step at last as pent-up demand and higher consumer confidence buoy the sector.   SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Procter & Gamble Co.

Financial

Procter & Gamble Still Weighing Beauty Options

Procter & Gamble Co. is still looking for the exit for at least parts of its massive beauty portfolio.

clock April 8, 2015Evan Clark

The Real Real

Financial

The RealReal Raises $40M in Funding

The RealReal has landed its largest round of funding to date — $40 million — to accelerate growth toward profitability.

clock April 9, 2015Sharon Edelson

jd.com

Retail

Uniqlo Joins JD.com Stable

Uniqlo will soon become the latest international brand to open a flagship on Chinese e-commerce platform JD.com.

clock April 8, 2015Casey Hall

Yang Li RTW Fall 2015

Designer and Luxury

Yang Li Sells Minority Stake

Expanding its investments beyond its home country, Belgian fashion fund CLCC SA said it has taken a minority stake in London-based fashion designer Yang Li.

clock April 8, 2015Miles Socha

Legal

Fila and Iconix Settle With Converse

Converse Inc. has entered into settlement agreements with two additional companies — Fila USA and Iconix Brand Group — in a broad trademark infringement case.

clock April 9, 2015Kristi Ellis

Designer and Luxury

Chinese Consumers Applaud Chanel Price Drop

Chinese consumers and China-based analysts agree that Chanel’s worldwide price realignment, which went into force Wednesday, is a positive one.

clock April 8, 2015Casey Hall

Haxby London, Fall, 2015, Men's Wear

Mens Designer Luxury

In the Spotlight: Haxby London

Haxby London made its debut at Pitti Uomo in January and its first season will be for fall.

clock April 9, 2015WWD Staff

Jack Mitchell

Human Resources

Jack Mitchell Releasing New Edition of ‘Hug Your Customers’

On April 14, the second edition of Jack Mitchell’s “Hug Your Customers” will be published by Hachette Book Group.

clock April 9, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Louis Vuitton

Retail

Louis Vuitton Opens New Miami Store

Louis Vuitton will unveil its permanent digs in Miami’s Design District today.

clock April 9, 2015Lisa Lockwood

Shinola, smart watch

Media

Shinola Ribs Apple Watch In New Ads

Shinola is unleashing round of ads focusing on a new target: the Apple Watch.

clock April 9, 2015Lauren McCarthy

Media

Andy Hilfiger Joins Design + Industry

Andy Hilfiger is bringing his well-connected lifestyle to a new gig. He has joined Design + Industry, an executive search firm, as partner and executive relations ambassador.

clock April 9, 2015Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Scoops

SoulCycle Launches App

The company will launch its first app in the Apple iOS store and a corresponding campaign online, #OhAppyDay.

clock April 9, 2015Rachel Strugatz

Mini Marilyn, ABG

Marketing and Promotion

Authentic Brands Group Introduces Mini Marilyn

Authentic Brands Group is entering the animation field through Mini Marilyn, a new stylized character derived from Marilyn Monroe

clock April 9, 2015Vicki M. Young

Lanvin, ALber Elbaz, Sketch

Fashion Scoops

Alber Elbaz Taking Lanvin to Dubai

Alber Elbaz is heading to Dubai later this month — billed as the first trip to the emirate for Lanvin’s creative director.

clock April 9, 2015Miles Socha

Barneys New York, Isabel Marant

Designer and Luxury

Isabel Marant Talks Barneys, Business and Brand Identity

To celebrate Marant, the store is currently devoting all of its Madison Avenue windows to her in a collaboration with Barneys’ creative director Dennis Freedman and sculptor Arnold Goron, with whom Marant works on her own retail installations.

clock April 9, 2015Jessica Iredale

Bloomingdale's and Macy's are expanding their same-day delivery service via Deliv.

Financial

Retail Outlook Bright Despite 1st-Quarter Snags

A strong U.S. dollar, the lingering impact of the West Coast ports shutdown and lousy weather in March are expected to weigh-down profits of public companies in a variety of industries.

clock April 9, 2015Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Hermès Wanderland​

Fashion Scoops

Hermès Opens Wanderland Exhibition

Hermès opened its Wanderland exhibition dedicated to flânerie, or the act of wandering the city streets and drinking in the details of everyday life.

clock April 9, 2015Samantha Conti

Boglioli’s lamb shearling jacket, Paul Smith’s nylon wool an

Mens Fashion

Men’s Wear Trend: Shearling Show

The retro Seventies shearling coat is making a big comeback for fall in a variety of versatile styles, from bomber jackets to more traditional car coat silhouettes.

clock April 9, 2015Alex Badia

Donna Karan and Pascale Theard  with local Haitian artists.

Designer and Luxury

Donna Karan, Parsons Link on Haiti Initiative

Donna Karan recently partnered with Parsons The New School for Design to open DOT, the Design, Organization, Training Center for Haitian artists in Port-au-Prince.

clock April 9, 2015Rosemary Feitelberg

Isaia, Beverly Hills

Retail

Isaia Opening First U.S. Flagships

Isaia is embarking on a store rollout plan that will include the opening of its first two flagships in the U.S. this year.

clock April 9, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Townsend Style, Men's Wear, nashville

Mens Retail Business

Stylist Trish Townsend Opens Nashville Men’s Store

The store has been open since the beginning of the year and Townsend spent the past three months getting her feet wet.

clock April 9, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Essentialist

Today's Must Read

L'Oréal India's Amit Jain

Beauty

Indian Beauty Market Poised to Take Off, Says L'Oréal's Amit Jain

clock 6hMayu Saini

Social Studies

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