Macy’ launches Verona Collection a modest clothing brand

Macy’ launches Verona Collection a modest clothing brand


The modest clothing brand, featuring fashionable and modern dresses, pants, cardigans, tops and hijabs will be available on on February 15

NEW YORK, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s (NYSE:M) today (Feb. 1, 2018) announced the launch of Verona Collection, a modest clothing brand and 2017 graduate of The Workshop at Macy’s, the retailer’s minority- and women-owned business development program founded in 2011. Available on beginning Feb. 15, Verona Collection will feature a curated selection of versatile, ready-to-wear pieces including dresses, tops, cardigans, pants and hijabs in a variety of colors and fabrics.

“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand. It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside,” said Lisa Vogl, founder of Verona Collection. “Macy’s has been an amazing partner, helping us strengthen the foundation of our business through The Workshop at Macy’s and now introducing our brand to their consumers through this collaboration.”

Inspired by her personal experience looking for fashionable and modest clothing, standout pieces include maxi dresses, versatile cardigans and hand-dyed hijabs. Accented with asymmetric buttons, the maxi dress is a modern take on a timeless classic and cardigans come in sleeveless and full sleeve styles for layering-look options. The hijabs are hand-dyed in versatile fabrics making them perfect for any occasion.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, Lisa shared her vision to create a collection that speaks to a community of women looking for a solution to their fashion needs,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “Verona Collection offers a unique and understated elegance through everyday essentials designed for versatility and comfort, and through our partnership, we can better serve our customer looking for modest fashion.”

The Workshop at Macy’s is conducted annually and represents a foundational element of Macy’s commitment to vendor diversity. May 2017 marked the seventh year of the program, as well as the continued creation of a viable pipeline of enterprises that will grow to become successful partners with Macy’s, Inc. and other retailers.

“Through The Workshop at Macy’s, we want to nurture and support minority- and women-owned businesses to build their capabilities and become the next generation of retail partners,” said Shawn Outler, Macy’s executive vice president – Licensed Businesses, Food Services and Multicultural Initiatives. “We are truly encouraged by the successes of our graduated businesses, including Verona Collection, and look forward to hosting a new class of participants this spring.”

Macy’s has long been recognized for its commitment to fostering the promotion, growth and development of its vendor resources. In 2016, Macy’s purchases from minority- and women-owned businesses totaled more than $1 billion – surpassing the billion dollar mark for the third year in a row, including purchases from The Workshop at Macy’s graduates.

Verona Collection ranges in price from $12.95 to $84.95 and will be available on beginning February 15.

For more information about The Workshop at Macy’s, visit

About Macy’s

Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 670 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores – including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California – are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $54 million each year, plus 180,000 hours of volunteer service, to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

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H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018

H&M to provide outfits for Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018


H&M is proud to announce it will dress the Swedish teams for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang 2018.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M will create outfits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The collection will also include a full and extensive wardrobe for all the Swedish teams to wear in the Olympic village for both training and leisure. The pieces will be developed in collaboration with the Swedish Olympians, who will give their input and test the garments in the collection.

“It is such an honor for H&M to dress both the Swedish Olympians and Paralympians for the upcoming Games in PyeongChang. The designs will bring together sport, functionality and fashion and have Swedish heritage as a proud influence on the collection,”

says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s Design Director.

The collaboration between H&M and the Swedish Olympic Committee started in 2013. Since then H&M has created the collections for the games in Sochi 2014 as well as the games in Rio 2016. H&M has also in-between these games created collections for six youth games.

“PyeongChang 2018 marks the third time H&M will dress Team Sweden. H&M brings fashion to the Olympics in a completely new manner. We are looking forward to getting dressed up in their new designs in February,” says Anna Lundin, Marketing and Communication Executive at the Swedish Olympic Committee.

“Being part of a big nations team, when all sports come together and to be representing your country; that´s what makes the Olympic Games special. The clothes are important for building that team spirit and H&M are awesome at creating that feeling. Their designs will make us want to go for gold. The Swedish team will for sure wear the clothing with pride,” says Henrik Harlaut, Swedish Olympic Team freestyle skiing, ski slopestyle.


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Katarina Kempe
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H&M Foundation releases its Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change

H&M Foundation releases its Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change


H&M Foundation’s Annual Report 2017 – A Catalyst for Change – covers the work we have achieved together with our experienced partners within our focus areas Education, Water, Equality and Planet, during 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — During our first years, the H&M Foundation managed to achieve remarkably ambitious goals, reaching hundreds of thousands across the world with quality education, economic empowerment, clean water and sanitation while successfully pushing these issues to the global agenda.

The long-term vision for the H&M Foundation is to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, that were set by the United Nations in 2015. The H&M Foundation works with experienced partners within the focus areas and our strategy is based on three guiding principles:

  • Innovation — we approach challenges in new ways.
  • Involvement — we involve people in making a difference.
  • Impact— we seek to achieve real change.

The Annual Report 2017 covers the work of the H&M Foundation from January 1 2017 to December 31 2017.


The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M group. Its mission is to drive long lasting, positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.3 billion Swedish krona ($177 million/€144 million) to the H&M Foundation. Visit and follow @hmfoundation on Facebook and Instagram.


Malin Björne
PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
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Zara unveils its first pop-up store designed for ordering and collecting of online order

Zara unveils its first pop-up store designed for ordering and collecting of online order


  • Temporary store at Westfield Stratford introduces innovative technology  while groundbreaking flagship store is refurbished and extended

Arteixo, Spain, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow Zara unveils its first store anywhere in the world designed primarily for ordering and collecting of online orders. The store will be open until May at London’s Westfield  Stratford  shopping centre, while the chain’s flagship store in the centre is refurbished and extended.

The flagship store is being doubled in size to 4,500 square metres. When it reopens in May, it will feature a radical new store concept with technology at its heart designed to transform the customer shopping experience.

The chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla, stressed the relevance of both concepts, saying that they mark “another milestone in our strategy of integrating our stores with the online world, which defines our identity as a business”.

The pop-up store spans nearly 200 square metres and offers a select choice of women’s and men’s clothing for online purchase directly in-store, along with the rest of the brand’s extensive fashion range.

Store staff will be on hand with mobile devices to assist customers, who will be given the choice of receiving their orders within the same day, if placed before 2pm, or the next day, if placed in the afternoon. Payments are also made easier thanks to an innovative card terminal system operated via Bluetooth. The store will also facilitate returns and exchanges.

Among other innovations, this pop-up store boasts a product recommendation system based on information screens embedded into mirrors. Once customers scan an item using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, the system can bring up, in the right size, multiple choices for coordinating and combining the item they are trying on with other garments and accessories.

Next week work will begin on expanding and refurbishing the existing Zara store in Westfield Stratford, which is due to re-open in May. The new store will stretch to 4,500 square metres and will be the first Zara store in the world to offer four sections: in addition to the traditional women’s, men’s and kids’ lines, Zara is adding a dedicated area for the collection of online orders, in keeping with the company’s online integration strategy.

This new concept attempts to further enhance the in-store shopping experience by adding new customer services. The store, which will feature a new interior design, will stand out for its two-storey façade without windows in the first floor, providing a transparent view of the store’s architectural features and collections. The glass façade on the second floor will be equipped with a number of sensors which will project images from the current collections onto the glass when shoppers approach it. It is also worth highlighting the back-lit ceiling designed to provide continuous and comfortable light.

The new store will feature an automated online order collection point serviced by two small warehouses which will enable shoppers to pick up purchases made on whenever it suits them. This system is designed around an optical barcode reader which scans the QR code or accepts the PIN codes received by customers when they place orders online. In just a few seconds, it delivers the order to a mailbox from which the customer can collect it. Behind the scenes, a dynamic robot moves through a small warehouse with the capacity to handle 2,400 packages simultaneously.

All this new technology is oriented towards creating a unique shopping experience in which the latest developments make  fashion trends stand out even more. Store customers will be able to pay using their mobile phones, via either the Zara app or the Inditex Group app, InWallet, and there will also be a self-checkout area to complement the regular cashier desks, which will speed up the payment process. This system will automatically identify the garments being purchased so that customers only have to confirm their items on a screen before using their card or mobiles to pay for them. Then they can choose to print out their receipts or store them automatically in their mobile handsets.

In keeping with Inditex’s eco-efficient store programme the Zara store in Stratford will also be equipped with smart systems for reducing emissions and saving energy.

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Gap introduces ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix’ collection


NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today (January 24, 2018) announces the launch of Gap ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix,’ a collection of apparel for men and women highlighting one of the most recognized logos in the world. For almost 50 years, the Gap logo has represented the heritage of the Gap brand and its relevance in culture. To celebrate its evolution, the ‘Logo Remix’ collection includes signature Gap styles, including tees, sweatshirts, and rugby shirts, thoughtfully designed with logos from throughout the decades.

To launch the collection, Gap collaborated with director Tabitha Denholm, who has directed music videos for Florence and the Machine, Haim and Jessie J, along with performance and movement director Tanisha Scott, who is best known for her work with Beyonce, Drake and Rihanna, to create the ‘Logo Remix’ film. The film brings together some of the world’s leading culture remixers in a moment of joy evoked through music and movement by paying homage to the nostalgic Gap ads of the past with a modern, remixed twist. While Tabitha used motion control video techniques to play with space and perspective, Tanisha choreographed a dance sequence that includes remixed versions of unforgettable group dances including “The Wobble,” “Cha Cha,” and “Kid-n-Play.”

‘Logo Remix’ features a global cast of talent who are remixing creative culture on their own terms, whether that be through music, acting, comedy, activism or being a strong, self-expressive voice in today’s society. This group of influential remixers includes Grammy nominated singer Sza as well as chart-topping producer Metro Boomin who remixed the music for the film. Working with the iconic ‘80s anthem ‘Hold Me Now’ by British Band the Thompson Twins, off the “Into the Gap” album, Metro Boomin updated the original version with his signature 808 beat, making it relevant to today’s hip-hop culture. The track will be available across all music streaming sites beginning Thursday, January 25.

“Following the strong consumer and social interest in our ‘‘90s Archive Reissue’ from last year, we are launching the Logo Remix collection by looking forward at the talent who are reshaping and remixing culture in their own way,” said Craig Brommers, chief marketing officer for Gap. “Gap is always one to celebrate and bring culture to the mainstream and what better way to do this and highlight this group of global individuals.”

The ‘Logo Remix’ cast:


  • Sza – The singer/songwriter is remixing modern femininity by re-shaping the R&B genre with her fierce powerful stance.
  • Metro Boomin – The go-to producer is remixing music industry rules and is responsible for many of the music charts most memorable new sounds.
  • Sabrina Cloudio – The singer/songwriter is remixing the pop genre with her soulful sound originally releasing via SoundCloud.

Film & TV:

  • Bria Vinaite – The actress is remixing Hollywood on her own terms discovered via Instagram and already tipped as one to watch.
  • Miles Heizer – The actor is remixing the teenage experience by tackling roles around mental health and sexuality.
  • Awkwafina – The comedienne/actress is remixing the conversation for the viewpoint of second generation Asian-Americans.
  • Maya Jama – The TV presenter is remixing the script on mental health issues and family norms by speaking openly about personal experiences.


  • Naomi Watanabe – The actress and comedienne is remixing ingrained assumptions on body image in Japan and around the world with her bold and unapologetic attitude about size-ism and style.
  • Connor Franta – The YouTube star is remixing the concept of fame in the digital age, rising to mainstream prominence when he came out as a Gay Man on his channel with a positive and profound effect on his fanbase.

Launching fully on January 28, a :30 television spot will air during The Grammys and the film will live across mobile, social and digital channels. The film is supplemented by a ‘Making Of’ video created by The Madbury Club featuring the cast sharing their thoughts on what it means to remix culture and offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the film’s creation.

In the film, each of the cast members wears pieces from the ‘Archive Reissue – Logo Remix’ collection which will be available on on January 27 and in select Gap stores globally beginning January 29. In addition, there will be a ‘Limited Edition Logo Remix’ capsule that includes 30 one-of-a-kind designs, made by deconstructing and remixing vintage Gap logo sweatshirts and tees from the Gap archives. Every garment was put together by hand in the Gap New York City design studio.

For further information on the collection and to view ‘Logo Remix’ go to

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,600 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit


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H&M group the most frequently praised company by NGOs and activists in 2017 according to SIGWATCH

SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns, has recently published the ranking of the most praised companies by activists in 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Out of all companies in the world, H&M group was the most frequently praised one by NGOs and activists in 2017. This is the finding of a study published by SIGWATCH, the world market leader in analysis of NGO and activist campaigns. Since 2016, H&M group climbed from rank ten to one. At the same time, we have improved our position significantly in the ranking of most frequently criticized companies by these stakeholders. From being ranked seven to forty.

We are proud to see that H&M group’s ambitious sustainability strategy – to lead the change towards circular and renewable fashion while being a fair and equal company – has been well received by all these NGOs and activists. We are committed to continue strengthening our relations with stakeholders with our collaborative and transparent way of working.

For more information about our extensive work in sustainability, please visit

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Forever 21 launches its Spring collection and campaign globally

LOS ANGELES, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its Spring collection and campaign globally.

The Spring Collection brings fresh shades and lightweight fabrics that refresh your wardrobe and offer a modern look for the warmer weather. For women, the collection includes a range of sporty to feminine chic pieces from striped dresses, separates, plaid blazers, patterned blouses, gingham prints and various denim pieces to compliment each look. Accessories include newsboy caps and berets. For men, the collection features essential layering pieces from simple graphic t-shirts, checkered pants and striped sweaters.

The Forever 21 Spring Collection will launch in stores globally and on on January 10, 2018 and ranges from $8.90-$58.00.

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 815 stores in 57 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:


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Forever 21 launches its F21 Active Monochrome Collection

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its F21 Active Monochrome Collection.

The active collection explores a multi-faceted approach to sports-influenced clothing by offering endless options for the woman who partakes in low, medium and high-performance activities. From yoga to cycling and running, the collection covers all the needs for those  looking to take on the great outdoors. The collection offers on-trend details from mesh inserts, metallic, pastels and modernized prints in an assortment of sports bras, yoga pants, running shorts and layering pieces including tops, jackets and much more.

As activewear has emerged as an everyday wear trend, the F21 Activewear Monochrome line hosts pieces that are extremely unique in both print and design making it easier for women to blend fitness and functionality into their daily routines. Items from the stylish and practical line range in price from $7.90 – $27.90.

Forever 21 Activewear Collection launches in stores globally and on beginning January 2, 2018.

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 815 stores in 57 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:


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Forever 21 collaborates with Honda on an exclusive capsule collection of vintage-inspired racing gear

LOS ANGELES, 2018-Jan-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, announces their exclusive collaboration with Honda on an exclusive capsule collection of vintage-inspired racing gear. Honda’s brand management agency, Earthbound—using its expertise in uniting brands—helped make the concept a reality.

To celebrate the launch of this exclusive capsule collection, Forever 21 has partnered with Honda to host a contest in which one lucky individual will win a CRF250L Honda motorcycle. For more information on how to enter the contest, please visit:

The F21xHonda racing capsule collection consists of iconic Honda designs from the early 1980’s and action sportswear of the 1990’s. Pairing nostalgic Honda racing iconography with updated silhouettes and fabrics to create a modern yet timeless aesthetic, the latest collection includes a variety of men’s and women’s apparel. The women’s collection offers vintage inspired styles from long and short sleeved crop-tops, long sleeve t-shirts and skirts, including items in the Plus size range. The men’s collection features street-wear ready pieces including t-shirts, pull-over sweaters and racing jackets.

“We are so excited to announce our partnership with Honda racing for this 80s & 90s inspired collection.  We are always looking for new & unexpected partnerships—this collaboration with Honda racing is especially relevant now with the popularity of racing & motorsport designs,” says Linda Chang, VP of Marketing for Forever 21. “We hope that fans of both Honda racing and our customers will celebrate with us through this collection.”

“Collaborating with a brand like Forever 21 allows us to introduce Honda motorcycles to a completely new audience,” Mike Snyder, Senior Manager of Honda Powersports Marketing said. “We are very happy with the collection they have developed. It does a great job of blending Honda’s Racing history with Forever 21’s fashion sense.”

The F21 x Honda racing collection will launch in stores throughout North America and on on January 23, 2018.

Official hashtag: #F21xHonda

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 815 stores in 57 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:


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John Lewis partners with design team PATTERNITY to launch its first ever Fashion and Home collaboration

Department store works with the design duo famous for using pattern to encourage people to slow down, be more mindful and appreciate the world

LONDON, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has partnered with design team PATTERNITY to launch its first ever Fashion and Home collaboration, encompassing both homeware and athleisure. The PATTERNITY+ John Lewis collaboration celebrates the fundamental shapes and textures of life, encouraging patterns for positive living.

Founded in 2009 by ‘cult pattern pioneers’ Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, PATTERNITY was born from a drive to use pattern as a tool to explore, innovate and inspire mindful living through design.

The 100+ piece collection will be available at Oxford Street, Leeds, Bluewater, Birmingham, Cardiff, Kingston, Liverpool, Stratford. The collection features PATTERNITY’s bold graphic patterns and positive mantras on John Lewis products. The collaboration starts at £12 for a soap dispenser and £25 for a bra top, to £99 for a coat and £150 for a rug.

John Lewis’s in-house team worked closely with PATTERNITY duo Anna and Grace to create the powerful collection which reflects the pattern of our lives and how it is shaped by the objects we use, the places we visit and spaces we live in. From cushions which are designed to create mindful daily rituals of comfort and consideration, to athleisure wear with bold patterns and inspirational mantras to encourage moments of daily reflection and appreciation in modern life.


The 50+ piece athleisure collection ranges from bra tops, t-shirts, jumpers, jackets, dresses leggings, shorts, parkas and pac-a-macs. With bold patterns and inspiring slogans, the collection focuses on black, white, grey and aqua.


The 45 piece home collection includes cushions, rugs, home fragrance, towels, bedding, rugs, and bathroom accessories. It’s use of the signature Ripple, Ritual, and Reflect patterns brings a bold aesthetic to beautifully-made everyday items made from materials including 100% organic cotton.

‘This collaboration is a celebration of the power of pattern to positively connect different areas of our daily lives’ says Anna Murray, PATTERNITY co-founder. ‘It is a playful exploration of the fundamental shapes, rituals and textures that make up life and we hope it will help inspire people to consider pattern in a much deeper and more meaningful way.’

‘We chose to collaborate with John Lewis as it is a brand which really evokes a sense of quality at an accessible price’ says Grace Winteringham, PATTERNITY co-founder. ‘It is an iconic household name but it’s clear that as well as having this timelessness John Lewis is also super forward-thinking, and it’s exciting that we are part of a collaboration which has merged fashion and home products for the first time.’

Philippa Prinsloo, head of home design at John Lewis: ‘PATTERNITY took as a starting point a day in our customers’ lives, designing products which fit seamlessly into the way we live today. I love the sense of calm and purpose that is inherent to their use of pattern, and the positive way it’s been applied to the products in this collaboration. It’s practical while retaining a sense of thoughtful design.’

Notes to editors

Since 2009, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham have been decoding the visual rhythms and cycles of everyday life. Inspired by a deep-seated belief in the power of pattern to positively change the world and expand our lives, they created the world’s leading online archive of pattern imagery, both man-made and natural. From its East London base.

PATTERNITY swiftly grew from an award winning portal of mesmerising imagery to become a fully fledged interdisciplinary creative studio, with a programme of events and educational initiatives dedicated to encouraging and enhancing well-being through the appreciation and understanding of pattern, both seen and unseen, in the world around us.

PATTERNITY-designed product ranges are sold in major museums and iconic retailers worldwide. The first book, A New Way of Seeing, was published in 2015, followed in 2017 by Be Great, Be Grateful, a gratitude journal and guidebook to inspire people to incorporate patterns of positive thinking and behavior into everyday life.

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK (35 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’*, stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and across fashion, home and technology. is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

*Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

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Home PR Team
Sian Grieve
Senior Communications Manager
Home and Technology
Telephone: 020 7592 6887

Emma Cole
Senior Communications Officer, Home
Telephone: 020 7798 3829

Fashion PR Team
Emma Moran
Senior Communications Manager, Fashion and Beauty
Telephone: 020 7592 6058

Georgina Earnshaw
Communications Officer, Fashion and Beauty
Telephone: 020 7798 3874

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LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline

LVMH appoints Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline


Paris, 2018-Jan-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH announces the appointment of Hedi Slimane as Artistic, Creative and Image Director of Céline with effect from February this year. He will direct all Céline collections, extending to men’s fashion, couture and fragrances.

Hedi Slimane’s talent and his remarkable ability to anticipate and express in a unique way the evolutions and desires of his age, will ensure a further era of exceptional growth and development for this famous Maison.

Bernard Arnault commented: “I am particularly happy that Hedi is back within the LVMH Group and taking the reins of our Céline Maison. He is one of the most talented designers of our time.  I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global critical acclaim in the 2000s. His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this Maison. Hedi will oversee and develop all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique aesthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French Maison”.

Hedi Slimane said: “I am delighted to join Bernard Arnault in this all-embracing and fascinating mission for Céline. I greatly look forward to returning to the exciting world of fashion and the dynamism of the ateliers”.

Sidney Toledano added: “Hedi Slimane is an exceptional designer, complete artist and passionate about his work.  I am certain that he will bring his renowned creative energy and discipline to lead Céline to ever greater success”.


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RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

RIMOWA celebrates its upcoming 120th anniversary with the creation of new visual identity

PARIS, 2018-Jan-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with celebrations around its upcoming 120th anniversary, RIMOWA has unveiled a new visual identity. Just as RIMOWA suitcases are uniquely resilient over time and combine the best of German engineering and craftmanship, the new logo embodies the DNA of the German Maison and its ability to meld heritage and innovation.

Tradition and innovation have figured at the heart of RIMOWA products since its founding in 1898. To celebrate the company’s upcoming 120th anniversary and project an image as distinctive and contemporary as its suitcases, RIMOWA has created a new visual identity. The result of collaboration between the German design studio Bureau Borsche and London-based design agency Commission Studio, the project was led by Alexandre Arnault, co-CEO of RIMOWA, and Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer of RIMOWA.

The ambition for the identity, which contains a newly developed RIMOWA logo, monogram, visual language, and packaging suite, was to create a brand experience worthy of RIMOWA’s product. For the logo, RIMOWA selected a typeface that is both versatile and reflects the functional luxury of its suitcases. The color palette uses black and white along with grey tones.

RIMOWA’s new visual identity is part of a broad strategy initiative by the Maison, presented in December 2017 at the inauguration of its first pop-up store on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Featuring the new visual identity, the store concept offers RIMOWA luggage lines, along with exclusive travel essentials designed in collaboration with local and international artists and brands.



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abercrombie kids launches its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring

Brand Introduces Gender Neutral Collection Inspired by Customers Feedback

New Albany, Ohio, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is excited to launch its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring. The assortment, which is called the Everybody Collection, will be available in stores and online from mid-January. The first collection will feature 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories.

At abercrombie kids, the team is focused on putting the customer at the center of everything it does, listening and engaging with them constantly to ensure product and brand experience is evolving to meet their changing needs. Through these interactions, the team gained insight that many customers, when shopping across genders, do not necessarily want to be restricted to certain styles and colors. The Everybody Collection has built on this insight, incorporating popular trends across genders, and with a single size system across the whole assortment.

Some of the trends the customers were looking for include the multi-hit graphic, which is influenced by skate and streetwear culture, and can be seen across hoodies and long-sleeve tees. Additionally, the military trend is woven throughout the collection with camouflage print items, including a bomber jacket and a crew neck sweatshirt. Pale pink tones and dip dye effects are also included.

“We put our customer at the center of everything we do and are constantly listening to their feedback to provide the right product and brand experience. Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl. Our Everybody Collection is one assortment, in one size run, that covers the trends we are seeing in both color and style,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids. “We are excited to offer these additional options and are looking forward to building on this initial collection for summer and the back-to-school seasons.”

The Everybody Collection will be available in all abercrombie kids stores and at In stores, the collection will be merchandised in the center of the space and online, the product will live on both the boys’ and girls’ product pages. abercrombie kids plans to maintain this collection as an ongoing part of the assortment, with updates for Summer and Back to School.

The photography that accompanies the collection features kids of the company’s associates and was shot in studio at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and globally.

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Gusweiler
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6877

SOURCE: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

The consumption of bags in Lindex Swedish stores has decreased significant since the launch of One Bag Habit on June 1, 2017. Only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers have chosen to buy a bag which means that Lindex now to donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — One Bag Habit is a joint initiative launched by Lindex, KappAhl and H&M with the aim to reduce the consumption of bags and raise awareness of bags negative environmental impact. Just like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex charge for bags in its Swedish stores and during the first seven months only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers bought a bag.

We are very pleased with the impact that our joint initiative have had and how it contributes to a better bag consumption. The fact that two-thirds of Lindex Swedish customers have found other, more sustainable ways, to carry home their products feels great, says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Sustainability Manager at Lindex.

Like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex donates the surplus from sold bags to causes that drive sustainable development, within environment or social issues. The sum from the seven first months is 280 000 euro and this money will be donated to the Swedish research program STEPS and the international organization WaterAid.

Since the launch of the initiative, several Swedish companies have joined and in the beginning of 2018, Lindex in Norway, Finland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Baltics will also start charging for the bags.

Learn more about One Bag Habit at

SOURCE: Lindex



Eva Jonasson, Media Relations Responsible
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Zalando to expand its Stradella fulfillment center in Italy

Zalando to expand its Stradella fulfillment center in Italy


Berlin, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando, the leading online fashion platform in Europe, will extend the Stradella fulfillment center with its partner Fiege. In the course of 2018 two additional halls will be added and the capacity will double from about 20,000 sqm to about 40,000 sqm. The number of employees will increase to over 550. Fiege has overseen managing the Stradella site since it was opened in late 2015 and will continue to do so along with the expansion.

The investment into the Stradella fulfilment center and the recent investment in the Verona region, will not only strengthen the service offered to Italian customers but will also speed up the deliveries in Zalando’s Southern European markets. In December 2017 Zalando announced its plans to open a new fulfilment center for the Southern European Market. The new 130,000 sqm site will be located in Nogarole Rocca close to Verona and will create over 1,000 jobs in the medium-term.

“The extension of Stradella is part of our strategic development plan to grow our activities in Italy and in other Southern European markets, focusing on a continuous improvement of the service offered to our clients. The investment in Stradella allows us to answer to the increased demand i.” – commented Jan Bartels, VP Customer Fulfillment & Logistics at Zalando. ”We thank our partner Fiege for the successful collaboration and look forward to this next step.”

“We are really pleased to carry on our collaboration with Zalando” – declared Alberto Birolini, Business Development Manager and Board Member of Fiege Italia – “It is a great example of our ambition to deliver highly customized ecommerce solutions for our partners.“

Further information on Zalando logistics is available here.

Monica Franz
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson Benelux

Source: Zalando


LVMH Innovation Award: Startups can apply until February 15, 2018

LVMH Innovation Award: Startups can apply until February 15, 2018


Paris, 2018-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Startups still have a month to apply for the LVMH Innovation Award and be part of the LVMH Lab at the upcoming edition of Viva Technology, from May 24-26, 2018. Selected startups will have a chance to compete for the prize, created by LVMH in 2017. The winner will receive support from teams at LVMH and its Maisons to nurture its growth.

Following the success of the first LVMH Innovation Award, which went to French startup Heuritech in 2017, the Group has launched the second edition of the award, open to startups from France and all other countries whose values are aligned with those of the LVMH Group.

Eligible startups must have been created within the past five years, have a valuation of under $100 million, fewer than 50 employees and propose solutions relevant to the challenges addressed by the LVMH Group and its Maisons. Startups can apply until February 15, 2018.

After an initial selection, 30 finalist startups will be invited to the Viva Technology show in May 2018, where they will be spotlighted at the LVMH Luxury Lab. One will then be named the winner of the 2018 LVMH Innovation Award and have a chance to work with the LVMH Group and its Maisons at Station F, the largest startup campus in the world.

The LVMH Innovation Award supports emerging creative talents and stimulates fresh ideas by accelerating the growth of startups and their launch in the market. This approach resonates with the LVMH Group’s values of creativity, innovation, excellence and entrepreneurial spirit.


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


ascena retail group names Eric Hunter as President, Plus Fashion segment including Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique brands

MAHWAH, N.J., 2018-Jan-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), announced today that Eric Hunter will serve as President of ascena’s Plus Fashion segment which includes the Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique brands.

“Eric’s broad experience and focus on the customer makes him well-equipped to take on this essential leadership position,” said Gary Muto, President and Chief Executive Officer of ascena Brands.

Mr. Hunter’s background includes more than 20 years of diverse marketing experience. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing for Pier 1 Imports, Inc., a position he held since 2013. Mr. Hunter also has experience as Senior Vice President and acting Chief Marketing Officer for JCPenney Company where he led strategy, research, creative, media, customer relationship management and digital direction. Prior to that, Mr. Hunter served as Chief Marketing Officer & Group President with Kellwood Company. He also gained experience at PMK/HBH/Momentum and Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Northeastern University and his master’s degree from the University of Oxford.

“After a comprehensive search process, we have found an outstanding individual to assume leadership of these iconic brands,” said David Jaffe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the ascena retail group, inc. “Eric has a track record of strong leadership, vision and strategy both inside and outside of retail that make him uniquely qualified to lead our Plus Fashion segment into the future.”

“I’m very excited to join ascena and contribute to the company’s transformation and growth efforts by leading Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique,” said Mr. Hunter.

About ascena retail group, inc. ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant, Catherines and Cacique), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and approximately 4,800 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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Lindex names Susanne Ehnbåge as CEO

Lindex names Susanne Ehnbåge as CEO

Susanne Ehnbåge, M.Sc.(Econ.), born 1979, has been appointed CEO of Lindex. She will start in this position at the latest in August 2018. Susanne Ehnbåge will report to Lauri Veijalainen, Lindex Chairman of the Board and Stockmann’s CEO, and she will also be a member of the Stockmann Management Team.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Susanne Ehnbåge currently works as the CEO of the NetOnNet Group, a Scandinavian home electronics retailer. She has been working at the NetOnNet Group since 2003, where she has held a number of executive positions, most recently as the CEO of the Group since 2016.

I am confident that we have found a skilful leader with very strong retail, e-commerce and turnaround competence, which we need in order to respond to the rapid changes in the fashion market. Susanne Ehnbåge is very energetic and result driven. She has experience in an industry which has changed fast and is being continuously challenged by new e-commerce players and digitalization, says Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann.

“I’m excited to start at Lindex, one of Europe’s leading fashion chains. I look forward to working with the Lindex team and strengthening this great world-class brand even further in the continuously evolving retail market,” says Susanne Ehnbåge.

Elisabeth Peregi, currently the interim CEO of Lindex, will continue acting as the interim CEO until Susanne Ehnbåge starts in her position at the latest in August 2018.

“I would like to thank Elisabeth for the great effort she has made by taking leadership of Lindex in a challenging situation and initiating a quick and efficient start for the profitability improvement programme. Elisabeth has been a key player in the Lindex team for years, and I am happy that she is committed to further continue at Lindex,” says Lauri Veijalainen.

Further information: 
Lauri Veijalainen, Stockmann’s CEO and Chairman of the Lindex Board, tel. +358 9 121 5062


For more information:
Kristina Hermansson
Corporate Communications Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 70


HBC: Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue to expand leadership role to include Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — HBC today (January 9, 2018) announced that Marc Metrick, President of Saks Fifth Avenue, will expand his leadership role to include Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH. In this capacity, Mr. Metrick will lead distinct teams and work to ensure that each business remains well positioned to execute within their respective operating structures.

“Since assuming leadership of Saks Fifth Avenue in 2015, Marc has successfully implemented strategies to enhance business performance and elevate the Saks experience to be at the forefront of luxury retailing,” said Richard Baker, Governor, Executive Chairman and Interim CEO. “Marc’s ability to shape and evolve the shopping experience is critical for success in an ever-changing retail environment, and I have great confidence that he will position Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH to drive improved performance.”

Mr. Metrick said, “I’m excited to work closely with the entire team at Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH to drive performance and move the business forward. There is opportunity for growth at both businesses, especially on their respective digital platforms. I look forward to collaborating with the leadership team to position the business for future success.”

As a long-tenured retail executive, Mr. Metrick has served in a number of leadership roles for HBC and Saks Fifth Avenue. Since April 2015, he has held the role of President, Saks Fifth Avenue. Prior to this, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of HBC, where he was responsible for corporate strategy and administration for all of HBC’s retail businesses. Mr. Metrick spent the first 15 years of his career at Saks Fifth Avenue, ultimately becoming its Chief Strategy Officer before joining the leadership team of HBC in 2012. At HBC, Mr. Metrick played an instrumental role in the acquisition of Saks Fifth Avenue and has since focused on driving growth there.

With this change in leadership, Jonathan Greller will leave HBC effective January 12.

Mr. Baker said, “Jonathan has worked with the team to integrate Gilt and Saks OFF 5TH, bring Saks OFF 5TH to Canada and open more than 45 stores across North America. We thank Jonathan for his many contributions to HBC and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

About HBC
HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their allchannel offerings, growing through acquisitions, and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and over 66,000 employees around the world.

HBC’s leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Andrew Blecher
Phone: (646) 802-4030

Elliot Grundmanis
Phone: (646) 802-2469

Source: HBC

Nordstrom Rack announces the retirement of its president Karen McKibbin; Geevy Thomas to succeed

Geevy Thomas named successor

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — After three decades marked by expansion and success, Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack, will be retiring from Nordstrom in March. Karen joined Nordstrom in 1985 and has held many leadership roles within the company, including president of Nordstrom Canada, where she led the first-ever international expansion of Nordstrom’s full line stores.

“We are indebted to Karen for the many contributions she’s made over her more than 30-year career with Nordstrom,” said Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, Inc. “During her long tenure, Karen brought great depth of experience to her various roles including president of Canada, president of Nordstrom Rack, and a member of the Executive Team. Her leadership will be missed across the company and we wish her all the best in her next endeavor.”

“I feel fortunate to be part of this company and to have built a career from which I garnered so much personal and professional fulfillment. I have a great passion for the team and the business,” said Karen McKibbin. “Nordstrom has a strong legacy that I’ve been honored to be part of. It is an incredible brand that will continue to evolve— fueled by the best talent in the business.”

Geevy Thomas, chief innovation officer, will succeed Karen. Geevy, who joined Nordstrom in 1983, has held numerous senior leadership positions throughout the organization and served as president of Nordstrom Rack from 2010 to January 2017.

“Over the last year, Geevy and the Innovation team have established an approach to leveraging our local assets of people, product, and place – and evolve our physical stores. With this foundation in place, we will begin integrating the team, learnings and processes across various aspects of our business,” said Blake Nordstrom.  “We’re fortunate to be able to leverage Geevy’s knowledge of our Nordstrom Rackbusiness, which continues to be one of our most productive channels, a driver of innovation and our biggest source of new customers to Nordstrom. Geevy will continue to support innovation as we make that transition.”

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through, HauteLook and Nordstrom, Inc.’scommon stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Gigi Ganatra Duff
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

Third edition of LVMH IME Village vocational training fair returns January 16

Third edition of LVMH IME Village vocational training fair returns January 16


Paris, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The third edition of the vocational training fair organized by the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence is set for January 16. This unique event brings young people from all backgrounds a chance to discover a compelling range of training programs and career opportunities.

The IME Village is an annual event organized with the suburbs of Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil in the Seine-Saint-Denis district north of Paris. The half-day event gives junior high and high school students, as well as parents and adults seeking new careers, a chance to discover métiers and skills that all share a passion for excellence.

The event presents different career development and work/study vocational training programs available to junior and high school students, as well as adults interested in learning a trade or changing careers. The IME also recruits future apprentices for the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH.

Local associations, several LVMH Maisons and partner schools (Duperré, HEJ Paris, Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de Couture, EMASUP Paris, EILM Paris, Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, Avize) take part in the event, along with apprentices and LVMH Group HR managers. The IME Village is designed to present exceptional skills and encourage students and adults to learn about the work/study programs offered by the LVMH IME vocational training structure in retail, leather goods, design, couture and jewelry.

The IME Village is the first event on a calendar of recruiting sessions and open days designed to attract the best talents and actively engage with the IME’s vocation of promoting equal opportunity while respecting the highest standards and demanding selection criteria.

Rendezvous on Tuesday, January 16th at this new edition of the IME Village in Clichy-sous-Bois.

Practical information:
Village de l’Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH
Espace 93 – 3 Place de l’Orangerie, 93390 Clichy-sous-Bois
2pm to 6pm: open to the public – pre-registration recommended by email:


LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH


Neiman Marcus Group announces the retirement of President and CEO Karen Katz; Geoffroy van Raemdonck to succeed


DALLAS, Texas, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Neiman Marcus Group (Neiman Marcus), the leading luxury fashion retailer, today ( January 5, 2018) announced the retirement of Karen Katz from the role of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 12, 2018. Luxury fashion and retail veteran Geoffroy van Raemdonck has been appointed to succeed Katz as the Company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Katz will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors and will work closely with van Raemdonck to facilitate a seamless transition process. The appointment is part of a long-term leadership succession planning process to ensure continued growth and evolution of the Company.

“As CEO, Karen helped establish Neiman Marcus as a digital leader in luxury fashion and retail and put the Company on a path for long-term growth. We are extremely grateful for her vision and significant contributions, which have spanned over 30 years at the Company, including the last seven as CEO, and look forward to continuing our work together on the Board,” said David Kaplan, Chairman of the Board.

Kaplan continued: “We are thrilled to welcome Geoffroy to Neiman Marcus and look forward to extending the Company’s positive momentum under his leadership. He is a global industry leader and business builder with exceptional vision and energy. The entire board is confident that Geoffroy’s
leadership will add significant value to the Company, our partners and our customers.”

Katz introduced Neiman Marcus to new customers and deepened relationships with the Company’s core shopper, while establishing Neiman Marcus as the leader in luxury online retail. She led the implementation of the Company’s Digital First strategy, which continues to drive growth. Currently, the Company’s online business represents more than 30% of total revenues. Most recently, investments made in new technologies and marketing tools drove a marked improvement in the first fiscal quarter of 2018, with comparable sales rising for the first time in more than two years.

“It has been a unique privilege serving as CEO, and I am proud of the substantial progress and success our team has achieved,” Katz said. “Geoffroy has an impressive track record of success at luxury brands, and he is the right person to lead the Company through this next phase of growth.”

“Neiman Marcus manages one of the most iconic brand portfolios in fashion retailing, and I am excited to build on the great foundation Karen created during her tenure,” said van Raemdonck. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership team, the Company’s 14,000 employees globally and our luxury brand partners as we continue to innovate and engage our loyal customers in new ways.”

Prior to Neiman Marcus, van Raemdonck served as Group President for EMEA and Global Travel Retail at Ralph Lauren, where he led the transformation of all Ralph Lauren brands across full and off-price stores, wholesale and digital. His accomplishments include delivering strong double-digit profit growth over multiple years, expanding gross margin and increasing distribution quality. Previously, van Raemdonck served as CEO at St. John Knits International, Inc., where he launched a turnaround of the American luxury house leading to significant performance improvements. Prior to that, he held a variety of global leadership roles at Louis Vuitton from 2008 to 2013 and was most recently President South Europe where he elevated brand perception and consumer experience in 22 countries and led a team of 1,200 employees across retail, marketing, PR, merchandising, supply chain, finance and HR. Earlier in his career, van Raemdonck held executive leadership positions at L Brands, Inc. He began his career at Boston Consulting Group, where he spent nearly a decade developing and implementing growth strategies on behalf of consumer and brand-driven clients. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Business and Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

About Neiman Marcus Group:
Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC is a luxury, multi-branded, omni-channel fashion retailer conducting integrated store and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, Horchow, CUSP, and mytheresa brand names.

For more information, visit

Mimi Crume Sterling
Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Relations
Neiman Marcus

Source: Neiman Marcus Group

Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Camilla Harfeld Petersen has been appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway. Camilla has a solid experience from the fashion industry and comes from Bestseller, as Country Manager for Vero Moda. Camilla starts her position at Lindex in the beginning of April.

Camilla has been working in the retail industry almost her entire professional life. She comes from Bestseller Retail, where she has been working for nine years within several different manager positions. Most recent as Country Manager for Vero Moda and before then Country Manager for the Jack&Jones stores in Norway.

I’m very happy to welcome Camilla Harfeld Pedersen to Lindex. Camilla’s solid experience within the fashion industry, combined with her fantastic commitment and sense for the customer meeting will be very valuable in our development and to strengthen Lindex position in Norway, says Elisabeth Peregi, interim CEO of Lindex.

Camilla has a strong leadership and a wide experience within retail. She is passionate about creating a positive shopping experience and to meet customer needs. Another strong driving force for Camilla is how stores and e-commerce complement and strengthen each other.

“It is incredibly exciting and I am so delighted! I’m impressed over the journey and development Lindex has done. I think that with my experience and passion, together with Lindex competent team, we have the best conditions to drive Lindex forward”, says Camilla Harfeld Pedersen.

Today Lindex Norway has 99 stores and e-commerce and are planning to open three new stores during the spring.



Eva Jonasson, Media Relations Responsible
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Nordstrom to hire 250 employees for its new Men’s Store in Manhattan opening in April 2018

Interested Applicants Encouraged to Apply When Jobs Post January 3

SEATTLE, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. will hire 250 employees for its first stand-alone Men’s Store in Manhattan, which will open on Broadway between West 57th and West 58th Streets in April 2018. The company will also open a New York City flagship store in 2019 at the base of Central Park Tower, an Extell Development Company Project. Sales and support positions will be posted on Wednesday, January 3 and interested applicants are invited to apply for jobs online at The retailer also announced Cailin Caro, as store manager of the NYC Men’s Store, and company veteran Chris Wanlass, as vice president of its Manhattan full-line stores.

“This is an exciting and historic time to be a part of Nordstrom as we prepare to open our first full-line store in one of the best retail cities in the world,” said Caro. “We’re building an empowered team of people focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”

Sales positions are available in all areas, including men’s apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes and grooming. Hiring will also take place for various support positions in building services, housekeeping, loss prevention, as well as jobs in the store’s food offerings. Nordstrom offers employees a competitive benefits package including a retail discount, medical coverage, 401(k), commuter benefits (up to $100 a month towards transit elections) and paid parental leave. New hires will participate in extensive product-knowledge seminars, selling immersion and a day of shadowing at one of the neighboring full-line stores.

To promote the start of employee hiring, the retailer wrapped the exterior of its Men’s Store with larger-than-life ‘help wanted’ banners incorporating witty job descriptions like “Desperately Seeking Sock Svengali,” “Now Hiring: Sneaker Obsessives,” and “People People Wanted.” The recruiting campaign also includes digital and social media placements.

“Nordstrom is a great place to build your career, something I’ve been fortunate to have experienced firsthand over the course of my 25 years with the company,” said Wanlass. Adding that he and Caro are “committed to creating an environment that fosters career development and growth opportunities, not only within our Manhattan stores, but the company as a whole.”

Wanlass began his career in 1992 as a stockperson at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Salt Lake City, Utah. He relocated to Atlanta in 1997 to open the company’s first store in the southern U.S. at Perimeter Mallas a department manager. In 1999, Wanlass made the move to Seattle, where he worked as an assistant buyer and then buyer in the men’s division. Relocating again in 2003, he accepted a new challenge as the Assistant Store Manager of the Downtown San Francisco store. Over the past 10 years, Wanlass has been the store manager at Stonestown (San Francisco), The Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.), Arden Fair(Sacramento, Calif.), Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.), and most recently Pacific Centre (Vancouver, B.C.).

Caro joined the company as a seasonal salesperson in Lingerie in 2006 at the Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship store, and then went on to hold various store and regional management positions in the Lingerie division in Oregon, California and Washington D.C. In 2012, she became store manager of the Nordstrom Rack Towson in Baltimore, and later served as the store manager at Nordstrom Rack Union Square. Most recently Caro was store manager of The Westchester full-line store in White Plains, N.Y.

Nordstrom has been recognized as an employer of choice by Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For (for 20 consecutive years); Human Rights Campaign’s Best Places to Work for LBGT Equality (for 13 consecutive years); Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity 2017; and Business of Fashion’s The Best Companies to Work For in Fashion 2017.

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.comHauteLook and Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Editor’s Note: Renderings of the Nordstrom NYC Men’s Store can be downloaded in the Nordstrom Press Room at

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
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H&M launches its latest activewear collection made in sustainable materials inspired by nature and strong women

H&M launches its latest activewear collection made in sustainable materials inspired by nature and strong women

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Blending fashionable design with highly functional details, H&M is thrilled to announce that the latest activewear collection is also made in sustainable materials. Inspired by nature and strong women, the collection will be available globally in select stores starting December 28th and online at January 4th.

Revolving around the theme of “In it for the long run”, the activewear collection includes a versatile range of tights, sports bras, hoodies and tops for training, running and yoga. There is an emphasis on nature and sustainability, through the prints and the colour palette of green tones, black and beige, but also the predominant use of recycled polyester and elastane in each and every piece. The garments have functional details such as being quick-dry and seamless for maximum comfort, plus built-in support and holes for ventilation. Designs are fresh, figure-flattering and fashion-forward with contrast panelling, criss-cross backs and decorative webbing. The result is a truly modern activewear collection that reflects the importance of conscious fashion today.

“By bringing together the functional and feminine, the aim is to give customers a stylish, conscious sports collection. And not just through the fabrics – we utilised a new knitting technique that creates seamless garments while using less yarn or fabric waste. Blending function with sustainable thinking and fashion in this way is the way forward,”

Petra Smeds, Head Designer of sportswear

This collection also characterises H&M’s continued commitment to sustainability and is just one of the several steps H&M is making towards their overall goal of becoming 100% circular. Ultimately, H&M want to create a closed loop for textiles in which unwanted clothes can be reused or recycled into new treasures.

For more images and information about the collection, please visit H&M Image Gallery.

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Perry Ellis International announces its participation at the 20th Annual ICR Conference 2018 on January 8th

Miami, FL, 2017-Dec-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today that the company will be presenting at the 20th Annual ICR Conference 2018 on Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 1:00 PM (local time) at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL. A webcast of the presentation will be available live at the company’s website ( and for 15 days following the conference.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and most recently Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at

Source: Perry Ellis International/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Annette Ramos
Investor Relations

LVMH opens applications for the 5th LVMH Prize

PARIS, France, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The applications for the 5th LVMH Prize will open starting from Friday, December 15, 2017. Applications must be submitted exclusively on the Prize website. The application closing date is set for February 4, 2018.

The LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers is open to all designers under 40 who have produced at least two womenswear, menswear or unisex collections.

Since it was launched in 2014 by the LVMH group, the Prize has truly benefited young fashion designers and is aimed at young designers from all over the world. Over the course of the four previous editions, it has demonstrated its commitment to discovering, supporting and nurturing young promising talent.

The winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will receive 300,000 euro and enjoy a one-year mentorship provided by a dedicated LVMH team, in all the fields of expertise involved in developing a brand.

Moreover, the Prize honours three young graduates who have completed a course in a fashion school by giving them the opportunity to join the creative team at one of the Houses of the group for one year, as well as a 10,000 euro grant.

Selected among over 1,250 candidates hailing from 90 countries, the 21 semi-finalists from the fourth edition were invited to Paris during Fashion Week. The 2017 Prize was awarded to French designer Marine Serre, while Kozaburo Akasaka from Japan, was awarded the Special Prize.

Additional information regarding the fifth edition of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers will follow early January, involving the members of the jury, the panel of international experts from the fashion industry who will select the finalists of the 2018 LVMH Prize, the schedule of the Prize and communication themes.

Former winners
Marine Serre (Winner 2017)
Kozaburo Akasaka (Special Prize 2017)
Grace Wales Bonner (Winner 2016)
Vejas (Special Prize 2016)
Marques’Almeida (Winner 2015)
Jacquemus (Special Prize 2015)
Thomas Tait (Winner 2014)
Hood by Air (Special Prize 2014)
Miuniku (Special Prize 2014)


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H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

H&M announces G-Eazy x H&M collection of new season menswear essentials

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Multi-platinum recording artist and producer G-Eazy, who releases his new album The Beautiful & Damned worldwide today, has worked creatively together with H&M to develop the new season H&M pieces that define his on-point style. The G-Eazy x H&M collection drops on March 1 at H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.

“My style is like my signature and part of my creativity, it’s my way of expressing myself as an artist. I’m so proud of the G-Eazy x H&M collection and I’m excited to share it with the world,”  — G-Eazy.

“G-Eazy is such a cool guy, he defines the menswear moment right now and it’s been a real pleasure to work with him on these sharp pieces. We love his unique take on streetwear with tailoring, and his love of checks and vivid colour. We look forward to reveal more about the collection with all G-Eazy and H&M fans.” says Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s men’s head of design.

For full interview with G-Eazy, head to

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
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BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste

BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste

BESTSELLER publishes strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste as part of the Global Fashion Agenda’s Call To Action.

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is Strategic Partner in the Global Fashion Agenda, a group working to set a common direction for industry efforts on sustainability. Today, BESTSELLER announces three strategic action points on post-consumer textile waste as a response to the Call To Action put out by Global Fashion Agenda in early 2017.

The action points are considered accelerators in the transition to a circular fashion system, and BESTSELLER has committed to report on the progress annually until 2020.


By 2020, all BESTSELLER designers and buyers will have completed a training module on circular fashion design. “Knowledge is the foundation to address the overall topic and the first action point of ‘implementing a design strategy for cyclability’,” says BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager Dorte Rye and continues: “The second action point supports the focus on ‘increasing volume of used garments collected’. By 2020, BESTSELLER will offer and promote a used garment collection channel to consumers in selected markets together with relevant partners, it must be a setup that makes sense for all parties involved” Dorte states.

The last action point focuses on the goal of ‘Increasing use of recycled textile fibres’. BESTSELLER will conduct a pilot with two jeans styles containing recycled post-consumer cotton. The jeans are to be included in the ‘never out of stock range’ within JACK & JONES. In 2018, the pilot will be completed and results evaluated.

It is important to note that the Call To Action is focused on post-consumer textile waste, meaning that other recycled materials already used in the BESTSELLER supply chain, such as recycled polyester from PET bottles, are not included in this context, “ Dorte stresses.

The specific products in the pilot will contain the highest possible amount of recycled post-consumer cotton to reach a high level of quality. The remaining cotton will be sourced as either Better Cotton or organic cotton.

The published action points are part of a more circular approach in BESTSELLER, but they cannot stand alone. The coming years ahead both BESTSELLER and the entire industry as such must learn together and be very innovative to take on the challenge on creating a more circular system for fashion,” Dorte finishes.

BESTSELLER is Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda. In collaboration with other Strategic Partners (including H&M, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung), Global Fashion Agenda aims to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion. Best known for Copenhagen Fashion Summit, the world’s principal event on sustainability in fashion, Global Fashion Agenda operates as a leadership forum steering the global sustainability conversation.

As a Strategic Partner, BESTSELLER advises on the strategic direction and helps shape the operational focus of Global Fashion Agenda. Furthermore, BESTSELLER provides expert opinion and input for the development of sustainability recommendations for fashion businesses.


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BESTSELLER releases its first publicly available supplier factory list

BESTSELLER releases its first publicly available supplier factory list

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 December 2017), BESTSELLER’s released its first publicly available supplier factory list.

As BESTSELLER does not own factories, it is imperative for us to work with our suppliers in an open and honest way, says BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager Dorte Rye and continuesWe continuously seek to create more transparency in our supply chain to address risks and promote positive change. In the light of this, and to provide increased transparency, we are making supplier factory information publicly available.“

The supplier factory information includes the names and addresses of tier 1 manufacturing factories of apparel, footwear and accessories representing our main commercial sourcing volume. Our aim is to publish all on-boarded tier 1 factories in 2018.

The list will be updated twice a year.

Read more and see the current supplier factory list here.


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