KappAhl releases Annual & Sustainability Report 2017

KappAhl releases Annual & Sustainability Report 2017

 

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the report, President and CEO Danny Feltmann summarizes the year with the words “We have confirmation that our efforts are having effect and our development work is now continuing at a sustained pace. The pace of investment will continue to be high as we adapt the store network and develop omni-channel services. In addition, Newbie Stores continues to expand in both existing markets and the UK. A guiding star in the ongoing work is the right fashion for our customer, when and how the customer chooses. KappAhl is to be be our customer’s first choice! ”

In brief the past year summes up as follows

  • Success factors including active work on price and campaign strategies and good cost control have affected the result positively. The operating margin was 9,1 per cent.
  • The Newbie brand is successful on its own. Seven new Newbie Stores opened in Sweden, Norway and Finland. It was decided that in the autumn of 2017, Newbie Store will open in Poland and the UK, which was also carried out after the end of the fiscal year.
  • Digital development is moving forward, including customer-appreciated services like Click&Collect and Shop Online in Store.
  • The continued prioritized sustainability work has been strengthened with the new Responsible Fashion sustainability strategy. The proportion of sustainably labelled fashion has increased to 53 (38) per cent. The launch of One Bag Habit together with industry colleagues reduced the use of bags by over fifty percent in the first three months, June-August.

KappAhl was founded in Gothenburg in 1953 and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region with 370 KappAhl and Newbie stores, including Shop Online, in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Great Britain. Our business idea is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to the many people. Sustainability-labeled fashion accounts for 53 per cent of the range. Sales for 2016/2017 totaled SEK 4.9 billion and the company has approx. 4,000 employees in nine countries. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.kappahl.com

For more information:
Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
Tel. 46 (0)704-71 56 31
e-mail charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

Source: KappAhl

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Jesper Reismann named as new VERO MODA Brand Director

Jesper Reismann named as new VERO MODA Brand Director

 

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (08 November 2017), we are pleased to announce Jesper Reismann as our new VERO MODA Brand Director. Jesper comes with vast experience and will commence his new position in BESTSELLER on 1 March 2018.

With a strong knowledge of retail, wholesale, products and sourcing and with a thorough insight into the Central European markets, Jesper is a solid match. As VERO MODA Brand Director, Jesper will be joining our Executive Team.

“Jesper is a real sympathetic person with a good take on people, leadership and not least a proper approach to running our business. We believe he is the right guy for us, and I look forward to working with him,” says Anders Holch Povlsen.

With more than 20 years of experience from our trusted wholesale partner Peek & Cloppenburg (Düsseldorf), Jesper is familiar with our company.

“During most of my professional life, BESTSELLER has played an important role; as an excellent partner in my buying positions, but also as a great competitor. I have always enjoyed working with the people at BESTSELLER, valued their business culture and admired the agility of the company.

Becoming a part of BESTSELLER and the VERO MODA team is something I look forward to with both great excitement and deeply felt respect,” says Jesper Reismann about the new opportunity.

Jesper is of German/Danish descent and is currently living in Krefeld near Düsseldorf

Contact:

BESTSELLER COMMUNICATION
+45 99 42 16 62
communications@bestseller.com

Source: BESTSELLER

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ASOS launches Gift Assistant that will help customers shop for Christmas gifts

London, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. Selling over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences.

ASOS launches a new virtual assistant via the Facebook page that will make suggestions for customers shopping Christmas gifts. The ASOS Gift Assistant is available to customers during the Christmas period in the UK and France and will use the answers to a selection of questions to make suggestions from the numerous potential presents available on site.

Available on social media, the service will have its own Facebook page where customers can click through and it is also available through advertisements on Facebook.

Based on machine learning technology, the digital assistant sifts through options by asking carefully considered questions leaving you with narrowed down choices for your gift recipient. The questions will be based on 20-something customers and include quirks like ‘What item would most likely fall out of their bag’ in order to give clever gift ideas. The service also allows you to see more products should you wish to expand your purchase further.

It will also continue the partnership with Choose Love – if a customer is left unsure – they will have the option to ‘Choose Love’ and purchase an item from the charitable range for Help Refugees where 100% of the proceeds are donated to the charity.

ASOS Gift Assistant showcases the site as a one stop shop in a new and engaging way for customer this Christmas.

About ASOS:
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, selling cutting-edge fashion and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. ASOS sells over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world.

ASOS tailors the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia.

ASOS’s websites attracted 135.7m visits during August 2017 (August 2016: 117.5m) and as at 31 August 2017 had 15.4m active customers1
(31 August 2016: 12.4m), of which 5.2m were located in the UK and 10.2m were located in international territories
(31 August 2016: 4.7m in the UK and 7.7m internationally).
1 Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months as at 31 August 2017

Source: ASOS

Lindex and its customers raised 900 000 EUR for cancer research through Pink Ribbon campaign

Lindex and its customers raised 900 000 EUR for cancer research through Pink Ribbon campaign

 

Sweden, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through luxurious lounge- and underwear, beautiful accessories and Pink Ribbons, Lindex and its customers have raised a total of 900 000 EUR to cancer research during October.

Lindex is a proud main partner of the Pink Ribbon campaign since 2003 and every year the company makes a special campaign to contribute to cancer research and increase awareness about breast cancer.

I am really proud of all our customers and coworkers who every year show such a dedication to the fight against breast cancer. Sadly it is a disease that affects so many people and we hope that our support will contribute to further progress within the area of cancer research, says Elisabeth Peregi, interim CEO at Lindex.

Besides being able to buy the Pink Ribbon in Lindex stores, customer have also had the possibility to shop products from Lindex Pink Collection 2017, a luxurious collection of lounge- and underwear, including a soft prosthesis bra to be worn with or without prosthesis. 10 % from the selling price of the collection is donated to cancer research, as well as the whole sum from sold Pink Ribbons. Together with its customers Lindex has raised a total of 900 000 EUR in all markets.

The fight against breast cancer is an important part of Lindex social commitment and every year the fashion company support the Pink Ribbon-campaign through activities on all Lindex markets.

For more information about Pink Ribbon, please visit www.pinkribbon.org

Source: Lindex

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Zalando continues its global expansion with the opening of new tech hub in Lisbon in early 2018

  • Zalando has just announced the opening of its third technology hub outside of Germany, in Lisbon
  • The hub will open at the beginning of 2018 with plans to create 50 jobs in the first year of operations
  • The local team will focus on the digital experience of the Zalando Fashion Store
  • Expansion of the tech team in Dublin and Helsinki is on track, focusing on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Lisbon, Portugal, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, continues to expand its technology footprint internationally. At the beginning of 2018, the company will open a tech hub in Lisbon, the third of its kind internationally.

Zalando aims to boost its platform operations and increase digital offers to connect people and fashion in multiple ways. The new hub in Lisbon will play a key role in this strategy by focusing on the development of an enhanced digital experience for the customers of the Zalando Fashion Store, currently available in 15 European markets.

“As e-commerce develops, consumer behaviour becomes increasingly sophisticated. It is therefore essential to be on top of digital innovations and to offer the best overall shopping experience. The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping”, says Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships at Zalando. “Lisbon offers a great environment to develop our new hub. The city’s tech ecosystem will allow us to attract the talent we need, and we are looking forward to engaging in fruitful exchanges with the local startup community”.

The opening of a dedicated technology hub with a strong focus on the digital experience of our Fashion Store is a strategic step to ensure we stay ahead of customer expectations in terms of personalization, inspiration and frictionless shopping

Marc Lamik, Head of Innovation and Partnerships

Zalando will open the new hub at the beginning of 2018 and create more than 50 jobs in Lisbon over the first year of operations. The online fashion platform is actively recruiting Frontend and Backend Software Engineers, but also Product Managers and UX Designers from across the industry and from within academic institutions, to work on products and features that will further enhance the digital experience of the Fashion Store.

“Technology has always been the backbone of our company. Thanks to over 200 specialized delivery teams, we keep enhancing the capabilities that allow our platform to operate efficiently and  grow, and we constantly improve our offer towards customers and partners,” says Philipp Erler, SVP Digital Experience at Zalando. “Besides allowing us to concentrate resources on the development of our Fashion Store – a cornerstone in the success of Zalando – the new hub in Lisbon will also contribute to the diversification of our technological footprint, which keeps expanding at a fast pace”.

The opening in Lisbon constitutes Zalando’s third technology hub outside of Germany following the opening of the Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin and the technology hub in Helsinki in 2015. The focus of operations in Ireland is deep data science and engineering research, involving R&D around how to build a real-time insight platform around fashion. In Finland, the tech team works on many of the cornerstones of the Zalando Fashion Store, including personalization and social fashion influencing components.

Overall, Zalando’s tech team has grown to a headcount of more than 1,800 employees across all locations. Most members of Zalando Technology are located at the company’s headquarters in Berlin with around 120 in the German hubs in Dortmund and Hamburg. Dublin and Helsinki boast a staff of around 100 each.

Zalando has already started recruitment for the Lisbon tech hub. Information on the available positions can be found on the company’s career website: http://zln.do/2iXivZ7

Zalando Technology at a glance

  • Zalando’s tech team is located in Berlin (HQ), Dortmund, Hamburg, Erfurt and Mönchengladbach, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Helsinki, Finland; and from Q1 2018 Lisbon, Portugal.
  • More than 1,800 employees of over 50 different nationalities
  • Over 200 delivery teams across all locations
  • Small, autonomous teams applying an agile approach, based on purpose, autonomy, mastery and trust
  • Zalando platform mostly built in-house, using open source and cutting-edge technologies such as React, Scala, Python, Cassandra, Clojure, AWS, and Docker
  • Five key principles of building systems: API First, REST, SaaS, cloud, and microservices

ABOUT ZALANDO

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy and France with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract about 200 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2017, 70 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 21.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact:
Matteo Bovio
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson Italy, Spain, UK
Email:matteo.bovio@zalando.it

Charline Merieau
Position:Corporate Communications / Spokesperson France
Email:charline.merieau@zalando.fr

Source: Zalando

Milton Pappas named Chief Marketing Officer at HBC

TORONTO & NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — HBC or the “Company” (TSX: HBC) today (November 6, 2017) announced the appointment of Milton Pappas to Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Pappas will lead the Marketing Center of Excellence (COE), charged with executing the marketing strategies of the Company’s North American retail businesses.

Earlier this year, the Company created the Marketing COE to centralize all-channel marketing development across all of HBC’s North American retail businesses. The Marketing COE operates as an in-house agency and supports the execution of each business’s distinct marketing strategy with comprehensive campaigns that leverage best practices across the organization. The Marketing COE includes Media, Creative, Partnerships and Events, among other areas.

Mr. Pappas has had a long and successful career spanning a diverse portfolio of industries, including publishing and retail. He joined HBC in September 2016 as Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing. He has served as Interim Chief Marketing Officer since June 2017. Pappas joined HBC from New York & Company where he served as Chief Digital Officer. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles in marketing, digital and e-commerce at Nine West Group, Toys”R”Us, Inc. and Redcats USA. He is a board member of Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation.

About HBC

HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their all-channel 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.

For more information, visit our website.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrew Blecher
646-802-4030
andrew.blecher@hbc.com

INVESTOR RELATIONS:
Elliot Grundmanis
646-802-2469
elliot.grundmanis@hbc.com

Source: Hudson’s Bay Company

Abercrombie & Fitch to host Q3 2017 earnings conference call on November 17, 2017

New Albany, Ohio, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) will be holding its quarterly earnings conference call for all interested parties on November 17, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. EST.  A press release detailing the company’s third quarter results is expected to be issued shortly after 7:30 a.m. EST.

What: Abercrombie & Fitch Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Earnings Call

When: 8:30 a.m. EST Friday, November 17, 2017

Where: http://www.abercrombie.com

How: Live over the internet:  Log on to the web at the above address, select the Investors page and click on Events; or call:   Domestic Dial-In Number: 1-877-627-6590, ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch
Quarterly Call. Domestic Replay Number: 1-888-203-1112, conference ID number 5771918   International Dial-In Number: 1-719-325-4857, ask for the Abercrombie & Fitch
Quarterly Call. International Replay Number: 1-719-457-0820, conference ID number 5771918

The call will be archived and can be accessed for two weeks following the reporting date by calling either of the replay numbers listed above; or for 12 months by visiting the company’s website www.abercrombie.com.

An investor presentation of third quarter results will be available in the “Investors” section of the company’s website at www.abercrombie.com at approximately 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, November 17, 2017.

For further information, call:

Investor Contact:
Brian Logan
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6751
Investor_Relations@abercrombie.com

Media Contact:
Ian Bailey
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192
Public_Relations@abercrombie.com

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch

ASOS launches “Try Before You Buy” service to UK app customers

New service brings the fitting room into your home

London, 2017-Nov-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — ASOS, one of the world’s leading destinations for fashion loving 20-somethings, today ( November 2, 2017) introduces the ability for UK app customers to try any of its 85,000 products at home and only pay for what they want to keep.

Powered by Klarna Pay Later, this new “Try Before You Buy” service is incredibly simple:
1. Choose what you’d like to try and have it delivered with any of ASOS’s fast and easy delivery options
2. Try everything on at home and decide what you would like to keep
3. Send back the items you don’t like
4. Only pay for what you keep, within 30 days of your order being dispatched – with no interest or fees

“We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the ASOS experience for our 15.4 million customers around the world,” said Nicola Thompson, Global Trading Director at ASOS. “We know people love the option of paying later only for the things they keep, and are excited to introduce this for customers shopping on our app in the UK.”

ASOS remains focused on giving its customers ultimate choice and the best experience possible. The company has taken an innovative approach to everything from technology, to fashion, to delivery and payment options. Just in the past two months alone ASOS has announced Style Match – visual search functionality; ASOS Instant – same day delivery for London customers; and ASOS make up – part of the newly relaunched Face + Body category.

To pay with Klarna Pay Later, you need to be 18 years of age and have a mobile number, email and UK residential address. Once your order has been confirmed, you’ll receive an email from Klarna with payment instructions. You’ll then have 30 days to complete the payment online, at your convenience, with no extra cost. You can pay via credit or debit card at www.klarna.com/uk. If you decide to cancel your order, Klarna will withdraw the statement once your order has been cancelled. If you return your order, a refund will be processed once it arrives back at our warehouse. For more information, please visit here.

About ASOS:
ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings, selling cutting-edge fashion and offering a wide variety of fashion-related content, making ASOS.com the hub of a thriving fashion community. ASOS sells over 85,000 branded and own-label products through localised mobile and web experiences, delivering from fulfilment centres in the UK, US and Europe to almost every country in the world. ASOS tailors the mix of own-label, global and local brands sold through each of eight local language websites: UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and Russia. ASOS’s websites attracted 135.7m visits during August 2017 (August 2016: 117.5m) and as at 31 August 2017 had 15.4m active customers* (31 August 2016: 12.4m), of which 5.2m were located in the UK and 10.2m were located in international territories (31 August 2016: 4.7m in the UK and 7.7m internationally).
*Defined as having shopped in the last twelve months as at 31 August 2017

About Klarna:
It’s all about smoooth (yes, with 3 ooo’s). Klarna is Europe’s leading payments provider and a newly-licensed bank, which wants to revolutionise the payment experience for shoppers and merchants alike. Founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2005, the fintech unicorn gives online consumers the option to pay now, pay later or over time – offering a trusted, frictionless and smoooth checkout experience. Klarna now works with 70,000 merchants to offer payment solutions to more than 60 million users in Europe and North America. Klarna has 1,500 employees and is active in 18 countries.

Media contact:

press@asos.com

Source: ASOS

Xcel Brands extends Isaac Mizrahi brand to home, fashion and beauty categories

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) today (Nov. 02, 2017) announced the expansion of the Isaac Mizrahi brand with three launches across the home, fashion and beauty categories, extending the Mizrahi portfolio in both reach and diversification.

Debuting exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond® is a collection of stylish bedding from Isaac Mizrahi Home, developed in partnership with Royal Heritage Home, a leading textile company.  Now available online and at Bed Bath & Beyond locations nationwide, the collection features three chic bedding sets in colorful floral, black and white floral, and polka dot, complemented by a selection of decorative accent pillows for a curated Mizrahi interior.  To view the collection and watch a video featuring Isaac Mizrahi attempting to put his insomnia to bed.

The highly successful IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi apparel and accessories collection, epitomizing timeless cosmopolitan style, has now expanded to Dillard’s, in addition to its popular presence at Lord & Taylor in the U.S. and Hudson’s Bay in Canada.  The collection offers contemporary daywear and career wear for the confident woman who does it all, featuring wardrobe essentials in black and white, signature Isaac prints, and bright color: view IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi at Dillard’s.

October also marks the launch of Isaac Mizrahi L♥ves Revlon.  This collaboration puts the fun in functionality with the debut of a nine-piece limited edition beauty tools collection, including manicure essentials, eyelash curler, eyebrow tweezers and a chic compact. These fashionable tools feature Mizrahi’s signature stripes, polka dots, gingham, and a bold floral from his archive. The collaboration will continue with a second set of beauty tools in 2018.  Shop the collection at retailers nationwide.

CEO and Chairman of Xcel Brands, Inc. Robert D’Loren said, “Across all categories, Isaac Mizrahi’s loyal fans and followers are always looking for new ways to bring more of Isaac’s incredible style into their lives through high quality apparel and products.  We are pleased to be expanding our collections, as we continue to build upon the success of this powerhouse brand.”

Isaac Mizrahi added: “My desire to make the everyday more exciting through color and pattern is at the core of everything I design.  Whether in a closet, bedroom or medicine cabinet, great style adds pizazz — and why not take every opportunity to fill your life and home with things that make you happy?”

Xcel Brands, Inc. acquired the Isaac Mizrahi brand in 2011.  Product is available on interactive television at QVC and The Shopping Channel, and at leading retailers nationwide in categories including apparel, accessories, footwear, home goods, eyewear, textiles, travel accessories, crafts, tech accessories, textiles and infant wear.

Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a brand management and media company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on production and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design. www.xcelbrands.com

Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for 30 years.  Since his first collection in 1987, Mizrahi’s designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan, style.  He has been awarded four CFDA Fashion Awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Mizrahi is Chief Designer for both the ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! and IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi labels, which are each divisions of Xcel Brands, Inc. In the Spring of 2016, Mizrahi launched IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi, available exclusively at Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s department stores.  Previously, in 2009, Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC.  Television audiences have come to value Mizrahi’s media presence through his roles on Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” and other appearances on television where he offers his expertise on fashion and style.

Media Contact:
Stephanie Taylor
staylor@xcelbrands.com
347-727-2483

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc. /globenewswire

Weddington Way launches its new Tulle bridesmaid and special occasion dress collection

Weddington Way launches its new Tulle bridesmaid and special occasion dress collection

 

THE COLLECTION INTRODUCES NEW STYLE ELEMENTS, REIMAGINING TULLE FOR WEDDINGTON WAY’S MILLENNIAL CUSTOMER

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Weddington Way today (November 1, 2017) announced the launch of its new Tulle bridesmaid and special occasion dress collection. This launch marks a significant expansion of the Weddington Way dress offering and includes nine distinct dresses and separates, designed based on customer insights and trends.

The collection features design elements new to the brand including pearl overlay, flutter sleeves and two-tone colors. This is also the first time Weddington Way will offer separates, including a tulle skirt. Featured throughout are the brand’s signature pockets, a customer favorite, as well as other details to ensure comfort and fit. Dress colors include trending shades such as cabernet, blush and dusty blue, and a brand new champagne-ivory combo, with prices starting at $195.

“At Weddington Way we put the customer at the center of everything we do, especially as we’re developing a new collection,” says Martha Tinker, Head of Merchandising at Weddington Way. “For example, we were hearing from our customers that they wanted to see dresses with sleeves, so we took that feedback and designed a dress to meet that need. Each style is designed so that customers find something they are looking for, or are surprised by something they didn’t even know they wanted. ”

The Tulle collection is available now for pre-order online at www.weddingtonway.com, where bridal parties and friends can create a virtual showroom to browse and select styles and sizes. The collection will also be available at Weddington Way’s 10 shop locations on November 15. With the help of a stylist, customers can feel and try on the dresses in a personalized environment, while their virtual showroom and orders are updated in real-time.

“This year we opened Weddington Way shops across the country, and these shops have added an additional point of connection between our team and customers,” says Ilana Stern, Founder and General Manager of Weddington Way. “This connection has helped us continue to evolve the way we design for the needs and desires of our customers, making the Tulle collection a truly one-of-a-kind, trend-informed but customer-driven collection. We can’t wait to hear how our customers like it.”

About Weddington Way

Weddington Way is the new way to shop for bridesmaid and special occasion dresses. The San Francisco-based fashion brand pioneered the community-centric shopping experience that lets friends shop together in a virtual showroom, and now offers an extension of that experience with shops across the country. Weddington Way, which designs and manufactures fresh and modern dresses for millennial women, was founded in 2012 and joined Gap Inc. in 2016. For more information and shop locations, please visit www.weddingtonway.com.

Source: Gap Inc.

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Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia creates a dazzling holiday collection for Macy’s

Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia creates a dazzling holiday collection for Macy’s

 

The glamorous line created for Macy’s by husband and wife design team Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia features resplendent textiles and superb craftsmanship, and is available in 149 Macy’s stores and macys.com in November

NEW YORK, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia, known for producing stunning pieces through their eponymous line that has redefined eveningwear, have created a dazzling collection for Macy’s (NYSE:M) that makes dressing up fun, easy, and empowering this holiday season. With close attention to detail and high fashion artistry, SB by Sachin & Babi goes beyond traditional special-occasion wear with a selection of breathtaking dresses and gowns, stylish statement jackets, and mix-and-match tops, skirts and pants. Fans of the new collection can preview the line on macys.com beginning Nov. 1, prior to the official launch in stores on Nov. 15.

“The collection was inspired by New York City nightlife, and its captivating energy and optimistic spirit,” said Sachin Ahluwalia. Babi Ahluwalia continued, “The collection combines classic evening wear elements with 50 shades of shine, each piece makes a statement offering powerful women the promise of elegance.”

The SB by Sachin & Babi collection is irresistibly radiant, channeling the electrifying energy of a fabulous night on the town. Party-ready dresses, gowns, and separates are rendered in eye-catching and sumptuous fabrics, and the silhouettes are sharp, highlighting the superb tailoring and construction within each garment. Unexpected details are particular highlights of the collection—a gold brocade mini dress features a bustle as well as mesh detailing at the décolletage and a strip of sequins at the hem. A silver skirt, also in brocade, has a subtle animal print along with velvet trim, and has an accompanying blazer. Sequins are employed masterfully and in unique ways, with a bomber jacket boasting striped sequined sleeves, and a lace box top is elevated through a striped sequined body. Sachin & Babi’s famed embroidery skills and techniques run throughout the collection as well, with delicate organza and lace blouses, dresses, and skirts adorned with exquisite blue floral embroidery. SB by Sachin & Babi combines uptown chic with downtown exuberance for a collection that is perfect for all the It Girl’s fetes this holiday season.

“Sachin & Babi have made names for themselves through their beautifully crafted statement pieces women wear in their most important moments,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “Their refinement and cultured sensibility set them apart and we’re thrilled to have partnered with them to bring the artistry of their bespoke clothing to the Macy’s customer for their holiday celebrations.”

SB by Sachin and Babi, available on macys.com beginning Nov. 1, will officially launch in 149 Macy’s stores on Nov. 15, and is priced from $99 to $299.

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 macys.com. 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, and 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.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Sachin & Babi

Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia founded their eponymous label in 2009 in a quest to redefine eveningwear. Both native to India, the couple first gained recognition in New York by designing and manufacturing embroideries for the city’s renowned couture houses. While passionate about their work, the duo longed to connect directly with their customer. Motivated by the needs of well-informed women who choose to live full lives, the designers pioneered a category of beautifully crafted feminine statement pieces that support women in their most important moments. With a deep commitment to quality and respect for their clients, Sachin and Babi produce most of their collection in their family owned factory in Mumbai to ensure high fashion craftsmanship at attainable luxury. Rich in culture, history and sensibility the Sachin & Babi label proudly brings the artistry of bespoke clothing to ready to wear.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider
646-429-5213
julie.striderfukami@macys.com

Billy Dumé
646-429-7449
billy.dume@macys.com

Source: Macy’s

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KappAhl Group appoints Peter Andersson new CFO from April 2018

KappAhl Group appoints Peter Andersson new CFO from April 2018

 

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Nov-01 — /EPR Retail News/ —Peter Andersson has been appointed new CFO of the KappAhl Group effective during April 2018, the latest. Peter Andersson has worked for many years as CFO of AB Lindex, where he currently is Director of Expansion.

“I am very pleased with the recruitment of Peter. His extensive expertise and experience from retail will be a great asset to KappAhl”, says Danny Feltmann, KappAhl’s President and CEO.

As from April 2018 Peter Andersson will lead and develop the financial work of the KappAhl Group. He was born in 1964, is a trained economist with an MBA from the University of Gothenburg. Peter has many years of international experience from the retail business out of strategic and operational perspective as well as qualified work in financial and risk management. He has previously worked for ICA Handlarna AB. Since 2001, Peter Andersson has been employed at AB Lindex, where he has been CFO for many years and where he, since the summer of 2017, is Director of Expansion.

Prior to the appointment of Peter Andersson, Torbjörn Gustafsson, who is responsible of the Group Controller function at KappAhl, will be acting CFO for the time until an external interim solution is in place. This is expected to take place in December.

This information is information that KappAhl AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation and the Securities Markets Act. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out below, at 10.00 CET on 31 October 2017.

KappAhl was founded in Gothenburg in 1953 and is a leading fashion chain in the Nordic region with 370 KappAhl and Newbie stores, including Shop Online, in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and Great Britain. Our business idea is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design to the many people. Sustainability-labeled fashion accounts for 53 per cent of the range. Sales for 2016/2017 totaled SEK 4.9 billion and the company has approx. 4,000 employees in nine countries. KappAhl is quoted on Nasdaq Stockholm. More information at www.kappahl.com

For more information:
Danny Feltmann
President and CEO.
Tel +46 31 771 5661

Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
+46 704 715 631
charlotte.hogberg@kappahl.com

Source: KappAhl Group

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H&M’s image recognition tool now available in 13 markets

H&M’s image recognition tool now available in 13 markets

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Oct-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Image Search adds to a seamless shopping experience. Already available in 13 markets – and more to come – H&M’s image recognition tool helps fashion fans move directly from inspiration to purchase in the H&M app.

Powered by the self-learning algorithms of image recognition technology, Image Search is a tool that helps customers move directly from inspiration – in for example social media, screen shots or own photos – to purchases via the H&M mobile app. Users simply feed a picture of a style they like to the app and the app will immediately present one or several similar purchasable products from H&M’s wide online assortment. Image Search is shown as a camera icon in the top right corner of the H&M app.

H&M’s Image Search was first launched in May 2017 in the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland. In late September, the app became available in a further nine markets: Belgium, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ireland and Poland. Currently live in 13 markets, the plan is to launch Image Search across more H&M markets further ahead.

As with other H&M digital features, such as #HM Gallery and My Style, Image Search takes further steps to combine visual discovery with new technology, to make shopping even more convenient and inspiring for customers. At H&M, customers should be able to discover and shop H&M fashion in their mobile devices whenever and wherever they like, including H&M’s followers on Instagram. H&M has more than 23 million followers on Instagram.

#HM Gallery is an easy and inspiring way to make the content of Instagram pictures purchasable through user generated images as well as H&M’s own pictures. My Style is an inspirational and partially personalised product feed, which increases online exportability. The feed uses Instagram pictures when available and every image includes at least one purchasable H&M item. #HM Gallery and My Style are available in most of H&M’s 43 online markets globally.

SOURCE: H&M

MEDIA CONTACT

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

Perry Ellis International collaborates with NMNY Group for Laundry by Shelli Segal and Laundry by Design trademarks in the USA and Canada

MIAMI, FL, 2017-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (Nasdaq:PERY), announced today that it has entered into a license agreement with NMNY Group, LLC for day and social occasion dresses under the Laundry by Shelli Segal and Laundry by Design trademarks in the USA and Canada. ​NMNY will commence selling the collection in November in department and specialty stores across the United States and Canada.

Feminine, sexy, smart and always glamorous, the Laundry by Shelli Segal collection has been shaping the way women dress for over 25 years. ​The brand continues to inspire women today with iconic styling, vibrant prints and color and the unexpected use of embellishments in every product. The brand’s current licensed categories include outerwear, fashion accessories, intimates, fragrance and home decor which complement the dress, sportswear and swimwear classifications to position Laundry by Shelli Segal as a true lifestyle brand.

Perry Ellis International CEO and President, Oscar Feldenkreis remarked, “Our company looks forward to working closely with​ Marty, and his experienced team at​ NMNY Group, to ​expand the Laundry by Shelli Segal ​dress business. We believe this collaboration will enhance our larger efforts to grow this powerful brand across categories, channels and markets.”

“We are very enthusiastic about the addition of Laundry by Shelli Segal to our portfolio of brands. This iconic brand has been a proven performer over many years and we are proud to support this heritage and the brand’s commitment to feminine, trend right styles for the modern woman,” says Martin Schlossberg, Chairman of NMNY Group, LLC.

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit www.PERY.com.

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 http://www.pery.com.

About NMNY Group, LLC
​NMNY Group, LLC and Associates was founded by Martin Schlossberg over 50 years ago. The company is a leading supplier of women’s and junior apparel to the department and specialty store channels and commercializes product under the Nicole Miller New York, Chetta B, Leslie Fay, R&K Originals, Madison Leigh, Karin Stevens, and Isabella Suit brands. Senior executives, Andrea Schlossberg and Gary Rodbell, complete the leadership team that provides appealing, high quality and fashionable product to retailers and consumers.

Contacts:

Stanley Silverstein
President, International Development and Global Licensing
212-536-5424
stanley.silverstein@pery.com

Pamela Fields
Vice President, International Development and Licensing
212-536-5602
pamela.fields@pery.com

​Martin Schlossberg
Chairman
212-944-6500. Ext. 322
martin@cha-inc.com

SOURCE: Perry Ellis International/GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Cubavera Features Inspiring Stories and Styles behind Top Hispanic Influencers in new Wear Your Heritage web series

Latin Menswear Brand Features Inspiring Stories and Styles behind Top Hispanic Entertainment, Sports and Community Influencers in Web Series dubbed ‘Wear Your Heritage’

MIAMI, FL, 2017-Oct-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cubavera, Perry Ellis International’s Latin menswear brand, celebrates Latin culture with the launch of the Wear Your Heritage web series. The campaign focuses on sharing the individual #SoyLatino stories of influential celebrities, athletes and community leaders and unveils what it is that connects them to their Hispanic culture.

“A company founded in its signature tropical linen guayabera, Cubavera has its Hispanic roots to thank for the success the brand has experienced in the U.S. For that reason, it is important that we celebrate Latin culture and honor our diversity and the significant contributions of our fellow Latinos,” said Oscar Feldenkreis CEO and President. “The Wear Your Heritage: #soylatino campaign” is a call to all Latinos, spearheaded by celebrity influencers, to share their #SoyLatino story and how individuals proudly ‘wear their heritage’ in both their personal and professional lives.”

Much like a guayabera tells a story through its unique linen, colors and embroidery, the journey of each Latino is similarly marked by his/her country of origin and individual path. In honor of this journey, the Wear Your Heritage web series, found at https://www.cubavera.com/features/soy-latino/ , connects Latino icons such as famous cuban band Orishas, telenovela heartthrob Erick Elias, Univision’s Chef James, actors Gabriel Coronel, William Valdez and professional baseball players Jonathan Villar and Jose Berrios to their heritage. Throughout the series, influencers will tell the story of their upbringing, cultural background and how they are breaking barriers in their respective industries as Latinos. Stories of each influencer’s journey and childhood memories will culminate with how the Cubavera brand represents the Hispanic journey and lets individuals ‘wear their heritage’. The campaign includes a social component with a call to action for Latinos to share their stories with @Cubavera via the #SoyLatino hashtag.

Further, Cubavera recognizes the strides Hispanics have made in all facets of American culture and in integrating Latino fashion, entertainment and more into mainstream America. Yet, there is a beauty that persists in Latino home countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Cubavera invites Latinos to celebrate Latin culture alongside them.

Follow the web series at https://www.cubavera.com/features/soy-latino/ where behind-the-scenes clips, a photo gallery, social RSS feed and more can be found! For those wanting to wear guayabera selections made by celebrities, a ‘shop the look’ component will be made available. To join the conversation, tag @Cubavera and #SoyLatino on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Cubavera
The Cubavera brand represents the joy, vibrancy, and color of Cuba’s unique flavor of Latin culture that inspires and fascinates everywhere. The Feldenkreis family came from Cuba 50 years ago and brought the smart casual versatility of the guayabera to US clients, with a focus on quality materials, precise tailoring and signature details. In 2000 they transformed these tailoring and design fundamentals into our pioneering Cubavera collection of men’s apparel and accessories with Latin roots and American appeal.

Today and tomorrow, everything we make and do at Cubavera is designed to invite our family of fans to Live the Good Life, the Cubavera way. Our Cubavera ‘Good Life’ brings those same ideals we brought from the guayabera to everyday living: looking great, feeling cool, and putting a little Latin ritmo and tropical sabor into every day, no matter who or where you are. For more information, please visit www.Cubavera.com.

About Perry Ellis International (PEI):
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 http://www.pery.com.

For more information, please visit www.Cubavera.com.

Media Contacts
Melissa Lopez
mlopez@pintausa.com
305.615.1111 ext.186
Nicolle Lopez
nlopez@pintausa.com
305.615.1111 ext. 182

SOURCE: Perry Ellis International/GLOBE NEWSWIRE

 

Nordstrom to host hiring day events to fill 13,650 positions

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. is planning to hire approximately 13,650 employees before the holidays. The retailer is looking to fill positions at its Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, HauteLook and Trunk Club businesses, fulfillment and distribution centers. Those interested in a position should apply online at the Nordstrom Careers page, careers.nordstrom.com, or attend one of the retailer’s hiring day events listed below.

“Our focus is always on our customers and we’re looking for great people to help us better serve them during one of our busiest times of the year,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores at Nordstrom. “We have many positions available and this is a great opportunity to gain experience and potentially start a career at Nordstrom.”

Specifically, the company is looking to fill approximately:

  • 8,200 positions at its 122 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada
  • 3,200 positions at its 227 Nordstrom Rack stores
  • 2,000 positions to support the company’s stores and ecommerce business at its fulfillment centers located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Elizabethtown, Pa.; and San Bernardino, Calif.; and its distribution centers located in Portland, Ore.; Dubuque, Iowa; Ontario, Calif.; Newark, Calif.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • 150 positions at its seven Trunk Club clubhouses
  • 100 positions in the photo studio and customer care to support Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook

Part-time and full-time seasonal and permanent positions are available. Benefits include a merchandise discount at Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom Rack and HauteLook.

Additionally, Nordstrom will host hiring day events in the following stores where interviews and job offers will be given on the spot.

October 27 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Nordstrom Natick (Natick, Mass.)
  • Nordstrom South Shore Plaza (Braintree, Mass.)
  • Nordstrom Burlington (Burlington, Mass.)
  • Nordstrom Northshore (Peabody, Mass.)
  • Nordstrom Garden State Plaza (Paramus, N.J.)
  • Nordstrom Menlo Park (Edison, N.J.)
  • Nordstrom Freehold Raceway (Freehold, N.J.)
  • Nordstrom The Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.)
  • Nordstrom Roosevelt Field (Garden City, N.Y.)
  • Nordstrom Westfarms (Farmington, Conn.)
  • Nordstrom Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • Nordstrom Providence Place (Providence, R.I.)

October 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Nordstrom Stoneridge (Pleasanton, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Valley Fair (San Jose, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Palo Alto (Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom San Francisco Centre (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Stonestown (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Hillsdale Mall (San Mateo, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Corte Madera (Corte Madera, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Walnut Creek (Walnut Creek, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Serramonte Center (Daly City, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack San Leandro (San Leandro, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Westgate Mall (San Jose, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack East Bay Bridge Center (Emeryville, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Ravenswood (East Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Downtown San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Persimmon Place (Dublin, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Pacific Commons (Fremont, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Vintage Oaks (Novato, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Coddington Mall (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Market Street (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Oakridge (San Jose, Calif.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Sun Valley Mall (Pleasant Hill, Calif.)

November 3 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Nordstrom Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Factoria Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Lincoln Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Nordstrom Rack Totem Lake (Kirkland, Wash.)

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 360 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 227 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Tice Walker
Nordstrom, Inc.
Jennifer.ticewalker@nordstrom.com

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Sears reinvents its Wish Book for 2017

Sears Wish Book Front Cover (PRNewsfoto/Sears, Roebuck and Co.)

Reinvented for 2017, the definitive holiday gift source is back with mobile, online and classic print editions featuring top quality products across every category

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Just in time for the start of the holiday season, Sears has announced the return of the brand’s iconic Wish Book, bringing members all of their favorite gifts in one place. Sears reinvented the Wish Book for 2017 – reclaiming its place as the definitive source for hundreds of gift options for every family member, and offering convenient access via mobile, online and the classic print editions to help shoppers easily find quality gifts.

“The new ‘genie in the bottle’ is our Sears Wish Book. From drains to drills to dresses…from tools to TVs to tablets, we’ve got your back! We know the holiday hustle is on! And we’ve got you covered with the Wish Book,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Sears and Kmart. “Our members told us they missed the Wish Book, so we had to bring it back, but in a special way that lets you share more joy wherever you are. There’s gifting inspiration on every page to help you live life now – during the holiday season and throughout the year.”

The 120-page Wish Book, last available in 2011, showcases Sears’ breadth of quality products including holiday decorations, home furnishings, kitchen essentials, games and toys, sleepwear and intimates, workshop and outdoor living items, top selling appliances and fashion favorites, home gym, and more. The digital Wish Book is now accessible online or via any mobile device at sears.com/wishbook, as well as through the Sears app.

The interactive digital Wish Book provides shopping convenience this holiday season, letting members shop wherever, whenever and however they choose. Members can easily navigate through pages, hover over items to see pricing and descriptions, and click on the heart icon to add to their Shop Your Way member Wish List, making it simple to pick out holiday gifts for family and friends. Pricing is dynamically updated, so members can return to the digital Wish Book throughout the holiday season and ensure they’re getting the best deal.

Sears’ best members will receive a limited edition printed 2017 Wish Book in the mail, and select other Shop Your Way members will receive an email inviting them to pick up a copy of the collectible keepsake at their local Sears store, while supplies last.

The first Sears Wish Book, known as the Sears Christmas Book catalog, came out in 1933. Featured items in the first catalog included the “Miss Pigtails” doll, a battery powered toy automobile, a Mickey Mouse watch, fruitcakes, Lionel electric trains, a five pound box of chocolates, and live singing canaries.

Join Sears on social media to hear more about the Wish Book and the latest Sears news – “Like” Sears on Facebook, and “Follow” Sears on Twitter and Instagram.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 6,000 expert technicians who make nearly 11 million service calls annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Brian Hanover Chloe Zuanich
Sears PR Havas Formula for Sears
847-286-6080 312.229.0605
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com sears@havasformula.com

SOURCE Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Bulgari redesigns its flagship store on Fifth Avenue

©Bulgari

NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forty years after opening its first store in New York, Bulgari reaffirms its love for the city with a redesign of its flagship store on Fifth Avenue. Conceived by architect Peter Marino, the store’s architectural concept fuses Rome and New York, two iconic and strikingly contrasting cities. 

In the 1970s Bulgari opened its first store in New York. With its distinctive avant-garde spirit, the Roman Maison brought the essence of Roman lifestyle across the Atlantic to celebrate the city that never sleeps, becoming the jeweler of the modern woman.

Forty years after opening its first store, at the end of 2017 Bulgari has reimagined its flagship, which boasts one of Manhattan’s most strategic locations, on the corner of 5th Avenue and 57th Street. Created by Peter Marino, the store’s design concept draws inspiration from architectural elements of the mythic Bulgari flagship store on Via Condotti in Rome, proposing a timeless yet contemporary vision of the Eternal City.

Combining classic and contemporary, tradition and innovation, the space becomes an invitation to travel through the Roman Maison’s 130-year history. Roman inspiration is omnipresent, referencing the Pantheon in Rome and the geometric circle and square motifs that grace the building’s precious floor. The best of Italian craftsmanship is showcased in more than 30 meticulously selected traditional noble materials, including marble, different tones of marmorino, precious walnut, iron, brass, silk and velvet.

To fete the redesign of the store the Maison has also created the Bulgari New York Collection, featuring Roman sophistication and joie de vivre, along with a tribute to America’s famous Stars and Stripes flag. Among the most magnificent pieces in the collection is a necklace made of a blue, red and white cascade, with alternating tanzanite, rubelite and diamonds. There is also a Serpenti bracelet in white gold set with pavé diamonds, lapis and coral.

SOURCE: LVMH

LVMH leads crowdfunding campaign for the acquisition and return to France of a national treasure, the Book of Hours of King François I

LVMH leads crowdfunding campaign for the acquisition and return to France of a national treasure, the Book of Hours of King François I

PARIS, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — LVMH is leading a “Tous Mécènes!” crowdfunding campaign this fall to enable the acquisition and return to France of a national treasure, the Book of Hours of King François I. With this exceptional philanthropy initiative, LVMH is supporting an important addition to the collections of the Louvre Museum. 

Launched in 2010, the “Tous Mécènes!” crowdfunding program encourages everyone, individuals and businesses, to become patrons of the arts to enrich the collections of the Louvre Museum by making donations. The campaigns raise funds needed to acquire exceptional works while strengthening ties between the public and the famous museum. 

Following a call for donations by Louvre President Jean-Luc Martinez, LVMH announced that it would fund 50 percent of the acquisition budget needed to add the Book of Hours of King François I to the museum’s collections. A unique depiction of life in the royal court during the Renaissance, this extraordinary illuminated manuscript and the binding – with two large carnelian intaglios, turquoise and ruby insets and arabesques against a black background – represent an intricate period in French art. 

With this latest initiative, LVMH continues 25 years of active support for preserving, enriching and promoting France’s unique cultural and artistic heritage.

Click here to participate in this new crowdfunding campaign and make a donation to the Louvre.

SOURCE: LVMH

 

Customers in Europe can print initials on two garments from the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection

MANGO is offering its customers in Spain, France, the United Kingdom

BARCELONA, Spain, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is offering its customers in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy the opportunity to print their initials on two garments from the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection, in order to obtain unique and personalised outfits.This service is available for purchases via mango.com.

MANGO is continuing its commitment to sustainability and is strengthening its Take Action programme, the project which includes all the initiatives aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability criteria and more environmentally-friendly processes.

Following the success of the first collection launched last year, the firm has launched the second capsule of the MANGO Committed sustainable fashion collection.An ecological offering designed for women and men and produced using sustainable materials.In the latest edition, as well as organic and recycled cotton, the range of sustainable fibres has been extended to include recycled wool, modal and lyocell.

SOURCE: MANGO

MEDIA CONTACT

T. +34 938 602 222
press@mango.com

Nordstrom partners with Give Back Box® to help customers donate gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry or small household items

Donations can be made for free by mail to help reduce waste, support local nonprofits
SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Every year, billions of pounds of clothing ends up in landfills. Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) is now offering customers a better solution that helps give new life to used clothing and accessories, while also supporting local nonprofit organizations. Through a partnership with Give Back Box®, customers can donate items by mail at no cost. All donations will be directed to local nonprofits, where they will be sold to fund community programs such as job training and education initiatives.

“Our customers have told us they want to be able to clean out their closets in a more environmentally-friendly way,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “By extending the life of their used items, and encouraging them to reuse the box from their recent Nordstrom order, we’re trying to make it easy and convenient to help reduce waste while also being able to support local nonprofit organizations.”

The new service enables customers to donate gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry or small household items. To get started, customers can visit Nordstrom.com/DonateClothes or follow these steps:

  1. Open Your Box: When you order from Nordstrom, save the box your order came in.
  2. Pack It Up: Fill the box with any gently used clothing, accessories or shoes you’d like to donate.
  3. Print and Ship: Print a prepaid shipping label from givebackbox.com/Nordstrom. Close up your box, attach the prepaid label, and drop it off at any UPS or U.S.P.S. location.

“We are thrilled to have Nordstrom as a partner to share our message with its customers,” said Monika Wiela, Give Back Box Founder. “With its focus on service and commitment to corporate social responsibility, Nordstrom is a natural fit for Give Back Box. We’re excited to work together to support organizations that are providing valuable resources to those in need in our communities.”

Later this week, the retailer will begin testing an in-store donation program in its six western Washington Nordstrom stores. Those items will be directed to Seattle Goodwill and Goodwill of Olympics and Rainier Region. Participating stores will have white, Goodwill-branded donation bins.

Participating stores include:

  • Bellevue Square, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Downtown Seattle, Seattle, Wash.
  • Northgate Mall, Seattle, Wash.
  • Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, Wash.
  • Southcenter Square, Tukwila, Wash.
  • Tacoma Mall, Tacoma, Wash.

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 360 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 227 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:   Anna Brown
Nordstrom
206.303.4178

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Macy’s and Clothes4Souls announce the fifth annual “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign

Macy’s “Buy A Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign in support of Clothes4Souls begins Oct. 24 (Photo: Business Wire)

Buy a coat at Macy’s stores or macys.com from October 24 to 29, and Macy’s will donate a new coat to someone in need

NEW YORK, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s and Clothes4Souls proudly announce the fifth annual “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign. From Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 29, Macy’s will donate one new coat, up to 35,000 coats, to Clothes4Souls, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments at Macy’s stores and macys.com. Through this program, Macy’s and it’s partners have donated 165,000 new coats, with a retail value of more than $6.6 million, since 2013.

To help customers save while giving back, Macy’s will offer 40 percent to 50 percent off a large selection of outerwear during the campaign.

“This year, Macy’s will celebrate the fifth season of our ‘Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One’ campaign in partnership with Clothes4Souls,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “With the help of our customers, we’re aiming to deliver another 35,000 new coats to the men, women and children who need them most this upcoming winter season. The impact of this program has been remarkable, and we are proud to invite our customers to join us once again in giving to this important cause.”

Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. Clothes4Souls works with nonprofit partners including homeless shelters, after school programs, international relief and disaster relief organizations to provide clothes to those who need them most, domestically and globally.

“We are always so excited for this time of year,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO of Clothes4Souls. “The opportunity to work with Macy’s, its vendors, and dozens of agencies around the country to distribute 35,000 brand-new, high quality coats to men women and children, creates real value for those in need. Thank you, Macy’s, for five years of partnership and helping 165,000 people here in the U.S.”

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and distribution will take place in cities across America, beginning in November. To view this year’s outerwear assortment and participate in “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One,” visit macys.com.

Macy’s “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign is made possible through support from Ben Sherman, Bernardo, Calvin Klein, Carters, CB Sports, Celebrity Pink, Coffeeshop, Guess, Hawke and Co, HK by Hawke, Jessica Simpson, Laundry, London Fog, OshKosh, Rampage, Sebby, Tommy Hilfiger, Via Spiga, Vince Camuto, Weather Tamer, and 32 Degrees.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) 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 macys.com. 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, and 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.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

About Clothes4Souls:
Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used clothing from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clothes4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance.

Please visit www.clothes4souls.org for more information.

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Macy’s Media Relations
Julie Strider, 646-429-5213
julie.strider@macys.com

H&M: There is absolutely no reason for us to incinerate usable clothes

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Oct-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — For H&M to send our products for incineration is very rare, it’s only done when they do not fulfill our safety regulations; if they are mould infested or do not fulfill our strict chemical requirements. We are very concerned as to why some media would suggest that we would destroy usable clothing. There is absolutely no reason for us to do such a thing.

The products to which the media are referring, have been tested in external laboratories. The test results show that one of the products is mold infested and the other product contains levels of lead that are too high. (four independent tests show a result between 707-5237 ppm lead which highly exceeds H&M’s limits of 90 ppm). Those products have rightly been stopped in accordance with our safety routines.

According to the test we have, the test for lead performed by the Danish program did not include the whole garment, and not the part affected levels of lead that are too high. The other test performed by the Danish program did not include tests for mould (instead “Kim” and “E-coli” which is bacteria and not mould). This is the reason why our tests differ.

When test results show that certain products do not fulfill our safety regulations they should not under any circumstances be neither sold to our customer or be recycled. They will therefore be sent to destruction in accordance with our global safety routines. H&M has one of the strictest Chemical Restrictions in the industry and we do regular testing, often in external laboratories. Accordingly, the restrictions often go further than the law demands as we want our customers to feel totally safe to use our products.

Products stopped for other reasons than health and safety are either donated to charity organisations or re-used through re-use/recycling companies. Those products in stores that are not sold at full price are sold at a reduced price through our sales. We also actively move garments to stores or markets where we see a greater demand, or store them for the next season. At a last resort, we consider external buyers of our overstock.

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

MEDIA CONTACT

Head of Media Relations
Katarina Kempe
+46 8 5780 85 54

Sainsbury’s launches Tu Formal its first-ever full range of men’s formalwear and Tu Premium for men

Sainsbury’s launches Tu Formal its first-ever full range of men’s formalwear and Tu Premium for men

Sainsbury’s smartens up menswear by launching Tu Formal & Tu Premium for men

LONDON, 2017-Oct-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is poised to take on Ted Baker and Reiss with the launch of Tu Formal, its first-ever full range of men’s formalwear and Tu Premium for men. From 17th October, both ranges will be available online and in up to 250 Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

The Tu Formal collection focuses on fabrics sourced from the UK and includes two British wool three-piece suits (£160). The 100% wool tweed fabric is produced by a family-owned mill in the Yorkshire Dales which has been producing wool fabric for the past 150 years. This is the first time a UK supermarket has stocked men’s suits made with fabrics produced in Britain. They will be on offer alongside a wider range of jackets made with the iconic Scottish fabric, Harris Tweed (£130).

Sainsbury’s 20-piece Tu Premium menswear collection – the first premium supermarket clothing range for men – encapsulates key trends for the season, with sharp tailoring and high-quality fabrics, such as jeans in four-way stretch denim and wool blend coats and knitwear. Statement pieces include a camel Crombie coat (£60) and wool borg collar jacket (£55), while accessories include wool beanie hats (£8).

Sainsbury’s clothing business grew by over four per cent in the last financial year and menswear is the fastest growing clothing category.  Sales of menswear increased almost 13 per cent in the year to September 2016. Wool-rich suits and blazers were standout performers – Sainsbury’s sold over 1,200 Harris Tweed jackets last Autumn/Winter season, with the range performing particularly well online. These results gave the retailer the confidence to invest in a much broader, on trend collection for this season.

Last year the UK menswear market was estimated to have grown 2.8 per cent, more than twice that of the women’s clothing market and is forecast to grow by 12.3 per cent over the next four years to reach £16.3 billion by 2021.

The launch of the two new menswear collections follows the success of Tu Premium for women, which launched in September 2016 in response to growing customer demand for the Tu brand to be bolder and more confident with its fashion. The collection enjoyed strong sales from the outset, with a black leather biker jacket (£95) selling out online in just seven days.

Sainsbury’s Commercial Director, James Brown, said: “Menswear is the fastest growing area of Tu clothing and, having had a fantastic response to our premium womenswear launch, we wanted men to have a similar choice of high quality, on trend styles at fantastic value. The new Tu Formal and Tu Premium menswear collections, designed to be a cut above typical menswear supermarket clothing ranges, allow us to go head-to-head with high street brands.”

Sainsbury’s is the UK’s sixth biggest clothing retailer by volume and tenth by value. Over the past three years, Tu clothing sales have grown by more than 20 per cent.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

PRESS CONTACT
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 0207 695 7295.

Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Debenhams celebrates the opening of its Wolverhampton Store

Wolves FC superstar, Jody Craddock, City Mayor and local hero cut the ribbon to open brand new Debenhams Wolverhampton store

LONDON, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Former Wolves star, Jody Craddock, local resident Ann Guest and The Mayor of Wolverhampton and Councillor, Elias Masih Mattu, stepped into the spotlight today (Thursday 12thOctober) to cut the ribbon to the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store at the Mander Centre.

More than 2000 locals queued outside the store to get the first glimpse of the brand new three-storey shopping destination, which is home to a fabulous collection of fashion, beauty and home.

Ann Guest (76) was selected by the store team to officiate the opening, alongside Jody, following a call out for local residents to nominate someone who deserved a pampering makeover at the store. Guest was nominated by her friend, Christine Crazie, as a result of her ongoing work within the local Spring Valley estate.

Ann, who suffers from serious back pain, is a regular sight around the area either organising local fayres to raise money for families to go on days out or regularly visiting the homes of people that are ill or unable to go outside. She has worked tirelessly over the years to promote the interests of her neighbours and to ensure that they have their say over the services that they receive.

Jody Craddock said, “Ann is a very special lady and it was a pleasure to open the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store alongside her.

“She looked absolutely fabulous in her new outfit which was picked out as part of the makeover this morning, and I hope she enjoyed being pampered as she truly deserves it.”

The 93,000 square foot Debenhams Wolverhampton store is home to a variety of different departments, including ranges from Designers at Debenhams including Jasper Conran, John Rocha and Savannah Miller. The amazing new beauty hall means that customers can get their hands on exciting brands such as Urban Decay, Kat Von D, Estee Lauder and Buxom.

There is also the chance to sit down, relax, and grab a bite to eat with friends and family at the new Loaf & Bloom restaurant. Other highlights include a brow bar, a bra fit service, travel money and free Wifi.

Local hero, Ann Guest, said: “I had such a lovely morning, picking out new season outfits and cutting the ribbon to the store.

“I’d like to say thank you to my friend, Christine, for nominating me for the prize. I love living in Wolverhampton, it has such an amazing neighbourly spirit and I’m sure the new Debenhams will be a focal point for the community from now on.”

Alison Young, store manager for Debenhams in Wolverhampton said: “It’s fantastic to finally open our doors to the public, having been working behind the scenes for so long.

“It was amazing to see so many members of the local community outside the store this morning, and it was a pleasure to have Ann cut the ribbon alongside Jody, she looked absolutely beautiful.

“We have a team of 150 customer service superstars working across the fantastic fashion, beauty and home departments in store, and they can’t wait to meet our new customers.”

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Notes to Editors

About Debenhams
Debenhams is a leading international, multi-channel brand with a proud British heritage which trades out of more than 260 stores across 27 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

The business serves over 19 million customers with over 5 million visits online per week and deliveries to 60 countries.

In the UK, Debenhams is the market leader in beauty, handbags, occasion wear and swimwear and has a top three market position in womenswear and menswear and top ten share in childrenswear.

Debenhams has been investing in British design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Savannah Miller, Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, FrostFrench, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi, Todd Lynn, Julien Macdonald, Jenny Packham, Preen, Giles Deacon, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas and Matthew Williamson.

For more information, visit www.Debenhams.com

CONTACTS

For more information and imagery please contact:
Debenhams Press Office: 020 3549 6420 / press.office@debenhams.com

Zalando sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna, Sweden

Zalando sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna, Sweden

 

Berlin, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Zalando, Europe’s leading online fashion platform, sent out the first parcel from its fulfillment center in Brunna yesterday. Earlier in May this year, Zalando fruitfully completed its location search for the first Nordic fulfillment center in Sweden in order to better serve its customers in the Nordics. The fulfillment center in Brunna, close to Stockholm, is operated by the local partner Ingram Micro. The test operations just commenced and logistics processes will be further ramped up over the course of the next months.

“We are continuously advancing our logistics network and strive to be internationally well positioned in order to keep improving our localized offer. The fulfillment center will ensure that Zalando’s strong and growing customer base experiences a more convenient service and receives orders faster in all Nordic markets. The first parcels will be shipped today, and full operations are expected to be secured in 2018. The satellite warehouse in Brunna will decrease lead times significantly, enabling next day deliveries to all Nordic capitals and the possibility for same day delivery in Stockholm”, says Kenneth Melchior, Nordic Cluster Head at Zalando.

The fulfillment center in Brunna is ideal strategically due to its geographic location. The position close to Stockholm in combination with the sophisticated infrastructure at hand, will make it possible to cut lead times in half. Denmark and Sweden will see the average delivery time decrease to 1-2 days from 2-5. Finland and Norway can expect a decrease to 1-3 days instead of the current 3-7. The fulfillment center will moreover provide a foundation for testing new services catering to changing customer needs, like the return on demand pilot ‘Zalando Hämtar’ currently running in Stockholm.

ABOUT ZALANDO

Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform for women, men and children. We offer our customers a one-stop, convenient shopping experience with an extensive selection of fashion articles including shoes, apparel and accessories, with free delivery and returns. Our assortment of almost 2,000 international brands ranges from popular global brands, fast fashion and local brands, and is complemented by our private label products. Our localized offering addresses the distinct preferences of our customers in each of the 15 European markets we serve: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom. Our logistics network with four centrally located fulfillment centers in Germany allows us to efficiently serve our customers throughout Europe, supported by warehouses in Northern Italy and France with a focus on local customer needs. We believe that our integration of fashion, operations and online technology give us the capability to deliver a compelling value proposition to both our customers and fashion brand partners.

Zalando’s shops attract about 200 million visits per month. In the second quarter of 2017, 70 percent of traffic came from mobile devices, resulting in 21.2 million active customers by the end of the quarter.

Contact:

Phone: +49 (0)30 2096 81 484
Mail: press@zalando.com
Twitter: zalando_press

Source: Zalando

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LVMH holds successful second DARE (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) event

LVMH holds successful second DARE (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) event

 

Paris, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Following the success of its first DARE (Disrupt, Act, Risk to be an Entrepreneur) event in July, LVMH organized a second edition from October 9-11 focused on the environment. Sustainable development connected with entrepreneurial drive, creativity and innovation during three intensive days.

Blending open innovation and professional development, the DARE program gives LVMH managers a chance to transform their forward-looking ideas into full-fledged business plans. Following the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the LVMH Environment Department in September, the second edition of DARE focused the collective talents of LVMH managers on environmental issues facing the luxury industry.

Working in the same framework as for a new product launch, 60 LVMH intrapreneurs from 15 Maisons and 10 countries shared their experience and expertise while testing new modes of collaborative working. Fourteen students from LVMH partners schools (ESSEC, CSM and ParisTech) and the Ecole 42 tech school in Paris were also part of this inspiring adventure. Coached by mentors specialized in environmental issues and CEOs from LVMH Maisons, the 11 finalist teams pitched their ideas to a jury comprising members of the LVMH Executive Committee, along with outside experts.

Three teams received awards for innovative projects ranging from the common sourcing and reuse of raw materials throughout the Maisons, to the sustainable reinvention of products life-cycle. The winning teams are now advancing with the next steps in their projects, supported by experts from the Group.

“This new success for the DARE initiative underlines the fundamental importance that our core values of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and innovation play in the future of our organization,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Synergies. “We will continue to encourage intrapraneurial initiative by our talents because we believe their ideas are key to foster innovation throughout LVMH.”

Contact:

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

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian launches “Homes Sweet Homes” line of scented candles

Maison Francis Kurkdjian launches “Homes Sweet Homes” line of scented candles

 

Paris, 2017-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Childhood homes rich in memories were the starting point for a new collection of scented candles introduced by Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Dubbed “Homes Sweet Homes”, the line of five scented candles recounts personal stories that have nourished the olfactory memory of Francis Kurkdjian, the perfumer of the eponymous Maison.

Francis Kurkdjian has translated cherished memories into colors and scents, creating a collection of five candles that bring together his talent as a perfumer and personal memories.

“Rue des Groseilliers”, the street where he grew up a dozen miles from Paris, evokes the bright red berries found in the garden every summer, with their sweet juicy savors. “Anouche” proposes a a smooth, flowery sweetness with lightly honeyed and spicy notes, rekindling the unforgettable memory of the rose petal and plum jam made by his grandmother. “La Trouverie” harks back to escapades at an old farm in the French countryside of Le Perche, with an aroma of fresh straw, lavender, thyme and rosemary. “Les Tamaris” revisits the scent of everlasting flowers and acacias that grow on the Atlantic coast, where the perfumer loves to vacation with his family. And with “Au 17”, Francis Kurkdjian encapsulates the cozy and eclectic atmosphere of his Paris apartment with the mingled aromas of an open fire and Japanese incense.

From the design of the mold to the hand-decorated box, manual craftsmanship has guided the creation of this collection of scented candles, expressing the intimate memories of these special places.

Contact:

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

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MANGO launches second capsule collection of sustainable fashion as part of the Take Action programme

  • MANGO’s goal is that 50% of the cotton used in its collections will be of sustainable origin by 2022.
  • MANGO launches new sustainable fibres in the Committed collection as part of the Take Action programme.

Barcelona, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — MANGO is continuing its commitment to sustainability and is strengthening its Take Action programme, the project which includes all the initiatives aimed at creating a business model based on sustainability criteria and more environmentally-friendly processes.

Daniel López, MANGO Vice-Chairman, says that “The future of fashion starts here.The views of consumers and sustainability awareness have evolved exponentially in recent years, in the same way that fashion has. MANGO is committed to making its business model more sustainable.”

Following the success of the first collection launched last year, the firm is launching it second capsule collection of sustainable fashion, MANGO Committed.An ecological offering designed for women and men and produced using sustainable materials.In the latest edition, as well as organic and recycled cotton, the range of sustainable fibres has been extended to include recycled wool, modal and lyocell.

Highlighted among designs with a clear vintage military inspiration are feminine outfits with an oversized masculine fit.Garments include details such as plastron pockets and aged copper rivets.The predominant tones are greens combined with tile, grey and ochre. Among the many models in the woman’s collection, key garments include the tile power suit and the maxi puffer jacket.

The selection of designs for the men’s line also feature utility details and opt for neutral tones such as navy, army green, ecru and tobacco, with hints of tile.The key garments in the line are the corduroy suit, the workwear style dungarees and the tobacco overcoat.

Josh Olins shot the campaign images in Iceland during October, in striking landscapes such as the Haukadalur geyser or the Gullfoss waterfall, where nature can be seen in its purest form.The campaign stars the models Liya Kebede and Clement Chabernaud, with styling by Aleksandra Woroniecka .

MANGO TAKE ACTION

The launch of the MANGO Committed fashion collection represents a step forward within the series of initiatives through which the firm is maintaining its commitment to sustainability in several areas.MANGO is aware of the importance of carrying out its day-to-day activities adopting environmentally-friendly and sustainable development criteria in all areas of its business.This is why, for some years now, it has worked on various initiatives which are now included in the Take Action project.

The goal of the company is to increase the percentage of sustainable fibres used in its collections, with a commitment for 50% of MANGO cotton to be of sustainable origin by 2022.

Also, in design terms, the new Committed collection features 45% more models compared to last season.This capsule collection is produced in nearby countries, Spain, Morocco and Turkey, making it possible to reduce emissions further.

In late 2015, Second Chances went into operation, a project for collecting used clothing and footwear in containers located in selected stores (available in Spain, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Portugal).So far, MANGO has collected 3 tonnes of garments, and the forecast is to reach 10 tonnes by the end of 2018.

Contact:

Tel: +34 938 602 222
email: press@mango.com

Source: Mango

Nordstrom opens its new, relocated store at Westfield UTC

SEATTLE, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion retailer Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its new, relocated store at Westfield UTC today (Oct. 12, 2017). The two level, 145,000 square-foot store features the company’s latest interior and exterior design concepts, a full-service restaurant and bar, designer boutiques and an expanded beauty experience. The store is a relocation from its previous home at the other end of the mall, which opened in 1984.

“Our La Jolla customers have been very supportive of our business over the past 33 years,” said Kathy Keegan, store manager at Nordstrom La Jolla at UTC. “We love serving this community and relocating and opening a new store allows us to better serve customers on their terms through an updated shopping experience.”

What’s New
The store showcases the company’s newest design concepts, which incorporates natural light with a single-surface floor throughout to help create a sense of discovery for customers to experience new brands. New additions include eight designer boutiques housing apparel and handbags from Chloe, Gucci, Saint Laurent and Valentino; SPACE, a boutique curated by Vice President of Creative Projects Olivia Kim with advanced and emerging designers like Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, Molly Goddard, Jacquemus and Y/Project; Bazille, a full-service restaurant and bar serving bistro-cuisine; an expanded beauty experience with Beauty Concierge for questions and booking appointments, and new brands including Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford, Hourglass, Le Labo, Byredo, Atelier Cologne and more; as well as services like Buy Online & Pick-Up In-Store, Curbside Pickup, Reserve & Try In-Store, Style Boards, and Same-Day Delivery which bridge the convenience of online shopping with the personal experience of the store.

Brands & Services
Nordstrom La Jolla at UTC offers customers a comprehensive offering of popular, luxury and designer brand names for men, women and children. Customers can shop designer fashion from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, and shoes by Gucci and Valentino. The store also offers apparel from A.L.C., Alice + Olivia, Rag & Bone, Self-Portrait, Veronica Beard, Frame Denim, Rebecca Taylor, as well as limited-distribution brands TOPSHOP, Madewell, and J. Crew. For men, the store offers TOPMAN, Wings & Horns, Norse Projects, John Varvatos, A.P.C. and more.

To enhance the in-store experience, Nordstrom provides special services to make shopping convenient, easy and fun for customers, including Personal Stylists, Beauty Stylists, alterations and tailoring, certified shoe and bra fitters, prosthesis services, shoeshine, coffee bar and more.

Opening Events
Opening day festivities kicked off with a Beauty Bash at 8 a.m. just outside the store’s mall entrance. Customers learned the latest tips and tricks for fall from the top names in beauty and fragrance. In what has become Nordstrom opening tradition, more than 550 employees welcomed and applauded the first customers through the doors at 10 a.m.

Promises2Kids and Voices for Children were the beneficiaries of a sold-out opening gala earlier in the week. Nordstrom hosted and underwrote the gala for more than 1,400 guests that raised $140,000 for the nonprofits work on behalf of local foster youth.

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 360 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 227 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSEunder the symbol JWN.

CONTACT:           
John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
(206) 303-3018

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.