Legendary Cher and rap icon Future come together for Gap ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ fall campaign


NEW YORK, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today (September 13, 2017) reveals the final installment of the ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ fall campaign, which launched in late July, starring the legendary Cher and rap icon Future, celebrating what can be created when distinct people connect and discover they have more in common than what divides them.

The campaign captures Cher and Future, two culturally relevant and transcendent figures who have never met before, harmonizing and offering each other their signature vocals. With video directed by the legendary Director X, the two “meet in the gap,” a blank space, to collaborate on a one-of-a-kind musical experience by tapping into their roots of rock and soul music with a song they both find inspiring. Through their rendition of “Everyday People,” originally by Sly and the Family Stone, the chart-topping rapper and legendary songstress meet up to add a modern hip hop trap beat to a classic American song.

“I love the idea of ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ because it’s easy to have common ground if you are really open and curious to people from different cultures,” said Cher. “I didn’t know who Future was before this but I knew it would be so fun to work with someone who is completely unlike me, and who is young, really talented and striving.”

“There was a great dynamic when working with Cher and we felt like we were doing something so much bigger than the two of us,” said Future. “Gap is not only bringing two cultures together but bringing everyone together through the music and the style. It’s really about everyday people.”

The campaign first launched in late July through a series of “meet ups,” also directed by Director X, featuring diverse groups of influencers collaborating and creating unexpected works of art through movement and sound. One film, titled ‘Bounce meet Bounce meet Bounce’ includes a trio of basketballers, tap dancers and a mix artist who create a musical composition made from the rhythmic and playful sounds of sports balls, with synchronized tap movements alongside a produced beat.

“As a brand, our heritage is rooted in being a beacon of hope and optimism while also bringing people together,” said Gap chief marketing officer Craig Brommers. “Uniting two superstars like Cher and Future proves that no matter how different we seem, there is always a common thread that we just might not have discovered yet.”

Launching on September 18, the campaign spans television, outdoor, mobile, social, print, in store and digital. The television spots will air on major networks and live on digital video channels including Vevo, Hulu and YouTube. In addition, Gap will launch a namesake channel on Spotify which will start with a ‘Meet me in the Gap’ mashup playlist. Lastly, the print campaign will come to life with tribute advertisements in both the Vogue 125th anniversary issue and the GQ 60th anniversary issue.

For more information on ‘Meet Me in the Gap,’ visit www.gap.com.

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.



SOURCE: Gap Inc.

Perry Ellis International enters into license agreement for accessories under the Savane® trademark in the USA and Canada

MIAMI. FL, 2017-Sep-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — (Nasdaq:PERY) — Perry Ellis International announced today that it has entered into a license agreement with Roma Industries LLC for  small leather goods and accessories, under the Savane® trademark in the USA and Canada. The collection will be available in specialty stores and online with a planned launch in Spring 2018.

Savane® is a leader in comfort, performance, and craftsmanship in men’s dress and casual pants and shorts. It continues the tradition of fine materials, attention to detail and expert workmanship it has maintained since its launch in 1985 with this new line of leather goods and accessories. These new offerings will complement  Savane’s innovations in fabrics and design that help today’s man face whatever his day brings feeling good and looking his best.

“Roma Industries is an ideal partner with a longstanding expertise in the leather goods industry. This collaboration will offer our Savane consumers a wider selection of Savane branded products to meet their lifestyle needs and supports our corporate strategy to build the Savane brand,” said Oscar Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis International.

“The entire Roma Industries team is excited to be joining with Perry Ellis International to develop and commercialize the extension of the Savane brand into belts and small leather goods, said Paul Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer of Roma Industries. We are confident that both companies will work seamlessly to build a strong presence in evolving retail markets.”

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. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About Roma Industries LLC
Roma Industries is a 60 year old business that manufactures, imports and distributes a wide variety of leather goods across all retail channels. In addition to the Hadley-Roma Division, the largest distributor of quality watch attachments in the US, Roma manufactures private label product for retailers and high-end brands, in addition to selling their proprietary Bryant Park brand. The factory and fulfillment offices for the company are located in Largo, Florida in a 40,000 square foot facility.


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Plus-size brand Carmakoma now part of ONLY

Plus-size brand Carmakoma now part of ONLY

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The plus-size brand Carmakoma was established in Denmark in 2008. “After having established ourselves on several international markets we were challenged on ways of financing our continuous development”, says Heidie Lykke, co-founder and former Director in Carmakoma.

Finn Poulsen, Director, ONLY, comments: ”We see a great potential in this part of the segment where there is a great demand for plus-size fashion that follows the absolute newest trends at strong prices and in a good quality. These are demands that match the ONLY concept.”

The new brand is named ONLY CARMAKOMA, and the first collection will be out in January 2018.

“We expect that ONLY CARMAKOMA in a 3-year period will be able to take on 10% of the total turnover in ONLY”, Finn Poulsen finishes.


In BESTSELLER, we also have the brand JUNAROSE, whose ambition – like ONLY CARMAKOMA – is to dress young plus-size women in fashionable clothes.


+45 99 42 16 62 / communications@bestseller.com


Nordstrom unveils its latest retail concept and neighborhood hub — Nordstrom Local

Nordstrom Local @ 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, California 90069 (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A neighborhood hub for free personal styling, onsite alterations and a suite of Nordstrom services
SEATTLE, 2017-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce Nordstrom Local – the company’s latest retail concept and neighborhood hub where customers can shop and access Nordstrom services in a convenient, central location. This brand new Nordstrom experience will launch in West Hollywood on October 3, on the same day as the company’s Westside Pavilion store relocation to Century City.

Nordstrom Local will have a 3,000 sq. ft. footprint; much smaller than an average 140,000 sq. ft. Nordstrom store. This service-focused concept store has no dedicated inventory – rather, customers who want to shop will have access to Personal Stylists, who can transfer merchandise in for customers, as well as a suite of convenient services like Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store (available same-day)Alterations & Tailoring, Trunk Club services, manicure appointments and more (please see full list below). Customers will also be able to make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com and Trunk Club.

“As the retail landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace, the one thing we know that remains constant is that customers continue to value great service, speed and convenience,” said Shea Jensen, Nordstrom senior vice president of customer experience who led the Nordstrom Local initiative. “We know there are more and more demands on a customer’s time and we wanted to offer our best services in a convenient location to meet their shopping needs. Finding new ways to engage with customers on their terms is more important to us now than ever.”

Nordstrom Local will have one styling suite and eight dressing rooms surrounding a central meeting space where customers can sit comfortably, enjoy a glass of wine or beer, and chat with their Personal Stylists. Customers will also find Alterations & Tailoring and Order Pickup at the entrance, and items can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Curbside Pickup.

The full list of services available at Nordstrom Local includes:

  • Personal Stylists – Fast, fun, free – and zero pressure. A Nordstrom Personal Stylist can help customers with everything from a little fashion advice to a whole new wardrobe to finding the perfect gift at any budget. Customers can make an appointment with a stylist online, over the phone or in-person.
  • Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store – Customers can shop Nordstrom.com and pick up their purchases at Nordstrom Local on the same day, if ordered before 2pm.
  • Onsite Alterations & Tailoring – Customers can get professional alterations and tailoring at Nordstrom Local. On-site tailors will assure that any garment fits perfectly, from a simple jeans hem to a meticulously tailored suit.
  • Same-Day Delivery – Available for completed alterations or purchases, and delivered directly to a customer’s home on the same day, if ordered by 2pm.
  • Curbside Pickup – Alterations and Buy Online, Pick-Up In-Store orders can be hand-delivered to a customer’s car via Nordstrom Local’s Curbside Pickup.
  • Trunk Club & Trunk Club Custom – Another convenient location for customers to meet a Trunk Club Stylist or pick up or return a trunk. The Nordstrom team of expert tailors will help customers select the right fabrics or create a Trunk Club Custom garment that suits them perfectly from workweek to weekend.
  • Nordstrom Gift Card  Nordstrom donates 1% of all Gift Card sales to nonprofits in local communities.
  • Style Boards – Nordstrom Style Boards is a new salesperson tool that allows salespeople and Personal Stylists to create digital boards filled with personalized fashion recommendations, like a summer vacation or wedding, which customers can view on their phone and purchase directly through Nordstrom.com. In addition to fashion recommendations, customers can get the expert advice of a salesperson or Personal Stylist by having a conversation with them through the app.
  • Nail Services – Nordstrom Local offers eight different manicure services to help customers complete the perfect look.
  • Easy Returns – Customers can make returns at Nordstrom Local from Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club.
  • On-Site Refreshments – Nordstrom Local will serve a full beverage menu including California-sourced beer and wine, cold-pressed juices from Pressed Juicery, and handcrafted espresso drinks from our Nordstrom Ebar.

Nordstrom Local is located at 8401 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (on the Corner of Melrose Placeand Melrose).

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 356 stores in 40 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 224 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.

CONTACT: Anya Pavlovic
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc.

Parfums Christian Dior unveils film for its new fragrance, Miss Dior Eau de Parfum with actress Natalie Portman

© Parfums Christian Dior

PARIS, 2017-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Parfums Christian Dior has released a captivating film for its new fragrance, Miss Dior Eau de Parfum. Embodied by actress Natalie Portman, the fragrance is a hymn to love.

In a galvanizing film about the feeling of true love featuring Natalie Portman, the actress provocatively asks viewers: “And you, what would you do for love?” The muse of Maison Parfums Christian Dior since 2010, Natalie Portman embodies this newest facet of the iconic range, Miss Dior Eau de Parfum.

In the film – shot in Paris and Los Angeles – she reveals a full gamut of feelings. With fiery ardor, passion and even flashes of anger, the new Miss Dior explores extremes. Sensual, amorous and provocative, she would do anything – and more – for love, going so far as to plunge unhesitatingly into the sea. A declaration of absolute love, the new film recounts how love is about proving and challenging.

Created for a decisive, passionate and free woman, Miss Dior expresses the multiple facets of love, captured in a film directed by Emmanuel Cossu – also known for his music videos for Gesaffelstein and Sebastien Tellier –  in his first collaboration with Maison Parfums Christian Dior.


H&M Foundation and HKRITA find groundbreaking solutions to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns

H&M Foundation and HKRITA find groundbreaking solutions to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The four-year innovative partnership between the non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) finds groundbreaking solutions to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns – without any quality loss – through a hydrothermal (chemical) process. The technology will be scaled up and made available to the global fashion industry. The finding is a major breakthrough in the journey towards a closed loop for textiles.

“For too long the fashion industry has not been able to properly recycle its products, since there’s no commercially viable separation, sorting, and recycling technology available for the most popular materials such as cotton and polyester blends. This very encouraging finding has the potential to change that. We are very excited to develop this technology and scale it beyond the laboratory, which will benefit the global environment, people and communities,” says Erik Bang, Innovation Lead at H&M Foundation.

The aim of the Closed-Loop Apparel Recycling Eco-System Program is to find at least one ready technology to recycle clothes made from blend textiles, within the four-year project period. One year into the partnership, HKRITA has together with Ehime University and Shinshu University in Japan, successfully developed a hydrothermal (chemical) process to fully separate and recycle cotton and polyester blends. The recovered polyester material can be reused directly, without any quality loss. The hydrothermal process uses only heat, water and less than 5% biodegradable green chemical, to self-separate cotton and polyester blends. This fibre-to-fibre recycling method is cost effective, and there’s no secondary pollution to the environment, ensuring the life of the recycled material is prolonged in a sustainable way. The technology will be licensed widely to ensure broad market access and maximum impact.

“By being able to upcycle used textiles into new high value textiles, we no longer need to solely rely on virgin materials to dress a growing world population. This is a major breakthrough in the pursuit of a fashion industry operating within the planetary boundaries.”

Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA.

The H&M Foundation initiated the partnership with HKRITA in September 2016. It is backed by an estimated 5.8 million euros of funding, with HKRITA conducting the research and work to commercialise the outcomes. The Innovation and Technology Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government also provides additional substantial funding and support. The total project investment is estimated to around 30 million euros during the four-year collaboration (2016-2020), which makes it one of the biggest and most comprehensive efforts ever for textile recycling.

It is H&M’s customers’ engagement that have enabled this important research, as the exact financial contribution is determined by the annual surplus from H&M’s global in-store garment collecting program, which is donated to H&M Foundation. To date the H&M Foundation has donated 2.4 million euros to HKRITA.

The collaboration is part of H&M Foundation´s commitment within its focus area Planet, which initiatives all have the aim to safeguard not only the planet but also the living conditions for people and communities around the world.


Yan Chan, Director, Business Development, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA)
+852 2627 8171

Malin Björne, PR & Communications Manager, H&M Foundation
+46 70 796 39 75

Cher Chui, PR Manager (Hong Kong and Macau), H&M
+852 3973 7125

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel was established in 2006 and is a publicly funded applied research center. It is one of five applied research centers sponsored by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. HKRITA engages in applied mid- and down-stream research to support the textile and apparel industries, to drive sustainable improvements, and to drive improvements for society.

The Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission, aims to increase the added value, productivity and competitiveness of our economic activities. The Government hopes that, through the ITF, Hong Kong companies could be encouraged and assisted to upgrade their technological level and introduce innovative ideas to their businesses.



Vahan’s Greg Der Calousdian is A Master of Design and His Newest Design “Nuvo” is No Exception 

NEW YORK, USA, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Greg Der Calousdian, VP of Design, has created a new look to join the company’s signature 14k gold floral beaded petal design.  The Nuvo look has clean and minimalistic lines that that will appeal to a more contemporary woman.   According to Greg, Nuvo is:

For the woman who is looking for something polished, smooth, and understated

The new design element is on rings, bracelets and earrings and can be seen in the Buckle, Le Cercle, Cross, Diamond Line, Halo, and Pavé Bangle Collections, with more collections soon to be added.

Despite this new design being a departure from the classic Vahan look, it still makes use of the signature two-tone gold and silver metals.  Nuvo also stays true to its classic look with the use of semi-precious and precious stones including Diamonds, Blue Topaz, London Blue Topaz, Rhodolite, Garnet, Black Onyx, Peridot, Chrome Diopside, and Citrine.

When asked what the reasoning was for the creation of Nuvo, Greg stated “Vahan has had tremendous success with our ornate petal design.  With Nuvo, I felt that it was time to appeal to a wider clientele. Nuvo features a sleeker alternative which is more tailored and contemporary.   It offers a forward-looking style that I think women will love.”

The Nuvo look is available August 2017 and starts at $1,000.  The line is available at various retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  A list of retailers can be found on the Vahan website at www.vahanjewelry.com.


Media Contact:

Bianca Bahary

Director of Public Relations

M. Patricof Creative Group

212 645-7798 Tel

202 207-5931 Cell



NEW YORK, USA, 2017-Sep-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Historically, Vahan Jewelry only designed pieces that were specifically for women. However, the company has now expanded to include “Homme”, it’s very first men’s collection.

When asked why now? Why expand to men’s jewelry? Greg Der Calousdian, VP of Design responded by saying “Many men feel the need to differentiate themselves from the masses, and choose to do that through self-expression. Those of us who are more fashion conscious will often do it with accessories. That’s why I felt it was time to really bring Vahan into the world of Men’s jewelry.”

Vahan Homme is versatile, contemporary, and delivers fashion savoir faire to the male masses. The collection includes rings, pendants, and a unique line of reversible bracelets. These diverse pieces highlight the brands ability to create aesthetically appealing designs.

“Our Homme collection is geared to add a little pop to a man’s style. A small token of panache to pair with a lonely wrist watch or wedding ring. I’ve created brand new designs for men such as the Pyramid collection, as well as put a more masculine twist on existing Vahan styles like the Buckle bracelet and Tiger cuff. Homme is an exciting new line that will attract men who want to make a statement,” explained Calousdian.

The Homme Collection starts at $625 and is available at various retailers throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  A list of retailers can be found on Vahan’s website at www.vahanjewelry.com.



Media Contact    

Bianca Bahary

M. Patricof Creative Group

212 645-7798 Tel

202 207-5931Cell


Giant Tiger announces the relaunch of its menswear lines — Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX Active and Tradesmax Pro

Casual. Always Comfortable. (CNW Group/Giant Tiger Stores Limited)

Collections offer casual and on-trend fashions that won’t stretch your budget


OTTAWA, Canada, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Tiger Stores LimitedCanada’s leading discount retailer, is excited to announce the relaunch of its menswear lines. Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX Active and Tradesmax Pro are available exclusively at Giant Tiger stores across Canada. These four brands deliver on customer needs with an impressive combination of comfortable fit and on-trend fashion, all at exceptional value.

“The relaunching of our exclusive men’s lines is part of the overall soft goods evolution at Giant Tiger,” explains Thomas Haig, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “Over a year ago, this journey in our fashion departments began in womenswear, followed by the children’s department, and our customers responded favourably. Relaunching the shopping experience for men is a continuation of our retail story.”

Being on trend and comfortable in clothing suited to the demands of life is what Giant Tiger strives for. “Our buyers travel the world to ensure that our fashion brands are perfectly on trend, while maintaining the quality and low price philosophy that Giant Tiger is known for,” says Brian Hession, VP Softgoods, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “We recognize that Canadian men need versatile fashions that will take them not only through their day to day but beyond.”

“Giant Tiger’s new brands are inspired by real Canadian men and their day-to-day needs. From work to play, Mountain Ridge, Rivet61, ACX and Tradesmax Pro have everything men need all at prices that are affordable,” says Karen Sterling, VP Marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “We recognize that Canadian customers are time-starved and so each brand has its own fashion house with clearly distinctive brands and styles. This ensures that when shopping you can easily create outfits and looks that are versatile and comfortable. Our shoppers want to be able to shop for multiple pieces quickly and efficiently.”

Each line is available online at gianttiger.com. With convenient ship to home or ship to your local store, shopping has never been easier or more affordable.

The brand positioning of each line answers the need of casual style for men and the assortment can take him from work to parent-teacher interviews to sporting events and hanging out.

Mountain Ridge Always Casual. Always Comfortable.

The pieces are designed for versatility and can easily be mixed and matched to create a multi-purpose wardrobe. The Mountain Ridge line encompasses men’s basics, layering pieces such as fleece-lined hoodies, all-purpose pants and outwear.

  • Trend Alert! Look for plaids, fleece-lined “shackets,” stretch twill 5 pocket pants and mixed yarn tees.

*NEW Rivet61 Always Stylish. Always Relaxed.

Rivet61 is a new brand at Giant Tiger stores and one we are sure our customers will view as a go-to label for stylish detail and pieces that stand out. The Rivet61 man has a relaxed urban style. He appreciates being on trend but looks for pieces that can carry him from day to night and from season to season. With Rivet61, it is truly all about the details.

Trend Alert! This fall, pieces will be influenced by the very popular military, moto and western trends. Look for on trend items like the stretch twill jogger pants, printed Henley tees and tattoo shirts.

ACX Active 

Inspired by the latest trends in athleisure fashion, this line can be found in womenswear, children and in the men’s fashion houses at Giant Tiger. From leisure to exercising, ACX Active is stylish athleisure wear that keeps up the fast-paced life of Canadian families.

  • Trend Alert! This fall it is all about form and function. Pieces include lined pockets, breathable fabric and stylish ruching.

Tradesmax Pro

Tradesmax Pro is Giant Tiger’s workwear brand. Pieces offer superior fit and durability and meet CSA requirements. From multiple reinforced pockets to the warm and cozy fleece-lined pieces, Tradesmax Pro is designed to let you be comfortable and move while on the job site.

  • Trend Alert! Safety is always stylish so look for CSA tags throughout!

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 235 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless #GTcommunityproud #GTCanadaproud #ForHimForLess

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Debenhams calls on Wolverhampton community to nominate a local hero to open brand new store

LONDON, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Calling all Wolverhampton superstars! Debenhams is on the hunt for a local hero to open the new store on Thursday 12th October 2017.

The winner of the search will be get a preview of the store before it opens, receive an exclusive styling session with a personal shopper and have the honour of cutting the ribbon.

The prize also includes a beauty makeover, in addition to £200 to spend on Debenhams’ exclusive ranges from designers such as the Star by Julien Macdonald range, J by Jasper Conran, No1. by Jenny Packham and Studio by Preen, as well as on leading beauty brands in the fantastic beauty hall.

Nominations are being accepted up to Friday 29th September and should include contact details for the nominee, a photograph, as well as the reasons for the nomination. These can then be sent via email to ainsley.piggott@havas.com, or in writing to: Havas PR, 26 Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AL

Alison Young, store manager for the new Debenhams Wolverhampton store, said: “The team and I can’t wait to introduce ourselves to our customers and show them the store.

“Wolverhampton has a strong community spirit, so we’re really looking forward to seeing the entries and hearing about all the great people that live in the area.”

Debenhams Wolverhampton has created more than 150 jobs in the local area and is part of the redevelopment programme taking place at The Mander Centre, which is set for completion in Autumn 2017.

Terms and Conditions

  • Winner must be happy to be involved in publicity and available on opening day
  • Judges discretion is final
  • No cash alternative for prize

– Ends –

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


For press information please contact the Debenhams press office at Havas PR on 0161 234 9778 or email prdebenhams@havas.com

SOURCE: Debenhams Retail plc

Shop for the right trousers with Lindex’s new ‘Pants Solution’

Shop for the right trousers with Lindex’s new ‘Pants Solution’

Göteborg, Sweden, 2017-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new concept ‘Pants Solution’, it becomes easier than ever for Lindex customers to shop trousers and discover their favorites in new modern designs.

We know that many women find it difficult to buy pants and we will change that. With Lindex ‘Pants Solution, it becomes easier than ever for our customers to buy pants, says Malin Lindgren, Design and Purchasing Director at Lindex.

Three years ago, Lindex launched Bra-volution, which since then has made it easier for thousands of women to find bras with their perfect fit. Now, Lindex uses the same concept for their trousers and presents the various fits with women’s names. When the customers have found their favorite trousers, it will be easy to discover them in new modern designs without even trying.

“Let’s say you’ve tried some different models and found that Nomi is one of your favorites. Then you know that all pants with the same name fit just as good, regardless of the design, material or take. It simplifies shopping both in store and online”, says Malin Lindgren.

Nea, Iris and Nomi are three of the trousers that Lindex customers get to know. Some have already found the stores and more are coming. This fall, customers get the opportunity to get to know 15 different types of fits. The new concept include everything from denim pants and twill to dressed trousers.

SOURCE: Lindex


Maria Strandberg, PR/Press
E-post: maria.strandberg@lindex.com
Telefon: +46 31 739 53 12


Benefit Cosmetics raised $4.7 million during its third Bold is Beautiful campaign

Benefit Cosmetics raised $4.7 million during its third Bold is Beautiful campaign


Paris, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Benefit Cosmetics organized its Bold is Beautiful charity initiative for the third consecutive year in May. During the month, all proceeds from brow wax services at Benefit Brow Bars are donated to charities that help empower women. This year Benefit Cosmetics raised over $4.7 million in 17 countries!

Benefit Cosmetics raised $4.7 million during its third Bold is Beautiful campaign, waxing brows for 445,911 people, double the number the previous year. All proceeds have been donated to the 34 charities that collaborate with Benefit Cosmetics.

Benefit also toured the UK and Ireland with pink pop-up charity shops offering items for sale donated by celebrities, influencers and partner brands. This initiative raised over $38,000 more for charities.

In addition to record fundraising, in Australia Benefit set a world record for the most eyebrow waxes performed in eight hours, averaging 54 brow waxes per hour!


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


Abercrombie & Fitch to open store at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim

First Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids Store in Saudi Arabia to Open in September 2017

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) today (Aug. 28, 2017) announced that in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, it will open the first Abercrombie & Fitch store, including a shop-in-shop for its abercrombie kids brand, at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah.  The store will be located in the new extension of the mall, and when the brand opens in September, it will offer the Fall/Winter collection for men, women, and children.  The continued brand expansion is part of the franchise agreement between Majid Al Futtaim Fashion and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced in 2016.

Majid Al Futtaim first introduced the Abercrombie & Fitch brand regionally in Kuwait, both at 360 Mall and The Avenues, followed by a flagship store in Mall of the Emirates in December 2015, that also saw the launch of the brand’s first fragrance boutique. Two further stores opened in Qatar at Doha Festival City and Mall of Qatar in March 2017.  Including the launch in Saudi Arabia, Majid Al Futtaim partners with Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on a total of six Abercrombie & Fitch and three abercrombie kids stores in the Middle East in a mix of franchise and joint venture arrangements.

Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The 728 sqm store will open in the brand new, modern extension of the Red Sea Mall, and will feature the brand’s open and engaging shopping environment. The space will offer both Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids products.

“We are excited to be expanding both the Majid Al Futtaim Fashion brand portfolio and the Abercrombie & Fitch label in the Middle East, and continuing to bring highly sought after brands to the KSA region. The expansion and upcoming presence shows Majid Al Futtaim Fashion’s continued investment in the success of its franchise partnership,” said Shireen El Khatib, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Fashion.

“We are looking forward to bringing our unique Abercrombie & Fitch store-based brand experience to our customers in Saudi Arabia, and complementing our existing omnichannel capabilities, supporting our goal of providing our customers with the ability to engage with our brands, whenever, wherever and however they choose to do so,” said Fran Horowitz, CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.  “We are proud to have Majid Al Futtaim as a partner to drive and support our continued expansion throughout the region.”

The franchise agreement will see the brands eventually expanding into Oman and Bahrain strengthening the company’s profile and the brands’ reach in the region.

About Abercrombie & Fitch:
The Abercrombie & Fitch brand is the iconic global specialty retailer of high-quality casual luxury apparel and accessories for men and women.  With an updated attitude that reflects the character, charisma and confidence of today’s 20+ consumer, Abercrombie & Fitch remains true to its 125-year heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style.

Abercrombie & Fitch operates approximately 280 stores in 20 countries and online at abercrombie.com at the end of Q2 2017.  It is the namesake brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF).  The Company’s other brands include abercrombie kids and Hollister Co.

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

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

Source: Abercrombie & Fitch Management Co./globenewswire

Bon-Ton Stores unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season

Bon-Ton Stores unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season


MILWAUKEE, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), which operates Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, unveils what’s NEW & NOW in fashion this season. Must-have fall trends, styles and colors in apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories are now available in stores and online.

Raise the Curtain on Fall 2017; the stage is set and we welcome the autumn playlist. View our guide to the looks, the pieces and the details that will make the season sing.  Bon-Ton has assembled the must-have essentials, and the striking details to start off the season.

Fall 2017 Trend Guide

Now Showing: Must-Have Essentials

  • An Elevated Jacket: The statement third piece to top off your look
  • Something Velvet: Opulent jewel tones head to toe
  • The Romantic Blouse: Look for poplin shirting, full dramatic sleeves and novelty neck treatment
  • Anything Embroidered: Hand crafted appeal; embroidery details
  • Statement Denim: Fringed, frayed, destructive, embellished and unique treatments
  • Luxe Boots: Crushed velvet, brocade and embroidered and over the knee—the higher the better!

Style Statements:

Dramatic Details:  It’s all in the details, blouses with full dramatic flair, ruffles, split and pleated sleeves, cold shoulder and neck details get top billing.  Key brands include: Bobeau, Fever, Cupio, Calvin Klein and Karen Kane

The Embroidered Edit:  Patterned, embellished, colorful, hand crafted–every piece has a story. Embroidered details are everywhere especially in jackets, blouses, dresses and denim.  Key brands include: Ruff Hewn, Vintage America Blues, Democracy, Celebrity Pink and Black Daisy

Over the Top (elevated jacket):  Add a statement third piece to complete the look.  Layer on a cardigan, poncho, bomber, faux fur jacket or vest, military inspired topper or denim jacket–all coming attractions for fall.  Key brands include: BLANKNYC, Democracy, Fever, Cupio and Pink Rose

Luxe Life:  We are crushing on velvet.  Rich colors in green and burgundy are the stars of the show.  You’ll find this extra luxury on apparel, handbags and even footwear.  Accent your outfit with an embellished velvet choker for a stylish look.  Brands include: Madden Girl, Marc Fisher, Nine West and Jessica Simpson

Something a Little More Comfortable: Lights, camera, action.  Logos are making a comeback and active looks are new & fresh this season. The new active is back on track with shape shifts, stripes, chevrons, innovative materials, quilting, bold graphics and no sweat sweatshirts.  So, sit back relax and enjoy the show with casual, comfortable looks from Champion, Calvin Klein Performance, Tommy Hilfiger, Puma, Under Armour and Juicy Couture

Wild Kingdom: Take a walk on the wild side with animal prints, textures, faux fur and faux leather. Look for cheetah prints in a statement coat, sheer blouse or be spotted in an ankle boot.  Key brands include: Jessica Simpson, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke

Experience the fall trends at a NEW & NOW runway Fashion show in 12 cities across the country. Runway models, styled head to toe by fashion experts, will showcase 40 must-have outfits for the season. Every piece will be on display in the store in missy and plus sizes for an easy NEW & NOW shopping experience. Guests will also enjoy exclusive NEW & NOW fashion offers, beauty makeovers, coffee bar, music and a chance to win designer prizes. Guests can find a location nearby and make reservations online.

The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes 9 furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit thebontonstoresinc.com or the company’s web site at bonton.com. Join the conversation and be inspired by following Bon-Ton on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

SOURCE: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.


Michael Kors launches second capsule collection with DFS

Michael Kors launches second capsule collection with DFS


SINGAPORE, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive Michael Kors collection available only in DFS and T Galleria by DFS stores this September. Inspired by the jet-set lifestyle and New York’s urban jungle, the Michael Kors x DFS collection features 14 women’s and men’s styles including ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses and watches, as well as an edition of the Michael Kors Mercer bag which will be exclusive to DFS this Fall.

“We are thrilled to partner with DFS once again to bring Michael Kors’ signature take on luxury to travelers worldwide,” said John D. Idol, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors. “The collection speaks to the desires of our customers today and reflects the style and sophistication that Michael Kors brings to the well-traveled life.”

This is the second capsule collection Michael Kors has launched with DFS. Starring Chinese actress Yang Mi as a part of this Campaign, the Michael Kors x DFS collection features the exclusive Mercer bag, the Sloan Editor Medium Chain Shoulder Bag, the Kent Backpack and a Packable Puffer Jacket. Prices range from US$38 – US$348.

To celebrate the launch, DFS and Michael Kors have designed a first-of-its-kind augmented reality and virtual reality in-store experience, allowing customers to jet-set into DFS locations to discover adventures inspired by the exclusive collection. Available at six T Galleria by DFS locations across Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Hawaii, guests can compete in two virtual reality games where they travel through a “Pink Jungle” to discover the Michael Kors x DFS collection and enter a lucky draw for a chance to win a trip to New York City. Then customers can capture the “Pink Jungle” experience using an augmented reality Michael Kors x DFS filter to share on their social media channels.

“We’re proud to partner with Michael Kors to design a collection and an in-store experience that speaks to the excitement of travel and the thrill of discovery,” said DFS Group President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing Sibylle Scherer. “We’re confident our customers will love this bright and energetic take on the jet-set lifestyle.”

The Michael Kors x DFS collection will be available in 22 DFS and T Galleria stores across 13 countries beginning September 1 and offered while supplies last.



Source: DFS


Nordstrom brings its Reserve Online & Try In Store service to nearly 40 stores across the country

SEATTLE, 2017-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. announced that it has expanded its Reserve Online & Try In Store service to nearly 40 stores across the country; following a pilot in six stores. Reserve Online & Try In Store allows customers to select items online and try them on in person at their nearest Nordstrom store, combining the convenience of shopping online with an efficient and personalized in-store experience.

Shoppers nationwide can easily use Reserve Online & Try In Store through the Nordstrom mobile app by selecting “Reserve Online & Try In Store” from the product detail page of the items they’d like to try on. Customers will then receive a text notification when their items have been found at their nearest store and are ready to try on, as well as a text notification when they get to the store letting them know where they can find the dedicated dressing room with their name and selected items.

“We’re thrilled to expand our Reserve Online & Try In Store service to provide a better experience for customers shopping with Nordstrom – whether that’s online, in-store or a combination of both,” said Shea Jensen, senior vice president of customer experience at Nordstrom. “Many of our customers like to feel and try on clothes and shoes before they purchase them and we’re excited to offer them a more convenient way to do so.”

Nordstrom first launched Reserve Online & Try In Store as a pilot in six Washington state stores in the fall of 2016. During the pilot, 80 percent of shoppers who tried Reserve Online & Try In Store continued to use the service multiple times. Nordstrom plans to continue expanding Reserve Online & Try In Store to stores over the next year.

Nordstrom is continually looking at ways that technology can support the customer shopping experience. The company offers several services that allow customers to shop on their own terms in a convenient manner such as Buy Online & Pickup In Store, Curbside Pickup and Scan & Shop on the Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack mobile apps. Nordstrom also recently launched Style Boards, a mobile tool that allows salespeople to create digital boards filled with personalized style recommendations which customers can view on their phone and purchase from Nordstrom.com.

The following Nordstrom stores now offer Reserve Online & Try In Store services:






New Jersey

New York





About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 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.

Jennifer Tice Walker
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

KappAhls appoints Glenda Marevind new Brand & Marketing Manager

KappAhls appoints Glenda Marevind new Brand & Marketing Manager


Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Glenda Marevind is KappAhls new Brand & Marketing Manager since mid August.

I am very pleased to welcome Glenda to KappAhl. She has the right experience and attitude on how to best continue the work of strengthening the relationship and communication with our customer, on both current and future arenas”, says CEO Danny Feltmann.

From mid-August Glenda Marevind is leading the work of further developing the KappAhl brand and marketing, in her role as Brand & Marketing Manager. Before this Glenda worked at media agency MEC and has earlier worked many years in the Lindex Group with concept, brand and communication issues, amongst others as Marketing Manager.

“I am looking forward to contribute to the exciting journey that KappAhl has undertaken. We are to be best at meeting and inspiring our customer based on her needs and buying behavior”, says Glenda Marevind.

KappAhl, founded in 1953 in Gothenburg, is one of the leading Nordic fashion chains with nearly 370 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland as well as Shop Online. Our mission is to offer value-for-money fashion of our own design with wide appeal. More than half of the range is sustainability labelled. In 2015/2016 sales were SEK 4.7 billion and the number of employees was about 4,000 in nine countries. KappAhl has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2006. More information is available at www.kappahl.com

For more information:
Glenda Marevind
Brand & Marketing Manager
Tel +46 704 715 752

Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
Tel. +46 704 71 56 31

Source: kappahl


Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection

Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection


Ratingen, Germany, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bio-based. Lightweight. Flexible. Durable: In fall/winter 2017, Esprit eyewear launches its new and forward-thinking ECOllection. The eco-friendly optical collection is made of bio-based plastic material, resulting in lightweight, flexible and durable frames. The key ingredient of the ECOllection frames is castor oil, which is extracted from the beans of the highly environmentally-friendly castor oil plant: It absorbs carbon dioxide; grows on poor soil in Mediterranean and tropical regions; and doesn’t compete for land with food crops.

ECOllection comprises of four new, on-trend styles for women and men. The captivating front shapes range from a round vintage Panto style with a modern bridge to softly-squared and slightly angular contemporary shapes. The color portfolio includes classic black, as well as the fashionable tones of brown, red, gray and blue.

Eco-friendly designs deserve ecological packaging: Each ECOllection frame comes in a sustainable case made from recycled paper. It has been specially shaped to be shipped flat and prevent shipping of empty space, reducing the carbon footprint and environmental impact.

Another highlight: With ECOllection Esprit eyewear supports the NGO WeForest and its global mission to restore forest landscapes. For every frame of this line sold in 2017 a new tree will be planted.


email: press@esprit.com

Source: Esprit


Lindex appoints Elisabeth Peregi interim CEO

Lindex appoints Elisabeth Peregi interim CEO


Sweden, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingvar Larsson, CEO of Lindex, has decided to resign from his post. Elisabeth Peregi, currently Country Manager of Lindex Sweden, has been appointed interim CEO of Lindex with immediate effect.

I look forward to this assignment and I am happy for the confidence to lead Lindex continued development. We have great and exciting initiatives in front of us that will take the company into the future, says Elisabeth Peregi.

Elisabeth Peregi has held several management positions at Lindex. She worked as the Lindex CFO from 2010 to 2013 and, before that, as Head of Franchise Business and Country Manager for Norway.

Elisabeth will report to Stockmann’s CEO, Lauri Veijalainen, who will start as the Chairman of the Lindex Board of Directors. The previous chairman, Per Sjödell, continues as a member of the Stockmann Board.

Ingvar Larsson leaves his position now but is available to Lindex during the notice period.

I would like to thank Ingvar for his great work in leading the company and strengthening Lindex position as one of Europe’s leading fashion company. I am confident that Lindex will continue to be in good hands with Elisabeth who has long experience of several sales positions at Lindex, a strong financial background and the drive to lead the company forward, says Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann.

For more information:
Lauri Veijalainen
verkställande direktör
tel. +358 9 121 5062

Source: Lindex


Spanish fashion brand El Ganso to make its Middle East debut with its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait

Spanish fashion brand El Ganso to make its Middle East debut with its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait


Kuwait, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Founded in Madrid. Made in Europe. Now, Spanish fashion brand El Ganso is all set to make its Middle East debut with the opening of its first store at The Avenues in Kuwait in partnership with retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

Established in 2004 in the heart of Madrid, El Ganso offers fun and elegant clothing for individuals with class, who are in search of a unique style. The originality of the brand’s design is characterised by its use of distinctive details, which have become a hallmark.

Over the years, El Ganso has become a leading Spanish brand both locally and internationally. The El Ganso style is a cosmopolitan look, with colours and ranges from preppy American looks to the more alternative Berlin style, and not forgetting a touch of English elegance. Every collection is designed and manufactured 100% in Europe from local raw materials, using new fabrics and yarns from quality Italian houses such as Subalpino.

As the official designer for Spanish airline Iberia Express, El Ganso has designed a set of uniforms for flight personnel reflecting both brands unique approach to comfort and versatility in business and lifestyle.

Co-founder and CEO Alvaro Cebrian said he is “very excited” about the brand’s expansion into the Middle East market.

“We are delighted to be introducing El Ganso into Kuwait and the wider region. The brand’s design ethos is rooted in on our experiences of global culture and we are sure its hallmarks of confident colour, quality and innovative detail will appeal to fashion-forward consumers in this region. We look forward to welcoming customers to our store.”

Kuwait will soon be part of the El Ganso global story, joining 190 stores in 11 countries, including cities like London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin and Lisbon. The new El Ganso store will stock collections for both men and women, boasting styles and designs that reflect the individuality of non-conformists, who are in search of unique attire with a clear focus on design, quality, innovation and attention to detail.

Source: Alshaya


The Bon-Ton Stores Q2 2017 results: Comparable store sales decreased 6.1% compared with the prior year period

YORK, Pa., 2017-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:BONT) today (August 17, 2017) reported operating results for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, 2017, and reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the full year fiscal 2017.

Results for the Second Quarter Ended July 29, 2017

  • Comparable store sales decreased 6.1% as compared with the prior year period.
  • Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense decreased $20.7 million as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Net loss in the current year second quarter was $33.2 million, or $1.64 per share, compared with net loss of $38.7 million, or $1.95 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA totaled $9.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2016 was $2.5 million.  (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”)—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)

William Tracy, Incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We made progress in several important areas of the business during the second quarter.  We saw strength in key merchandise categories and brands and were pleased with the continued double-digit growth in our omnichannel business.  Additionally, we continued to effectively execute our profit improvement initiatives, substantially reducing our SG&A expense for the quarter.  While our results were consistent with our expectations and showed an improvement over our performance in the first quarter, we remain focused on working to better position the business for the long-term.  Looking forward, we will focus on efforts to further enhance our merchandise assortment with an emphasis on our targeted growth categories, refine our marketing strategy to increase traffic and customer engagement, and drive growth in our omnichannel business.  In addition, we expect to achieve further cost reductions through the continued rollout of our profit improvement initiative.  We believe that these actions will drive improved performance in the back half of the year.”

Second Quarter Review
Comparable store sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased 6.1%.  Total sales in the period decreased 7.0% to $504.4 million, compared with $542.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

The Company continued its double-digit sales growth in omnichannel, which reflects sales via the Company’s website, mobile site, and its Let Us Find Itcustomer service program, as the Company leveraged its West Jefferson facility and store-fulfillment network.

Other income in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 was $21.0 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the comparable prior year period.  The increase was primarily due to income associated with gift card breakage and, to a lesser degree, higher revenues associated with the Company’s proprietary credit card operations.  Proprietary credit card sales, as a percentage of total sales, increased approximately 40 basis points to 57.4% in the second quarter of fiscal 2017.

The gross margin rate in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased approximately 100 basis points as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016 to 35.5% of net sales, primarily due to an increase in the markdown rate.  Gross profit decreased $18.9 million to $179.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, primarily as a result of decreased sales volume.

SG&A expense in the second quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased $20.7 million, or 9.8%, as compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2016, to $191.2 million. This was largely due to savings associated with prior year closed stores and reductions in consulting fees, medical insurance, payroll, taxes and rent, as well as gains associated with various real estate transactions.  The SG&A expense rate in the second quarter of 2017 was 37.9% of net sales, a decrease of approximately 120 basis points from the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $9.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017, inclusive of $4.6 million of income associated with gift card breakage, $7.8 million of gains related to various real estate transactions and $1.9 million of severance costs.  In the second quarter of fiscal 2016, Adjusted EBITDA was $2.5 million, inclusive of $2.4 million of consulting fees related to cost reduction initiatives and $2.2 million of severance costs.  (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under GAAP—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)

The Company’s excess borrowing capacity under its revolving credit facility was approximately $171 million at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and $189 million as of August 14, 2017.

For fiscal 2017, the Company continues to expect loss per share to be in a range of $2.08 to $2.59, inclusive of a $0.05 per share expense from the 53rd week, and Adjusted EBITDA to be in a range of $115 million to $125 million. (As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure recognized under GAAP—see the accompanying financial table which reconciles this non-GAAP measure to net loss.)  Updated assumptions reflected in the Company’s full-year guidance include the following:

  • A comparable sales decrease now ranging from 3.5% to 4.5%, which excludes sales from the 53rd week;
  • A gross margin rate decrease now ranging from 40 to 60 basis points below the fiscal 2016 rate of 35.5%;
  • SG&A expense now ranging from $834 million to $839 million, including approximately $10 million for the 53rd week, compared to SG&A expense of $880.6 million in fiscal 2016;
  • Capital expenditures not to exceed $30 million, net of external contributions; and
  • An estimated 20.3 million weighted average shares outstanding.

The Company expects to decrease debt by approximately $15 million to $20 million by the end of fiscal 2017.

Call Details
The Company’s quarterly conference call to discuss second quarter fiscal 2017 results will be broadcast live today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Investors and analysts interested in participating in the call are invited to dial (888) 523-1232 at 9:55 a.m. Eastern time.  A taped replay of the conference call will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain available through Thursday, August 24, 2017.  The number to call for the taped replay is (844) 512-2921 and the replay PIN is 4541275.  The conference call will also be broadcast on the Company’s website at http://investors.bonton.com.  An online archive of the webcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call.

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates.  The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.  The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves.  For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information included in this press release contains statements that are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, which may be identified by words such as “may,” “could,” “will,” “plan,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “project,” “intend” or other similar expressions and include the Company’s fiscal 2017 guidance, involve important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.   Factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to: risks related to retail businesses generally; a significant and prolonged deterioration of general economic conditions which could negatively impact the Company in a number of ways, including the potential write-down of the current valuation of intangible assets and deferred taxes; risks related to the Company’s proprietary credit card program; potential increases in pension obligations; consumer spending patterns, debt levels, and the availability and cost of consumer credit; additional competition from existing and new competitors or changes in the competitive environment; inflation; deflation; changes in the costs of fuel and other energy and transportation costs; weather conditions that could negatively impact sales; uncertainties associated with expanding or remodeling existing stores; the ability to attract and retain qualified management; the dependence upon relationships with vendors and their factors; a data security breach or system failure; the ability to reduce or control SG&A expenses, including initiatives to reduce expenses and improve profits; operational disruptions; unsuccessful marketing initiatives; the ability to expand our capacity and improve efficiency through our new eCommerce fulfillment center; changes in, or the failure to successfully implement, our key strategies, including initiatives to improve our merchandising, marketing and operations; adverse outcomes in litigation; the incurrence of unplanned capital expenditures; the ability to obtain financing for working capital, capital expenditures and general corporate purposes; the impact of regulatory requirements including the Health Care Reform Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; the inability or limitations on the Company’s ability to favorably adjust the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; and the financial condition of mall operators.  Additional factors that could cause the Company’s actual results to differ from those contained in these forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail under Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP Financial Measure)

As used in this release, Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, including amortization of lease-related interests, impairment charges and loss on extinguishment of debt.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). We present Adjusted EBITDA in this release because we consider it to be a useful financial measure in evaluating our operating performance. When analyzed in conjunction with our net income and cash flows from operations, Adjusted EBITDA provides investors with a supplemental tool to evaluate our ongoing operations as it excludes the effects of financing and investing activities. Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate the performance of companies in our industry and by some investors to determine a company’s ability to service or incur debt. In addition, our management uses Adjusted EBITDA (i) to compare the profitability of our stores, (ii) to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies, and (iii) as a factor in evaluating management’s performance when determining incentive compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated in the same manner by all companies and, accordingly, is not necessarily comparable to similarly entitled measures of other companies and may not be an appropriate measure for performance relative to other companies.  Adjusted EBITDA should not be assessed in isolation from or construed as a substitute for net income or cash flows from operations, which are determined in accordance with GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA is not intended to represent, and should not be considered to be a more meaningful measure than, or an alternative to, measures of operating performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Investor Relations:
Jean Fontana
ICR, Inc.

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./globenewswire

H&M partners with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection

H&M partners with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection


H&M has teamed up with artist Ace Tee to create a new collection, characterised by an urban street style. The collection will be available from 7th September 2017 at hm.com.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inspired by her personal style, the collection pays homage to the fashion and light-heartedness of the 90´s: streetwear fashion that is feminine and cool at the same time. A colour palette of black and white is combined with bright orange and vibrant yellow. Band t-shirts and track pants are paired with a fitted wrap top and a short kimono. A tight body, leggings and a sporty top in camouflage print create an urban look. A short wrap skirt and matching jacket fit the 90’s double denim look. A fan scarf, colorful sunglasses, choker and socks are the perfect accessories to complete the cool looks.

“Working together with H&M was such a great experience for me. I love this collection as it reminds me of my idols and the 90´s. There is something for everyone”, says Ace Tee about the collection.

Ace Tee gained an international reputation a short time after her song ‘Bist du down’ became viral. Ace Tee´s voice and music carry the easy and cool vibe of the 90`s. With her collection that is being sold online worldwide she follows her vision of a global movement of community.

“I am deeply convinced that music and fashion can connect people beyond nationality, gender and age. I am happy if I can achieve the same feeling with my collection”, says Ace Tee.


Head of Media Relations
Sofia Jegerborn
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M


Montfermeil Young Talent winner Laurie Procès’ creations presented at Berlin Fashion Week

Montfermeil Young Talent winner Laurie Procès’ creations presented at Berlin Fashion Week


Paris, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Laurie Procès, winner of the LVMH Young Talent prize at the Montfermeil Cultures and Creations fashion show in February 2017, presented her creations in Berlin at the Greenshowroom, an eco-fashion showcase organized in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week. The event gave the young designer prestigious exposure.

LVMH sponsored the Montfermeil Cultures and Creation fashion show for the seventh consecutive year this past February. The annual event celebrates the diversity of emerging creative talents and opens up professional opportunities for young people.

The 2017 Young Talent Prize went to Laurie Procès, who was invited to present her creations at the Greenshowroom, which takes place in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week. With support from LVMH, including a grant for purchasing materials and coaching from Group teams, the young designer showed three of her creations during a high-profile event on the international fashion calendar.

Among the previous winners, 2013 Young Talent Prize winner Anaïs Guille has since joined the Haute Couture atelier at Maison Dior, while Audiane Cojean, who won in 2015, is now a costume designer at the Opéra de Paris.


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


Inditex opens Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home in Minsk, Belarus

Inditex opens Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home in Minsk, Belarus


  • Pablo Isla met the new teams of Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home in Minsk

Arteixo, Spain, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex has opened its first stores in Belarus, reaching 94 markets with commercial presence. Inditex CEO, Pablo Isla, has visited the new stores and met the new Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho and Zara Home teams at the Dana Mall in Minsk, one of the most relevant shopping centres of the Belarusian capital.

Zara arrives to Minsk with a two-story store featuring more than 4,000 square metres of retail space bearing the latest store concept, based on four principles: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability.  The brand offers to its Belarussian customers the latest trends for women, men and kids, as part of its Fall–Winter collection.

Pull&Bear and Bershka also opened today their new stores with more than 1,000 square metres of commercial space respectively. Pull&Bear has unveiled in Belarus its latest image, with an interior design that reminds the Californian city of Palm Springs. In turn, Bershka includes in Minsk its new store concept entitled Stage, focusing on the world of music.

Stradivarius offers Belarussian customers its new women’s collection whilst, Oysho brings to Minsk its latest designs in terms of lingerie and sports clothing, with Zara Home launching the latest trends in decoration and home furnishing to this market.

Massimo Dutti is present with its latest collections for menswear, women and children, contained in a store measuring 750 square metres.

These new stores incorporate all of the elements of sustainability found in eco-efficient Inditex stores, which consume 30% less energy and half as much water compared with a conventional store. The Group’s aim is to ensure that all of its stores are eco-efficient by 2020. Currently, 71% of Inditex stores already respond to this commitment with the environment


Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544

Source: Inditex


Mall of Switzerland: Hotspot für alle Schuhfans!

Zürich/Ebikon, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sneakers, High-Heels oder Boots? Die Mall of Switzerland lässt keine (Schuh-)Wünsche offen! Shops von SKECHERS, SNIPES, Adidas oder Footlocker lassen insbesondere die Herzen von Sneaker Liebhabern höherschlagen. Mit vielseitigen Stilen setzen die Unternehmen Bata, Botty – verrückt nach Schuhen, Ochsner, Dosenbach, Colómo und Metro Boutique Schuhtrends. SKECHERS feiert zudem mit seiner Eröffnung in der Mall seinen ersten Shop in der
deutsch- und französischsprachigen Schweiz.

In weniger als drei Monaten, am 8. November 2017, eröffnet die Mall of Switzerland. Die Besucherinnen und Besucher erwartet ein hoch attraktiver Mix aus Shops, angesagten Gastronomiebetrieben, innovativen Pop-up Stores sowie aussergewöhnlichen Freizeit- und Sportangeboten. Unter den Shops sind auch zahlreiche, internationale Schuh-Marken vertreten. Klingende Namen wie SKECHERS, SNIPES und Bata lassen die Herzen aller Schuh-Aficionados höherschlagen. Die neu gewonnenen Mieter sind eine ideale Ergänzung zu dem bereits sehr breiten Schuhangebot und unterstreichen die Positionierung der Mall als Hot Spot für «Fashionistas».

SKECHERS – Premiere in der Mall of Switzerland
SKECHERS wurde 1992 in Manhattan Beach Kalifornien gegründet und hat sich von einem Unternehmen mit anfangs nur einer Produktlinie und einem einzigen Geschäftsgebäude zu einer der gefragtesten Schuhmarken der Welt entwickelt. Vielfach prämiert ist SKECHERS heute weltweit agierend und erfolgreich. Mit über 3’000 Modellen im Lifestyle und Performance Bereich kommen bei der kalifornischen
Lifestyle Marke SKECHERS trendbewusste Damen, Herren und Kinder auf ihre Kosten. Sportlich, bequem und top-modisch zugleich – die SKECHERS Modelle in diversen Farben und unterschiedlichsten Sohlen spiegeln die exakte Balance zwischen Sport, Lässigkeit und Klassik wieder. Mit der Eröffnung der Mall of Switzerland feiert SKECHERS seinen ersten Shop in der deutschund französischsprachigen Schweiz.

SNIPES – «Trends made in Germany»
SNIPES ist ein international erfolgreicher Sneaker- und Streetwear-Filialist mit über 170 Stores in Deutschland, Österreich, der Schweiz, den Niederlanden, Spanien und Italien. Seit der Eröffnung des ersten Stores, 1998 in Essen, ist SNIPES aus der urbanen Szene nicht mehr wegzudenken. Das deutsche Unternehmen eröffnet nahezu monatlich neue Geschäfte in ganz Europa und setzt laufend neue Trends. Bei SNIPES kleiden sich Jungs und Mädels von Kopf bis Fuss ein. Denn nebst einem gigantischen Sneaker-Sortiment findet man bei SNIPES auch eine grosse Auswahl an T-Shirts, Pullover, Jacken, Hosen, Caps, Taschen oder Uhren bekannter internationaler Marken.

COLÓMO – The Spirit of Leather & South America
Der Lokalplayer COLÓMO aus Kriens vertreibt seit 2016 hochwertige Lederschuhe für Damen und Herren. Sämtliche Artikel werden in Südamerika entworfen und unter fairen Arbeitsbedingungen von sorgfältig ausgewählten Lieferanten hergestellt. Wichtig sind der Firma auch eine umweltfreundliche Produktion und das Thema Nachhaltigkeit. Neben Schuhen finden sich bei Colómo auch trendige Ledertaschen, Holzbrillen sowie Holzuhren im Sortiment. Mit der Eröffnung der Mall of Switzerland feiert COLÓMO seinen ersten Shop in der Schweiz.

Für weitere Informationen:
Compresso AG
Retail, Lifestyle, Mode, Events
Suzanne Nievergelt, Jenatschstrasse 5, 8002 Zürich
Fon: +41 43 488 86 34, Fax: +41 43 488 86 01, E-Mail: pr@compresso.ch, www.compresso.ch

Creafactory AG
Bau, Politik, Verkehr, Management
Werner Schaeppi, Gotthardstrasse 31, 6300 Zug
Fon: +41 41 728 7007, E-Mail: werner.schaeppi@creafactory.ch, www.creafactory.ch

Source: Mall of Switzerland

Lindex presents AW17 collection

Lindex presents AW17 collection


Sweden, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — This fall Lindex presents clean, sophisticated silhouettes in statement prints and feminine fabrics. The autumn collection introduces exciting new shapes and added embellishment, whilst also including contemporary classics.

“This season is all about power dressing. Play with proportions to get a balanced look combining loose and fitted pieces and mixing fabrics. The trend has a clean expression and inspires to wear the collection in a loose and relaxed way,” says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

Camel, strong red, deep purple and dark green set the tone in contrast to a calmer palette. Windowpane checked suiting and corset lacing shows the new characteristic elements. The collection pays much attention to details with sheer layering, lace and ruffles.

The shirt is updated with new details like wide arms, ties or shoulder pads. To complete the look, add outstanding accessories like the velvet backpack, statement earrings or a colorful cross body bag.


Eva Jonasson
Media Relations Responsible
E-mail: press@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Source: Lindex


Sephora China continues its support for Operation Smile

Sephora China continues its support for Operation Smile


Paris, 2017-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The international NGO Operation Smile has conducted medical programs in China since 1991 to provide surgical care for children suffering from a cleft lip or cleft palate to improve their living conditions and health. Sephora China provides support for this initiative in a context where only 6.3% of surgical interventions performed each year benefit the poorest one-third of the global population.

In China, approximately one in every 600 new births is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, preventing them from talking or eating properly. Sephora China has since 2015 provided support for the international NGO Operation Smile, helping raise funds for costly corrective surgery. This initiative underlines Sephora China’s active commitment to social responsibility.

Sephora China is involved in this effort at two levels. The Maison has launched a line of five products for which all proceeds are donated to Operation Smile, enabling more children to benefit from the necessary surgery. Available in Sephora stores and online, these products help mobilize broad support behind this action.

Sephora also provides support for local medical teams. Since 2015, there have been four onsite visits by over 50 Sephora volunteers, along with 110 medical volunteers from around the world. A total of 758 children have been treated so far, and Sephora aims to help 1,000 children by the end of 2017.


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


BESTSELLER becomes a Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Aug-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BESTSELLER is announced as Strategic Partner in Global Fashion Agenda, a group working to set a common agenda and direction for focused industry efforts on sustainability in fashion.

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


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

“We believe a common and focused effort is needed to create a more sustainable fashion industry. Therefore, we’re happy to enter into this partnership with Global Fashion Agenda, and we are convinced that we can learn from each other’s experiences and together have a positive impact on the global fashion agenda,” says Dorte Rye Olsen, BESTSELLER Sustainability Manager about the decision.

“We’re very happy to have BESTSELLER join our Strategic Partner group. Having a Danish company in our group will not only help push the agenda on our home turf, but with its massive volume and reach, BESTSELLER is also able to help us propel the agenda globally,” says Eva Kruse, CEO and president of Global Fashion Agenda


Global Fashion Agenda is a global non-profit initiative founded by the Danish Fashion Institute in 2016. With a mission to make sustainability fashionable, its aim is to mobilise the global fashion system to change the way we produce, market and consume fashion, for a world beyond next season. In collaboration with its group of Strategic Partners, Global Fashion Agenda leads the global sustainability conversation. The founding group of Strategic Partners are H&M, Kering, Target, Sustainable Apparel Coalition and Li & Fung.

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00


Kmart has you covered this back-to-school season

It’s all about #SchoolGoals with huge savings on brag-worthy fashion and must-have school essentials for the entire family

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Aug-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — With only a few more weeks until roll call, Kmart has you covered with bold styles and can’t-miss savings throughout the store for back-to-school season. From head-turning fashion, including denim starting at $8, to must-have school essentials, like $12 character backpacks, shoppers can find everything to start the school year in style. Plus, parents and students alike can earn points to spend on the hottest back-to-school trends in apparel, footwear, electronics and school supplies with our Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion.

“Kmart is making it easier than ever for families to check-off everything on their list by offering best-in-class products, styles, supplies and wardrobe staples all in one place,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Kmart. “And with the ability to earn up to five percent back in points through our Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion, members and shoppers can earn points to save big on back-to-school essentials just by shopping at grocery stores, filling up at gas stations and dining at their favorite restaurants!”Whether they’re headed to the bus stop or back to campus, follow Kmart’s back-to-school guide to save big on products and gear for every grade, style and budget now through Saturday, August 26.

Kids head off to another big year
Send the little ones off to their first day wearing their favorite character apparel, with $6 character tees and BOGO 50 percent off character footwear. The youngest students will be stoked to show off apparel from Moana, Cars 3, Spiderman and more. Other hot deals for the littlest scholars include:

  • Marvel Spider-Man Boys’ Graphic T-Shirt on sale for $6, reg. $8.99
  • Disney Princess Lunch Bag on sale for $6.99, reg. $8.99
  • Route 66 Girls’ Bootcut Jeans for $10
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Kids Backpack with Lunch Kit on sale for $12, reg. $19.99

This year, Kmart has also partnered with Nickelodeon® to offer an exclusive, never-before-seen, Dora the Explorer™ episode which shoppers can redeem using an online code provided with the purchase of any Dora the Explorer item. Plus, families will receive an exclusive Kmart hand sanitizer with the purchase of any Nickelodeon item to help your kids learn and play germ-free!*

Middle and high schoolers look to make the grade
Let teens conquer the new school year in a style that’s their own from neon prints to floral patterns. Kmart offers huge savings on stylish apparel and accessories, including:

  • Rise Adult Athletic High-Tops starting at $9.99, reg. $19.99-$44.99
  • Waterbury Guardians of the Galaxy Men’s Graphic T-Shirt on sale for $8, reg. $9.99
  • Joe Boxer Women’s Canvas Backpack on sale for $23.99, reg. $29.99
  • Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Men’s Regular Fit Jeans for $24.99

College kids decorate their dorm
Get decked out and dorm ready with stylish décor, furniture and appliances from Kmart. Plus, by linking your Shop Your Way and Uber account, college students can earn even more points to use for items that show off their signature styles without breaking the bank, including:

  • Cotton Woven 2′ x 3′ Blocks Rug on sale for $9.99, reg. $14.99
  • Essential Home Complete Twin XL Bed Set on sale for $34.99, reg. $49.99
  • Essential Home Cruz Convertible Futon on sale for $89.99, reg. $159.99
  • Kenmore 3.3 cu. ft. Compact Refrigerator on sale for $119.99, reg. $159.99

For everything you need, all in one place, this back-to-school season head in store to your local Kmart, shop online at Kmart.com or use the Kmart Mobile App. And to learn more about the Shop Your Way 5-3-2-1 promotion, including how you can earn points for back-to-school shopping, visit ShopYourWay.com/card.

Follow Kmart on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share all of your brag-worthy finds with the hashtag #SchoolGoals.

* Offer valid now through September 30, 2017. Code for purchases made online will appear on your email receipt and is valid through January 31, 2018.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Blue light Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.


Bridgette Potratz
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)

Kristin McManus


Macy’s launches limited-time collection KOBI by contemporary designer Kobi Halperin

Macy’s launches limited-time collection KOBI by contemporary designer Kobi Halperin


The limited-time collection includes blouses, sweaters, dresses, jackets, jumpsuits, pants and more, and will be available at 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com August 15

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s today (Aug. 8, 2017) announced the release of KOBI, a limited-time collection created for Macy’s by contemporary designer Kobi Halperin, whose eponymous line has caught the fashion world by storm with its crafted artisan details and modern femininity. Imbued with soft silhouettes and intricate embellishments, the collection created for Macy’s officially available in stores and online Aug. 15 inspires women to celebrate getting dressed every day.

“The best part about being a designer is seeing the customer try on a piece and watching her body language completely change,” said Halperin. “I love how my collection has the ability to bring out both confidence and femininity, and I am excited to be able to share that with the Macy’s customer with this capsule collection I designed exclusively for them.”

The KOBI collection emanates a European sensibility that fosters a soignée approach to dressing. Elaborate lace adorns chic off-the-shoulder tops and elegantly cut blouses. Sweeping cape sweaters, a statement shawl-collar coat, bell-sleeve jackets, and expertly tailored blazers are rendered in luxurious textiles to magnificent effect. Skillfully draped dresses and a perfectly fitted jumpsuit skim the body and accentuate the waist without being overly body conscious for an easy sophistication that is head-turning in its subtlety. Beautifully tailored pants round out the KOBI collection, and they receive the breathtaking treatments that are the sui generis hallmarks of the line. The collection boasts a rich color palette comprised of Bordeaux, navy and black with pops of periwinkle, white and a cerebral print that adds depth.

“The KOBI collection embodies the bespoke-level attention to detail Kobi Halperin has become known for,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s fashion. “Every piece in the collection is incredibly special and serves to elevate the wearer and her wardrobe. The heart of this collection lies in making aspirational style accessible, and Kobi Halperin has delivered that to our customer in spades.”

Available on Macy’s mobile app and macys.com, the KOBI collection ranges from $79 to $299, and will officially launch in 149 Macy’s stores August 15.

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 Kobi Halperin

Kobi Halperin, a veteran in the industry, launched his namesake collection in 2015, after serving as Creative Director for 20 years at numerous fashion houses. The label embodies a European sensibility and is recognized by its crafted artisan details and modern femininity. In its first season, the collection was picked up by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Shopbop and a select distribution of specialty stores. The collection today is accredited to being an aspirational yet accessible label that bridges the gap between timelessness and trend. In addition to continuing to build a dynamic brand with a global reach through smart design and a distinct point of view, Kobi also dedicates his time to mentoring and developing the future of fashion and is an active member of the CFDA.

Macy’s Media Relations:
Julie Strider

Billy Dumé

Source: Macy’s