Barneys and Holt Renfrew rumours persist, Discount sites boom, Net-a-Porter goes mobile, Jay-Z’s Rocawear

Jak & Jil window at Holt Renfrew, Toronto

Jak & Jil window at Holt Renfrew, Toronto

Holt Renfrew owner rumoured to be eyeing Barneys New York (National Post)
“Barneys, an 86-year-old luxury retailer which has famously catered to a broad and often eclectic range of needs of high-end consumers, would fit well within Mr. Weston’s portfolio and extend his buying power for his other luxury goods chains, including Holts, Selfridges in Britain and Brown Thomas in Ireland, analysts say.”

When cheap is exclusive (The Economist)
“Luxury e-tailers, which sell designer goods online at discounted prices, are flourishing. The slowdown has actually helped them, simultaneously producing seemingly endless supplies of unsold inventory and forcing consumers to tighten their belts.”

A winning formula for fashion retail (Fortune)
“Chic digital merchant Net-a-porter is proving that women will buy a $2,000 dress with just a click of a BlackBerry.”

Jay-Z’s Rocawear Line: The King Of Hip-Hop Fashion Labels (MTV Newsroom)
“At the beginning, Jay-Z’s approach to fashion was all over the map. From the baggy pants and sports jerseys that were stereotypically associated with the rap game to a tuxedo and top hat, Jay-Z’s music videos and songs incorporated various nods to fashion labels, styles and trends.”