A Man’s world, Versace restructures, H&M revival, Neimans stays luxe, Juicy founders step back

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It’s a Man’s World (Newsweek)
“Just as some educators believe that single-sex classrooms are better for learning, some luxury brands are finding that single-sex boutiques boost the bottom line. While it’s not exactly a man’s world on Main Street, luxury brands are increasingly offering greater exclusivity in men-only shops.”

Versace Agrees on Job Cuts, Unveils Lower-Priced Women’s Line (Bloomberg)
“Gianni Versace has signed a preliminary agreement with unions on job cuts in Italy and introduced a lower-priced women’s wear collection as part of a plan to return to profitability in 2011.”

H&M fashions hopes of revival (FT)
“The results suggested H&M could be turning the corner after a series of disappointing sales figures last year… Karl-Johan Persson, H&M chief executive, said the economic outlook remained uncertain but predicted same-store sales would increase in 2010.”

Despite Economy, Neiman Marcus Stays Glamorous (Brand Channel)
“‘We have no intention of changing our business model or trading down,’ chief executive Burt Tansky told Wall Street analysts on a conference call last month. ‘It’s important to reiterate that we will continue to offer our customers the luxury and designer merchandise that they want to buy.’”

Juicy Couture’s Founders Step Back (Fashionista)
“Juicy Couture’s dynamic co-founders Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy are stepping down as creative directors.  There will soon be a new creative director—Nash-Taylor and Skaist-Levy will transition into creative consultant roles.”