Profiling value retailers, Selfridges and D&G fall out, Men’s suits’ sweet spot, Sales up at Gap, Street style e-commerce

H&M Autumn/Winter 2010 Looks | Source: Style Pantry

Profiling the Value Retailers (WWD)
“Stores, like people, have personalities. Whether that personality determines the customer, or the customer the personality, is one of those chicken versus egg questions that’s a matter of perennial debate (well, at least among retail nerds).”

Selfridges and Dolce & Gabbana in ‘giant falling out’ (Telegraph)
“From next spring, the chain’s department stores will not offer the premium label or its D&G line. There were claims the retailer and the designer parted on bad terms after Selfridges proposed a change to the lines’ in-store positions.”

Men’s Suits Under $500: The New Magic Price Point (WWD)
“There’s a new sweet spot in the men’s suit market. With their popularity bolstered by the lingering recession, branded and private label offerings hovering in the $500 retail range are continuing to gain traction.”

Gap profit beats as sales edge up (Reuters)
“Yet, despite improvements in many lines of business, same-store sales at Gap’s namesake stores in North America, which account for about a quarter of overall sales, continued to slip, falling 4 percent.”

A Paris House and a Playful Street Link (NY Times)
“We’ll see more sites that essentially serve as a bridge between street style and e-commerce… customers want styling tips — and buyers are picking up ideas from visual blogs and user-generated sites that help them present trends.”