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."