Cortazar and Ungaro part ways, Amazon buys Zappos, Italian luxury stable, Rio in Tokyo

Esteban Cortazar, courtesy of Bryanboy

Cortazar Leaves Ungaro (Vogue.com) “Following a lengthy period of less than emphatic denials and weak shows of unity between Ungaro and the label’s ceo, Mounir Moufarrige, the decision has been taken to dissolve the relationship, WWD reports. It is expected to be formerly announced later today that the separation is by mutual agreement.” Amazon to buy Zappos (Drapers) “Amazon is set to buy US footwear

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Unprecedented Japanese downturn, Badgley Mischka lowers prices, New retail technologies, Amazon sales up

Takashimaya in Japan

Bank Sees Japan Retailers In ‘Unprecedented’ Downturn (WWD) Deutsche Bank forecasts that three departments stores including Isetan and Takashimaya Japan “are heading into a prolonged and unprecedented sales downturn.” Badgley Mischka to Lower Prices (WSJ) With consumer confidence low, Badgley Mischka responds by lowering its prices. The Latest in Retail Technology (WSJ) New technologies such as scent

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