The Verdict | Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans"

Introducing the Gap’s new 1969 Denim VANCOUVER, Canada — Those of you in North America over the past week can’t have missed the media bombardment from the Gap, the ailing San Francisco-based mass fashion retailer, as it announced the launch of its new 1969 premium denim range, with six new fits for women and seven new fits for men. Huge full-page ads featuring Anja Rubik appeared in the Thursday Styles section of the

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Nordstrom profit drops, Escada crumbles, AA ekes out profit, Harrod’s secret, Designers learn the ropes

Nordstrom 2Q Profit Drops 27% But Raises Full-Year View (WSJ) “Nordstrom Inc.’s fiscal second-quarter profit decreased 27 percent as the high-end clothing retailer reported lower same-store sales. But disciplined inventory and expense management helped the company report results in line with Wall Street’s expectations, and Nordstrom became slightly less downbeat about the same-store sales decline this year.”

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Internet private sales, Couture endures, Neiman Marcus still down, Mass fashion retailers struggle

Private Sale

Designer Bargains, for the Invited (WSJ) “Online retail startups that specialize in “private sales” of discount designer apparel are gaining traction in the U.S. and, armed with fresh venture capital, plan to branch into new businesses.” Couture houses refuse to tumble (Toronto Star) “You can never be too rich, too thin or own too many couture items. High-end buyers continue to pop in to Paris for the

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Lessons from the High Street | Merchandising and Multiples

Uniqlo visual merchandising | Source: Uniqlo

LONDON, United Kingdom — “Men’s and women’s polo t-shirts in 25 colours from £12.99!” Ads announcing this Uniqlo promotion have been plastered alongside London buses this month, as well as being featured front-and-centre in Uniqlo shops everywhere. Same-store sales rose 18.3 percent in May 2009 over last year for the Japanese retailer, and the company’s stock hit five-year record highs. Over at

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American Apparel settles, Burberry posts loss, DHL invests in fashion, M&S crashes, Getting creative in tough times

American Apparel campaign | Source: American Apparel

Take the money and run: Allen wins $5m for stolen image (Guardian) “Several million dollars richer, and with his reputation more or less intact, Woody Allen successfully reached a last-minute settlement in a bruising legal battle with one of America’s most headline-prone high-street brands.” (Click here for Dov Charney’s statement and here for BoF’s previous article on Shockvertising) Burberry Posts

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Friday Column | Shockvertising

Tom Ford ad

LONDON, United Kingdom — Here’s a depressing sign of things to come. According to Luxury Briefing, Trendhunter has deemed “Shockvertising” a key trend for 2009. What’s Shockvertising? Advertising that borders on porn. Yes, you can blame the credit crunch. If consumers won’t be lured be grace and beauty, well let’s give them smut and see if that works. And it could work. Just look at the success

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American Apparel sells stake, Wu stays focused, Shrinking retailers, Concept stores close

[caption id="attachment_2658" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="American Apparel store"][/caption] American Apparel to sell stake to private equity firm (Drapers) In a rush to finance a $16 million debt, American Apparel sells a 20% stake of the company to Lion Capital. Jason Wu stays in focus amid Michelle Obama whir (The Canadian Press) Even though he has received endless press following his Obama inaugural gown, Jason Wu is staying focused on building a business and establishing strong retail relationships. America's Fastest-Shrinking Stores (Forbes) "For retailers, 2009 is a game of survival, and already more than a few haven't made it," reports Forbes. Teen Retailers Close 'Concept' Stores to Focus on Main Brand (WSJ) "Teen concepts (stores) are being pared as the recession prompts…

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Ten top stores, Commerce vs. creativity, ASOS’ kidswear, NYFW open to consumers

Eliana courtesy of American Apparel

Ten Stores Americans Can’t Give Up (Forbes) American Apparel tops the list of stores Americans can’t live without. NYFW: Commercial versus creative (Drapers) In New York, it’s always a balancing act between commerce and creativity during fashion week. ASOS launches kidswear (Drapers) ASOS, the online retailer, has just launched a kidswear line. Should Fashion Week Open to Consumers? (WWD) A survey reveals that

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American Apparel profits, New Info Shoppers, Wave of bankruptcies, Gianfranco Ferre menswear

The Complicated World of American Apparel (WWD) Amid one of the most dismal retail environments on record, American Apparel has posted a 3% profit. New Info Shoppers (WSJ) Over the past few years, a new class of strapped consumers has been poring over product spec sheets, third-party reviews and expert blog sites to find the best value. Hail the “new info shopper.” Wave of Bankruptcy Filings Expected From Retailers in

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