CEO Talk | Art Peck, Incoming Chief Executive Officer, Gap Inc.

Art Peck | Source: Courtesy

BoF speaks to Art Peck, incoming chief executive of Gap Inc., to discuss his 10 years of experience at the American fashion giant and his imminent take over from Glenn Murphy at a critical juncture in the company’s history, amidst a market landscape being reshaped by digital technology and fast-fashion competitors.

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Collaborations with Costume Designers Continue to Grow

Banana Republic 'Mad Men' collection | Source: Banana Republic

What was once a little-celebrated job — outfitting the characters that grace TV and film screens — is now the source of significant business opportunities for fashion brands, studios and networks, and the costume designers themselves.

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Gap Says Sales Trends up in July and Second Quarter

GAP Store on Broadway, New York | Source: Shutterstock

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Gap Inc. said Thursday that its companywide sales trends improved for the month of July and its second quarter as shoppers responded well to its lineup of summer products at its namesake and Old Navy stores.

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Gap Willing to Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord, If Tweaked

Gap Spring/Summer 2013 Denim Evolved campaign | Source: Gap

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Gap Inc's chairman and CEO said on Tuesday the U.S. retailer was ready to sign a global accord designed to prevent another deadly disaster in Bangladesh's garment industry, provided there were some "very minor accommodations."

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Zombie malls, Kors profit rises, American Apparel sales up, Rodriguez’s role, First cover

Keeping zombies out of the mall (FT) “The Garrard Street mall in Reading, a 40-minute drive from west London, is a warning to developers everywhere. Abandoned and soon to be demolished as part of a broader redevelopment… A lethal combination of thrifty consumers and a commercial real estate slump have turned malls into the walking dead of retail.” Michael Kors 1st-qtr profit rises, raises forecast (Reuters)

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Poland’s new wealthy, Gap rebounds, H&M sourcing woes, Social retailing, Bengali style setters

Warsaw skyline | Source: Travelpod

A market for the newly wealthy (FT) “Luxury is a relative concept. In Poland just over two decades ago, it was the height of luxury to have a steady supply of toilet paper, a washing machine and a few US dollars to buy some stick deodorant at a Peweks hard currency shop.” Gap Channels Best Quarter With Banana Republic’s Mad Men (Bloomberg) “Clothing based on the 1960s ‘Mad Men’ styles of Don Draper and

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