Eddie Bauer files for bankruptcy, Mulberry gains, Beth Ditto designs, Diesel Black Gold pulls out of NYFW

Eddie Bauer goose down slippers, courtesy of Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer Plots Its Next Ascent (WSJ) “Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., the nearly 90-year-old outdoor retailer with a rich history, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, overcome by a heavy debt load.” British style captures mood of times, says Mulberry (Reuters) “The leather bags specialist said UK like-for-like sales leapt 21 percent in the first 10 weeks of its new financial year, helping to send its shares

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Net-a-Porter’s discount site, Milan’s design strategies, Mulberry beats expectations, Online rules

Outnet homepage

Net-a-Porter gives details of discount venture (Drapers) As revealed in BoF’s exclusive interview with Natalie Massenet in November, Net-a-Porter will launch a discount e-Commerce venture called Outnet.com. Milan’s Choice: Appeal to Reason or the Gut? (WSJ) In order to lure customers, designers in Milan employed polarising design strategies. Mulberry to beat expectations (Drapers) According to Mulberry, the holiday

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Zara’s strong sales, Mulberry’s profit warning, Elle’s avatar, Low cost shopping

Zara owner Inditex posts strong sales (Drapers) Despite the volatile market conditions, Inditex has posted a net sales increase of 11 percent this year. Mulberry issues profit warning (Drapers) According to Mulberry, its profits for this year will fall short comapred to last year. Elle Magazine Gets Into The Avatar-Apparel Business (WSJ) Elle has recently "launched an apparel line for virtual world avatars." Consumers Shift to Lower-Priced Stores (WSJ) This holiday season, more Americans are shopping at lower-priced stores. Retailers hurt by prospect of leftover Christmas stock (FT) Many retailers have entered the Holiday selling season with a lot of merchandise in stock which could significantly hurt their profitability down the road. Photo courtesy of Zara.

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