J.Crew’s leading man, Logo-less luxe, Hermès goes street, Nordstrom matches view, Diane Pernet’s world

J.Crew Takes a Leading Role in Men's Fashion (Bloomberg) "The men's fashion landscape has long been dominated on one side by luxury brands... [or alternatives] that no longer seem au courant.  J.Crew has emerged in this void as the merchant of a new style that bridges work and leisure, youth and age, vintage and contemporary, gay and straight." Will Chinese Shoppers Embrace Luxury Goods–Sans Logo? (Forbes) "Although luxury shoppers in established, recession-stung markets may gradually be lured back into stores by understated items...will this trend appeal to potential buyers in emerging — and lucrative — markets like China, where garish still equals good?" Hermès launches street style website (MyFashionLife) "Dedicated solely to its signature square scarves, the new website, called…

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Nordstrom Rack hits NYC, Jane Shepherdson’s magic touch, More than clicks, Designer dreams, Cruisin’ with Karl

Nordstrom Rack Campaign Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Nordstom

Discount Store Is New York Beachhead for Nordstrom (NY Times) “After more than a century, Nordstrom, the upscale department store chain from Seattle, will make its Manhattan debut… But don’t expect $4,000 dresses. Expect 25,000 pairs of discounted shoes, and an automated checkout line more at home in a supermarket than a purveyor of luxury goods.” Jane Shepherdson: why we want what she’s wearing (Times Online)

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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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Kenzo’s comeback, Garment sector takes stock, Nordstrom sales down, Takashimaya takes a hit

Kenzo S/S 09

Kenzo fashions its global comeback (Business24-7) “Heading into the hot seat during a global downturn isn’t always easy, but if there are any stylised butterflies in James Greenfield’s stomach as he spearheads a revival of Kenzo, he isn’t letting it show.” 11.8 million worldwide job losses in textile & garment sector (Fibre2Fashion) “The impact of the economic crisis on the textile, garment,

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Nordstrom lowers prices, Retailers lobby government, Eastern European turmoil, H&M opens in Korea

Shoppers at Nordstrom | Source: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Nordstrom to Lower Prices (WSJ) Prices have gone up in recent years at Nordstrom, but this year, the retailer’s average prices will decline. Retail bosses to lobby government over rate rises (Drapers) “The UK’s largest store groups have united to urge the Government to reverse plans to push through significant rate rises that will add tens of millions of pounds to retailers’ annual costs.” Economic turmoil in

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Luxury market resolutions, Anthropologie’s workshops, Children’s wear grows, “Buzzworthy” retailers

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New Year’s Resolutions for the Luxury Market (US News & World Report) With the luxury market “receiving a beating this year,”the US News & World Report lists strategies for the industry to “resuscitate itself and land firmly on its feet.” Anthropologie Engages Shoppers With Craft Workshops (WWD) Anthropologie, the U.S. specialty store chain, holds a series of events to “teach women how to

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