Retailers’ Sales Chilled by Weather, Low Consumer Confidence

Source: Reuters

NEW YORK, United States — Shoppers last month continued to pinch their pennies, seeking out bargains and paying fewer visits to stores. They also were unnerved by slumping stock markets and impeded from shopping by an unusually cold and snowy January that, because of high heating bills, could hurt retail sales well into the spring, analysts said.

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Victoria’s Secret Parent Revenue Figure up in July

Victoria's Secret Flawless Line Campaign 2013 | Source: Victoria's Secret

COLUMBUS, United States — L Brands, which owns Victoria's Secret as well as Bath and Body Works, said that revenue at stores open at least a year rose 3 percent in July, better than expected, and the company raised its earnings guidance for the second quarter.

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On Fleeting Hong Kong Trips, Chinese Make Frugal Fashionable

Source: Reuters

HONG KONG, China — Armed with empty suitcases and same-day return tickets, an army of mainland Chinese is descending on suburban outlet shopping malls and international fashion chains in Hong Kong, turning cheap into the new chic as luxury falls out of favour.

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Week in Review | Against Fast Fashion Collaborations, Joe Fresh’s approach, Leutton Postle

Week in Review November 12-16

Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations (Opinion) “These underlying commercial motives are often obscured, however, by a ubiquitous but pernicious phrase: ‘the democratisation of fashion.’ Whoever coined the term is surely the marketing genius of the 21st century. On the face of it, who can argue that ‘the democratisation of fashion’ isn’t a good thing?” Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach (Intelligence)

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Victoria’s not so secret, Holt’s youth click, Klimt legacy, UK textile resurgence, Working fashionista

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 | Source: Global Beauties

Victoria’s Secret Channels Mad Men Into Hottest Limited (BusinessWeek) “Limited Brands Inc. Victoria’s Secret is thriving using a marketing strategy that seems more Mad Men-era than from the age of Twitter. While other big brand retailers try to hone their social- media skills, the intimate-apparel chain is creating excitement with a network TV holiday fashion show featuring young women wearing Swarovski crystal-decorated

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Fading free spirits, The Proenza boys, Kickstarting ideas, Secret’s out, Preen’s return to London

Alexander Wang, Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Style.com

Where Did the Free Spirits Go? (NY Times) “The Friday and Saturday shows of Fashion Week used to be a solid source of cool, a look-forward-to spree of messiness and mischief before the grown-ups demanded our attention. But lately, instead of being truly free-spirited, some of these designers have begun to seem as malevolently insistent as an Oompa Loompa chanting, ‘If you are wise, you’ll follow me.’”

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