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Nordstrom Closes Jeffrey Boutiques Amid Luxury Spending Slump

The department store operator said the decision would ensure it had the ‘right footprint’ of physical locations as it weathers the coronavirus pandemic.
Pedestrians pass in front of Nordstrom in New York | Source: Getty
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  • Bloomberg

SEATTLE, United States — Nordstrom Inc. will close its three high-end Jeffrey fashion boutiques and announced the departure of its fashion director for designer goods.

Jeffrey Kalinsky, who joined Nordstrom in 2005 and subsequently led its merchandising across all designer categories, will retire, the company said in a statement.

The department-store operator also said that the decision to close the stores in New York, Atlanta and Palo Alto was to ensure that the company has the “right footprint” of physical locations as it navigates the coronavirus pandemic that has kept much of US retail paused for the past two months.

Earlier this month, Nordstrom said it would close 16 of its full-line shops, more than 10 percent of its department store network.

Luxury goods have been walloped by shutdowns, with stores that don't sell essential items shut since mid-March. They're just beginning to reopen as parts of the US emerge from lockdown measures. The personal luxury goods market could contract by 20 percent to 35 percent for the full year, according to a report by Bain & Co.

Some high-end retailers and fashion labels are struggling to stay afloat during the health crisis. Department store Neiman Marcus, designer denim brand True Religion and menswear label John Varvatos have all filed for bankruptcy in the past five weeks.

By Kim Bhasin.

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