Robert Gutierrez Jr.

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Coach Is Regaining Its Upscale Luster by Dropping Department Stores

Luxury is supposed to be about scarcity.<p>But in recent years, chasing after sales growth, many so-called accessible luxury brands including Coach …

Omnichannel is pushing Kohl's toward its future

Kohl's reported a disappointing Q3 2016 performance with total sales dropping over 2% year-over-year (YoY), totaling $4.3 billion.<p>However, the company's e-commerce sales continue to grow in the mid-teens range, where average order sizes are $75. In order to bring back sales growth to its stores and …

eCommerce

Amazon is opening a grocery store with no cashiers and no checkout lines

We’re getting closer to a future where we don’t ever have to talk to another human we don’t want to.<p>Amazon announced on Dec. 5 that it will open a grocery store in Seattle, Washington, in early 2017, where customers will be able to walk in, pick up the items they want to buy, and walk out. To …

eCommerce

Disrupting Amidst Disruption

In a fast-changing and unpredictable world, fashion must embrace disruption.<p><b>OXFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom —</b> “At no point in human history is intuition …

Innovation

Report: Burberry Rejects Coach Takeover Approach

The British luxury goods firm turned down a number of informal takeover approaches from Coach, according to a report on Sunday.<p><b>LONDON, United Kingdom</b> …

United Kingdom

Rick Owens on What Makes a Man

Courtesy of Vestoj, Rick Owens reflects at length on his life and work, masculinity and whether clothes make the man.<p><b>MILAN, Italy</b> — I’m a Los Angeles …

Los Angeles

Philipp Plein: 'Everybody Is Trying to Survive'

Designer Philipp Plein fires back after lawyers for Dolce & Gabbana accuse him of trying to steal sales associates from its Milan store.<p><b>LONDON,</b> …

Dolce & Gabbana

Can Fred Segal Reclaim Its Southern-California Cool?

The iconic retailer is aiming to win back its cachet with a new West Hollywood location. But is it too late?<p><b>LOS ANGELES, United States</b> — The deal is …

Santa Monica

Social Goods | Kering's New Parental Leave Policy, Real People on the Runway

This week, Kering introduced a generous parental leave policy for its workers, and a look at how non-models and authenticity took over the runway in …

Fashion Shows

Bits & Bytes | Rent the Runway Raises $60M, How WeChat Became the App for Everything

This week, online rental platform Rent the Runway raises $60 million and the rise of social media app WeChat in China.<p>"<b>Rent the Runway Raises $60</b> …

Fidelity Investments

Careers Counsel | How to Be More Influential, An Effective Way to Achieve Long-Term Goals

Careers Counsel is a weekly roundup of the most helpful and inspiring advice for boosting your career.<p><i>There are few sectors of the economy that offer</i> …

Korean Retailers Shake up the Old Guard

South Korean retail has long been dominated by a web of conservative conglomerates called chaebols — but a few innovative retailers are pushing the …

South Korea

Macy’s Inc: The Slow Death of an American Icon

Macy’s needs more of the ‘magic’ the company touts in its tagline if the department store chain is to survive.<p><i>Hello BoF Professionals, your exclusive</i> …

Macy's

Wearables Double Down on Fashion at CES to Cling to Relevancy | Motherboard

The new wave of wearables could be smart clothing, from posture vests to GPS bike jackets, which are on the runway at the Fashion Ware Show at CES.<p>As tech searches for the next big thing, wearables, besides items like Fitbit, really haven't caught on as some companies had hoped. Certainly …

Designer Shake-Up at Belstaff

Belstaff's former head of womenswear Delphine Ninous has been named collection creative director, overseeing both men's and women's lines, following …

Menswear

How Global Brands Are Thinking Local

Global retailers like Uniqlo, Lululemon and Nike are activating local communities with cultural programming, ‘superhero’ yogis and neighbourhood run …

Localization

The Genius of Vetements

Conscious of the fact that they were four months short of their usual schedule, the Gvasalias decided to call in the big guns, brands who embodied …

Coats

Luxury's Brexit Bloodbath

The selling tsunami which immediately followed Brexit has left the Savigny Luxury index lost at sea this month.<p><b>LONDON, United Kingdom</b> — The Savigny …

Ralph Lauren

As Tastes Mature, Chinese Crave Native Materials

From tea silk to yak wool, traditional materials and products are being reinvented for Chinese luxury consumers less enamoured with European …

Clothing

What Karl Lagerfeld Likes Most About Chanel

A charming couture presentation reminds us that fashion is ultimately all about the hand.<p><b>PARIS, France —</b> Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite part of his job …

Karl Lagerfeld

An Entrepreneurial Brioni

In satisfying his own requirements, Justin O’Shea reckoned he’d be addressing plenty of men who felt just the way he did.<p><b>PARIS, France —</b> …

Entrepreneurship

BoF Exclusive | Hermès Bets on Ready-to-Wear

As Hermès prepares to host its first-ever women’s pre-collection presentation on July 3 in Paris, women’s ready-to-wear artistic director Nadège …

Ready to Wear

Social Goods | Chanel Backlash in Cuba, Model Agencies Price Fixing, Scrapping Plus Size

Social Goods is a weekly roundup of the most important news at the intersection of fashion and ethics, sustainability and corporate social …

J. Crew’s Sales Fall as Chain Faces ‘Challenging’ Retail Climate

J. Crew Group Inc.’s same-store sales declined 7 percent last quarter, a sign the preppy-apparel chain is still struggling to win back shoppers.<p><b>NEW</b> …

Same-Store Sales

As China Cools, Lingerie Heats Up

Why lingerie is outperforming the overall luxury market in China.<p><b>LONDON, United Kingdom</b> — Boosted by shifts in consumer behaviour, an …

China

Nordstrom Tech Shopping Spree Continues with Stake in Custom Shoe Retailer

Nordstrom (JWN) is turning out to be quite the tech investor.<p>The luxury department store chain is part of a syndicate of investors that has pumped in …

What Does This Nordstrom Shopping Experiment Have to Do With Facebook?

Nordstrom wants to help customers shop via text. Facebook wants to provide the infrastructure.<p>Mobile commerce is growing rapidly, but converting …

Shopping Expert Debunks Biggest Holiday Retail Myths

Black Friday is done! Malls are empty! Brick-and-mortar is on the way out!<p>And the sky is falling, Chicken Little.<p>The holiday season has a way of bringing out the hyperbole in retail pundits and reporters alike.<p>Forbes turned to Bill Martin, founder of ShopperTrak, which measures store traffic in …

Why Everlane Is Running A "Choose Your Price" Sale

The online retailer is offloading excess inventory in a novel way. Are some customers willing to pay more than the lowest possible price?<p>Everlane, like many retailers, is holding a big sale right now to get rid of excess merchandise, from shoes to sweaters. But in a twist, the online-only clothier …

The Future of Online Shopping Is In the Palm of Your Hand

Remember when not long ago mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets were heralded as browsing and research tools to enhance the shopping experience? Last year the retail world saw important changes driven by rapidly evolving consumers' shopping behaviors, technological advancements and …