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Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 to Pop Up at the Grove

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Los Angeles–Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 will open its first-ever U.S. pop-up at award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination, The Grove, in Los Angeles from July 3 through July 16. House of Harlow 1960 will showcase apparel and accessories that reflect Nicole Richie’s eclectic style, inspired by the spirit …

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Do’s and Don’t for Retailers in a Digital Age

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What sets retailers up for success or failure in digital age? L2’s Digital IQ Index examines more than 200 retailers in the specialty retail, department store and big box categories. From these studies emerged a list of Do’s and Don’ts for retailers looking to thrive. Written by Scott Galloway and reprinted with permission …

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Expert Commentary: Who Will Rise Ahead in the Handbag Middle Market?

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As part of our ongoing Industry Experts column, we caught up with Richard Kestenbaum, partner at Triangle Capital LLC, a firm that raises money and handles mergers and acquisitions for companies in accessories, apparel, retail and other consumer products businesses. For a partial list of Triangle Capital LLC transactions by industry, …

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Expert Opinion: Industry Recruiter Discusses What Jewelry Industry Needs

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Andrew Philip is Founder/President of Execu-Team Resources Inc, the leading search firm specializing in recruitment within the accessories industry. Founded in 1994, the firm specializes in recruitment of executives in Sales, Merchandising, Design, Product Development, and Marketing, at all levels. Prior, Andrew had served as President of Monet/Trifari Jewelry, and …

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Report: Fulfillment Improvements Boost Holiday E-commerce Sales

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New York—E-commerce flourished within a moderately strong 2014 holiday season, growing 16% year-over-year to $72.03 billion, according to  eMarketer’s “Holiday Shopping Preview” report. Retail overall had more moderate success, with sales rising 3.5% to $850.58 billion. Similar growth patterns should repeat next year, when e-commerce will grow 14.4% and retail …

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NPD: “Athleisure” Lifestyle Drives Fashion Sales Growth in 2014

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Port Washington, NY—Total U.S. apparel, footwear and accessories sales in 2014 were up1% due primarily to growth in activewear, athletic performance footwear and bags. According to The NPD Group, Inc., the global information company, U.S. consumers spent $323 billion on apparel, footwear, and accessories last year. The additional $2 billion …

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Data Security, Omnichannel Initiatives Top Retail CIOs’ Priority Lists

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Washington—With recent high-profile data breaches and the growing need to deliver a unified and differentiated customer experience, retail CIOs agree that security and digital innovation are top priorities for 2015. According to the 2015 National Retail Federation/Forrester Research Inc.’s Retail CIO Agenda 2015: Secure and Innovate report, managing data security …

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Pantone Premieres First “Unisex” Fall/Winter Color Palette

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Carlstadt, NJ—New York Fashion Week, which officially begins Thursday, will set the stage for a new color palette for Fall/Winter 20151/16—the first time ever that Pantone’s Fashion Color Report features a “truly unisex color palette.” The Pantone Fashion Color Report features the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashion …

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Self-Help Book: 10 Easy Hints to Help Women Move Beyond “Surface” Networking

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Santa Barbara, CA—If you want to join the women-helping-women movement, you’re already looking for opportunities to make deeper, more meaningful connections, support each other, and make the world a better place. But just going to a trade show or fundraiser or team meeting isn’t enough. You have to know what …

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NPD’s Cohen: “Holiday 2014 Better than Reported”

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Port Washington, NY—Holiday 2014 was better than reported. Black Friday and holiday sales are not the same as we remember from past years, so traditional measures and apples-to-apples comparisons will not accurately report true holiday sales performance anymore. The 2014 holiday season did just fine–it just looked a lot different. …

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NPD’s Marshal Cohen Takes a Peek at What’s Going on in Holiday Retailing

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Port Washington, NY—I recently ventured to a local shopping mall with a group of NPD colleagues to check out the post-Thanksgiving retail scene. Although the stores weren’t Black Friday-esque in terms of traffic, and no consumers had to squeeze their way through doors, the resemblance to Black Friday sales was …