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Accessories Census 2011

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New methodologies and technological advances upgrade retailer and consumer statistics, creating the most accurate and complete picture ever of the accessories industry If there is one thing that the 2011 rollercoaster-of-a-ride holiday season proved, it’s how important it is to keep track of the ebb and flow of merchandise categories when consumers …

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Item of the Day

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Now that the ridiculous 100+ degree heat wave has broken, we can return to thinking about winter merchandise without feeling like we’re in some cruel, alternative universive. These adorable Fair Isle slippers by Dearfoams will have you longing for freezing, snowed-in evenings by the fireplace with your sweetie (or more …

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As the weather outside heats up, we’re remaining focused on the chillier season ahead and all the fabulous fashions that follow. One of our very favorite footwear trends for the fall/winter season is “the smoking shoe.” We’ve seen our share of these menswear-inspired styles from sumptuous velvet to richly embroidered …

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R.G. Barry Buys Baggallini for $33.8 Million

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Pickerington, OH—R.G. Barry Corp. is expanding its accessories offerings beyond its Dearforms and other licensed slippers business. The company announced Thursday that it plans to acquire baggallini, Inc., the Portland, Oregon-based handbag and accessories company, for $33.8 million. Calling the baggallini acquisition “transformative,” Greg Tunney, R.G. Barry’s ceo, said: “The …