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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 …

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Scrooge Syndrome: Affluents’ Confidence Dips to Great Recession Lows

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Stevens, PA–Call it the “Scrooge Syndrome.” The consumers who have the money–and loads of it–are worried about the economy and therefore cutting back on their spending. The LCI, Unity Marketing’s measure of affluent consumer confidence, dropped to 46.4 points in October 2014, marking a sharp drop in affluent’s consumer confidence …

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Experiential Marketplace Launches New Fashion, Style Categories

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San Francisco— IfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, recently announced the launch of its Fashion and Style categories, providing insider access to industry icons such as Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Lori Goldstein, Rachel Zoe, Jen Atkin, Katey Denno and Russell …