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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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Silver Alternatives to Keep Prices Steady and Designs Bold in Jewelry

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New York–As sterling silver prices climbed up and up (hitting a 31-year high of $49.21/oz. in April 2011), retailers pressed manufacturers to absorb price differentials and/or turn out smaller, lighter merchandise. But as consumers continued to demand substantial more styling, manufacturers went back to their drawing boards (and factories), and …

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Accessories Announces its 2012 Merchants Hall of Fame Inductees

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New York—Accessories Magazine is proud to announce the 2nd round of inductees into its annual Merchants Hall of Fame. The recipients were selected by the vendor and retailing community for their exceptional retailing expertise and business/fashion acumen. Each received a full-page profile in Merchants Hall of Fame section in the …

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Reinventing Vince Camuto

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After launching countless brands for other people, Vince Camuto is finally stepping into the spotlight with his own. A nd the Vince Camuto lifestyle brand might just be his biggest act yet. Vince Camuto is undoubtedly one of the most powerful men in the footwear industry. After creating Nine West …

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Have It Your Way: Mass Customization

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Mass customization lets customers channel their inner designers at mass production prices. By definition, mass customization is “the production of personalized or custom-tailored goods or services to meet consumers’ diverse and changing needs at near mass production prices. Enabled by technologies such as computerization, internet, product modularization, and lean production, …

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2011 Retailer of the Year: Lord & Taylor

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The oldest upscale, specialty-retail department store chain in the U.S. shows off its makeover and kicks off a new chapter. The $25 million makeover of Lord & Taylor’s historic Fifth Avenue flagship serves as an apt metaphor for the 185-year-old retailer’s repositioning. In addition to modernizing, contemporizing and revitalizing, much …

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A Generation Gap?

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While accessories benefitted from a return to discretionary spending, Marshal Cohen of The NPD Group, Inc. cautions that future growth requires marketing to an entirely new consumer. Jeff Prine dissects the numbers You could almost hear a gasp of relief as fourth quarter sales tallies came in from the U.S. …