Unfortunately, the announcement of the stimulus package passing the Senate couldn’t stop the worst retail economy in 30 years.
Retail Round-up: Levi’s Sharp Decline, VF Dips but Rumored to Acquire Quiksilver, and Lay-off’s Announced for Wal-Mart, Target, and Nike–Also Rumored to Acquire Quiksilver
Target’s McQ Market Pop-up in NYC Evokes Urban Nostalgia; H&M Increases Organic Cotton Usage and Makes Recycled Polyester Apparel
Big-Box retail and fast-fashion round-up indicates positive new directions, from pop-up masstige to going greener.
Collaboration Round-Up: Target X Loomstate; Madonna X Louis Vuitton; Jeff Staple X Airwalk X Payless; Mihara Yasuhiro X Puma
The way of the future includes collaborations on a variety of scales to keep retail and consumerism going. Here are some of the latest and best.
Spain’s Fast-Fashion Chain Zara Opens Giant Flagship in Manhattan and Pushes Prices
In a unique move for a fast-fashion retailer, Zara’s offering borderline luxury prices for limited-edition high-end products bringing new meaning to hi-lo fashion in one store.
Re-Scene Scensters: Thrifted Street Styles Are Redefining Old Eras into New
The recession is now “official” but youth culture is a step ahead, tapping into the old to create something new. Here’s what’s going on from London, LA, Brooklyn, Tokyo.
Retail and Brand Economic Round-up: Target’s Downturn and McQ Collaboration; Abercrombie & Fitch Loses Cred but Not in Europe; Quiksilver Closes Rossi Sale and Launches Street-inspired 2009/10 Outerwear; Volcom Remains the Hidden Gem
Youth culture retail and branding strategies continue to evolve through economic downturn. Here’s what’s up with some main players.
Big-Box Retailers’ Masstige Moves: H&M’s Highly Anticipated Collection from Comme des Garcons Drops in Harajuku; Target’s Designer Collaboration Program Announced with Alexander McQueen
Moving full-steam ahead with the masstige movement of high-low collaborations, H&M and Target figured out how to create the hype of “wanting” something vs. “needing” something in times of economic crisis.
The 5 Points of Retail that Are NOT Slowing Down in Youth Culture Markets and Why
Despite the state of retail hitting a serious low-point in the last 2 months, there are some aspects of the landscape that are going strong from a youth culture perspective, which illustrates where the potential lies in the future.
European Fashion Influences on America Have Resulted in Not Only New Top Brands and Trends, but also New Patterns in Spending and the Shopping Experience
Label Networks’ European Fashion Profile Report reveals just where fashion is headed and why, plus changing patterns in retail with forecasts on future impacts in America.
Kmart Launches”Boarding” Apparel Line, Pissing-off Action Sports Industry in Their Attempt to Become the New Target/Wal-Mart, Cool-Shop-Discount-Destination
Not to be outdone by Target’s new collection from Shaun White, Laird Hamilton’s with Steve and Berry’s, nor Wal-Mart distributing OP, Kmart has announced a sort of soft launch of their new action sports inspired collection called “Boarding” to be released in 100 “strategically located” stores this summer (and a possible roll-out to another 1,400 later in the year). While the name is obviously boring, what’s interesting is that the Boarding logo looks like a mash-up between Quiksilver and Rip Curl.