J. Crew is moving quickly on plans to spin off Madewell as a separate, publicly traded company, sources said. The company reportedly told lenders in talks this week that a plan could be in place in weeks.
Carol Spencer was Barbie's fashion designer for 36 years, starting in 1963, creating styles that changed with the times and influenced generations of better-known fashion designers including Bob Mackie, Jason Wu and Nicole Miller. Spencer's small hands made her well-suited for sewing tiny outfits, she says, and her figure was much like that of the iconic doll, which made it easy to get the proportions right.
Nail polish brand Deborah Lippmann has begun selling on Jet.com and in Amazon's Luxury Beauty Shop as part of a push to expand its e-commerce presence. The brand sells at upscale retailers including Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom, both in stores and online, and this fall it will relaunch its branded e-commerce site.
Eclectic Japanese retailer Don Quijote has built an avid fan base at home without selling online and is preparing to expand to new markets in Asia. The off-price stores stay open 24 hours and the retailer puts merchandising decisions in the hands of each store manager.
Direct-to-consumer bedding brand Brooklinen has followed a familiar pattern, starting with one brand-defining product online, branching out into brick-and-mortar retail and growing the brand with new products, founder and CEO Rich Fulop says. "Giving the right message to the right person is the name of the game," he says.
Walmart-owned e-commerce marketplace Myntra now offers shoppers in India an additional discount if they agree not to return their purchases. The offer is similar to one that's now available at Walmart's Jet.com site in the US.
Byron Kerr made a career of learning how to operate on Amazon before joining Tuft & Needle in time to launch the mattress brand's first Amazon-exclusive product line. He shares tips for finding success on Amazon, including using feedback from customer reviews to tweak products and building a brand on the platform.
Keds has teamed with textile firm Ace & Jig to create a line of sustainable shoes, including a limited-edition style made from the scraps left over from making the brand's other shoes. Keds' twofold approach to sustainability includes using more eco-friendly products and creating shoes meant to last longer, said Keds executive Holly Curtis.
Americans are expected to spend a record $25 billion on flowers, cards, outings and other gifts for Mother's Day this year, compared to $23.1 billion last year, according to NRF's annual survey. "Consumers are excited to celebrate all the moms in their lives, and retailers are ready to inspire consumers with unique gift options," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.
India's Reliance Retail has rolled out a mobile app for grocery and food sales to its employees in advance of launching an e-commerce platform. The company, which operates more than 10,000 stores, expects to offer the app to the general public by the end of the year.
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