Jacob Gallagher: “As the fashion world flattens, more Japanese brands are becoming accessible to Western shoppers.” Read more at the Wall Street Journal.
Grace Ehlers: “More than any style trend, ‘Normcore’ is a pervasive movement among Millennials to appear as bland — and as normal — as possible.” Read more at the Robin Report.
Vanessa Friedman: “A new exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology posits the idea that other cities are now on the rise as fashion centers, so designers have more options when it comes to work sites that match their identities.” Read more at the New York Times.
Some prominent hedge funds are encouraging Macy’s Inc. to sell its property in sell/lease back real estate deals like the ones recently made by Hudson’s Bay Company and Sears. Read more at Reuters.
Dan Hess: “In the modern shopping mall, there are those retailers that have refused to innovate, relying on the tried and true formula of the past, and there are those that have embraced the new generation of consumers that want to look different and unique.” Read more at Forbes.
The company’s new Upper East Side store is its first in New York and offers weekenders prepwear with a shrug in the colors of Easter. Read more at the New York Times.
Men are now avid and unapologetic consumers of grooming products and services, and both major brands and niche brands are cashing in. Read more at the Robin Report.
Bill Cunningham, the Times‘s roving street style photographer, chronicles the changing male dress codes: ties didn’t go away but socks have, and with men biking and scooting to work, the uniform is flexible. Read more at the New York Times.
Shopping blog Racked profiles two of the largest vintage clothing retailers in NYC, Brooklyn-based Beacon’s Closet and Tucson-based Buffalo Exchange. Read more at Racked.
The outdoor brand Patagonia, which has long offered a lifetime guarantee on its products, is sending a bio-diesel-powered truck with solar panels on top on a road trip, offering repairs on apparel from any brand. The company says it’s promoting the idea of fixing stuff, rather than throwing it away …
Both HENRYs, or high earners not rich yet (incomes of $100,000 to $249,000), and people who earn more than $250,000 a year are spending less on luxury goods, and it’s hurting the retailers that cater to them. Read more at Bloomberg.
Enrollment in loyalty programs is up but active participation is down. “The goal is to be a loyalty brand, rather than just a brand with a loyalty program,” writes Fiona Soltes. Read more at Stores Magazine.
Growing organically from its surf-inspired roots, the independent label, which turns 35 this year, managed to parlay its heritage into a business that generated $50 million last year, even without the man whose name is on the label. Read more at Business of Fashion.
When the Council of Fashion Designers of America posted a video of comedian and host James Corden’s monologue on YouTube, all the jokes about Terry Richardson, Swarovski, Robin Thicke, Kanye West and Abercrombie & Fitch had been edited out. Read more at Racked.
A report by the NAACP and Demos finds that blacks and Hispanics are more likely to work in retail than whites and Asians, and they tend to have the lowest-paying jobs in the retail industry. Read more at the Washington Post.
Designer John Galliano, who left Dior in disgrace after public anti-Semitic outbursts, somehow managed to move some of London’s Jewish community when he spoke to an audience of 220. Read more at the Telegraph.
Kanye West gave a speech at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s annual student fashion runway show last week. Read more at the LA Times.
As Giorgio Armani’s brand celebrates forty years in business, GQ sits down with the designer for an in-depth interview. Read more at GQ.
Designer Michael Bastian, who’s working on a film collaboration with GMC trucks, lists five observation about menswear. Number one: Menswear Is a Game of Millimeters. Read more at Esquire.
Brioni, Hermès and other luxury brands have skipped Facebook and Twitter in favor of the more visually-driven Instagram. Read more at Luxury Daily