Italian Textile and Fashion Industry Expects Only 1.5% Growth in First Half

MILAN — The Italian textile and fashion industry is expected to grow, but at a moderate pace.
According to projections released by industry association Sistema Moda Italia’s president Marino Vago on Wednesday, revenues for the sector are expected to gain only 1.5 percent in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2018. In particular, the textile area is forecast to grow 1.1 percent and the fashion division 1.9 percent.
In the January-June 2019 period, export will still be the industry’s driving force but will grow at a slower pace, gaining 1.8 percent compared to the 2.6 percent increase registered in the same period in 2018. Overall, the trade balance is expected to be up 2.5 percent.
Among the elements influencing the figures, Vago mentioned the European elections and a potential recession of the area’s economy, Brexit and the commercial situation between the U.S. and China.
The executive urged to keep a cautious approach given these challenges, which might interrupt the positive momentum the industry experienced in 2018.
Preliminary 2018 data released by the association showed that last year, sales were up 2.1 percent to 55.2 billion euros, with textile and fashion companies increasing at a different pace and reporting

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Billy Reid on a Growth Spurt as New Investors Come on Board

NEW YORK — It’s a new day at Billy Reid.
The Alabama-based designer recently sold a minority stake in his business and with that financial cushion is working with a new team to grow the brand to what he believes can be its full potential.
In addition to Joel Anderson, an Alabama businessman who has been a partner for close to a decade, the Kemmons Wilson Companies, a Memphis-based investment firm operated by the descendants of the founder of the Holiday Inn chain, recently invested as well. Kemmons Wilson also holds stakes in the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team, the Wiseacre Brewing Co., Central BBQ, Active Implants and businesses in the hospitality and insurance fields. It purchased an undisclosed percentage of the Billy Reid brand last year.
The latest company to provide funding is The Balvenie, Scotland’s premier single malt Scotch whisky. The deal, which is for one year but may be extended, will find Balvenie spirits being featured at Billy Reid’s 12 retail stores. It will sponsor his 11th annual Shindig festival in Alabama in August and host a series of in-store events in several stores.
Like many independent designer labels, Reid has struggled to find the cash to sustain and expand his business. Reid

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Street Signs: Peaches Looks to New Capital to Support Growth

LOS ANGELES — A car buff and restaurateur have entered the streetwear fray with an interesting proposition, creating an urban label inspired by car culture.
Peaches, which has one foot in South Korea and another in Los Angeles, last year raised about $ 550,000 through angel investors and is in the midst of raising its Series A, expected to close this month and land somewhere in the range of $ 1.5 million to $ 3 million. The capital infusion will be used to open a store on Fairfax Avenue as early as the end of this year at the site of a former gas station, which will be incorporated into the overall design of the space. There will also be a car warehouse in Orange County opening this year that would serve as a hangout of sorts for the core car consumer to come in and check out the cars being built.
The company is currently direct-to-consumer online, but will eventually expand into wholesale with higher-end boutiques.
Pop-ups to test into the South Korean and U.K. markets are also slated for this year.
The slated retail and warehouse openings speak to the duality of the Peaches brand.
“Opening the store on Fairfax, that’s a very street fashion and

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Investors Scale Back Inflation Bets, Signaling Doubts About Growth

Bets on a pickup in inflation are falling out of favor, underscoring investors’ skepticism that the U.S. economy will be able to turn stronger after a soft start to the year.
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Nutrient supplement ‘boosts growth of breastfed premature babies’

Eight weeks of extra proteins and minerals led to better growth in breastfed babies, a study found.
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Google Parent Alphabet Posts Strong Revenue Growth

Alphabet posted sustained revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the latest indication of strong financial results in the technology world despite mounting public pressures.
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Google Parent Alphabet Posts Strong Revenue Growth

Alphabet posted sustained revenue growth in the fourth quarter, the latest indication of strong financial results in the technology world despite mounting public pressures.
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Pfizer Pivots to Cancer Drugs for Growth

Pfizer is seeking a new round of growth by treating cancer and is among the big pharmaceutical companies trying to expand in oncology.
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Netflix shows Bird Box and Elite drive subscriber growth

The streaming giant says the subscriber growth reflects the success of its original programmes.
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Parsons Paris Forms Advisory Board to Support Ambitious Growth Plan

Parsons Paris, the European campus of The New School’s  Parsons School of Design, said Friday that it has formed an advisory board to provide guidance to university leadership on strategy and growth opportunities, help shape innovative programming and enhance the school’s reputation throughout the world.
Peter Price, chairman and chief executive officer of Premiere Previews and a former trustee of The New School, will chair the advisory board.
Parsons Paris was established in 1921 as the first American art and design school in the French capital. The school offers programs and courses that build on the fashion, design, art, media and technology, and strategic design and management curriculum of Parsons School of Design in New York.
The advisory board will hold its inaugural meeting on May 15 to coincide with the school’s annual year-end fashion show.
“As The New School celebrates its centennial this year, and Parsons Paris looks ahead to its centenary in 2021, the advisory board will play an integral role in supporting an ambitious growth plan in Paris and our mission to provide a world-class education experience for outstanding artists, designers and scholars,” said Tim Marshall, provost of The New School.
Florence Leclerc-Dickler, dean of Parsons Paris, added, “The advisory board will

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Shutdown Pinches Economic Growth

The partial federal government shutdown is showing signs of disrupting commerce as hundreds of thousands of federal workers missed out on their first payday of the closure late last week.
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John Varvatos Business on a Growth Path as Sale Rumors Silence

NEW YORK — In 2020, John Varvatos will mark a major milestone — the 20th anniversary of showing his first men’s wear collection.
Like any fashion label, Varvatos has experienced his share of ups and downs over the past two decades — ownership changes, painful reductions in staff, department store consolidation and changing shifts in fashion.
But after a couple of years of flux, the John Varvatos business is once again in expansion mode. The brand just entered the Middle East with its first retail store in Dubai and there are others in the wings. New product categories such as accessories, jewelry and swimwear are being added.
Star USA, the more-casual, younger and lower-priced line, has been completely revamped and will be unveiled at the Pitti Uomo show in Florence in January.
The architect steering these changes is Mark Brashear, who joined John Varvatos Enterprises as chief executive officer three years ago. Brashear has a long history in the men’s industry that includes Nordstrom, Façonnable, Hugo Boss and Michael Kors.
He’s also seen as a straight shooter and, as such, doesn’t duck questions regarding the uncertainty that surrounded the brand just two years ago when rumors were rampant that its majority owner, the private equity group, Lion

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Morelia: Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez on Growth Plans (EXCLUSIVE)

MORELIA, Mexico – Cinepolis CEO Alejandro Ramirez, who presides over the second largest exhibition circuit in the world in terms of admissions, declined to comment on the ongoing controversy swirling around Saudi Arabia and its embattled Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. The Crown Prince has been tainted by the disappearance and […]

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Netflix Reports Strong User Growth

Netflix exceeded expectations for adding new subscribers during the third quarter, reporting strong user growth in international markets. Shares jumped after-hours.
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Artificial intelligence used to predict cancer growth

A new technique picks out patterns in DNA mutation within cancers to forecast future genetic changes.
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Target’s Sales Growth Highest in More Than a Decade

Target said same-store sales rose at the fastest rate in more than a decade, buoyed by efforts to improve locations and e-commerce capabilities as well as a booming economy.
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The Salting Lands the September Cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, But Founders Plan Growth Carefully

PROCEED WITH CAUTION: While many brands fortunate enough to land the cover of O, the Oprah Magazin” tend to ramp up production, The Salting has taken a much more measured approach.
Eighteen months after the sharply edited unisex label was launched by Michael Smaldone and Michael Ward, Winfrey donned a gold-colored fedora and caftan on the September cover of her magazine. After O’s creative director Adam Glassman e-mailed to share the news, Smaldone said, “I think I almost fell off my chair. It was pretty great.”
Glassman, whom Smaldone has known for years, liked the looks of The Salting and sent a few of his colleagues in to photograph the collection, and later pulled some items and requested a few hats to be made in Winfrey’s size for her personally. Additional clothes were later sent. About a month ago, Smaldone and Ward were tipped off that a cover shot was a possibility with the caveat that nothing is ever certain.
Trying to be prepared, The Salting launched its e-commerce site earlier this week. There was also considerable discussion about the potential sales ripple triggered by the Oprah effect. “We thought what the jackpot would be, that would be her on the cover in

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Netflix Shares Skid as Subscriber Growth Misses Its Mark

Netflix registered more than a million fewer subscribers than it expected in the second quarter, a sign that the streaming-video site’s strong momentum may be slowing. Shares fell 14% in after-hours trading.
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Walmart Sales Boosted by Increased Customer Spending, Grocery Growth

Walmart said its revenue rose a better-than-expected 4.4% in the first quarter as its U.S. stores benefited from more customers, increased spending by them and growth in its grocery business.
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The Black Tux Play at Nordstrom Sets Up Showroom Concept for Growth

The Black Tux chief executive officer and cofounder Andrew Blackmon is busy to say the least. The men’s brand is set to have 15 showroom concepts open total at Nordstrom by June following March’s raise of a $ 30 million series C.
The growth will bring the business, which began as a digital direct-to-consumer brand aimed at the new generation of grooms and groomsmen, to markets such as Austin, Baltimore and Philadelphia after the business’ most recent additions in Southern California in Nordstrom’s Glendale and Topanga stores.
“It’s going very well,” said Blackmon, who started the business in 2013 with Patrick Coyne, of the Nordstrom partnership. “We have strong conversion rates. Our goals are really to drive awareness. So people who aren’t comfortable renting online, giving them an option to do [purchasing] in-store and then also provide a point of differentiation where customers can have a really good experience.”
The showrooms are often overbooked on appointments, the ceo added.
All of this is being aided with the company’s recently raised capital, which helped to expand The Black Tux’s logistics capacity via the opening of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and dry-cleaning facility in Pennsylvania. The existing facility in Gardena, Calif., will continue to serve the company’s West

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Snapchat shares plunge as user growth slows

Shares in the owner of Snapchat have fallen sharply after a redesign of the messaging app turned off fans and advertisers.
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As Zegna Logs 64% Profit Growth, CEO Eyes More

MILAN — Gildo Zegna wants to be prepared for unforeseen challenges “with a certain degree of coolness.”
The Ermenegildo Zegna Group closed 2017 with a 64 percent spike in net profits, but its chief executive officer says he is never satisfied. “The trend is positive, but our goal is to grow more, we have everything it takes, we have the resources, we have a complex machine that works and we have a team that is supporting Alessandro Sartori, who is making the difference,” Zegna told WWD on Monday, referring to the men’s wear group’s artistic director. Sartori left Berluti in 2016 to return to the Zegna Group, succeeding Stefano Pilati with expanded responsibilities, and his first collection bowed for fall 2017.
In 2017, net earnings totaled 32.8 million euros, compared with 20 million euros in 2016.
In the 12 months ended Dec. 31, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization climbed 13.6 percent to 142 million euros, compared with 125 million euros in the previous year.
Revenues increased  2.3 percent to 1.18 billion euros, compared with 1.15 billion euros in 2016. At constant exchange, sales gained 4.5 percent.
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Record labels see fastest growth since Britpop era

Record labels in the UK have seen their fastest rate of income growth since the 1990s when Blur, Oasis and Pulp ruled the charts.
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U.S. Adds 200,000 Jobs; Wage Growth Best Since Recession

A tightening labor market delivered the biggest annual increase in wages since the end of the recession, a new signal that American workers are beginning to enjoy the pay raises long missing in a steady but tepid expansion.
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Gildo Zegna on the Growth of Asia, Being CEO

NEW DELHI — This has been another milestone year for Gildo Zegna, since he is marking two decades as Ermenegildo Zegna’s chief executive officer.
In addition, 2017 represents 10 years since the Italian men’s wear brand entered the Indian market, which Zegna described on a visit here as of “key strategic importance” while surveying the country’s changing retail landscape and speaking to students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, about the challenges of a family-owned business.
The ceo has begun to institute a new brand strategy over the last year; changed design direction under creative director Alessandro Sartori, who joined in June 2016; is excited about innovations like tech-merino and pelle tesuto, and has a continued focus on bringing in Millennials to the brand.
This year, close to 50 percent of the Zegna group’s turnover will come from the Asian market.
In an exclusive interview with WWD, Zegna talked about the allure of Asian markets while adding both prophecy and insight to his 20 years at the helm.
WWD: This year you mark 20 years as a chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group. Do you feel invigorated by the milestone? Or burnt out?
Gildo Zegna: I have lasted long. Usually a chief executive officer lasts

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Robust Job Growth Puts U.S. on Firmest Footing in a Decade

The U.S. economy is hitting milestones not seen in more than a decade, marked by robust hiring that has led to low unemployment and a sustained pickup in output.
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The coin-mining software can grab processor power and drain phone batteries quickly, warn security firms
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Bachrach President Talks New Brand, Growth Opportunities

One-hundred twenty days. Maybe men’s retailer Bachrach could get an award for that.
In four months and at a cost of about $ 1.3 million, the company filed for Chapter 11, reorganized and emerged nine stores lighter, armed with a new plan for its future.
“The most important thing that we had to accomplish was to close the non-performing stores,” said president Brian Lipman of the bankruptcy’s objective. “Our portion of stores was spread between A, B and C malls. We’re a 100 percent mall-based retailer and some of the locations we had were either in the wrong malls for the product price point we sell or the occupancy costs were just out of the stratosphere. We just couldn’t make money in those doors. And that’s what we accomplished.”
Bachrach, via its in-court restructuring, closed nine doors and now has a fleet of 15 along with e-commerce, in both of which the company sees growth opportunities. While the retailer will consider store growth, that will be in existing markets and will avoid spreading the business too thin, which was one of its issues pre-bankruptcy, Lipman said. It will also look to nab a new, younger customer with the launch of a more fashion-forward, digital

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StarkX Readies for Next Phase of Growth

GROWTH MODE: Perry Stark four years ago founded her line of casual basics called StarkX and the Los Angeles brand may finally be hitting its stride.
The line doubled its door count in the past year to about 100 stores, including Anthropologie and Saint Bernard in Dallas. The designer just recently launched e-commerce following a doubling in companywide sales as demand has strengthened for her line of casual, easy separates. Think cotton gauze pants and blouses mixed with linen jersey tops.
The line is made in downtown Los Angeles, around the same area where the designer attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising some 27 years ago when the school was still on Flower and 7th Streets and the Staples Center didn’t yet exist.
The designer’s now plotting an expansion into Europe and in the spring began testing the concession model with an in-line shop at Addō Sag Harbor in the Hamptons.
“It’s been amazing and we just sell more and more. It’s perfect for resort,” Stark said of the shop.
The designer would eventually like to open her own stores, with growth into that expected next spring. Stark said she’s eyeing markets such as Brentwood, Santa Monica or Malibu for her first store.
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Yuri Milner: Online Spending Will Fuel World-Wide Growth

Massive growth in online spending will help fuel world-wide growth in the technology sector in the next decade, Yuri Milner, founder of DST Global, said at The Wall Street Journal’s D.Live Asia 2017 conference.
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Snapchat Parent Posts Disappointing User Growth; Stock Plunges

Snap, in its first quarterly report as a public company, showed it struggled with user growth at its Snapchat messaging app, sending shares tumbling and sparking worries about its ability to challenge Facebook.
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Ermenegildo Zegna Profitability, Sales Dented in 2016; CEO Sees Growth in 2017

MILAN — Putting 2016 down as “a transitional” year, Gildo Zegna, chief executive officer of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is banking on a new brand strategy, the company’s newly reorganized structure and a rebound in China and Europe to boost business in 2017.
“I am confident we will grow again this year; we started off on the right foot,” said Zegna in a phone interview ahead of boarding a plane for Dubai to join artistic director Alessandro Sartori on a number of personal appearances in the region. “One-on-one relations are fundamental, Alex is almost like a personal stylist in some cases,” said Zegna.
While 2017 looks promising, results last year were hit by extraordinary costs and write-offs, as well as lackluster sales in the group’s main markets.
In 2016, Zegna’s net profit fell 55.5 percent to 20 million euros, or $ 22 million, from 45 million euros, or $ 49.9 million, in 2015.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization dropped 14.3 percent to 125 million euros, or $ 137.5 million, from 146 million euros, or $ 162 million, the previous year.
Revenues decreased 8.2 percent to 1.15 billion euros, or $ 1.26 billion, compared with 1.26 billion euros, or $ 1.4 billion, in 2015. At constant exchange, sales were down

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Rocket League Dev on Game’s Growth, Future Plans

One of the biggest challenges facing Rocket League developer Psyonix, according to the studio’s Vice President Jeremy Dunham, is keeping up with the pace of the game’s rapid growth.

“It’s sort of a race, to grow the company at a rate somewhat comparable to how fast the game is growing,” Dunham said while speaking to IGN about the game past success and future, including its potential for coming to the Nintendo Switch.

“It’s been both flattering and a whole bunch of work because every time we think we’ve hit some sort of plateau or maybe the game is settling down, our community shows us, no, it’s not even close yet,” he explained. According to Dunham, Rocket League set records for both the most games played and most players in a single month in December 2016. That most players in a month record was then broken in January — then again in February.

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Haggar Sees Growth From E-commerce as Department Store Business Slows

Haggar is having a moment.
The Dallas-based brand, which celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, had both the best-selling non-denim casual pant and dress pant at U.S. department stores and national chains in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the NPD Group.
But for Michael Stitt, chief executive officer, there’s more growth to be had, particularly online.
Haggar just relaunched its web site, which is the fastest-growing portion of the business, with improved functionality that is intended to enhance the shopping experience.
“Online sales on Haggar.com grew by 28 percent last year,” Stitt said. “Our digital team spent the last eight months developing, testing and perfecting our new platform. Our new site offers the most extensive selection of Haggar pants and suit separates in an easy to navigate environment.”
The site includes a new pant finder that asks consumers a number of questions to help identify the right style pant. It also offers a reorder function for the first time.
Haggar hired a chief digital officer, Eve Richey, two years ago and the company is investing in direct-to-consumer capabilities, including spending $ 5 million to modernize its distribution center, Stitt said.
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Twitter Shares Tumble After Posting Anemic Revenue Growth

Twitter sits at the center of American politics like no other company right now—and yet the social-media service can’t seem to profit from it.
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Twitter has posted its weakest quarterly revenue growth since its stock market flotation in 2013, with shares plunging 10% on opening in New York.
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Google Parent Alphabet Finds New Growth Beyond Search

Google parent Alphabet said fourth-quarter revenue increased nearly three times as fast as profit, as it cast about for new sources of growth beyond its traditional search advertising.
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Joseph Janus Promoted to WeSC Global CEO on Growth of U.S. Business

WeSC has realigned its executive team, promoting Joseph Janus to group chief executive officer on the heels of the streetwear brand’s U.S. growth as it turns to scaling in Europe.
WeSC, which stands for We are the Superlative Conspiracy, previously had Janus in the ceo role for WeSC America based out of the New York office. Janus succeeds Tony Westler in his new role.
The change is a reflection of a few factors, beginning with the U.S. business now representing more than 40 percent of the Swedish company’s overall sales, up from about 20 percent two years ago.
“We made a decision to elevate our product three years ago,” Janus said. “WeSC started off as a skateboard clothing brand and we’ve been really focused the last three years on making it a Swedish lifestyle brand.”
That began with the build-out of full collections versus launching T-shirts and hoodies each season, which has helped it get into new doors. The strategy has recently been applied in Sweden with a contemporary offering that’s helped get the brand into doors such as Nordiska Kompaniet. Retailers such as Galeries Lafayette is another example of where Janus would like the brand to go.
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Theranos Predicted Huge Growth in Revenue and Profits

Investor materials show the blood-testing company projected revenue of nearly $ 2 billion and net income of about $ 505 million this year.
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Grayers Growth Calls For Swim, Kids, Retail Launches

Grayers’ founders fancy the label they launched three years ago as something along the lines of affordable J. Crew. The company has reached a point now, they say, to hunt for capital to fuel the next phase of expansion, which calls for taking the men’s wear brand to full-on lifestyle label.
The company’s founders have their sights set on expanding the accessories collection for fall, launching swim and then following all of that up with kids.
Grayers, headquartered in New York with production in Asia, was founded by former Ralph Lauren executive Peter Georgiou and his wife Joanna, who handles sales and marketing.
“In the case of Grayers, I felt there was a sweet spot in the market, both in price point and product attributes, in the U.S. and U.K.,” Peter said. “Over the last few years we’ve gone from being a 20-door business out of Nordstrom to about 200 points of sale today in the U.S. mostly.”
The line includes polos starting at $ 58, $ 88 chinos, selvage denim for $ 165, French terry cardigans for $ 138 and wool blazers for $ 195.
“It’s [for] a guy who cares about what he wears and doesn’t want to be burdened by it,” Peter said.
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Jean Touitou on A.P.C.’s West Coast Growth

LOCATION, LOCATION: Ultracool French label A.P.C. shared images of its new Silver Lake store exclusively with WWD, while founder Jean Touitou gave his thoughts on the label’s future growth strategy.
The 1,793-square-foot Silver Lake store is the contemporary brand’s third on the West Coast and brings its total in the U.S. to seven.
“I believe three stores in Los Angeles is probably the maximum,” Touitou said of future growth in the area. “This brand cannot, by its own nature, be overdeveloped.”
A.P.C. next year will open a store in San Francisco’s Jackson Square neighborhood.
It’s all part of a strategy for the U.S. the company identified a few years ago.
“Three years ago, we thought America was the new Japan,” Touitou said. “We like to grow gradually, so we thought that California was a decent way to go.”
As for whether there’s a formula when it comes to site selection, it’s hardly that black-and-white and instead comes down to “beauty and proportions,” according to Touitou.
“There isn’t a particular concept in our choices,” he said. “We might as well open in Austin anywhere [if that were the case]. We generally follow our gut.”
As for the rest of the brand’s future U.S. plans, Touitou is more tight-lipped, citing no

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14 Ways to Stimulate Personal Growth

You know you’re here for big things, right? You have a difference to make and a purpose to live. And if you’re doing that right now — perfect. Keep doing your thing.

If you’re not, and you’re unsure how to start, it’s possible you’ve missed the important journey you need to take to get to where you want to be.

Whatever you like to call it — personal growth, personal development, self-acutalization or finding yourself — this journey is you exploring and developing who you truly are. It explores identity, talents and potential, as well as dreams and aspirations. It develops you physically, mentally, spiritually and intellectually.

And it can look however you want it to — that’s the personal part! Your journey might involve training, up-skilling and traveling; or it might involve yoga, meditating and spiritual healing.

The key is to put yourself into situations that will trigger that exploration and development.

To get you started, here are 14 ways you can stimulate personal growth.

1. Know yourself.

Self knowledge is not just about knowing your likes and dislikes, it’s about knowing who you truly are as a person. How you look at life. How you interact with others. What fires you up. What leaves you shaking. What gets your heart pumping. A person who sincerely knows who they are shines with confidence.

This kind of knowledge is learned by personal reflection, lots of time alone, and situations outside of your comfort zone. Those situations can be different for everyone – anything from enjoying a long lunch with a pen and notebook for company (no phone!), to solo travel. You learn a lot about yourself by jumping into an unfamiliar environment. And when you break through what you previously thought you were capable of, you’ll feel like you can achieve anything.

2. Surround yourself with beautiful people.

I’m talking about inner beauty, of course. People that make you see the world in a new way. People that do extraordinary things. People that exude the qualities you’d love have rub off on you; kindness, compassion, bravery, drive. People that have a story to tell, gifts to share and lessons to teach.

3. Rid yourself of people who bring you down.

This is a tough action to take, as the person who brings you down might be person you share your bed with. Or the person you’ve known since you were a kid. Or the person who employs you. Only you can decide whether or not you should do this (or want to), and how best to do it. Every situation is different. Sometimes it calls for addressing the situation in person, sometimes it calls for fading contact between you, and sometimes it calls for leaving one day and never looking back. This is absolutely easier said than done, so I don’t want to make light of this situation. The one instance where I would urge you to immediately remove yourself is if you are physically or emotionally at risk. Often, these situations will require outside help — ask for that help.

4. ‘Three good things’ practice.

Each day, you write down three good things that happened throughout your day, or three things you are thankful for. It can be as simple as ‘I’m thankful for a warm sunny day today’.

5. Avoid comparing yourself to what you see on social media.

Here’s the thing about social media: it’s a clipped, cropped and cultivated representation of who we are. It’s not really who we are. We accentuate the best of ourselves. We filter and tweet what we want others to see – and to be honest, that’s perfectly ok. It’s no different to quickly cleaning your house when someone says they’re dropping by; we like to present ourselves in the best light. The key is to be mindful that this is what everyone is doing — everyone.

So when you scroll through Facebook, know that all those updates, photos and comments have been carefully considered. And when we compare ourselves, we have a tendency to compare the worst of ourselves to the best of everyone else. Not that you should compare in the first place; but it’s not a fair comparison. The funny thing is, people are probably comparing themselves to you. It’s not a healthy pastime. If there’s someone you find you can’t help but weigh yourself against, unsubscribe from their posts for a while. You’ll still be friends, but you’ll stop seeing updates. The ‘three good things’ exercise and knowing yourself will help in this situation.

6. Write.

Whether it’s a public blog or a private journal, writing is a therapeutic outlet for your thoughts. Totally up to you however you do it; Julia Cameron’s morning pages, a diary that you might go for months without writing in, or random notes typed on your phone.

7. Meet new people.

If you’re shy or introverted, this will serve as you getting outside of your comfort zone. Spending time with new people will broaden your horizons and open up different adventures and opportunities in your life. Unsure of how? Friends of friends is always a good start. Get yourself invited to parties and make it your mission to talk to someone you don’t know. Strike up a conversation at the gym. Introduce yourself to the person you always see at your favourite park or beach. Ask to share a table with a stranger at a busy café.

If the thought of doing this is giving you heart palpitations and sweaty palms right now – great! Do it! The easiest way to do this is offer a compliment and ask an open ended question (one like ‘So, how do you know…’ is a good place to start) or just flat out say something like ‘Hi! I see you here quite a bit, so thought I’d say hello. It’s a great café/bar/gym/park isn’t it?’. If you use that intro, I would one hundred percent resist the urge to follow it up with ‘So, do you come here often?!’. Up to you though.

8. De-clutter.

We get emotionally attached to ‘stuff’. When you finally purge and rid yourself of all the clutter you’ve hoarded over a lifetime, you feel empowered. It’s freeing. Bin, donate, cull down. Be especially mindful of what you bring into your life in the future.

9. Turn off the TV.

Emotions in others stimulate emotions in you, and if a movie or a show has ever made you cry or laugh, you’ll get what I mean. You know it’s not real, but you still get caught up in the story and emotionally react. A good movie will leave you full of whatever emotion they were trying to portray – it’s a job well done.

But what about those dramatic reality shows? Shows that thrive on conflict for the story line? What sort of emotions do shows like that stimulate and leave you with? There is nothing worse than walking into a room and seeing people watching a screen filled with other people fighting, arguing, complaining and backstabbing. It’s something most of us would avoid like the plague in real life, so it doesn’t make sense to give up your free time to watch it play out on a screen. Spend that time learning something new instead.

10. Get in touch with nature.

Take time out each day to get some fresh air, walk through a beautiful park or garden, visit the beach or just watch the clouds. It’s a mini escape, and plants you firmly in the ‘real world’, as opposed to the virtual world. Watch the stars, swim in the ocean, walk through a forest or toast marshmallows over a bonfire. The world is beautiful, and taking time out to enjoy it is energizing.

11. Read.

Reading connects you with a person that may have lived decades, or even hundreds of years before you were born. It gives you an insight into another world and perspective. And it grows you in the easiest way possible, all from the comfort of your favorite chair. If you’re not a big reader, the best way to start is to either pick your topic and go for the most popular book in that genre (it will be popular for a reason), or just go to the most popular books list on Amazon and start with something short.

12. Develop a childlike sense of humor.

If you have young children around, you’ll know how easy it is to make them laugh. Their humor is sweet and simple – pure joy from a silly joke or a funny face. Embrace a lighthearted sense of humor; spend the day with a friend that shares the same crazy sense of humor as you, watch stand up comedy online, or read a funny article. Try and get to that crying-laughing-I-have-the-stitch stage at least once a week. It’s healthy!

13. Get a hobby.

Hobbies serve a multitude of purposes. You learn a new skill, it’s (usually) a creative or physical outlet, it often introduces you to new people, it gets you out of that comfy place, it’s usually an achievement of something you’ve always wanted to do or try, and it gives you something interesting to talk about when you meet new people. Being passionate about something different is cool. Passionate people are interesting, and it doesn’t even matter what the passion is. It’s energizing to talk to someone who has a real excited love for something.

14. Make someone’s day.

Whether it’s for stranger, a friend, or your mum – do something to brighten someone’s day. It can be as simple as a genuine compliment, or an unexpected and thoughtful gift. Seeing the effect of your kindness toward others will have a lasting impact on your personal growth.

Start now.

If you’re ready to start or develop your personal growth journey, try one of the ideas listed above.

If you’ve started your journey and would like to share what triggered your personal growth, please do so below – your story might inspire someone to start their own journey.

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