Meghan Markle Supports Serena Williams at U.S. Open

The Duchess of Sussex is showing her support for close friend Serena Williams. Meghan Markle, made a surprise trip to New York to attend Williams’ final U.S. Open match on Saturday against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. Markle arrived at the match dressed in a gray coat and denim dress, where she greeted Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, before the match began. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greets Alexis Ohanian as she arrives to watch the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships.  Charles Krupa/AP/Shutterstock This marks the first trip Markle has made to the U.S. since giving birth to her and Prince Harry’s first son, Archie, in May. She previously visited New York City this year for her baby shower in February, which was cohosted by Williams. Markle also came out to support Williams at Wimbledon in July, sitting outside the royal box to cheer on her friend. Markle’s New York trip marks the beginning of a busy month of engagements for the royal. She is slated to attend her first official royal engagement after ending maternity leave on Sept. 12 for the launch of her charitable fashion label, which benefits the U.K. organization, Smart Works. She will then embark on a tour of Africa with Prince Harry

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U.S. Polo Assn. Creates 30-Minute TV and Digital Show, ‘Women in Polo: The Palm Beaches’

U.S. Polo Assn. has teamed with Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council to sponsor a new TV and digital show called “Women in Polo: The Palm Beaches,” a 30-minute in-depth look at past, present and future female polo players. The show’s release is in tandem with U.S. Polo Assn.’s yearlong brand campaign, “Inspiring Others,” supporting female polo players through women’s training programs, charities, tournaments, as well as lifestyle and fashion events. The launch is timed with Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 which commemorates the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “With U.S. Polo Assn. being the official brand of the United States Polo Association, it was important for us to recognize these amazing women and share their inspirational stories both on and off the polo field,” said J. Michael Prince, president and chief executive officer of USPA Global Licensing Inc., which manages the multi-billion U.S. Polo Assn. brand. The show will reach more than 100 million households across a national audience and will air Labor Day weekend on the TVG network, which focuses on equestrian sports. In addition to the national broadcast, the show will air on ThePalmBeaches.tv and be available in Palm Beach County hotels and

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Polo Creating Sustainable Uniforms for U.S. Open

Polo Ralph Lauren is mixing it up a bit for the U.S. Open Tennis tournament this year. The brand, which has been the official outfitter of the tournament since 2005, has reimagined the ball person uniforms it creates to be made from recycled materials. This is another indicator of the company’s push toward sustainability, which includes using 170 million recycled plastic bottles in its products and packaging by 2025 and convert the use of virgin poly-fiber to recycled poly-fiber throughout its supply chain by 2025. The 2019 U.S. Open Ball Person’s uniform — a Polo shirt, short or skort — will be made from yarn derived from seven recycled plastic bottles and the fabric will have performance features such as stretch and moisture-wicking properties. In addition, Polo Ralph Lauren will be collecting plastic tennis ball cans in partnership with Wilson at this year’s tournament and they will be made into the fabric for the 2020 Ball Person uniform. Over the course of the tournament, the company expects approximately 12,000 cans will be collected and recycled. In addition to the official uniforms for the ball people, the company has created a collection of off-court styles inspired by the Polo Sport brand from the Nineties. The

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Caruso Opens Showroom in New York to Build Brand in U.S.

Caruso has set its sights on the American market. The Milan-based men’s brand has opened a permanent showroom in Midtown Manhattan and is meeting with specialty and department stores during men’s market this week as it strives to regain a foothold in the U.S. Spearheading the move is Marco Angeloni, the eldest son of former Brioni chief Umberto Angeloni, who remains an “active shareholder” in the business, according to his son. Caruso is now majority-owned by Fosun, the company’s Chinese partner since 2013. In 2017, when Fosun purchased the controlling stake from Aplomb Srl, Umberto Angeloni’s holding company with Ruggero Magnoni, Marco Angeloni was elevated to chief executive officer from chief operating officer. Marco Angeloni, who has also worked at Bain & Co., said his father launched the fashion brand a decade ago and opened flagships in both Milan and New York City. Both those stores have since closed and Umberto Angeloni stepped down as ceo when Fosun became the majority owner. Gone, too, are the brand’s trademark mannequins with handlebar mustaches intended to be reminiscent of its namesake, the singer Enrico Caruso. Marco Angeloni  What hasn’t changed, however, is the brand’s quality manufacturing of tailored clothing and upscale sportswear at an affordable price. The collection

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Mott the Hoople Reunion Tour Coming Back to U.S. in Fall (Exclusive)

Mott the Hoople’s spring reunion tour, their first in America in 45 years, brought joy to many fans in the U.S — and heartbreak to a lot more, as the group only played a handful of cities, concentrated mainly in the Northeast. Frontman Ian Hunter had indicated that might well be it for the reconstituted […]

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‘He just did not care’: Player cards 202 in U.S. Amateur qualifier

But a USGA statement to Golf Digest revealed that Bilardello was disqualified after the conclusion of the event on Tuesday. "The Florida State Golf Association, after consulting with the United States Golf Association, has disqualified Trey Bilardello under Rule 1.2 for serious misconduct and failing to play in the spirit of the game," Beth Major, the USGA's senior director of championship communications, told Golf Digest. Major added: "His disqualification was deemed appropriate as a result of the individual's failure to show consideration for other players—deliberately playing away from the hole to run up his score."

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Altice USA Pools Cheddar, i24 News Resources to Expand U.S. Coverage

The news division of cable operator Altice USA is expanding the scope of its national coverage on the heels of buying digital startup Cheddar for $ 200 million in April. As of today, Cheddar anchors will deliver a daily block of domestic-focused news coverage on Altice’s i24 News, the international news channel funded as a private […]

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Spyder Renews, Expands Sponsorship Deal With U.S. Ski Team

Just like the elite athletes vying to compete, sports fans know it is never too early to anticipate the next Olympics.
Spyder is of a similar mind-set, having renewed and expanded its sponsorship deal with the U.S. ski team. Having served as the team’s official apparel partner since 1989, Spyder’s agreement will see it continue to design and create the exclusive men’s and women’s uniform for the U.S. alpine team. In addition, the brand will suit up the U.S. freestyle team and the U.S. free-ski team. The agreement extends to outerwear and base layers with nonexclusive rights for headwear, shells, pants, insulators, fleece, training gear, gloves and eyewear, which will be provided to athletes as part of the official uniform.
Skiing fans can see the exclusive Spyder-branded uniforms in action during more than 35 events in the U.S. annually and at the 100-plus international events that are part of the World Cup circuit. The aerodynamic Spyder uniforms were rolled out at the World Championships in February 2019. The U.S. skiers will continue to race down the mountains in upcoming competitions, leading up to and during the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
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Charles Tyrwhitt’s New CEO Looks to Replicate U.S. Success Globally

Charles Tyrwhitt was founded in the U.K. in 1986, but the U.S. is actually the brand’s largest market. So it makes sense that the executive who had been overseeing the American market would be charged with running the entire company as it works to expand its reach globally.
Luke Kingsnorth, who had served as president of North America, has been overseeing the division during a run of double-digit growth and the addition of eight retail stores. He was named to the top post in April after Michael Stanier resigned.
In July, Kingsnorth will move back across the pond, taking the success he achieved here and applying it to the corporation as a whole.
He will lean on his omnichannel expertise to expand the company’s e-commerce reach while continuing to exploit casualwear, add made-to-measure suits, offer a revamped trouser assortment with a new, more-modern fit, and develop a range of casual shirts with shorter tails so they can be worn untucked.
Additionally, Kingsnorth said the business is “exploring wholesaling in some core territories.”
Kingsnorth has been with Charles Tyrwhitt since 2010 when he left John Lewis Direct to join the company as e-commerce director. Two years later, he added marketing duties to his role before moving

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Giada Makes Foray in the U.S. Retail Market

MILAN — Giada is making its foray into U.S. retail.
On Monday, the luxury women’s wear label, controlled by Chinese fashion giant Redstone Group, will open its first store in the American continent.
Giada creative director Gabriele Colangelo said the 4,300-square-foot minimal and modern store, designed by Italian architect Claudio Silvestrin, is located in Boston, a city that “reflects that attention to culture and elegance that is at the base of the Giada brand.”
In addition, Colangelo pointed that a big percentage of Giada’s employees graduated from the prestigious universities in the Boston area.
“This opening is an homage to the city of Boston and at the same time represents a first retail test in the U.S. market,” Colangelo said.

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Giada, which regularly shows during Milan Fashion Week, distributes its collections exclusively through its retail network, which along with the new boutique in Boston, includes more than 50 units in China and a flagship at the heart of Milan’s Golden Triangle luxury shopping district.
“The group’s expansion strategy is very attentive and precise,” Colangelo said. “They are carefully investing in specific markets and when it comes to selecting the locations for the stores, they only look at premium areas.”
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Herno’s New Showroom Seen as Key to Increasing U.S. Sales

NEW YORK – Herno is stepping up its efforts to expand in the U.S. market.
The Italian luxury outerwear brand has opened a permanent showroom on Varick Street in Tribeca to better service its existing customers — which include Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Mitchell — and others seeking a sartorial alternative to the ubiquitous Canada Goose and Moncler puffers.
Herno has had a small presence in the U.S. in the past and had been represented by the M5 Showroom, which is located in the same building. But now Claudio Marenzi, president and chief executive officer, has moved a few floors down and opened a cleanly designed space where the brand can present its full offering of men’s, women’s and children’s coats hanging on hooks similar to how they are displayed in its retail stores.
Herno is sharing the floor with Woolrich. Although the two brands have no professional affiliation, Marenzi said they are friendly competitors with a mutual respect. Both firms had been represented by M5 and wanted to have their own space, so it was a practical decision.
Marenzi said that over the past five years the U.S. has grown to represent a larger chunk of Herno’s business. It now

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Bestseller Opens Permanent U.S. Showroom in SoHo

Bestseller, the Danish apparel conglomerate behind the Selected Homme, Jack & Jones, Vero Moda and Only brands, has opened its first permanent showroom in the U.S. in SoHo. The company had previously operated a temporary space in Midtown.
The 7,500-square-foot space at 96 Spring Street was designed by architecture firm Loda Design, and features a floor-through, loft-like design that blends the original architecture of the building with a design inspired from the company’s headquarters in Aarhus, Denmark. Each brand is given its own distinct space within the showroom.
Bestseller is a family-owned apparel and accessories company founded by Troels Holch Povlsen in 1975. It produces 20 brands that are sold in some 15,000 retailers in 70 markets and operates 3,000 branded stores across the globe.
The opening of the New York showroom is part of a larger strategy to expand the company’s reach in North America.
According to Brian Edgar, president of Bestseller North America, the new showroom “showcases our brands’ DNA more accurately, which helps elevate our presence in the marketplace. The space is much larger than our previous one allowing us to really show what each Bestseller brand can offer.”

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China Aims to Become ‘Strong Film Power’ Like U.S. by 2035, Calls for More Patriotic Films

The Chinese government has exhorted filmmakers to turn the country into a “strong film power” like the U.S. by 2035 and called for the production of 100 movies a year that each earn more than RMB100 million ($ 15 million) as part of a push to increase China’s soft power. The targets were set by Wang […]

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Dunhill to Spotlight New Brand Positioning in U.S.

The Alfred Dunhill brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1893 but its presence in the U.S. market over the years has been spotty at best.
In the Fifties, the London-based brand operated major stores on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center in New York and counted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra as fans.
But it slowly lost its grip on the market as management changed, stores closed and the brand cycled through a number of designers including Richard James, Nick Ashley, John Ray and Kim Jones.
Enter Andrew Maag, a former Burberry executive who joined the brand at the end of 2017 and promptly set out to “right size” the business and redirect its focus back to its core business. “We were really missing the mark in the luxury space,” he said. “But we’re just now experiencing a turnaround.”
That has been helped in large part by the positive reaction to the modern tailoring created by the company’s new creative director, Mark Weston.
At the same time, Maag said that since joining the company, one of his major focuses has been updating the fleet of stores. “They desperately needed to be brought up to relevant standards,” he said.
Next month,

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Kashiyama Rolling Out Made-to-Measure Concept in U.S.

NEW YORK — Onward Kashiyama, the Japanese conglomerate that owns Jil Sander, Joseph and J. Press, has come up with a novel way to introduce its new men’s made-to-measure suit concept to the U.S. market: open shops at WeWork locations.
The company launched Kashiyama the Smart Tailor in Japan at the end of 2017 and sold 59,000 suits, bringing in sales of $ 40 million its first year. Jun Murakami, president and chief executive officer of Onward USA and J. Press, is hoping to replicate that success in the U.S.
The brand’s point of differentiation, he said, is its price — suits start at $ 300 — as well as quick turnaround and manufacturing expertise. Kashiyama’s suits are made in a company-owned factory in China and can be produced and delivered to customers in 10 days.
Although the competition in affordable made-to-measure men’s wear is stiff in the U.S. with brands such as Indochino, Knot Standard, My Suit, Men’s Wearhouse and others already entrenched in the market, Murakami believes Kashiyama can find a niche.
“Most of our competitors are technology companies or new companies that don’t have an apparel background,” he said. “They don’t have the knowledge that we have.”
Onward Kashiyama was founded in 1927 and now

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The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.

As China and the West race for 5G dominance, two digital powers with very different approaches to technology are staking out their corners. Some Silicon Valley executives worry the divergence risks giving Chinese companies an advantage in new technologies.
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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Swinging Safari’ Picked Up for U.S.

WestEnd Films has closed North American and European deals on “Swinging Safari,” Stephan Elliott’s Australian comedy. Blue Fox has taken U.S. and Canada rights and will release the film theatrically early this summer. Elliott (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) wrote and directed the film, which is set in mid-1970s Australia and stars […]

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Richard James Opens First U.S. Store on Park Avenue

NEW YORK — It took over a quarter century — and a new majority owner from America — but Savile Row tailor Richard James has finally opened his first store in the U.S.
The 2,260-square-foot boutique on the corner of 57th Street and Park Avenue is only the third store for the London-based brand, which was founded by James and Sean Dixon 26 years ago. In March 2017, Dixon inked a deal to sell a majority stake in the business to one of its longtime customers, Charles S. Cohen, a billionaire real estate mogul based in New York. Dixon, who retains a minority interest in the company, had been searching for an investor to take the business to the next level and help it expand internationally. James no longer has any financial stake in the brand.
“This is our first American store,” said Dixon, whose title is managing director. “Our plan has always been to open in the States, and New York is the obvious choice.” He added that the company had been searching for a long time for the “right opportunity and time,” and Cohen’s investment — and the fact that he owns the retail component of the pre-war building — was

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Netflix Original Series Viewing Climbs, But Licensed Content Remains Majority of Total U.S. Streams

Is Netflix moving fast enough to bulk up on originals to offset programming that’s about to get pulled by studios like Disney, Fox and WarnerMedia? Original content accounted for 37% of Netflix’s U.S. streams in October 2018, up from 24% a year earlier (and just 14% in January 2017), per video-measurement firm 7Park Data. But […]

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Undone Moves Into the U.S. Market

Undone, the customizable watch brand that’s based in Hong Kong, is focusing on the U.S.
Michael Young built a reputation in the watch industry by collecting vintage watches, supplying companies such as Hublot and Omega with parts, and customizing Rolexes for high-end brands. Because of the high price points on custom watches, which start at $ 20,000, Young thought there was space in the market for an affordable, well-made custom watch option and introduced Undone in 2014.
His relationships with suppliers and knowledge of the supply chain has allowed him to offer models that retail from $ 265 to $ 430. Having his own dial printers and in-house watchmakers has also helped. Customers are able to purchase a customizable watch from Undone’s e-commerce site to select their own dial, case, hands, strap and engraving on the back. Undone has also recently partnered with Peanuts on a capsule collection that offers more characters than usual because of its customization abilities.
“A lot of watch brands are starting to launch characters on special editions, but there is no flexibility,” Young said. “We think consumers should have a choice and be able to create something they love.”

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Nintendo Switch Became the Best-Selling Nintendo Console in U.S. History During a Thanksgiving Weekend

Nintendo has high expectations for the Switch this holiday season, predicting sales totals that some viewed as overly ambitious. The company wants the system to hit 20 million units sold this fiscal year, and it helped get closer to that number with a huge Thanksgiving weekend.

Over the five-day period from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday this year, the Nintendo Switch set a record for best-selling Nintendo console in history over that period, and it had its best week ever in the United States.

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Foxconn Considers Bringing Chinese Workers to Wisconsin as U.S. Labor Market Tightens

Facing one of the tightest labor markets in the U.S., Foxconn has been trying to tap Chinese engineers through internal transfers to supplement staffing for its planned Wisconsin plant, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Ermenegildo Zegna Launches XXX Capsule in the U.S.

TRIPLE X: Ermenegildo Zegna has teamed with Farfetch to launch its Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection in the U.S.
Designed by the brand’s creative director Alessandro Sartori to “match the identity of society’s boldest and most visionary members,” the capsule breaks the boundaries between streetwear and tailoring to offer a wardrobe of urban pieces, combining a contemporary, metropolitan look with sartorial quality. Ermenegildo Zegna officially kicked off its XXX project this year.
Retailing from $ 375 to $ 2,450, the Ermenegildo Zegna XXX capsule collection includes graphic windbreakers, bombers, T-shirts, sweatshirts, knits, as well as accessories such as fanny packs, pouches, basketball caps and hand-stitched sneakers, all embellished with the lineup’s signature XXX pattern.
Dedicated to the U.S. market, this capsule will be exclusively on sale on Farfetch beginning Monday.

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Psycho Bunny to Open First U.S. Retail Store in Miami

Psycho Bunny is jumping into the retail fray in Miami.
The New York-based men’s brand with the slightly maniacal rabbit logo with its teeth hanging over a skull and crossbones, is opening its first store in the Aventura Mall this fall.
The brand operates two stores in Panama, two in Mexico and will open one in Bogotá, Colombia, by the end of the year. There are also 17 retail locations in Japan, including a flagship in Shibuya.
The concept is a bit unorthodox since the store will have two iterations: a 1,400-square-foot space will open as a pop-up at the beginning of November and stay in operation through the middle of January. At that point, it will be closed until the middle of March when it will reopen permanently as a 1,600-square-foot flagship.
“Because of the timing of when we signed the lease, we needed more time to [create a flagship],” said Robert Goldman, who operates the brand with Robert Godley. So to capitalize on the holiday traffic, a pop-up was created that will replicate a working artist’s studio. It is being designed by the Montreal-based architectural firm, Aedifica, which has worked with Adidas, Aldo and others.
Each side of the Psycho Bunny store will

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Australian Cult Brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective Lands in U.S.

Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.

The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. 
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“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the

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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds of U.S. Pages It Says Spread Misinformation

Facebook has taken down hundreds of accounts that were spreading false or misleading political content ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, one of the social network’s most aggressive efforts to stop misinformation spread primarily by Americans.
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Maskit Looks to Build U.S. Sales With NYFW Event and Art Installation

MASKIT TAKES NEW YORK: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces’ tristate region is hosting Maskit Fashion House’s NYFW debut today at Metropolitan West. Started in 1954 and known as the first fashion house of Israel, the company belonged to the Israeli government in its earlier years. The idea was to provide work for immigrants and to teach them craftsmanship as well as new techniques. In its prime, there were 2,000 employees and 10 freestanding stores, including a Fifth Avenue location. In 1994, it was shut down before being revived five years ago. Head designer Sharon Tal interned for Alber Elbaz at one point, before specializing in embroidery at Alexander McQueen. The brand is now backed by Lyn and Stef Wertheimer and is being shown for a limited time in New York.
In addition to the fashion show, the company is showcasing a large-scale art project titled “Mount Sodom” by Israeli fashion photographer Eyal Nevo. On view at 10 Times Square through Oct. 6, the project features dancers from the Inbal Dance Theater, Israel’s first and oldest modern dance company. Mount Sodom premiered in Tel Aviv in June in the presence of Israel’s first lady.
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Descente Athletic Collection to Break in U.S. Market

After more than eight decades making its mark in the Asian market, Descente is setting its sights on America.
The Japanese athletic brand has created a wholly owned North American subsidiary, Descente Athletic Americas Inc., that is based in Atlanta, as well as an e-commerce site that will launch today.
Although Descente has sold its Mountain ski collection in the U.S. for some time, this marks the first time its Athletic lifestyle offering will be sold in America.
Fritz Taylor, a 30-year veteran whose résumé includes Nike, Under Armour, Brooks and Mizuno, has been tapped to serve as president of Descente Athletic Americas and to introduce the collection to the U.S. market.
Taylor admitted that when he was approached by Descente to join the company, he wasn’t interested. “The market is so crowded. Do we really need another sportswear brand?” he asked. But he agreed to make the trip to the brand’s Japanese headquarters, where he was impressed by Descente’s craftsmanship and innovation. “I felt like there was something really unique there,” he said, so he agreed to join.
“The sportswear market is at an interesting time where consumers are either gravitating toward disposable fashion or fewer but higher-quality garments,” Taylor added. “Our attitude is

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JD.com Founder Gets Back to Business in Beijing Days After Arrest in U.S.

Liu Qiangdong’s appearance to announce a partnership with the Chinese company that owns Swiss luxury brand Bally—as Minneapolis police investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct—underscores what business observers describe as his extraordinary confidence.
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Swedish Label Old Molly Gears Up for U.S. Expansion

Old Molly, a Scandinavian label inspired by the California lifestyle, has set its sights on the U.S. for major expansion.
To try to make inroads, the company will be showing at MAGIC for the first time. Started in 2002, the omnichannel retail company has 60 freestanding stores, 600 wholesale accounts and distribution in nearly 40 countries through its own e-commerce site. Indicative of its Stockholm roots, the brand is known for its bold colors and unexpected patterns in sportswear, accessories and bedding.
Women’s empowerment, not surprisingly, is key — as well as sustainability the Nasdaq Stockholm-traded company was initially inspired by a Los Angeles skater girl from the Eighties, who beats her own drum and has a lot of integrity. The collection features an assortment of apparel, accessories and bedding in a bold mix of colors and patterns. Ribbed sweaters, knit jackets, bikinis, tank tops, a no-frills baseball cap, towels, shoes, lingerie, robes and sheets are among the offerings.
Through MAGIC, Old Molly wants to get into not just specialty stores, but major department stores for spring 2019, a company spokeswoman said.
The company also has an Instagram shop to expedite shopping for consumers. Old Molly has freestanding U.S. stores in Colorado: Vail, Aspen,

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Steven Seagal Appointed Russian Special Envoy to Improve U.S. Relations

WASHINGTON — Steven Seagal has been appointed a special representative for the Russian government to promote “Russian-American humanitarian ties,” the Russian foreign ministry announced on its Facebook page. “The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges […]

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Dark Star Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Word of God’ From LevelK (EXCLUSIVE)

Dark Star has acquired U.S. rights to Henrik Ruben Genz’s (“The Killing”) Danish drama-comedy “Word of God” from LevelK. Based on the best-selling Danish book by the same name, “Word of God” stars the renowned Swedish singer Lisa Nilsson and Danish actor Søren Malling. It portrays a family’s life in suburbia and the madness that […]

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Amazon Nabs U.S. Open Tennis Broadcast Rights for U.K., Ireland in Five-Year Deal

Amazon has hoovered up exclusive live-streaming rights to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for Prime customers in the U.K. and Ireland in a five-year pact — another move forward in the tech giant’s encroachment on TV sports. The United States Tennis Asssn. entered into a deal granting Amazon Prime Video exclusive live telecast rights to […]

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Wacoal Opens First U.S. Flagship

Wacoal has opened its first U.S. store within The Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey.
After primarily focusing on wholesale distribution within retailers including Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor and Macy’s Inc., the intimate apparel brand is venturing into its own brick-and-mortar space.
“We are growing internationally and online, but our main business is working in store with customers,” said Bob Vitale, the chief executive officer of Wacoal America. “We hear that a high percentage of shoppers don’t shop in the intimate apparel department. There are a lot of customers who aren’t seeing Wacoal. We thought this was a great way to bring our brand proposition to the customer.”
According to Vitale, department stores view the shop as something positive and the goal isn’t to take away from wholesale business but grow the business overall.
The 1,950-square-foot shop will feature Wacoal and B. Tempt’d, Wacoal’s line targeting younger customers. Vitale said they wanted to offer an elevated shopping experience and an array of product that comes in various fashion colors and is sized from A through I cup. Associates will have access to iPads so customers can order items online if they aren’t in stock.
As innerwear becomes outerwear, lingerie companies are benefiting. Vitale said

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Karl Lagerfeld to Open First U.S. Store in SoHo Saturday

Karl Lagerfeld is ready to take SoHo by storm.
On Saturday, the Karl Lagerfeld brand will open its first U.S. store at 420 West Broadway in New York, which features a mix of Lagerfeld’s European collection and Karl Lagerfeld Paris, which is a joint venture with G-III Apparel Group.
“The moment seems to be right and the space is great,” Lagerfeld told WWD. He noted that distribution of his signature brand, re-launched in the burgeoning masstige category in 2012, first put down retail roots in Europe and then China. “Our first tests in the U.S. were great.”
Inspired by the designer’s personal home and studio, the 3,230-square-foot store has a sophisticated yet inviting, open feel. Each of the furnishings has an unusual story behind it, from antique mirrors to velvet chairs and luxurious marble finishes to the giant Tokidoki silver cartoon sculpture of Lagerfeld — with a ponytail — holding his famous feline, Choupette. A bespoke carpet has a red border around its edges, similar to the border that the designer draws on all of his sketches. A full-size photograph of Lagerfeld, wearing fingerless gloves and chains, and taking a photo with his camera, greets visitors at the entrance.
One highlight is a library wall inspired by

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Toys ‘R’ Dust! Toys ‘R’ Us to Close or Sell the Remainder of U.S. Stores

Geoffrey the Giraffe is out of a job, along with about 33,000 other Toys “R” Us employees, according to multiple outlets including USA Today and CNN.

After 70 years in business, the iconic toy retailer — once proclaimed as “the world’s greatest toy store” — will shut down or sell off the remainder of its 735 stores in the United States, according to U.S Bankruptcy court documents filed early Thursday and obtained by CNN.

It also comes six months after Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, in an effort to shed $ 5 billion it had accumulated in debt and reinvest the $ 400 million it was spending a year to pay that off, into its stores,  CNN reported.

Originally, the troubled toy chain had hoped to keep some locations in the U.S. open — announcing in a letter to customers in January that 182 stores would be closing the following month, according to Business Insider.

“The reinvention of our brands requires that we make tough decisions about our priorities and focus,”Toys “R” Us CEO Dave Brandon wrote in his memo, according to Business Insider. “The actions we are taking are necessary to give us the best chance to emerge from our bankruptcy proceedings as a more viable and competitive company.”

But according to court filing, the company still didn’t have the money to operate that many stores and was spending $ 50 to $ 100 million a month, USA Today reported.

“The stark reality is that the Debtors (Toys “R” Us) are projected to run out of cash in the U.S. in May 2018,” documents say, USA Today reported. “ have determined that the best way to maximize their recoveries is to liquidate the existing inventory in all…735 remaining U.S. stores and begin an orderly wind-down of the U.S. operations.”

They added they only have money to pay their employees for “no fewer than 60 days,” USA Today reported.

Though Toys “R” Us was once one of the go-to places for families to do their toy shopping, the retailer has struggled to compete against online stores like Amazon, as well as big chain companies like Walmart and Target.

As the Chicago Sun-Times previously noted, the store has had difficulties capturing the attention of children who can now find entertainment in a smartphone or tablet.

Toys “R” Us began in Washington, D.C. in 1948 as a small store. The business is now headquartered in Wayne, N.J.

Shoppers can expect liquidation sales over the next few monthsThe New York Times reported.

On Wednesday, the company announced it was also closing all its stores (approx: 100) in the U.K., The Washington Post reported.


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Asos Is Serious About Growing in the U.S.

British online retailer Asos on Monday held its inaugural New York presentation for the brand’s fall 2018 men’s wear collection with an eye toward growing its U.S. business, which head of men’s Nick Eley said is in second place, behind the U.K.
The e-tailer has ratcheted up its presence during New York Fashion Week: Men’s since July, when it held a party.
Primarily aimed at young adults — Eley said the average age is 20 — Asos sells more than 850 brands and its own range of clothing and accessories. The brand is making a push, offering plus sizes for men, which Eley called a “huge opportunity.”
In addition, Eley said the men’s and women’s sides of the business have started collaborating for the first time on trends, fabrics and more, the results of which will be fully realized with the spring 2019 collection.

The brand features an abundance of over-the-top fashion and glam items. After all, Asos was originally called As Seen on Screen when it launched in 1999, before its name was shortened to an acronym. “The Asos guy is going out more and is more confident with what he’s wearing,” said Eley.
The presentation was held at 393 NYC, a long, narrow gallerylike space

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Wall Street: U.S. Markets Try to Rally After Monday’s Plunge and Global Selloff

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and other major U.S. stock indices on Tuesday tried to buck the global downturn of the past 24 hours and recover some of Monday’s historic losses. The Dow was down more than 500 points just after the 9:30 a.m. ET opening bell but quickly recovered and moved into positive territory. […]

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U.S. Government Weighs Building National 5G Network to Counter China

Some White House officials view next-generation 5G wireless service as a “key area of competition,” and they say that the threat from China justifies a government effort like the construction of the interstate highway system, an internal memo shows.
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Intel Told Chinese Firms of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government

In initial disclosures about critical security flaws discovered in its processors, Intel notified a small group of customers, including Chinese technology companies, but left out the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter and some of the companies involved.
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Former Fashion Editors’ Sleepwear Line Sets Up Shop in the U.S.

Eighty percent of Sleeper’s clients are located in the U.S., but Asya Varetsa, who cofounded the sleepwear brand with Kate Zubarieva, will start to handle sales and business development out of New York and they will also set up a showroom during New York Fashion Week.
“It makes more sense to be here because a lot of our buyers are here,” said Varetsa. “We need to be here to figure out the shipping situation and build more relationships.”
It’s a big move for the brand, which is based in Ukraine and has steadily gained accounts including Moda Operandi, Harrods, Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony since launching in 2014 and the line has been worn by fashion industry influencers including Mira Duma, Aurora James and Eleonora Carisi. Retailers have been drawn to their stylish pajamas that are made by hand at its manufacturing facilities in Ukraine. They also produce a men’s and children’s collection.
Varetsa and Zubarieva have tapped into the pajama dressing trend and captured a modern consumer who is accustomed to the comfort of ath-leisure and working from home. The assortment includes a core collection of basic pajamas and robes, a linen collection of dresses and slips, and a bridal collection of

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U.S., French Officials Question Apple Over iPhone Battery Slowdowns

Apple is facing new questions from government officials in the U.S. and France about its handling of battery-related performance issues on iPhones, a sign that controversy over the problem continues despite the technology giant’s apology last month.
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Cremieux Opens Second U.S. Store, Creates New Label for Dillard’s

Cremieux has embarked on a dual-pronged growth strategy as it works to increase sales.
The French brand, which got its start in Saint-Tropez in 1976, has opened its second store in the U.S. and has also created a new contemporary men’s brand for Dillard’s, its longtime American retail partner.
On Dec. 1, Cremieux opened an 800-square-foot boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla. This joins the company’s SoHo store on Mercer Street that opened nearly four years ago.
A Florida store has long been on the wish list for Stephane Cremieux, chief executive officer of Cremieux and son of founder Daniel Cremieux. “Ever since the brand was founded, we wanted to open a store in Florida,” he said. “So when this opportunity came up, we took it.”
He said the recently renovated Royal Poinciana center is “a special place” with a curated assortment of luxury brands. “You can’t call it a mall. It’s like being in a summer house with fountains, lots of green and palm trees.” The center is home to 30 stores including Cynthia Rowley, Hermès, Magasin, Orlebar Brown and Serenella.
The design of the Cremieux store is very reminiscent of Saint-Tropez, he said, with photos of the French Riviera and

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Bombay Shirt Co. to Open First U.S. Store

Bombay Shirt Co., an Indian online custom shirt brand, will open its first American store in New York’s SoHo on Wednesday.
The unit, at 223 Mott Street, will offer a variety of men’s custom shirts that will sell for $ 59 and up, with most selling for less than $ 200. Both casual and dress shirts will be offered and fabric choices include Egyptian cottons, linens, denims, flannels and others from India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Turkey.
The design of the store is minimalistic and contemporary and the unit will have a fit specialist as well as stylists on hand to help walk customers through the process.
“New York City has always been on our radar and was an obvious choice expanding outside India,” said Akshay Narvekar, founder and creative director.
Bombay Shirt Co. was founded in 2012 and operates six stores in India and one in Dubai.

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