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1 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 WOMEN S WEAR DAILY $3.00 By DAVID MOIN NORDSTROM INC. is ready to blow out its Topshop partnership and it could prove to be the model for other brand deals. Originally, Nordstrom was discreet, cautiously taking the trendy Topshop and Topman to smaller markets amid concerns it would be out of sync with the understated Nordstrom ambience. But in an exclusive interview last week, Pete Nordstrom, president of merchandising, discussed the partnership in depth for the first time since the deal was unveiled in July 2012, and disclosed that the Seattle-based upscale department store will be showcasing Topshop and Topman in more of its larger, urban locations. He said 28 Topshop women s departments and eight Topman By EVAN CLARK WILLIAM ACKMAN S throwing in the towel at J.C. Penney Co. Inc. The lightning rod activist investor arranged on Monday to sell his 39.1 million shares of Penney s in a stock offering being underwritten by Citigroup beginning the process that will end his dramatic three-year run as a central figure at the struggling company. The stake represents 17.7 percent of Penney s stock. Ackman, chief executive officer of Pershing Square Capital Management, said last week that Penney s, along with investments MEN S MAKEOVER BARNEYS NEW YORK CONTINUES REVAMP OF ITS MEN S DEPARTMENT AT THE FLAGSHIP. PAGE 6 MORE STORES, MORE CATEGORIES Nordstrom Steps Up Rollout of Topshop men s departments will be added across the country starting in late September, bringing the total number of Nordstrom stores with Topshop and Topman to 42 and 18, respectively, and that a completely refreshed design for the British brand s in-store departments, and a national social media campaign, are on the agenda. It s definitely working, Nordstrom told WWD. We can literally measure that Topshop is attracting a lot of new customers. The average age is significantly younger like 10 years younger than the typical Nordstrom s women s apparel customer. He characterized Topshop as a really big catalyst to Nordstrom s fashion authority and a big part of the company s strategic initiative to attract younger fashion customers. SEE PAGE 12 Game Over: William Ackman Selling All of J.C. Penney Stake in Target Corp. and Borders Group, were his nine-year-old firm s three failures. Clearly, retail has not been our strong suit, and this is duly noted, he wrote to Pershing shareholders. The investor will have ultimately paid dearly for his Penney s adventure. Last week, he said the stock was trading at more than a 40 percent discount versus his cost to build the stake, through share purchases, call options and other financial instruments. Ackman is one of Wall Street s highest-profile investors and does not shy away from jumping into troubled companies, pushing SEE PAGE 11 PHOTO BY THOMAS IANNACCONE; STYLED BY MAYTE ALLENDE FRESH START A NEW APPAREL FACTORY IN HAITI AIMS TO BE THE MODEL OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. PAGE 7 Art Fair Abstract painterly prints gave resort collections a colorful, contemporary art touch, such as Milly s nylon and elastane top and skirt. Hadria by Adrianna Beer necklaces and bracelets. For more, see pages 4 and 5. MODEL: ONA MARIJA/FUSION MODELS; HAIR BY JASON MURILLO/1+1 MGMT; MAKEUP BY DAVID STELLA FOR ELLIS FAAS COSMETICS; PHOTO ASSISTANT: ZHE ZHU; FASHION ASSISTANT: ANDREW SHANG

2 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 VF to Launch Innovation Hubs By arnold J. KaRR VF CoRP. Will open three innovation centers dedicated to new frontiers in technical apparel, footwear and jeans during the first half of the company will establish the technical apparel facility in alameda, Calif., home of the North Face; the jeanswear center in greensboro, N.C., home of the parent firm and the Wrangler brand, and the footwear base in Stratham, N.h., the home of timberland. the centers will be staffed with teams of scientists, engineers, technical designers and other key talent. Bob Shearer, senior vice president and chief financial officer of VF, told WWD that the centers are likely to be situated in buildings apart from VF s existing physical plants. this is in addition to the productdevelopment people we already have working for our brands, he said. this is a bit longer term looking down the road a few years and, while ultimately this is all about generating revenues and improving our gross margin, we want the centers to be independent. he said the locations will lift VF s corporate head count but that the exact budgets for them were still being worked out, as were the allocations of space and the precise reporting structure for each. Shearer said the centers are seen as providing a good deal of cross-pollination, with developments for one product category often being applicable to others, and that VF s coalition and brand executives are expected to commission ideas to solve specific consumer needs. We ve understood for a long time that consum- ers are willing to pay more for something that s new and innovative, he said. Whether it s the way that the product looks or the way it performs, innovation gets people to open up their wallets, especially in tougher economic climates. With 2012 sales of $10.9 billion and projected sales of $17.3 billion by 2017, VF is the largest u.s.based apparel supplier and has been on something of an innovation tear for the past three years. in 2010, we first laid out our vision for the role that innovation would play in VF s growth, said eric Wiseman, chairman, president and chief executive officer. the move is critical to advancing our journey as it gives us a competitive advantage in the apparel industry. We will fully leverage what we learn by sharing output from the innovation centers across our 30-plus brands. at the same meeting, Stephen Dull, VF s vice president of strategy and innovation, said that ideas developed since the 2010 innovation commitment have already resulted in $400 million in annual sales and are seen expanding to $1.6 billion in revenues over the next three years. among recent innovations already launched or about to be shipped are Flash Dry and thermoball moisture-management products from the North Face, lee s Shapetastic offerings, Wrangler s modification of its MWZ 13 cowboy jeans, Slim illusion technology at Seven For all Mankind and fire-resistant apparel with better comfort characteristics in its Bulwark career apparel assortment. although principally dependent on third parties for production, VF manufactures about 500 million units a year and operates 32 plants of its own. Averyl Oates to Join Galeries Lafayette By Julia Neel london averyl oates will join the galeries lafayette team as fashion director and deputy commercial director within the group s department stores division (galeries lafayette and BhV), WWD has learned. her first day on the job in the newly created role will be Monday. i love the fact that they re looking to make dynamic changes; i can bring a little bit more edge to the company, a fashion twist and look, and a future vision, which they re wanting to embrace, oates told WWD over the phone from Nairobi after her holiday on lamu. they are really focused on their international expansion plans and while i don t think they are necessarily looking to embrace emerging designers, they have a company motto of fashion for everyone. they talk to everyone of all different walks. oates acknowledged that the notion of mixing high end and high street within a wardrobe is not new. [galeries lafayette] is very modern in the way it lays out its stores, putting more accessible brands in front of the Chanels and the guccis, she said. oates will be reporting to Michel Roulleau, commercial director and deputy general manager of the department stores division. She will have responsibility across the men s, women s, accessories and children s departments, as well as detection of new trends; applying her vision to define and implement new concepts; commercial policies, pricing, margin, inventory management across her departments; overseeing the openings of the company s new stores, and defining the fashion policy of those stores, and building on her strong existing relationships. oates added that she was looking forward to working with chief executive officer Nicolas houzé, who assumed that role in March, and fulfilling her profit and loss responsibilities. Previously, oates was commercial director at luxup, the invitation-only luxury Web site offering international, high-spending tourists exclusive shopping experiences and one-off products, which ceased trading in March. Beauty s Most Active Facebook Fans By Julie NaughtoN WhiCh BeautY brand has the most engaged Facebook consumers? the answer might surprise you. according to Stylophane, which monitors activity on Facebook and twitter for apparel, footwear, beauty and retail companies, the answer is Kat Von D s color cosmetics brand, with a healthy mix of mass and prestige brands rounding out the top 10 for July the list ranked 350 beauty brands. Post likes are registered each time a Facebook user clicks like in response to a comment, which is intended to provide a statistically valid barometer of users engagement with a brand. While Facebook likes increase over time, all brands post likes tracked by Stylophane start each month at the same point zero. the Kat Von D line, which is exclusive to Sephora, has just under 2.2 million post-likes on Facebook and made 67 posts last month. Coming in at number two, Cover girl posted 68 times in July and has 868,303 post-likes. Carol s Daughter posted 76 times, and has 298,923 post-likes. Next was Mary Kay, which posted 53 times and has 235,102 post-likes. Rounding out the top five was lancôme with its 230,394 postlikes and 46 posts last month. Top 10 Most Engaged on Facebook WWD.COM the Briefing Box in Today s WWd Sydney Albertini is set to launch SydneyToWear. For more, see WWD.com. Photo by Steve eichner 2 Nordstrom is ready to blow out its Topshop partnership and it could prove be the model for other brand deals. Page 1 William Ackman on Monday arranged to sell his 39.1 million shares of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Page 1 Barneys New York has renovated the sixth-floor men s department of its Madison Avenue flagship. Page 6 Bloomingdale s swept across the U.K. to shoot the Best of Men s and Young Men s trend catalogues for fall. Page 8 On Zushi Beach in Japan, there are die-hard beachgoers for whom no tan is too dark and no bikini too tiny. Page 9 The first part of the Sundance Channel s Revealing: Extravagance examines the obsession with luxury. Page 9 Oscar de la Renta on Sept. 10 will stage a single show for spring with a maximum capacity of 350. Page 11 on WWD.CoM EYE: Artist Sydney Albertini is prepping the launch of a capsule collection, SydneyToWear, next month for FiveStory. For more, see WWD.com. To reporters and editors at WWd, The address is using The individual s name. WWD IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ADVANCE MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS INC. COPYRIGHT 2013 FAIRCHILD FASHION MEDIA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PRINTED IN THE U.S.A. VOLUME 206, NO. 41. 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4 4 WWD tuesday, august 27, 2013 Nicole Miller Artelier s viscose georgette top; Tibi s silk twill skirt. Tibi shoes. All jewelry by Hadria by Adrianna Beer. Cynthia Rowley s silk twill top and pants. Cédric Charlier s cotton coat. Jen Kao shoes. Rachel Comey s silk and cotton top and pants.

5 WWD tuesday, august 27, WWD.COM gallery girl ART, fashion ANd CoMMeRCe Collided for ResoRT with ABsTRACT expressionist prints THAT infused wearable silhouettes with AN ARTisTiC point of view. photos By THoMAs iannaccone; styled By MAyTe AlleNde model: ona/fusion models; hair: jason murillo/1+1 mgmt; makeup: david stella for ellis faas cosmetics: photo assistant: zhe zhu; fashion assistant: andrew shang

6 6 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 Barneys Continues Madison Ave. Makeover By JEAN E. PALMIERI The made-to-measure area has been expanded. The Madison Avenue windows were dedicated to men s wear. NEW YORK Ninety years after its founding and 20 years after the opening of its Madison Avenue flagship, Barneys New York continues to reinvent itself. The upscale retailer over the weekend completed the renovation of the sixth-floor men s department, creating a new home for classic European brands including Ermenegildo Zegna, Brioni, Isaia, Kiton, Giorgio Armani and Uman, as well as an expanded made-to-measure department. We re trying to break away from the old notion of classic or designer brands, said Mark Lee, chief executive officer. The boundaries between classic and fashion are not relevant today. At the end of the day, Barneys is about modernity and we re housing everything in a modern environment. Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men s wear, said the sixth floor previously housed classic and traditional vendors almost all American. Those suppliers are still relevant, but the contemporary element of our business continues to grow. Years ago, Lee added, the floor would have been designed with a cliché of classic men s wear elements including dark wood and leather club chairs to create a traditional men s store aesthetic. But that was deliberately struck. Instead, we let it be clean, simple and modern so the brands could shine. The new design features mirror-finish stainless steel cases; metal, wood and marble fixtures; intimate seating areas; columns wrapped in leather; limestone floors; cerused oak wood millwork cabinetry, and hand-woven rugs. Lighting has also been enhanced to better showcase the merchandise. Over the past two years, Barneys has been undergoing a massive renovation project at the Madison Avenue store. It started in July 2011 in the women s store and the ground floor of the men s store featuring accessories was completed in June. In addition to the sixth- and ground-floor men s departments, Barneys has completed the renovation of its men s and women s Co-ops on the eighth and seventh floors, respectively, and opened a large new shoe area on the fifth floor. Lee has said the 230,000-squarefoot store will continue to be renovated at the pace of a couple of floors a year. Next up is the seventh-floor men s department, which houses contemporary merchandise, followed by the fourth floor, home to sportswear. When completed, Barneys will have an eight-level men s store, which Lee has called unprecedented that s an incredibly unique and powerful statement in terms of men s. The retailer has not said what it is spending to revamp the flagship, which opened in However, since Lee joined the company as ceo in 2010, Barneys has been on a reinvention campaign. It underwent a change in ownership, with Perry Capital, managed by Richard Perry, becoming majority owner, and The Yucaipa Cos., another key lender run by Ronald Burkle, as a minority owner. The debt-for-equity deal in 2011 cleaned up the retailer s balance sheet, wiped out practically all of its $550 million in debt and gave Barneys the funds for some capital improvements. We ve finished the ground floor and this, Lee said during a walkthrough of the sixth floor Monday morning. It will give us a jump start on the season: pre- Labor Day we re planting the flag and saying we re open and ready. The floor was designed by Steven Harris Architects of New York. The ground floor was designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Yabu did a great job, but we want to keep evolving, Lee said. Keep it fresh and keep it moving. He said the design is very much in keeping with a gallery feel simplistic and open. He said Steven Harris is also the architect for the lower-level cosmetics department renovation in New York scheduled to be completed in early October as well as Beverly Hills. Lee said the sixth floor is more indicative of the aesthetic of Dennis Freedman and The sixth floor features a modern design. WINDOW DISPLAY PHOTO BY TOM SIBLEY; ALL OTHERS BY THOMAS IANNACCONE myself. Freedman is Barneys creative director. We wanted to continue the clean and modern approach, but evolve our concept by bringing in classic artisanal techniques and materials, such as geometric folded plaster walls and leather wrapped columns, said Freedman. These luxurious details help give the space added texture and warmth. Another new element on the floor is the elimination of the walls between the men s and women s stores, which allows for a more seamless shopping experience. A horizontal connection, as Lee called it, has now been created on the ground floor, fifth, sixth and eighth floors. The ninth-floor Chelsea Passage department had also been comingled. Step by step, he said, we re getting there. By creating crossover areas, it allows the store to showcase men s and women s brands together, including Fioroni, a new luxury Italian knitwear line being launched exclusively for fall. Separate men s and women s presentations for Fioroni are housed in the area, along with Salvatore Piccolo shirts, Massimo Alba, Inis Meáin, Malo, Boglioli and Greg Lauren. The horizontal connection gets the woman to walk over into men s, Lee said. What she ll find on the new sixth floor, Kalenderian said, are key anchor brands such as Zegna, Brioni, Kiton, Incotex and Armani, as well as artisan labels such as Sartorio, a new line from Kiton that he said Barneys is developing. We re creating an air of discovery, he added. But all of the brands fit the bill for young, modern men looking for tailored clothing and sportswear. And it s not just the environment, it s the fit as well. Everything is much slimmer. As an example, Lee pointed to Brendan Mullane, creative director of Brioni, who has helped reinvent that venerable brand. He was Riccardo Tisci s righthand man, he said. This is not your father s or your grandfather s brand. It s newer, fresher and for a more-fit customer. Kalenderian said that when the Madison Avenue store opened 20 years ago, the men s store offered three floors devoted to clothing: contemporary, traditional and better luxury. Today, there are only two floors, but clothing offerings are sprinkled throughout the store, reflecting the shopping habits of today s man. Now our business is strongest in luxury clothing and contemporary, Kalenderian said. So we ve evolved. The young guy is looking for luxury and the older guy is looking for a modern fit. And we have what he needs, whether it s on two floors or three. Lee said Barneys looks at the sixth floor, not as a clothing department, but as a collections floor, since the brand offering includes luxury sportswear pieces as well. This is fairly new for us, he said. We started transitioning about a year ago. This had been billed as a suit floor, but we buy and merchandise everything as collections. Kalenderian said the brands too see the opportunity to increase their business by expanding their offering. They used to be all-clothing brands, he said. But now they re head to toe. This is the way people live and shop today. And this is easier to navigate. He added: Casual Friday may have left our vocabulary, but it changed our lives. Barneys men s fall catalogue also showcases the complete lifestyle offering of the brands it carries, mixing Brioni with Inis Meáin, Maison Martin Margiela and Jil Sander. It s a statement to say it s all equal, Lee said. There are no barriers, no boundaries. It s all chic and elegant and high-quality. Between Zegna and Isaia is an expanded made-to-measure department where the store can take orders for clothing and furnishings. Located behind a couple of partitions, the area provides privacy, but is also dominant on the floor. Zegna also has a dedicated made-to-measure table that has been added to its area. This customer needed an uplift, Lee said of the made-tomeasure area, which includes custom shirts from Hamilton and others. It s a very productive and high-volume area, so he needed a better experience. Kalenderian said the service is also offered elsewhere in the store, including the seventh floor. Lee said the seventh floor which now looks like the odd man out in the building will be renovated early next year. To celebrate the new men s department, Barneys will hold a party tonight called Man Up, with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Y&R s David Sable cohosting the event with Lee. Proceeds from the event will benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

7 By ARTHUR FRIEDMAN A NEW FACTORY is about to begin production in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince that aims to be a model of corporate social responsibility, while answering the call for aiding the beleaguered Caribbean nation with quality jobs and a commitment to invest in the community. Industrial Revolution II wants to be a different kind of garment factory, one that values social advancement for its workers just as much as providing fashionable products to customers. The factory is the brainchild of several entrepreneurs, designers, executives and celebrities, and is run by Rob Broggi, a former finance industry executive who is a founding partner and the firm s chief executive officer. Broggi said many people involved in Haiti relief efforts and businesses were frustrated by the lack of efficacy of the aid programs and charity models operating in the country in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit there in January 2010 and caused 230,000 deaths, 300,000 injuries and displaced about 2 million people. So a group of us got together and thought we could potentially create more sustainable change through job creation and economic development, particularly higher-value job creation, Broggi said. The people in Haiti don t want handouts and charity. They want jobs and to be able to take care of their families. IRII operates under a shared-value business model, investing 50 percent of company profits into workers, their families and the community through health and wellness programs, training and education initiatives and public infrastructure. These are programs that will be implemented in partnerships with groups that have been operating in Haiti for a long time, Broggi said. We set a high bar for the working environment. At the same time, we re also investing in our business. If we have healthier, more productive, better-trained, happier workers who are not stressed out about their housing situation and whether their kids are going to be able to go to school, we re going to have a much better, more productive factory and workforce. It s a winwin for everybody. Employees are being educated about the entire manufacturing process and cross-trained to perform multiple functions of garment construction. A modular manufacturing system results in better quality, fewer injuries and worker empowerment, the company notes on its Web site. IRII has the support of such heavy hitters as actor-producer Matt Damon, who is a founding partner, and advisory board member Donna Karan, who oversees and is involved in many Haitian business and cultural projects, and Fern Mallis, former senior vice president of IMG Fashion and former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Broggi said having such people on board adds to the credibility and awareness of the company. He said the recent Bangladesh tragedies have created a wave of response and a louder call for change, which he hopes leads to more companies taking IRII s approach and more people caring where and how their clothes are made. Broggi said IRII is going into production in a few weeks, with the first two training teams in place now, and we very quickly expect to ramp up to a couple of hundred employees. He said at full operation, the factory should have the capacity to produce 5 million units annually of knit goods, employing 280 to 300 people. Orders are in place for spring goods and a stock replenishment program for a customer transitioning its production from Pakistan to IRII. The company has invested in advanced training programs and technology, and is set up to handle smaller orders and quick-turn requests. It has purchased the latest sewing technology from Pegasus and Juki and has invested in state-of-the-market digital garment printing technologies from Kornit Digital and Avalanche that allow unlimited color and design capabilities for fashion printing and custom runs. These systems use only water-based, environmentally friendly ink compliant with Oeko-Tex and GOTSV3 standards. The company adheres to Better Work Haiti and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production standards. As part of its funding engagement with the Inter-American Development Bank, IRII created an extensive environmental and social management plan. The first two brands on the production line will be Boxercraft, an Atlantabased supplier of better spirit wear and sportswear, and Threads 4 Thought, a sustainable apparel brand headquartered in New York. Broggi feels the progress in Haiti is proceeding well. He said Haitian President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe are focused on making it easier to do business in Haiti, and former President Bill Clinton has spent a lot of time working with the administration to put the right systems in place to operate there efficiently. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report issued in June said as of March 31, the U.S. Agency for International Development had obligated $293 million, or 45 percent, and disbursed $204 million, or 31 percent, of $651 million in funding for Haiti from the Supplemental Appropriations Act of USAID has allocated $170.3 million to construct a power plant and port in northern Haiti to support the newly developed Caracol Industrial Park, which includes Sae-A Trading Co. s apparel factory that opened last October. But GAO said the Caracol park has had some problems. The agency s report noted that WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, WWD.COM textiles A Revolutionary Factory Opens in Haiti Inside IRII s Port-au-Prince factory. THE FIBER PRICE SHEET The last Tuesday of every month, WWD publishes the current, month-ago and year-ago fiber prices. Prices listed reflect the cost of one pound of fiber or, in the case of crude oil, one barrel. Price on Price on Price on FIBER 8/26/13 7/29/13 8/27/12 COTTON CENTS CENTS 69.7 CENTS WOOL $4.06 $4.32 $4.64 POLYESTER STAPLE $1.14 $ CENTS POLYESTER FILAMENT $1.03 $ CENTS JULY SYNTHETIC PPI CRUDE OIL $ $ $96.27 *THE WOOL PRICE IS BASED ON THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR THE WEEK ENDED AUG. 23 OF 11 DIFFERENT THICKNESSES OF FIBER, RANGING FROM 18 MICRONS TO 30 MICRONS, ACCORDING TO THE WOOLMARK CO. INFORMATION ON COTTON AND POLYESTER PRICING IS PROVIDED BY THE CONSULTING FIRM DEWITT & CO. THE SYNTHETIC-FIBER PRODUCER INDEX, OR PPI, IS COMPILED BY THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS AND REFLECTS THE OVERALL CHANGE IN ALL SYNTHETIC-FIBER PRICES. IT IS NOT A PRICE IN DOLLARS BUT A MEASUREMENT OF HOW PRICES HAVE CHANGED SINCE 1982, WHICH HAD A PPI OF 100. OIL PRICES REFLECT LAST WEEK S CLOSING PRICE ON THE NEW YORK MERCANTILE EXCHANGE OF FUTURE CONTRACTS FOR LIGHT, SWEET CRUDE OIL TO BE DELIVERED NEXT MONTH. Rob Broggi (left) in the factory. Training the workers. the sustainability of the CIP, power plant and port are interdependent, and each must be completed and viable for the others to succeed. USAID completed the power plant s first phase with less funding than allocated and in time to supply power to the first CIP tenant. Port construction will not begin until at least two years later than originally planned due in part to a lack of USAID expertise in port planning in Haiti. These problems were one reason IRII decided to build in the capital rather than an initial plan to construct a greenfield factory in Croix-des-Bouquets, southeast of Port-au-Prince, which the firm still hopes to do down the road. We decided to go with a less risky proposition, to take an existing, defunct factory in Port-au-Prince and completely renovate it, he said. It s right by the airport and seaport, and near other factories with an infrastructure in place. We want to get out of the gate, prove this model, create a track record and build a customer base. So far the response from the brands has been great. Broggi is confident of IRII s success, adding, Who would not want to sell a quality product that has a hang tag on it, at no extra cost, that says this was manufactured in a socially responsible way where half the profit gets reinvested in the community? He noted that manufacturing in Haiti also makes business sense for U.S. brands that want to take advantage of the country s duty-free trade status, nearby production with fast shipping and lead times, and low cost structure. The bottom line for Broggi: It is our mission at IRII to prove that creating social progress and a thriving business need not be mutually exclusive endeavors.

8 8 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 By SAMANTHA CONTI LONDON The summer sun bore down on the streets of Spitalfields, East London, and the fish and chips were lukewarm. It wasn t exactly a typical June day in Britain but it could not have been a better one for Bloomingdale s. As part of Brit Style, a storewide celebration of British fashion, tradition and popular culture, a creative team from Bloomingdale s swept across the U.K. for an action-packed summer week to shoot the Best of Men s and Young Men s trend catalogues for fall. One sunny June morning, they shot looks on Savile Row, Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the Coach & Horses pub on Bruton Street in Mayfair. Later that afternoon, they took to the pavement outside the grand East London homes of the early-18th-century Huguenot silk weavers, with their wooden concertina shutters and glass hurricane lamps lovingly restored by the current residents. After London, the team moved on to the Sussex countryside, and to Liverpool s Penny Lane. Shoots also took place in Snowdonia and Anglesey in Wales; at Eilean Donan Castle, near the Isle of Skye in the Western Highlands of Scotland, and at Aldourie Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. We were researching the trends for fall 13, and a lot were AllSaints, Karen Millen, Reiss and Ted Baker for apparel, as well as The Cambridge Satchel Co., Links of London and Stella McCartney in accessories. In home, exclusive products will include pieces from Fringe, Alessi, Royal Doulton and William Yeoward. The women s catalogue features the British model Lily Donaldson on the cover wearing a sweater by Aqua with the Union Jack shaped like a heart. The retailer has also teamed up with Visit Britain, the national tourism board, to create custom travel experiences with a fashion focus. The travel packages, inspired by the landscapes and venues that appear in the men s catalogue, WWD.COM Bloomingdale s Takes On Britain bloomingdales.com, on screens in-store and on iheartradio. Christopher talked about music and fashion, British culture, the Internet his passions and his favorite spots in London, said Harter, adding that he spent an afternoon with Smith. How charming is Sir Paul Smith? he said. I had a one-hour walk-through of his studio, and the whole experience was so special. As reported, Bloomingdale s has created more than 250 exclusives with some 50 British brands, including Beatles-inspired umbrellas with London Undercover; four suits from Hardy Amies, named the John, Paul, George and Ringo ($1,195); Beatles cuff links from Deakin & Francis (retail $300 to $350); printed bags, FOR MORE IMAGES, SEE WWD.com/ retail-news. A TREASURE TROVE OF DESIGN INSPIRATION BECHARMED BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS BY JIM JENKINS Bloomingdale s headed to the U.K. to shoot trend catalogues for fall. Want to make your necklaces, bracelets, key rings, or entire jewelry sets extraordinary? With Swarovski s unique BeCharmed range, your creative possibilities are endless. Lustrous brilliance and practical functionality unite in a blazing array of colors and effects for purely magical results. Make your sparkling dreams come true with the BeCharmed Collection: BeCharmed Bead, Crystal BeCharmed Pearl, BeCharmed Rondelle and BeCharmed Pavé. Call now for details or inspired by Britain there were tartans, plaids and tweeds. London Fashion Week is getting bigger, there are new designers coming up, and it s The Beatles 50th anniversary. It was the perfect time to call out British fashion, said Kevin Harter, vice president of fashion direction for men and home. This is one of the most special catalogues we have ever done. He said the store tried to strike a balance between heritage names such as Hardy Amies, Turnbull & Asser, Burberry and Liberty, and upand-comers such as Farrell, a line created by English musician Robbie Williams; Oliver Spencer, and Kent & Curwen. The promotion will kick off during the first week of September at all 37 Bloomingdale s stores, with the catalogues sent to Bloomingdale s top customers and cardholders. Although the catalogue focuses on men s wear, women s brands that will be included in the promotion include will be available exclusively to Bloomingdale s customers through American Express. There is a partnership planned with Clear Channel Media & Entertainment where Bloomingdale s will create a custom station on iheartradio featuring hand-selected music from the U.K. and two concerts in October that will be livestreamed on iheartradio.com and bloomingdales.com/ukrocks. The concert on Oct. 10 will feature Emeli Sandé and Jake Bugg, while Rita Ora will perform on Oct. 17. Both concerts will take place at the iheartradio Theater in New York. Five winners will be flown by the store to New York to attend their choice of the concerts, and will receive a $500 Bloomingdale s gift card. The store will also launch Talk is Chic, interviews with designers including Sir Paul Smith and Christopher Bailey, and pop stars including Sandé and Bugg on the impact of Britain on fashion, music and culture on Beatles-inspired designs. shirts and bomber jackets from Paul Smith ($175 to $575); an assortment of T-shirts from Ted Baker ($99), and patterned shirts from Thomas Pink ($250). There is also a collection of Beatles album covers, reproduced with permission of Apple Corp. Ltd., which hold printed pocket squares produced by Turnbull & Asser, that will retail for $150. At the shoot in East London, a photographer snapped model Alex Dunstan decked in a leather jacket, waistcoat and trousers by Farrell as Blur s Country House played in the background. Fast-forward a few minutes and the model rapidly changed into a two-tone gray Bespoken topcoat and claretcolored trousers, with blue shoes from Local Uniform. Decked in his autumnal duds, the model gamely toted a newspaper cone filled with fish and chips the traditional way of serving the famous dish, but one that has all but disappeared due to health fears linked with the newspaper ink.

9 WWDSTYLE MEMO PAD LUXURY UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: Revealing: Extravagance isn t your average fashion TV special. There s no design contestants having meltdowns, sharp scissors, judges or biting criticism. The first of four specials on the Sundance Channel, Revealing, which airs Sept. 20 at 10 p.m., examines how modern society has become obsessed with luxury. Reporter Joe Zee interviews Iman, Zac Posen, Narciso Rodriguez, Carolina Herrera and Valerie Steele, among others. He goes undercover to search for a Bling Ring, a gang of high-end thieves, called the Rainbow Girls. Revealing features several social experiments. One involves dressing a suburban soccer mom to the nines in couture clothing, Christian Louboutin shoes and a Birkin bag. Will her new duds serve her well or make her the object of scorn and envy in her community? Another experiment involves tricking up a sample sale with crazy items such as a rubber chicken handbag and grass-lined PHOTO BY JASON DECROW Joe Zee and Zac Posen in the Sundance Channel original series Revealing. flip-flops to see if shoppers will succumb to the pressure of staying on trend and buy the planted merchandise. Zee declined to reveal the themes for the three future specials but said, They ll be equally provocative and thoughtful. Zee, creative director of Elle, said his time is split between television and the magazine. I m the executive producer of Revealing and I ve been doing a lot behind the scenes, he said. I m getting this up and running. SHARON EDELSON Solar Flair ZUSHI, Japan The practice of catching rays may not have as many adherents in Japan as it does elsewhere. Still, scores of sun searchers headed an hour south of Tokyo to Zushi Beach amid the country s recent heat wave. For more, see page 10. PHOTO BY YUKIE MIYAZAKI SKY WRITER: French department store Galeries Lafayette has teamed up with graffiti artist André Saraiva to celebrate Paris Fashion Week, which kicks off Sept. 24. Saraiva is to rope down the 92-foot-high facade of the Boulevard Haussmann flagship at 8 p.m. that evening to tag the giant billboard designed by Jean-Paul Goude that reads Mode in Love. The acrobatics will be accompanied by a live performance of British electro band Citizens. Five teasers featuring designers, models, dancers and fashion aficionados will go live on the store s Web site and Facebook page on Sept. 4. These include videos clips of the Le-Tan siblings Olympia and Cléo walking around the beauty space and the book shop, respectively, while actress Hailey Gates was shot on the designer floor. LAURE GUILBAULT HOW SWEDE IT IS: Gant has named Caroline Roth its new global marketing director, effective Sunday. She joins the Swedish sportswear firm from Ralph Lauren, where she had been senior director of marketing and global brand management since At Gant, she succeeds Laurens van der Vijver and is to oversee marketing and brand management, as well as visual merchandising and store concept teams. A Swedish national, Roth has worked in fashion in her native land, France and the U.S. A company with American roots, founded in New Haven in 1949, Gant AB is today owned by Swiss retail group Maus Frères SA and posted 2012 revenues of 9 billion Swedish krona, or $1.33 billion at average exchange rates. MILES SOCHA

10 10 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 Touchy Feely SYDNEY ALBERTINI S graphic top is a conversation piece. Isn t it great? she says, tugging on the hemline of the boxy alabaster T-shirt, a toothy grin printed across it. Aren t these fun? She smiles, thumbing the textured teeth jutting out of the printed mouth. The 40-year-old artist, slim and exuding an air of Parisian unkempt cool in her makeup-less face and slouchy ensemble, is holed up in a quiet corner of The National restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. To me, clothing is a very natural progression of my artwork, she says, neatly slicing in her hamburger a divideand-conquer approach that s just arrived to the table. It s just another form of expression of me. It s an extension of my work. To wit: Albertini is prepping the launch of a capsule collection, SydneyToWear, next month for FiveStory, the of-the-moment Upper East Side boutique. Until recently, fashion was virtually the only medium with which Albertini had yet to express herself. Her artwork spans from drawing and photography to installation and performance. Albertini went to art school in her native Paris at the Atelier de Sèvre, then studied fresco painting at Studio Art Center International in Florence. In Italy, I learned how to do frescoes, so it was all about eye colors and narrative, she says. The narrative focus from the Italian Renaissance completely influenced me. My work is based in that same aspect: piecing things together to tell a story. Afterward, Albertini came to New York to study fine art at Parsons School of Design. Her latest show, titled And Also, I Have No Idea, which opened at the Parrish Museum Road Show in Watermill, N.Y., on Aug. 10, is an interactive exhibition, with attendees encouraged to touch her soft sculptures and sit on the furniture she fashioned herself. I wanted to go against the whole don t-touch attitude, she says. I wanted to do something very interactive, to create an environment and invite people to be part of that environment. Though Albertini works in a range of media, her aesthetic is consistent. Her work is imbued with a sense of whimsy through vivid colors and irreverent, abstracted shapes. They re full of energy and movement, with even the subjects of her paintings seeming to wriggle off the canvas. Her ready-to-wear collection is no different. The 27-piece lineup is grounded in the sweatshirt. For me, the sweatshirt is the epitome of American style, Albertini says, brushing a wisp of blonde hair from her face. So we wanted to take that idea and turn it Sydney Albertini into something much more sophisticated and play with color and shape to give it that edginess and sense of subtle cool. The collection is made in America, with everything fabricated in a fine terry cloth sourced from North Carolina. FOR MORE PHOTOS, SEE WWD.com/eye. The pieces were dyed in California, then shipped to Manhattan s Garment District for construction. All the hues in the lineup burnt saffron, deep cerulean, acid citron, etc. are original dyes concocted by Albertini. I would mix different PHOTO BY STEVE EICHNER oil paints in my studio and then tell the dyers, This is the color I want, she says. I had all these different dollops of mixed colors around my studio. The collection retails for $200 to $350 and will be sold exclusively at FiveStory. The clothes only started to make sense to me once I saw her art, FiveStory owner Claire Distenfeld says. From the second I opened the door, I was like, I get it, it s a whole pervasive concept, she says of first viewing the collection during a visit to Albertini s East Hampton, N.Y., studio. Sydney had painted the walls and done all the wallpaper, and she d made the furniture and her clothing matched the interiors. It was this totally immersive sensory overload in the best possible way. Distenfeld is hoping to immerse others in Albertini s whimsical world; she s throwing a launch party in September at FiveStory, which will be completely transformed à la Albertini. We re basically handing her the keys, Distenfeld laughs of the Sept. 11 fete, during which FiveStory will be furnished in Albertini s paintings, drawings, furniture and sculptures. She s really going to be taking over the store, Distenfeld says. Albertini says she plans on delineating the store fivefold, each representing a different facet of woman: love, gratitude, the beast, the animal and the warrior. The warrior is like the wild woman, the fighter, she explains. I mean, us women, we re all warriors, am I right? TAYLOR HARRIS Pacific Sun JAPAN ISN T EXACTLY a nation of sun worshippers. Many women take painstaking steps to shield their skin from the sun, wearing sunblock, carrying parasols and donning long sleeves on even the hottest of days. But on Zushi Beach, an hour south of Tokyo by train, there is definitely a core contingency of die-hard beachgoers for whom no tan is too dark and no bikini too tiny. As one of the best places to scope out sand and surf styles, this summer offered up an abundance of fringed tops, cutoff denim shorts and lacy or ruffled swimsuits in bold pinks, oranges and greens. Many women some with sizable tattoos layered two bikini bottoms, incorporating an accent color or pattern into their look. AMANDA KAISER THEY ARE WEARING PHOTOS BY YUKIE MIYAZAKI

11 PHOTO BY THOMAS IANNACCONE FASHION SCOOPS THE ENVELOPE, (PRETTY) PLEASE: Many people will find one less show invitation in the in-box this season. Oscar de la Renta has had his fill of the megaaudience approach to showing, cramming in huge crowds of people with no direct connection to the clothes. De la Renta wants those attendees with a legitimate professional purpose to be able to see his clothes up close, sans the now-standard pushing, shoving and jostling involved with entrée, exit and sometimes, staking out one s seat. Given the relatively tight conditions at his most recent venue, his showroom at 11 West 42nd Street, last season the designer staged two 316-seat shows to accommodate those guests as well as others whose reasons for attendance may be more ephemeral. No more. For his spring show on Sept. 10, he will stage a single show with a maximum capacity of 350. De la Renta focused on the comfort of his professional audience as the reason for downsizing. But when asked if the potential for causing problems for designers following him on the day s schedule played into his decision, he responded, No question. Specifically, he and Narciso Rodriguez, showing Oscar de la Renta {Continued from page one} management to make changes. He s made millions investing in companies such as mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., The Procter & Gamble Co., McDonald s Corp. and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. The investor charged on the scene at Penney s in 2010 as a staunch critic of ceo Myron Mike Ullman 3rd. He and his partner in the investment, Vornado Realty Trust chairman Steven Roth, used their clout to gain access to the company s board and, along with the other board members, replaced Ullman with Apple retail wiz Ron Johnson. At the time, Ackman and Roth controlled a combined 26 percent of Penney s shares. Johnson, backed both publicly and privately by Ackman, tried to reinvent the staid department store as a series of shops-in-shop with no price promotions. But the high-profile effort was marred by a lack of planning and a series of errors that led to a loss of $1 billion on a 25 percent drop in sales last year. As Penney s losses grew, Roth began backing out of the retailer, selling 10 million of his 23.4 million shares for $16.03 each, a sharp loss considering the stock was trading at nearly $28 just before the stake was revealed. Roth continues to own 6.1 percent of Penney s and remains on its board, although Ackman s move Monday raises questions over whether Roth will stay the course. Ullman was brought back on board this year to right the ship, and Ackman helped the retailer secure $2.25 billion in financing. But the company s long-awaited makeover of its home business flopped, and Tuesday at 8 p.m., will likely have an overlap of models. De la Renta stressed that while no one from the Rodriguez camp complained last season, when one designer takes two slots in an immensely crowded schedule, it can result in collateral issues. I hate to inconvenience other people, as I hope other people wouldn t want to inconvenience me, he said. The only solution: De la Renta will slash away at his list of invitees by numbers that grew hyperbolically in a three-minute conversation. When you do megashows, it loses the reason of why we re showing, he said, adding that anyone who s interested can see the show on the Internet 20 minutes later. It s important for [certain industry professionals] to look at the clothes and see them. They shouldn t have to go through 30,000 people, and 10,000 who are trying to take pictures of all of those people who are totally unrelated to the clothes. De la Renta added that the typical show frenzy seems suddenly dated. I feel [inviting a more targeted audience] is the most manageable way and the most civilized way, he said. Why have 20 million people with zero connection to the clothes? BRIDGET FOLEY FERRAGAMO FLICK: Salvatore Ferragamo will sponsor the worldwide preview of Rush, Ron Howard s action biopic on the rivalry between Formula One champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt, to be held Monday in London. An after party at the One Marylebone venue is expected to draw Howard, the cast and around 1,200 guests. Massimiliano Giornetti, Ferragamo s creative director, designed outfits for David Brühl, who plays Lauda, and for Alexandra Maria Lara, in the role of Marlene Knaus, wife of the three-time Formula One champion. I created Niki Lauda s character s wardrobe for the film with his most Ackman Selling Penney s Stake losses tallied $934 million in the first half. Ackman saw Ullman as an interim chief and believed the board was dragging its feet when it came to finding a successor. He also had concerns about the company s capital investment plans, cost control, inventory management and business planning processes. The frustrations boiled over into a public battle with the board, and once Ackman said his piece earlier this month, he stepped down. While there is substantial upside if J.C. Penney s business turns, there continues to be risk at J.C. Penney, Ackman wrote last week. That risk has been somewhat ameliorated by the additional liquidity the company has obtained through the financing and the renewed focus the company will have on managing cash and costs while it works to bring back traffic and sales. Penney s is seen as having access to enough cash to operate for the time being, and by the holiday season it will be selling goods that are reflective of its new positioning under Ullman. If J.C. Penney is able to return sales to the levels of recent years, generate historical levels of gross margins and maintain the [selling, general and administrative expense] reductions achieved by prior management, the stock should rise substantially from current levels, Ackman said. We believe these objectives are achievable, but how much time they will take is more difficult to determine. Ackman, for one, isn t willing to stick around and see how long it takes. Shares of the company slipped 2.9 percent to $12.97 in after-hours trading Monday. distinctive traits in mind, an extremely determined sportsman, obsessed with perfection, never leaving anything to chance, whether it be a strategic move or a stylistic detail, said Giornetti. To reflect his strong and unyielding character, I chose exclusive fabrics, clean cuts and sharp forms for his clothes: from impeccably tailored fitted Prince of Wales jackets to short suede jackets with leather trim combined with denim. A stylish and subtly refined allure that is also the epitome of pure intrinsic elegance. All of which is imbued with the unmistakable fashion sense of the 1970s, which remains a source of highly modern inspiration. The film is set in the 1976 racing season. On the other hand, Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and his first wife Suzy Miller, portrayed by Olivia Wilde, in the movie are seen wearing Gucci archival pieces by creative director Frida Giannini. The Seventies has always been a decade that has inspired me greatly, so FOR MORE SCOOPS, SEE WWD.com Chris Hemsworth in the film Rush. it was extremely exciting to be asked by Ron Howard to help design wardrobes for Rush, said Giannini. It is hard to think of a more glamorous profession than being a racing driver in the Seventies. James Hunt s style is full of animal sensuality, WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, WWD.COM perfectly brought out by Hemsworth in the period-evoking outfits. The designer noted that Miller s style is the essence of Gucci as it captures the mixture of sexy allure and innocent naturalness that defined the style of the time. Rush will open internationally on Sept. 13. LUISA ZARGANI PASSAGE TO INDIA: To celebrate the launch in India of her Bisou Bisou brand courtesy of a licensing deal with Reliance Trends designer Michele Bohbot organized a fashion show in Mumbai, appeared in stores and spoke at Indian fashion universities. The Reliance agreement includes the immediate launch of 33 Bisou Bisou instore shops, followed by the rollout of the brand to 100 department stores, with more expansion in the future. I ve been following the product, and quality and print direction, Bohbot said. I m happy, but not thrilled yet with the product. That s why I came here with my assistant. They [Reliance] have a price point. It s very difficult to give what I want to give my customer. The choice of material and fabrication is very limited. You have to be very creative. But, she added, We re gonna make it. Bohbot hopes the Reliance business will be as big as [J.C.] Penney s, where Bisou Bisou is sold. My goal is to make [India] huge and big and expand to China. On Friday, Bohbot held a fashion show during Lakmé India Fashion Week in Mumbai. The 17 models in the show included Priyanka Chopra, the highest-paid Bollywood actress and a former Miss World, who walked the runway in an outfit Bohbot designed for her. I m enjoying all the spirituality of India, said Bohbot, an avid yogini, who took five of well-known senior practitioner Birjoo Mehta s yoga classes and did Ayurveda. SHARON EDELSON small space Big Business WWD Marketplace is the premier destination for the industry s classified and career listings wwd.com/marketplace

12 12 WWD TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013 {Continued from page one} He also said Topshop has had a spillover effect. It helps the beauty business, the shoe business and the accessory business. It s also happening online. The traffic we get on Topshop is right up at the very top. We can measure which brands get the most traffic. The $12 billion Nordstrom Inc., which operates 117 full-price stores and 127 Nordstrom Rack outlets, wants to be identified with younger, hipper fashion and distance itself from a perception of being too traditional and not trendy enough. Nordstrom long struggled with its women s business, though the business took a turn for the better in the fourth quarter of 2012, in part due to Topshop. Nordstrom also remerchandised its Savvy areas, which Topshop sits next to, and some brands, such as Joie and Marc by Marc Jacobs, were relocated to other parts of the women s floor. In addition, Nordstrom enhanced its Fashion Rewards program to simplify and juice up the benefits. When the partnership with Topshop was revealed a year ago, in every article that we read, it was always the fashionable trendy Topshop partnering with the conservative Nordstrom, said Nordstrom, candidly. That s our reputation we have to own that, but we want to be relevant, current and modern. We ve got to do things to keep us on the forefront. Asked if his company has any other similar, exclusive brand deals pending, Nordstrom said, Not yet, though that doesn t mean it couldn t happen in the future, he added. The bar is high. It s got to be something supercompelling, a kind of a unique idea. We have other [brands] that are interested, and want to be showcased, he added. We are willing to listen but we will be extremely selective. One possibility is with Miss Selfridge, which like Topshop, is part of the portfolio of brands owned by Britain s Arcadia Group. There are no current plans to sell Miss Selfridge, said a Nordstrom spokeswoman. Arcadia was said to be in talks with Nordstrom, as well as Macy s Inc., regarding selling Miss Selfridge to those stores. Sources have said either retailer could start selling the label soon, possibly via shops-in-shop. Nordstrom would have an edge over Macy s in any talks, considering it already sells Topshop. Nordstrom also sells Evans, a plus-size collection owned by Arcadia. The distribution on Evans is widening slightly to nine Nordstrom doors, from six initially. Arcadia s interest in broadening its U.S. distribution is no secret. In June, the company staged its first U.S. group preview of its Miss Selfridge, Evans, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis brands at the Bryant Park Hotel in Manhattan. Last December, when Sir Philip Green, the owner of Arcadia, sold a 25 percent stake in Topshop and Topman to Leonard Green & Partners, he said he aims to generate $1 billion in revenues from Topshop and Topman in the U.S. in the medium term and double the brands worldwide sales over the next three to four years. The deal valued Topshop and Topman at more than $3 billion. Nordstrom continues to be in a learning phase with Topshop. Asked about the lessons learned so far, Nordstrom replied, A lot of it is just simple logistics of getting the product here. Topshop is not really set up as a wholesaler. We had to do some interesting manual workarounds. Actually, doing it is complicated. They have got quite a breadth of styles and we re not giving them 15,000 feet. We ve got to edit to something that will work best and allow them to show off. We found that when they can really display their newest fashion-forward ideas, that resonates really well, much better than core basics. We had to be super humble, and say to them, What do you think? rather than pigeonhole. They are good, talented merchants. We have learned a lot. We do edit [the collection] but they are largely involved in the selection and then there are all the issues of allocation and sizes and quantities. It s a very collaborative buying situation, maybe more so than anything else we do. After introducing Topman, Nordstrom quickly discovered suiting was a classification that could sell in a greater number of stores so the distribution is being expanded. Dresses has been strong category, too, and there has been strong growth in knitwear. Nordstrom carries Topshop and Topman products in 1,150- to 2,500-square-foot settings. Hudson s Bay in Canada has the Topshop exclusive in that country, and really blows out the brand in settings that range anywhere from 7,000 to 40,000 square feet per door. Nordstrom said he visited Topshop at Hudson s Bay stores in Vancouver and Calgary. They ve got the ability to give them more space because they have more space, and he acknowledged HB s presentation is impressive due to the scale. Asked if Nordstrom could also sell Topshop at its upcoming stores in Canada, Nordstrom said, At this point, no. It s not going to be part of our Canadian offer at this point. Nordstrom s first store in Canada will open in fall 2014 in Chinook Centre in Calgary. Eight to 10 are planned including openings in Ottawa s Rideau Centre and Vancouver s Pacific Centre in 2015, followed by Toronto launches in 2016 at Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Asked what the refreshed Topshop format is like, Nordstrom replied, It is just improving it. They obviously have the desire to have the full-blown brand. We are trying to find the middle ground. We are using a lot of their imagery. They have big photos. We will try some of them. They have really impressive merchandising techniques. They are really good at walls, probably better at walls then we are...we are definitely going for it, and spending more. We are trying a few shops a little bigger than we had, in the 1,500-square-foot range and more in the 2,500-square-foot range. We are still in that phase of what WWD.COM Nordstrom Bringing Topshop to More Doors Nordstrom is rolling out Topshop to more locations. A fashion look from Topshop. Topshop at Nordstrom in Dadeland Mall. would it be like if we had a 5,000-squarefoot shop. We don t know. I want to know what too far is. Maybe we should really distort it to see how far to go. Nordstrom also said that he believes Topshop women s works kind of everywhere, meaning just about anywhere Nordstrom has a store. Men s is a little more specific. Big urban locations work best, though the suiting part fills a niche almost everywhere, Nordstrom added. In some stores where Nordstrom does not have a Topshop space, the brand s suits are sold. Nordstrom also sells Topshop shoes and beauty products separate from its Topshops, in the BP shoe department and the beauty departments. Sometimes, Nordstrom double exposes Topshop products, in the shops-in-shop and in other areas. The beauty of having 117 stores is that we can test different products and shop configurations. The fact that these [shops] are not walled-in means it fits really comfortably against our new Savvy departments, which Nordstrom said share a similar customer profile and similar style aesthetics. Just the whole vibe of what s happening is complementary. Nordstrom is the only U.S. retailer to sell the British fashion brands merchandise in-store and online, though Topshop and Topman have stores in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and their own U.S.-designated Web sites. Topshop and Topman merchandise will be available in key markets such as Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, San Diego, Washington D.C., Southern and Northern California, South Florida, as well as new downtown locations in Chicago and Seattle. Nordstrom locations selling Topshop include Ala Moana, Honolulu; The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.; the Aventura, Dadeland and Town Center at Boca Raton malls in Florida; Bellevue Square in Bellevue, Wash.; the downtown Seattle flagship; Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J.; Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.; Michigan Avenue, Chicago; NorthPark Center, Dallas; Phipps Plaza in Atlanta; King of Prussia, Pa.; San Francisco Centre; Short Hills, N.J., and South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Topman locations at Nordstrom include Ala Moana; The Americana at Brand; Dadeland Mall in Miami; Garden State Plaza and Phipps Plaza, among others. The first nine months have been a steep learning curve for us all, and it has been great to work with Pete and his team, said Green. I am [pleased] about this next phase of the partnership between Nordstrom and Topshop and Topman. I always believed that Nordstrom s multichannel presence was the decisive factor in partnering with them in the USA.

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