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Industry News – January 5th, 2017

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Curated fashion industry news links for Thursday, January 5th, 2017…

THE 25 PEOPLE SHAPING RETAIL’S FUTURE ARE… – ChainStoreAge
“Retail is driven by millions of talented and passionate individuals who are constantly changing the industry, and The List 2017 captures the very best of people making an impact,” NRF Foundation executive director Ellen Davis said. “Each in their own way, this year’s honorees are shaping retail’s future and emulate the very best of what retail represents.”

TAMARA MELLON KICKS IT UP – TheNewYorkTimes
“The city represents a new beginning for Ms. Mellon, who has been, in various incarnations, a fashion editor, a fixture of tabloid fascination and a queen of shoes. Late of New York, and before that, of London, Ms. Mellon arrived here after a bankruptcy shuttered her first attempt at a Tamara Mellon label. Now she is giving the label another try.”

WATCH OUT NIKE – AMAZON IS HEATING UP THE ACTIVEWEAR COMPETITION – Forbes
“All activewear brands are probably nervous to find out that Amazon wants to enter the already crowded sportswear space.”

SEARS HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES STEPS TO ENHANCE LIQUIDITY, STABILIZE OPERATING PERFORMANCE – PRNewswire
“Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) today announced a series of additional strategic actions to increase its financial flexibility and improve long-term operating performance. These actions will facilitate the transformation of Sears from a store-based, asset-intensive business model into a membership-focused, asset-light business model.”

REPORT: CLARE WAIGHT KELLER IS LEAVING CHLOÉ – TheCut
“Not only that, the report claims she already has a replacement: Natacha Ramsay-Levi, who is currently Nicolas Ghesquière’s second-in-command at Louis Vuitton, where her title is design director.”

AMAZON, FOREVER 21 WEIGHING OFFERS TO ACQUIRE AMERICAN APPAREL – TFL
“Online retailer Amazon.com and teen apparel store chain Forever 21 are among the companies weighing offers to acquire bankrupt American Apparel LLC, people familiar with the talks said on Wednesday.”

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