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Industry News – June 9th, 2016

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Curated fashion industry news links for Thursday, June 9th, 2016…

ONLINE APPAREL RETAILER STITCHING UP A DATA-DRIVEN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE – Retail Customer Experience
“While online clothing retailer Stitch Fix aims to ‘fix’ the shortcomings inherent in traditional retail environments, it is just as focused on using art, science and data to drive its unique business proposition to the female consumer seeking a personalized, nearly hand-held stylist buying experience.”

STELLA MCCARTNEY PRESENTS A GRUNGY PARIS – THE CUT
“Stella McCartney takes on Paris in the new installment of the brand’s One City, One Girl series starring model Kenya Kinski-Jones. Instead of the typical dreamy La Vie En Rose view of the city, the film presents an edgier take on Paris as seen through the eyes of a wanderer in tiger-print jackets, denim jumpsuits, and a hot-pink mini Falabella bag (Kinski-Jones’s personal favorite).”

NEW BALANCE WANTS TO BECOME THE OFFICIAL FOOTWEAR SUPPLIER OF THE U.S. MILITARY – HIGHSNOBIETY
“In the context of the current U.S. political environment, footwear worn by servicemen and women might seem inconsequential, but it’s become a hot topic in the Senate nonetheless.”

BEBE LAUNCHES NEW GLOBAL GROWTH INITIATIVE – RetailingToday
“Bebe Stores Inc. is building upon efforts to turn itself around and boost its international presence. The specialty apparel retailer, which launched a China growth plan in 2015, has entered into a joint venture with Bluestar Alliance LLC to license its brand domestically and globally. Bebe has received $35 million in connection with the formation of the joint venture.”

DSW TAKES PERSONALIZATION TO NEW LEVEL – RetailingToday
“Shoe shoppers know how individual fit can be, and footwear chain DSW Inc. is trying to be as accommodating as possible.”

MARC JACOBS DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM THE ’80S FOR RESORT 2017 COLLECTION – Footwear News
“Recently unveiled in New York, Marc Jacobs’ Resort 2017 presentation delivered a heavy dose of ’80s nostalgia. Backed by a Duran Duran soundtrack, the show was an exaggerated interpretation of what fashion was like decades ago, over the top and excessive in its garishness, even for a designer like Jacobs, whose boundary-pushing ways have been well-documented in the past.”

JOHNSON & JOHNSON ACQUIRES BEAUTY PRODUCTS FIRM VOGUE INTERNATIONAL – USA TODAY
“Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)  said Thursday that it would pay $3.3 billion in cash to acquire beauty products firm Vogue International.”

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