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Ralph Lauren's Native American Ads Reveal Sad Truth About The Fashion World

(282) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 11:25 AM

The clothing company Ralph Lauren released an online advertisement for its RRL line last month that drew scathing criticism from Native Americans.

The ad's imagery harked back to the Old West, with henley jerseys and rustic jeans displayed in faded sepia tones. And while one page touted bandanas...

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American Apparel Now Explicitly Bans Managers From Hitting On Workers

(17) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 5:53 PM

Less than a month after firing its controversial chief executive, American Apparel unveiled a revamped code of ethics on Tuesday, packed with policies to combat sexual harassment and prevent relationships between supervisors and subordinates.

The 6,200-word document is more than four times as long as the prior code,...

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Wet Seal To Close Two-Thirds Of Its Stores, Lay Off Thousands

(8) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 10:27 AM

Wet Seal will close 338 stores and lay off 3,695 full-time and part-time employees, the company announced on Wednesday.

The mass cuts leave the embattled teen retailer with around 170 stores, about one-third of its fleet, and its e-commerce business.

Ed Thomas, chief executive of Wet Seal,...

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Ousted American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Is Reportedly Down To His Last $100,000

(90) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 5:31 PM

American Apparel's ousted chief executive is low on funds, following a six-month battle to regain control of the clothing company he founded.

Dov Charney, who was suspended as CEO in June and officially terminated last week, is down to his last $100,000 and is living in New York City at...

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Victoria's Secret Is Crazy Popular Right Now

(8) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Victoria’s Secret is an unstoppable force of bras and panties.

The fashion brand’s lingerie hasn’t been this popular in nearly two years, according to new data from YouGov BrandIndex, a firm that tracks the public’s perception of different brands. Victoria’s Secret is expected to have a major holiday season in...

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American Apparel Finally Fires Dov Charney

(26) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:14 PM

American Apparel has finally fired Dov Charney, its controversial founder and former chief executive.

Paula Schneider, a retail industry veteran who has held posts at Warnaco, Gores Group and BCBG Max Azria, will take over as CEO, replacing interim chief Scott Brubaker.

Schneider joins the fashion brand at...

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Once Totally Online, Rent The Runway Will Open More Real-World Stores

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar stores scrambled to launch websites. These days, online shopping sites are scrambling to launch brick-and-mortar stores.

The latest online retailer making a major push into the "real world" is Rent the Runway, a primarily online fashion service that rents out designer clothes for far...

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RadioShack Planning More Store Closures, Layoffs To Avoid Collapse

(39) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:59 AM

RadioShack announced a last-ditch attempt to avoid bankruptcy on Thursday morning, but industry observers think the iconic electronics seller's plan may be too little, too late.

The plan involves closing hundreds of stores, cutting budgets and laying off retail workers and employees in corporate headquarters, the company said...

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Abercrombie's Controversial CEO Is Finally Stepping Down

(101) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:50 AM

The controversial chief executive of Abercrombie & Fitch is stepping down.

The struggling teen retailer announced that Mike Jeffries is retiring.

"It has been an honor to lead this extraordinarily talented group of people," the 70-year-old Jeffries said in a press release on Tuesday morning. "I am extremely...

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SaY GooDbYe tO dELiA*s

(29) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 3:21 PM

It's the end of the line for a '90s teen darling. Delia's is preparing to shut down.

Delia’s announced Friday that it is liquidating all of its merchandise and plans to soon file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It had been looking for a buyer after running low...

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Nothing Seems To Be Working For Abercrombie & Fitch

(103) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Abercrombie & Fitch is trying everything to get teens and college kids to come back to its stores. It’s eliminating clothes with logos, rolling out new store designs and culling underperforming locations while attempting to cut $200 million in costs.

Yet it seems that nothing’s working.

The teen apparel retailer...

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Bergdorf Goodman's Swanky Black Friday Sale Is Nothing Like The Usual Frenzy Elsewhere

(42) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -- While millions of shoppers battle their way through hysterical crowds to save a buck at stores like Walmart and Target on Black Friday, some who have more cash to spend are enjoying the more refined side of the annual weekend of shopping mania.

They're partaking...

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The Toys R Us Flagship On Thanksgiving Was Totally Nuts

(34) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 11:09 PM

NEW YORK -- It’s a frigid Thanksgiving Day in Manhattan’s Times Square. Each week, the tourist mecca attracts millions eager to take in the flashing lights. But today’s not about taking selfies in front of billboards. It’s about a shopping frenzy.

Workers mill about outside the entrance of the Toys...

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Meet The Woman Who Wants Old Navy To Stop Charging Plus-Size Women More Than Men

(77) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:32 AM

All Renee Posey wanted was to buy some pants at OldNavy.com. Now, she’s talking with Old Navy executives to try and change the way the store sells and prices its plus-size line.

While perusing Old Navy’s website earlier this month, Posey, who works on a mental health crisis response...

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Nordstrom Is Getting Rid Of Its Big Semi-Annual Sales

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 8:29 AM

For a certain group of shoppers, there’s nothing quite like a sale at Nordstrom. Ever since it was a budding shoe-seller, the posh fashion retailer has held a set of semi-annual sales to clear out remnants of the previous season -- two sales for menswear, two for women’s and kids...

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Why Your Boss Is Afraid To Give You A Raise, According To One CEO

(114) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:37 AM

Kip Tindell, CEO of The Container Store, pays his salespeople an average of $50,000 a year -- more than double the retail industry average of less than $24,000. Yet even he has trouble getting his own managers to give raises to deserving employees.

"One of the hardest things to do...

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What's Behind Dear Kate's No-Underwear Yoga Pants

(55) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 2:51 PM

Lingerie company Dear Kate's new no-underwear yoga pants make a lot of promises: No panty lines. No bunching. No riding up. No camel toe. No stressing about comfort. And they'll make your butt look great.

If they can deliver all that, the new pants, which have a...

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Lululemon Partners With Dalai Lama, Enrages Critics

(58) Comments | Posted October 25, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Lululemon can't even donate to charity without miring itself in controversy.

The yoga-wear retailer this week announced a partnership with the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and the move has some consumers upset. Lululemon said in a press release that it will contribute $750,000 to the...

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Brace Yourself: Ugg Season May Be Even Bigger Than Usual This Year

(21) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Each year as the temperature dips, women across the country turn to their closets and dig their Ugg boots out of hibernation. Others head to stores to score a pair of the squat sheepskin booties in preparation for a chilly winter.

This year the Ugg frenzy may be even bigger...

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Teens Love Brandy Melville, A Fashion Brand That Sells Only One Tiny Size

(349) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:45 PM

NEW YORK -- "Small," reads the label dangling from the first tank top on the rack at the Brandy Melville store in SoHo. So does the one behind it. And the third, fourth, fifth -- they're all small. In fact, nearly every single piece of clothing in the store is...

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