This fall, Nordstrom opened a new store in West Hollywood, Calif., called Nordstrom Local, that didn't actually stock clothes you can buy. Instead, you can get manicures, try on clothes, talk to stylists and consultants about fashion, and meet with friends over coffee or perhaps a glass of Pinot Grigio (yes, there's a bar). If you want to buy something, it'll be available for same-day pickup or delivery.
A woman walks past a Lane Bryant store in San Jose, Calif. The so-called "plus-size" market (typically size 14 and up) has been an under-served opportunity for as long as I've been in retail. Historically there were some good reasons for this. Traditionally the main thing retailers optimized was physical space and inventory. Accordingly, the breadth and depth of the merchandise carried in a store would, more or less, follow a statistical distribution of sizes, adjusted by color ranges carried and constrained by inventory budgets and the literal store-by-store physical limitations of tables and racks.
The actor who played Damien in the film The Omen has been sentenced for a road rage attack - on Friday the 13th. Harvey Spencer Stephens, 46, lashed out at two cyclists after getting out of his car following a dispute on 21 August last year, a court heard. He admitted two counts of ABH and causing criminal damage in the attack on Toys Hill, near Westerham, Kent. Stephens, of High Street, Edenbridge, was handed a suspended prison sentence at Maidstone Crown Court. The 46-year-old sprang to fame playing the role of devil child Damien Thorn in the Oscar-winning cult horror film alongside stars including Gregory Peck.
At a time when our waste and our environmental impact is firmly under the spotlight, news in early July that fashion brand Burberry had burned almost £30m ($40m) of stock has caused outrage. The company admitted destroying the unsold clothes, accessories and perfume instead of selling it off cheaply, in order to protect the brand's exclusivity and value. It added that it had captured the energy from the burning to try and make the process more environmentally friendly. But how widespread is stock destruction at this level? Orsola de Castro is the co-founder and creative director of activist group Fashion Revolution, who lobby brands on production transparency.