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Boot Barn Will Nearly Double Its Footprint, Spurred On by “Yellowstone” Cowboy Chic

As a retailer known for rodeo wear, Boot Barn Holdings has been wrangling in its own Wall Street rodeo, trying to ride the current bull market. That chute opened at the end of March 2020, when Boot Barn was trading around $12 to $13 per share. Now it’s trading around $100. It’s had an amazing […]

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Balance of Power in the Luxury Market Shifts To Favor Only Seven Brands

Bain and Company and the Italian trade association Fondazione Altagamma are out with their 2021 study of the global luxury market. Based on a preliminary assessment covering both sales in the luxury goods and experiences market in nine major categories, it reports total revenues will increase between 13% to 15% over the 2020 pandemic year […]

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Pearls Are Riding a Wave of Renewed Popularity

For too long, pearl jewelry has been an afterthought for jewelers, a category of a few necklace strands and earrings they felt compelled to carry, but nothing to get excited about. That is starting to change. Pearls are having their fashion moment, spurred on by designers like Dolce and Gabbana, Prada, Givenchy, Dior, Versace, Miu […]

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Patagonia Puts Its People Over Profits and Closes Between Christmas and New Year

Patagonia, the outdoor clothing and gear brand, has always marched to its own drummer. From its “Don’t Buy This Jacket” ad in the New York Times, using Black Friday sales not to line its pockets but to give back to environmental causes, and its self-imposed “Earth tax” which donates 1% of all sales to environmental […]

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What Retailers Can Do About the ‘Great Resignation’

In advance of the holiday season, the National Retail Federation (NRF) reported retailers will hire between 500,000 and 665,000 seasonal workers in November and December. At least some of retail’s 8.5 percent to 10.5 percent projected growth for holiday sales is contingent on retailers having enough employees to ring up the sales, stock the shelves […]