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Balenciaga’s Teddy-Bear Ad Pushes Luxury Out Of Bounds

Balenciaga is once again embroiled in controversy on the heels of cutting ties with Kanye West, a.k.a. Ye, over anti-Semitic statements he made. It has been widely vilified for its holiday ad campaign featuring children posed with plush teddy-bear bags wearing S&M bondage gear. The company pulled the ad with an apology on Instagram for […]

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LVMH Ventures-Backed Madhappy Expands Its Business And Mission

Madhappy, the LVMH Ventures-backed fashion company, is blazing a trail for what a 21st-century brand can be and, more importantly, what it can do: make the world a better place one fashion piece at a time. Founded in 2017 by Peiman Raf, his brother Noah, Mason Spector and Joshua Sitt, Madhappy came from the recognition […]

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Affluent Consumers Plan Fewer Gifts And More Travel, Cutting Into Retail Holiday Sales 2022

Throughout the critical holiday season of November and December, the National Retail Federation predicts retail takings will total between $942.6 to $960.4 billion, a 6% to 8% increase over last year. This estimate excludes spending at automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. The macro estimate includes all retail expenditures for gifts and other holiday-related purchases, […]

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Prospects Are Strong For Small Business Saturday 2022

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching and after the turkey dinner and football, shopping is one of the holiday weekend’s time-honored traditions. Last year, the National Retail Federation reported nearly 180 Americans shopped over the five-day holiday weekend. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday introduced by American Express […]

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Canada Goose’s All-Season Strategy Is Paying Off

Canada Goose just came off two consecutive quarters of double-digit topline growth. First half-year sales ending at the beginning of October are up 20% overall, reaching just over $250 million. Considering these two quarters are its slower spring and summer seasons, this is a remarkable accomplishment and provides tailwinds heading into its prime selling season […]