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Banana Republic Returns To Fashion ‘Fundamentals’ After Its Home-Centric CEO Exits

News just broke that Banana Republic’s president and CEO Sandra Stangl has been shown the door. While a company spokesperson replied “No comment” to my request, WWD obtained an internal memo from Gap Inc. CEO Richard Dickson stating: “As we close out the first quarter of the year, Sandra and I have agreed to transition […]

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Zulily To Return After Being Acquired For $4.5 Million By Beyond

The recently defunct flash-sale site Zulily may finally have found a fitting corporate home after two unsuccessful tries by TV-shopping giant Qurate and investment firm Regent. Beyond Inc., the old Overstock.com reborn after the acquisition of Bed Bath and Beyond’s IP assets, just announced it acquired the intellectual property assets of online retailer Zulily for […]

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Luxury Marketplaces Hang On By A Thread, With The Exception Of Mytheresa

The viability of online multi-brand luxury marketplaces has been an open question for years as the most prominent names, like Farfetch, Richemont-owned Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) and Matches, have been unable to make a profitable success in the business. Despite luxury marketplaces’ early promise, recent developments suggest that luxury consumers simple don’t need online marketplaces to […]

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Tom Ford Fashion Is Back, Giving Zegna Group A Big Boost

Ermenegildo Zegna Group just delivered preliminary revenue results for fiscal 2023, and they’re impressive. Revenues advanced 28% year-over-year, up from $1.6 billion (€1.5 billion) to $2.1 billion (€$1.9 billion). These are unaudited results and the final earnings report is to come, yet it’s a remarkable performance in a turbulent personal luxury goods market that only […]

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With Chico’s Acquisition, Private Equity Sycamore Partners Builds A $6 Billion Fashion Powerhouse

In a deal valued at $1 billion priced at $7.60 per share, private equity firm Sycamore Partners just acquired specialty fashion retailer Chico’s FAS, including the flagship Chico’s brand along with White House Black Market and Soma intimates. The Chico’s brands will be merged under Sycamore’s recently formed Knitwell Group that includes the Ann Taylor […]

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