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Susan Merrill Named President of NPD’s U.S. Apparel Division

By Andrew Asch | October 27, 2020

Susan Merrill, a vice president of business and client development for prominent market-research company The NPD Group, was named president of the group’s United States apparel practice, according to Joanne Sackett, president of The NPD Group’s soft-lines sector in an Oct. 27 announcement.

Calzedonia Group Expands West in U.S.

Calzedonia Group Expands West in U.S.

During its expansion throughout the western United States, Italy’s Calzedonia Group recently opened storefronts shared with its Intimissimi brand.

True Religion Out of Bankruptcy

True Religion Out of Bankruptcy

The True Religion brand emerged from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy on October 19, according to a statement from Michael Buckley, the company's chief executive officer.

Los Angeles Retail Real Estate Shows Slight Recovery

Los Angeles Retail Real Estate Shows Slight Recovery

Omni-channel retail tossed a lifeline to commercial real estate in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities during the second and third quarters of 2020, according to a recently released report from CBRE, a commercial-real-estate and advisory firm.

Amazon Says It Raked in Billions on Prime Day, Focusing on Small Businesses

Amazon Says It Raked in Billions on Prime Day, Focusing on Small Businesses

Billions of dollars were spent on goods ranging from vacuums to card games during the sixth annual Amazon Prime Day, which ran Oct. 13–14.

Los Angeles Malls Reopen After COVID-19 Closures

Los Angeles Malls Reopen After COVID-19 Closures

After long months of COVID-19 closures, a number of Los Angeles County indoor malls reopened Oct. 7, but they were required to reopen at a limited capacity.

Ron Herman Changes Hands, Charts Next Steps

Ron Herman Changes Hands, Charts Next Steps

After more than 40 years, the red, white and blue letters of the Fred Segal sign that had graced the ivy-covered brick building at the corner of Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue and Crescent Heights Boulevard was recently taken down. The navy blue–and–white lettering of Ron Herman was posted in its place on Oct. 2.

Nordstrom Partners With HSUS and Bans Fur and Exotic-Animal Skins

Nordstrom Partners With HSUS and Bans Fur and Exotic-Animal Skins

In a Sept. 29 announcement, Seattle luxury department-store retailer Nordstrom revealed that it would halt the sale of animal-fur and exotic-animal skin products by the end of 2021.

Hilco Appoints Charles M. Jayson to EVP of Retail Business Development

Hilco Appoints Charles M. Jayson to EVP of Retail Business Development

Former Tommy Hilfiger Handbags and Accessories, and Oscar by Oscar de la Renta executive Charles M. Jayson has been appointed as the executive vice president of retail business development at management-consulting firm Hilco Merchant Resources.

ModCloth Returns to Europe

ModCloth Returns to Europe

E-commerce retailer ModCloth announced its return to Europe, following its halt of shipping to the European market in May 2018.

Retail-Real-Estate Biz Looks for Ways Through COVID-19 Crisis

Retail-Real-Estate Biz Looks for Ways Through COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on every sector of business, with the U.S. retail-real-estate sector experiencing its first decline since the Great Recession of the previous decade, according to a recently released report from CBRE, a commercial-real-estate services and investment firm.

What’s Checking: After Months of Challenges, Mid-City Retailers Get Moving

What’s Checking: After Months of Challenges, Mid-City Retailers Get Moving

Similar to other major metropolitan centers across the country, Los Angeles’ retailers were hit hard by COVID-19 shutdowns and the fallout from looting stemming from social unrest. But many have rallied and returned to their jobs of selling fashion to the public.

After Another COVID-19 Closure, South Coast Plaza Set to Fully Reopen

After Another COVID-19 Closure, South Coast Plaza Set to Fully Reopen

South Coast Plaza opened its doors on Aug. 31 after a COVID-19 closure that lasted over six weeks. The prominent Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered shopping center reopened a few days after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidelines to restart the state’s economy.

Gap Inc. Beats Wall Street Forecast for Second Quarter

Gap Inc. Beats Wall Street Forecast for Second Quarter

Gap Inc. reported that its online sales skyrocketed 95 percent and its same-store sales increased 13 percent for the second quarter of its 2020 fiscal year compared with the same quarter of the previous year, said Sonia Syngal, Gap Inc.’s chief executive officer.

Brixton Charts a New Course With a Bricks-and-Mortar and New Lines

Brixton Charts a New Course With a Bricks-and-Mortar and New Lines

After some 16 years in business, Brixton, headquartered in Oceanside, Calif., is going for a rebrand. The label with roots in action sports will unveil its new outlook with a bricks-and-mortar store in Encinitas, Calif., a town known for its surf shops such as the pioneering core board shop Hansen Surfboards.

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