Back to the Future: Brands Bank on Old Favorites for a New Crop of Shoppers

LONDON — Fashion is having a flashback as retailers plunder brands’ archives and luxury giants revitalize their greatest hits — the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle Bag, the Prada flame and banana prints, to name a few — and mine the past for future profits.
Versace continues to pump out pieces from its successful Tribute collection, an explosion of Nineties gold baroque prints and flashy hardware that debuted in Milan last year on supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni and Claudia Schiffer.
Prada’s flame print has been licking its way across limited-edition tops and shoes, while Mr Porter revived the brand’s quirky bowling shirts in April. The Helmut Lang brand is reintroducing replicas of the original jeans the designer pioneered when he still helmed the brand, while Maison Alaïa is offering reeditions of designs from 1988, 1989 and 1993 on the brand’s web site.
Then there’s Marc Jacobs who, as reported, is this month set to deliver a full-on grunge collection for resort that harks back to his spring 1993 outing for Perry Ellis. Those seminal designs, which famously got him and his partner Robert Duffy fired, cemented Jacobs’ position as a maverick.Fine jewelry and sneaker brands are getting in on the action, too: Last year,

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Enthusiastic Shoppers Storm Sex Expo on Day 1

The aisles in between Sex Expo exhibitor booths set up inside of the Brooklyn Expo Center were packed to the brim as attendees streamed in all day long on the opening day of the groundbreaking consumer show dedicated to all things sex.
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4 Tips to Stand Out, Connect With Today’s Shoppers

For many, 2017 was the year of consumer non-spending. Author Ann Patchett even documented her year of no shopping for the New York Times. Many consumers were consciously fitting their lifestyles into popular trends that demanded less material items — tiny homes, upcycling, campervans and co-living concepts.
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U.K. Shoppers Shun Brick-and-Mortar Retailers on Boxing Day

LONDON — Selfridges and Harrods may have seen record numbers of shoppers gathering outside their stores ahead of the annual Boxing Day sales on Dec. 26, but many British brick-and-mortar retailers suffered on the first day of the post-Christmas sales season, due partly to the impact of Black Friday.
According to Springboard, which gathers footfall and consumer data, Britain’s High Street retailers witnessed “challenging trading” conditions on Dec. 26, with footfall decreasing 4.5 percent year-over-year. “This was one of the most challenging Boxing Days that brick-and-mortar stores have seen since Springboard first published Boxing Day activity in 2012,” the company said.
“This undoubtedly reflects the extent of discounting that has already occurred, particularly over Black Friday, and also the growth in online trade this year,” said Diane Wehrle, Insights Director at Springboard.
“In addition to this, Black Friday now rivals Boxing Day in terms of the volume of footfall generated and so its influence as a key trading day in the retail calendar has been diluted. The extent of discounting, together with the fact that stores still account for around 80 percent of total spend, and that activity in brick-and-mortar stores declined, suggests that sales will be lower this year on what was traditionally

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7 Secrets of Shoppers Who Never Pay Full Price

By Leah Melby, Glamour

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A shopping addiction doesn’t have to be wallet-crippling–so long as you’re working it right and avoiding paying full price whenever possible. Immediate gratification–that gotta-have-that-now rush–is behind a lot of retail action, but if you’re patient enough, you just might reap the reward of crazy deals. Top shoppers know that scoring big is about a combination of waiting for sales, considering roundabout buying options, and stealthily stalking your target.

Secret 1: Price Compare. It sounds obvious, but too many people commit to buying without investigating whether the same item is available elsewhere for less. Do it yourself by cross-checking the item at various online department stores or let tech do the legwork. Shopstyle is revered within shopping circles for the way it brings up multiple places an item is listed for sale–including the one that’s slashed by 30 percent.

Secret 2: Don’t Write Off Resale. Consignment and resale sites and apps are having a major moment, all to the benefit of shoppers who now have a multitude of places to shop for preowned pieces that have been vetted by teams of professionals for authenticity and condition.

Secret 3: Be Patient. If you’ve had your eye on a pair of shoes or bag that are classics available season after season, wait out that lusty, must-buy-now moment until any of the year’s dependable sales roll around (the same goes for general items without brand specifics you’re craving, like a pair of leather leggings or a black cashmere crewneck). Department stores typically run a big percentage-off-everything sale every quarter or so; when you see that publicized, get ready to shop.

Secret 4: Practice Your eBay Skills. For buying or selling, eBay is a gold mine of opportunities (we broke it all down to help you get over any apprehensions). Along with pre-loved items, plenty of listings flash the Holy Grail of NWT–new with tags–meaning you can find the same stuff from store shelves at a way-reduced price.

Secret 5: Check Coupons. Coupon-clipping isn’t just for discount-happy types on reality shows: The bargain-hunting tactic is alive and well. Before you buy from any online site, do a quick Internet search with the store’s name and “coupon.” You’ll likely be directed to results from Retail Me Not or Coupons.com. The sites have duds but also plenty of money-saving working codes you otherwise would’ve totally miss out on.

Secret 6: Beef Up Your Shopping Tool Belt. Online shopping is a marvelous thing, with new technologically minded shopping aids popping up all the time. Familiarize yourself with them. Apps like Keep track items you want and ping you when the product goes on sale; Shopbop’s heart function catalogs everything you’ve admired, making it beyond easy to browse your favorites and check what’s been reduced.

Secret 7: ABS: Always Be Shopping. The quickest way to not get a deal is to realize you want something and immediately go out and get it. Instead, pro shoppers keep a mental list of things they’re hunting for and keep their eyes open, always. Make it a habit to cruise around the sale sections of any dot-coms or brick-and-mortars you visit because, truly, you never know what gems will be hiding.

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The Mark Hotel and Bergdorf Goodman Offer Shoppers Express Service

With more five-star hotel guests relying on round-the-clock concierge care, The Mark Hotel is amping up its 24/7 Bergdorf Goodman access. From June 1 through September, the Upper East Side hotel will ferry shoppers to and from the Fifth Avenue flagship in The Mark Bergdorf Goodman Express pedicab. Drivers will even stand by outside the store, if need be, to pedal back visitors’ purchases should they prefer to keep shopping.
Those who check into one of the suites at the Jacques Grange-designed hotel will receive $ 500 earmarked for a BG shopping spree, provided they spend $ 2,000 or more at Bergdorf’s. Those clients will also receive a complementary facial at the retailer’s spa. This summer all guests at The Mark will have easy access to Bergdorf Goodman personal shoppers as well as preferential bookings at the spa.

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7 Highly Effective Habits of Fashion Power Shoppers

File this under #fashiongirlproblems: There are so many great trends out there (this season alone it's culottes, flared jeans, chunky heels—and we want them all), but sometimes it's challenging to winnow down what you…




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