Adidas and Beyoncé announce multi-layered partnership

April 4, 2019

The following is a press release from Adidas:

Adidas and Beyoncé have announced a multi-layered partnership that will include inspiring and empowering the next generation of creators, driving positive change in the world through sport, and identifying new business opportunities.

“This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,” said Beyoncé. “Adidas has had tremendous success in pushing creative boundaries. We share a philosophy that puts creativity, growth and social responsibility at the forefront of business. I look forward to re-launching and expanding Ivy Park on a truly global scale with a proven, dynamic leader.”

Beyoncé and Adidas are natural partners, both with a deep respect for and commitment to creativity, equity and creators. Neither ascribes to the typical stereotypes of athletes and what athleisure clothing and footwear should be, and instead, will bring to life a shared vision of inclusion that will forever alter the opportunities and landscape for all.

The partnership will result in the co-creation of exciting new products – from performance to lifestyle – and a unique purpose-driven program focused on empowering and enabling the next generation of athletes, creators and leaders. Meaningful and rich storytelling will be the foundation for both Beyoncé’s collection with Adidas as well as the re-launch of her Ivy Park brand. This partnership respects Beyoncé’s ownership of her company which continues her journey as one of the first black women to be the sole owner of an athleisure brand.

“As the creator sports brand, Adidas challenges the status quo and pushes the limits of creativity through its open source approach. Beyoncé is an iconic creator but also a proven business leader, and together, we have the ability to inspire change and empower the next generation of creators,” said Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member – Global Brands, Adidas

Adidas is excited to welcome Beyoncé to the family!

About Adidas
Adidas is a global leader in the sporting goods industry with the core brands Adidas and Reebok. Headquartered in Herzogenaurach/Germany, the company employs 57,000 people across the globe and generated sales of around € 22 billion in 2018.

About Parkwood Entertainment
Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010.  With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, publicity and a newly formed record label.  Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the On the Run Tour (2014) and On the Run II (2018).

Victoria’s Secret business crisis: store shutdowns, PINK brand in decline

April 1, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

Models at the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show in New York City (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC)

Victoria’s Secret is experiencing a very public meltdown. The world’s most famous lingerie brand is closing up to 53 stores in North America in 2019, due to a decline in sales. According to Business Insider, most of the stores are located in shopping malls, which have been experiencing their own major financial problems in recent years. Although Victoria’s Secret has swimwear and sportswear, the company’s core business is still lingerie. In November 2018, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie appointed John Mehas its CEO. He replaced Jan Singer, who was with the company for two years.

Meanwhile, PINK—the Victoria’s Secret brand targeted to millennials—has become a big flop. Jefferies analyst Randal Konik told investors that sales for PINK in fell in the “low double digits” for the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Business Insider. Konik gave investors this bleak view of PINK after he attended a PINK consumer event at New Jersey’s Rutgers University on March 29, 2019:  “Our visit to Rutgers University on 3/29 shows the PINK brand without fans and rudderless. We believe PINK sales may be cut in half or more within the next 12-24 months.”

It’s the latest financial problem for Victoria’s Secret parent company L Brands, which already experienced the shutdown of its Henri Bendel business in January 2019.

So why has Victoria’s Secret been losing so much business? In December 2018, Business Insider reported that it’s a combination of reasons, such as complaints about bad customer service, the declining quality of the clothes and the company’s alienating image that women are “sexy” only if they look like the thin women who are hired to be Victoria’s Secret models. It didn’t help that L Brands chief marketing officer Ed Razek told Vogue in 2018 that there were no plans for Victoria Secret to have plus-sized on transgender models, and that Victoria’s Secret was not going to add plus-sizes because L Brands already has retail brand Lane Bryant, whose specialty is plus-sized women’s clothing. (What he didn’t mention in the interview is that Lane Bryant is also experiencing financial difficulties and store closures.)

Simply put: In an era where consumers are demanding more inclusive representation, Victoria’s Secret has been increasingly perceived as old-fashioned, out-of-touch and over-priced.

TV ratings for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show have also been on a rapid decline. The show, which debuted in 1995, wasn’t televised until 2001, when it got 12.4 million U.S. viewers on ABC. It remains the highest-rated Victoria’s Secret show for a single TV network, according to Nielsen. CBS televised the show in 2002, 2003 and from 2005 to 2017. During those years, the ratings ranged from 10.5 million U.S. viewers (in 2002) to 5 million U.S. viewers (in 2017). ABC picked up the show in 2018, when it had 3.3 million U.S viewers.

Here’s a partial list of the Victoria’s Secret stores that are confirmed to close in 2019, according to Business Insider:

  • Astoria, New York: 31-35 Steinway Street
  • Clay, New York: Great Northern Mall, 4155 NY-31
  • Washington, DC: 1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Reston, Virginia: Reston Town Center, 11929 Market, Suite 50
  • Richmond, Virginia: Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway
  • Glen Allen, Virginia: Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Highway
  • Knoxville, Tennessee: West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike
  • Jacksonville, Florida: Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway
  • Cedar Falls, Iowa: College Square Mall, 1 College Square Mall
  • Akron, Ohio: Chapel Hill Mall, 2000 Brittain Road
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: Tri-County Mall, 11700 Princeton Pike
  • Cleveland, Ohio: Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road
  • Elyria, Ohio: Midway Mall, 3433 Midway Mall

Tom Ford named chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

March 19, 2019

Tom Ford

The following is a press release from Tom Ford:

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced today that Tom Ford will be the next Chairman of the CFDA, effective June, 2019.

Ford was ratified by the CFDA Board during a meeting at the CFDA offices earlier today. He succeeds CFDA’s current Chairwoman Diane von Furstenberg.

Tom Ford is an award-winning fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer. In April 2005, the American born designer announced the creation of his eponymous luxury brand, beginning with menswear. Today, the TOM FORD brand offers a complete collection of Menswear, as well as Womenswear, Accessories, Eyewear, Beauty and most recently underwear and timepieces. Ford previously served as the Creative Director of Gucci Group, where he designed for luxury houses Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent until 2004.

Ford, who began his career as a design assistant for CFDA Member Cathy Hardwick, has been a member of the CFDA since 2000. He has won a total of seven CFDA Fashion Awards: Menswear Designer of the Year (2015, 2008), Womenswear Designer of the Year (2001), Accessory Designer of the Year (2002), Board of Director’s Tribute (2004), International Designer of the Year (1995), and the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award (2014). Ford has shown his collections in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

“I have had the privilege of being a member of the American Fashion community for many years and have experienced what the CFDA does for its members and the industry as a whole,” Tom Ford said. “Having lived and worked in each of the global fashion capitals of the world, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the voice of American Fashion and its designers.  As the Chairman, I look forward to continuing the incredible work Diane has done over the last 13 years. Diane is a true force and her contribution to the CFDA and to American fashion is immeasurable. We all owe her a great deal.”

“I am so excited that Tom Ford has agreed to come and lead the CFDA,” Diane von Furstenberg said. “American Fashion could not wish for a better visionary to further grow its impact in the global landscape. Tom is a role model for all of us, and we are very lucky to have him as the next Chairman of the CFDA.”

“Diane has been an incredible partner who helped build CFDA into a world class organization,” CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb said. “I’m excited to now work with Tom to further strengthen the organization and support American designers with new creative and business opportunities.”

Von Furstenberg was named President of the CFDA in 2006 and became Chairwoman in 2015. Past CFDA Presidents were Stan Herman, Carolyne Roehm, Perry Ellis, Mary McFadden, Bill Blass, Herbert Kasper, Oscar de la Renta, Norman Norell, and Sydney Wragge.

About the CFDA
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc. (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership with 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and is the organizer of the Official New York Fashion Week Schedule. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes and engage in civic initiatives. For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, instagram.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv

About TOM FORD
In April 2005, Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand. Ford was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Estee Lauder to create the TOM FORD beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at 845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD menswear and accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship. Ford presented his much-anticipated womenswear collection. Presently there are over 100 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as: London, Milan, Zurich, Munich, Rome, New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Dehli, Kowloon, Beijing and Sydney.

Elizabeth Arden and Reese Witherspoon announce 2019 ‘March on Pink campaign

March 7, 2019

The following is a press release from Elizabeth Arden:

Elizabeth Arden announces March On Pink, the next phase of the brand’s signature philanthropic campaign, through a $1 million pledge supporting UN Women in their work to advance women’s issues worldwide. To bolster awareness and efforts, a limited-edition lipstick signed by Reese Witherspoon in “Pink Punch” shade will be sold globally with 100% of the proceeds donated to UN Women.

Following last year’s limited-edition March On lipstick in Elizabeth Arden’s classic red, this year’s March On campaign ushers in a new, powerful pink shade. Inspired by the next generation of young women leaders and enacting great change, Pink Punch unapologetically embraces women’s boldness and femininity.

“It’s an incredible time to be a woman. The work we’re doing with Elizabeth Arden and UN Women is igniting real change and increasing possibilities for women globally,” says Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Arden’s Storyteller-in-Chief and female advocate. “I’m in this for all women – for my daughter, my mother, and all the amazing women in my life.”

Reese Witherspoon behind the scenes at the March On photo shoot. (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Arden)

As an early supporter of women’s rights, the brand’s legacy of empowering women traces back to the suffrage movement, when Elizabeth Arden herself provided red lipsticks to the suffragettes marching down Fifth Avenue. Over one-hundred years later, the company remains a fervent supporter of women’s rights worldwide and continues to encourage the advancement of women through March On and its partnership with UN Women.

“From its inception, Elizabeth Arden has been defined by strong leadership, determination and spirit,” says Ava Huang, General Manager, Elizabeth Arden.  “Today, as much as ever, we are inspired by and committed to encouraging our future fearless leaders to March On. This campaign serves as a symbol of women’s strength and the powerful possibilities when we support one another.  We are grateful for our partnership with UN Women and their dedication and impactful work toward gender equality.”

“One of the strongest drivers of change toward gender equality is widespread awareness and participation,” explained Tia T. Gordon, Chief of Communications & Advocacy, UN Women. “The funds raised through March On will continue to fuel UN Women’s ‘Making Every Woman & Girl Count’ gender data initiative. We are proud to continue working with Elizabeth Arden to ensure that all women and girls are counted and visible, so that there is no excuse for inaction.”

The March On Beautiful Color Lipstick in Pink Punch will be available Beginning March 2019 for $26.50 on ElizabethArden.com and in department stores globally.

#TogetherWeMarchOn

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About Elizabeth Arden
Elizabeth Arden has been empowering women and providing them with a diverse portfolio of products including proven, science-based skincare, signature fragrances and customized, multi-tasking color cosmetics since 1910. The brand is now sold in more than 120 countries and is proud to uphold Ms. Arden’s legacy. A legendary innovator, she was ahead of her time with a holistic approach to beauty and technology-driven skincare, values that still remain at the heart of the brand today. As an entrepreneur and founder of her own company, before even having the right to vote, she was an ardent supporter of women and famously provided red lipstick to suffragettes as they marched past her Red Door Salon & Spa on New York’s Fifth Avenue. Today, with spokesperson and female advocate Reese Witherspoon, the iconic brand proudly continues Ms. Arden’s mission to both empower women, through its signature cause platform March On, and provide them with luxurious and high performing products that leverage over 100 years of hands-on spa expertise. #TogetherWeMarchOn.

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls nationwide.

 

2019 Popsugar Play/Ground: Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, Mandy Moore headline event

March 6, 2019

The following is a press release from PopSugar:

On June 22 and June 23, powerhouse global lifestyle brand PopSugar, along with event partner Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organizer, will return to Pier 94 in New York City to present the second annual PopSugar Play/Ground, an experiential wonderland for women. Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, the event will provide experiences both playful and grounding, bringing together a large and engaged community of women with today’s most compelling leaders, experts, and artists.

PopSugar Play/Ground celebrates dreams, no matter what they may look like, and provides the tools to achieve them. Festival-goers can expect one-of-a-kind programming that has something for everyone, with an emphasis on wellness, career advancement, activism, self-care, and self-love. The Main Stage will feature uplifting and inspiring panel conversations with headliners Chrissy Teigen, Issa Rae, and Mandy Moore, among others, cutting-edge workouts, and much more to be announced. Further highlights this year include immersive villages:

  • The Playground: a space where attendees can tap into their inner child and experience pure joy
  • Sugar Studios: a fitness dome programmed with back-to-back workouts from today’s leading influencers and most highly sought-after studios
  • The Samsung Soul Space Village: a dedicated wellness space offering expert workshops and classes focused on spirituality, stress relief, crystal healing, and more
  • The Beauty Carnival: a beauty hub that aims to gamify beauty in the most luring, eye-catching, and experiential way
  • The Mall of the Future: a shopping space with numerous brands that everybody will love, from all-time favorites to the up-and-coming. This village will also include The Pop Shop, an area curated by PopSugar editors that will feature exclusive collaborations and an entire PopSugar product range

“PopSugar Play/Ground is going to be even bigger and better this year,” said Lisa Sugar, founder and president of PopSugar. “We were thrilled with the community that joined us in year one, and this year we plan to build on our success to bring together women who are ready and excited to learn, play, and be inspired by the incredible talent and experiences we have lined up. PopSugar has always celebrated the multihyphenate woman, and Play/Ground is a place where she can embrace and connect with new friends while treating and celebrating herself.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be a part of PopSugar Play/Ground this June because it’s a festival that celebrates all aspects of the modern-day woman — playfulness, politics, health, wellness, and fearlessness,” Mandy Moore said. “It’s about celebrating her potential and speaking to all sides of her. It’s a weekend dedicated to learning, being inspired, and creating your path to happiness — whatever that may be.”

Immersive retail is a cornerstone of PopSugar Play/Ground. In the shopping bazaar, guests will be able to purchase exclusive items curated by both PopSugar editors and Play/Ground celebrity headliners, as well as limited-edition product collaborations with PopSugar’s favorite brands. Samsung, one of Play/Ground’s presenting sponsors, will partner on the Samsung Soul Space Village, focused on holistic health, spirituality and more. Wendy’s will return to PopSugarPlay/Ground as a premiere sponsor for the second year in a row. CALIA by Carrie Underwood, Nair, Physicians Formula, Tropicana, and many other brands will also activate at PopSugar Play/Ground, producing highly experiential and Instagram-worthy activations that are unique to PopSugarPlay/Ground.

“PopSugar Play/Ground is a leader in the experiential event space, and we are thrilled to bring the festival to NYC for the second year,” said Ron Walden, group vice president of ReedPOP West, a division of Reed Exhibitions. “We can’t wait to build off last year’s success and share the evolution of PopSugar Play/Ground in June with our audience.”

The two-day festival is expected to attract more than 15,000 attendees. Tickets are on sale now and begin at $55 for GA and $200 for VIP. More guests, brand partners, and exhibitors will be announced in the following months.

For more information on PopSugar Play/Ground and to purchase tickets, please go to www.popsugarplayground.com.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics signs Yara Shahidi, Elizabeth Olsen, NiNi as celebrity ambassadors

March 6, 2019

The following is a press release from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics:

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is proud to partner with three multi-dimensional women to magnify its original ethos of celebrating individual beauty and female empowerment with the launch of the “Confident Beauty” campaign.  American actresses Yara Shahidi and Elizabeth Olsen, along with Chinese actress NiNi are the brand’s newest global celebrity spokeswomen brand sharing their “beauty truths” – the guiding honesties behind the lives they lead, to inspire women everywhere.

“Remaining true to our brand’s core essence, each of these powerhouse women are emblematic of the modern Bobbi Brown consumer – confident, individually beautiful and defining success on their terms,” says Sandra Main, President Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.  The campaign will hero the brand’s longstanding and beloved foundation products of Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation and Intensive Skin Serum Foundation.  The Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation lineup will also be expanded with 12 new shades globally.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has always been committed to providing the perfect match for all skin tones.  Our deepest foundation shade family is still Espresso, which was first introduced in 1992 with the launch of Foundation Stick.  The brand’s unique shade philosophy originated from the intuition and precise eye of an artist, who recognized that the truest skin match meant looking beyond skin’s surface to the natural undertones that create each women’s unique skin color.  The result has always been a broad shade range of undertone correct, skin true shades that deliver fresh, healthy, glowing skin.

Black and Iranian actor and activist, Yara Shahidi explains what drew her to Bobbi Brown, “I think the brand represents what my generation represents: The importance of inclusion. The fact that it’s been so important for the brand in both makeup and philanthropic endeavors since the beginning, speaks to the fact that it’s not a commercial trend but something they’re committed to.”

“It’s incredible to be part of a brand that has been so consistent and true to its identity in an industry that’s so inconsistent. Since the 90s we have seen many trends come and go and come back again, and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has always been a timeless brand,” says actor, producer and women’s advocate, Elizabeth Olsen.

Award winning Chinese actor, NiNi first fell in love with the brand while preparing for a red carpet appearance by her longtime makeup.  “For me, I admired the brand’s quality products that made my skin glow, effortless New York spirit and the limitless feeling of confidence.”

In celebration of the Confident Beauty campaign, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will officially launch The Pretty Powerful Fund on International Women’s Day March 8th.  Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will donate $400,000 to four worthy charities selected by our ambassadors that reinforce the Fund’s mission of supporting the creation of new possibilities for women and girls.

The first iteration of the partnership will appear in March 2019 worldwide. Preview the campaign at Bobbi Brown.

Karl Lagerfeld passes away: Fashion icon was creative force behind Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi designer labels

February 19, 2019

by Yvette Thomas

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Karl Lagerfeld—the iconic fashion designer who was the longtime creative force behind Chanel, Fendi, Chloé and his own Karl Lagerfeld Paris label—died at the American Hospital of Paris in the Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine on February 19, 2019. The cause of death has not yet been officially revealed, but several media outlets are reporting that he had pancreatic cancer. Although his age at the time of his death has been widely reported as 85, the Associated Press reports that Lagerfeld had two birth certificates—one that lists his birth year as 1933 and the other as 1938—and it has not been verified which one is authentic.

Karl Lagerfeld
Karl Lagerfeld and Nicki Minaj in Elle’s July 2018 issue (Photo by Karl Lagerfeld)

What is known for sure is that Lagerfeld was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a successful industrialist father and a violinist mother. He went to school in Paris, and apprenticed at Balmain before joining Patou in 1965. Lagerfeld joined Fendi in 1965, and later became the Italian design company’s creative director. He then made his mark at French label Chloe, followed by his career high point as creative director of the legendary Chanel company, beginning in 1983.

Lagerfeld started his own eponymous fashion label (Karl Largerfeld Paris) in 1984, and remained its creative director after it was sold to the Tommy Hilfiger Company in 2005. In addition to being a fashion designer and entrepreneur, Lagerfeld was an author and photographer. At the height of his fame, he became known for his eccentric personal fashion style, which included wearing a ponytail, mostly black clothes and always wearing sunglasses and gloves in public. Even though he was widely admired in the fashion world, Lagerfeld also had his share of critics and made statements that were considered racially or culturally offensive. In August 2018, the New York Times published a blistering critique of Lagerfeld that questioned why more people weren’t boycotting his work because of offensive comments he has made over the years.

Lagerfeld, who was openly gay, never married and did not have children. However, he famously treated his Birman cat called Choupette as if she were a human child. Lagerfeld’s health had been the subject of speculation after he did not take his traditional final bow at Chanel’s fashion show in Paris on January 22, 2019.  Chanel’s studio director Virginie Viard walked in Lagerfeld’s place instead. Chanel announced after Lagerfeld’s death that Viard has been promoted and will replace him at Chanel. Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld Paris have not yet announced who will replace Lagerfeld at their respective companies. Lagerfled’s last Fendi collection will be shown in Milan, Italy, on February 21, 2019.

Charlotte Russe files for bankruptcy, announces store closings

February 4, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

Women’s fashion retailer Charlotte Russe has joined the growing list of financially troubled retailers that are closing stores after filing for bankruptcy. On February 4, 2019, Charlotte Russe announced plans to close 94 of its approximately 500 stores in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, according to Business Insider. The company is hoping to finder a buyer before February 17, 2019.* If no buyer is found, Charlotte Russe, which also owns children’s retailer Peek Kids, will likely liquidate all of its assets and close all its remaining stores. Business Insider reports that Charlotte Russe has received $50 million in debt relief to keep operating during its bankruptcy transition. At the time of the bankruptcy filing, Charlotte Russe had more than 8,700 employees.

Here is the list of the first 94 Charlotte Russe stores that are closing because of the bankruptcy:

 

 

Alabama

Florence: Florence Mall, 301 Cox Creek Parkway

California

Arvin: 5701 Outlets at Tejon Parkway

Culver City: Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard

Daly City: 288 Serramonte Center

Fairfield: 1350 Travis Boulevard

Irvine: 71 Fortune Drive

La Mesa: Grossmont Center, 5500 Grossmont Center

San Bernardino: 500 Inland Center Drive

San Jose: Westfield Oakridge, 925 Blossom Hill Road

Santa Ana: MainPlace Mall, 2800 North Main Place

Valencia: Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 West Valencia Blvd.

Westminster: Westminster Mall, 2150 East Westminster Mall

Colorado

Grand Junction: Mesa Mall, 2424 US Highway 6

Pueblo: Pueblo Mall, 3429 Dillon Drive

Connecticut

Meriden: Westfield Meriden Mall, 470 Lewis Avenue

Milford: Connecticut Post Mall, 1201 Boston Post Road

Ledyard: 4anger Outlets Foxwoods, 455 Trolley Line Boulevard

Florida

Jacksonville: Markets at Town Center, 4870 Big Island Drive

Port Richey: Gulf View Square, 9409 US Highway 19

Sarasota: The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive

West Palm Beach: Palm Beach Outlets, 1721 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard

Georgia

Commerce: Tanger Outlets Commerce, 800 Steven B. Tanger Boulevard

Douglasville: Arbor Place, 1440 Douglas Boulevard

Pooler: Tanger Outlets Savannah, 200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard

Hawaii

Aiea: Pearlridge Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Road

Kahlului: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center, 275 West Kaahumanu Avenue

Kaneohe: Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway

Illinois

Algonquin: 1952 South Randall Road

Joliet: Louis Joliet Mall, 3340 Mall Loop Drive

Lincolnwood: 3333 West Touhy Avenue

Lombard: Yorktown Shopping Center, 203 Yorktown

Peoria: Northwoods Mall, 2200 W. War Memorial Drive

Skokie: 4999 Old Orchard Center

Indiana

Hobart: Southlake Mall, 2063 Southlake Mall

Iowa

West Des Moines: Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Drive

Kentucky

Ashland: 500 Winchester Avenue

Louisiana

New Orleans: Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place

Slidell: Fremaux Town Center, 760 Town Center Parkway

Maryland

Annapolis: Annapolis Mall, 2550 Annapolis Mall

Bel Air: Harford, 696 Bel Air Road

Frederick: 5500 Buckeystown Pike

Gaithersburg: Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue

Hagerstown: Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road

Ocean City: 12741 Ocean Gateway

Massachusetts

Cambridge: CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place

Kingston: Kingston Collection, 101 Independence Mall Way

Michigan

Dearborn: Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Avenue

Howell: Tanger Outlets Howell, 1475 North Burkhart Road

Okemos: Meridian Mall, 1982 W. Grand Rive Avenue

Saginaw: Fashion Square Mall, 4667 Fashion Square Mall

Minnesota

Bloomington: Mall of America, 141 East Broadway

Burnsville: 1178 Burnsville Center

Missouri

Kansas City: Zona Rosa, South County Center, 7260 NW 86th Place

Lee’s Summit: Summit Fair, 880 NW Blue Parkway

St. Louis: South County Center, 85 South County Centerway

New Jersey

Atlantic City: Tanger Outlets Atlantic City, 122 Christopher Columbus Boulevard

East Brunswick: Brunswick Square, 755 State Road 18

Moorestown: Moorestown Mall, 400 Route 38

New York

Glendale: 8000 Copper Ave.

Massapequa: Sunrise Mall, 2135 Sunrise Mall

Nanuet: 66 Rockland Plaza Route 59

New Hartford: Sangertown, Route 5 & 5A

New York: 130 W. 34th Street

Niagara Falls: 1982 Military Road

Saratoga Springs: 3065 Route 50

Victor: Eastview Mall, 672 EastView Mall

Yorktown Heights: Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Boulevard

North Carolina

Gastonia: 246 New Hope Road

Ohio

Liberty Township: Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row

Mentor:  Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Avenue

Toledo: Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe Street

Oregon

Eugene: Valley River Center, 293 Valley River Center

Pennsylvania

Altoona: Logan Valley Mall, Route 220 & Goods Lane

Pittsburgh: Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Centre Drive

Willow Grove: Willow Grove Park Mall, 2500 Moreland Road

York: York Galleria, 2899 Whiteford Road

South Carolina

Florence: Magnolia Mall, 2701 David McLeod Boulevard

Myrtle Beach: Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle

North Charleston: Northwoods Mall, 2150 Northwoods Boulevard

Tennessee

Chattanooga: 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard

Johnson City: 2011 North Roan Street

Texas

Cedar Hill: Hillside Village, 305 West FM

Fort Worth: 15853 North Freeway

New Braunfels: New Braunfels Town Center at Creekside, 257 Creekside Crossing

Victoria: Victoria Mall, 7800 North Navarro Street

Waco: Richland Mall, 6001 West Waco Drive

Virginia

Dulles: 21100 Dulles Town Circle

McLean: 7860 Tyson’s Corner Center

Springfield: 6767 Springfield Mall

Washington

Auburn: Outlet Collection Seattle, 1101 Outlet Collection Way

West Virginia

Morgantown: Morgantown Mall, 9500 Mall Road

Wisconsin

Brookfield: Brookfield Square, 95 North Moorland Road

Glendale: Bayshore Town Center, 5800 North Bayshore Drive

Madison: East Towne Mall, 375 East Towne Mall

 

*June 5, 2019 UPDATE: Charlotte Russe has found a new buyer and has issued this press release:

YM Inc., new owner of Charlotte Russe, is pleased to announce that it is re-launching Charlotte Russe retail outlets across the U.S., with five of 100 planned locations opening their doors today.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Charlotte Russe retail outlets back for customers who love the brand’s affordable on-trend fashions,” said Eric Grundy, CEO of YM Inc. “We are excited to be back and hiring.”

YM, which operates more than 560 stores across North America, purchased the Charlotte Russe brand in March when its parent company filed for bankruptcy.

“The brand is a great fit for our growth strategy and our mission to exceed customer expectations by delivering fast fashion at amazing value,” Grundy added.

Opening today are retail locations in Southland Center in Michigan, Cumberland Mall in Georgia, Willowbrook Mall in New Jersey, Park City Center in Pennsylvania and Monmouth Mall in New Jersey. Customers can also shop Charlotte Russe’s online store, www.charlotterusse.com, which re-launched June 3, 2019.

Department store decline: Macy’s, Kohl’s, Norsdtrom, JCPenney closing more stores in 2019

January 28, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

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The decline of department stores continues to affect the retail industry, as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and JCPenney have announced that they will be closing more stores in early 2019. It’s part of trend that is hitting fashion retail especially hard, since about half of the retailers that closed the largest number of stores in 2018 have fashion as their core business. Kohl’s will be shuttering all of its stores that are located in shopping malls, while almost all of the stores that Macy’s, Nordstom and JCPenney are closing are also located in shopping malls.

Many of the stores that are closing are not in economically depressed areas but are in areas with middle- or high-income levels, with the highest-income levels in places such as New York City’s Rego Park area; the San Francisco Bay Area’s Silicon Valley; West Los Angeles (near Beverly Hills); Redmond, Washington (a suburb of Seattle); and Fairfax County, Virginia. That’s probably because customers in these high-income areas are more likely to have the resources (credit cards with high credit lines) to do more online shopping than people with lower incomes. But that’s only part of the reason why these stores are closing. Based on customer review sites such as Yelp, these stores have been plagued for quite some time with complaints about bad customer service, declining appearance/cleanliness and unsatisfactory inventory.

According to Business Insider, these are the stores that will be closing in 2019:

Kohl’s
Kohl’s Rego Park at Rego Center in Rego Park, New York
Kohl’s Valley Stream at Green Acres Mall in South Valley Stream, New York
Kohl’s Lenexa in Lenexa, Kansas
Kohl’s Houma at Houma Crossing Mall in Bayou Cane, Louisiana

JCPenney
Three stores to be announced.

Macy’s
Macy’s at Casper Eastridge in Casper, Wyoming
Macy’s at Redmond Town Center in Redmond, Washington
Macy’s at Sunnyvale Town Center in Sunnyvale, California
Macy’s Furniture Gallery at Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, California
Macy’s at Glendale Mall in Indianapolis, Indiana
Macy’s at Swansea Mall in Swansea, Massachusetts
Macy’s at Tysons Galleria in McLean, Virginia
Macy’s at Nanuet Mall in Nanuet, New York
Macy’s at Charleston Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia

Nordstrom
Nordstrom at The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, Florida
Nordstrom at MacArthur Center Mall in Norfolk, Northern Virginia
Nordstrom at Providence Place Mall in Providence, Rhode Island

 

L’Oréal Paris debuts Elvive Rapid Reviver #StopWaiting Campaign starring Camila Cabello

January 4, 2019

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L’Oréal Paris brand spokeswoman Camila Cabello (Photo courtesy of L’Oréal Paris)

The following is a press release from L’Oréal Paris:

Is it really true that good things only come to those who wait? According to new research from L’Oréal Paris Elvive Hair Care, 91 percent of women have been told this throughout their lives. However, women today are dispelling this old adage through both their actions and their demands across all areas of their lives – including their beauty products. With women leading busier lives than ever before, they know every second counts and don’t want to wait to see results from the products they use.

L’Oréal Paris believes it’s time to flip the narrative by celebrating that good things come to those who STOP waiting and wants to provide women with products that allow them to stop waiting to see transformative results. As such, the brand is introducing the new Elvive Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioners which have no wait time and work deep to repair hair damage fast.

“We are excited to launch Elvive Rapid Revivers with Camila who with a demanding tour schedule and busy lifestyle understands the value of making every second count,” says Anne Marie Nelson-Bogle, Senior Vice President, Marketing, L’Oréal Paris USA. “Backed by fifteen years of research and offering better, faster care to fit women’s increasingly busy lifestyles, the conditioners give women one less thing to wait for.”

Every Second Counts, But So Does Your Hair 
The new Elvive Rapid Revivers campaign debuts as a television commercial during the Golden Globes telecast this weekend. Based on the insight that over 50 percent of women today spend more than three minutes conditioning their hair and one in two feel they do not have enough time to condition their hair, the campaign highlights the time-saving benefits of the products.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioners is a range of three products that offer twice the results of a leading conditioner with no leave-in time required. Combining a unique blend of 20 percent damage repairing serum with tailored ingredients per product, the breakthrough collection instantly transforms hair for 2X more nourishment, 2X less breakage, or 2X more revived hair*. The three conditioners – Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver, Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver, and Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver – provide deep results, while remaining extremely lightweight on hair without any residue or weigh down. The new conditioner collection builds on the 2018 launch of the Elvive hair care line which is designed to revive hair damage.

It’s Time to Stop Waiting
To bring the no wait time proposition of the products to life, L’Oréal Paris is launching the #StopWaiting campaign. It is rooted in celebrating women who stopped waiting – whether that was to take action, find their voice or pursue a passion.

The night of the Golden Globes, the brand’s powerhouse of celebrity spokeswomen, including Camila CabelloEva LongoriaAmber Heard and Aja Naomi King, will come together on social media to share what they achieved when they stopped waiting. Together with brand experts and social influencers, they will help inspire others with their powerful stories and motivating statements.

“I’m learning to trust my instincts more and more and follow my heart,” says Camila Cabello. “Believe in yourself and stop waiting to go after what you truly want.”

Women everywhere can join the campaign and voice how they are challenging the archaic adage by sharing their own #StopWaiting stories, tagging @LorealHair on Instagram and @LOrealParisUSA on Twitter. Throughout Golden Globes weekend, people can animate their stories on Instagram by using the brand’s first-ever GIPHY sticker that was specially created for the campaign. The night of the awards, the brand will spotlight the #StopWaiting sentiments women are expressing on the red carpet and online by sharing select posts on the brand’s Twitter page.

About L’Oréal Paris:
The L’Oréal Paris division of L’Oréal USA, Inc. is a total beauty care brand dedicated to empowering women by offering luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market.  The brand’s signature tagline, “Because I’m Worth It,” was born in the United States in 1973 to celebrate the beauty and intrinsic self-worth of women, and for more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has been providing women around the world with products in four major beauty categories: hair color, haircare, skincare and cosmetics. With L’Oréal’s invention of hair color in 1909, the brand continues to serve as a leading innovator of hair products across color, care, and styling with brands such as Superior Preference, Féria, Colorista, Elvive, the Ever Collection, and Elnett Satin Hairspray. L’Oréal Paris provides scientifically-advanced skincare products that are tested to address individual skin concerns through its renowned brands Revitalift, Pure-Sugar, Pure-Clay, Age Perfect, and Sublime Bronze. L’Oréal Paris’ iconic cosmetics include best-seller Voluminous Lash Paradise, as well as the Infallible, True Match, Colour Riche, Voluminous, and Visible Lift collections. For more information about L’Oréal Paris and to receive personalized advice, expert tips, and exclusive content, please visit www.lorealparisusa.com or follow on Instagram (@LOrealMakeup, @LOrealHair, @LOrealSkin, @LOrealMen, Snapchat (@LOrealMakeup), Twitter (@LOrealParisUSA), Facebook (@LOrealParisUSA), and Pinterest (@LOrealParisUSA).

*than a leading conditioner