Coronavirus cancellations and postponements in the fashion and beauty industries

March 16, 2020

by Daphne Sorenson

Updated March 22, 2020

Kacey Musgraves and Gemma Chan at the 2019 Met Gala in New York City, a star-studded annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. The 2020 edition of the Met Gala is one of several events that have been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photos courtesy of Forevermark)

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in the cancellation or postponement of numerous fashion events, as well as temporary closings of several fashion/beauty retailers and businesses that provide personal grooming services, such as beauty salons, barbers, spas and nail salons. In the United States and other countries, public gatherings of more than 50 people per gathering are being banned, so any such gathering that was scheduled to take place in March, April, May or June 2020 will most likely be cancelled or postponed. Most companies whose brick-and-mortar retail locations have temporarily closed will still have products and services available online.

Here’s a list of what’s been affected so far. This list will be updated with breaking news. All re-opening dates are subject to change.

Abercrombie & Fitch/Hollister

The New Albany, Ohio-based clothing retailer (which includes the Hollister brand) has closed all of its stores in North America (as of March 15, 2020) and in Europe (as of March 16, 2020). The company’s stores in the Pacific Asia region will remain open.

Alice + Olivia

The New York City-based womenswear retailer has closed all of its stores from March 17 to March 21, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Allbirds

The San Francisco-based footwear retailer has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and Europe, from March 15 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

American Eagle Outfitters

The Pittsburgh-based clothing retailer has closed all its stores (including American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie) in North America from March 17 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

American Events NE Materials Show

The event was scheduled to take place in Boston on February 5 and February 6, 2020, but the show has been rescheduled for July 22 and July 23, 2020.

American Events NW Materials Show

The event was scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon, on February 12 and February 13, 2020, but the show has been rescheduled for July 29 and July 30, 2020.

Ancient Greek Sandals

The Athens-based footwear company has closed all stores and operations until further notice.

Aritzia

The Vancouver-based womenswear company has closed its stores in North America until further notice, as of March 16, 2020.

Armani

The Armani Cruise 2021 Show was supposed to take place on April 19, 2020, but the show has been postponed until further notice. In related news, the opening of the Armani Dubai boutique that was scheduled for April 20, 2020, has been tentatively rescheduled for November 2020, on a date to be announced.

Ascena Retail Group

The Mahwah, New Jersey-based clothing retailer has closed all of its stores, including Ann Taylor, Factory Ann Taylor, Loft, Loft Outlet, Lane Bryant, Lou & Grey, Catherines and Justice. The stores are closed from March 18 to March 28, 2020. The re-opening dates for these operations are subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Benefit Cosmetics

The San Francisco-based cosmetics retailer has closed all of its Benefit Boutique and Brow Bar locations in the U.S. and Canada from March 17 to April 3, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Buck Mason

The Los Angeles-based menswear company has closed all of its stores until further notice, as of March 14, 2020.

Burlington

The Burlington Township, New Jersey-based discount clothing retailer announced that it is reducing store hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Canada Goose

The York, Canada-based clothing retailer has closed all of its stores in North America and Europe from March 17 to March 31, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

CFDA Fashion Awards

The annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards show in New York City has been postponed until further notice. The award ceremony had been scheduled to take place on June 8, 2020. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Chanel

The Paris-based luxury brand has closed all of its stores in the U.S. from March 16 to March 30, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Chico’s FAS

The Fort Myers, Florida-based clothing retailer is closing all of its stores in North America, including Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma Intimates and TellTale, from March 17 to March 31, 2020. The reopening dates for all of these operations are subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Columbia Sportswear

The Portland, Oregon-based clothing company has closed its stores in North America from March 16 through March 27, 2020. These dates are subject to change.

Desigual

The Barcelona-based clothing retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. The company’s stores in Spain, Italy and Portugal already closed earlier in March 2020. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Dior

The Paris-based luxury retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. In related news, the Dior Cruise 2021 show was scheduled to take place in Lecce, Italy, on May 9, 2020, but the show has been postponed until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

DSW

The Columbus, Ohio-based discount shoes/accessories retailer (also known as Designer Shoe Warehouse) has closed all of its stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Everlane

The San Francisco-based ethical fashion brand has closed all of its stores until further notice, as of March 15, 2020.

Foot Locker

The New York City-based sportswear retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores from March 17 to March 31, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Fossil

The Richardson, Texas-based accessories company has closed all of its stores in North America, from March 15 to March 28, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Gap, Inc.

The San Francisco-based company (whose stores include Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Intermix, Hill City and Athleta) has closed most of its stores worldwide until further notice. The stores that remain open will have reduced hours.

Glossier

The New York City-based beauty retailer has closed all of its stores until further notice, as of March 13, 2020. A new Glossier store had been scheduled to open in Atlanta on March 18, 2020, but that opening has been postponed.

GOAT

The Culver City, Calfornia-based athletic-shoe/streetwear reseller has closed seller drop-off locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami, until March 27, 2020. This date is subject to change.

Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand closed all of its non-pop-up stores from March 14 to April 1, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Greats

The luxury athletic-shoe brand has closed all of its stores, as of March 15, 2020, until further notice.

H&M

The Stockholm-based discount clothing retailer issued this vague statement on March 18, 2020: “In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak, we have already, or will shortly, close many of our stores. In stores that remain open or are re-opened, we’re prepared to respond quickly to any emerging situation.” In North America, all H&M stores were closed from March 17 to April 2, 2020, but the reopening date is subject to change. H&M also includes the store brands Cos and Arket. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Helmut Lang

The luxury designer has closed its New York City store, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

J. Crew

The New York City-based clothing retailer has closed all of its J. Crew and J. Crew Factory stores from March 17 to March 28, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

JCPenney

The Plano, Texas-based retailer has closed all of its stores. The shutdown will reportedly last from March 18 to April 2, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Journelle

The New York City-based luxury lingerie brand will close its New York City stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice.

Kering

The Paris-based parent company of Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Brioni and Pomellato is closing all of its store locations in the U.S. and Canada, from March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Kiehl’s

The New York City-based skincare beauty retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Kith

The New York City-based streetwear company has closed all of its U.S. stores as of March 16, 2020, until further notice.

Kohl’s

The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based retailer has closed from March 19 to April 1, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. In related news, Kohl’s announced on March 17, 2020, that it has partnered with Land’s End to offer the entire Land’s End assortment of women’s, men’s, kids, and home merchandise on Kohls.com, directly fulfilled and shipped by Lands’ End, beginning in the fall 2020. (Updated March 19, 2020)

Lafayette 148

The Brooklyn, New York-based womenswear retailer is closed until further notice, as of March 22, 2020. (Updated March 22, 2020)

Lands’ End

The Dodgeville, Wisconsin-based clothing retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores from March 16 to March 29, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Lululemon Athletica Inc.

The Vancouver-based retailer that sells athletic-oriented clothes and other products closed all of its stores in North America and Europe from March 16 to March 27, 2020.  The re-opening date is subject to change.

Levi Strauss & Co.

The San Francisco-based denim retailer has closed all of its North American stores from March 16 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

L.L. Bean

The Freeport, Maine-based outdoor/athletic gear retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores from March 17 to March 29, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Lush

The Poole, United Kingdom-based beauty-product retailer has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and Canada, from March 16 to March 29, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Macy’s, Inc.

The New York City-based retailer has closed all of its stores, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s. The stores are closed from March 17 to March 31, 2020. The re-opening dates for these operations are subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Met Gala

The star-studded annual fashion event, held in New York City on the first Monday in May to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, has been postponed until further notice. This year’s Met Gala was originally scheduled for May 4, 2020.

ModelLand

The grand opening of Tyra Banks’ fashion/beauty theme park in Santa Monica, California, has been postponed until further notice. Although there hadn’t been a specific opening date set, ModelLand was expected to open in the spring of 2020. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Neiman Marcus Group

The Dallas-based luxury retailer has closed all of its stores (including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call) from March 17, 2020 until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

New Balance

The athletic shoe/clothing company has closed its office, factory, and retail stores in the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe from March 16 through March 27, 2020. The re-opening dates for these operations are subject to change.

Nike

The Beaverton, Oregon-based athletic shoe/clothing company (which includes the Converse brand) has closed all of its stores in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, from March 16 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Nordstrom

The Seattle-based retailer has closed all of its stores from March 17 to March 31, 2020. The re-opening dates for these operations are subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Opening Ceremony

The New York City-based clothing company has closed all of its store locations until further notice.

Outdoor Voices

The Austin, Texas-based athletic fashion/gear company has closed  all of its U.S. stores from March 16 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date for the stores is subject to change.

Patagonia

The Ventura, California-based outdoor/athletic company has closed all stores and operations until further notice, as of March 13, 2020.

Phillip Lim

The New York City-based designer clothing retailer has closed all of its stores outside of Asia until further notice.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH)

The New York City-based parent company of the brands Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, Arrow, Warner’s, Olga, True & Co. and Geoffrey Beene is closing of all its retail stores in North America and Europe, from March 17 to March 29, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. Many of the  PVH-owned stores in the Asia Pacific region have re-opened, but some have reduced hours.

Prada Cruise 2021 Show

This runway show was set to take place on May 21, 2020, but has now been postponed until further notice.

Ralph Lauren

The New York City-based luxury fashion company, which includes the brands Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco, has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and some other countries, from March 18 to April 1, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. In related news, the Ralph Lauren Fall 2020 runway show has been postponed until further notice. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Rebecca Minkoff

The New York City-based fashion company has reduced hours at all of its store locations until further notice.

Reformation

The Los Angeles-based clothing retailer has closed all of its stores, as of March 14, 2020, until further notice.

REI

The Kent, Washington-based company, whose specialty is outdoor/athletic products (including clothes), has closed all of its stores worldwide. REI plans to re-open the stores on March 27, 2020, but that date is subject to change.

Ross Dress for Less

The Dublin, California-based discount clothing retailer has closed all of its stores from March 20 to April 3, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 20, 2020)

Rothy

The San Francisco-based shoe company has closed all of its U.S. stores and plans to re-open on March 31, 2020, but that date is subject to change.

RuPaul’s DragCon LA

This annual Los Angeles event celebrating drag queens has been cancelled. RuPaul’s DragCon LA, whose vendors are mostly in the fashion and beauty industries, had been scheduled to take place May 1 to May 3, 2020.

Saks Fifth Avenue

The New York City-based luxury retailer has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and Canada, from March 18 to April 1, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change. (Updated March 17, 2020)

Sephora

The Paris-based beauty-product retailer has closed some stores and reduced hours at other stores that remain open. Sephora customers need to check with an individual store to find out what the situation is at that location.

Shanghai Fashion Week

Shanghai Fashion Week in China was scheduled for March 26 to April 2, 2020, but has now been postponed until further notice.

Supreme 

The New York City-based streetwear company has closed of all its stores until further notice.

Tailored Brands

The Houston-based menswear retailer (which includes Men’s Wearhouse and the Jos. A. Bank) has closed all of its U.S. stores from March 17 to March 28, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Tapestry, Inc.

The New York City-based luxury fashion company (which owns the brands Kate Spade, Coach and Stuart Weitzman) has reduced hours at all of its store locations until further notice.

Target 

The Minneapolis-based retailer has reduced hours at all of its stores, as of March 18, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 18, 2020)

Tiffany and Co.

The New York City-based luxury jewelry retailer has closed all of its stores in the U.S. and Canada, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 17, 2020)

TJ Maxx

The Framingham, Massachusetts-based discount clothing retailer has closed all of its stores, as of March 19, 2020, until further notice. (Updated March 19, 2020)

Ulta Beauty

The Bolingbrook, Illinois-based beauty-product retailer has temporarily closed some locations and reduced hours of other locations that remain open. In-store hair services are discontinued until further notice, as of March 16, 2020.

Under Armour

The Baltimore-based streetwear fashion company has closed all of its store locations in North America, from March 16 to March 28, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

Uniqlo

The Yamaguchi, Japan-based clothing retailer has closed all of its U.S. stores, as of March 17, 2020, until further notice.

Urban Outfitters, Inc.

The Philadelphia-based clothing retailer has closed until further notice all of its stores worldwide, including Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People and Terrain.

Versace Cruise 2021 Show

This co-ed runway show was set to take place on May 16, 2020, but has now been postponed until further notice.

VF Corp.

Denver-based VF Corp. has several retail brands that include Jansport, North Face, Timberland, Vans, Altra, Bulwark Protection, Dickies, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, Horace Small, Icebraker, Kipling, Kodiak, Napapijri, Red Kap, Smartwool, Terra, VF Solutions and Walls Outdoor Goods. The company has closed its stores in North America until April 5, 2020, and in continental Europe until further notice. Any re-opening date is subject to change. The company’s stories in the United Kingdom and Asia are operating at reduced hours.

Victoria’s Secret

The Columbus, Ohio-based lingerie/swimwear company (which includes Victoria’s Secret and Pink) has closed all of its brick-and-mortar stores until further notice. The Victoria’s Secret online store is closed until March 29, 2020. (Updated March 19, 2020)

Walmart

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant is reducing store hours at its U.S. locations, as of March 15, 2020.

Warby Parker

The New York City-based eyeglass retailer closed all of its stores from March 15 to March 27, 2020. The re-opening date is subject to change.

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).

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, Nordstrom, JCPenney closing more stores in 2019

January 28, 2019

by Daphne Sorenson

department store retail

 

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 a 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

 

Gymboree is closing all of its stores after bankruptcy problems

January 14, 2019

by Patricia Garrett

Gymboree

Gymboree, a prominent retailer for children’s clothing and toys, is closing all of its remaining stores (about 900) after the company failed to rebound from a bankruptcy. According to Market Watch, Gymboree is expected to file for a second bankruptcy, which will shutter its remaining stores.

In 2017, Gymboree closed about 350 of its stores in the U.S. as part of its first bankruptcy reorganization. The San Francisco-based Gymboree also operated the retail stores Gymboree Outlet, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fate of Janie and Jack is uncertain since Gymboree is still seeking a buyer for the brand. If no buyer is found, Janie and Jack stores will also be closed.

Gymboree, which was founded in 1976, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2017. The company reported $1.25 billion in sales for 2016. In July 2016, The Gymboree Corporation sold the Gymboree Play & Music business to Zeavion Holding.

Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC opens in New York

April 12, 2018

Men's Clothing at Nordstrom Men's Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)
Men’s Clothing at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Nordstrom will open its main location in New York City in the Central Park Tower at 217 W. 57th Street. The Central Park Tower, which began construction in 2014, is expected to be completed in 2020.]

The following is a press release from Nordstrom:

Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) opened the doors this morning to its very first flagship, full-line New York City location and first ever stand-alone men’s store at 235 West 57th Street. The three-level 47,000 square foot store offers a differentiated merchandise assortment across all categories, including popular and designer brands, along with a range of convenient services to serve customers on their terms.

EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE CONCEPTS

Comme des Garcons shop at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

Olivia Kim, Nordstrom vice president of creative projects has curated a special Comme des Garçons (CDG) shop that will feature one of the largest local selections of the fashion house’s coveted brands. Olivia commissioned artist Marc Hundley to design a space that invokes both the ethos of CDG and the streets of New York City. In a first for Nordstrom, the men’s flagship will also feature designer shops by Calvin Klein, BalenciagaValentino, and Dior. Each space is united by a chainmail motif, but are distinguished by personalized fixtures adhering to each brand. The shoe department houses a Christian Louboutin shop displaying a wide range of the shoemaker’s sporty and formal offerings. The Nike Men’s Project, a sportswear and shoe destination for style and fitness-obsessed customers, will offer the brand’s latest sneakers and apparel collections.

The store also features an array of customization and personalization experiences, including the Levi’s Tailor Shop, where customers can shop Levi’s Authorized Vintage, one of the largest vintage denim collections in existence, and also design custom embroidery on any item, heat press a shirt or get an express hem while they wait; Shinola will offer watch customization in addition to a selection of tech products; exclusive to the flagship, Samuelson Custom Suit Visualizer is an interactive digital made-to-measure suiting experience at an accessible price point; Eton Endless Aisle is a digital touchscreen offering an expanded assortment of dress shirts and ties; and cult-favorite Le Labo will create personalized fragrance labels in the grooming department.

To celebrate the Nordstrom opening, brands have created limited-time exclusives, such as Cole Haan NYCH, a curated quarterly collection only available for 30 days, exclusive denim fit and wash options from Rag & BonePaigeAG JeansCitizens of Humanity, an exclusive camo jacket by Canada Goose and footwear from Timberland and Magnanni.

BRAND ASSORTMENT 

Calvin Klein Boutique at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)


Customers can shop a comprehensive selection of apparel brands across a broad range of price points, including Adidas, Carhartt WIP, Rodd & Gunn, Stone Island, Death to Tennis, Norse Projects, Lemaire, Moncler, Canali, Topman, Ted Baker LondonHugo BossGiorgio Armani, Tiger of Sweden and Givenchy. The accessories department houses brands like Foundwell, Ray Ban, Moscot, Mykita, Prada and Loewe. The vast shoe department will include Reebok, Common Projects, Vans, Alden, Church’s, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga, Gucci and exclusives from Greats and Jack Erwin.

The grooming department will introduce to the U.S., barber-created Murdock London, who will be sending barbers to New York for special appearances. Saturdays NYC will launch product alongside brands like ProrasoKiehl’sTom Ford Grooming and exclusive Ted’s Grooming Room by Ted Baker London. An extensive fragrance selection will include options from Parfums de Marly, By Killian, Chanel, Valentino, Prada, Armanicorpor, Dior and many others.

SERVICE AND EXPERIENCE

Christian Louboutin shop at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

Nordstrom is committed to serving customers on their terms and the Men’s Store will offer a number of shopping services that provide convenience, speed and ease. At each store entrance shoppers will find Express Returns kiosks, plus Style Boards24/7 Buy Online & Pick-Up in StoreReserve Online & Try in Store and Three-Hour Same Day Delivery anywhere in Manhattan, all which seek to bridge the convenience of online shopping with the personal experience of the store. Shoppers will have access to 24/7 Express Services during all hours for fashion emergencies like lost luggage or items that went unpacked, in addition a cell phone charging station, expert Shoeshine, an onsite Alternations & Tailoring department, and Complimentary Personal Stylists.

In the Clubhouse Bar customers can treat themselves to a drink or meal, while taking in intimate views of Central Park and Columbus circle. Hand-crafted cocktails, a selection of fine wines, as well as carefully selected snacks with seasonality in mind, including warm toasts, indulgent melts and a signature lobster roll developed by Nordstrom Chefs will be available. The Coffee Shop will feature Toby’s Estate Coffee, a small batch roaster based in Brooklyn, serving unique handcrafted drinks by skilled baristas. As an added twist, the coffee bar will also offer draft beer on tap in addition to a section of local pastries.

Levi’s Tailor Shop at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (Photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.)

The Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC features the company’s newest store design concepts, including an all-glass façade to bring in more natural light, unboxing the display windows, and connecting the shopping experience to the city. An open, flexible floor plan allows for an evolving curation of how products are displayed over time, depending on what New York customers respond to. The store environment will create a sense of discovery, allowing customers to navigate easily and find new brands they haven’t experienced before.

Nordstrom has been a longtime believer of investing in artwork for its stores. New Yorkers will experience an extensive collection, featuring 39 works by both international and American artists, with a quarter being local. Suspended in the center of a three-story staircase, a floating, diaphanous tree sculpture entitled “Arctic Tree” by the Seattle-based artist John Grade is a nod to the retailer’s Seattle roots.

COMMUNITY

Nike Men’s Project at Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

Nordstrom believes we have a responsibility to give back to the communities we serve, so each year we donate 1% of our gift card sales to worthy nonprofits in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Our contributions most often take the form of a cash grant, but we are also proud to partner with local and national organizations through specific giving programs and by volunteering our time and resources.

As part of our Men’s Store opening and as we continue to expand our presence in the New York metro area we have committed $5 million dollars to NYC over the next three years. To stay true to our Nordstrom Cares mission we plan to support a number of programs and organizations that care for kids and empower youth, as well as those that have a significant impact on the community. In the coming months, Nordstrom will be forming a NYC Community Advisory Board to attract, vet and award community grants. We are proud to announce our first grant will be to the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the nation’s oldest, and largest, organization supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to reach their full potential.

ABOUT NORDSTROM
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 370 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United StatesCanada and Puerto Rico; 236 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromrack.comHauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Gap’s ‘Mama Said’ short film, co-directed by Liv Tyler, features celebrity mothers and their kids

May 3, 2017

Mama Said
Ali Bird, Cass Bird, Liv Tyler, Coca Rocha Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Candice Swanepoel with their children. (Photo courtesy of Gap)

Clothing retailer Gap has debuted the short promotional film ‘Mama Said,’ a celebration of motherhood in support of Every Mother Counts.  Liv Tyler is one of the stars of the film, which she. Tyler co-directed with Paola Kudacki. The Tyler family has a long history with Gap. Liv and her father, Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), have each starred in past ad campaigns for Gap. Earlier this yet, Steven Tyler’s youngest daughter, Chelsea, was featured in a Gap campaign paying tribute to Gap fashion of the 1990s.

According to a Gap press release:

The ‘Mama Said’ cast includes:

  • Actress Liv Tyler with son Sailor (age 2) daughter Lula (9 Months):
    “I’ve always loved the Gap. Growing up in America, Gap is such a big part of your life and I thought it was such a special thing to do a project that involves the mothers, the children and Every Mother Counts,” said Tyler.
  • Model Coco Rocha with daughter Ioni (age 2):
    “I’ve never felt so strong and powerful as I did bringing my daughter into this world. Being a mother is by far the most rewarding and beautiful experience I’ve ever had.” Said Rocha
  • Model Candice Swanepoel with son Anacãn (6 months):
    “Motherhood is so different for each woman – it’s your unique journey, and I love that I’m able to share my experience as a mother in this project,” said Swanepoel.
  • Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell with son Hunter (5 months):
    “When I think of ‘Mama Said’, I think of things my mama used to say to me. My mom used to try to reinforce the fact that it is important to live your truth and be authentic and don’t apologize for who you are, I look forward to passing that to my son,” said Smollett-Bell.
  • Artist Ali Bird and wife, photographer Cass Bird, with son Leo (age 9) and daughter Mae (age 7):
    “I love every aspect of ‘Mama Said,’ it’s exciting to be doing this as a family with Gap and Every Mother Counts to support mothers who don’t have access and need the help,” said Ali Bird.

Set to actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell singing “Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers, the film depicts the mothers enjoying intimate, candid moments with their children playing, dancing and bonding. The cast’s children are dressed in babyGap and GapKids, showcasing Gap essentials that are part of every mother’s go-to wardrobe for their children.

Liv Tyler commented in a statement m”I often think of the things my grandmother and my mother have been telling me my whole life. Remembering what your ‘mama said’ as a child and growing up is very important. I often try to think of things that I can say to my children in a way that they can hear me the same way I heard my mom.”

Gap found a natural partner in Every Mother Counts to support mothers as part of this celebration. Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer for mothers everywhere, providing $4 million in grants since 2012 focused on improving access to essential maternity care. Gap is issuing a call to action for people to make a donation; U.S. residents can text ‘MOMS’ to 20222 to make an automatic donation of $5 and international residents can visit www.EveryMotherCounts.org/products/donate to donate.

Havaianas launches Mommy & Me flip flops by Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum

May 3, 2017

Havaianas' Baby2Baby flip flops
Havaianas’ Baby2Baby flip flops (Photo courtesy of Havaianas)

The following is an excerpt from a Havianas press release:

Havaianas, the world renowned Brazilian sandal brand, and Baby2Baby, the nonprofit that provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves, come together to create an exclusive collection of Mommy & Me flip flops by Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the collection will launch May 3, 2017, and include exclusive mother and daughter styles. Baby2Baby Board Member Jessica Alba and Baby2Baby Angel Jenna Dewan Tatum incorporated summer-inspired pins with fashion-forward colors to create a collection that embodies each of their personal styles.

The collection features two matching sets of flip flops, including the Women’s and Kids’ Slim Logo Pop Up in Mentha Green and Slim in Sand Grey/Light Golden. With each purchase, 100% of the proceeds will support Baby2Baby and prices range from $22 to $34 and are offered in Women’s 6-12 and Toddler 9-Youth 4. The collection will be available in select Havaianas stores and www..

Harris Poll’s 2017 EquiTrend Study lists the top fashion retail brands of the year

April 19, 2017

The Harris Poll’s 29th annual EquiTrend Study reveals 2017’s strongest brands across the media, travel, financial, automotive, entertainment, retail, restaurant, technology, household and nonprofit industries, based on consumer response.

Measuring brand health over time, the EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three factors—Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration—that result in a brand equity rating for each brand. According to a Harris Poll press release, the brands ranking highest in equity receive the Harris Poll EquiTrend “Brand of the Year” award for their respective categories. This year, more than 100,000 U.S. consumers assessed more than 4,000 brands across more than 450 categories.

Here are the top-ranking brands in the fashion industry:

Department Store Brand of the Year

Kohl's fashion retail

  1. Kohl’s Department Stores
  2. Macy’s Department Stores
  3. JCPenney Department Stores
Other Department Store brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Belk Department Stores, Dillard’s Department Stores, Sears Department Stores

Footwear Store Brand of the Year

  1. DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse)
  2. Journey’s Shoe Stores
  3. Foot Locker
  4. Shoe Carnival Stores

Luxury Department Store Brand of the Year

  1. Nordstrom Department Store
  2. Saks 5th Avenue Department Store
Other Luxury Department Store brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Bloomingdale’s Department Store, Lord & Taylor Department Store, Neiman Marcus Department Store

 

Off-Price Retailer Brand of the Year

  1. TJ Maxx Stores
Other Off-Price Retailer brands in study ranked below category average (alphabetically): Burlington Coat Factory, Marshalls Stores, Ross Dress For Less