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Over 500 Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life + ALL the Sale Info for Black Friday!

It's the best shopping week of the year! Oh my goodness! And you know that means, right? It's time to buy ALL the things! And we mean all. the. things! And guess what? You don't even have to feel bad about it because the sales are that good! Looking for discounts up to 80% off in some cases? Want free shipping? Nothing makes us happier than finding a brag-worthy deal. Seriously, it's the best feeling ever! Are we right? So what are you waiting for?Want to know where you can find the best online...
Tags: Nordstrom, Gift Guide, Christmas, US, Holiday, Georgia, Wedding, Old Navy, Kate Spade, Zappos, Asos, Gucci, Anthropologie, Tory Burch, Shopbop, Mark


COVID-19 restrictions to boost e-commerce holiday sales

If ever there was a shopping holiday whose time has come, it has to be Cyber Monday. With COVID-19 cases on the rise and California brick-and-mortar retailers facing stiff restrictions as a result, online buying is expected to get a boost this holiday season. A growing number of consumers have turned to online shopping in recent years, buoyed by deep discounts and the convenience of fast delivery. Big numbers BlackFriday.com predicts Cyber Monday e-commerce sales will hit $10 billion this year...
Tags: Amazon, Nordstrom, Business, New York, News, California, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Pasadena, Consumers, Banana Republic, Kohl, Ann Taylor, Lacoste, Amazon Walmart


Ann Taylor to ditch alpaca wool after PETA probe

Ann Taylor is packing up the alpaca. Ascena Retail Group, the clothing conglomerate that owns the Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey plans to stop using wool from the llama-like creatures amid concerns from animal-rights activists about the sometimes brutal process of producing it. Ascena’s brands currently sell several sweaters made with fabric blends...
Tags: Fashion, Peta, Ascena Retail Group, Ascena, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft, Lou Grey


More malls dragged into bankruptcy by as retail carnage continues

By Jeremy Hill | Bloomberg America’s ailing malls suffered a pair of body blows over the weekend as two major landlords followed their ever-growing list of bankrupt tenants into Chapter 11 protection. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and CBL & Associates Properties Inc. sought protection from creditors Sunday, citing pandemic-induced pressures on their tenants and, in turn, themselves. Together the two REITs account for some 87 million square feet of real estate across the U.S., accordi...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, La, Sport, Soccer, Dallas, Philadelphia, Michigan, Houston, Chattanooga, Delaware, Cbre, Commercial Real Estate, Redfin, Los Angeles County


Pandemic fallout: 40-plus retail chains bankrupt

When Archie Jafree heard that Lord & Taylor filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in early August, he was sad about the fate of the storied retailer with roots dating back to 1824. Still, the 36-year-old northern Virginia resident acknowledged he hadn’t shopped there in months, preferring instead to go to Nordstrom and Zara, where he feels the customer service is better. “It had good quality clothes,” Jafree said of Lord & Taylor, “but they hadn’t evolved with the times.” Many shoppers like Jafree are...
Tags: Nordstrom, Business, Virginia, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Zara, Taylor, Asos, Gucci, Omaha Nebraska, Penney, Simon Property Group, Gonzalez, McKenna, McKinsey Co


Stein Mart files for bankruptcy; to close nearly 300 stores

National discount department store chain Stein Mart filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday after 112 years in business, and announced that it will close most, if not all, of its 280 stores. “The combined effects of a challenging retail environment coupled with the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have caused significant financial distress on our business,” wrote Chief Executive Officer Hunt Hawkins in a news release. “The Company lacks sufficient liquidity to continue operating in the or...
Tags: Nordstrom, Business, News, Mississippi, America, Sport, Canada, Soccer, Taylor, Arcadia, Southern California, Neiman Marcus, Hunt, Riverside, Penney, Montclair


Store closings, bankruptcy cases pile up for business wear retailers during COVID-19: Are dress clothes gone for good?

Americans are dressing down, and that's hurting retailers that sell business wear, including suits chain Men's Wearhouse, Ann Taylor and Loft.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy as retail rout continues

Lord & Taylor, America’s oldest retailer, is seeking bankruptcy protection, as is the owner of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, lengthening the list of major retail chains that have faltered in the pandemic. Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online. Thousands of store closures forced by the arrival of COVID-19 has proved too much. Lor...
Tags: Business, New York, Sport, Bankruptcy, Barneys New York, Soccer, Manhattan, Fifth Avenue, Taylor, Ascena Retail Group, Lane Bryant, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Jos A Bank, Tailored Brands, Men 's Wearhouse


About 30 Million Workers Are Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Filings for state unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time in three months. Ann Taylor’s owner filed for bankruptcy. Here’s the latest.
Tags: News, Ann Taylor


Ascena Retail Group Files Bankruptcy, Citing Covid-19 as the Main Culprit

Ascena Retail Group, the parent of brands such as Ann Taylor and Loft, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning in Virginia, the company announced. Tied to the bankruptcy is a restructuring agreement with a majority of its secured lenders, under which Ascena would reduce its debt by about $1 billion, swapping it out...
Tags: Virginia, Advertising, Ascena Retail Group, Ascena, Ann Taylor, Adapting to Crisis, Ascena Retail Group Files Bankruptcy Citing Covid


Owner of Ann Taylor, Justice and Lane Bryant stores files for bankruptcy, plans store closings

The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic.
Tags: Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Justice


Ann Taylor owner files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

The operator of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, the latest retailer to do so during the pandemic.
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Owner of Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant files for bankruptcy

Ascena Retail Group, the owner of Ann Taylor and other clothing brands, has filed for bankruptcy. It's the latest retailer forced to take that step during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tags: News, Stories, Ascena Retail Group, Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor




Retail Had an Uneven Week as Earnings and Announcements Rolled In

Retail had a bit of a mixed week, with discounters Dollar General and Dollar Tree emerging as clear winners with comparable sales increases. However, concerning news from Ann Taylor and Loft parent Ascena and a proposed debt for equity swap from Party City both served as reminders that there are still several retailers figuring out...
Tags: Advertising, Ascena, Ann Taylor, Party City, Data & Insights, Earnings Reports


Coronavirus will take hit on shopping malls: experts warn

With the novel coronavirus spreading across the region, foot traffic at the San Fernando Valley’s major shopping malls is becoming sparse. Fashion giant Nordstrom said on Tuesday it will close more than 360 stores temporarily to their doors to stem the outbreak. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s also joined a growing list of retailers saying they would close their stores until the end of March. Apple, Nike and Allbirds had already shut down their stores. While local malls — including Westfield Topanga &...
Tags: Apple, Nordstrom, Business, News, Los Angeles, Nike, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Westfield, Zara, Reuters, Los Angeles County, Valley, Bloomingdale, LA County


Over 500 Gift Ideas for the Ladies in Your Life + ALL the Sale Info for Black Friday!

It's the best shopping week of the year! Oh my goodness! And you know that means, right? It's time to buy ALL the things! And we mean all. the. things! And guess what? You don't even have to feel bad about it because the sales are that good!Looking for discounts up to 80% off in some cases? Want free shipping? Nothing makes us happier than finding a brag-worthy deal. Seriously, it's the best feeling ever! Are we right? So what are you waiting for?Want to know where you can find the best onlin...
Tags: Nordstrom, US, Georgia, Nike, Wedding, Holiday Gift Guide, Old Navy, Kate Spade, Zappos, Asos, Gucci, Anthropologie, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, Neiman Marcus, Banana Republic


Weekly Roundup: Texture, Colour and Pattern

It’s been a brilliant season for pants, jeans, colours, patterns and textures this year, especially in Fall and Winter. So much so, that I can hardly complain about the dismal dress season. Here’s the next section of top pick items that have been winners on clients and forum members recently. Browse the ample colour options and extended size selections. Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Plaid Blanket Scarf: If you enjoy earth tones in casual plaids - try this. Cosy, versatile, and pattern mixes well.Ga...
Tags: Fashion, Best, Lists, Rich, Massimo Dutti, Martens, Boden, Ann Taylor, Atlantic Pacific, Halogen, Veronica Beard, Gap Mid Rise Long, Halogen x Atlantic Pacific, Ann Taylor Houndstooth Slip Neck Knit Top, Anthropologie Senna Eyelash Cardigan, Halogen x Atlantic Pacific Long Wool


More Retailers Say They Will Stay Closed On Thanksgiving, Major Chains Yet To Announce Hours

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Several more major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Neiman Marcus, and Ann Taylor, say they will stay closed on Thanksgiving, but the biggest chains have yet to say if they will open, and when. Bestblackfriday.com updated its list of stores that will open and close on Thanksgiving. As of October 15, 2019, the stores that will close are: Chains with Northern California locations in bold, new stores added since October 10 in italics Army and Airforce Exchange Service AC M...
Tags: Black Friday, News, Thanksgiving, Local, Syndicated Local, California News, Sacramento, Army, Old Navy, Sam, Northern California, Homegoods, Macy, Lowe, Office Depot, Petco


Five Frugal Things | I mended a sweater and I am quite excited about it.

I asked for a ThredUp discount. Sonia found me a $14 Ann Taylor cashmere sweater, and when it arrived, we discovered it had a small hole in it. ThredUp does not, as a rule, sell clothing with imperfections, so I emailed them and said I’d be willing to keep the sweater if they gave me a discount.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Frugality, Ann Taylor


The Magic Asphalt Sealer Tank

When I was in college, my girlfriend had the annoying habit of periodically declaring that the dorms were too noisy for her to sleep. What this really meant was she had decided it was time for me to drive her to an industrial part of town so we could spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express, or a similar hotel. Once we got to the hotel, we would watch HBO on television and go out to eat at Denny’s. Since she never really studied much–or at all–the event would invariably result in an argument of ...
Tags: Hbo, Featured, California, Careers, Los Angeles, Chicago, Life Lessons, Job Search, Michigan, University Of Chicago, Pasadena, Career Advice, Audi, Detroit, Department Of Transportation, Legal Profession


12 Depression Busters for New Moms

It’s supposed to be the most exciting time of your life … and everyone is telling you how lucky you are to have a beautiful baby, but all you can do is cry. You’re pretty sure none of your new-mom friends are feeling this way. But they might be. Because 15 to 20 percent of new moms, about 1 million women in the US each year, experience some form of postpartum depression. Truth be told, my baby days were the most difficult and painful hours of my life. I was a hormonal and stress train wreck. Loo...
Tags: Psychology, General, Parenting, Sleep, Relationships, US, Stress, Personal, Depression, Treatment, Self-esteem, Brooke Shields, House, Sex Life, Psychotherapy, Memoir


Dressbarn clothing chain is being shuttered after attempted sale

Ascena Retail Group Inc. will start winding down its Dressbarn clothing chain, the latest upheaval in a continued retail shakeout. After trying to find a new owner, Ascena said Monday that it’s preparing to close the approximately 650-store chain. No timeline was given, and stores will remain open until the wind-down commences. Ascena, whose brands have come under pressure as consumer tastes shift, needs to make changes after posting more than $1 billion of losses in the past four years, a...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Advertising, Bloomberg, New Jersey, Dressbarn, Ascena, Ann Taylor, Stamford Connecticut, Steven Taylor, Ascena Retail Group Inc, OpCapita, Toys R Us Roslyn, Elliot Jaffe, Rosyln, Ascena The Mahwah New Jersey


Wieden & Kennedy leads Ad Age’s A-List. Plus, a brand named FUCT goes to the Supreme Court: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today Wieden & Kennedy did it again. The independent agency took top honors at Ad Age’s A-List & Creativity Awards for the second year running. Wieden, working with client Nike, made a bold move to put Colin Kaepernick at the heart of Nike's me...
Tags: Post, Supreme Court, Washington Post, Youtube, Advertising, Colin Kaepernick, America, Nike, Ap, Paris, Manhattan, Associated Press, Snl, National Football League, Hulu, Faa


‘Fashion Coward’: Watch the ‘SNL’ commercial spoof that takes on Ann Taylor

“Decisions are hard,” an announcer says in a new “Saturday Night Live” commercial spoof that introduces a retail concept for women called Fashion Coward: “the only store for people who hate shopping and feel lost and scared, with clothes that suggest the general idea of a person.” In a prerecorded segment that aired as part of Saturday’s episode of “SNL,” cast members Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon, along with guest host Emma Stone, portray meek, indecisive shoppers who appreciate the gentle r...
Tags: Advertising, Emma Stone, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Ann Taylor, Fashion Coward


Weekly Roundup: Hints of Spring

It’s very nice to see happy Spring colours hit retail, especially after a very cold and snowy Winter. There’s also a wider assortment of sizes, and some length on skirts and dresses, which is always a good thing!  Many of these items were winners on clients or forum members recently. Some I’ve tried on in person, and some I plan to order. Be sure to browse all the colour options and read the reviews. Patagonia Patagonia Torrentshell Waterproof City Rain Coat | Nordstrom: A very practical raincoa...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, London, Kate Spade, Lists, Levi, Don, Boden, Ann Taylor, Topshop Topshop, Geox, Naturalizer Naturalizer, Boden Rhea Blazer, Nordstrom Nordstrom Lexa, Cadee Mary Jane, Veronica Beard Veronica Beard Miller Dickey


Activewear retailer Bandier procures $34.4 mln

New York City-based Bandier, an activewear retailer, has raised $34.4 million in funding. The investors included C Ventures and Eurazeo Brands, which is taking a minority stake in Bandier. Ohana & Co advised Bandier on the transaction. PRESS RELEASE Eurazeo, a leading global investment company with approximately €17 billion in assets under management, is pleased to announce a minority investment in Bandier, a luxury, multi-brand activewear retailer offering the latest trends in fashion and fitne...
Tags: New York, Texas, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Manhattan, Lazarus, New York Ny, Jennifer, Frye, Neil, Jenn, Ann Taylor, Southampton NY, VC Deals, Intermix


Shoppers Have Spoken: These Are The Best White Button Downs For Every Style And Body

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star & up only club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.We've read that the late, great Karl Lagerfeld owned over 1,000 of his now-iconic Hilditch & Key white button-down shirts. Can you blame him? Once you find a white button-down that fits your body and the needs of your wardrobe, you're committed for life. The beauty of this ...
Tags: Amazon, Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Karl Lagerfeld, Sally, Ann Taylor, Hilditch Key, Ann TaylorWhat, Lee Indigo Bella Easy Care Woven Shirt, Phoebe Yohji, Ellie May Everlane


23 Turtleneck Dresses That Strike The Perfect Balance Between Cute & Cozy

Unpopular opinion: Turtlenecks are actually quite sexy. There's a tendency to pigeonhole the style by its functionality but, just because it envelopes you with warmth (thanks for that, trusty high-neck knit buddy!), doesn't automatically translate to prim modesty — especially when it comes in the form of a dress. Now, a popular opinion: Style doesn't have to be sacrificed for comfort. A turtleneck dress checks all the practical cold-weather style boxes while striking the perfect balance between...
Tags: Nordstrom, Fashion, Music, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zappos, Donna Karan, Asos, Anthropologie, Elizabeth, Ann Taylor, Eloquii, Lou Grey, Norma Kamali, Amazon Holiday, Everlane Casual, Signaturesoft Turtleneck Dolman Dress