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A Tectonic Shift

Welcome to the new retail landscape Overall, the apparel/retail industry experienced a challenging first half, a tough third quarter... and then things got worse. It wasn’t the weather. It wasn’t the weather or the strength of the American dollar. Nor was it product assortment or brand relevance or fear of terrorism, although all of these contributed to the challenge. 2015 was the retail apparel industry’s most promotional year on record yet stores continued to brim with too much inventory, and too few shoppers. The word “disruption” is too moderate to describe what is occurring. The retail landscape is in a state of upheaval, a tectonic shift, and the new landscape will not resemble anything we have previously known.

Why Dressing for Success Leads to Success

New research points that the old adage of dressing for the job you want may have truth to it. 
By Ray A. Smith, Wall Street Journal
Dress better, work better?
A number of recent studies suggest that dressing up for work in a suit or blazer could do wonders for an employee’s productivity, whether going into a negotiation, making a sales call or even participating in a videoconference with business associates.
Using a number of measures, including simulated business meetings at which subjects wore formal and more casual clothing, the studies offer indications that wearing nicer clothes may raise one’s confidence level, affect how others perceive the wearer, and in some cases even boost the level of one’s abstract thinking, the type in which leaders and executives engage.

Donald Trump Renews Attacks on Macy's

Donald Trump Renews Attacks on Macy'sFortune Magazine The Republican candidate again calls for boycott It must have gotten under Donald Trump’s skin.
But no sooner had Macy’s M0.12%stock risen 3% on a better than expected set of holiday quarter financial results, did the Republican presidential candidate slam his former business partner on the campaign trail, saying the department store didn’t have America’s best interests at heart and renewing his call to boycott.

Vintage Dress, Size 2, Lightly Worn, 5500 Years Old

Great styles are timeless. Ever dig through a stack of unremarkable vintage items in search for a rare find? Archeologists at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London were sorting through a pile of antique linens sent for conservation from the Petrie Museum and uncovered the world’s oldest woven garment, the “Tarkhan Dress.”

The Geeks of Today vs. The Nerds of Yesterday

Having been recently labeled an industry “geek,” I feel compelled to understand more about the designation. (MR Magazine, February Issue)  Geeks are everywhere, you probably know one. They come in every race, creed, gender, nationality and engage in every field of endeavor, even men's fashion.  They seek information, then connect seemingly unconnected dots, they challenge the status quo, then know the difference between opinions and facts... and that facts can change based upon context.

SCHMOOZING: Randa Celebrates in Las Vegas

Randa throws M&M party at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas during MAGIC/PROJECT.

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Thanks you MR-Magazine:

"Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay was the new locale for everyone’s favorite Vegas party, thrown by Randa. As always, the event featured VIP retailers from top stores at all levels of distribution as well as key execs from Randa’s prestigious licensors. There was lots of talk about the elections, the weather, the stock market and, of course, the accelerating pace of change in the menswear industry. Thank goodness, Randa’s market parties are a constant!"

The Secret Tool Of High-Powered Consultants

It was hot in the cave. The journey had been long, clandestine and desperate. He was not a believer, yet all other resources had been depleted and proved of little value, an answer was essential.  Sales had slowed, margins were challenged, competition fierce, the market disrupted: a new strategy and radical tactics were required and no-one knew which path to choose. He could not, and would not, come back empty handed.

Uniqlo Pick-Up Service at 7-Eleven: Anomaly or Trend?

Do you ever find yourself at the one-stop convenience store 7-Eleven thinking, I'd could really use a pair of skinny jeans with a little extra stretch with this here Slurpee. Well, you're in luck! 
The omnipresent Japanese basics brand Uniqlo announced today that on February 16th customers who made purchases online will be able to pick-up their oxford shirts or Heattech layers or lightweight puffer jackets at their local 7-Eleven, reports WWD. The service will be offered at no additional cost and is being piloted at a whopping 5,700 stores in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitma before a wider release.

Dockers at 30: More Than Just Pants

Belts, ties, wallets, hats, gloves, and scarves from Randa. Lime-green carry-on suitcases by Olivet, quilted barn jackets by G-III, boxer briefs by Mad Projects — these are just a few of the products bearing the Dockers name and contributing to the full brand aesthetic.