Gripes and Grievances: Junk mail, charitable shakedowns and stepping beyond one’s bounds—retailers have been getting on my nerves of late.
Work It: The new crop of work boots for Spring ’16 appeals to Millennials and the broader workforce alike with fresh technologies and a fashion-forward focus.
Here’s the Story: Solomon Dabah, president of Vida Brands—makers of Jambu, André Assous, Kensie, XOXO and Carter’s, among others—on how the family-owned company’s broad portfolio has become a go-to resource.
Jean Pool: Denim, the most democratic textile, lets fashionistas put the focus on their footwear, from boots to sneakers to sandals.
True Colors: Clean monochromatic kicks and sport brights look chic in the heat.
On Track: Elevated design details give classic hi-tops a rush.
Stack ‘Em High: Stacked wood heels reflect a more refined ’70s-era aesthetic.
On the Retail Couch: Brand psychologist Karen Reuther weighs in on how to meet your muse and more success strategies.
Service, Please: Putting on the Ritz: The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain is legendary for its stellar service. Here, Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center VP Diana Oreck shares a simple plan for putting those fabled service principles to work in your store.
Rave On: Chris Gallagher, president and CEO of Vionic Group, on why the comfort brand’s market-disrupter premise is drawing rave reviews to the tune of double-digit sales gains.
A Call to Action: Deckers Brands CEO Angel Martinez calls on retailers to meet the ongoing consumer shopping revolution head-on, incorporating the latest technologies while embracing their unique tactile advantages.
A Charmed Life: Savile row fabrics add a sophisticated polish to contemporary silhouettes.
Life After Normcore: Rumors are swirling that the anti-fashion movement may be on its way out. Here’s what could be coming next.
Straight from the Source: Sourcing expert Larry Paparo, president and CEO of LJP International, licensee for Nine West Kids, Mootsies Tootsies and Robert Graham, on how its recipe of trust, experience, common sense and old-fashioned hard work is driving growth.
The Future is Now: Mirror technologies, showroom formats, in-store customization programs—the shopping revolution is upon us.
London Gentry: Dapper and debonair dudes sport their style A game.
Future Perfect: Crystal ball-gazing with eBay tech guru Steve Yankovich.
Salvage Beauty: Transitional boots with perforations, cut-out details, color pops and sculpted heels bridge spring sales until sandal weather arrives.
Tech Bunch: Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, on how its custom orthotics, foot scanning and footwear divisions offer meaningful points of differentiation in an increasingly homogenous comfort footwear landscape.
Millennials at Work: As the workplace continues to change dramatically, Millennials need versatility when it comes to occupational footwear.
Shoot to Thrill: Always going the extra visual mile to inform as well as inspire.