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7 Ways the 2019 Holiday Shopping Season Will Be Unique

The stakes are high for the 2019 holiday shopping season.
Notably, the holiday shopping period from Thanksgiving to Christmas is six days shorter than 2018, giving brands and retailers less time to cash in.
To counter the time crunch, retailers and brands have been offering promotions and sales earlier than ever to give shoppers ample time to stock up on their holiday gifts. Cult-favorite skin-care brand Deciem, for one, is offering promotions throughout November.
Read on for seven ways the 2019 holiday shopping season will be different from past years.
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1. There’s a Shorter Holiday Shopping Season

Macy’s Herald Square flagship.
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With Black Friday falling on Nov. 29, the 2019 holiday shopping season is six days shorter than last year’s, meaning brands and retailers have less time to grab shoppers during the traditional holiday shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Some are countering this by extending the timeframe of the holiday shopping period to begin at the start of November with promotions and savings. RetailMeNot, a savings provider that connects consumer with retailers and brands, unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season on Nov. 7 with its new shopping “holiday,” Cash Back Day.
2. Consumers Are Shopping Early
As brands and

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Something Navy Is Hiring a Ghostwriter

Something Navy, the online platform created by influencer Arielle Charnas, is in the market for a ghost writer.
The 10-year-old brand has posted a number of job listings on its LinkedIn page, including ones for an art director, associate vice president of content operations, director of growth and CRM, and a UI UX designer. Most interesting, though, is the fact that Charnas is hiring a freelance ghost writer.
“You will create all written content for the web site, from long-form articles to Instagram stories,” reads Something Navy’s ghost writer job description, posted four days ago. “You will be writing articles based on topics like health + wellness, living, entertainment, news, work & motherhood, fashion and beauty. This person will help shape and guide how Something Navy and its impact can grow into those spaces, delivering on those promises with fresh content, tools and discussion every day and creating great context and articles.”
Ghost writing is a common practice in the fashion and beauty industries, though it’s rare to see an influencer, whose brand is predicated on maintaining a transparent and genuine relationship with her followers, searching for a ghost writer on a public platform.
A member of the Something Navy team did not immediately

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Nike Responds to Elite Runner Mary Cain’s Allegations, Starts Investigation

In response to elite runner Mary Cain’s allegations of forced weight loss and public shaming by former coach Alberto Salazar at a now-disbanded Nike-supported running program, Nike has started an investigation into the matter.
Cain aired her claims in an oped New York Times video Thursday: “I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike.” The seven-minute video had nearly 317,000 views as of Friday afternoon. A teenage running sensation and former Olympic hopeful, Cain signed with the Nike-backed team in 2013. She alleged that Salazar publicly shamed her for not being thin enough and described how weight loss was fundamental to the program. The New York-based athlete claimed when she told Salazar and a sport psychologist after a meet in May 2015 that she had been cutting herself [as a form of self-harm], “they pretty much told me they wanted to go to bed.” Cain said she then informed her parents of the situation and left on the first available flight.
When asked for comment regarding Cain’s allegations Friday, a Nike spokesman issued the following statement: “These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon

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Nike Responds to Elite Runner Mary Cain’s Allegations, Starts Investigation

In response to elite runner Mary Cain’s allegations of forced weight loss and public shaming by former coach Alberto Salazar at a now-disbanded Nike-supported running program, Nike has started an investigation into the matter.
Cain aired her claims in an oped New York Times video Thursday: “I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike.” The seven-minute video had nearly 317,000 views as of Friday afternoon. A teenage running sensation and former Olympic hopeful, Cain signed with the Nike-backed team in 2013. She alleged that Salazar publicly shamed her for not being thin enough and described how weight loss was fundamental to the program. The New York-based athlete claimed when she told Salazar and a sport psychologist after a meet in May 2015 that she had been cutting herself [as a form of self-harm], “they pretty much told me they wanted to go to bed.” Cain said she then informed her parents of the situation and left on the first available flight.
When asked for comment regarding Cain’s allegations Friday, a Nike spokesman issued the following statement: “These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon

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Armani Secures Top Retail Space in Milan

NEW HOME: The Armani Group has secured a key location to enhance its retail network in Milan.
On Friday, the company won the bid for the rental of a 3,250-square-foot store in the city’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. According to a statement released by the municipality of Milan, the fashion house beat the competition of Prada and Tod’s with an offer of 1.9 million euros a year to secure the 18-year lease of the space, which was formerly occupied by Italian telecommunications firm TIM.
The group already counts a store dedicated to Giorgio Armani accessories in the renowned shopping arcade, but the lease on that unit will expire in 2020. The company said the space will be dedicated to the Giorgio Armani line but has not disclosed which product categories will be available in the store.
The deal for the location came at the end of an auction that saw the offer raised 24 times after a starting price of 670,440 euros. This was the first time the municipality did not operate through a blind auction to sell leases in the arcade, given the unit’s prominent position, which overlooks the central octagon of the gallery.
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Armani Secures Top Retail Space in Milan

NEW HOME: The Armani Group has secured a key location to enhance its retail network in Milan.
On Friday, the company won the bid for the rental of a 3,250-square-foot store in the city’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. According to a statement released by the municipality of Milan, the fashion house beat the competition of Prada and Tod’s with an offer of 1.9 million euros a year to secure the 18-year lease of the space, which was formerly occupied by Italian telecommunications firm TIM.
The group already counts a store dedicated to Giorgio Armani accessories in the renowned shopping arcade, but the lease on that unit will expire in 2020. The company said the space will be dedicated to the Giorgio Armani line but has not disclosed which product categories will be available in the store.
The deal for the location came at the end of an auction that saw the offer raised 24 times after a starting price of 670,440 euros. This was the first time the municipality did not operate through a blind auction to sell leases in the arcade, given the unit’s prominent position, which overlooks the central octagon of the gallery.
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Selena Gomez and 6-Year-Old Sister Gracie Wear Matching Marc Jacobs on the Red Carpet

Selena Gomez stole the show at the “Frozen II” premiere, thanks to a twinning moment with younger sister Gracie.
The singer attended the film premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday night wearing matching “Frozen”-inspired looks with six-year-old sister, Gracie Teefey. The sisters were both in a Marc Jacobs prairie dress and jeweled and feathered cape from the designer’s fall 2019 collection and in matching Pandora jewelry.
“Hope I’m officially the best big sissy ever now,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “She was LIVING her best life!! ‘Frozen 2′ was amazing!!!”

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Hope I’m officially the best big sissy ever now.. she was LIVING her best life!! Frozen 2 was amazing!!! Styled by: @kateyoung @marcjacobs Glam: @marissa.marino @makeupbymelissam birthed by: @mandyteefey 💙
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The matching looks were styled by Kate Young, who looked to Marc Jacobs because the designer also creates kids’ clothing. Young stated the twinning moment was Gomez’s idea.
“She said she wanted to match her sister for the ‘Frozen’ premiere, so I thought about what would be fun for both of them,” Young told WWD. “Selena tried the dress in New York last

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Selena Gomez and 6-Year-Old Sister Gracie Wear Matching Marc Jacobs on the Red Carpet

Selena Gomez stole the show at the “Frozen II” premiere, thanks to a twinning moment with younger sister Gracie.
The singer attended the film premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday night wearing matching “Frozen”-inspired looks with six-year-old sister, Gracie Teefey. The sisters were both in a Marc Jacobs prairie dress and jeweled and feathered cape from the designer’s fall 2019 collection and in matching Pandora jewelry.
“Hope I’m officially the best big sissy ever now,” Gomez wrote on Instagram. “She was LIVING her best life!! ‘Frozen 2′ was amazing!!!”

View this post on Instagram

Hope I’m officially the best big sissy ever now.. she was LIVING her best life!! Frozen 2 was amazing!!! Styled by: @kateyoung @marcjacobs Glam: @marissa.marino @makeupbymelissam birthed by: @mandyteefey 💙
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Nov 7, 2019 at 10:15pm PST

The matching looks were styled by Kate Young, who looked to Marc Jacobs because the designer also creates kids’ clothing. Young stated the twinning moment was Gomez’s idea.
“She said she wanted to match her sister for the ‘Frozen’ premiere, so I thought about what would be fun for both of them,” Young told WWD. “Selena tried the dress in New York last

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James Whiteside Takes the Heat at Thom Browne

FLASH DANCE: James Whiteside certainly loves a challenge: The principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater arrived in Paris at 6 a.m. on Saturday ahead of his smashing performance on Thom Browne’s men’s runway. As soon as the show ended he was headed back to New York for rehearsals for his day job: On Tuesday, he’ll be performing as Siegfried in Swan Lake. He called the Browne gig “an incredible opportunity” beyond what he’d ever dreamt of doing.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne
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On top of the jet lag, he had to deal with the oppressive heat at the show, which took place under a big glass ceiling inside the Beaux-Arts. The temperature did not weigh on him though. “As a dancer I like to be hot — it’s good for the muscles,” he said.

James Whiteside on the catwalk at Thom Browne
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Whiteside, whose costume was a trompe l’oeil pinstripe suit on top, and a tutu on the bottom, said he’d welcome more opportunities like the Browne one. He said that as a gay man, he wants to go beyond playing “straight male characters” on stage and explore other roles. “I want to get

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Ralph Lauren’s Pay: $22.2 Million

The pay is good at the top of Ralph Lauren Corp.
Ralph Lauren, who is executive chairman and chief creative officer, saw total compensation of $22.2 million last fiscal year, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday. That marked a modest decline from $22.6 million a year earlier.
Lauren’s take included a salary of $1.8 million and incentive pay of $9.2 million. But the biggest portion of his compensation came in the form of stock awards pegged at $11 million, although he might not receive the full value given share-price fluctuations.
The company’s president and chief executive officer, Patrice Louvet, received compensation of $13.9 million, including a salary of $1.3 million, $5.2 million in incentive pay and $7.3 million in stock awards.
That actually marked a steep decline for the ceo, who logged pay of $23.8 million the year before, his first with the company.

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Jordan Brand Taps Jayson Tatum as Ambassador

SLAM DUNK: Leveraging the buzz from Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Jordan Brand on Friday announced the addition of Jayson Tatum and Rui Hachimura to its roster of basketball ambassadors.
With rows of white balls on sticks greeting visitors, the event took place in a hôtel particulier in the city’s 5th arrondissement dubbed the House of Jumpman, featuring a makeshift faux basketball court in the courtyard.
“I’ve been wearing Jordans since before I could walk…just getting [Michael Jordan’s] approval to come to the brand was really big for me because he’s the greatest of all time,” Tatum told WWD.
The St. Louis native, who was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, joins a family of more than 50 athlete ambassadors linked to the Nike Inc.-owned brand across multiple sporting disciplines, including Maya Moore, Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin, who were also present at the event.
The slickly groomed and heavily inked Tatum, who sported a pair of neon yellow “Flyknit 4s” by the brand, hinted at his own design aspirations. “Coming over to Jordan, there’s a lot of creativity. I definitely want to tap into that and tell my own stories,” he said.

Jayson Tatum
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Tommy Hilfiger to Pop Into Rockaway Beach on Saturday

Tommy Hilfiger is popping into Rockaway Beach this weekend.
In a move to focus on a personalized, hyperlocalized approach to shopping for the next-gen consumer, Hilfiger will have a pop-up at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., on Saturday, June 22.
This is part of Hilfiger’s larger retail strategy to plan short-term and long-term pop-up stores that meet the next-gen customers where they are.
The one-day pop-up will operate from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The activation will consist of a temporary beachside stand selling Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Jeans product that lends itself to tie-dye customization. All items, except pool slides, will be dyeable and available pre-dyed with the option to dye on-site.
The offerings consist of women’s bodysuits retailing for $60 and bikini underwear for $20; men’s cotton low-rise trunks for $28, Ts for $30 and $40, unisex socks for $12, and slides for $35.
On-site photographers will take pictures of consumers at the event with Polaroid cameras and instantly deliver the photos to guests in TH branded packaging. Tie-dye designer Abbie De Castro from Smalls Studio will be on-site to create one-of-a-kind product from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Adidas Responds to Article Highlighting a Lack of Diversity in the North American Corporate Office

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: In the wake of a New York Times article that highlighted the lack of diversity at Adidas’ North American headquarters in Portland, Ore., the athletic company acknowledged “there is much more work to be done, and we are committed to doing it.”
The extensive article noted there are three black people among the roughly 340 Adidas vice presidents internationally. There are 75 black employees at Adidas’ 1,700-person head office in North America. Twenty current and former black employees said the corporate culture contradicts the brand’s image which is reliant on such high-profile personalities as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and James Harden.
In a statement, Adidas said, “We are committed to fostering a respectful, equitable, and inclusive environment for all Adidas employees around the world. It’s crucial that we have and support a diverse workforce that represents a variety of ideas, strengths, interests and backgrounds and that we promote an open culture where all of our people can fully contribute. We value all of our employees, are stronger because of their unique perspectives and are dedicated to achieving greater diversity at every level of the company.”
“We actively evaluate and seek to strengthen our programs and policies to ensure we are recruiting, retaining and

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