Aug
 10
 2017



Christopher

Hello,

Happy Thursday. The last 24 hours haven't exactly been ones that will live in fashion-news history but today's The Spin is still worth a read. Today you'll see why Las Vegas is bucking the overall retail downturn, how Adidas is reducing its store presence in Russia and maybe even get inspired to apply for an open job at Under Armour. Enjoy! Best, Christopher



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Vegas beats the odds. Despite signs of a retail apocalypse most everywhere else, the retail scene on the Las Vegas Strip seems to be one that is thriving in both a literal and figurative desert. Wynn Resorts building a new 75,000-sq.-foot shopping complex and $1.13 billion dollar sale of Crystals Mall in March are two examples of a robust retail environment there. Experts say this may be due to the fact that many stores there have embraced the modern trend of experiential retail.


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Sign off. Here's an update on a story we ran on Tuesday: A protest to remove a neon sign saying "Send me nudes" in a Missguided store in England was successful. The retailer has taken down the sign after more than 9,000 people signed an online petition demanding that it do so because they said the words encouraged young women to expose themselves online.



Lidl-Klum sneak peek. German retailer Lidl offered the media a first look at its Heidi Klum clothing collection that it will officially launch at New York Fashion Week next month and make available in stores on September 21. Called "Asmara by Heidi Klum: Heidi and the City," it features 18 pieces of low-priced clothes, shoes and accessories.





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Russian reduction. Citing reduced sales in Russia prompted by Western sanctions and low oil prices, Adidas is radically reducing its retail footprint there. The German sportswear giant has already closed more than 100 stores in Russia in 2017 and expects to shutter at least 50 more by year's end. It operated 840 outlets there as of March 2017.



Exploring Israeli fashion. Since 1999 the Taglit-Birthright Israel organization has allowed young adult Jews from around the world to visit the Jewish State by awarding free-of-charge trips to applicants. Now, thanks to a newly launched program extension called Fascinating Israel these scholarship-like trips of discovery and heritage can also include a fashion component. After the standard 10-day trip to Israel, participants stay an extra four and are completely immersed in Israel's fashion scene by meeting with famous designers, taking traditional embroidery classes and creating outfits for an Israeli online retailer.





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Farfetch snags Sewell. Online retailer Farfetch has named (paywall) Yasmin Sewell as its president of style and creative, a newly created role. She formerly served as fashion director of Style.com, which Farfetch purchased from Condé Nast two months ago and immediately shuttered and incorporated into its own platform. Sewell will oversee content and the site's overall styling.



PR-ing Plank. Six months after its CEO Kevin Plank incited criticism and threats of a boycott after he praised President Trump in a TV interview, sportswear giant Under Armour is still searching (paywall) for someone to help him better spin his messaging to the press. The company has been looking to fill the newly created position of vice president of corporate communications since this spring. The focus of the new role is "CEO positioning" and to present Plank as a "visionary and innovative leader."





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Kiwi couture collection. A local council in Otago, New Zealand has provided additional funding and is exploring options on how to best care for and display that country's largest collection of couture fashion from the 1970s and 1980s. The garments were collected by a local farmer and are now at the risk of becoming damaged after being kept in storage ever since the council purchased them from his surviving nephew four years ago.







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