Esprit Recovers from Economic Hit Through Store Expansion

by Rachel Yeomans | August 26th, 2009

Global fashion retailer Esprit posted a 40 percent fall in second-half profit, primarily due to its losses throughout its European market. How will the company get out of its slump? Apparently by attempting to expand–already being the world’s No. 6 fashion retailer by market value, it will be interesting seeing the results of growth. Plans… Read more…

The September Issue. Magazine, Movie, and Fabulous Fashion

by Rachel Yeomans | August 26th, 2009

How many bitten nails are out there (including mine) resulting from anticipation for the premier of R.J. Cutler’s documentary The September Issue? This Friday will offer the inside-look into the mysterious and terrifying Vogue headmistress, Anna Wintour. The closest comparison we can glean is the bestselling novel and Hollywood hit, The Devil Wears Prada, rumored… Read more…

Question from a Reader: Manning the Job Interview

by Rachel Yeomans | August 26th, 2009

Inquiry: Do you have any pointers on what a man should wear in an interview? And should it make a difference if a woman is the interviewer or not (considering women have a much better eye for fashion)? I’ve been wearing deep dark colors over a black suit (no pin stripes) when women have been… Read more…

Gap Dresses Up Casual Friday

by Rachel Yeomans | August 25th, 2009

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Gap decided to go corporate. Not really “go” corporate–more like “infiltrate”. According to the Huffington Post, the clothing retailer garbed 1,200 New York Stock Exchange Traders in its new 1969 Premium Jeans this past Friday. You may remember a similar ad that Gap ran with the New York Stock Exchange… Read more…

What do Lululemon Athletica and Charlotte Russe Have in Common? Their Private Equity Firm.

by Rachel Yeomans | August 25th, 2009

Today’s Wall Street Journal declared that Boston-based private-equity firm Advent International Corp. is going to buy out teen clothing company Charlotte Russe. The selling price: $380 million. This may seem a risky turnover considering the competition offered by Forever 21 and H&M, however as Advent boasts having the workout retail haven Lululemon Athletica in its… Read more…

High ‘n Society. Strut Their Stuff in Savings

by Rachel Yeomans | August 25th, 2009

I’ve frequented many consignment stores in my day and still swear by a handful that have gifted me with affordable shearling winter coats and summer scarves. But there are times when the items I peruse are just a little too…worn. And viewed from the owner’s standpoint—what if I paid an amount I would never dare… Read more…

Spotlight Your Small Business

by Rachel Yeomans | August 20th, 2009

Step right up, and get rewarded for your big ideas! American Express and NBC Universal are currently accepting nominations for inspirational small business stories for their “Shine A Light” contest. The winning small business, which will be announced Oct. 19, will receive a $50,000 grant and $50,000 marketing support from American Express and will be… Read more…

Dream Work Wardrobe: Lanvin 2009 RTW

by Rachel Yeomans | August 18th, 2009

Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin in Paris, declared before the showcase of the Fall 2009 runway show, that in his heart “what women need from fashion—dresses, suits, blouses, coats. Life isn’t just parties and lunches.” Following suit came a breathtaking parade of gorgeous attire that any woman would kill to wear during the work… Read more…

Skinny September Issues: What Has Come of Our Fashion Magazines?

by Rachel Yeomans | August 18th, 2009

I just returned from a week-long vacation to escape the reality that floods my Inbox on a daily basis. In the airport on my way back home, I was looking forward to the issue of Harper’s Bazaar I grabbed at the airport gift shop to read on the airplane–I expected reality to come surging back… Read more…

Office Attire Poll: What Is Your Office Style?

by Rachel Yeomans | August 17th, 2009

As of late July, I sent out a poll through my LinkedIn profile asking my network of friends and colleagues what they personally preferred as the ideal office dress code. Here’s what I received so far. Here are the results: * Business Suit – 13% * Slacks and Blouse/Collared Shirt – 20% * Clean Jeans… Read more…