The Rack: a short term boost at the expense of long term brand equity? | Suzi Pratt (Getty Images for Nordstrom Inc.)
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Nordstrom’s off-price strategy is becoming a problem.

Is the department store prioritizing short term gains over long term stability and brand equity? (274 words)

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Reformation's new SF showroom is a mix between Tesla and Bonobos | Reformation
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Regina Connell: “The solution for big retail lies in thinking small.”

Consumer behaviors are shifting, and e-commerce has brought on much anxiety. But a great deal of the damage has been self-inflicted. (1,077 words)

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Community and commerce | The Commons
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For the future of the American mall, look to Bangkok.

The American shopping mall is dying, but one development in Thailand is showing them the future. (409 words)

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Rollie goodness | Hodinkee
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The anti-bling era is in full force: Shoppers prefer pre-owned rarities now.

The pre-owned market is surging – further proof that today’s ‘anti-bling’ movement is just as strong as ever. (382 words)

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Perfume smorgasbord | Notes from a Stylist
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Scouted: How Estée Lauder’s ownership is finally impacting retail strategy at Le Labo.

We finally get a look at how Lauder’s ownership is steering strategy for the Manhattan-based fragrance firm. (340 words)

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Aesop, properly done | Cigue
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Aesop’s new store locations are often based on ‘gut feeling’ – not demographics.

Aesop general manager Thomas Buisson explains the Aesop retail approach. (304 words)

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Under Amour, one firm that doesn't suffer from a lack of product-driven innovation | UA
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Caraa CEO Aaron Luo: Startups have given up on good, old-fashioned (non-tech) product innovation.

The tech world unilaterally favors digital, connected advancement, over true physical product innovation. That’s a problem, argues Caraa Sport CEO Aaron Luo. (694 words)

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Kevin Lavelle and the Mizzen+Main hounds | Photo credit: The Academy
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Standing up to bad customers – What it takes to build an ‘antifragile’ business.

Applying author Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s philosophy on antifragility to modern menswear business.

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Mr. Lavelle (R) with spokesman and NFL player JJ Watt | Photo: Mizzen+Main
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We don’t discount because American shoppers have an addiction to cheap junk we don’t need.

Men’s tailored performance brand Mizzen+Main is one of a growing number of modern luxury companies that don’t discount. CEO Kevin Lavelle explains why.

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Striking a pose | Photo: Lululemon
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The downward spiral: Why Everlane, Mizzen+Main, and Lululemon don’t discount.

Discounting is a drug. It’s ultimately just as bad for shoppers as it is for the brands that rely on them.

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