Retail

Kristen Marano

These Laos-Based Designs Are the Opposite of Fast Fashion

When I shop, I want to know how the pieces I like are made. I look at the tag. I ask where the fabrics are from. I read about the designer. These details reveal the process of a piece that earns a hanger in my closet. This is what separates Heather Smith's designs of Laos-based shop Passa Paa from fast fashion retailers and puts a value on owning her pieces.
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Even With Dov Charney Gone, I Won't Buy American Apparel

American Apparel founder and CEO Dov Charney, was ousted from his very own company spread like wildfire this morning. And it was predictably greeted with major glee among most of my feminist friends, who've had enough with this guy's gag-inducing sexist marketing campaigns, as well as his own personal conduct with employees. I still have no intention of ever purchasing anything from them in the future. Ousting Dov Charney may have been the right decision to make, American Apparel executive board members, but that's not why you finally got rid of him.
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Walmart Canada Slashing Jobs

TORONTO - Walmart Canada has confirmed that it laid off hundreds of employees across the country earlier this month in a move to rework its management structure.The Arkansas-based retailer says it eli...
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Sears Canada On The Selling Block?

TORONTO - Sears is considering selling its struggling Canadian operations, a move that will likely lead to the closure of its brick-and-mortar stores in this country and make room for a new retailer t...
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Canadian Retail Sales Up: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.5 per cent to $41.0 billion in February.The agency says gains were reported in seven of 11 subsectors, representing 56 per cent of total sales.Exclu...
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The Dangerous Mistake U.S. Retailers Make in Canada

More than a mere few US retailers assume that expanding into Canada, because of its relatively small population (the population of California alone, at about 38 million, is larger than Canada's roughly 35 million), is akin to expanding into just another state. Making this assumption -- blindsided by the admittedly vast similarities across all walks of life -- is downright dangerous.