Women's Wear Daily

Mona Swanson to Join Michael Kors

Mona Swanson is joining Michael Kors in the role of vice president of communications, U.S., a new position at the company. Dinesh Kandiah will continue his role as vice president of global communications, developing communications and marketing worldwide. Both Swanson and Kandiah report to Francesca Leoni, senior vice president, chief brand officer. Swanson, who starts her new role Aug. 20, is joining Kors from Valentino, where she previously worked with Leoni as vice president of communications, U.S.

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Lands’ End Sees Fertile Grounds in New York

Lands’ End has opened its first New York store, in the Staten Island Mall, and is seeking other locations around the city. “We are exploring more options in the New York metropolitan area,” a spokeswoman told WWD. Lands’ End has previously operated holiday pop-up stores in Manhattan, but until Staten Island, didn’t have a permanent city door. The company is winding down its network of shops-in-shop inside Sears stores around the country and seeking to build up sales by rolling out stores. There are about 150 Lands’ End shops inside Sears, but by the end of the third quarter, no more than 132 will be operating. Lands’ End has 14 stores, including outlets. The next store opening will be in mid-September at Chimney Rock in Bridgewater, N.J. Staten Island is the third of the four to six stores Lands’ End plans to open in 2018. Earlier this year, Lands’ End opened stores in Kildeer, Ill., and Burlington, Mass. Lands’ End president and chief executive officer Jerome Griffith, previously said the new Kildeer store, which opened last April in an open-air center outside Chicago, is “the blueprint” for future freestanding stores. “Open-air centers seem to work for us,” Griffith said. “Our customer likes the convenience.

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Men’s Continues to Gain Ground as Sales Increase

LAS VEGAS — Men’s wear represents 40 percent of the global apparel market and continues to grow both in popularity and penetration for most retailers. With that experience as the backdrop, merchants shopping the shows here earlier this week were in upbeat spirits as they scoured the aisles for the latest trend-right product to fuel that men’s wear momentum heading into next year. Christine Wu, senior trend analyst for the Doneger Group, said the men’s wear market is projected to increase to $33 billion in sales by 2020, up 14 percent from $29 billion in 2015, the most recent figure available from Euromonitor International. Among the most popular categories are activewear-inspired pieces that offer performance and technology attributes, as well as streetwear, both at the designer and more democratically priced level. Patty Leto, senior vice president of merchandising for Doneger, said that in order to sustain the strong showing, retailers have to reach men on their own terms and provide a “targeted and more personal approach to the assortment.” This will require a “necessary recalibration” of the business. But because men’s wear doesn’t move that quickly, that recalibration will boil down to subtle updates of the current trends, notably nostalgia, outdoor lifestyle and

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Ashima Shiraishi Rocks On

The 17-year-old climber, who recently relocated from New York to Tokyo to train, is preparing to compete in the next Summer Olympics where rock climbing will be a recognized sport for the first time.

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