Women's Wear Daily

Richard B. von Maur, Co-chairman of Von Maur Department Store, 86

Richard Baldwin von Maur Jr., co-chairman of the family owned and run Von Maur department store chain, died Saturday of natural causes at the Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, where the company is based. Von Maur was 86. Memorial services will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 121 West 12th Street in Davenport. There will be a private burial service, and a memorial service is being planned for Naples, Fla., where von Maur spent much of his time. The company was founded in 1872 by von Maur’s grandfather, J.H.C. Petersen and his three sons. More than 50 years later, the von Maur family took complete ownership. Von Maur is a rarity in the retail business — a midsized independent department store chain. Moreover, it’s recently been opening stores at a time when much larger national department stores have been streamlining. Over the last several decades, most independent department stores either closed or were consolidated into publicly held retailers. Von Maur, along with his brother Charles, transformed a small downtown store to a midsized department store chain operating 33 units in 15 states as well as a chain of junior retail stores, Dry Goods, which has 37 stores. The

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Vuori to Expand Into Women’s Wear

  Vuori, a men’s activewear brand, is taking the plunge into women’s. The label, which was founded by Joe Kudla and has a coastal California aesthetic, had dabbled in women’s for the past several seasons, offering a few pieces, and the positive response prompted the addition of a full assortment for spring. The lineup will be focused on fitness and travel and will include performance shorts, jumpsuits and woven joggers that are intended to perform but still look chic.   A look from the inaugural Vuori women’s collection.  “Our community and active coastal California lifestyle inspire what we do everyday, from running, surfing, outdoor training and yoga,” Kudla said. “We always knew women’s would be an integral part of the Vuori brand. A combination of the right time in our business as well as consumer demand has led us to a place where we are thrilled to build a values-based, multigender brand. We feel we have been able to accomplish this new perspective on performance apparel for women even within a saturated, trend driven market.“ The spring collection will be sold at Nordstrom, REI, Core Power and on the Vuori web site. Prices will range from $84 for joggers and leggings; $58 for shorts, and $44 for

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