Tag: Shopping and Retail

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Asbestos-Tainted Baby Powder

Johnson & Johnson is recalling a shipment of baby powder after the Food and Drug Administration discovered evidence of asbestos, the company said on Friday, after months spent denying the presence of the carcinogen in its talc-based products. In a test, the regulator found trace levels of chrysotile asbestos in samples from a bottle of […]

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Australian Booksellers Block Sales of Ronan Farrow’s Book

SYDNEY, Australia — Two of Australia’s biggest online booksellers have suspended sales of Ronan Farrow’s new book after one of the men who is prominent in it threatened legal action. The book, “Catch and Kill,” which details Farrow’s investigation of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, was unavailable on Booktopia, a major Australian online book retailer, […]

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Barneys Bidding Starts, and It’s a Bet on the Future of Shopping

A bidding war may be about to begin for Barneys New York, the beleaguered luxury department store chain that declared bankruptcy in August and became a cautionary tale of retail hubris and the death of shopping as we once knew it. One buyer could mean the liquidation of all of the retailer’s stores, while another […]

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The California Fur Ban and What It Means for You

So California has become the first state to ban fur. This sounds draconian. What does that actually mean? It is true that on Friday the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed AB44 into law, which bans sales of new clothing and accessories (handbags, shoes, pompoms, key chains, you know) made of fur. But that does not […]

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This Street is New York’s Best-Kept Men’s Wear Secret

True story: A few weeks ago I was at Totokaelo, trying on a black Bode lace overshirt, attempting to rationalize the $500-or-so price tag. It didn’t help that in the fitting room next to me was a guy who, as his mother was picking clothes for him, was chatting to the sales clerk about how […]

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Why Trump Just Made Your Dinner More Expensive

American shoppers may not have paid close attention to a 15-year controversy involving generous subsidies that the European Union provided Airbus, its largest aircraft manufacturer. But that long-running dispute between Europe and the United States is about to turn up at the supermarket. The Trump administration said on Wednesday that, starting Oct. 18, it will […]

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She’s 8 Years Old. Her Superpower? Creating Anti-Bullying Comics.

Most comic book stores would frown upon their customers sitting on their floor and reading, but Loot is not like other shops. Here its young clientele — who would not qualify for most amusement park rides — was intently reading comics, discussing them or hard at work making their own. The Brooklyn business is geared […]

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Woodbury Common: Bargain Hunting in the Fashion Afterlife

They come by car and park in color-coded garages set along the perimeter of a cluster-model mall — stores arranged in Stepford neighborhood groupings: Niagara, Hudson Valley, Saratoga. The shops face inward around a series of walkways leading to open-air commons, framed by the pastoral backdrop of low wooded hills. They come by the millions, […]

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Bargain Hunting in the Fashion Afterlife

They come by car and park in color-coded garages set along the perimeter of a cluster-model mall — stores arranged in Stepford neighborhood groupings: Niagara, Hudson Valley, Saratoga. The shops face inward around a series of walkways leading to open-air commons, framed by the pastoral backdrop of low wooded hills. They come by the millions, […]

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Japan Raises Taxes on Its Spenders Despite Growth Worries

TOKYO — Yasuo Sugiuchi can’t avoid death, but he knew that — if he hurried — he would be able to escape taxes. The 52-year-old owner of a home repair business rushed to buy a new familial cemetery plot to beat a tax increase that could have a profound impact on the country’s spenders. Japan […]

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Forever 21, Which Helped Popularize Fast Fashion, to File for Bankruptcy

Forever 21, the California retailer that helped popularize fast fashion in the United States with its bustling stores and $5 tops, said on Sunday night that it would file for bankruptcy, a sign of the eroding power of shopping malls and the shifting tastes of young consumers. The private, family-held company capped months of speculation […]

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5 Stabbed at Hunt Valley Mall Near Baltimore, Police Say

Five people were stabbed at a Baltimore-area shopping center on Saturday, the police said. Their injuries were not life-threatening and the attacker was fatally shot by officers, the Baltimore County Police Department said on Twitter. The victims were taken to hospitals. On Twitter, the police said they were called to the Hunt Valley Towne Center, […]

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Was the Gap Ever Cool? A Look at 50 Years in Denim and Khaki

In 1969, Donald Fisher was a 40-year-old real estate professional who had a big problem finding Levi’s that fit him properly. His solution became the Gap. Fisher and his wife, Doris, opened the first location of the retail chain on Ocean Avenue in San Francisco, a short walk from the state university campus. For three […]

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Madewell Diverges From J. Crew as a Darling of Casual America

When J. Crew started opening Madewell stores in 2006, the company declared that its new brand would deliver “real, honest women’s clothes” for hip 20- and 30-somethings. “Not too trendy, not too girly, just cool clothes infused with a modern upbeat attitude,” it said in a release at the time, promoting the worn-in feel of […]

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Train Delayed? Relax With a Bolivian Pastry and Bubble Tea

Crowded, loud and gritty are qualities frequently associated with New York’s subway system. A place to relax with an ethnic dish and a cocktail, and perhaps browse a boutique shop? Not so much. But if a retail overhaul by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority succeeds, those kinds of leisure activities will become more common. In an […]

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Casper Dreams of Being Bigger Than Mattresses

Neil Parikh hadn’t been getting a lot of rest, and it showed. It was deep into the afternoon, and Mr. Parikh, a founder of the direct-to-consumer mattress start-up Casper, was looking at the menu of a Midtown Manhattan coffee shop, debating whether it was too late for another cappuccino. “This whole week, basically, I’ve been […]

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Forever 21, Losing Young Shoppers, Is Said to Be Near Bankruptcy Filing

Forever 21, the fast-fashion retailer that spread its gospel of $5 shirts and $15 dresses from Southern California to hundreds of malls around the world, is preparing to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, according to three people with knowledge of its plans. The privately held retailer, which has been in restructuring talks for […]

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Epstein Looms Over Speech by Billionaire Behind Victoria’s Secret

With investors and analysts gathered in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday for a day of presentations and store tours by the company that owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, Leslie H. Wexner, its chief executive and founder, spoke publicly for the first time about his longtime ties to Jeffrey Epstein. “More than a decade […]

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