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Geek Fashion

Her Universe on TV

Lionsgate will launch the reality series “Her Universe Fashion Show” as the first original content on its Comic-Con International subscription streaming service next year. The show will follow contestants as they design outfits and plan to model them at Comic-Con next year…

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Retailers

London Calling

British luxury retailer Liberty London is popping in for a visit at Nordstrom. The U.K. retailer’s Flowers of Liberty line of home décor, accessories and gifts is available stateside for the first time through a “Pop-In Shop” at select Nordstrom stores and online…

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Retail Sales

Mixed Bag for Retail

Retail sales in June were down 0.2% month-to-month but up a robust 3.1% year-over-year…

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Retail

Walmart Slaps Suppliers with New Fees

If you supply goods, licensed or otherwise, to Walmart, you may have to start shelling out fees to the company for stocking your items in its new stores and/or holding your goods as inventory in its warehouses…

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Fashion

Branding, Island Style

Two brands that embrace a beach lifestyle, Tommy Bahama and Maui Jim, are summering together. Maui Jim polarized sunglasses will be sold at all Tommy Bahama stores and online, marking the first time that Tommy Bahama will sell a branded product other than its own…

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Retail

Sears’ Plans Not Friendly to Licensing

Sears/Kmart plans to use funds from real estate sales to transform the company from “outdated traditional store” to one that uses digital technology and personal data to engage customers and find out what they want to buy. While it doesn’t eliminate brick-and-mortar, the plan presages store closings, smaller inventories, and less shelf space for licensed apparel, toys, and other goods…

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Restaurants

Margaritaville Coming to HSN

HSN is teaming with Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Enterprises to bring a line of new Margaritaville-inspired cooking, home, electronics, beauty and apparel products to HSN and HSN Inc. Cornerstone division brands, Frontgate and Travelsmith…

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Entertainment/Character

Avengers Dress Up Hot Topic

Mall retailer Hot Topic is going all out Avengers as the exclusive merchant for a new fashion line tied to Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Retail

Target’s Pulitzer Problem

It seemed a major coup for mass merchant Target to have signed high- end designer Lilly Pulitzer for an exclusive fashion and home line. But it wasn’t all triumph for “Tar-jay” when the 250-piece Lilly Pulitzer collection launched April 19. Within hours (and in some stores, minutes), crazed customers had plucked the shelves clean. Online traffic was so great that…

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Retail

Retail Notes

Retail news from Books-A-Million, Target Canda, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics…

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