Retail Prices Climbed in March
Just like gas, retail apparel prices rose 0.5 percent in March compared with February, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index showed Friday. The greatest price increase was in the boys’ apparel category (6.2% in the month and 10.4% over last March), followed by women’s apparel prices which increased 0.3% in March. On a year-over-year basis, all apparel retail prices were 4.9% higher than in March 2011.
Within the women’s category, the biggest hike came in one of the hotter fashion categories, dresses, which rose a seasonally adjusted 8.8% in March compared with February and were 15.3% above prices in March 2011. Oh joy. Good thing pants are back in style.
Stacy London Launches Style For Hire Today
Can’t figure out what to wear today? Well we all know Stacy London will tell you “What Not To Wear.” Though starting today you can identify and hire stylists who will help you purge your closet of items that just don’t work, figure out new looks that flatter and go on a personal shopping trek to help you fill in the gaps in your wardrobe by using Style for Hire. Why should only famous folks use stylists? It’s a question we ask ourselves every day!
About 130 stylists are on Style for Hire’s roster today, and the company plans to add more as applicants get vetted and trained. Partner Cindy McLaughlin says she expects to have 400 stylists in the network by the end of this year and over 2,000 by the end of 2014. Service rates range from $65 to $300 an hour.
Marchesa for the Masses?
Could this be true? We can only hope so! LF USA, the U.S. arm of sourcing giant Li & Fung, is said to be in talks with Marchesa about the launch of a new contemporary line. WWD could not get further details at this time, but learned an announcement could be imminent. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Spa Week is Back!
It’s time for the bi-annual Spa Week! From April16-22 enjoy luxurious full-service spa treatments at the finest spas across North America for just $50 each! If you have not partaken in this yet, find out more about Spa Week April 2012 here!
Sources: WWD, Fast Company
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