Retail Recap, Part Two

Kevin Hansen (right) with Michael Chilton

We asked specialty store buyers from Stag, Martinpatrick3 and Badowers about what they liked in New York and what they’ll look for in Las Vegas.

JCPenney Board Battles Shareholder Ackman

JCPenney

JCPenney chairman Thomas Engibous issues an angry statement on behalf of the board responding to major shareholder William Ackman’s push for a new CEO and nomination of Allen Questrom as chairman.

Out From Under

Tommy Hilfiger underwear

By playing up fashion and performance, smart retailers are growing underwear sales and profits.

Sal Cesarani in “Smarter Brains” documentary

Sal Cesarani on Smarter Brains

Designer Sal Cesarani is going to appear in a PBS documentary about learning and the brain.

David Hart spring 2014 preview

David Hart spring/summer 2014

David Hart’s spring/summer 2014 collection was inspired by 1950s tourism, with a healthy dash of Hawaiian prints.

Hudson’s Bay buying Saks for $2.9 billion

Saks Fifth Avenue

Hudson’s Bay Company, the owner of Lord & Taylor and Canada’s Hudson’s Bay department store, will buy Saks Inc. for $2.9 billion ($16 per share).

Cone Denim adding more vintage looms

Cone Denim Shuttle Looms

Cone Denim has begun installation of a number of vintage American Draper X3 shuttle looms to increase selvage denim capacity in its White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C.

Robert Talbott promotes two, hires four

Robert Talbott

Robert Talbott has made some new hires and promotions in its merchandising and design teams.

Samuelsohn buys Hickey Freeman

Samuelsohn has acquired the assets and factory for the Hickey Freeman brand from W. Diamond Group and begun a 40-year license for the brand with its owner, Authentic Brands Group.

Men’s Wearhouse acquires Joseph Abboud

Joseph Abboud

Men’s Wearhouse will buy J.A. Apparel and the Joseph Abboud brand, for $97.5 million in cash. Joseph Abboud will exit the wholesale business and become an exclusive Men’s Wearhouse brand.