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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Linda Greer’s Views on Sustainability

These conversations started with one primary question: How does a manufacturing-based industry like fashion reconcile sustainability with growth? From there, numerous industry leaders in the forefront of the drive toward increased environmental consciousness wended in all sorts of provocative directions. Here is environmental scientist Linda Greer's take.

Bridget Foley’s Diary: Eileen Fisher’s Views on Sustainability

These conversations started with one primary question: How does a manufacturing-based industry like fashion reconcile sustainability with growth? From there, numerous industry leaders in the forefront of the drive toward increased environmental consciousness wended in all sorts of provocative directions. Here's Eileen Fisher's take.

Off-White Gets Into Fine Arts at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue likes its exclusives. The luxury retailer has partnered with Virgil Alboh’s Off-White and its Fine Arts capsule collection of men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, sneakers, handbags and soft accessories, which is getting full exposure on saks.com and at the Saks flagship. The Fifth Avenue windows showcase the collection as well as an art-inspired visual installation designed for Saks by Off-White. Saks chief merchant Tracy Margolies and Abloh are hosting a private dinner tonight at L’Avenue at Saks to celebrate Saks’ exclusive launch of the collection. Priced from $130 to $1,585, the Fine Arts collection is inspired by architecture, music, painting, literature, sculpture and acting. Off-White was launched online in late 2013, held its first showroom presentation in Paris the next year with designs suggesting Bauhaus, sports apparel and Caravaggio, and has established a signature of thick diagonal stripes. The label belongs to New Guards Group in Milan. “Off-White brings a unique viewpoint and creativity to the fashion world. The brand challenged the status quo,” Margolies told WWD. Saks windows showcase Off-White’s Fine Arts capsule collection. 

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Off-pricer Burlington Stores Sets Succession Plan

Thomas Kingsbury is stepping down as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Burlington Stores Inc. and will be succeeded in the ceo role by Michael O’Sullivan, former president and chief operating officer of Ross Stores Inc. As part of the succession plan, Jennifer Vecchio, Burlington’s chief merchandising officer, has been appointed to the new role of president and chief merchandising officer. She continues to be responsible for merchandising and planning, and will also oversee marketing and strategy. “Given our tremendous progress and the strong foundation we have established, the board and I believe now is the right time to transition to new leadership,” said Kingsbury. “Michael brings extensive experience and a proven record of success in the off-price retail business, and his team-oriented leadership style makes him a natural fit for our organization.” “Jennifer has outstanding merchandising and leadership skills, strong relationships with the vendor community and a deep understanding of our business model. She is an energetic and inspirational leader,” Kingsbury added. O’Sullivan commented, “Under Tom’s leadership, Burlington has delivered outstanding operating results. Looking forward, I continue to see additional potential for comparable store sales growth, expansion of the store fleet, and improvement in operating margins.” John J. Mahoney, Burlington’s lead independent director

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