Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?

Some large retailers believe we may be glimpsing the end of the "big box" store. RIP, big box store, 1980s-2010s: now the we can all find limitless selection online, the point of having a poorly organized 200,000 square foot warehouse of a shop populated by underpaid, overworked, constitutionally unhelpful polo-shirted drones is rather moot, and with more people living in urban centers (where real estate is more expensive), a denser pattern of development make more sense. J.C. Penney just opened a smaller store in Daly City, California, and is rolling out more stores in the 50,000-60,000 square foot range. Wal-Mart has started opening 15,000 square foot Wal-Mart Express stores, and Target has its smaller CityTargets. Sears and Best Buy are among the chains that are apparently considering subleasing parts of their existing enormous stores in order to reduce their own area. Most of these "smaller" stores are still comparatively quite large, but they're not three-football-fields, pallets-to-the-ceiling, hyperventilation-in-aisle-117b large. And, according to Women's Wear Daily and the retail analysts it interviewed for this piece, there's "a new kind of consumer animal" running rampant in the city: WOOFs, or well-off old folks. "They are empty nesters in their 50s and beyond who have moved out of the suburbs and taken to the bright lights of the city for their twilight years." [WWD]


Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Liv Tyler is in a Givenchy makeup ad. [DS]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Candice Swanepoel — who's been known more for her Victoria's Secret contract than her high-fashion work as of late — booked the Tom Ford fall campaign. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott shot it. [WWD]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Crystal Renn shows off vintage-inspired fashions in this Mark Seliger spread from the new Vogue Spain. [FGR]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?This photo of Edita Vilkeviciute is included in a Mario Testino show currently open in Rome. [Vogue]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Kinga Rajzak is almost unrecognizable, in a beautiful way, in this editorial from Björk's guest-edited issue of Dazed & Confused. [FGR]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Kate Spade and L.A. denim brand Current/Elliott are collaborating on a line of handbags. They will retail for $245-$1295. [WWD]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?M.I.A.'s eldest sister is a jewelry designer whose latest collection is intended to resemble gunshot wounds, machete slashes, and machine-gun spray. The pieces are all done in gold and precious stones. [Refinery29]
Are Department Stores Headed For The Dustbin Of Retail History?Two words: Zombie bikinis. [WOW]
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  • Camilla Al Fayed, the daughter of former Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed, has bought a 51% stake in Issa, the fashion label founded by Brazilian designer Daniella Issa Helayel. Issa came to prominence after Kate Middleton wore its navy-blue draped jersey dress in one of her official engagement photos. Helayel will remain as creative director, and will continue to own 49% of the company she founded. [WWD]
  • Sonia Rykiel has hired an investment bank to investigate the possibility of selling a minority stake in the family-owned business in order to fund its expansion. [WWD]