Coming Soon: Nike Air Edge 270 Medium Olive






Dropping this Fall, here is an official look at the Nike Air Edge 270 Medium Olive.

This new colorway of the model comes dressed in a Medium Olive, Jade Horizon, and Summit White color scheme. Ideal for the season, shades of Green take care of the entire upper which includes the mesh base with suede overlays and the signature adjustable lacing system for a personalized fit. A White midsole alongside the Air Max 270 heel unit complete the look.

Retailing for $160, look for the Nike Air Edge 270 Medium Olive to drop very soon at select retailers and Nike.com.

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New Balance Welcomes Kawhi Leonard Home With “Reign Over LA” Video

With the new NBA season officially kicking off today, New Balance has released a brand new video starring none other than Kawhi Leonard. Titled “Reign Over LA”, the video celebrates Kawhi’s official basketball homecoming and his fearlessly independent spirit just in time for the highly anticipated Los Angeles season opener. The video declares ‘This is his city. This is Kawhi’s job. These are his kicks. They’re New Balance,’ signifying the official OMN1S basketball shoe launch.

Leonard’s identity as an athlete whose “game speaks for itself” has been a driving mantra for New Balance Basketball since he first debuted the OMN1S during All-Star Weekend last February. The next chapter starts now, with the 2019 Finals MVP returning to his hometown to “reign over LA” – a move that symbolizes his fearless independence and determination to carve out his own path.

Beginning October 23rd, the first “Reign Gold” OMN1S colorway will be available on www.newbalance.com/basketball, at select global New Balance flagship stores and at select Shoe Palace & Foot Locker stores in Los Angeles. Following the debut “Reign Gold” colorway, six additional OMN1S colorways are set to release for the remainder of 2019.

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On-Feet: Nike Air Fear of God 1 Oatmeal









Releasing early on next month, here is an on-feet look at the Nike Air Fear of God 1 Oatmeal.

An ideal look for the Fall season, the Jerry Lorenzo x Nike Basketball collaborative silhouette comes dressed in a Tan upper that takes care of the knitted bootie upper, exterior cage, and laces. Below you will find a translucent sole with the 180-inspired Air unit to round out the subtle aesthetics of the shoe.

As if right now the Nike Air Fear of God 1 Oatmeal is slated to release on November 2nd for the usual retail price of $350. Are you looking to cop?

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Release Date: New Balance Fresh Foam Trail


New Balance wants yo make sure your next hike is done in confort. Which is why they’re set to release their brand new New Balance Fresh Foam Trail silhouette.

Shown above, the New Balance Fresh Foam Trail implements the brand’s Fresh Foam tech on to a trail-ready sneaker. That said, the trail vibes are not lost with this pair as the upper is still packed with plenty of trail vibes. Details include the large “N” logos a crackled print that compliments the tonal base and the wildly designed Fresh Foam sole placed alongside the Vibram outsole.

Looking to cop either of the colorways shown above? Look for the New Balance Fresh Foam Trail to make its debut on November 1st at select retailers and newbalance.com.

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An All-Red Upper With Black Accents Hit The Nike Air VaporMax 2019






One of the most vibrant iterations of the Nike Air VaporMax 2019 is showcased above as part of Nike’s Fall 2019 Collection. Going for a mostly tonal look, this Nike Air VaporMax 2019 comes constructed out of a stretch woven upper that has been done in Varsity Red with Bright Crimson and Gym Red accents also seen on the shoe which add to the tonal appearance. The red Swooshes on the side panels have been outlined in black with more black accents seen on the laces, the VaporMax branding on the heel, and the full-length VaporMax sole unit. You can find this bold colorway of the Nike Air VaporMax 2019 at select retailers now for $190.

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The Supreme x Clarks Originals Wallabee Is Dressed For The Season













Check out the brand new Supreme x Clarks Originals Wallabee collection. The latest joint effort between both brands gives the classic Clarks model an upgrade that will come in handy this Fall season.

The Supreme x Clarks Originals Wallabee comes dressed in a water- and stain-resistant GORE-TEX suede upper all while being placed on top of a lightweight Vibram sole. Coming in your choice of 4 different colorways (3 tonal and 1 camo) look for the Supreme x Clarks Originals Wallabee to debut at Supreme New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and online on October 24, followed by a launch in Japan on October 26.

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Travel To South Beach With The Nike Air Max 200




A large portion of Nike’s most popular silhouettes have been hit with the South Beach theme at least once in their life span, so it was only a matter of time until we saw it on the all-new Nike Air Max 200. One of the newest members of the Air Max family, the shoe starts off by being covered in a Hyper Turquoise mesh construction on the upper along with matching leather detailing on the toe. Next we have contrasting black on the overlays, tongue, inner liner, Swooshes, and midsole. To complete the South Beach theme we see the addition of Pink Blast around the eyelets, on the tongue, and around the Air Max bubble on the midsole. Anyone who wants to cop can do so now at select Nike retailers for $120.

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On-Feet Images Of The Next Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1 Low









Following his Air Jordan 6 collaboration release earlier this month, hip hop superstar Travis Scott is not done yet in 2019 as he will return with Nike to give us another Air Force 1 collab.

Composed of mixed materials such as textile, leather and suede that are styled in a patchwork theme, as well as in different tones, the sides also bear special patterns and text. Other details include Texas branded straps on the heel, as a nod to Scott’s home state, followed by a zippered lace shroud in corduroy/canvas. Finally, a white midsole and yellow rubber outsole tops off the design.

Check out the latest images above and look for this Travis Scott x Nike Air Force 1 to release some time next month for $160.

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Check Out This Unreleased Air Jordan 11 With Carbon Fiber


Never seen this Air Jordan 11 before? Don’t worry because most people haven’t, including us. This unreleased Air Jordan 11 sample comes covered in Cool Grey all throughout the upper with the traditional ballistic nylon mesh swapped out for a leather material. The patent leather mudguard is also replaced with a luxurious carbon fiber material. White detailing on the inner liner, tongue branding, and midsole, red Jumpman logos on the tongue, and translucent outsoles finish things off. What are your thought on this unreleased Air Jordan 11 Low? Would you cop if it was ever made available?

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Here’s How The Nike LeBron 7 Red Carpet Looks On-Feet








LeBron James loves the Nike LeBron 7 and Nike will be releasing the highly sought after “Red Carpet” colorway next week to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.

Covered in a a White/Black-Glass Blue-Chilling Red color combination, the shoe features a white leather and black ballistic material dominating the upper. Bright blue accents on the Swoosh logos, upper eyelets, inner liner, and the LeBron logo along with subtle hits of red provide a pop of color on the shoe. Down below we see a full-length Air Max unit and a translucent outsole.

Check out how the shoe looks on-feet above and look for a release to take place on October 29th for $200.

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Mark Parker to Step Down as Nike CEO, Tech Outsider to Take Over

In a surprise move, Mark Parker is stepping down as CEO of Nike, effective Jan. 13, 2020.

John Donahoe, the current president and CEO of ServiceNow Inc. and chairman of PayPal Holdings will take the top spot at the athletics giant, which has maintained impressive strength amid a period of incredible change across the industry and within its own ranks. Parker will now transition to the role of executive chairman.

While Nike positioned Donahoe’s appointment as a natural move for the company as it steps up its digital-focused efforts, some insiders speculated that controversies surrounding Parker and the company played a role in the shift.

Parker has been taking some heat during the past few weeks for his connection to Nike Oregon Project head coach Alberto Salazar, who was handed a four-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Association. The sportswear giant  announced it would “wind down” the program. That situation is just one challenge the company has faced over the past year.

The firm was impacted by internal upheaval in 2018, with the highly publicized departure of brand president Trevor Edwards, who was reportedly next in line to succeed Parker. That news preceded several unexpected and high-profile exits as well as multiple reports describing allegations of harassment, a toxic workplace environment (for women) and a quiet, female-led revolt.

Still, the reported cultural issues didn’t slow down the company’s momentum. For its most recent quarter, the athletics giant today posted earnings for its fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 31, noting revenues that increased 7% to $10.66 billion, ahead of Wall Street’s predicted $10.43 billion.

“This is an exciting time for Nike, where we see brand strength and momentum throughout the world and great opportunity for future growth,” said Parker. “I am delighted John will join our team. His expertise in digital commerce, technology, global strategy and leadership, combined with his strong relationship with the brand, make him ideally suited to accelerate our digital transformation and to build on the positive impact of our consumer direct offense. I look forward to continuing to lead the board as executive chairman, as well as partnering closely with John and the management team to help him transition to his new role.”

“It is an honor to become president and CEO of this amazing, innovative company, and to join the more than 76,000 talented and passionate employees dedicated to serving athletes,” added Donahoe in a statement. “Over the last five years, I’ve been proud to be connected to Nike through my role on the board and now look forward to being a full-time member of the team, working even more closely with Mark, building on Nike’s success and seizing the opportunities ahead.”

From 2008 through 2015, Donahoe was president and CEO of eBay Inc. and previously was the CEO and worldwide managing director of Bain & Co. Donahoe served on the Nike board for the past five years.

Donahoe’s expertise in the digital space comes at a time when Nike is doubling down on its Consumer Direct Offense plan, first announced in 2017. Nike is also ramping up its innovation focus, while offering a deeper selection of its best-performing styles and enhancing its digital efforts with mobile.

 

Jenna Dewan Looks Chic in Lilac Minidress & Studded Sandals in NYC

It may be October, but Jenna Dewan’s latest look is spring-worthy.

The “Step Up” actress stepped out in New York today clad in a chic lilac outfit.

Dewan wore a matching long coat and minidress as she headed to the Build Speaker Series. For shoes, the “World of Dance” presenter selected strappy studded sandals, which added an iridescent pop to the pastel outfit. She accessorized with silver hoop earrings.


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Jenna Dewan in a pale purple look with sparkly sandals at the Build Speaker Series in New York on Oct. 22.
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A close-up look at Jenna Dewan’s sandals.
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Earlier in the day, the dancer was spotted in a pale pink floral dress with tulle trim by Red Valentino en route to the set of “Strahan, Sara and Keke.” To complete the romantic look, Dewan selected strappy pink Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, perfect for showing off her foot tattoo.


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Jenna Dewan in a floral dress and Giuseppe Zanotti sandals en route to “Strahan, Sara and Keke” on Oct. 22.
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A close-up look at Jenna Dewan’s sandals.
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Dewan made both appearances to promote her new book, “Gracefully You: Finding Beauty and Balance in the Everyday,” which is available for purchase beginning today. Fans can snag a copy on Amazon.com for $21.

When she is not working, Dewan likes to keep her style more casual, incorporating lots of sneakers and flat sandals into her wardrobe. Her favorite off-duty brands include Golden Goose, Nike and Ancient Greek.

Dewan shares daughter Everly, 6, with ex-husband Channing Tatum. The “Berlin, I Love You” star and boyfriend Steve Kazee are expecting a child that’s due in 2020.

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Zappos Debuts New Book About Corporate Culture, Written by Its Employees

Zappos is known for its unique company culture — something CEO Tony Tsieh described in his 2010 bestseller, “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose.”

Now, the Las Vegas-based retailer is back with a follow-up title, and this time, it’s combining the perspectives of 40-plus employees. Released today, the new Zappos book is called “The Power of Wow: How to Electrify Your Work and Your Life by Putting Service First.”

In “The Power of Wow,” readers get an inside glimpse into the Zappos organization. The book offers a look at how the company organizes itself, how it strives to provide top-notch customer service and how it allows employees to play a role in evolving the business. The book’s writers share lessons they’ve learned in life and in business, as well as secrets about the e-tailer’s service-first culture.


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The cover of “The Power Of Wow: How to Electrify Your Work and Your Life By Putting Service First.”
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The title coincides with Zappos’ 20th anniversary. But the book isn’t the only way Zappos is celebrating the milestone: The retailer has partnered with brands such as New Balance, Sam Edelman and Toms on exclusive 20th birthday shoes this year.

And the company continues to evolve its business to keep pace with today’s changing consumer demands. Recently, Zappos has been launching new hyperverticals within its site that cater to specific audiences and provide opportunities for discovery and direction. Specifically, it has focused on kids and luxury consumers, the adaptive fashion market and globe-trotting travelers.

COO Arun Rajan told FN earlier this year that the changes are all part of Zappos’ focus on best-in-class service. “This experiential journey is what we’re calling ‘best customers experience,’ ” he said.

“The Power of Wow” is available to shop at Benbellabooks.com. A hardcover copy sells for $21, while an e-book (in either .epub or .mobi format) costs $13.

Click through the gallery to see images of the Zappos headquarters in Las Vegas.

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Skechers Posts Q3 Earnings Beat, Touts New Marketing Moves

Skechers USA Inc. announced third-quarter earnings and sales that topped analysts’ expectations.

In its latest financial report for the period ended Sept. 30, the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based footwear maker logged adjusted earnings per share of 71 cents, an increase of 22.4% and better than Wall Street’s forecasted 70 cents a share.

Quarterly revenues also shot up 15.1% to $1.35 billion, versus consensus bets of $1.34 billion, while same-store sales climbed 7.7%, with respective domestic and international gains of 6.8% and 9.9%. Profits came in 13.7% higher at $103.1 million.

“Skechers is firing on all cylinders. Our global marketing efforts are creating awareness and generating demand. Our product is innovative, relevant and comfortable,” CEO Robert Greenberg said in a statement. “We continue to lead the walking footwear category and delivered technical and innovative work, golf, sport and kids’ footwear.”

However, the company also reported a weaker-than-expected outlook for the next quarter, the peak holiday shopping season. It predicts earnings per share in the range of 35 cents to 40 cents, on revenues of $1.225 billion to $1.250 billion, compared with analysts’ forecast of 39 cents in EPS and $1.22 billion in sales. As of 5:15 p.m. ET, Skechers’ stock had dipped 3% to $36.86 during after-hours trading on Tuesday.

In the past three months, Skechers has sent its chunky sneakers down the runways of New York, London and Milan. The brand also debuted new projects in North America, Asia and other regions, including its first campaign with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Internationally, the athletic firm saw wholesale revenues increase 21.7%, while direct-to-consumer sales rose 22.3%. In its home market, the DTC business improved 8.7%, and wholesale returned to growth with a 5% gain. Skechers has more than 3,300 stores across the world, 779 of which are company-owned.

“Our product offering is vast and reaches every demographic, and at its core, comfort is what consumers have come to know and expect from Skechers,” Greenberg added. “This, and our comprehensive marketing, differentiates Skechers from other brands and is why we achieved growth across our domestic, international and direct-to-consumer businesses.”

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Rosie Assoulin’s New Capsule With Sergio Rossi Is the Shoe Brand’s First Vegan Line

Womenswear designer Rosie Assoulin is known for her exuberant, capacious gowns and separates, truly original garments that defy conventional silhouettes while remaining wholly feminine. She’s recently begun to dabble in shoes, pairing elongated square toes, uncommon color palettes and extreme lacing with those gowns, jumpsuits and wide-leg pants. It’s footwear that is equally unique as her ready-to-wear and some of the best to come out of New York Fashion Week.

But imaginative designs can be challenging to produce, especially in footwear, which has a notoriously complicated manufacturing process.


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Pearl embellishments on Sergio Rossi’s new vegan shoes with Rosie Assoulin.
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Enter Sergio Rossi. The Italian footwear brand invited Assoulin to its San Mauro Pascuoli factory late last year, where the designer toured the archives and facilities, which were built in 1951 by the namesake founder and shoemaker. There, she sat down with the brand’s designers and artisans to create a capsule of pumps, flats and mules that marry her unique design perspective with the capabilities of a heritage factory. “I loved the idea of merging the Italian know-how with an eclectic, young and energetic force,” said Riccardo Sciutto, Sergio Rossi Group CEO, who pointed to Assoulin as the perfect designer for the task. “We strongly believe in the power of collaborations. Her ethical vegan stand was perfect for this.” The capsule with Assoulin represents Sergio Rossi’s first effort in vegan footwear.


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A pearl-decorated mule done in red silk, from Sergio Rossi and Rosie Assoulin.
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There are 10 different styles in total, done red, white, black and blue floral silks. Each one is topped with a bouquet of faux pearls that rests on the footwear brand’s square metal plaque. “I was inspired to add some playful but classic elements,” said Assoulin. “What’s more classic than pearls?”


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A ballet flat in printed silk with faux pearls from Sergio Rossi’s capsule with Rosie Assoulin.
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The capsule is also part of its Sr Addiction launch, a line of collaborations with various designers and personalities that debuted in May with Milanese fashion and interior designer Mara Ferri. The brand has a long history of collaborations with esteemed designers and collaborated with powerhouses like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Azzedine Alaïa during the ’80s and ’90s.


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Assoulin in New York in 2018.
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Assoulin presented her spring ’20 collection at New York Fashion Week in early September. It was another vibrant continuation of her signature billowing colors, mixed with sporty and slightly seaside-esque ensembles that also incorporated a round of unique footwear shapes and styles.


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A tangerine gown, peach trousers and a T-strap heel from Rosie Assoulin’s spring ’20 collection.
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A sheer look from Rosie Assoulin spring ’20 with green silk mules and a straw hat.
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Late Deliveries, Lost Customers? One Expert Shares How to Improve the Shipping Process

Brands and retailers are continuing to raise the stakes on consumer experiences. But they’d better not deliver products late or make delivery a hassle. According to 80% of consumers in a new report from logistics software Shipstation, the quality of the shipping experience is the top feature that matters to them in the e-commerce process.

But smaller retailers may struggle to keep up with consumer expectations that have developed as a result of next-day and even same-day shipping.

John Kinny, GM at ShipStation, said he believes there is a way to bridge the gap. Savings are still preferred over shorter delivery times, with nearly 70% of consumers opting to wait longer for their order if it means no delivery fees. With some careful adjustments to their protocols, Kinny explains how retailers can deliver quality shipping experiences with a smaller infrastructure.

How can smaller retailers compete with the shipping options provided by larger rivals, who have more established delivery and inventory infrastructure?

John Kinny: There’s a reward complex that many buyers associate with shopping online. When someone orders from a more established retailer like Amazon or Zappos, they immediately get an order confirmation email and, shortly thereafter, the shipping confirmation is sent. Retailers should offer customers more immediate ways of tracking orders as well as simple, affordable shipping and return options. Doing this will elevate the brand to consumers and increase confidence and loyalty. A lack of communication and improperly set expectations create doubt.

Negative shipping experiences can be damaging. What contributes to a negative experience and how can retailers avoid these pain points?

JK: In our study, we found that 90% of consumers say a poor shipping experience negatively impacts their perception of a retailer. Whether the issue is wrong items shipped, lost or damaged merchandise, or even a delayed shipment, customers will trace this back to the retailer. Having a thorough returns policy, as well as delivery and shipping guarantees, can help increase consumer confidence and position the retailer as a real competitor to bigger retailers. Additionally, by offering customer-preferred support options like live chat, they can address issues in an engaging way.

What misconceptions might retailers have about consumer expectations?

JK: Eighty-eight percent of customers say Amazon has changed their expectations of shipping speed. But there are more ways to compete with Amazon beyond fulfillment speed and cost alone. In fact, we found that consumers are more than willing to wait three to four days for their orders to arrive.

What advice would you give a smaller footwear retailer that’s looking to overhaul its shipping strategy?

JK: While next-day delivery isn’t required, the amount of time it takes to ship out orders is important — this can be the major hurdle separating a smaller retailer from the big dogs. To quickly fulfill orders, it’s important not to do everything manually. Based on factors like where the order is being delivered and its weight, a shipping software or order management solution can automatically select the most economical and appropriate shipping service. That allows the retailer to print the day’s shipping labels in bulk. With a well-organized warehouse and an effective picking strategy, the team should be able to line up outgoing orders, have them boxed and label them quickly.

What are some of the additional benefits of a more efficient shipping process?

JK: Streamlining this process can minimize the number of workers a retailer needs to hire — full-time or seasonally — and thus reduces packing errors. By figuring out this crucial workflow strategy, they can grow consumer confidence, which will then increase order volume. From here, they can further negotiate carrier rates, driving down shipping costs and allowing for a smoother pipeline for scaling their brand.

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What Top Athletics Players Are Saying About Mark Parker’s Surprise Decision to Step Down as Nike CEO

The athletics retail world is reeling this evening, following the announcements of two major executive changes at top brands.

First came the news early on Tuesday that Under Armour founder Kevin Plank would hand over his CEO title to president and COO Patrik Frisk.

Then, as the day was winding to a close, Nike Inc. surprised the industry with the declaration that its longtime chief, Mark Parker, also would also step down as CEO, and that an industry outsider — John Donahoe, current president and CEO of ServiceNow Inc. and chairman of PayPal Holdings — would assume the top executive role.

Both Plank and Parker will retain their positions as executive chairmen.

Matt Powell, VP and senior industry adviser for sports at The NPD Group Inc., noted that the leadership swap at Under Armour has been in the works for some time. “Patrik has taken on more of the day-to-day operations of the company, and now that’s been made official with this change,” he said.

Nike’s executive change, however, comes as more of a surprise. “This one came out of the blue,” said Powell, noting that a sudden decision to shift things around at top could have been precipitated by recent controversies for the brand.

Parker has been taking heat during the past few weeks for his connection to Nike Oregon Project head coach Alberto Salazar — who was handed a four-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Association. In response, the sportswear giant announced that it would “wind down” the program.

And over the past two years, the athletic giant also has been working to overcome criticism both internal and external about its treatment of female employees and athletes, and of minority team members.

“Mark’s been there since 2006, and you see how much growth has happened during his tenure — it’s staggering,” said Isack Fadlon, co-owner of sneaker boutique Sportie LA. “But in the last two to three years, you’ve seen controversy embroil Nike. Any brand of Nike’s size doesn’t want to be anywhere near controversy.”

In its official statement, though, Nike points to Donohoe’s “expertise in digital commerce, technology, global strategy and leadership” as reasons behind his appointment, to support the firm’s digital transformation.

Indeed, in the 2019 fiscal year, the sportswear giant invested over $1 billion evolving its app and NikePlus membership platform, launching new digitally integrated store concepts and deepening its data and analytics facilities.

“[Nike is] pushing more toward digital, so the most revealing information was not necessarily about [Mark Parker] leaving and more about who is taking over,” said James Whitner, owner of streetwear boutiques A Ma Maniere, Social Status and others. “I’m curious to see how [their digital shift] affects the boutique landscape and their focus on the core kid in the street and the partners who help define the marketplace.”

Fadlon agreed: “This new hire — with his background at Ebay and PayPal — indicates where Nike is going in the digital realm, with technology and direct-to-consumer. This move is a natural progression.”

While its athletic rival Adidas has seen more leadership change, Nike has been relatively stable in its top ranks in recent years. Parker has been president and CEO since 2006, and in 2016 he succeeded founder Phil Knight as chairman of the board.

“History shows that Nike hasn’t had many changes in leadership,” said Whitner. “Before Mark, there was one guy who was there for a very short period of time and it was so brief that most don’t even know he existed. Nike as a company hasn’t seen many leaders, so this will be telling.”

That “one guy” was William Perez from S.C. Johnson, who Nike hired in 2004 to lead the athletics firm only to see him exit just over a year later. However, while hiring an outsider might have failed in the past, industry observers think the Swoosh will have better luck this time.

“It’s easier today for an outsider to come in there,” said Rick Mina, president of retail chain WSS. “It’s a different world. And Mark Parker has gotten that company in great shape. They are a product and marketing machine — and they will always have that. But Nike needs to have some outside executives, and a tech guy will bring outside ideas.”

With reporting from Samantha McDonald, Neil Weilheimer and Peter Verry

Skechers Has a Valuable Defense Against Any U.S.-China Tariff Impact

As U.S.-China tariffs begin to hit the footwear industry in earnest, Skechers USA Inc. says it is better positioned than many of its peers to weather the effects, thanks to the rapid growth of its international business.

On Tuesday, the company reported third-quarter results that beat analysts’ expectations on several fronts, including adjusted earnings per share of $0.71 versus the estimated $0.70 and record revenue of $1.35 billion versus an estimated $1.34 billion. It credited much of its success to its international expansion, which saw sales outside the U.S. surge 25.7% on a constant currency basis to $795.8 million, accounting for a record 58.8% of the company’s sales for the quarter.

Executives were upbeat that this growth will continue, giving the Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based brand a buffer against the worst impacts of the trade war at home. On September 1, the Trump administration slapped a 15% tariff hike — the first set of the fourth tranche — on $112 billion worth of Chinese imports, including more than two-thirds of China-made shoes. An additional $160 billion of consumer goods is expected to be hit in December, despite the partial trade agreement announced earlier this month between Washington and Beijing.

On a call with investors and analysts, Skechers CFO John Vandemore said the company expects its domestic wholesale business to see some impact, but he said “mitigation efforts” were underway. Specifically, such efforts include looking into alternative regions for sourcing, negotiating vendor concessions and looking at raising prices.

“We’ve made some decisions to absorb certain elements of the increase in the short term to the benefit of our customers,” he said. The company expects fourth-quarter gross margins to be flat or down slightly due in part to the tariffs; however, Vandemore added, “We do think the overall mix benefit of continuing to transition to more sales internationally and more direct-to-consumer has helped offset that.”

China, in fact, is one of the regions accounting for much of the company’s growth, as sales in the country grew more than 20% during the quarter on a constant currency basis.

Skechers was one of more than 200 footwear companies to sign an open letter to President Trump in August urging him to cancel the September and December tariff increases.

“There is no doubt that tariffs act as hidden taxes paid by American individuals and families,” the letter read. “When import costs rise and fall on imported footwear — whether based on the price of materials, transportation, labor or tariffs — those cost increases or savings are almost immediately passed on to consumers.”

According to the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, the added 15 percent tax will cost U.S. footwear consumers an additional $4 billion every year.

Jason Momoa’s Pink Suit and Louboutin Boots Show What Masculine Dressing Can Look Like in 2019

Men wearing the color pink is not really a sartorial adventure. But most versions of men wearing the traditionally feminine hue have tended to veer to the preppy (pink whales!), the novelty (pink ties!), the spoofy (think Shia LeBeouf’s hot pink leggings circa 2014) or the campy.

Of those that have managed some form of cisgender sophistication, none can really hold a candle to the warm masculinity that radiated from actor Jason Momoa on Monday night. The actor walked the red carpet with wife Lisa Bonet for the premiere of Apple TV’s new “See” series wearing a light pink satin suit, gray cashmere sweater, opal and turquoise statement necklace, numerous rings and a pair of light gray suede Christian Louboutin boots with a little heel, an ensemble that seemed to prove once and for all that even real, tough-looking men can — and maybe should — wear the flattering color pink.


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Momoa at the premiere of “See” in a pink satin suit and Christian Louboutin suede boots with a stacked heel.
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Momoa paired his pink silk suit with an opal and turquoise necklace.
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Momoa is no stranger to typecasting. His acting career has been dominated by barbaric, manly-man roles and action heroes, like Aquaman or Khal Drogo on “Game of Thrones.” His new role on “See,” which premieres on Apple TV on Nov. 1, has him playing Baba Voss, a blind warrior from the future.

But the actor clearly hasn’t let that traditional, grizzly-man perception dampen his enthusiasm for the color pink, specifically a dusty pastel, millennial-esque hue that has become his signature over the past year. Momoa wore a pink tuxedo to the Oscars in February, a velvet dinner jacket and matching trousers that Karl Lagerfeld custom designed for the 6-foot-4 actor. He also wore a pink suede jacket to the Season 8 premiere of “Game of Thrones” in April. On both occasions, Momoa wore a matching scrunchie on his wrist — an aptly chosen accessory if there ever was one to effectively twist traditional standards of masculinity even further around the proverbial man bun.


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Momoa at the Oscars in February wearing a custom pink tuxedo and matching hair scrunchie, designed by the late Karl Lagerfeld.
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Bonet and Momoa, in a pink suede jacket, at the “Game of Thrones” Season 8 premiere in New York on April 3. 
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As it turns out, Momoa has even done a shoe collaboration in pink. In September, he teamed up with outdoor brand So iLL for a capsule of climbing bags and sneakers, half of which were done in a color they’ve named “Dirty Pink,” but there’s also a “Black Wolf” shade for fans who still prefer manly basic black.


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Momoa’s sneaker collaboration with climbing brand So iLL. The “Wino” sneaker comes in “Dirty Pink.” 
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We can’t wait to see what’s next for Momoa’s rosy wardrobe. Rose quartz dagger necklaces? Dusty pink platform sandals?

Katie Holmes Goes for a Classic Little Black Dress and Pumps at Nordstrom’s NYC Flagship Launch Party

Katie Holmes and a roster of boldface names helped celebrate the launch of Nordstrom’s NYC flagship tonight.

Of course, such a grand opening — a 320,000-square-foot, seven-level women’s store — merits a grand guest list, and chic looks were delivered upon arrival.


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Katie Holmes at the Nordstrom NYC Flagship store opening party on Oct. 22, 2019.
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Proving a classic never goes out of style, Holmes looked sleek in a little black dress and matching suede pumps with leggings adorned with square prints.

Meanwhile, Winnie Harlow gave the classic LBD look a twist with eye-catching styling. The supermodel was wrapped in a python print coat, aviator shades and over-the-knee boots of which she collaborated on with Steve Madden. The exclusive thigh-high croc stiletto boot is part of the retailer’s Perfect Pairs collections, which will only be sold at the store and on Nordstrom.com.


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Winnie Harlow at the Nordstrom NYC Flagship store opening party on Oct. 22, 2019.
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Brooke Shields got in on fall’s knee-high boot trend, teaming the footwear with tights and a gray blazer minidress.


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Brooke Shields at the Nordstrom NYC Flagship store opening party on Oct. 22, 2019.
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Zoe Saldana stepped out in Fendi, opting for the brand’s Mary Janes featuring its monogram on the straps. She completed the outfit with a green coat over a black dress.


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Zoe Saldana at the Nordstrom NYC Flagship store opening party on Oct. 22, 2019.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Wilde and Naomie Harris were also among the guests at the soiree. The store included a pop-up with Christian Louboutin, which was on display upon entering the massive space. The ground floor also features a collaborative space between Nike and Nordstrom’s VP of creative projects, Olivia Kim.

See the rest of the celebrity arrivals here.

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