Update on the Air Jordan 12 ‘Michigan Home’

Air Jordan 12 Michigan Home White Amarillo Metallic Gold Midnight Navy 130690-147 Release Date

We saw Jordan Brand release the Air Jordan 12 Michigan during the Summer of 2018 and now it looks like the brand will debut the ‘Michigan Home’ edition during Fall 2019.

Coming dressed in a White, Amarillo, Metallic Gold and Midnight Navy color combination. Currently images have yet to leak of this Air Jordan 12, however it appears they will feature a Michigan Wolverines color scheme. Its possible that this release could not have any ties with the school, but more details will be on the way.

Air Jordan 12 Michigan Home White Amarillo Navy Release Date

Expect the Air Jordan 12 ‘Michigan Home’ to release at select Jordan Brand retailers and online at Nike.com during the Fall 2019 season. Retail price is set at $190. Once we have more info we will make sure to update you.

Air Jordan 12
Color: White/Amarillo-Metallic Gold-Midnight Navy
Release Date: Fall 2019
Style Number: 130690-147
Price: $190

Update 9/14: With a release expected to take place in October, the ‘Michigan’ Air Jordan 12 is either scrapped or pushed back. Once additional information is available we will make sure to update.

Note: Images of the ‘Michigan Home’ Air Jordan 12 is a photoshop representing what the release could look like.

Air Jordan 12 Michigan Home White Amarillo Metallic Gold Midnight Navy 130690-147 Release Date

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Nike Little Posite One ‘Graffiti’ Release Date

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Nike Sportswear is set to launch a new Little Posite One which features graffiti like print.

This Nike Little Posite One comes dressed in a Wolf Grey, University Gold and Black color combination. Highlighted with Grey across the Foamposite shell while Black leather lands on the eyestay and heel. In addition we have Blue on the Swoosh and heel tabs while Golf lands on the 1 Cent branding. Other details includes graffiti style Nike text on the carbon fiber plate and across the liner.

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Release Details

You can expect the Nike Little Posite One ‘Graffiti’ to release at select retailers including online at Nike.com on October 18th. Retail price is set at $180. Below you can check out more images which will give you a closer look.

Nike Little Posite One
Color: Wolf Grey/University Gold-Black
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Style Number: 644791-009
Price: $180

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info
Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info

Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Wolf Grey University Gold Black 644791-009 Release Date Info

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Nike KD 12 ‘Blue Gaze’ Release Date

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info

Recently we showcased Kevin Durant’s upcoming collaboration with YouTube and now we have a new KD 12 releasing that comes highlighted in ‘Blue Gaze’.

Looking closer this Nike KD 12 features a Blue Gaze, Photo Blue and Blue Tint color combination. Highlighted with a Teal translucent upper while a darker shade of Blue lands on the base and Swoosh logos on the panels. White hits the liner and midsole, Grey runs across the tongue while a Teal translucent outsole completes the look.

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Release Details

You can expect the Nike KD 12 ‘Blue Gaze’ to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com on November 1st. Retail price is set at $150. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will give you a closer look.

Nike KD 12
Color: Blue Gaze/Photo Blue-Blue Tint
Release Date: November 1, 2019
Style Number: AR4229-400
Price: $150

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info
Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info

Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Photo Blue Tint AR4229-400 Release Date Info

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adidas Yeezy Boost 700 ‘MNVN’ in Orange Rumored to Release

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Release Date Info

This year, as well as in 2020 we will see more color options of the Yeezy Boost 700 release and one that we have showcased is the ‘MNVM’ iteration.

This adidas Yeezy Boost 700 features a Orange throughout. Although images have yet to leak, the MNVN shade of Orange covers the upper and lands on the mesh, suede overlays and leather. Other details includes 3M Reflective accents and a Cream shade on the rubber outsole which finishes the look.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Release Details

Expect the adidas Yeezy Boost 700 ‘MNVN’ to release at select retailers and online at adidas.com during Fall/Winter late or early 2020.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700
Color: Orange/Orange/Orange
Release Date: Fall/Winter 2019 – 2020
Pirice: $300

Images of the MNVN Yeezy Boost 700 shown is a photoshop and the actual release could look different.

adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Orange Release Date Info
adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Orange

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South Beach Vibes Land On The Nike WMNS Air Max 270






South Beach vibes land on the Nike Air Max 270. Shown above, this new colorway of the model comes dressed in a Pure Platinum/Pink Blast-Aurora-White color scheme.

Said to be a women’s-exclusive colorway of the model, this Nike Air Max 270 features a Platinum Grey upper complimented by the White on the Swoosh logos and midsole as well as the Pink and Teal accents on areas such as the laces, insoles, Air unit and part of the outsole.

Out now, find the Nike WMNS Air Max 270 at select retailers and Nike.com for the retail price of $150.

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Neoprene Uppers Appear On The adidas Ozweego




Typically covered in mesh, nubuck, and leather, adidas switches things up on the adidas Ozweego for the Fall as we take a look at two new colorways that take on a #CozyBoys look.

Coming in two different color options of Clear Brown and Clear Granite, the three stripes ditches the array of materials on the upper and gets hit with a full neoprene construction. Even though the upper is now composed of only one material, adidas did a good job of hitting the shoe with raised areas and folds/crevices that allow us to distinguish the different components of the sneaker. Slightly contrasting rubber midsoles and black rubber outsoles cap off the look on these two new colorways of the adidas Ozweego that are available now at select adidas retailers and online for $140.

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Available Now: Nike Shox R4 Black Game Royal






Next up for the Nike Shox R4 is this clean colorway done in a Black and Royal color scheme. The Shox-equipped model comes dressed in a Black synthetic molded upper paired up with the mesh on the tongues. Royal detailing can be found on the embroidered Swoosh logos the tongue, lining, toe, parts of the heel and the Shox unit on the sole.

Out now, find the Nike Shox R4 Black Game Royal at select retailers such as Jimmy Jazz for the retail price of $140.

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Coming Soon: Nike Air Force 1 Low Yellow Snakeskin






The Nike Air Force 1 Low undergoes a bold and luxe makeover courtesy of this Yellow Snakeskin print placed on the upper. Shown above, this iteration of the Air Force 1 Low starts off with a Yellow textured snakeskin print noted on the toe, side panels, and heels. Even more Yellow (without the textured snakeskin print) can be found on the suede overlays. Hits of Tan leather are spotted on the tongue tag and heel tabs, while Black hits take care of all the branding hits. Yellow laces and a White rubber sole round out the main features of the shoe.

You feeling these? Look for the Nike Air Force 1 Low Yellow Snakeskin to release very soon at select retailers and Nike.com.

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Release Date: BlackEyePatch x Reebok Daytona DMX II





Reebok is joining forces with Tokyo-based brand BlackEyePatch as the two brands have cooked up a collaborative colorway of the Reebok Daytona DMX II.

The BlackEyePatch x Reebok Daytona DMX II takes on a Black, Vita Blue, and Silver Metallic color scheme as the shoe takes on a black base that is then overlayed with white textile mesh. Metallic Silver leather overlays add a striking appearance to the shoe with debossed branding on the lateral mudguard, Reebok branding on the tongues, Japanese kanji on the heel, a black midsole, and a translucent rubber outsole finishing things off.

You’ll be able to get your hands on the BlackEyePatch x Reebok Daytona DMX II at select Reenok retailers on October 18th for $120.

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Nike Just Dropped The Brand New Nike Ghoswift






Nike just unveiled their newest model dubbed the Nike Ghoswift. Said to be a part of Nike’s D/MS/X collection, the Nike Ghoswift is influenced by early ’90s London rave culture.

This first colorway of the model comes dressed in a White, Black, and Dynamic Yellow color scheme. Standout details on the shoe include the  sleek race lines and its all-over puff-print that nods to the artwork of dance posters for added texture and depth. Below you will find a soft foam used for the sole that manages to flow effortlessly on to the upper for a perfect match.

Out now, find the Nike Ghoswift on Nike.com for the retail price of $100.

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A Midnight Turquoise Suede Covers The Converse Chuck 70 Hi




Fall vibes are very evident on this new colorway of the Converse Chuck 70 Hi. Switching out the traditional canvas construction we see on the upper, this Converse Chuck 70 Hi instead gets covered in a buttery suede construction all throughout the upper in an appealing Midnight Turquoise. Additional details include the signature Converse All-Star patch on the medial ankles, silver eyelets, white on the laces and rubber toe, and an off-white rubber midsole for that vintage look. This Midnight Turquoise suede colorway of the Converse Chuck 70 Hi is arriving at select Converse retailers now.

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Premium Leather Covers The New Balance 997S








The sport-inspired version of the New Balance 997 (known as the 997s) has been given a a grown and sexy sophisticated look for the Fall of 2019 as we bring you a look at two new colorways that take on premium materials. Coming in two different colorways of Black/ Sae Salt and White/Sea Salt, these iterations of the New Balance 997S come with a mesh and suede construction on the upper and are highlighted by the use of textured Saffiano leather on the toe box, midfoot, and heel. Down below we see ENCAP REVEAL and ABZORB midsole cushioning on the sole unit. Peep both pairs above and scoop them up now directly from New Balance for $120 each.

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Official Look At The Nike Air Max 1 Script Swoosh






There’s a new Air Max 1 on the scene and the shoe is highlighted by new branding. Taking on an array of colors throughout the upper, this Nike Air Max 1 starts off with white mesh paneling that can be seen on the toe and ankle collar. Next we see black leather overlays on the side panels with a safari-like texture seen on portions of the leather upper. For a burst of color we see a bright blue nubuck mudguard along with pink accents on the upper eyelets and branding. The highlight of this Air Max 1 is the script Swoosh branding on the side panels done in white, grey, black, and pink. A white rubber midsole and a black and pink rubber outsole finish things off. Look for thus “Script Swoosh” colorway of the Nike Air Max 1 to release in the near future for $130.

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A Spring-Inspired Colorway Of The Nike Cortez




A new Spring/Summer-inspired colorway of the Nike Cortez has surfaced which is sure to gain some attention. This women’s colorway of the timeless classic from Nike starts off by being covered in a smooth white leather construction all throughout the upper which is then contrasted by the addition of Coral Stardust on the Swooshes and the branding on the tongue, Gym Red on the tongue tag and heel tab, blue on the inner liner, and Chrome Yellow hitting on the midsole. A white rubber outsole finishes things off proper on this women’s Cortez that is available now at select Nike retailers for $70.

images: Nike

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Kate Middleton Stuns in Pakistan in Ombré Dress-Pants Combo & Her Go-To Pumps

Kate Middleton channeled Cinderella in sky blue as she and Prince William arrived today in Pakistan for a royal tour.

Middleton sported an ombré Catherine Walker dress over matching, slim-fitting pants.


Kate Middleton, Rupert Sanderson shoes, nude pumps, stilettos, blue dress, pants, Catherine walker, Catherine Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Pakistan - 14 Oct 2019

Kate Middleton arrives in Pakistan on Oct. 14.
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For footwear, the Duchess of Cambridge selected Rupert Sanderson’s Malory pumps. The shoes featured a shiny leather upper, a pointed toe and a slim stiletto heel.


Kate Middleton, feet, shoe detail, Rupert Sanderson shoes, nude pumps, stilettos, blue dress, pants, Catherine walker, Catherine Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Pakistan - 14 Oct 2019

A close-up look at Kate Middleton’s nude pumps.
CREDIT: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Both Catherine Walker and Rupert Sanderson are British brands that frequently rotate into Middleton’s wardrobe. The duchess is known for her support of designers from her home country.

Of course, Middleton also is keen to make fashion choices in honor of the places she visits. The royal accessorized her look with drop earrings and a clutch from Zeen — a Pakistani label.


Kate Middleton, Rupert Sanderson shoes, nude pumps, stilettos, blue dress, pants, Catherine walker, Catherine Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Pakistan - 14 Oct 2019

Kate Middleton receives flowers upon arriving in Pakistan Oct. 14.
CREDIT: Tim Rooke/Shutterstock

Since marrying Prince William in 2011, Middleton has been an international style icon. The pieces she wears often sell out — especially when they come at an accessible price point.

“There has long been a contingent of Kate fans drawn to her classic choices and penchant for British designers,” explained Elizabeth Holmes, a longtime style reporter and author of the forthcoming book “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style.”

Apart from Rupert Sanderson, go-to shoe brands for Middleton include Jimmy Choo, Gianvito Rossi and Penelope Chilvers.

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What You Need to Know About Record Marathon Runner Eliud Kipchoge

Running marathon distance in less than two hours seemed impossible, but Nike-backed Eliud Kipchoge did just that on Oct. 12 in Vienna.

The 34-year-old Kenya native ran 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds on a closed course at an event dubbed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge. But because of several factors, the accomplishment is not considered a world record.

Regardless, the running community — and Nike, his longtime sponsor — has applauded Kipchoge’s feat and publicly shown support for the marathoner.

With the mark set, FN shares why it’s not considered a world record and looks into the historic career of Kipchoge.

Why Kipchoge’s Mark Isn’t a World Record

Some reports stated his use of 36 pacemakers in alternating groups is one reason the IAAF governing body won’t call the sub two-hour mark a world record. Other reports said the event being held on a closed 6-mile course instead of an open event is responsible.

This Was Kipchoge’s Second Attempt to Break the Two-Hour Barrier

The event on Oct. 12 wasn’t the first time Kipchoge attempted to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours with Nike. The first attempt — dubbed Breaking2 — was on May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy. The effort was solid, but Kipchoge missed the target, running the distance in 2:00:25. At the time, Nike stated it was the fastest time accomplished for that distance, although it was not recognized as a world record.

The Nike Shoes Kipchoge Wore in Vienna Aren’t on the Market — Yet

The running shoes Kipchoge laced up for the event aren’t available for purchase. Nike confirmed before the sub two-hour attempt Saturday that he would wear a future edition of its Next% marathon shoe.


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Eluid Kipchoge holding a future edition of Nike’s Next% marathon shoe.
CREDIT: Nike

He Holds the Men’s Marathon Record

Despite the sub two-hour mark not being recognized as a world record, he still is No. 1 in the books for men. Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon in 2018 in 2:01:39, which is considered the official men’s world record marathon time.

He’s Been Setting Records Since His First-Ever Marathon

It’s rare for any athlete to step on the scene and be the best, but one could argue Kipchoge did just that. In his debut, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg in 2013, Kipchoge won with a time of 2:05:30. It still stands today as the course record.

Kipchoge Is a Highly Decorated Marathoner

If you’re participating in a marathon alongside Kipchoge, you’re likely not coming in first place. The athlete’s World Marathon Majors resume is next-level. He won Chicago in 2014, finished first in London four times (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and Berlin three (2015, 2017, 2018). Also, he took home the marathon event gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


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Eluid Kipchoge, wearing an unreleased Nike Next% shoe, breaking the 2-hour marathon distance mark.
CREDIT: Nike

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Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 6 Has Sold Out, But Here’s How You Can Still Get Them

This past weekend’s highly-anticipated release of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 collaboration proved to be so limited that even Travis Scott himself had to address his fans following its launch. If you’re still on the hunt for the coveted shoe, here are a few options that you can consider.

As a refresher, the limited style is executed in an olive green hue covering the entirety of the premium suede leather upper; it’s accented by vibrant Infrared details on the tongue and on the heel. The shoe that retailed for $250 is now going for as little as $740 on StockX. As usual, the common sizes ranging from 8.5 to 11 are more expensive, with prices reaching upwards of $1,400. Resale stores including Stadium Goods and Flight Club are also carrying an abundance of sizes but are a bit more costly than the aforementioned marketplace with an average price of $1,600. The kicks were also available for fans with smaller feet including grade school, pre-school and toddler sizes with prices ranging from $130 all the way up to $800 based on the sizes.

In related news, Scott has a new Nike Air Force 1 Low collab also rumored to drop next month, which he gifted a pair to a lucky fan at the Made in America music festival last month.

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Why Chinese Sportswear Brand Li-Ning’s Stock Is Red-Hot

Shares for Li-Ning are soaring in 2019.

The Chinese sportswear company’s share price has more than tripled year-to-date — and it’s likely getting a new nudge in recent weeks stemming from the NBA’s fallout with China.

Li-Ning, which trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, saw its shares jump by around 4% last week, as traders appeared to become bullish on the brand after several Chinese companies severed ties with the NBA and state TV decided not to show pre-season NBA games.

The NBA-China conflict started earlier this month when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for protestors in Hong Kong, who are demanding for territorial independence from China.

Likely in anticipation of heightened interest in the Chinese Basketball Association and a rise patriotic buying, traders seem to be further betting on Li-Ning. The firm’s shares today closed up 1.17% to HK$25.85 per share — but, overall, are triple the HK$6.84 price they traded for at this time last year.

It’s not just Li-Ning that has seen a share bump amid the NBA-China scuffle — and other probable factors in China such as its growing consumer appetite for branded wares and an expanding middle class. Rival sportswear giant Anta has also enjoyed a sizable boost year-over-year — with shares doubling to HK$70.05 today over HK$31.30 this time in 2018.

Both Anta and Li-Ning have taken China’s side in its NBA feud: Anta announced it would cease a contract renewal process with the league and Li-Ning is purportedly no longer affiliating itself with the Rockets. But the NBA-China conflict also puts into question high-profile partnerships between the sneaker brands and big-name NBA stars — including a lifetime Li-Ning deal for Dwyane Wade (formerly of the Miami Heat) and a 10-year contract  between Anta and Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson that expires in 2026.

Meanwhile, analysts have conjectured that the conflict could be bad news for Nike — which is China’s leading athletic company with a 22% market share, according to a 2016 Euromonitor report.

“Based on what we know, I do not see much danger to Western brands’ sales,” Matt Powell, senior sports industry advisor at The NPD Group told FN. “But if the situation gets worse, they could be pulled into the fight and see sales impacted.”

Notably, Chinese sportswear brands are getting a boost amid the backdrop of a U.S.-China trade war that has seen tariffs placed on billions of dollars worth of imports from either country.

The two countries reached a partial deal late last week —  putting a pause on a planned increase from President Donald Trump that would have bumped tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods from 25% to 30% effective today. But a fourth tranche was rolled out by the U.S. Sept. 1 —  imposing a 15% levy on $112 billion worth of goods — and another $188 billion of Chinese product will be subject to tariffs beginning Dec. 15. Meanwhile, China has retaliated by slapping American products with duties ranging from 5% to 10%.

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How DTC Brands Can Balance Manufacturing Shipping Volume with Sustainability

A new study by global technology company Pitney Bowes shows that the growth of e-commerce has caused an increase not only in consumer shipping, but also in manufacturing shipping volume. Instead of just directing a larger proportion of product toward e-commerce channels, brands are manufacturing more product overall and selling directly to consumers.

“Manufacturing shipping is largely driven by B2C growth,” said Jason Dies, EVP and VP of sending technology solutions at Pitney Bowes. “The rapid penetration of e-commerce and the ability of small businesses to cheaply develop a web presence has caused many smaller manufacturers to sell their products directly to consumers.”

Parcel volume has more than doubled over the last five years, with year-on-year growth of 17%. Pitney Bowes forecasts that global shipping will surpass 100 billion parcels by 2020 and 200 billion by 2025. Manufacturing shipping volume is predicted to experience a 6.5% compound annual growth rate. Simultaneously, e-commerce revenue is expected to continue to grow; the U.S. accounts for 38% of global parcel shipping revenue, amounting to $119 billion.

But the proliferation of new DTC brands has coincided with growing awareness of environmental impact. The carbon footprint of shipping is a concern to many sustainability-minded brands, but eliminating shipping itself isn’t a possibility. Instead, Pitney Bowes recommends that companies explore ways to improve shipping efficiency. That allows a brand to continue to ship a high volume of product without compromising brand values.

“[There are] numerous ways to be environmentally friendly, such as reducing waste by choosing the right box for a given order; getting hubs closer to clients, so trucks spend less time on the road; and consolidating items into a single order whenever possible,” said Dies.

Introducing these practices also benefits a brand’s bottom line — reduced packaging means lower costs, as does shorter transport times. Faster shipping has also been shown to be a consistent driving factor in customers’ decision to purchase, which gives a greater incentive to move inventory closer to the consumer. For brands, fortunately, shipping services are also investing in these types of solutions.

“The trend we see is that all carriers are focused on efficiency, especially around last mile delivery, while trying to meet growing consumer expectations to be faster and free,” said Dies. “Carriers are trialing new strategies to deliver the best customer experience, to keep costs down, boost productivity and generate profitability, such as forming partnerships, designing next-generation sending technologies and developing last mile innovation.”

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What to Know Before Barneys Bankruptcy Bid Deadline Tomorrow

After weeks of back and forth, bankrupt luxury retailer Barneys New York is expected to firm up a potential agreement with a stalking-horse bidder on Tuesday that could allow it to stave off a liquidation.

According to court filings on Thursday, Barneys was wrapping up talks with “multiple bidders” as it moves toward the later stages of discussions with a potential buyer. Then, on Friday, the high-end department store received an extended deadline that bought it until Tuesday to solidify a deal with one such bidder — although an Oct. 24 auction could reportedly shake things up.

Speculation around potential Barneys’ suitors has been heating up for weeks: New reports today suggest Authentic Brands Group has prepped a nearly $270 million bid after Liberty Fairs trade show owner Sam Ben-Avraham’s supposed offer broke down.

In a September interview with FN, ABG confirmed its interest in buying the beleaguered department store chain out of bankruptcy.

“There is truth behind that; we are backing the new lenders,” ABG founder, chairman and CEO Jamie Salter said at the time. “They have a backup bid from us for the intellectual property, but we’ve got to wait until Oct. 24 and see who comes and who doesn’t come. Based on that, we’ll decide how far we play.”

ABG, which was named FN’s Company of the Year in 2018, already counts more than 50 brands across the fashion, lifestyle, sports, entertainment and media sectors — including Vince Camuto, Nine West, Frye and Aeropostale — and has been aggressive in the acquisition game.

“ABG has consistently proven an ability to see value through brands where others have not,” said William Susman, managing director at advisory firm Threadstone Partners. “Barneys’ brand is synonymous with being fashion-forward; I can only imagine what ABG could do with this iconic name. They are a great buyer, and when they put their mind to it, usually successful.”

Now, ABG’s reported new offer, according to a Wall Street Journal report, would give it permission to license the Barneys New York name to fellow luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, which is reportedly in talks to open Barneys departments in some of its stores and take over Barneys’ website. ABG is also in discussions with Barneys landlords to keep some stores open, per WSJ.

“Barneys has a lot of equity regardless of where it landed in its progression,” explained Farla Efros, president of consulting firm HRC Retail Advisory. “If it is to be sold, it will be worth more [as a whole] and allow for the ability to truly streamline, keep some flagship stores and focus on its exclusive customer-oriented brand.”

An assembly of fashion executives led by Ben-Avraham had also been pursuing a reportedly $220 million bid to take control of the department store chain. According to a WSJ report on Friday, other members of the group include Intermix founder Khajak Keledjian, Reformation founder Yael Aflalo, Theory co-founder Andrew Rosen as well as Ben-Avraham’s brother and Scoop co-founder Uzi Ben-Avraham.

Another report from FN’s sister publication WWD noted that factoring and finance company Hilldun Corp.’s CEO, Gary Wassner, was facing off with Ben-Avraham to snap up Barneys.

The storied retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 6, securing $218 million in financing that allowed it to continue operations. Barneys, a Manhattan mainstay for nearly a century, has struggled amid skyrocketing rents and shifting consumer demands that have weighed heavily on its margins.

Over the past month or so, it shuttered units in Las Vegas, Chicago and Seattle, and it closed some warehouse locations and smaller concept stores as part of its restructuring plan. The company received court approval to continue paying employee wages and honoring customer orders as it works toward meeting its financial commitments going forward.

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Chiara Ferragni Bans Disposable Plastic Water Bottles, Takes Steps Toward Sustainability

Chiara Ferragani is making a new push toward sustainability.

The influencer-designer’s eponymous apparel and shoe collection, as well as her website The Blonde Salad, announced a ban on disposable water bottles at their Milan headquarters in a joint statement issued today

The move will divert the use of roughly 3,500 plastic bottles annually between her companies, according to the statement. To replace the disposable bottles, employees at the offices will receive treated water through a partnership with international water filtration company Culligan, joining its Italian branch’s #Plasticfreewater campaign.

“The real revolution starts now, are you ready to follow the greenest trend of the moment?” The Blonde Salad wrote in the statement.

Ferragni’s efforts come amid a wave of sustainable steps taken by the fashion industry. As brands seek to capture environmentally aware millennial and Generation Z consumers, they’re taking steps toward sustainability in stores and office buildings as well as through the supply chain process.

More than 150 brands signed onto the Kering-led Fashion Pact at the G7 Summit last August, pledging the elimination of single-use plastic and the use of renewable energy sources. Kering took its commitment a step further in September, when the luxury conglomerate announced it would go 100% neutral across all its brands and throughout its supply chain.

Eco-consciousness dominated the conversation throughout Fashion Month as well —  including in Ferragni’s home base of Milan. In the Italian city, Gucci staged a carbon-neutral runway show, Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger showed a range of all-vegan footwear, and high-end resale platform Vestiaire Collective unveiled a pop-up shop in collaboration with the Green Fashion Awards.

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Queen Elizabeth Shimmers From Her Diamond Crown Down to Her Toes During Parliament Speech

Queen Elizabeth II wore her favorite pair of shoes for ceremonial engagements today as she delivered a speech during the official State Opening of Parliament in London.

The 93-year-old shimmered from head to toe with a white dress embellished in sparkling beading in ornate patterns and the glimmer extended down to her feet, where she had on silver metallic T-strap pumps. The shoes have a semi-round toe on a block heel. Her jewelry also matched the outfit’s luster, including a necklace with giant baubles and a crown featuring diamonds and pearls.


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince CharlesState Opening of Parliament, London, UK - 14 Oct 2019

Queen Elizabeth wears silver T-strap pumps.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince CharlesState Opening of Parliament, London, UK - 14 Oct 2019

Detail of Queen Elizabeth’s pumps.
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While the Queen performed her duties in London, her grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, performed duties of their own.

The royal couple landed in Pakistan today at the start of their five-day tour of the country.

To no one’s surprise, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived looking impeccably chic in an ombré blue Catherine Walker dress and matching pants. Completing the look was a pair of Rupert Sanderson pumps in nude. The luxury label’s Mallory pumps incorporated a pointy profile on a 4-inch stiletto heel. The shoes retail for nearly $600 at the current exchange rate on Rupertsanderson.com.


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Charles, walks through the Royal Gallery before delivering her speech at the State Opening of Parliament.State Opening of Parliament, London, UK - 14 Oct 2019

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at the State Opening of Parliament.
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Kate Middleton, Rupert Sanderson shoes, nude pumps, stilettos, blue dress, pants, Catherine walker, Catherine Duchess of CambridgeThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Pakistan - 14 Oct 2019

Kate Middleton arrives in Pakistan wearing Rupert Sanderson pumps on Oct. 14.
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