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Christie’s e-commerce chief joins Loehmann’s board

BY CSA STAFF

Loehmann's has added a new e-commerce chief to help build the next phase of the off-price retailer's online marketplace.

Loehmann's said that Jeffrey Cripe is joining the Loehmann's advisory board. Cripe, who manages e-commerce partnerships and business development at Christie's, has experience in e-commerce, branding, audience development, and strategic partnerships.

“For nearly a century Loehmann’s has been an industry leader in off-price fashion, building relationships with customers that often spanned multiple generations. I look forward to working with management and the advisory team to unlock value by capitalizing on Loehmann's exceptional brand, legacy, and leadership,” Cripe said.

The Loehmann's advisory board will work with the management team during its relaunch as an online retailer.

"Jeffrey's experience in ecommerce and developing brand identities online will be extremely helpful to our team. His understanding of the online potential fits with our passion for building upon the Loehmann's heritage," stated Andrew L. Sole, Managing Member of Esopus Creek Advisors, which owns the Loehmann's name.

Cripe joined Christie's in February 2013 to help launch its e-commerce business, led by former founding members of Gilt Group. Since then, Christie’s e-commerce has become a global leader in the online sales of high-value fine art, design, and luxury goods.

Prior to Christie’s, Cripe worked at Birchbox. Founded in 2010, Birchbox pioneered the ecommerce subscription business model, recognizing an opportunity to deliver deluxe beauty and grooming samples monthly to men and women.

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Gap, Ellen team up for girls’ line

BY CSA STAFF

Gap Inc. is teaming up with popular TV host Ellen DeGeneres and her lifestyle brand ED on a unique fashion range that is designed to empower girls.

The new collection, GapKids x ED, will be an apparel collection and social movement designed to help all girls realize they have the power to do extraordinary things, the company says. The collection will be available for purchase starting Aug. 17 through Gap.com, in all GapKids stores in the United States, and select stores in Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan.

"We know our customers love Ellen as much as we do," said Jeff Kirwan, Gap global president. "And we couldn't be more pleased to be partnering with her on our GapKids x ED collection. We look forward to launching the collection in time for back to school as it enables us to champion girls in a way that continues to be true to our brand's heritage, which has long stood for supporting youth in a way that unleashes their potential."

"I am thrilled that my lifestyle brand, ED, is partnering with Gap to encourage young girls to pursue their passion, whether it's math, science, sports, the arts," said DeGeneres. "Following my passion allowed me to be exactly who I am today– a talk show host with a vibrant side business as a party mime."

Gap Inc. has 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world.

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Uptown Village at Cedar Hill renamed Hillside Village

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cedar Hill, Texas – Trademark Property Co., the operating partner for Uptown Village at Cedar Hill, has announced a new name for the 610,000-sq.-ft. shopping center: Hillside Village. The new name and corresponding new brand were selected to reflect the garden-like look and feel planned as part of a multi-million dollar property renovation.

Planned improvements to Hillside Village include enhanced entrances, public spaces and vehicular access, upgraded landscaping, façade improvements, a new children’s play area, new amenities for adults and children, and new signage throughout the property.

Hillside Village currently includes 350,000 sq. ft. of specialty stores and restaurants, anchor retailers are Barnes & Noble, Dillard’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and 31,000 sq. ft. of office space. The popular center has more than 65 tenants including Charming Charlie, Chico’s, H&M (opening fall 2015), Hollister, James Avery, Old Navy, Papaya, The Children’s Place and Victoria’s Secret.

“Trademark invested in the shopping center because we saw enormous potential,” said Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property Co. “We made a commitment to the great community of Cedar Hill to evolve their beloved town center into a more inviting environment to shop, dine, work and gather. The name Hillside Village more accurately portrays our vision for the shopping center, and the refreshed brand and logo echo that sentiment.”

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