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J.C. Penney to support Dress for Success efforts

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — As part of its charitable giving program, jcp cares, J.C. Penney is inviting its customers to round up their purchases in February to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to benefit Dress for Success, an organization that providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help disadvantaged women thrive in work and in life.

Through its dedicated services and programs Dress for Success addresses every phase of a woman’s career — from being unemployed and searching, to recently employed and adjusting, to gainfully employed and succeeding. By rounding up their totals, shoppers will have a personal hand in helping these women graduate from one step to the next on their path to professional fulfillment and, ultimately, economic independence.

“While jcp cares is an established charitable giving program, this partnership with Dress for Success will be the first time that shoppers will be able to round up their purchases on jcp.com, allowing consumers throughout the country to easily support to Dress for Success when shopping online. This component of February’s jcp cares campaign is also inline with Dress for Success’ ongoing goal to provide more digital assets to the women that it serves, so that each woman may hold the power of success in the palm of her hand or access the tools of achievement from any computer.

“We are thrilled to be supporting Dress for Success this month,” said Miki Woodard, president of jcp cares and VP philanthropy at J.C. Penney. “By rounding up their purchases, J.C. Penney shoppers will have a personal hand in helping disadvantaged women take the next step in their path toward professional fulfillment and, ultimately, economic independence.”

J.C. Penney customers can also support Dress for Success through the Facebook social game, WeTopia. Furthermore, customers can make donations to Dress for Success online at JCP.com/jcpcares and find more information about J.C. Penney’s philanthropic commitments.

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Men’s Wearhouse simplifies wedding planning with mobile app

BY Staff Writer

Fremont, Calif. — Men’s Wearhouse announced today the launch of a free mobile app called Wedding Tuxedo Group Manager, which provides couples with information about the rental of their wedding party’s tuxedos, simplifying the wedding planning process and providing peace of mind.

The app is equipped with a variety of wedding party management features allowing couples to manage the tuxedo rental process from start to finish, right from their iPhone, including status updates that allow the couple to view which members of the wedding party have and have not been fitted for, picked up, or returned their tuxedos, and tools for easy follow-up with members of their wedding party based on their rental status.

It also provides real-time assistance through a live “chat” functionality with Men’s Wearhouse customer service, and verification of tuxedo style, pickup and return dates

“As the largest tuxedo rental provider in North America, we’re excited to introduce a new tool that makes the tux rental process easier from start to finish, for the entire wedding party,” said Sam Stogner, SVP store operations, Men’s Wearhouse.

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Barneys launching a permanent off-price website

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Barneys New York said Thursday it will launch its off-price website Barneyswarehouse.com on Monday, following a two-week pilot in August. Merchandise on the warehouse site will be past-season sale items at discounts of up to 75% off retail, and will be used along with its brick-and-mortar outlets for liquidation.

“[The new site] fits with our strategy to build all of these digital properties,” Daniella Vitale, chief merchant and EVP of Barneys, told fashion report Zee, adding that the retailer is considering other product categories and classifications for future e-commerce sites.

“The online business is explosive and the fastest-growing business we have,” added Vitale. “It will be no different for the off-price component. The warehouse sale is [a factory] outlet in the same way that Barneys.com is a flagship and should reflect the Madison Avenue location.”

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