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Levi’s taps former Coach exec for VP design role

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San Francisco — Levi’s announced that it has named Walker MacWilliam as its new global head of men’s design. As VP design for the Levi’s brand, MacWilliam will be responsible for the design and development of all Levi’s men’s product categories globally.

MacWilliam joins Levi Strauss & Co. from Coach where his responsibilities included the conceptualization, design and development for all categories of men’s and women’s including wearables, bags and accessories.

"Walker brings incredible product design instincts and a creative and innovative spirit to the Levi’s brand," said Robert Hanson, president of the global Levi’s brand.

Prior to his leadership position at Coach, MacWilliam was creative director at Jack Spade where he was influential in the launch of Jack Spade and oversaw design, development, and merchandising as well as advertising and marketing. MacWilliam began his career at Polo Ralph Lauren where he was responsible for the launch of RRL in addition to having other senior design responsibilities. He has also held senior design positions with Club Monaco and Donna Karan International.

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Kohl’s adds Rock & Republic label

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Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. has added another exclusive label to its lineup with Rock & Republic Apparel. The company signed a long-term licensing agreement with R&R Apparel Co. LLC and its parent company, VF Corp.

Rock & Republic will launch in men’s and women’s apparel and footwear in spring 2012. It may expand into children’s accessories and home goods over time. Nearly half of Kohl’s sales in 2010 came from exclusive brands.

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Newegg and QVC top Gomez web poll

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New York City — Newegg and QVC took top honors in the retail category in Compuware Gomez’s Best of the Web 2010 Awards, which honor the strongest web performers across various industries. The retail winners were determined based on the annual cumulative response time, availability and consistency of their web and mobile sites, as well as multi-step business process transactions.

In retail, Newegg and QVC tied for the “One Web” Award (reflects uniform excellence across both web experiences, “traditional” as well as mobile). And for the second year in a row, Newegg received the "Web Gold" award, which reflects website and business process transactions only. QVC also received the Mobile Site Performance Award.

The report noted that after a flat 2009, 2010 retail e-commerce revenue rose 10% in 2010, with spending reaching $142.5 billion. Unique visitors to e-commerce sites increased 15% versus a year ago.

Click here to read the full report.

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