Massachusetts tops nation in retail revival
Boston The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that the state of Massachusetts is outpacing the rest of the country in attracting businesses to fill large vacant retail spaces.
Local real estate data found that merchants have signed leases for more than half of the roughly 2 million sq. ft. abandoned by struggling and bankrupt chains such as Circuit City, Linens ‘N Things and CompUSA.
Let the sunshine …
Purveyors of private brands like to talk about how their products are as good as or better than the national brand equivalents. Well, in the case of Target’s Up & Up brand sunscreen it has corroboration for such a claim from the July issue of Consumer Reports. The magazine examined various sunscreens and found Up & Up Sport in SPF 30 to have the highest ranking as well as one of the cost per ounce. Other brands in the order of their ranking included Walgreens, Banana Boat, Aveeno, Coppertone, No-Ad, Neutrogena, Badger, La Roche-Posay, Avon and Burt’s Bees.
CFDA honors fashion’s best
NEW YORK The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Marc Jacobs as womenswear designer of the year as wll as Marcus Wainwright and David Neville for Rag & Bone as the menswear designer of the year at its annual awards ceremony.
Other honors went to Alexander Wang, Michael Kors and the late Alexander McQueen.