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Von Maur adds Brooks Brothers to brands portfolio

BY CSA STAFF

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Von Maur has partnered with Brooks Brothers to sell the brand in its stores, making the retailer the second department store in the nation to carry the exclusive line.

The Brooks Brothers line will be available in six stores in fall 2013, and will expand to 13 in spring 2014.

The initial offering includes men’s furnishings and tailored clothing, as well as casual men’s sportswear, women’s sportswear and childrenswear. The assortment features signature items such as non-iron dress shirts, finely tailored suits, ties and accessories. Casual menswear, womenswear, and children’s offerings include knits and hand-woven sweaters.

"Brooks Brothers’ long-time commitment to quality, personal service and product value is reminiscent of the traditions and values Von Maur has upheld for more than 140 years," said Jim von Maur, president of Von Maur. "Customers know Von Maur for our first-in-fashion, high-quality merchandise. Our partnership with Brooks Brothers is an exciting opportunity for two venerable brands to come together to reach new customers as well as continue to impress our long-standing shoppers with new offerings."

Brooks Brothers joins Kate Spade, Coach, Hugo Boss and Eileen Fisher in the department store’s brand portfolio.

Von Maur is a family-owned company which currently operates 27 stores in 11 states, as well as an e-commerce site. The company also runs a new chain of women’s specialty stores under the nameplate Dry Goods.

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BY Michael Fickes

I think it’s exciting to watch retail going back downtown.

I remember shopping in big downtown department stores years ago, and I remember when the big retailers began their exodus to suburban malls leaving huge, sad-looking buildings behind.

But retail, as they say, follows rooftops, and the rooftops were springing up in suburbia and then further out in edge communities. Today, we all have a number of friends and acquaintances that commute for an hour or more in each direction every day.

I may have those long commutes to thank for helping to start a retail migration back downtown. Today’s up-and-coming generation of millennials hate the very idea of commuting.

Millennials want to walk to work or maybe take a 10-minute subway ride. After work, they want to walk to a restaurant or a grocery store and then home. They want to walk to the movies, theater, craft fairs, Little Italy and everything else cities locate within walking distance.

Millennials are moving their rooftops downtown, and retailers, as they always do, are following.

The new and rising generation of downtown retail won’t look anything like old downtown retail. It will have some new look that is beginning to evolve right now, thanks to millennials. Hey millennials: Way to go to town.


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NRF holds retail roundtable

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The National Retail Federation and the Retail Association of Nevada hosted Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., at a retail roundtable discussion. More than a dozen community retailers and small business owners gathered to address the industry’s challenges and public policy priorities.

“The retail industry is the largest private sector employer in the United States,” NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We need to make sure lawmakers understand how policy issues impact retailers, our employees and our consumers. Facilitating discussions on these important issues is essential to ensuring that retailers, large and small, have a voice in Washington.”

Amodei engaged local retailers in a discussion on the economy, tax reform, immigration, health and labor policy and online sales tax collection.

"When it comes to the key issues of the economy, health care, taxes, and even immigration, local retailers and their employees are really on the front lines,” Congressman Amodei said. “I appreciate an opportunity like this roundtable to hear what effect decisions being made in Washington are having on businesses, jobs, and consumers here in Nevada.”

“Our members are deeply concerned with the federal issues that will have a significant impact on their ability to hire new employees and keep their doors open,” Retail Association of Nevada senior director Lea Tauchen said. “Whether it’s the Affordable Care Act, Federal Unemployment Insurance or Sequestration, there is no doubt that Congress is engaged on issues that affect us. We appreciate Representative Amodei for taking the time to sit down and explore these issues.”

The retail roundtable is a part of the NRF’s This is Retail campaign, which highlights the retail industry’s positive contribution to careers, community and innovation.

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