Clothing chain Francesca’s files bankruptcy to sell itself

Clothing and accessories chain Francesca’s Holdings Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection to ease a planned sale of assets to an investor as retailers face continued financial pressure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Francesca’s sought chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., on Thursday to run a sales process while tapping TerraMar Capital LLC, which invests in midsize businesses, as the lead bidder. TerraMar’s offer will be subject to higher bids and an auction if necessary, and requires court approval to close.

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Francesca’s CEO Andrew Clarke said a number of other interested parties are engaged in due diligence.

Francesca’s storefront (Google Street View) 

“We are confident that we will emerge from this process as a stronger company poised to drive growth by exploring new brand avenues, expanding our e-commerce channels, and providing our customers with the latest fashion options and treasure-hunt experiences they know and love us for, ” he said.


Houston-based Francesca’s said in November that it would close roughly 140 of its boutiques–which sell apparel, jewelry, accessories and gifts–by the end of January, leaving about 560 in operation. The company said Thursday it planned to renegotiate a number of leases during the bankruptcy process, which “may include closing additional boutiques.”

Francesca’s lender Tiger Finance LLC is supplying a $25 million financing package to carry the company through chapter 11 and cover employee wages and benefits and the provision of customer orders. The company’s planned sales process would conclude by Jan 20.


The coronavirus has been devastating for many retailers as government mandates and shoppers’ fear of contagion have reduced foot traffic at bricks-and-mortar locations. The pandemic exacerbated the challenges retailers already faced from changing consumer habits and the growing popularity of online shopping.

Retailers shut down stores for good at a record pace in the first half of 2020, while big companies like J.C. Penney Co., Neiman Marcus Group Inc. and Brooks Brothers Inc. filed for chapter 11.


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Global Feather Clothing Market 2020 Analysis Trend, Applications, Industry Chain Structure, Growth, and Forecast to 2026

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Nov 29, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Feather Clothing Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 announced by provides an expert and in-depth analysis of key business trends and future market development prospects, key drivers and restraints, profiles of major market players, segmentation, and forecasting. The analytical review on the market presented in the report is a highly dependable ready-to-refer synopsis to produce novel perspectives about various concurrent and past events prevalent in the market. The report study shows the information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and the changing investment structure of the global Feather Clothing market. It examines both historical as well as current market conditions eying for forecast accuracy. Both new entrants as well as established market players willing to establish a strong footing amidst staggering competition.

NOTE: Our analysts monitoring the situation across the globe explains that the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers post COVID-19 crisis. The report aims to provide an additional illustration of the latest scenario, economic slowdown, and COVID-19 impact on the overall industry.


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It presents real data and statistics on the inclinations and improvements in the global Feather Clothing Market. It then highlights manufacturing, abilities & technologies, and the unstable structure of the market. The global report elaborates on the crucial data along with all important insights related to the current market status. It assesses the market by type and application, with sales market share and growth rate by type, application. The report defines industry introduction, market overview, market opportunities, product scope, market risk, market driving force. The top manufacturers of the market industry are analyzed, with sales, revenue, and price.

The research explores the diverse opportunities that market players and manufacturers can utilize to target high growth probabilities in the global Feather Clothing market. It displays the competitive situation among the top manufacturers, with sales, revenue, and market share. The report presents a detailed segmentation, market trend by application use, global market analysis based on technology, product type, application, and various processes. The study also investigates the important achievements of the market, research & development, new product launch, product responses, and regional growth of the leading competitors operating in the market on both universal and local scale.

Companies profiled and studied for this market report include: Patagonia, Arcteryx, Marmot, Canada Goose, Columbia, Moncler, Zara, Peak Performance, Mammut, JACK WOLFSKIN, Mountain Equipment, Kathmandu, Uniqlo, Bosideng, Eral, Yalu, Yaya, YBB, Snowflying, Sharon, Hodo,

Market segmentation, on the basis of types: Contour Feathers, Down Feathers, Others

Market segmentation, on the basis of applications: Man, Woman, Child

Market segment by regions/countries, this report covers: North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia), South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia etc.), Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Nigeria and South

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Must Read: The Pandemic’s Second Wave Threatens To Devastate Fashion’s Supply Chain, ‘Them’ Hosts ‘Chosen’ Holiday Event


These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

The pandemic’s second wave threatens to devastate fashion’s supply chain 
Fashion’s supply chain is bracing for challenges posed by the second wave of Covid-19, after getting hit hard by the first wave. In a piece for Business of Fashion, Daphne Milner writes that the fresh set of restrictions “threatens to deepen the economic and humanitarian crisis already punishing fashion’s manufacturing base.”  {Business of Fashion} 

Them hosts “Chosen” holiday event 
On Monday evening, Them put on an hourlong virtual event to showcase how members of the LGBTQ+ community come together and enjoy time with the ones they love most during the holiday season. Presented by Mastercard and called “Chosen,” the show debuted on YouTube Live and featured messages from and conversations with prominent members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as documentary-style segments that honored notable “chosen families” from the ballroom and trans communities. You can watch the full event here. {Fashionista inbox} 

Hamish Bowles profiles Virginie Viard in Vogue
Hamish Bowles interviewed Chanel’s Virginie Viard, whom he describes as the “least famous designer in fashion at its most famous house,” in a new piece for Vogue. Bowles takes us through her childhood in Lyon, France and her first Chanel show in the ’80s, all the way up to her promotion and her latest offering for the French fashion house. {Vogue

Girlfriend Collective introduces sherpa and puffer jackets 
Girlfriend Collective is adding cozy outerwear to its colorful line of ethically made activewear. On Tuesday, the brand is launching three different puffers, ranging in price from $198 to $298, and two styles of sherpa jackets, which are both priced at $128. Shop them here before they sell out. {Fashionista inbox} 

Frida Giannini talks about fashion today 
Former Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini shared her thoughts on today’s fashion industry at the virtual Milan Fashion Global Summit on Monday. In a report for WWD, Alessandra Turra writes that Giannini criticized the proliferation of successful streetwear-focused labels and the way designers are chosen to lead a brand based on their social media followings. {WWD

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Global Trail Sports Accessories Market 2020 Key Regions, Major Manufacturers Performance, Value Chain and Sales Channels Analysis 2026

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Nov 17, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Trail Sports Accessories Market 2020 by Company, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2026 interprets market overview, value chain structure, industrial environment, regional analysis, applications, market size, and forecast. The report is one of the most comprehensive and important additions to our archive of market research studies. The report presents an extensive analysis of market competition, regional expansion, and market segmentation by type, application, and geography supported by exact market figures. The report discusses different growth drivers, market challenges and restraints, and trends, and opportunities in detail. It focuses on the global Trail Sports Accessories market trends, future forecasts, growth opportunities, key end-user industries, and market players. The objectives of the study are to present the key developments of the market across key regions.

Report Description:

The research report features an in-depth investigation of the potential segments including product type, application, and end-user, and their contribution to the overall global Trail Sports Accessories market size. A detailed outlook and future prospects of the industry are given. The report also includes various topics like market size & share, product types, applications, key market drivers & restraints, challenges, growth opportunities, key players, competitive landscape. It considers key aspects of every leading player such as company size, market share, market growth, revenue, production volume, and profits. The report splits the market size, by volume and value, on the basis of application type and geography.


NOTE: Our analysts monitoring the situation across the globe explains that the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers post COVID-19 crisis. The report aims to provide an additional illustration of the latest scenario, economic slowdown, and COVID-19 impact on the overall industry.

The market report mainly contains the following manufacturers: Newell Brands Inc., V.F. Corporation, Columbia Sportswear Company, Wolverine World Wide, Inc., Big Agnes, Inc., Skechers USA, Inc., Adidas AG., Amer Sports Corporation, Black Diamond, Inc., Deckers Outdoor Corporation,

The report highlights product types which are as follows: Shoes, Tent, Backpack, Trekking pole, Head lamps/lanterns, Helmet, Gloves, Others

The report highlights top applications which are as follows: offline store, online store,

Regional Overview: Global Market:

  • The report gives an understanding of global Trail Sports Accessories market overview, details on leading market participants, including details on upstream and downstream market developments.
  • Inputs on crucial areas such as dominant trends, upstream and downstream developments inclusive of vital details such as product and services extensions, portfolio diversification
  • Further, the report also gives its readers with an immense understanding of various stakeholder developments, new segment expansions, opportunity
  • An assessment of budding opportunities as well as growth across regions and countries
  • Geographically, this report studies the top producers and consumers, focuses on product capacity, production, value, consumption, market share, and growth opportunity in these key regions, covering: North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India
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Supply Chain Digital Transformation Requires Women Leaders

The next time you have a meeting with the operations and supply chain leadership team at your company, look around the room. How many women are at the table? For most companies, the number is zero.

To be sure, there are many talented women already in supply chain roles, and the numbers are increasing. Recent research puts the percentage of women in senior roles in North American companies at under 20%. However, our observations suggest that number is much lower—especially when you look from a global perspective.

The role of the supply chain has dramatically changed in the last five years, and even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful companies are flipping their supply chains from an internal focus on cost and efficiency to look outward at customer needs. We see this as the moment for organizations to unlock the strategic advantages of diverse and inclusive teams by bringing more women and their insights into supply chain leadership roles.

Here are the reasons why more women in supply chain leadership roles can lead to better results:

  1. Research shows that diversity leads to innovation and productivity. For example, a study done by Management, Policy & Practice revealed that women are more likely to introduce new innovations into their company. Another study by Harvard Business School that surveyed 1,069 leading firms across 35 countries found that gender diversity correlates to increased productivity.
  2. A diverse team can better anticipate what the market wants and how it wants it because there is a closer match to the buyers of what you sell and deliver. For example, we work with a major apparel maker that sells through retail stores owned by other companies. They were very surprised to find out that the majority of buying and delivery decisions are made by female customers, even though the user is frequently male.
  3. As supply chain leaders increasingly shift their organizations to digital supply chains, they have been complaining of a limited talent pool. Well, the talent pool roughly doubles when you start to make the supply chain a compelling career opportunity for women.

In the next five years, the evolution to a digital supply chain will require an even higher level of collaboration. This change means that the way we work with customers, suppliers, and our organizations must be more aligned. Some studies suggest that women often have better skills in integration and collaboration than men. Women are needed to make the right things happen!

Let’s not be naïve; there are cultural obstacles that organizations must address. Some of that is historical. There is an “old boys club” in many industries. Men decide how companies work together and can have blinders on when it comes to women in operational roles. Then there’s the pipeline issue. There’s not a large, experienced talent pool. Companies have to do more to encourage women to take this career path. Moreover, organizations need to make it clear to business schools that they need more female MBAs with the supply

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Retail Roundup: Girls’ clothing chain Justice closing all stores, including 3 left on LI

Tween girls on Long Island who are fans of clothing chain Justice will have fewer options for picking up the latest fashions because the retailer is shutting down all its stores.

A chain that sells clothing and accessories for girls 6 to 12 years old, Justice will close its remaining 108 stores by early next year, parent company Ascena Retail Group Inc. announced Wednesday.

But the three remaining Long Island stores that will close this weekend were part of a list of 23 closings announced in September. Those three stores — in Tanger Outlets Riverhead, Tanger Outlets Deer Park and Lake Success Shopping Center in New Hyde Park — will close Sunday, employees at the stores said Wednesday.

Since Ascena filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July, it has closed hundreds of clothing stores, including 13 on Long Island — eight Justices, a Catherine’s in Patchogue, two Lane Bryants and two Lane Bryant Outlets.

Ascena did not respond to questions about the closings, including an inquiry about how many jobs will be affected by the shutdowns.

The 5,000-square-foot Justice in Deer Park and 4,500-square-foot store in New Hyde Park both opened in 2008, representatives for the shopping centers said.

Tanger Outlets Riverhead did not respond to a request for comment.

Ascena announced Wednesday that Justice Brand Holdings LLC, an entity formed by Manhattan-based brand management company Bluestar Alliance LLC, submitted a winning auction bid of $90 million to buy the intellectual property and certain related assets of Justice. .

“A wind down of all Justice locations is expected to conclude by early 2021,” Mahwah, New Jersey-based Ascena said in a statement.

But the closing of hundreds of Ascena’s stores, including the three remaining Justices on Long Island, was already in the works before the Bluestar deal.

After Ascena filed for bankruptcy protection, it announced closings totaling 1,138 brick-and-mortar stores, including “a significant number of Justice stores,” all locations of plus-size women’s clothing chain Catherine’s, and some women’s clothing stores under the Ann Taylor, Loft, Lane Bryant and Lou & Grey names.

Ascena had 2,764 stores as of Feb. 1, including 820 Justices.

The company had been struggling for years with high debt and some weak brands, especially as Lane Bryant and Catherine’s lost a growing share of the plus-size women’s clothing market to mainstream and online retailers. But the company blamed losses from the COVID-19 pandemic for its move into bankruptcy protection.

“The meaningful progress we have made driving sustainable growth, improving our operating margins and strengthening our financial foundation has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we took a strategic step forward today to protect the future of the business for all of our stakeholders,” Carrie Teffner, interim executive chair of Ascena, said in a statement in July.

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Global Medical Special Protective Clothing Market 2020 Industry Chain structure, Market Competition, SWOT Analysis Report by 2025

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Nov 08, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Medical Special Protective Clothing Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 contains point by point data which enlarge understanding, scope, and application of this market. The report provides an in-depth analysis of industry- and economy-wide database that could offer development and profitability for players in this global Medical Special Protective Clothing market. The report divided by producers, regions, applications, and types provides information based on portfolio, applications, cost, producing processes. The report covers market trends, future advancement extension, and industry growth analysis. It presents analysis and insights regarding the various factors expected to be prevalent throughout the forecasted period (2020-2025). Then perspective on specific organizations, associations, manufacturers, industries, companies, and suppliers that are working to expand their business worldwide has been offered. Analysis of important industry trends, market size, market share estimates is mentioned in the report.

This Report Includes The Following Deliverable:

The report features market sectioning depending on the product, application, geographical region, competitive market share. Market size approximates, forecasts for the said frame of time has been estimated. Another important aspect of every market research report is the study of the key players or manufacturers driving the market forward. The report analyzes crucial market manufacturers, trends, company profiles, strategies, etc. The research study analyzes the global Medical Special Protective Clothing market development across various geographies.

NOTE: Our report highlights the major issues and hazards that companies might come across due to the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19.


An outline of the manufacturers’ active in the global market, consisting of Superior Uniform Group, Dohia, FIGS, Landau Scrubs, Barco Uniform, Strategic Partners, Grahame Gardner Ltd, Cintas Corporation, Medline, Peaches Uniforms, KOI, Iguanamed, Healing Hands, Sanlusy, Simon Jersey

On the basis of the product, the market has been classified into: Males, Females

Based on the application, the market has been categorized into: Hospital, Clinic, Others

By regions, this report splits the global Medical Special Protective Clothing market into several key regions, with sales, revenue, price and gross margin market share of top players in these regions, from 2020 to 2025 (forecast), like: North America (United States, Canada and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia and Italy), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeast Asia), South America (Brazil, Argentina, etc.), Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa)

Furthermore, the report finalizes overall market sizes by analyzing the supply-side data, which includes product developments, supply chain, and annual revenues of companies in the market. Then the report explains the structure of the market along with its varied segments and sub-segments. It also tracks product scope, market overview, market opportunities, market driving force, and market risks. Other key factors accountable for the growth of the global Medical Special Protective Clothing market are also highlighted in the report.


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Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, 6850 S. Elwood Ave.

Turkey Mountain Haunted Trail is a trail (three-fourths of a mile long) full of twisted cedar, cobwebs, creepy crawly bugs and gnarled oaks. Guests will encounter live actors, fun special effects and ghastly scenes while walking the trail.

The experience is not recommended for children younger than 12, the faint of heart or those with mobility issues.

The trail will begin Friday, Oct. 23, and will continue from 7-11 nightly through Halloween. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and begin at Turkey Mountain’s main parking lot.

Trail guides will take groups of eight to 10 people at a time through 10-12 scare stations that, according to a news release, will “focus on creating an extremely eerie and spooky atmosphere rather than the blood and guts shock scaring” of indoor haunted houses.

Tour spaces are limited, and tickets should be purchased in advance at Tours are $7, plus service fees. All guests and staff must wear masks or face shields.

Youth tours (age 12 and younger) will take place from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 23 through Halloween. Parents can walk with children in a safe environment that is “almost scary” but is intended to create smiles instead of screams.

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Money Chain Gift For The Graduate

In the present day was one of those days, that I did not even know if I used to be going to get to be inventive. Whether or not you’re in search of a hostess gift for an Easter brunch or Thanksgiving dinner, a wedding or birthday gift, or a easy token of appreciation, now we have the proper current choices. Store for gift playing cards by the event to seek out special designs for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or graduations.

The big selection of flowers, truffles, teddy bears, sweets, or different gifts are ready right here to make your big day a memorable one. Amazon Gift Cards can be found in quite a lot of formats and a big selection of designs, perfect for all gifting needs, together with last-minute gifts.

We have now a wonderfully curated collection of seasonal merchandise that makes any holiday special: one thing fresh for Valentine’s Day or playfully spooky for Halloween, a particular gift for an Easter basket , a bunch gift for a summer BBQ party or a hostess gift for Thanksgiving , or that perfect current for Christmas and the vacations.

It was humorous, however over the course of the trip, we began to notice what all of us gravitated to. I liked mirrors, while my pal Anne was pulled towards small paintings at each turn. We do not have a box sufficiently big to carry a lifetime of recollections, however we’re fairly certain an Orvis journey journey is a gift that they’re going to always remember.

Specialty gift playing cards are plastic, identical to the Basic Blue Gift Card, but there are all kinds of designs to supply that little further personalization. Walmart will send you an electronic mail that includes the Walmart eGift Card number, a PIN, directions to be used on and a barcode with directions for use in shops.…

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