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Ivanka Trump, her brand dropped by some retailers, opens her own store in Trump Tower

“Ivanka Trump made more than $5 million from her fashion company between January 2016 and March 2017, according to financial disclosures released this summer” writes Abha Bhattarai for sun-sentinel.com. “In the ever changing retail landscape, the Ivanka Trump brand is committed to engaging with the customers directly,” a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Check Out Gucci’s Brand New Bags in the Brand’s Just-Released Fall 2018 Lookbook

“The vibe isn’t oppressive, though, and in any case, the predominant vibe in any of the brand’s collections is always going to be “Gucci.”” writes Amanda Mull for purseblog.com. Like all of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci work before it, this one isn’t a separate set of ideas than his previous collections, but rather a near-seamless expansion of those ideas. Source: purseblog.com Share This:

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Disney Sees ‘Opportunity’ for R-Rated Marvel Brand – IGN News

“Announced earlier today, the Walt Disney Company has officially made a deal to purchase 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion” reports ign.com. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool,” Iger said in a call with investors following the news that Disney will purchase 21st Century Fox (via The Hollywood Reporter). Source: ign.com Share This:

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Sears is using Amazon to sell DieHard brand

“The announcement follows Sears’ move in July to sell Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon in some markets” reports foxbusiness.com. Shoppers at Kohl’s (KSS) can find Amazon devices at some stores and return items they bought from the online retailer.The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, said Thursday passenger car tires and automotive batteries will be added to Amazon.com early next year. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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Allbirds Sues Steve Madden: ‘A Multibillion-Dollar Business Has Taken a Stab at Our Mission, & It Felt Wrong’

“Regarding the latest suit, a spokesperson for the Steve Madden brand said the company has no comment at this time” writes Sheena Butler-young for footwearnews.com. Sustainable-footwear brand Allbirds Inc. is taking fashion footwear maker Steven Madden Ltd. to court.In its complaint — for trade dress infringement and unfair competition — Allbirds further alleges that in the summer of 2017, “a high-level executive for Steve Madden” contacted Allbirds and made inquiries about the brand.” Allbirds claims Madden knocked off its design shortly thereafter.Still, the company continues to shoulder a bevy of…

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Marriott to open more luxury hotels next year

“Marriott International is planning to open nearly 40 luxury hotels next year in an effort to target affluent travelers” writes unknown author for usatoday.com. The brands include The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St.Regis Hotels & Resorts, which has 42 hotels in 21 countries, will introduce new properties in destinations such as Cairo and Amman. Source: usatoday.com Share This:

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‘Absurd’: Angry advertisers are slamming YouTube’s response to its brand safety snafus

“YouTube wants to move past its avalanche of brand safety disasters this year as quickly as possible” writes Tanya Dua for businessinsider.com. In fact, on a macro level, YouTube’s brand safety problem may have prompted brands to reconsider digital spending altogether, according to Kevin O’Reilly, CTO of the data and technology firm TVSquared.Making Google’s brand safety perception matters worse is the fact that YouTube plans to jack up the prices for some of its top US channels by nearly 20% next year. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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‘Made in China’ brand image will take some time to change, Ogilvy says

“In 2017, 13 of the top 100 global brands were based in China, an increase from the single Chinese brand on the list 12 years ago” writes Akiko Fujita for cnbc.com. They want to go and make world news by acquiring a major business, like the IBM PC business,” Kronick said.While the majority of the top brands in the world are based in the U.S., Chinese brands are slowly climbing in value, according to Millward Brown’s annual report on the most valuable global brands. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Blockchain Start-Up SIRIN LABS Signs Leo Messi as Brand Ambassador ‎

“Sirin Labs has recently revealed an all-in-one PC for the blockchain generation and the crypto crowd” reports financemagnates.com. SIRIN LABS, developer of the SOLARIN ultra-secure mobile phone, announced today that it has signed up Barcelona star Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador as the company seeks to raise blockchain awareness through an affiliate with the world’s prime soccer legend.All the devices will form an independent blockchain network, a distributed ledger that is scalable and lightweight, powered by IOTA’s Tangle technology. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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First Gong Cha, now Llaollao and the Quarter Pounder have been quietly replaced in Singapore

“In case you forgot, Spanish brand Llaollao attracted huge crowds and long queues when it first launched in Singapore in 2014” writes Jessica Lin for businessinsider.sg. A check online reveals little about the Yole brand, except that it currently has four stores in Taiwan.How Singapore’s Llaollao fans will take to the new brand remains to be seen, but there’s one thing that’s certainly on everyone’s minds – why so sudden?. As if that wasn’t enough shock for food-loving Singaporeans, we’ve now been hit yet again by shocking news that popular…

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