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Feb 28, 2018

‘MAGA’ hats or #MeToo at polls? Justices appear split

The U.S. Supreme Court appears divided on the right of people to wear “Make America Great Again” hats or #MeToo buttons when they vote. Hearing arguments Wednesday in a case that could redefine First Amendment rights on Election Day, the justices scrutinized a Minnesota law that bars political apparel at the polls. They peppered the […]

Jul 29, 2013

Hudson’s Bay buying Saks for about $2.4 billion

NEW YORK — Don’t let the global economy fool you: Luxury is hardly dead. Saks Inc. agreed to sell itself to Hudson’s Bay Co., the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion in a deal that will bring luxury to more North American locales. The acquisition combines three department-store brands […]

May 24, 2013

Gap back in style as 1Q profit jumps 43 percent

NEW YORK — After years of struggle, Gap is back in style. Gap Inc., which owns The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic clothing chains, on Thursday reported a 43 percent jump in its fiscal first-quarter net income, as the company continues to reap benefits from the turnaround plan that it began early last year. […]

Oct 23, 2012

A business for Baltimore’s sartorially-inclined men

Walking into the Sixteen Tons menswear shop is like taking a brief trip to another decade.

Oct 2, 2012

Workplace fashion: What works for you?

Do you think that attorney dress has gotten more casual, or is it just me?

Mar 13, 2012

Retail sales rise 1.1 percent in February

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up spending on retail goods in February, evidence that a stronger job market is boosting the economy. Consumers bought more autos, clothes and appliances. They also paid higher prices for gas. Retail sales increased 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was the biggest gain since September. The […]

Nov 2, 2011

Syms and Filene’s unit seek bankruptcy protection

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Discount retailer Syms Corp. and its subsidiary Filene’s Basement have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and plan to liquidate their operations. Syms acquired Filene’s Basement out of bankruptcy protection in the spring of 2009 for $62.4 million, but struggled to turn the chain around. They own and run 46 stores mostly […]

Sep 22, 2011

Target’s blunder with designer continues

NEW YORK — Target is a victim of its own success. The discounter drummed up so much hype around its exclusive, limited-time line by upscale Italian designer Missoni that its website crashed and was down most of the day on Sept. 13 when the collection was launched, angering customers. More than a week later, some […]

Aug 19, 2011

What to wear for on-campus interviews

On-campus interviewing season is upon us.  I participated in the mock interview program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law a few weeks ago and I’m going back for on-campus interviews in less than two weeks. I remember participating in on-campus interviews myself.  I think it is an experience you never […]

Jan 5, 2011

Spending data show December sales strong

NEW YORK — Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, extending retail sales momentum that had been building since August, according to data released Wednesday. Figures released by MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse, which tracks spending in all forms including cash, show consumers treated themselves to new clothes […]

Dec 1, 2010

Jos. A. Bank’s profit up 8 percent, but misses analyst estimates

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter profit climbed 8 percent, helped by solid sales in the last two months of the period. But the results fell short of Wall Street’s expectations and its stock dropped. President and CEO R. Neal Black said in a statement that August sales were hampered […]

Jan 25, 2010

Clothes Make The Man

One of the challenges of being a new lawyer is dressing for the part. Especially in those first few years out of law school, I felt like a phony. Law school did not prepare me for the realities of practicing law. I was self-conscious that clients and other lawyers would realize me for the fraud […]

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