Last week, reports emerged that Barneys New York might again be headed toward bankruptcy. Many observers, including a fellow Forbes contributor, wonder whether the iconic Manhattan-based luxury retailer might be destined for the retail graveyard. I have some history with the brand (aside from having bought a suit there eons ago to look good for post-business-school job … Continue reading Here we go again. Can Barneys survive in luxury’s new world?
Last week brought two big pieces of Neiman Marcus news. The day started with the announcement that the company had successfully extended the maturities on some $4.6 billion in debt. Then, a few hours later, Neiman's reported quarterly results, which were concerning. After six consecutive quarters of growth, comparable sales were down 1.5%, and the luxury retailer posted a … Continue reading Neiman Marcus kicks the can down the road. So now what?
Recently a roughly $8.4 billion offer from the Nordstrom family to take the namesake retailer private was rejected as inadequate. The deal now seems at risk as the special committee in charge of evaluating a potential transaction indicated that the price needed to be "substantially" and "promptly" improved upon or they would terminate further discussions. While … Continue reading Going Private Could Be The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Nordstrom; With One Big Caveat
Late last week the Neiman Marcus Group named former Ralph Lauren executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck as their new CEO, replacing company veteran Karen Katz (full disclosure: once my boss). While not terribly surprising given the company's struggles under a mountain of debt, extremely rocky "NMG One" systems implementation and largely stagnant growth, the move does come at a critical … Continue reading A tough agenda faces Neiman Marcus’ new CEO
Last week's announcement that Michael Kors would buy luxury shoe and accessories brand Jimmy Choo comes on the heels (heh, heh) of Coach's $2.4 billion deal to acquire Kate Spade. While this particular move is not in and of itself a catalyst for more merger & acquisition activity, there is a growing sense that various forces are converging to drive an … Continue reading The Kors/Jimmy Choo Deal May Usher In A New Era Of Retail Consolidation