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Robert Klara

Why the Gucci Loafer Is a Shoe-In for the World's Swankest Slip-On

An iconic accessory that's as comfortable and stylish as ever

On the World of Gucci Web page, visitors can shop the collection, watch runway videos, visit the Gucci Pet page and click through a slideshow that shows just how big…

Are Brands Finally Tiring of All Those Sexy Super Bowl Ads?

For effectiveness, it's best not to have skin in the game

Sex's ability to sell brands is often seen as an article of faith in the ad business, and the Super Bowl is the biggest house of worship. Ever since Noxema first…

Brands Target the Homebound and Blizzard-Bored With Flash Sales

The snow didn't really add up, but maybe the orders will

Even though the snowstorm that was supposed to have been the Blizzard of the Century turned out to be little more than an annoyance for many people in the Northeast,…

How Riddell Saved Players' Skulls But Still Got Left With Plenty of Headaches

The hard-hitting story of a pioneering helmet brand

In January 2010, President Obama paid a visit to the Riddell athletic goods factory in Elyria, Ohio. On the shop floor, the workers presented the chief exec with a gift—a…

Come Super Bowl Sunday, Will the University of Phoenix Regret Its Naming Rights Deal?

As school faces scrutiny, $155 million deal highlights deep pockets

When the expected 184 million viewers tune in to Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, they'll see more than just the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots—they'll…

Why Lilly Pulitzer for Target Is Going Where No Capsule Collection Has Gone Before

Old-money label meets big-box retail

Fashion mavens who were miffed over the announcement that Lilly Pulitzer would be selling a collection at Target made nearly as much news as the announcement itself. In case you missed…

Target's Exit From Canada Isn't a Failed Expansion. It's a Botched Invasion

Chain moved too fast and never bothered listening to the locals

The news that American big-box giant Target is throwing in the towel on its Canadian operations—shutting down 133 stores, laying off 17,000 employees, and writing down a $5.4 billion pretax…

Yes, Nasty Restaurant Customers, Servers Will Indeed Sabotage Your Food

Study shows why abusing the help isn't a good idea

Chances are you've heard that awful old joke about the waiter slipping an illicit ingredient into the salad dressing of a customer who's pissed him off. No? Well, listen up…

How Yesterday's Blue-Collar Brands Became Today's Coolest Clothes

Dickies and Carhartt move from factory floor to millennial closet

Just a few years back, the L.C. King Manufacturing Co., founded in 1913 and the oldest family-owned cut-and-sew garment factory in the U.S., was nearly extinct. Inside the company's weathered…

Traditional Stores Still Trounce E-Commerce When It Comes to Returns, New Survey Says

'Tis the season for bringing all those gifts back

Now that all the holiday gift giving is over and done with, we've come upon the early-January echo effect that nobody really talks much about: 'Tis now the season for taking…

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