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Store wars: Another designer jumps ship from Myer to David Jones

In the game of musical chairs that is the department store wars, you can be sure of one thing: no sooner does one fire a shot across the bow than the other swiftly responds. David Jones has signed renowned New Zealand label Kate Sylvester, adding to its war chest of local brands, as its main rival, Myer, racks up new and exclusive international brands.  New Zealand label Kate Sylvester is joining David Jones. Photo: supplied Kate Sylvester, which launched in 1993, and Sylvester, the secondary line, will be in David Jones’ Sydney, Melbourne…

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Aldi supermarket stabbing: Woman dies in Skipton store attack

A woman who was stabbed in an Aldi supermarket, in Skipton, North Yorkshire, has died. The 30-year-old was attacked at the store in Keighley Road at 15:27 BST. Shoppers were left terrified, with one witness saying everyone “screamed and ran up and down”. The witness also said she had “never been so scared” in her life. A 44-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, North Yorkshire Police said. ‘Staff racing about’ A force spokesman said: “The suspect was initially detained by brave members of staff and public,…

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The Death Knell for the Bricks-and-Mortar Store? Not Yet

On a quiet strip of Rue de Marignan, just down the block from the Paris power-lunch spot L’Avenue, Alex Bolen, the chief executive of Oscar de la Renta, was standing outside No. 4, where the brand is to open a store next May. “We think long and hard before we enter into a lease,” Mr. Bolen said. “With all that’s going on in retail, we need to think even harder. For a luxury brand, what’s the point of a store, at least a bricks-and-mortar store?” It’s a question many in…

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Bulgari Reopens Fifth Avenue Flagship Store

Those with the means to sparkle were crowded elbow to elbow alongside those with the professional obligation to do so. Bulgari, the Roman jeweler, was reopening its 57th Street store last Friday after 18 months of renovation, its new, gold-grate-lined corner shop clamorously full. Clients — the kind with annual jewelry budgets in the multimillions, who may be received onto the second-floor couches to relax while they considered their next acquisitions — bumped up against models and Instagram stars. Here Bella Hadid, there Sofia Richie, off yonder Mario Testino, the…

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Google faces lawsuit over removing Gab from Play Store

Social network Gab has filed a lawsuit against Google for removing it from Play, the Android app store. Gab describes itself as a platform dedicated to free speech and has become popular with the alt-right. Messages posted often contain abusive language, pornography and hate speech. Gab’s lawyer said Google was violating anti-trust laws because it owns rival apps such as YouTube and Google Plus. Google said Gab lacked sufficient moderation to be included for download. The app is also banned on the Apple store. “Google Play and Android have monopoly…

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