Posts tagged "retail"

Abercrombie Ends “Looks Policy,” Extends Employment To The Less Hot

Congratulations, non-supermodels! You are now eligible for minimum wage work at the mall!

Robyn Pennacchia / April 24, 2015

I Understand, ComCast: 5 Rude Nicknames I Gave Customers While Working In Retail

It came out today that ComCast has a really, really big problem with nickname leaks. As in, they nicknamed a customer “Super Bitch,” and then sent her a bill with “Super Bitch” printed as her first name.
So, first of all, who’s the ComCast fuck-up who went ahead and actually wrote “Super Bitch” literally ANYWHERE…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 9, 2015

This Holiday Season, Please Be Kind To Retail Employees

Last night, I was in a candy shop in my neighborhood waiting for the owner of the store to cut some marshmallows for me when a woman walked in, dropped a bag on the counter (literally dropped, as in held it high in the air over the counter and then let go, letting it fall…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 19, 2014

8 Insane Quotes About Working At Abercrombie That Will Make You Regret Lusting Over That Catalog

Abercrombie & Fitch’s awful financials make me optimistic about the future. For a long time they were a dominant force in the teen market, but Abercrombie & Fitch’s legacy of discrimination and elitism has made it basically untouchable to today’s cool kids.
But for a while there, before popped collars and layered shell necklaces were…

The Gloss / May 7, 2014

Journeys Store Staff Quits In The Middle Of The Day To Protest Their Terrible Manager

Have you ever had a boss who was so disrespectful, mean, and universally hated that the entire staff spent their breaks fantasizing about slipping an ex-lax into that “World’s Best Boss” mug and/or staging a group walkout? The staff at a Journeys store in a Rochester mall did just that — well, the walkout part,…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 4, 2013

5 Sort Of Disturbing Things I Learned About My Shopping Problem

Do you ever think about how and why you shop? Is it out of necessity? As therapy? To problem-solve? Earlier this week a friend asked me to participate in a survey about shopping habits. For an hour, I laid it all bare, telling a room full of random strangers about the things I purchased, why…

Julie Gerstein / August 29, 2013

Juicy Couture Employees Say The Company Has Eliminated Full-Time Employment, Benefits

Juice Couture is known for its expensive denim and its velour track suits. Jeans retail for upwards of $178 and handbags around $230. And yet! Employees at the company’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in NYC allege that the company is systematically trying to bilk employees out of hours and benefits. A petition started by…

Julie Gerstein / March 28, 2013

11 Surprising Things About The Places You Eat, Shop And Stay

Yesterday, I stumbled on a crazy fascinating Reddit thread asking users, “What is something your current or past employee would NOT want the world to know about their company?” Boy, did they answer. We curated some of our favorite and most instructive revelations (occasional misspellings and bad grammer  included, FYI) after the jump!

Julie Gerstein / October 2, 2012

Frisky Rant: Rude Salespeople Can Really Ruin Your Day

Call it the “Pretty Woman” syndrome: When a salesperson at a store is too snotty or insolent for words. Whether we’re talking Urban Outfitters or Louis Vuitton, a snotty, bitchy, over-the-top entitled shop person can totally ruin your day. And while a good salesperson can convince you to buy something you don’t need or actually…

Julie Gerstein / August 10, 2012

Lucky Magazine Set To Become An Even Bigger Drain On Your Credit Card

I guess the “want” stickers in the front of the magazine just weren’t cutting it anymore — on August 17th, Lucky will launch myLuckymag.com, the shopping and style glossy’s first foray into the world of e-commerce. By offering a selection of items from various retailers curated by the mag’s editors all in one hot spot,…

Rachel Krause / August 9, 2012

Jenna Lyons On J. Crew’s Magic

Jenna Lyons is the president and creative director for J. Crew. She’s also sort of a walking, talking embodiment of the brand’s hip preppy vibe. In this video, a clip from the upcoming CNBC documentary, “J. Crew and the Man Who Dressed America,” Jenna talks about how the company must predict what trends will be…

Julie Gerstein / May 22, 2012

Now, Even Your Clothes Hangers Will Feature Facebook

Facebook is everywhere, all the time — and now, it’ll be able to follow you into the mall, even if you don’t have a smart phone. That’s because new retail technology has created digitized hangers that are linked up to Facebook. Every time someone “likes” an article of clothing online, the hanger updates the number…

Julie Gerstein / May 14, 2012

E-Commerce Site Very.com Is Very, Very British

Love Brit High Street stores — like South Savoir and Love Label — but hate paying for stupid overseas shipping? Us, too. That’s why we’re pleased to announce that Very.com has hit American shores, and is offering the best in British brands stateside. The site offers everything you might need in sizes ranging from petite…

Julie Gerstein / December 15, 2011

Sometimes Shopgirls Are The Worst

How often has this happened to you: You’re stoked to buy something at a cute little boutique, but then the girl working there totally freezes you out? It’s like, commmmme onnnnnn, you work retail! We’re all in this together! You’re not cooler than me! Stop it! The girl in this video knows exactly what I’m…

Julie Gerstein / December 1, 2011

Soapbox: Let’s Talk About Forever 21 — And Every Other Effed Up Retailer

For the past week or so, there’s been comments going back in forth in our “What Are We Wearing Today” posts about the shady nature of Forever 21. Not only has Forever 21 been cited for its poor ethics in terms of stealing independent designers’ work, but it’s also been called out for its conservative…

Julie Gerstein / September 1, 2011

Retail Giant Zara Accused Of Age Old Practice Of Slave Labor

Just a little reminder for us to think about where our clothes come from. Spanish retailer Zara has been accused of child labor and violating fair labor practices by Brazil’s Ministry of Labour and Employment. According to the agency, 52 workers in one of the company’s São Paulo factories were being held in “slave-like” conditions,…

Julie Gerstein / August 20, 2011

How Haul Vlogging Can Pay Off

When the media started noticing haul vloggers—girls (mainly) who post videos of their shopping sprees—the response was a bit cynical. These girls, wrote New York magazine, “seem to be primarily of one species: the girl who flatirons her hair, wears too-thick eye shimmer up to her eyebrows, drowns in eyeliner, and gets her brow…

Leonora Epstein / August 4, 2010

Girl Talk: Everyone Should Have A Retail Job At Least Once

I’ve never known how to properly fold a shirt. My dressers have always been an orgy of unorganized clothes—sweaters and socks spilling out of drawers—because my approach has always been to ball everything up, which is not really a great way to organize or prevent wrinkles. That all changed after my first day working i…

Kelli Bender / June 14, 2010

Folding Clothes Is Just Not That Serious

One of the greatest lessons I learned while working at New York & Company in my early-’20s was how to half fold a T-shirt. It’s pretty basic…you just fold the shirt in half and then fold the sleeves over the front. But the genius is that you can fit about 10 shirts in a space…

Annika Harris / July 9, 2008