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Shop Today: 35th Annual LLHA Show

Sept. 28-30, 2015
Mississauga Convention Centre

Just over 6 months away — don't miss out on the 2015 edition of the LLHA Show, Canada's only show for Travel, Business and Fashion Accessories! This year's show features a special "Cash and Carry" section, a great way to take advantage of some hot deals for the holidays.

The 2015 Show will have a fresh look and feel and you don't want to miss this great opportunity to connect with everyone in the industry!

We continue to book up the best in our industry to showcase to you at the 35th annual LLHA Show. Some of our newly booked exhibitors include: Briggs & Riley, Boconi, JYS Enterprise (Karla Hanson, Pampered Girls & Marcellino), Equipment Outdoor Technologies (Lowe Alpine), Compass Partners (Knomo & Lipault), and many more.

Stay tuned as we update you regularly on additional brands bringing you their latest & greatest this September. It's not too early to pre-register at

Stay connected with Canada's only magazine for the travel business & fashion accessory industry now into its 49th year, distributed to 7,000 retailers nationally.
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Target claims $1.6 billion tax break from failed Canadian launch
CBC News
Target has pocketed a $1.6 billion writeoff on its American taxes as a result of the retailer's failed expansion into Canada, a new regulatory filing shows. In an annual report known as a 10-K filed with American regulators, the U.S. retail chain says it has "recognized a tax benefit of $1.6 billion in discontinued operations, which primarily relates to the loss on our investment in Canada."
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Tigerair to charge passengers extra for hand luggage
Herald Sun
TIGERAIR passengers who want to carry on the same amount of luggage as they do now will soon have to pay for the privilege. Currently passengers can carry on up to 10kg of luggage as part of their fare but as of April 17 that will be cut to 7kg. Travellers will get the option to "pre-purchase" more weight up to four hours before they fly.
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Sears vendors demand special terms to keep supplying goods
CBC News
Sears Holding Corp's vendors in the U.S. have demanded speedier payment from the retailer as they fear for its long-term health amid a string of losses. According to MarketWatch, some vendors have made a deal with Sears to get payment within 15 days in return for a price discount of three to five per cent on merchandise. The retailer typically pays suppliers within two months.
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Nordstrom opens at Rideau Centre
Ottawa Business Journal
The second Nordstrom location in Canada opened its doors to thousands of eager shoppers at the Rideau Centre recently, a milestone event the upscale retailer hopes is the beginning of a long, prosperous relationship with the capital. "We feel that there's a good opportunity for us (in Ottawa)," company spokesman John Bailey told OBJ during a sneak peek of the 157,000-square-foot store.

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Michael Kors: Has the luxury brand become a victim of its own success?
CTV News
It's said that image is everything in fashion, and for luxury brand Michael Kors, that image has begun to tarnish. For more than a year, fashion insiders, from style bloggers to financial analysts have been warning of "the coming crash" of Kors' lifestyle company, Michael Kors Holdings. They're worried that in the three years since the company went public, it's been opening so many stores that it's at risk of oversaturating its own market — a prospect that could doom the brand.

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Target Canada closing 16 stores soon
CBC News
The end is near for 16 Target Canada locations shutting their doors to the public. The company confirmed to CBC News that the Target stores in the following locations will close at the end of the shopping day on these dates.

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Clare Vivier's growing lifestyle brand can no longer fit in a tote
LA Times
Clare Vivier has turned her love of French chic and American prep — and a search for the perfect, non-corporate-looking work bag — into a made-in-L.A. success story. Her collection launched eight years ago with a single vegetable-tanned leather tote called La Tropezienne, manufactured in Los Angeles. Buoyed by the early support of social media, it has grown to include small accessories, gifts, stationery and French-phrase T-shirts. Available at 300 outlets worldwide, it is on the way to becoming an American lifestyle brand — maybe even the next Kate Spade.
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Mind the Gap: Retailer aims to rekindle apparel appeal
Global News
Remember when people you know used to shop at the Gap? It wasn't that long ago, really. But over the last few years, foot traffic to stores has steadily come under pressure at the one-time go-to clothing retailer for millions of North American shoppers. Gap's clothing and designs have lost a step or two in the trendy department, according to retail experts. Relative "fast-fashion" newcomers meanwhile, such as Zara, H&M and Forever 21 have been more than happy to pick up the slack.
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Can this startup crack the virtual fitting room code?
The Globe and Mail
It's hard enough to find a good pair of jeans at the mall, but at least fitting room-weary customers know they're bringing home the right size. Customers who prefer the convenience of online shopping risk buying pants off of the Internet with the hope they'll sit properly around the waist. Factor in the annoyance of having to ship those ill-fitting pants back to sender and it's easy to see why online clothing sales have yet to take a bigger chunk of the e-commerce pie: Less than 10 per cent of apparel sales occur online, and within that small margin, billions are spent each year just dealing with the hassle of returns.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Handbag prices begin to hit their limit (The Wall Street Journal)
Here's what you need to know about buying a quality leather bag (Business Insider)
5 myths about carry-on bags (USA Today)

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