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Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo up for sale 

Luxury retailer Jimmy Choo is on the market.

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The BBC reports the high-end shoe brand is seeking offers, but has not yet received any bids. 

Jimmy Choo believes a sale would “maximize ... value for its shareholders,” a company statement said Monday.

Right now, the British brand has a market value of nearly $900 million and operates more than 150 stores worldwide. 

According to Business Insider, its shares slumped last summer, but have since rebounded, increasing 35 percent over the last year.

JAB Holdings Inc., a long-term investment company, currently holds 68 percent of Jimmy Choo. While it is “supportive of the process,” it also said there is “no certainty that an offer will be made, nor as to the terms on which any offer will be made.”

JAB Holdings, which also holds ownership in Krispy Kreme and Caribou Coffee, purchased Panera Bread earlier this month.

>> Related: Krispy Kreme owner buys Panera Bread for $7 billion

Jimmy Choo was co-founded in 1996 by former “Vogue” editor Tamara Mellon and Choo, who once worked for Princess Diana.

The brand received global attention after its shoes appeared in films “Sex and the City” and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

A single pair of Jimmy Choo shoes can sell for more than $1,000.

Traditional retailers have faced recent tough times. Many iconic brands, from Bebe to Ralph Lauren, are closing stores and taking other drastic measures to stay afloat. Department stores, including Macy’sSears, and J.C. Penney, are shuttering mall locations nationwide. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett blamed the trend in part on the rise in popularity of e-commerce companies, such as Amazon.

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Adidas to mass produce 3D-printed shoe 

Shoes, clothing and accessories company Adidas is mass-producing a 3D-printed shoe in a partnership with a Silicon Valley, California, start-up.

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Reuters reported that Adidas and Carbon will be able to produce the “Futurecraft 4D” shoes at a speed suitable for mass production.

“This is a milestone not only for us as a company, but also for the industry,” Gerd Manz, Adidas head of technology innovation, said. “We've cracked some of the boundaries.”

According to a news release from Adidas, Carbon uses light and oxygen to create items.

Although Adidas has existing customization options for customers ordering on their websites, Manz said those features will not be available up front for the Futurecraft shoes.

“Individualization will come, but you've got to learn to walk before you run,” he said.

The company announced the shoes Friday. It plans to produce more than 100,000 pairs by 2018.

The cost of the shoes have not yet been released, but the company said they will sell at a “premium price” with plans to eventually lower the cost.

A video on the creation of the shoes can be seen below.

Michelle Obama rocks natural hair in viral photo

Michelle Obama has never been afraid to switch up her hair. For eight years, we’ve seen the former first lady rock everything from wavy strands to a straight bob. 

>> Melania Trump’s official White House portrait released; Twitter responds

But over the weekend, she debuted a 'do we’ve never seen before — her natural tresses. 

Yep, that’s right. Obama was pictured rocking what seemed to be her natural curls. Pulled back into a low puff, she finished the casual look with a gray and white polka-dot headband.

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It’s unclear when or where the photo was taken, but folks on social media have been obsessing over it, excited to learn that she is indeed #teamnatural.

Bebe closing all stores, moving to online-only sales

Another popular retailer is ditching its brick-and-mortar stores and going to an online-only business.

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Bebe Stores Inc.,  a women’s clothing chain which operates fewer than 200 store locations across the United States, is closing all its stores and shifting its focus to become an online-only retailer. 

Bloomberg first reported the news on March 21. It said Bebe has “no significant debt” but has lost about $200 million over the last four years.

Bebe released a statement on March 22, saying that it is “exploring strategic alternatives for the company” and “there is no assurance that this process will result in any specific transaction.”

Bebe, based in Brisbane, California, was founded in 1976.

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>> Related: J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

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Here's why Zac Posen won't be dressing Melania, Ivanka Trump

It looks like we won’t be seeing Ivanka or Melania Trump wearing anything by Zac Posen anytime soon – unless they buy it off the rack.

According to The Daily Beast, Posen has joined a long list of high-fashion designers who won't be dressing the Trump family, including Tom Ford, Sophie Theallet, Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs.

“I’m very upset with the state of affairs right now,” Posen told The Daily Beast. “I always try to be optimistic. I think that freedom will prevail. And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store.”

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Right now, Posen said he has “no current plans to dress members of the first family.”

"Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics. There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me — deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them. I think it’s important to use your voice. I think that every brand and person has a right to be vocal."

But Posen believes other designers should be “cautious” when it comes to sharing their political views.

"You can’t market or commercialize feminism as an entity. One has to be careful. I aim to be about powerful women in my clothing. It’s important that I support the amazing women that I’m able to work with. It’s a message about creativity and process. And being able to self-create is the message I want to share to the generation of young people being born now."

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H&M releasing unisex denim clothing line

A new line of denim clothing is coming to H&M stores in March, US Weekly reported.

The retailer said in a Wednesday news release that the Denim United collection will be "blurring borders and challenging norms."

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"It is very natural for us to launch a unisex collection as fashion is constantly evolving and intersecting and today we see there are no boundaries in democratic style," H&M spokeswoman Marybeth Schmitt said in a statement. "Fashion should always be inclusive."

The pieces borrow from menswear and womenswear, the release said, and can be mixed and matched together.

Items include T-shirts, jeans, shorts, overalls, long- and short-sleeve button-down shirts and a hoodie. The denim pieces are in varying washes.

The collection will be available "exclusively online" at HM.com starting March 23.

Popular LuLaRoe leggings criticized for tears, holes

Direct sales giant LuLaRoe is getting complaints about one of its most popular products: leggings.

The women's retailer is dealing with unhappy customers who are taking to Facebook and other social media sites to complain not only about the quality of its leggings, but also the inconsistent sizing.

LuLaRoe has made its name through social media and Facebook pages set up by its "independent fashion retailers," who sell the products to their friends and social media contacts.

The leggings, which the company boasts as "ultra stretchy and super soft," are now the focus of online complaints that the pants are ripping and developing holes after a few hours of wearing.

One customer told "The Today Show" that the leggings "disintegrated within two hours of wear."

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Another said the shirts and dresses from the company were fine, but all her leggings have holes.

But it's not only holes developing in the pants that are upsetting customers. Some can't figure out what size to order, claiming that there's no consistency.

Lisa Barretta told "The Today Show" that she wore 2XL in one style, but medium in another.

The LuLaRoe sizing chart notes that "sizes may vary depending on fabric."

"You almost have to order and pray for the best," Barretta said.

A Facebook group dedicated to complaints about the product grew from 1,400 members to more than 15,000 in two weeks.

The sellers themselves, not the company, are having to make good on the ripped pants.

"We were encouraged to replace, not refund, any damaged items," said a former seller who would not release her name. She claimed that she tried to contact LuLaRoe and could not get an answer from the company.

Business Insider obtained a copy of an email from the company to its sellers that admits that the leggings might be prone to holes "because we weaken the fibers to make them buttery soft."

"We have done all we can to fix them," Patrick Winget, LuLaRoe's head of production, said in the email.

But the company told Business Insider in a statement that it will stand behind its products and is taking the complaints seriously.

"By and large, consumers love our products. We encourage our independent retailers to remind their customers that they can contact them to help facilitate an immediate exchange or full refund if they are unsatisfied with their product," the statement read.

Despite the statement from LuLaRoe, the company's support Twitter page is being inundated with images and complaints about the leggings.

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Ivanka Trump's brand holds strong on Amazon as perfumes snag bestseller spots

Several retailers recently announced that they would stop or limit sales of Ivanka Trump’s merchandise, with some claiming sales, not politics, as the reason behind the decisions.

But her brand might not be in serious jeopardy after all, as her perfume maintains spots on Amazon's bestsellers list.

>> Nordstrom removing Ivanka Trump brand clothing, cites sales

>> Ivanka Trump disputes reports Nordstrom is dropping her brand

Her sales were so high that her fragrances took up three spots on the bestseller list this week.

The 3.4 fluid-ounce Ivanka Trump eau de parfum spray for women maintained the No. 1 spot on Monday morning. The roller ball version of the perfume snagged the No. 2 spot, and the 1.7-ounce spray sat at No. 3. 

Trump's fragrance is described on the site as an “alluring and feminine floral Oriental” scent that is a “symbol of grace and beauty.”

Amazon bestsellers are determined by their popularity in comparison to similar items on the site, meaning that Trump's perfume beat out dozens of other brands to earn the top spots.

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>> Report: T.J. Maxx, Marshalls instructed employees to trash Ivanka Trump merchandise signs

Critics of President Trump started a #GrabYourWallets campaign shortly after his election win as a form of boycott against Trump family merchandise. Within the last few weeks, Nordstrom has dropped the first daughter’s line altogether, while T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have simply stopped promoting her products in their stores.

Kate Upton lands cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for third time

Sports Illustrated fans will see a familiar face on the cover of the 2017 swimsuit issue.

>> PHOTOS: Kate Upton through the years

The magazine announced early Wednesday that Kate Upton landed the coveted spot, gracing three different covers of this year's issue. She was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 swimsuit issues, as well.

>> See all three versions of the cover here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

According to The Associated Press, Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum also appeared on the cover three times. Supermodel Elle Macpherson landed five covers.

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