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Around the Web: The Frenzy for China’s Luxury Consumer, Bankrupt Brands’ Second Chance & Malls in Flux

This week, the web is giving brands access to China’s luxury consumer in new ways, providing struggling retailers with new options and competing with mall reinventions.

Mall developers can’t keep up with retail’s shifting landscape—so some are revamping their properties in ways that spread the risk across housing, entertainment and retail. (Bloomberg)

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With Alibaba’s new luxury pavilion, the e-tail giant hopes to court luxury brands, which have shied away until now with an improved interface, a select group of shoppers and a partition between them and low-end sellers, especially counterfeiters. (Glossy)

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Where a skatepark or ball field were once gathering places for likeminded young people, today it’s the line. Shoppers who queue up aren’t just vying for exclusive merchandise, they’re looking for community. (The New York Times)

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American Apparel is making a comeback and its owner, Gildan Activewear, is relaunching the e-commerce site, exploring direct-to-consumer possibilities and working to preserve the troubled brand’s heritage. (Bloomberg)

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Luxury e-commerce is taking over China and’s partnership with Farfetch demonstrates how the current landscape could be an opportunity for high-end brands to reach the nation’s consumers. (Glossy)

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With the help of retail investors, bankrupt brick-and-mortar retailers are coming back—but this time in the form of online businesses. (The Wall Street Journal)

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Some of Amazon’s private label apparel collections have gotten a lot of press lately but the retailer may be selling more of its own brands than the public realizes—and it is planning even more. (Quartz)

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While other mall brands are succumbing to the retail apocalypse, Steve Madden is coming out on top, but the question is how? (Racked)

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