Danish luxury lifestyle brand SAND opens its first North American flagship store in the heart of West Hollywood on Sunset Plaza LOS ANGELES, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Michael and Sara Dovan, founders of the TRAFFIC Los Angeles stores, have partnered with Triluxe, the North American distributors of Sand and designers Lene and Soren Sand to create an impressive 2,500 square foot showcase for this designed-in-Copenhagen lifestyle brand. Fusing modern Scandinavian silhouettes with Italian sartorial elements, SAND delivers a provocative elegance. (Photo: "Los Angeles shoppers got their first taste of Sand at our Traffic stores

H&M has collaborated with design consultancy firm UXUS to create H&M Home stores, which now are open in select locations in Europe. Within the stores, items are presented in a showroom environment, with shoppers placing magnetic stickers — which represent products — on a board that they take to the cashier to collect the items from the storeroom.

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. reported Tuesday that it swung to a profit in the second quarter as lowered prices bolstered sales. The teen retailer recorded net income of $19.5 million, compared with a loss of $26.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Abercrombie also said Tuesday it will close 60 stores in the United States in 2010 as it expands internationally.Revenue rose 17% to $745.8 million, surpassing Wall Street expectations of $727.7 million.Same-store sales rose 5%.In the United States, the retailer said it plans to open three Abercrombie & Fitch stores; three Abercrombie Kids stores; three Hollister stores; two Gilly

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