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Neiman Marcus is equipping all of its 4,000 associates at its full-line stores with smartphones in an effort to better serve customers, company executives said on the retailer’s recent conference call with analysts. Neiman’s executives also said the company plans to remodel it stores on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and in Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour, Fla.

SEATTLE, Feb. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Riding the wave of its success in the U.S., the Tommy Bahama Group has announced an important step forward in their strategy to drive long-term growth through international expansion. Tommy Bahama will begin by opening company owned and operated retail stores in premium locations in Asia, including a combined restaurant and retail location in the Ginza district of Tokyo and stores in Macau and Singapore. "Tommy Bahama has enjoyed significant growth in our direct to consumer business. Through our website and U.S. based stores, we've seen a pent up demand and opportunity for

Christian Louboutin, known best for his heels with the iconic red bottoms, is helping Neiman Marcus celebrate its 20th anniversarty with the launch of "Sole Seekers," a social media challenge that asks users to upload Louboutin images into a growing online pictorial spread. The challenge, which will feature entries from Instagram and Twitter, will also be hosted on the Neiman Marcus Facebook page and NMdaily, The Neiman Marcus Blog, according to a company press release. "Sole Seekers" runs Feb. 10 through March 10 when one winner will be selected to receive a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes. Participants submit

London-based Topshop recently announced plans to open a new flagship store in Chicago, according to www.wwd.com. After opening a flagship in New York’s SoHo neighborhood in March 2009, the fast-fashion retailer will unveil its second and largest U.S. store along Chicago's Michigan Avenue on Sept. 7. The 49,000-sq.-ft., three-level corner location was formerly a Borders bookstore. Design features include a sleek, urban decor, complete with a white tile floor, brushed steel, suspended glass fixtures and a ceiling partially covered by a mirrored Union Jack flag. The Chicago store opening will coincide with the company's ongoing international expansion, which includes

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