Five Big Takeaways as Oscar Voting Closes

Phase 1 of awards season wraps Monday, Jan. 14, when Oscar-nomination voting ends. So before Phase 2 (Jan. 22 nominations through the Feb. 24 ceremony), it’s time to reflect on the lessons of Phase 1 (though “lessons” may be misleading, since it implies everyone has learned something). 1. It’s an annual tradition to stir up […]

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Ivanka Trump Closes $100 Million Fashion Business

After what has been a bumpy few years, the Ivanka Trump brand has shuttered its doors for good.
Started in 2007 as a fine jewelry company, the Ivanka Trump brand branched out into sportswear, footwear, accessories, fragrance, denim and other categories over the years. Before Donald Trump took office, the label was estimated to be a $ 100 million brand, but post-inauguration, the company had a rocky time with consumers due partially to #GrabYourWallet founder Shannon Coulter’s call for a boycott of the brand. Many shoppers associated the brand with the first daughter although she stepped away from the company before her father took office.
Coulter did not respond immediately to a request for comment Tuesday.
Executives at the company did not disclose how many employees were affected by the closure. Retail distribution dwindled in recent months, and earlier this month, Hudson Bay dropped the collection in a very public way. That was followed by the circulation of an online petition by activist group Care2, which  called for Lord & Taylor to do the same. The group had nearly reached its goal of 18,000 signatures Tuesday.
In September of 2016, the company had distribution in 800 stores internationally including such accounts as Lord & Taylor,

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Tomlin’s spirits high as Bell deadline closes in

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin still believes a long-term deal with running back Le’Veon Bell could be reached before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.
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DocuSign Shows Strong Demand, Closes Up 30%

Electronic-signature technology company DocuSign Inc. closed up 30% in its market debut Friday.
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Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

The company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds closes its London studio amid a profit warning.
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Spotify Closes In on Unusual IPO That Boxes Out Bankers

Spotify is expected to receive approval from the SEC to move forward with a listing of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, a key step in the music-streaming service’s plan to avoid a traditional IPO.
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An Upright Citizens Brigade Theater Closes With Filthy Fanfare

The Chelsea space gets an appropriate send-off — an improv marathon complete with dance party and Dumpster comedy — before the group moves to Hell’s Kitchen.
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CVS Closes In on Aetna Deal

CVS is moving closer to a $ 66 billion-plus agreement to buy Aetna, with a possible deal announcement by Monday.
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FCC closes virus upload loophole on its website

Digital defences on the site have been improved after users found it was possible to upload malware.
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Shawn Mendes Closes the Emporio Armani Show

MENDES MODELS: Shawn Mendes admitted he was “a little nervous” ahead of his runway appearance on the Emporio Armani runway. He shouldn’t have worried – even if it was somewhat awkward. As he self-consciously held his arm aloft, he walked and skipped down the catwalk to the tune of his hit “Mercy” at the close of  the show. Mendes said he was “not used to wearing high fashion” but that he eased into it with the Armani looks for their “fit and comfort.” Mendes fronts the ad campaign for the new Emporio Armani smartwatch, presented at the tail end of the show with a video and officially launched on Saturday evening at the designer’s megastore in Milan. The venue was already under siege by Mendes’ fans in the afternoon–scorching sun be damned.
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“No time for holidays,” gamely said Armie Hammer, who will promote “Cars 3” through the summer. Hammer has joined the cast of the latest installment of the Disney-Pixar computer-animated film series,  lending his voice to villain Jackson Storm. Ahead of the show, asked about the first movie, doing a quick count, Hammer said he

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Condé Nast Closes Style.com Months After Its Debut

The magazine giant is folding its experiment with e-commerce, and joining forces with Farfetch.
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United Continental Investors Hope Their Airline Closes the Gap

Scott Kirby can be a whiz with airline numbers, and that is just what United Continental Holdings Inc. shareholders are craving as the U.S.’s third-largest carrier prepares for its first investor day in two years on Tuesday.
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Fitcode Closes $1.8 Million Series A Round

PERFECT FIT: Seattle-based fashion tech start-up Fitcode has disclosed new funding.
The company’s aim is to help consumers with their denim purchases, while reducing returns for brands by teaching shoppers how to make denim selections based on fit rather than size. Shoppers take a short quiz so they can be paired with a particular fit, of which Fitcode has nine. The company then provides denim suggestions based on that fit.
The $ 1.8 million Series A round was led by Seattle investment firm Harvey Partners and will be funneled into new hires, an app, a plus-size offering and growing the partnership base of brands and retailers, according to cofounder and chief executive officer Rian Buckley.
“Brands lose a lot of the conversion when they sell to retailers. And then for retailers, it’s pretty cool because we can offer a unique shopping experience,” Buckley said.
The idea for Fitcode stemmed from Buckley’s time as a fit model in which she saw just how much pinning, tucking and Photoshop work went into making a pair of jeans look good for a photo.
The company’s boutique includes brands such as Seven For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson and Kut from the Kloth, among other designer labels. It doesn’t

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Rhone Apparel Closes on $5M Series A Round

Rhone Apparel, which dubs itself a men’s active wear and lifestyle brand, has closed on a $ 5 million Series A round of financing.
Rhone has raised an aggregate of $ 6.2 million. Its last raise was $ 1.2 million in seed financing in late 2013.
The Series A round includes as investors: Steve Bornstein, former president and chief executive officer for the NFL Network and former chairman, president and ceo of ESPN; David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus; Ryen Russillo, host of ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kannell; Shane Battier, former NBA player, and M3 Ventures, an investment fund managed by former CAA executive Martin Dolfi.
Rhone plans to use the financing to expand on its R&D capabilities, increase distribution and invest in marketing opportunities. Rhone plans to expand into a 4,000-square-foot retail storefront and office in Stamford, Conn., early next year. The company said it has secured the rhone.com domain name for a relaunch of its e-commerce site.
Nate Checketts, cofounder and ceo, said that the brand in the fall would be “available in 20 Bloomingdale’s locations, 15 Equinox locations and 2 Nordstrom locations, as well as over 12 Core Power Yoga and 20 additional gyms and specialty stores.”
Rhone has been growing its position in the men’s

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