Career Lesson: Learning is a gift even when pain is your teacher.

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Abercrombie & Fitch To Remove Logos on Its Clothes

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

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IMAGE: Tenerclase

After announcing disappointing results from its second-quarter, controversial retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has decided to pull the plug on its recognizable branding. By Spring 2015, the company’s logo will be completely eliminated from its attire in its U.S. stores. Crazy to think that this once-mighty company was a champion of the logo-era of the late 2000s. How the high mighty have fallen.

On Thursday, Abercrombie reported a 10% drop in sales at its Hollister brand last quarter as compared to the same period in 2013. Both brands are struggling to adapt to the present market, which favors attire that is far less branded. In contrast, Abercrombie (the flagship brand) noted a 1% dip in sales as compares to last quarter –  a small change, considering the company saw its sales plummet 10% in 2013. [Huffington Post]

Revamping the Hollister Brand

Hollister unveiled its new store concept in November 2013. (Photo: Hollister analyst day presentation)

Hollister unveiled its new store concept in November 2013. (Photo: Hollister analyst day presentation)

Earlier this year, the company announced its plans to aggressively revamp Hollister and turn it into a “fast-fashion” brand, taking styles from catwalks and bringing them to stores. This would allow them to compete more evenly with companies like H&M and Forever 21, which have become increasingly popular with teen and tween shoppers.

Change is coming slowly. In early 2014, Hollister began dumping its beach shack-inspired porch layout for shining glass. According to Abercrombie’s COO Jonathan Ramsden, the company is pleased with the remodeling thus far and plans to speed up the rollout in 2015. [Huffington Post]

Planned Store Closures

In this year alone, Abercrombie will be closing up 60 stores in the U.S. alone. Presently Hollister operates at around 600 stores, while the Abercrombie brand has half that number. As yet, the organization is still looking for a new executive to take the role of president at Hollister.

According to industry analysts, the Hollister revamp isn’t far off the mark. Analyst Simeon Siegal of Nomura Securities agrees that Abercrombie has managed to go from the “most hated” name of all among teen retailers to “loved”, as it cut costs and become more fashionable. Despite the drop in sales, the company’s stock is still up by 22% over the past year. According to analysts, a comeback is still very much possible – if executed carefully.


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Because Every Morning Needs An Ewok on a Treadmill.

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

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We have to thank Gizmodo for sharing this gem. The adorable pooch above is Munchkin the Shih Tzu, otherwise known as the Ewok on the Treadmill. I dare you to watch this for more than 15 seconds and not smile.

In the words of our Endor friends, “Tyatee, ah-ah azar, tyatee, ah-ah paamuk” (Star Wars fans, your welcome.)


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Bonhams Auctions Off Original Wizard of Oz Items, Sells for Millions

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

IMAGE: Bonhams NYC

IMAGE: Bonhams NYC

On Monday, Bonhams put to auction a small collection of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia. The auction, titled “TCM… There’s No Place Like Hollywood” included multiple iconic Hollywood items, including Clark Gable’s riding coat from “Gone With The Wind” and the Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film. The lion costume’s face is a sculpted likeliness of the late actor, and the item’s condition is excellent. On Monday, it sold for just over $3 million.

A spokesman for costume owner James Comisor says a secondary costume used in the film sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million. Comisor has collected a trove of TV memorabilia from shows that include “I Love Lucy” and “Lost”. He says he plans to use the money from the Cowardly Lion costume to exhibit his collection [via CP24]. Other items in the auction included Dorothy’s “Test” dress, and various other items from iconic Hollywood movies. In the same auction, the “Casablanca” upright piano took over $3.4 million. To view some other items from the auction, click the images below.

There is something so sentimental about all these items. Long gone are the golden days of Hollywood.


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Career Lesson: Be Different, and Be Proud.

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Sideshow Collectibles Has Released a New Posable 12” C-3PO Figurine With Crazy Detail

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Image: Sideshow Collectibles

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

Star Wars Fans, start drooling now. Sideshow Collectibles, known for its insanely life-like figurines and toys, has released a new six-scale C-3PO figurine. This latest model includes posable fingers, light-up eyes, and over 40 points of articulation. The figurine’s details give it a striking resemblance to its onscreen counterpart, including the signs of wear and tear that show the character’s travels throughout the galaxy [Sideshow Collectibles]. The figurine measures 12-inches out of box, and is the very definition of collectible art as far as any Star Wars collector is concerned [via Gizmodo].

The toy will become available in November next year and it will set fans back $230. Pre-order now if you want to start counting the days. I’ll help get you started – there is approximately 48 weeks, 5 days, 12 hours, and 59 minutes to go. Well, err, 58 minutes now.

BONUS: If R2D2 is more your style, you could always consider getting your own interactive Droid from ThinkGeek. This little fella can respond to over 40 voice commands, can guard your room and play a message from Princess Leia.


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Google to Launch World’s Largest Interactive Billboard Ever in Times Square

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IMAGE: GOOGLE

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup

Google has a new strategy for the holiday season, and it involves taking over the largest electronic billboard ever installed on New York’s iconic Times Square strip. Powered by Mitsubishi Electronic large-scale display (Diamond Vision AVL-ODT10), the billboard delivers a pixel density of 2,368 x 10,048 exceeding 4K display resolution by 15 million pixels [Mashable]. As yet, it is the highest resolution LED screen of its size in the world.

As of Monday, Nov. 25th Google will become the inaugural advertiser on the screen, which runs nearly the length of a football field from 45th to 46th street along Broadway. It is also eight stories tall. Specifically, you can find it at 1535 Broadway.

Passers-by will be able to use Google’s Androidify app on Android and iOS to create their own Android character to play with it on the big screen using their smartphones from Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Those that can’t make it down to Times Square can submit their character to appear on the big screen. If it appears on the big board, Google will send you an email of the character up in lights.

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Google’s new aggressive product showcasing strategy will begin with the newly introduced Nexus handsets and tablets, through to Android Wear, Chrome and Maps. The company has also announced its intention to “gift” media space to six non-profit organizations and one Google-related cause project: Made with Code (internal to Google), Charity Water; WWF; Khan Academy; NRDC; Donors Choose and Give Directly [Business Insider].

The cost of this advertising space has not been disclosed. The billboard is situated above the Marriott Marquis Hotel and operated by Clear Channel.


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