“What Is Love?” Burberry Reveals Festive Holiday Campaign

Burberry‘s festive 2019 holiday campaign is out. To mark his first holiday campaign for the fashion house, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci has assembled a cast of global talent to celebrate the notion of togetherness, union, hope and love.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry

The entire cast includes Alexis Chaparro, Arah Clarke, Ava Valentine, Blanket, Bodhi Horton, Boychild, Carla Bruni, Casper Chatfield, Cassius Varghese, Cecilia Chancellor, Christian Guzman, Dahely Nunez, Daisy Middleton, Elis Moaven, Fran Summers, Hector Polio, Howard Griffiths, Ikram Abdi Omar, Jacob Guerra, Jaeda Sherman, Jose Polio, Keith Summers, Kristians Jakovlevs, Lea T, Leissy De La Cruz, Louis Chatfield, Mahmood, Marina Morena, Noah Carlos, Noah Landes, Regina Limon Vega, Reia Zhing Cheong, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sasha Pivovarova, Shay, Valentin Bedford, Wu Tsang, Yoo Ah-in, Zhou Dongyu

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

‘I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season. It’s one of my favorite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house,” states Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Ikram Abdi Omar in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The campaign centres around a film of the cast dancing to the soundtrack of ‘What Is Love?‘ by Deee-Lite and is shot by renowned photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry. Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!” says Mert and Alas. “My favourite Christmas memory is when we were preparing a Christmas dinner and the oven literally blew up! I burnt my lashes and of course we had no turkey. Disappointing, but it was a funny night!

And the cast itself seems to have had a fun and memorable time as well.

Carla Bruni (above) in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

CARLA BRUNI: “I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together. I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert & Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future. My most precious festive memory is a Christmas Eve in a castle completely buried in snow in Touraine.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
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Score Incredible Deals With Macy’s 2019 Black Friday and Cyber Week Specials

Get a head start on select savings with Macy’s Black Friday Preview beginning in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21

Doorbusters begin on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with Black Friday deals continuing through Saturday, Nov. 30 in-store and on macys.com

Plus, find the best Cyber Monday savings in-store and online from Sunday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 2 with Daily Deals continuing through Saturday, Dec. 7

Win the holidays this year with Macy’s and the best Black Friday and Cyber Week specials on the hottest items of the season. From buzz-worthy gifts for everyone on the list to amazing deals on fashion for the whole family, fine jewelry, tech, beauty and home, the ultimate one-stop shop for holiday gifting has everyone covered.

With a broad assortment of offers across favorite brands, these limited-time deals will begin in stores and online on Thursday, Nov. 21 with a special Black Friday preview and carry through Cyber Week (Sunday, Dec. 1 to Saturday, Dec. 7). Be sure not to miss the unbelievable selection of doorbuster items, with major savings or free after mail-in rebate.*

Black Friday and Cyber Week mark the true start of holiday shopping for many of our customers,” said John Harper, Macy’s chief stores officer. “Macy’s is pleased to offer the very best gifts and holiday entertaining must-haves at unbelievable prices with multiple days to save. Our curated assortment of deals, both in-store and online, are sure to help shoppers find the perfect gift at the best price this season.”

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Charter Club Cashmere Sweaters For Her, $39.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Preview

For shoppers looking to get a head start on saving, Macy’s Black Friday preview will offer a selection of Black Friday Doorbusters from Thursday, Nov. 21 through Tuesday, Nov. 26 including:

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Sealy Posturpedic Lawson Queen Mattress, $747.00. (Photo: Business Wire)
  • 50 to 60 percent off outerwear for the family
  • 65 percent off Effy jewelry
  • 60 to 65 percent off select Damask and Hotel Collection for the home
  • $39.99 women’s Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • $19.99 women’s boots
  • 60 percent off Carter’s and First Impressions
Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Diesel Little Daddy Watches For Him, $199.00. (Photo: Business Wire)

Black Friday Specials

Begin the savings with doorbusters on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and kick off Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving Day with most stores open at 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29 from 6 a.m. through 10 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. through 10 p.m. Store hours vary by location. Go to macys.com and click on stores to find local information. Customers can shop online all day from the comfort of their couch at macys.com and on Macy’s mobile app. For more information on Black Friday and Cyber Week deals, store hours and shipping, visit www.macys.com/blackfriday.

Find amazing deals for the whole family this Black Friday at Macy’s; Dyson Big Ball Multi-Floor Vacuum, $229.99. (Photo: Business Wire)

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the great deals available on Black Friday, while supplies last:

For Him, Her and Home

  • $29.99 diamond earrings with any purchase of $50 or more
  • 30 percent off select dresses
  • 50 percent off select designer brands
  • $19.99 and under Family Pajamas
  • $7.99 small kitchen appliances after $12 mail-in rebate
  • $99.99 select suits, sport coats and overcoats for him
  • $39.99 Charter Club cashmere sweaters
  • 60 percent off select women’s designer coats
  • 40 percent off select boots and shoes for her
  • 50 percent off select men’s loungewear
  • 50 percent off select designer handbags
  • 60 percent off select kids’ styles
  • $15.99 select kids’ puffer jackets
  • 60 percent off select diamond studs and earrings
  • $15 select MAC lipsticks
  • Extra $100-$200 off select Dyson vacuums
  • $15 men’s or women’s five-piece fragrance box
  • $10 beauty products from brands like Clinique, Too Faced, Benefit, Urban Decay, and more
  • $124.99 Nespresso bundle machines
  • 65 percent off select barware and dinnerware
  • $29.99 select Created for Macy’s 1200-thread count sheet sets in queen or king size
  • 60 to 65 percent off select luggage
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Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving

The Very Best Gifts Along With Convenient Services To Make Gifting Easy, Nordstrom Is A One-Stop Holiday Destination For Customers

‘Tis the season for cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks and gift-giving, and Nordstrom is excited to offer customers the very best gifts for everyone on their list, along with services to make gifting easy and fun. With curated product in-store and on Nordstrom.com, Nordstrom has thousands of gifts for everyone at every price point, making the season of giving a little more convenient and a lot more joyful.

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We’re thrilled to welcome the holiday season and provide customers with a single destination to find gifts for their friends and family,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores. “We know this can be a busy and stressful time of the year, and we hope to provide great gifts at a range of price points coupled with convenient services to take the guessing out of gifting so our customers can spend more time doing the things they love.

Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving

THIS IS GIVING


  • Gift Guides:
    This holiday season, Nordstrom.com has gifts for everyone with a curated selection of exclusive, unique and tried-and-true items from brands customers know and love. From festive candles, to the perfect winter jackets, Nordstrom makes it easy and stress-free to shop the best gifts by recipient, price or category.
  • The Gift Shop: More than 70 Nordstrom stores will feature “The Gift Shop” – an all-in-one shop for the perfect gifts at accessible prices, including $22 cozy hats, $16 candles and $12 tote bags. The Gift Shop will also include new-to-Nordstrom brands like DECIEM, Compartés Chocolatier and Joya Studio.
  • Nordstrom Rack Gift Shops: Nordstrom Rack will offer in-store gift shops to make it easy for customers to shop its top giftable items by recipient and price point during the holiday season. Nordstrom Rack will also launch ‘Holideals‘ beginning December 8, which will feature a series of specially priced items available for a limited time.
  • Pop-In@Nordstrom: Celebrate the holidays with the latest iteration of Pop-In@Nordstrom featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang along with hundreds of uncommon gifts. Featuring 1,000+ items, the shop will also feature a wide range of gifts at every price, such as home décor, health and wellness, travel, tech, beauty, accessories and much more.
Nordstrom Kicks Off The Season Of Giving
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Nordstrom Expands In New York City With Opening Of Flagship Store

Photo Credits: All Images photographed by Connie Zhou, Mo Daoud, and David Zheng (and provided by Nordstrom Inc. PR)

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Nordstrom NYC Level 1 – Handbags (Connie Zhou)

On October 24th, Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its first-ever flagship store for women and children in New York City. Located at 225 West 57th Street, across from the Nordstrom Men’s Store which launched in April 2018, the new store occupies the base of Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Customers can shop 320,000 square-feet of retail space across seven-levels in the heart of the city. Nordstrom NYC represents the biggest and best statement (as well as the biggest gamble) of what the brand has to offer.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Designer Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC – Comme des Garçons Shop (Connie Zhou)

As diverse as New York City itself, merchandise includes a curated offering across all categories. Customers can shop a comprehensive selection of apparel brands across a broad range of accessible and aspirational price points, including Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Vince, Ted Baker London, Madewell, Reformation and Topshop, complemented by an extensive selection of accessory brands like Longchamp, Chloe, Valentino, Fendi, Loewe, MCM, Coach and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Denim (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Level 4 – Women’s Apparel (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Wear (Connie Zhou)

Honoring its heritage in shoes dating back to 1901, Nordstrom NYC offers customers three shoe departments, including one entire floor dedicated to women’s shoes. The vast shoe selection will include Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose, Tory Burch, Birkenstock, UGG, Steve Madden, Nike and more.

Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes & Shoe Bar (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level – Women’s Shoes (Connie Zhou)
Nordstrom NYC Lower Level 2 – Kids Shoes Conveyor Belt (Connie Zhou)

MERCHANDISE CONCEPTS

Nordstrom NYC Level 2 Christian Louboutin Pop-Up Shop featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women (Connie Zhou)

A testament to the ever-evolving nature of the New York City store, the first level will be home to a rotating series of installations, kicking off with a Christian Louboutin pop-up featuring an exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items for men & women, inspired by the Palais de la Porte Dorée Museum near Louboutin’s childhood home in Paris.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Fitting Room
Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Stylist’s Lounge (Connie Zhou)

True to its roots in shoes, Nordstrom is launching Perfect Pairs, an exclusive collaboration with 14 customer favorite brands, and a diverse group of NYC muses, bringing together the likes of Steve Madden with model Winnie Harlow; Cole Haan with poet and activist Cleo Wade; Nike with Tennis champion Maria Sharapova; Birkenstock with celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar; UGG with costume designer Patricia Field, and more.

Nordstrom NYC Level 5 – Atrium (Connie Zhou)

Olivia Kim, Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects, also brings the unique Nordstrom offering to life, curating concepts within the flagship to create a sense of newness and discovery for customers.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – Burberry Shop Concept Shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection (Connie Zhou)

Beginning with British fashion house Burberry, the exclusive Nordstrom concept shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, housed within a giant, immersive installation spanning five rooms, accented with wood paneled walls and raised theatre style seating, windows for visitors to illustrate or tag with graffiti, and a café featuring Nick Knight‘s Portrait of a Rose print throughout with a menu of British classics available to order.

Nordstrom NYC – Nordstrom x Nike – Level 1 (Mo Daoud)
Nordstrom NYC – Burberry Concept Space – Level 2 (David Zheng)

Kicking off fall with Nordstrom x Nike (NxN), Nordstrom has developed the ultimate women’s sneaker boutique with a distinctive view on style and sport. NxN is the place to find coveted Nike product with a curated selection of merchandise from the most compelling brands in fashion. To celebrate the opening, the shop will exclusively launch a Jordan Air Latitude 720 sneaker with Swarovski and the Nike by Olivia Kim capsule collection of sneakers and apparel, inspired by Kim’s NYC-experience during the 90s, launching in-store on October 31.

Nordstrom NYC Level 3 – SPACE featuring brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. (Connie Zhou)

The opening of the New York City flagship brings the exciting in-store curation of SPACE, a boutique featuring advanced and emerging designer collections selected by Olivia Kim from brands such as Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose, Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. Unique to the flagship, SPACE includes the first branded in-store shop from Acne Studios, and a one-of-a-kind Comme des Garçons shop designed with artist and furniture designer Marc Hundley.

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Rihanna Launches Fenty Beauty, a Global Makeup Brand, in 17 Countries

Rihanna, in partnership with Kendo Brands, a LVMH-owned beauty developer, has launched her global makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, in an unprecedented 1,600 stores across 17 countries on one day. Beauty industry’s most anticipated launch, Fenty Beauty was created by Rihanna with a vision that’s always ahead of the game – Fenty Beauty redefines the rules with light-as-air formulas that love to be layered, in a global lineup of shades designed for all.

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The new generation of beauty – Fenty Beauty by Rihanna (PRNewsfoto/Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

The singer/actress was inspired to create Fenty Beauty after trying to find products that worked across all skin types and tones. With Rihanna’s mandate of inclusivity, Fenty Beauty offers a wide range of products for traditionally hard-to-match skin tones, creating formulas that work for all skin types, and pinpointing universal shades.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix (PRNewsfoto/Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

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Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer (PRNewsfoto/Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

Just like Rihanna, the brand is both edgy and feminine, with a complexion-focused product assortment developed to work together and provide everyone with Rihanna’s real-life method for killer radiance, The Fenty Face. “The Fenty Face was created for women of all skin tones, of all personalities,” she says. “These steps are key to starting your makeup, no matter the look you’re going for. This is where the fun begins

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Killawatt Highlighter

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix

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For Rihanna, the secret to radiance lies in the very first step of the Fenty Face, a soft matte filt’r because no matter your skin type, adding glow on glow equals unwanted shine. The second step? Layer your highlight for strategically-placed glow-it’s all about lighting up where you want. Lastly, get ahead of shine by blotting on the fly, wherever and whenever; Rihanna believes that being photo-ready means being shine-free. Tested backstage, on stage, and in real life, The Fenty Face is the key to unlocking all of makeup’s limitless possibilities.

This process is at the core of this 91-SKU line, which includes 40 shades of Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; 1 universal Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer; 30 magnetic Match Stix Skinsticks, in both matte and shimmer finishes to contour, correct, conceal, highlight and blush; 6 cream-powder hybrid Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters for face and eyes; Invisimatte Blotting Powder and Paper; 1 universal lip gloss known as Gloss Bomb; and a variety of application tools.

In addition to creating every detail of each product in her cosmetics collection, Rihanna also personally appointed three prestigious makeup artists to represent Fenty Beauty around the world. This Global Artistry Team includes James Kaliardos as Resident Artist, and Priscilla Ono and Hector Espinal as Global Makeup Artists.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna is available starting today at Sephora, FentyBeauty.com and Sephora.se (Sweden)

Retail News: Nordstrom Is Nation’s Favorite Fashion Retailer, New Market Force Study Finds

Annual Retail Study Also Uncovers Top Shoe Brands, And Trends In Consumer Confidence, Wearables And E-Commerce

Nordstrom’s fan base is as fervent as ever. For the fifth time in a row, Nordstrom ranked as the nation’s favorite fashion retailer in an annual retail industry study conducted by Market Force Information (Market Force). Market Force polled over 10,000 consumers for the study, which ranks top fashion retailers, reveals retail technology trends and looks at spending plans and habits.

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The survey was conducted online in December 2016 across the United States. There was an overall pool of 10,714 respondents covering all four U.S. Census regions. Within the survey pool, 7,241 reported shopping for fashion at a favorite retailer within the past 90 days, and 5,494 reported shopping for shoes within the past six months. There was a broad spectrum of income levels, with 54% indicating incomes of over $50,000 a year. Respondents’ ages ranged from 18 to over 65. Approximately 75% were women and 25% were men. For the rankings, Market Force asked participants to rate their customer satisfaction with their most recent fashion retailer experience, and their likelihood to refer the brand to others. The results were averaged to attain a Composite Loyalty Score. Only retailers with at least 100 locations were included.

Dillard’s and T.J. Maxx Climb Higher in Rankings

Nordstrom, which has built a reputation for incomparable customer service, ranked first among the retailers studied with a score of 64%, up 6% from 2016. Dillard’s made even larger strides from last year, gaining 16% percentage points to rank second with 54%, and was closely trailed by off-price retailer T.J. Maxx, which earned a 53% score. Ann Taylor and Nordstrom Rack landed in the top of the rankings, after not making the cut last year, tying with Kohl’s for fourth place. [See Graph 1].

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Graph 1 – 2017 Fashion Retailer Rankings

Nordstrom Top for Value, Dillard’s for Creating Full Looks

In the attributes that set one retailer apart from the others, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor and Dillard’s all performed exceedingly well. Overall-winner Nordstrom ranked first for value, atmosphere, and ease of finding items, while Dillard’s took the No. 1 spots for creating a look and finding correct sizes. Ann Taylor landed in the top three in all of these categories. T.J. Maxx and Ross were called out for merchandise selection, and American Eagle has the fastest checkout speeds. [See Graphs 2 and 3].

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Graph 2 – Rankings by Attributes

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Graph 3 – Rankings by Attributes

Sizing up Sales Support

Despite the fact that sales assistance is shown to boost satisfaction and sales, less than half (42%) of consumers report being helped by an associate during their last shopping trip. Lane Bryant’s and Nordstrom’s associates assisted customers most often, while Target and T.J. Maxx shoppers received the least help. [See Graph 4].graph-4-sales-associate-effectiveness-by-retailer

Sales associates are the front-line representatives for retailers, and how they engage with customers can make or break the shopping experience and impact sales,” said Cheryl Flink, chief strategy officer for Market Force Information. “The research shows that 90% of customers who were assisted by a sales associate bought something. When customers were not assisted, only 82% made a purchase. That 8% difference in conversion rate is a key reason why fashion retailers need to invest in their sales staff.” Continue reading

Tiffany & Co. Announces Chief Executive Officer Transition As Frederic Cumenal Steps Down as CEO

Chairman Michael Kowalski Will Serve as Interim CEO; Board Will Work with Executive Search Firm to Recruit Successor

Company Reaffirms FY 2016 Earnings Guidance

Tiffany & Co. today announced that Frederic Cumenal has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has commenced a search to recruit a successor in which it will be assisted by a leading executive search firm. During this process, Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairmantiffany-co-logo-hd

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to thank Frederic Cumenal for his contributions to Tiffany,” said Mr. Kowalski. “At a time of continuing challenges in the global luxury market, Frederic has enhanced the management team and taken important steps to position Tiffany for success in the long term. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Kowalski continued, “The Board is committed to our current core business strategies, but has been disappointed by recent financial results. The Board believes that accelerating execution of those strategies is necessary to compete more effectively in today’s global luxury market and improve performance. As such, we remain focused on enhancing the customer experience, increasing the rate of new product introductions and innovation, maximizing marketing effectiveness, optimizing the store network, and improving our business operations and processes, all while efficiently managing our capital and costs. We believe these initiatives and the pace of their execution are key to driving shareholder value. Tiffany is an iconic brand with a family of talented and committed employees to match, and I look forward to supporting both during the transition.”

Mr. Cumenal said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished at Tiffany and would like to thank the management team and our many talented employees around the world with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I have great confidence in Tiffany’s brand, strategic direction, and people, and I believe the Company will have many exciting opportunities in the future.”

Reaffirms Annual Guidance

The Company also affirmed, based on its plans and assumptions detailed in the January 17, 2017 holiday period sales news release, its fiscal year 2016 guidance described in that press release. The Company expects to report its fourth quarter and full 2016 fiscal year results, and also to provide its expectations for the 2017 fiscal year, on March 17 before the market opens.

For additional information, please visit www.tiffany.com or call the shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.