Holiday 2017: Give the Best This Holiday Season with Gifts We Love from Macy’s

Make Your List and Check It Twice, Macy’s Has Everything You Need This Holiday Season

Offering An Incredible Assortment Of The Perfect Gifts For Him, Her, Kids And Home, Including Fashion, Accessories, And Beauty, That Will Delight Loved Ones This Holiday Season

Macy’s has upped the ante for 2017 through partnerships, specially created collections, and a handy guide of the best presents that will make gifting friends and family fun and easy. Additionally, Macy’s Fashion Office brings shoppers the latest and greatest trends from around the globe, with a curated selection of festive wares perfect for every occasion, from cozy nights in and office fetes to full-blown holiday extravaganzas. Find the perfect gift for the fashionista, techie, beauty guru, at-home chef, interior décor connoisseur, and everyone in between, and ensure you look chic and party-ready — all at Macy’s.

The holidays are a celebratory time when loved ones come together and show how much they appreciate having each other in their lives,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “I truly believe that the perfect gift can bring people together. To enhance that experience for our customers, we’ve created an unparalleled assortment of gift-giving items, from tech to beauty, so that each present is the perfect one. Plus, we’ve curated fashion and accessories to ensure our customers will look and feel incredible wherever their celebrations take them this season.”

From new brands and technology to an updated reservation system at Herald Square Santaland in New York City, Macy’s makes life easier this holiday season

Plus, shop hundreds of the hottest Black Friday specials beginning at 5 p.m. in most stores and all day at macys.com on Thanksgiving, November 23macyslogo

This holiday season, make your list and head to Macy’s to find the best new brands and tech gifts galore, look your best for every occasion and make sure your home is company-ready. Plus, Macy’s will open most full-line department stores at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23. Customers who want to begin their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will find hundreds of Black Friday specials in-store and online at macys.com.

For Her

Give the gift of luxury with opulent knits and sparkly pieces that pack as much glamour as they do comfort. A tiered, ruffle-sleeved sweater from I.N.C International Concepts is both fabulous and cozy, but also versatile and can be dressed up and down with ease. Glitter slippers, also from I.N.C, are perfect for the one whose sparkle is never dulled. For a true high-shine moment, give the special lady in your life the opportunity to feel like a star with an EFFY® sapphire bracelet certain to take her breath away or choose a cultured pearl strand for a timeless gift she will treasure. The trend-obsessed fashionista is no doubt a diehard fan of the 90s athletic-inspired logo craze strutting the runways, so a Tommy Hilfiger logo sweater is right up her style alley. A statement-making messenger bag from Michael Kors or luxurious leather wallet from Coach will help her stay stylish while keeping all her essentials organized. She’ll be party-ready with Clinique’s Pick Your Party set, created for Macy’s. This charming collection of Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer holiday lip shades treats lips to bold color packaged in a limited-edition tin. Give her a gift from her favorite designer with a fragrance from Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Dior or Yves Saint Laurent, or give beauty lovers the gift of options with Macy’s Beauty Box; for $15 a month, customers will receive five deluxe beauty samples selected by Macy’s beauty experts, plus a bonus sample and a $5 coupon to use in-store or on macys.com on their next beauty purchase.

For Him

Macy’s gift choices are just as great for guys. Upgrade his style game with eye-catching intarsia sweaters from I.N.C International Concepts while making sure he also smells the part with eau de toilette from Coach. Pamper his feet with out-of-this-world soft slippers from Ugg® and make sure his face always glows with the Hydration Hits four-piece face cream set from Kiehl’s. Deepen his musical history knowledge with the book, Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey. The luxury, large-format coffee table book explores the origins, evolution and cultural impact of Hip Hop culture over the last four decades through critically acclaimed essays and profiles, as well as captivating images. A puffer jacket from Calvin Klein or denim trucker jacket from Levi’s will keep him warm throughout the holiday season. Sprezza Box is a surefire way to revamp his style in one easy step. There are four distinct boxes created for Macy’s, each containing five items including ties, pocket squares, socks, sunglasses, wallets and money clips, curated by the experts at Sprezza. Each box evokes a specific look and feel—pick the right one for the guy on your list and instantly add panache to his style.

Tech

Keep the tech whiz in your life up-to-date with the latest releases in drones, Virtual Reality, acoustics, and more with the phenomenal offerings from Macy’s. Star Wars Battle Drones from Propel let fans recreate the epic clashes from their favorite Star Wars movies, while the Dream Vision virtual reality headset combines mind-blowing visuals with crisp audio to transport users and immerse them in any world they choose. Give the gift of convenience with the Amazon Echo Dot, the hands-free, voice-controlled device that enables you to make calls, send and receive messages, play music, set alarms, and more. For those true music fans, old school meets new school with the Victrola Acrylic turntable with Bluetooth speakers.

Home and Entertaining

Home is where the heart is, and whether you’re gifting someone a special item for their home or entertaining in yours, Macy’s has the best in décor, cuisine and service tools for the holiday season. Hotel Collection glassware and barware, along with the exceptional bar cart, are sophisticated and urbane. Tumblers and decanters boast a modern shape while the cart and bar tools mix polished wood and steel for a beautifully mid-Century aesthetic. Give the gift of holiday charm with decorative pillows from Martha Stewart Collection featuring an array of adorable critters from cats and dogs to stags and polar bears. Studio Mercantile novelty bar games are excellent ways to take parties up a notch, and decorative lighting, also from Studio Mercantile, provide ambiance to a setting. Appreciate the true essence of coffee by embracing the deep flavors of a freshly ground and pressed brew with the Primula French press bundle. The press draws out the natural oils and robust taste of beans, preparing six cups at a time. The bundle, created for Macy’s, comes with the press and a tumbler so you can share the experience with friends and coffee lovers everywhere. Gourmet gift baskets created for Macy’s from Di Bruno Bros. are sure to make an impression. Choose a curated basket with themes including “Let’s Brunch,” and “The Sriracha Foodie” filled with a wide variety of specialty foods and products that have all been hand-selected for top quality.

New Brands

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Macy’s has everything you need this holiday season; SB by Sachin & Babi, Bossa Top $89, Oak Skirt $129 (Photo: Business Wire)

Sachin & Babi Ahluwalia, known for producing stunning pieces through their eponymous line that has redefined eveningwear, have created a dazzling collection for Macy’s that makes dressing up fun, easy, and empowering this holiday season. With close attention to detail and high fashion artistry, SB by Sachin & Babi goes beyond traditional special occasion wear with a selection of breathtaking dresses and gowns, stylish statement jackets, and mix-and-match tops, skirts, and pants. Fans of the new collection can preview the line on macys.com now, prior to the official launch in 149 stores on Nov. 15. Continue reading

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Macy’s Announces the Fifth Annual “Buy A Coat & We’ll Donate One” Coat Campaign in Support of Clothes4Souls

Share the Warmth! Buy a coat at Macy’s stores or macys.com from October 24 to 29, and Macy’s will donate a new coat to someone in needmacyslogo

Macy’s and Clothes4Souls announces the fifth annual “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign. From Tuesday, Oct. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 29, Macy’s will donate one new coat, up to 35,000 coats, to Clothes4Souls, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments at Macy’s stores and macys.com. Through this program, Macy’s and its partners have donated 165,000 new coats, with a retail value of more than $6.6 million, since 2013.

To help customers save while giving back, Macy’s will offer 40 percent to 50 percent off a large selection of outerwear during the campaign.

Macy_s 'Buy A Coat & We_ll Donate One' campaign in support of Clothes4Souls begins Oct. 24 (Photo Business Wire)

Macy’s “Buy A Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign in support of Clothes4Souls begins Oct. 24 (Photo: Business Wire)

This year, Macy’s will celebrate the fifth season of our ‘Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One’ campaign in partnership with Clothes4Souls,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of cause marketing. “With the help of our customers, we’re aiming to deliver another 35,000 new coats to the men, women, and children who need them most this upcoming winter season. The impact of this program has been remarkable, and we are proud to invite our customers to join us once again in giving to this important cause.

Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not-for-profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. Clothes4Souls works with nonprofit partners including homeless shelters, after-school programs, international relief, and disaster relief organizations to provide clothes to those who need them most, domestically and globally.

We are always so excited for this time of year,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO of Clothes4Souls. “The opportunity to work with Macy’s, its vendors, and dozens of agencies around the country to distribute 35,000 brand-new, high-quality coats to men women and children, creates[ing] real value for those in need. Thank you, Macy’s, for five years of partnership and helping 165,000 people here in the U.S.”

The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used clothing from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clothes4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance.

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and distribution will take place in cities across America, beginning in November. To view this year’s outerwear assortment and participate in “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One,” visit macys.com.

Macy’s “Buy a Coat & We’ll Donate One” campaign is made possible through support from Ben Sherman, Bernardo, Calvin Klein, Carters, CB Sports, Celebrity Pink, Coffeeshop, Guess, Hawke and Co, HK by Hawke, Jessica Simpson, Laundry, London Fog, OshKosh, Rampage, Sebby, Tommy Hilfiger, Via Spiga, Vince Camuto, Weather Tamer, and 32 Degrees.

Retail News: Macy’s, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and FY2016 Results

Diluted 2016 EPS is $1.99, or $3.11 as adjusted; Company provides 2017 sales and earnings guidance

Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE: M) today reported fiscal 2016 earnings per diluted share of $1.99, or $3.11 per diluted share excluding certain items discussed below.macyslogo

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2016 sales of $25.778 billion. The company operates more than 700 department stores under the nameplates Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, and approximately 125 specialty stores that include Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Bluemercury and Macy’s Backstage, in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com, and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s in Dubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

While 2016 was not the year we expected, we made significant progress on key initiatives that are starting to bear fruit. These include continued improvement in our digital platforms, the rollout of our new approach to fine jewelry and women’s shoes, an increase in exclusive merchandise and the refinement of our clearance and off-price strategy. We also took a big step forward in rightsizing our physical footprint and restructuring our entire organization. The combination of these initiatives will help us gain market share, return to growth and drive enhanced value for our shareholders over time,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer.

We will be investing for the future in 2017. Looking at the continued challenges in the retail environment and changing consumer shopping behaviors, we know we must evolve our strategy and execute faster,” Lundgren said. “Key to this is enhancing the customer experience in our stores where we are developing and testing concepts that feature new merchandise and entertainment options alongside enhanced technology to make shopping simpler. Additional initiatives that we believe will improve sales trends in 2017 include continued omnichannel improvements, an updated marketing strategy, and a simplified pricing structure.”

We continued to make progress on the execution of our real estate strategy in the fourth quarter of 2016 and will carry that momentum into 2017. Overall, real estate transactions in fiscal 2016 generated cash proceeds of approximately $675 million, which is helping to fund continued reinvestment in the business. We also began work on deriving value from our partnership with Brookfield Asset Management. We are excited by the potential of our real estate strategy, and in 2017, we will focus on advancing the Brookfield partnership and continuing to monetize the locations that we have closed or plan to close. We are also developing strategies that will help create value for Herald Square while making the store an even more vibrant retail experience,” Lundgren added.

For the full year 2016, adjusted earnings (excluding items described below) were $3.11 per diluted share. This exceeds the company’s most recent guidance for 2016 earnings of $2.95 to $3.10 on the same basis. Fiscal 2016 comparable sales on an owned basis declined by 3.5 percent. On an owned plus licensed basis, comparable sales for fiscal 2016 declined by 2.9 percent. This compares to the most recent guidance for 2016 sales on an owned plus licensed basis to be down 2.5 percent to 3.0 percent.

Sales

Sales in the fourth quarter of 2016 totaled $8.515 billion, down 4.0 percent from total sales of $8.869 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015. On an owned basis, fourth quarter comparable sales declined by 2.7 percent. Comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis for the fourth quarter were down 2.1 percent.

Sales in fiscal 2016 totaled $25.778 billion, down 4.8 percent from total sales of $27.079 billion in fiscal 2015. On an owned basis, fiscal 2016 comparable sales were down 3.5 percent. Comparable sales on an owned plus licensed basis for fiscal 2016 declined by 2.9 percent.

In fiscal 2016, the company opened 27 stores and closed 66 stores, all as previously announced. Macy’s, Inc. plans to close an additional approximately 34 stores over the next few years for a total of approximately 100 stores. New stores opened in fiscal 2016 included one Macy’s store in Kapolei, HI, 24 Bluemercury freestanding stores, one Macy’s Backstage freestanding store in San Antonio, TX, and one Bloomingdale’s Outlet in Orange, CA.

Operating Income

Macy’s, Inc.’s operating income totaled $815 million, or 9.6 percent of sales, for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 28, 2017, compared with operating income of $936 million, or 10.6 percent of sales, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Macy’s, Inc.’s fourth quarter 2016 operating income included $230 million of impairments, store closing, and other costs. The $230 million included $38 million of asset impairment charges primarily related to the store closings announced in January 2017, $166 million of severance and other costs primarily associated with organizational changes and store closings announced in January 2017 and $26 million of other related costs and expenses. Excluding these items, as well as non-cash settlement charges related to the company’s retirement plans of $17 million, operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.062 billion or 12.5 percent of sales.

Fourth quarter 2015 operating income included $177 million of impairments, store closing, and other costs. Excluding these items, operating income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $1.113 billion or 12.6 percent of sales.

For fiscal 2016, Macy’s, Inc.’s operating income totaled $1.315 billion, or 5.1 percent of sales, compared with operating income of $2.039 billion, or 7.5 percent of sales, for fiscal 2015.

Macy’s, Inc.’s fiscal 2016 operating income included $479 million of impairments, store closing, and other costs. The $479 million included $265 million of asset impairment charges primarily related to the store closings announced in January 2017, $168 million of severance and other costs primarily associated with organizational changes and store closings announced in January 2017 and $46 million of other related costs and expenses. Excluding these items, as well as non-cash settlement charges related to the company’s retirement plans of $98 million, operating income for fiscal 2016 was $1.892 billion or 7.3 percent of sales.

Macy’s, Inc.’s fiscal 2015 operating income included $288 million of impairments, store closing, and other costs. Excluding these items, operating income for fiscal 2015 was $2.327 billion or 8.6 percent of sales. Continue reading

Macy’s Launches YYIGAL, an Exclusive Limited-Time Collection by Designer Yigal Azrouel

The New Line Of Architecturally Feminine Blouses, Dresses And Jackets Is Available Now At 149 Macy’s Stores And On Macys.Com

Macy’s has announced the release of an exclusive, new collection by famed designer Yigal Azrouel. YYIGAL, an architecturally-influenced, limited-edition line, embodies the sophisticated and feminine spirit of the Yigal Azrouel brand through signature tops, blouses, faux-leather motorcycle jackets, intricate dresses and a statement jumpsuit. YYIGAL is available at 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com today.macyslogo

YYigal represents the effortless style, cool confidence and modern sophistication that is at the core of my brand,” said Yigal Azrouel.From the intricate lace detailing and architectural silhouettes, to the delicate draping that has become signature to my design; each piece was created to stand out and make the wearer feel empowered. This is my first collaboration with Macy’s, and they’ve been an incredible partner in helping bring my point-of-view to their customers.

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Macy’s exclusive, limited-time collection YYIGAL, by designer Yigal Azrouel, is available now at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com/yigal; Knit Lace Fit-and-Flare Dress $149 (Photo: Business Wire)

The dynamic line taps into the core aesthetic of Yigal Azrouel’s design DNA—as it combines delicate draping with expert construction, resulting in a collection that is fresh and modern, but also exudes the timelessness inherent in high style. Vivid prints are rendered in a refined color palette of black, white and blush, and lace embellishments, inserts and bodices are new and edgy interpretations of the traditionally hyper-romantic and feminine fabric. The pieces are reflective of Azrouel’s New York roots and global vision, and thoroughly embody today’s woman and her life. The clothing is bold and powerful, yet sophisticated and continental, and clean silhouettes make for easy wearing, day-to-night dressing. The effortlessly cool collection projects confidence, style and an ultra-chic urbane flare.

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Macy’s exclusive, limited-time collection YYIGAL, by designer Yigal Azrouel, is available now at select Macy’s stores and on macys.com/yigal; YYIGAL Printed Faux-Leather Moto Jacket ($179.00) and YYIGAL Lace-Trim Wide-Leg Jumpsuit ($149.00) (Photo: Business Wire)

Yigal Azrouel is an iconic New York designer known for his impeccable attention to detail and designs that make women look and feel amazing,” said Cassandra Jones, senior vice president of Macy’s Fashion. “He is a master at drawing inspiration from his various interests in travel, architecture, and of course, New York City, and creating breathtaking clothing that speaks to the modern woman. We’re bringing this seasoned, fashion-first practical approach to every day dressing to the Macy’s customer in a new way through this collection, and she’s going to love it.

The exclusive, limited-edition collection retails between $69 and $199, and is available in 149 Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

Cupid’s Arrow Points to Macy’s This Valentine’s Day

Loved Ones Will Adore Special Gifts Found At Macy’s Stores And On Macys.Com

Show that special someone your love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day with heartfelt gifts from Macy’s. By offering an array of irresistible items from the hottest designers and brands, Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make loved ones swoon. From now through Valentine’s Day, shop Macy’s stores nationwide and online at www.macys.com for apparel, jewelry, cosmetics and fragrances that are sure to surprise and delight.macyslogo

At Macy’s, it’s easy to find unique gifts with a personalized feel this Valentine’s Day,” said Cassandra Jones, Senior Vice President of Macy’s Fashion. “Shop for a loved one or yourself – our extensive assortment features a variety of items, from luxe and romantic to flirty and fun. Or, if you need a little extra help, find inspiration from our Valentine’s Gift Guide at macys.com/gifts. Once there, you can search for ideas in various categories, including gifts curated by Macy’s Fashion Directors, The Celebrate Shop or even by price point.

 

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Skagen 2-pc Boxed Set with Heart Necklace and Watch (Photo: Business Wire)

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Heart Umbrella, $28 (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s makes it easy to shop gifts from the heart for friends and significant others. Find Cupid-approved items from ban.do such as a duffle bag with heart graphics and playful drink tumbler labeled “Love Potion.” Intimates from the Thalia Sodi collection will spark romance in comfort and style. Add a throwback photo to a heart and arrow frame for a thoughtful gift that can be enjoyed for years to come. Michael Kors watches for her and Movado Bold watches for him prove your love together is timeless. Simple and sweet Kate Spade Heart and Arrow ear pins are a treat for your girlfriend or best gal pal. Macy’s is also the ultimate destination for tech gifts such as the Fitbit Flex 2 Fitness Wristband and Polaroid camera and printer. Continue reading

The Los Angeles LGBT Center Receives $10,000 Grant From The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in Partnership with Macy’s

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been awarded a grant for $10,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s to fund an HIV prevention program tailored for LGBT youth. The grant will be used by the Center’s Sexual Health and Education Program, which provides cutting-edge HIV prevention care that includes rapid HIV antibody testing, ultra-sensitive PCR/DNA HIV testing, comprehensive Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and STI treatment, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and more.

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The Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Center is honored to be recognized by ETAF for its unique work in the community. Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. The organization is an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society.

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The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) logo

The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor established The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in 1991 to support organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV and AIDS, especially the most marginalized communities. Today, ETAF also provides grants for innovative HIV prevention education and advocacy programs to existing organizations around the world. With aagrd8rrkey domestic advocacy funding focuses on comprehensive sexual health education and HIV criminalization reform, ETAF continues to bring the marginalized to the center of attention and advocate for their rights. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has granted to more than 675 organizations in 44 countries and nearly all 50 states in the U.S.

The work that the Los Angeles LGBT Center does to help people affected by HIV/AIDS is impressive and very much aligned with Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate commitment to the cause,” said Joel Goldman, Managing Director of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. “ETAF and our partners at Macy’s are thrilled to present the Los Angeles LGBT Center with these funds to help further our shared mission.”macys-logo

Through their Cause Marketing Program, Macy’s recognizes their responsibility to the community and their concern for the needs of their neighbors. They are proud to partner with ETAF and have contributed to this grant.

Macy’s Celebrates Black Art, Expression and Culture During Black History Month

Macy’s Hosts BJ The Chicago Kid, Jay Ellis, Marcus Samuelsson, Crissle West And More At Eight Stores Nationwide

This February, Macy’s celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of stars from a variety of fields including fine art, music, literature, the culinary arts, and spoken word. Black culture has electrified the pulse of American life for generations, from music and fashion to film, television, and activism. It has created a wave of change that has helped propel the country to new heights. This year, our celebrity guests will share how creative self-expression and a strong connection to their heritage have shaped their careers. As part of Macy’s Black History Month celebrations, Grammy-nominated artist BJ The Chicago Kid, “Insecure” actor Jay Ellis, award-winning Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and “The Read” podcast host Crissle West will join other emerging stars in conversations focused on the influence and impact of black culture on all facets of American life.macys-logo

Macy’s Black History Month events will be held at the following stores:

  • Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Macy’s City Center (Philadelphia) – Thursday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Macy’s State Street (Chicago) – Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
  • Macy’s Lenox Square (Atlanta) – Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Macy’s Aventura (Aventura, FL) – Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Macy’s Union Square (San Francisco) – Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m.
  • Macy’s Metro Center (Washington, D.C.) – Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Macy’s is once again thrilled to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to our nation with special events in our stores. Macy’s values the diversity of all of its customers and inclusion and respect are at the heart of our core values. We are happy to join with our associates and customers nationwide in honoring the legacy of African American achievement during Black History Month and beyond,” said Kristyn Doar-Page, Macy’s vice president of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies.

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Macy’s celebrates Black art, expression, and culture during Black History Month (Graphic: Business Wire)

In New York City and Washington, D.C., writer and pop culture commentator Crissle West will moderate thought-provoking conversations with local artists. In Philadelphia and Atlanta, Chef Marcus Samuelsson will share stories from his new book, “The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem!” In Chicago, BJ The Chicago Kid and Jay Ellis will participate in an engaging panel discussion and talk with the audience.

Rapper, spoken-word poet, actor and activist Saul Williams serves as the national ambassador for Macy’s Black History Month Celebration. Exclusive video performances and interviews from Williams, hailed as the “poet laureate of hip-hop” by “CNN,” will be featured at www.macys.com/celebrate.

I am very glad Macy’s is furthering the discourse around artistic self-expression in black culture. As a performer who uses words to bring attention to social justice causes, I feel it is paramount to stimulate engagement and awareness through our words and our art,” said Williams. Continue reading