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Good & Gather Emerges in Target

Target\’s dramatic rethinking of its grocery private brand portfolio Good & Gather has begun to appear in stores, and the early read is impressive. The brand embraces a large and flexible design system which can often result in patchy execution, so far so good.
It will be exciting to see the brand as it rolls out and absorbs Archer Farms, Simply Balanced and much of Market Pantry.

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Target Celebrates 20 Anniversary Collection with NYC Party and Popup

\"\"Target is just over a week away from the launch of Target’s 20th Anniversary Collection and the retailer is celebrating. With nearly 300 items from 20 past designer partnerships spanning apparel, home decor and kitchen essentials—each affordably priced between $7-$160—it’s the perfect way to celebrate the last 20 Years of Design for All. \"\"

In fact, there’s just so much to share, a behind-the-scenes documentary film and stories from designers themselves just wasn’t enough. So Target added two more opportunities to celebrate their historic partnerships. Ready? To get the party started, last night celebrities Mandy Moore, Tyra Banks, and Ashley Graham, and collection designers Isaac Mizrahi, Phillip Lim, Erin Fetherston, Thakoon and Stephen Burrows got a sneak peek at the celebrations and pop-up store. \"\"

This past Saturday, Target aficionados in New York City had the opportunity to visit The Park Avenue Armory to toast their favorite returning pieces and be some of the first to shop the Anniversary Collection. The walk down memory lane included a ton of fun installations (like a 360-degree photo booth experience for Missoni and a larger-than-life boom box in homage to Stephen Sprouse), along with a pop-up shop for the items we really (really) can’t wait to see.

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Target & It\’s Private Brands Win Big in Q2

Target announced yesterday its second-quarter 2019 performance, including comparable sales growth of 3.4% driven by a 2.4% increase in comparable traffic. The retailer reported GAAP earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.82 in second quarter 2019, up 22.0% from $1.49 in second-quarter 2018.  Second-quarter Adjusted EPS of $1.82 was 23.9% higher than $1.47 in second-quarter 2018. The attached tables provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures. All earnings per share figures refer to diluted EPS.

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Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said “We are really pleased with our second-quarter performance, which demonstrates the strength of our strategy and the durable financial model we’ve built over the last several years. By appealing to shoppers through a compelling assortment, a suite of convenience-driven fulfillment options, competitive prices and an enjoyable shopping experience, we’re increasing Target’s relevancy and deepening the relationship between our guests and our brand. Traffic and sales continue to grow while our EPS reached an all-time high, driven by the strength of our team’s execution and their focus on delivering for our guests. Because of our outstanding performance in the first half of the year and our confidence moving forward, we are increasing our guidance for full-year earnings per share.”

For both the third quarter and second half of 2019, Target expects comparable sales growth in line with the 3.4% comparable sales growth the company delivered in the second quarter of 2019.

As has become the norm at Target over the last few years Private Brand was an important subject during corresponding Q2 2019 Earnings Call.

Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, addressed their latest private brand launch in fashion:

“Within our product assortment, we continue to focus on providing a unique combination of quality, fashion and value across our owned, exclusive and national brands. Just ahead of the back-to-school season, we launched our new multi-category own brand, More Than Magic, which our team developed to appeal to guests in their tween years.”

And went on to discuss the anniversary of the Designer collaborations as well as the debut of Good & Gather. “We\’re excited this quarter to be bringing back hundreds of items from 20 different designers to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Target\’s first designer partnership. And just this week, we announced our newest own brand in food and beverage, Good & Gather, which our team designed to make it easy for families to discover the joy of food.”

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Mark Tritton, Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer later presented more color on More than Magic.

Strategically planned right before the back-to-school season, we launched our newest own brand, More than Magic, which is a complete lifestyle brand spanning sportswear, dancewear and gymnastics apparel, jewelry, accessories, beauty, electronics and even stationery. Our team develop this brand to appeal to tween girls who are looking to move beyond Cat & Jack, but aren\’t quite ready to move up to our juniors\’ assortment and brands like Wild Fable.

\"\"Central to the More than Magic brand is the theme of empowerment through positive messaging on products like apparel and notebooks. In addition, based on feedback we received from both tweens and their parents, all the beauty products in this new brand are made with our parabens and won\’t [Phonetic] tested on animals. We\’re really excited to launch this new branded at a time when many mall-based alternatives are closing their doors and we\’ve been very pleased with the early results since the launch. And as we look ahead, we\’re really excited about our plans for the third quarter where we continue to invest in newness across both our owned and national brand assortments.”

As well as Good & Gather.

“And finally, the food and beverage team is looking forward to the upcoming launch of our new own brand, Good & Gather, which we just announced earlier this week. We know that food and beverage is a big reason our guests like shopping at Target since nearly three-quarters of our baskets have at least one food item in them. And driven by the improvements we\’ve implemented over the last few [Phonetic] years, we\’ve been seeing consistent growth and market share gains in food and beverage for well over a year.\"\"

To build on this momentum, it\’s critical that our approach to every aspect of our food offering from selection to presentation brings joy to our guest lives. So in developing this brand, the product design and development team was focused on delivering taste, quality and ease. And importantly, the entire assortment is made without artificial flavors, synthetic colors, artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup, helping our guests to feel confident they are serving their families affordable great tasting food that doesn\’t cut corners on quality ingredients.

Good & Gather will become Target\’s flagship food brand with extensions focused on kids, organic and signature product lines. It will launch with over 650 items from dairy to produce, ready-made pastas and meats, to granola bars and sparkling water. And by the full set next year, it will be 2000-plus products strong. It will launch in all Target stores and on Target.com, the same-day delivery beginning on September 15.”\"\"

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Target Celebrates 20 Years of Designer Partnership with an Anniversary Collection

\"\"Cheers to two decades of aspirational design at affordable prices! To celebrate Target is opening its archives to bring back nearly 300 limited-edition items from 20 past design collaborations—prices will range from $7-$160. The Anniversary Collection is a hat tip to Target’s impact in making incredible design accessible and affordable, starting with their groundbreaking inaugural partnership with architect Michael Graves in 1999. Look for the collection in Target stores and on Target.com Sept. 14. Designer collections and items will vary by store and guests may purchase up to five items per size and color. Guests can visit Target.com once the look book is available to plan their trip accordingly.

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Reflect and celebrate

“Design has always been a part of Target’s DNA. From our stores and the products we create to the partnerships we cultivate, our focus on accessible design sets Target apart, and is one of the reasons guests love to shop with us,” says Rick Gomez, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer, Target. “Our marketing campaign will celebrate the inclusive nature of design at Target, including a book and documentary that highlight Target’s impact on the retail industry and our guests’ lives by making great design accessible to everyone.”

The Anniversary Collection features select reissued pieces spanning 20 past designer collaborations, apparel, accessories, home decor, and kitchen essentials, and will have guests reliving their favorite moments from 1999 and onward. And as part of Target’s commitment to inclusivity, all women’s apparel will include extended sizing.

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“Target has forever changed the retail landscape by doing what once was considered impossible—offering great design at an incredible price. This anniversary celebrates our rich design history and the diverse range of partnerships we’ve offered our guests for the last 20 years,” says Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Each partnership brought something special and exciting to our guests, and with 20 years behind us, we’re only getting started. We look forward to bringing our guests more incredible, inspir

ing and affordable design, creating preference for Target each and every day.”

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The designers joining Target in celebration of 20 Years of Design for All include:

  • Michael Graves (1999-2013)
  • Philippe Starck (2002)
  • Stephen Sprouse (2002)
  • Isaac Mizrahi (2003-2009)
  • Erin Fetherston (2007)
  • Proenza Schouler (2007)
  • Thakoon (2008)
  • John Derian (2008, 2010)
  • Anna Sui (2009)
  • Rodarte (2009)
  • Stephen Burrows (2010)
  • Zac Posen (2010)
  • Harajuku Mini (2011-2012)
  • Missoni (2011)
  • Jason Wu (2012)
  • 1 Phillip Lim (2013)
  • Altuzarra (2014)
  • Lilly Pulitzer (2015)
  • Marimekko (2016)
  • Hunter (2018)

Because this anniversary is more than a single milestone, Target is excited to partner with Rizzoli, a publishing house known for its extensive library of beautiful, high-quality books, to release “Target: 20 Years of Design for All: How Target Revolutionized Accessible Design,” (available for pre-order and on shelves Sept. 3)—which highlights the history of their partnerships and iconic collections. Also, check out the trailer below for a sneak peek at the documentary film, created by producing partner RadicalMedia, taking a closer look at how Target’s innovative approach to affordable design forever changed the retail industry. The film will be released later this fall.

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TargetDelights Kids with Hyde and Eek! Boutique

\"\"Target continues to push the boundaries on how Private Brand can both fulfilling customer needs and differentiation. Children with disabilities will be delighted by the new children\’s costumes the retailer has created added to its Halloween private brand Hyde and Eek! Boutique.

Two of the Halloween costumes have been adapted for wheelchair users. One of the collection\’s wheelchair covers transforms the chair into a purple princess carriage. The other turns the chair into a pirate ship, complete with a Jolly Roger flag and wheel cover waves. There are also two new costumes with flat seams and no tags, for children with sensory issues: a shark and a unicorn.

\"\"Hyde and Eek! Boutique Princess Halloween Costume
Highlights

  • Girls\’ adaptive Halloween costume lets her join in on the festivities
  • Princess dress in hot pink with gold detailing makes for a simply enchanting look
  • Costume features opening in the back for ease of dressing and a wheelchair-friendly design
  • Includes a princess crown accessory for a finishing touch

A gal with magical dreams and style needs a Halloween costume to match, and the Adaptive Princess Halloween Costume from Hyde and Eek Boutique makes the perfect pick. This girls\’ pink princess costume is thoughtfully designed with an opening in the back that lends ease of dressing, great for giving kids who use wheelchairs an extra hand and a sense of comfort. The bright pink color makes for a simply sweet look, and a sheer overlay on the bodice and skirt adorned with shimmery gold detailing adds a lovely touch of shimmer and shine. Her enchanting look is complete with the included princess crown accessory — she\’ll be ready to delight her way around the spooky season in beautifully charming style.

Hyde and Eek! Boutique Princess Costume Wheelchair Cover 

Highlights

  • Halloween wheelchair cover makes for an inclusive way for your kiddo to join the festivities
  • Easily attaches to the wheelchair using hook-and-loop closures for a secure fit
  • Can easily be cut to fit a variety of wheelchair sizes
  • Intricately designed to look like a princess carriage for sweet charm
  • Comes with a coordinating accessory for your gal to wear

Your sweet gal will be looking as lovely as she feels when her wheelchair is decorated in the Adaptive Princess Carriage Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover from Hyde and Eek! Boutique. This Halloween wheelchair costume is designed to look just like a princess carriage, with a purple-blue and gray color scheme adorned with intricately detailed scrollwork — it even includes decorative covers for the wheelchair for a complete finish. A simple way to dress up most sizes of wheelchairs, it can easily be attached using the hook-and-loop closures for a secure fit, and she\’ll love having a coordinating crown to wear for a delightfully enchanting look.

\"\"Hyde and Eek! Boutique Pirate Halloween Costume

Highlights

  • Boys\’ adaptive Halloween costume lets him join in on the festivities
  • Pirate outfit comes with vest, pants, eye patch and hat for a complete look
  • Costume features openings in the back for ease of dressing and a wheelchair-friendly design
  • Leg openings are wide enough to put on pants while keeping his shoes on

Shiver me timbers! He\’ll be all set to conquer the seven seas searching for buried treasure when he wears the Adaptive Pirate Halloween Costume from Hyde and Eek! Boutique. This boys\’ pirate costume is thoughtfully designed with openings in the back that lend ease of dressing, along with leg openings that are wide enough to put the pants on while keeping shoes on — perfect for giving kids who use wheelchairs an extra hand and a sense of comfort. The fun detailing, complete with stripes on the pants and a Jolly Roger on the vest, adds to the authentic look, and he\’ll love topping things off with a hat and eye patch for an arr-some costume he can sport with his shipmates.

Hyde and Eek! Boutique Pirate Ship Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover

Highlights

  • Halloween wheelchair cover makes for an inclusive way for your kiddo to join the festivities
  • Easily attaches to the wheelchair using hook-and-loop closures for a secure fit
  • Can easily be cut to fit a variety of wheelchair sizes
  • Intricately designed to look like a pirate ship for fun flair
  • Comes with a coordinating accessory for your little pirate to wear

He\’ll be set to sail the seven seas looking for buried treasure when his wheelchair is decorated with the Adaptive Pirate Ship Halloween Costume Wheelchair Cover from Hyde and Eek! Boutique. This Halloween wheelchair costume is designed to look just like a pirate ship, complete with intricate detailing and a black Jolly Roger flag for authentic flair — it even includes decorative covers for the wheels that look like waves for a complete finish. A simple way to dress up most sizes of wheelchairs, it can easily be attached using the hook-and-loop closures for a secure fit, and he\’ll love having a coordinating accessory that\’ll go perfectly well with the Pirate Inclusive Halloween Costume from Hyde and Eek! Boutique.