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The Blazer By: Jasmine McCoy


Budget: Forever 21


Forever 21: History •

Founded in 1984 by Do Won Chang in California

Originally targeted the Korean American community with South Korean fashions

Added new stores every 6 months

Opened largest location in Cerritos, CA being 85,000 square feet

Ranked one of the 50 largest privately held companies in California

Opened 2 stores in brazil

Opening on average 90 new stores


Forever 21: The Experience •

Merchandise Presentation: Folded & Hangers

Visual Merchandise: Cluttered

Customer Service: I was not greeted and you can’t tell the workers from the customers

Size & Layout: It is a 2 tier store and very large -clothes were hanging off of hangers -clothes were in the wrong spots

Target Customer: Young women 17-25 -middle to high social status -unmarried & educated

Overall Experience: I was not greeted ever, it was too messy and stuffy.


Forever 21: The Blazer •

Classic style

Price: $24.80

Material Content: -61% Polyester -35% Rayon -4% Spandex

Size: XS to L

Made in China

Hand wash in cold water and dry flat

Mildly constructed, loose threads, lapel, button closure, not lined

Signature Elements: Quirky twists on trends


Contemporary: Banana Republic


Banana Republic: History •

Founded in 1978 by Mel & Patricia Ziegler

Safari theme

Acquired by Gap Inc. in 1983 -gave an upscale image

Over 600 stores internationally

In 2008 opened in Turkey -Saudi Arabia -London -Philippines

$475 million


Banana Republic: The Experience •

Merchandise Presentation: Folded & Hangers

Visual Merchandising: Clean & well organized

Customer Service: Greeted as I entered

Size & Layout: Everything was in place -medium size store -men’s on one side and women’s on the other

Overall Experience: It was great, I was acknowledged multiple times. It was very clean and organized.


Banana Republic: The Blazer •

Classic Style

Price: $158

Material Content: -56% Cotton -41% Lyocell -3% Spandex

Size: reg. 0-14 -tall 2-14 -petite 00-14

Made in China

Dry clean

Well constructed; lapel, 2 button closure, completely lined

Signature Element: casual luxury, with high-quality apparel for men and women and sophisticated seasonal collections


Designer: Giorgio Armani


Giorgio Armani: History •

Founded in 1975 by Giorgio Armani in Milan

Has 12 labels

First made menswear

Expanded to jeans and juniors in 1981

Opened boutique in Paris in 1986

Launched eyewear in 1987

Opened in NY, London, & California in 1988

Launched watches in 1997

Launched fragrances in 1998


Giorgio Armani: The Experience •

Merchandise Presentation: Hangers

Visual Merchandising: Minimalism

Customer Service: Automatically greeted and offered cold beverage

Size & Layout: Medium 2 tier store -chairs in center of each room -spacious -a few of each piece displayed

Overall Experience: Phenomenal, associates were kind and showed me multiple pieces.

Signature Element: Unlined, unconstructed, loose fitting men’s jackets with lowered lapel notches and sloping shoulders.


Giorgio Armani: The Blazer •

Classic Style

Price: $775

Material Content: -64% Viscose -30% Polyamide -6% Elastane Jersey

Size: made in Italy

Well constructed, single double breasted, 2 button closure, rear central slit


Works Cited •

http://www.armani.com/us/giorgioarmani?gclid=CP2UvNGI_L0CFYtDMgodQE4AfQ&tp= 52361

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giorgio_Armani

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Republic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_Inc.

http://www.gapinc.com/content/gapinc/html/aboutus/ourbrands/BananaRepublic.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_21

http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/forever21-history-budget-fashion/


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