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canadian goose jacket However, there is an institutional and municipal argument against combining the men’s and women’s weeks. Every fashion week city profits, literally and significantly, from playing host to the collections. Each season brings floods of buyers, critics and support staff into each city, providing a financial boon for related industries. According to a 2012 analysis by the New York City Economic canada goose uk outlet Development Corporation, women’s wear weeks there alone have a “total economic impact per year of $887 million.”

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Canada Goose Jackets It is not yet confirmed exactly when the joint Gucci show would take cheap Canada Goose place, but given that men’s wear now accounts for 35 percent of Gucci sales while women’s represents 65 percent, odds are the combined show would take place during the women’s season.

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canada goose deals Would the house, for example, invite men’s and women’s critics to the same show in September? Queried directly, Mr. Bizzarri said he did not know yet.

What would it mean for multibrand boutiques and department stores sending men’s wear buyers to shows in July? Would they send them again in September? “I don’t know,” Mr. Bizzarri said with a laugh, though given that 82 percent of Gucci’s 2015 sales were in their own stores canada goose coats on sale and that ready to wear accounts for only 11 percent of its sales perhaps it does not matter.

Still, despite all the uncertainty, he said the decision was easy to make. “It just seemed canada goose uk black friday obvious,” he said. “It’s clear something needs to change. Why canada goose coats not start with this?”

canada goose clearance sale It remains to canada goose store be seen whether other Kering brands like Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent and Alexander McQueen, all of which show on both the men’s and women’s wear schedules, will follow suit. Right now, the group is treating Gucci as a test case, which may only add to the general confusion.

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