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    So Michael Kors, we meet again. Some of you that follow @TalentedBlonde knew my negative stance on the stock back in March in this missive. For those of you that missed it or simply were indifferent, here’s why the Street missed this massive fail: Firstly, a greedy management team basically bastardized the brand by lowering […]

    The post Blonde Archive: Michael Kors Wounds Self-Inflicted (7/29/2015) appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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    Yesterday I took a call from an esteemed colleague and retail veteran. He wanted to brainstorm on Abercrombie & Fitch and how to fix it. I’ve been probably the most vocal –and the earliest call—on how poorly the Company was executing. But, no one out there really has commented on what exactly should be done […]

    The post Blonde Archive: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Abercrombie & Fitch? (5/24/2015) appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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    50 Shades of Meh indeed. After sitting through a pretty painful presentation today of all things Apple, I’m even more disappointed in the Apple Watch. I can feel you gasping as you read this.you see, I’ve done serious time in the coal mine that is luxury timepieces. I’ve worked with everyone from Jeager Le-Coultre, to […]

    The post Blonde Archive: Apple Watch; 50 Shades of ‘Meh’ (3/10/2015) appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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    While staying at the W Hotels D.C property, a press release from Starwood Hotels & Resorts found its way into my inbox. As details emerge about the recent Marriot $MAR and $HOT Starwood merger, members of each loyalty program will begin wondering just how much of their virtual “currency” will be worth. Communication is key to assuaging […]

    The post Speculation Addressed By Starwood appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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    “Today’s guest is the Talented Blonde aka Kristin Bentz. Kristin began her career in the luxury retail and hotel industry and then moved on to Wall Street where she ‘survived’ working with Dick Fuld and Jim Cramer, my ex-boss and previous So Money guest. Kristin is an ex-Lehmanite and a former managing editor of Real […]

    The post Kristin Bentz on So Money with Farnoosh Torabi appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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    Kristin Bentz President Talented Blonde Discussing news from the Global Retailing Conference and outlook for luxury companies for The Bloomberg Advantage.

    The post Bloomberg: Bentz on ‘Rough Time’ for Luxury appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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  • 04/19/16--14:05: The Beauty of Bluemercury
  • A lot has been said about Macy’s recent weak stock performance. CEO Terry Lundgren has come under fire, and the company has tried virtually everything to stay relevant, from adding Best Buy kiosks, SunGlass Hut in shops, and off-price channel called “BackStage.” I scoffed at a lot of these strategies as ‘spaghetti against the wall’-however, […]

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    Hold on to your flower crowns. While the Coachella Valley Music Festival is perceived by some as the new Hippie Woodstock, it’s anything but. This Indio, Ca based festival is an elite driven event that is a reflection of the increasing chasm between ‘haves and have nots’ in the U.S. If smart money is not […]

    The post Haute Hippie: Why Coachella is a Proxy for the U.S. Economy and Society appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.


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  • 05/05/16--11:37: Blonde Approved: The Liberty
  • At the intersection of clink and chic emerges The Liberty Hotel in Boston, MA. The onetime 1840’s prison is now the golden big-house of SPG and the location of my most recent adventure. The Liberty is a prison of puns; room service is referred to as “solitary dinning”, their outside restaurant “The Yard”– I can’t […]

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    Click here to watch the interview on Asset TV.  

    The post Asset TV: Kristin Bentz Says the Market Has Misread Consumer Spending appeared first on Kristin Bentz | The Talented Blonde.