‘The mall is not dead’ amid rise in online shopping, retail expert says

With Westfield Malls’ European owner announcing it’s looking to unload its portfolio of American malls by next year, the outlook seems grim for U.S. shopping malls amid the e-commerce boom. However, consumer and retail expert Natalie Kotlyar, managing partner at BDO USA, believes malls still have life left in them.

“So this is certainly nothing new, this whole conversation about the [decline of malls],” Kotlyar told Yahoo Finance Live. “And are we moving away from the mall? So I am here to tell you that the mall is not dead. Consumers are still going into the malls. And they will continue to go into the stores.”

Kotlyar said mall performance going forward varies based on geographic location, but a steady return to brick-and-mortar shopping destinations has been observed as the global economy shifts away from pandemic conditions.

“Obviously, as the pandemic somewhat subsided, consumers were more comfortable going to the

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Easy Spirit Men’s SS22 Collection

Image Courtesy of Easy Spirit

Image Courtesy of Easy Spirit

New York, New York, April 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Easy Spirit expands its comfort footwear legacy of 35 years to men with an innovative new casual and active footwear collection with work-hard, play-hard comfort built from the inside out.

As the Makers of Easy, Easy Spirit is an expert on building comfort shoes engineered with thoughtfully integrated benefits. The Easy Spirit Men’s footwear collection features new technology made specifically for him, in a range of silhouettes for all-day comfort and support for every activity.

“The Easy Spirit Men’s customer has an eye for quality and an increasing need for versatility,” says Marc Fisher, CEO of Marc Fisher Footwear, owner of Easy Spirit. “His footwear needs to be able to keep up with his ever-evolving lifestyle with all the added features and benefits along the way”.

Easy Spirit Men’s

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The Influencer-Approved Festival Fashion Tips You Need To Know

With Coachella kicking off this weekend for the first time since 2019, festival season is finally back in action. If you are out of practice for festival dressing and need some refreshers on what is in and what you should definitely not be packing, I reached out to fashion and lifestyle influencer Brandon Osorio for his advice on what to wear to festivals this summer.

Keep reading to get the scoop on his festival must-haves and top trends that he is excited to see:

SARAH BOYD: What items are on your festival fashion wish list?

BRANDON OSORIO: The perfect vintage or distressed tees, baggy cargo pants, and comfortable jeans are all on my wish list. This season I’m planning to keep it simple: comfy tee, good pairs of pants, and fun sneakers.

SB: Are there any celebrities or style icons you are looking to for festival style inspiration?

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Why Billie Eilish’s Sustainable Red Carpet Fashion Is So Important

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In May 2021, Billie Eilish stepped onto the Met Gala’s red carpet oozing the glamour of old Hollywood in a Grace Kelly-inspired ball gown.

She was poised and pretty in peach, but she was also full of purpose. Because for the musician, the Oscar de la Renta look came with a price: the brand must pull fur from the shelves for good. And so it did. 

“I am beyond thrilled that the entire team heard me on this issue,” Eilish said at the time. “They have now made a change that makes an impact for the greater good, not only for animals but also for our planet and environment too.”

But she didn’t stop at the Met. Alongside her mother Maggie Baird, the founder of food insecurity-focused plant-based nonprofit Support and Feed, Eilish continued to make bold and ethical fashion statements during the 2022 awards season.

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