Weekly High Lows: H&M's Online Shop, Blog Wars


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Highs:
• Next month, Urban Outfitters will debut an affordable (yet oddly named) bridal collection, BLDHN. It will be online-only. (The Thread)

• Jenna Lyons takes viewers into a shoe factory in Italy to see how J.Crew shoes are designed and produced (pictured). (J.Crew)

• Executives at both Reiss and Intermix plan to rapidly expand their brands with new stores in Canada and the U.S. (The High Low)

• H&M announces that it’s launching stateside e-commerce within the next two years. (MultiChannel Merchant)

Lows:

• The CFDA and Oscar de la Renta criticize Michelle Obama’s choice of a dress by a non-American designer, Alexander McQueen, for a state dinner. (Styleite)

• A new style blog launches with the name ‘The Coveted’ — which happens to be the same name as another established blog. Online fights, and threats of lawsuits, ensue. (Racked)

• The Girl Scouts slim down their cookie offerings and continue to boycott e-commerce. (The High Low)