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Thursday
Jul312014

Gap rolls into Rio De Janeiro

Time to break out the Caipirinhas—Gap has landed in Rio De Janeiro.

Last week, tens of thousands of people hit Gap’s newest location in the country’s second largest city. Hot on the heels of last September’s store opening in Sao Paolo, Gap Rio De Janeiro is the fifth store for the country.

The buzz was building long before the ribbon was cut.

And when it came time to taking the scissors to the trim, we put them in the hands of popular Brazilian soap star Carolina Dieckmann, which really drew the crowds!

Gap is just getting started in Brazil. By the end of the year, we’ll have 10 stores across six cities. It’s all part of our global franchise plan that includes new Gap stores coming to Slovenia in August and Austria in October. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday
Jul302014

Jyothi Rao is new Intermix president

We’re thrilled to announce that Jyothi Rao has been named President and General Manager of Intermix. She will start on September 2nd, based in New York City.

Jyothi joins Intermix from Gilt Groupe, where, as the Executive Vice President and General Manager, she was instrumental in growing Gilt into a multi- hundred million dollar luxury e-commerce business.  With her extensive range of fashion and high-end luxury e-commerce experience, we know Jyothi will make a great addition to the Intermix team.

Also, we’ve had the pleasure of working with Jyothi before, as she was part of the Gap Inc. family for 16 years, in senior leadership roles in Gap and Banana Republic.

Please join me in welcoming Jyothi to Intermix. 

Monday
Jul212014

A new Miami flagship, in 38 seconds

Song: Look Away (instrumental). Artist: Andre Rodriguez. Album: Somewhere New. 

One of the top retail meccas in the country – Miami’s Lincoln Road – is getting a full dose of Gap Inc.

Recently, we opened a 19,000-square-foot Gap store, our newest flagship, with Athleta and Intermix alongside it. About a block away, we have an existing Banana Republic store inside an historic bank structure.

It means we will have our corporate portfolio well-represented in this popular region, which teems with shoppers and international tourists.

Built from the ground up, the Gap store was designed by the award-winning Miami-based Touzet Studio and the building sits among the historic structures along the length of the Lincoln Road promenade.

We are excited about being the first retailer to deliver a new iconic structure in this area and to have the opportunity to not only imagine, but go all the way and build, what modern Miami Beach looks like.

As a result of a partnership with local civic leaders, we will be delivering a piece of architecture that respects forms of the past, absorbs the light and materials of Miami Beach itself, and is oriented to hold hands nicely with the future of the district.

During a grand opening event, beautiful South Beach-themed images captured by four of the city’s most influential Instagrammers were projected on the exterior façade of the store building.

This embodies in-demand, urban space, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have such a strong presence here.

Thursday
Jul172014

Camp Old Navy, Boys & Girls Clubs partner

Old Navy is putting the future first.

For the last 15 years, Camp Old Navy has invested in summer programs for underserved youth, helping them get ready for the school year and giving them their first job experience in Old Navy stores.

As part of this year’s program, Camp Old Navy is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to support young people in communities across the nation.

“Our ongoing partnership with (programs like the Boys & Girls Clubs) underscores our strong belief that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed, whatever their circumstance may be,” said Ivan Wicksteed, CMO of Old Navy. “We are very proud of the work that we have done together over the years.”

But it’s not just about money. Beyond a donation drive, North American Old Navy employees are doing more by volunteering with local Boys & Girls Clubs locations, providing fun summer education opportunities and “job shadow” days. It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world of retail and a chance to build skills for that first job.

“We are grateful for Old Navy’s partnership on Camp Old Navy,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA, “and their continued commitment to supporting successful futures for young people.”

Tuesday
Jul152014

Old Navy Japan brings beach culture to Tokyo

Sharing American beach culture never tasted so good.

Old Navy Japan kicked off July by embracing all-things American with the opening of the Old Navy Beach House, a California-style beach house in Shonan beach, the coolest resort-style beach near Tokyo.

The beach house is partnering with a locally famous café and features decidedly American beach grub including Old Navy BBQ, burgers, brats and beer. Customers are also gobbling up Old Navy flip-flops, logo tees and lining up to take photos with the giant flip flop.

It’s just one way our Japan team is getting innovative with its California roots!