Fashion Star is a reality television series, which focuses on fashion design. The contestants compete, designing new products in hopes of being purchased by selected buyers. The designers have a chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. An apparel buyer for each company has the chance to bid on the designer’s line, and if no buyer makes a bid, the contestant is up for elimination. In the end, the designer who is America’s Fashion Star can create fashions for all three major retailers.
A snapshot for each of these retailers taken from Chain Store Guide’s databases of Apparel Specialty Stores and Department Stores follows.

 

 

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)

Address:
215 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003

Telephone:
212-564-9922

Internet Homepage:

http://www.hm.com

Total Current Stores:
234 (in U.S.)

Trading Areas:
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, VA, TX, UT, WA, WI

Senior Executives:
CEO  Karl-Johan Persson
CFO  Jyrki Tervonen

 

H&M is a Swedish retailer, with over 230 U.S. stores. The fast-fashion chain currently operates about 2,500 stores in 43 countries and employs around 94,000 people around the world. H&M brings fashion to women, men, teenagers and children. H&M’s growth target is to increase the number of stores by 10–15 percent per year. H&M also sells own-brand cosmetics, accessories, footwear and a textile interiors concept, H&M Home. Online shopping is currently available in 18 European countries and will open in the USat the end of 2012.

 

Saks Incorporated

Address:
12 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Telephone:
212-753-4000

Internet Homepage:
http://www.saks.com

Total Current Stores:
106

Trading Areas:
AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, KS, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NJ, NY, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA

Senior Executives:
CEO  Stephen Sadove
President, Chief Merchandising Officer  Ronald Frasch

 

Found in both CSG’s database of Apparel Specialty Stores and database of Department Stores, Saks Incorporated operates 46 Saks Fifth Avenue stores and 60 of it’s OFF 5THoutlet stores. Saks Fifth Avenue stores have a history of fine product selection and extraordinary customer service. Today, Saks Fifth Avenue remains one of the world’s pre-eminent specialty retailers, renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections and assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and gifts.

 

Macy’s Inc.

Address:
7 W 7th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Telephone:
513-579-7000

Internet Homepage:
http://www.macys.com
http://www.bloomingdales.com

Total Current Stores:
844

Trading Areas:
AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WY

Senior Executives:
Chairman, President, CEO  Terry Lundgren
Chief Merchandising Officer   Jeffrey Gennette

 

The Macy’s brand includes about 800 Macy’s department stores and furniture galleries in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as well as macys.com. The Bloomingdale’s brand includes 37 department stores and home stores in 11 states, bloomingdales.com, and seven Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores in five states. Listed as CSG’s top Department Store, the retailer did $26.4 billion in sales in 2011.