The handbag industry, rocked by slowing department-store traffic and a shift away from purses by millennials, has a new mantra this holiday season: Do more with less. Luxury retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's and Barneys New York are introducing far fewer styles of handbags this year as the ray ban outlet critical Christmas season approaches. And the pressure on the industry has fueled speculation that companies like Coach and Michael Kors Holdings should find merger partners rather than fight it out alone. Retailers are increasingly opting to differentiate themselves from competitors by introducing fewer new cheap ugg boots lines rather than swamping shoppers with too many choices, said Katie Smith, senior fashion analyst at Edited, a data-analytics company for the fashion industry. "Reducing the number of products, making sure they are choosing their products really smartly, can help make sure they're getting full-price cheap oakley sales rather than discount," Smith said. In the three months through Aug. 31, the number of new handbags introduced by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's fell 23 percent and 3 percent, respectively, compared with an increase of 5 percent and 11 percent the year before, according to Edited, whose clients include Ralph Lauren Corp. and luxury replica handbags e-commerce site, Net-A-Porter. Barneys rolled out 41 percent fewer new lines in the third quarter of this year, compared with a 46 percent increase in 2016.
Most people are careless in the search for truth, and content themselves with what is readily at hand.
Thucydides 1, XX, 3

Investigations into a forgotten past

This book is the story of Frieda Keysser and Carl Strehlow and their life together.
Their travails, their triumphs, their sorrows and their joys; the tale of a man and a woman who set out to make the impossible come true - and succeeded where others had failed, regenerating a broken community in the wilds of Australia, despite the turbulent period of the 1890s, while bringing up six healthy children themselves. Of stepping into a world quite unlike anything they,
or anyone else, had ever experienced before.

This is also a tale of strange experiences, for life was hard, and often short,
and sometimes there was bloodshed

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