Retail roundup: Nike in trouble for T-shirt messages, Macy's to open websites to more countries, Banana Republic launches 'Mad Men' line, Brooks Brothers offers licensed college merchandise
-- Nike is facing an outcry for replacing its "Just Do It" slogan on some T-shirts with the phrases "Dope," "Get High" and "Ride Pipe" -- messages that critics say blatantly endorse drug use.
-- Starting next week, Macy's Inc. will begin letting shoppers in other countries buy online and have their items shipped to them. The department store chain, which operates Macy's and Bloomingdale's, has been testing the international shopping function for three weeks in Australia, Canada and Britain and on Monday will formally expand that to an additional 88 countries.
-- Banana Republic has announced a limited edition "Mad Men"-inspired clothing collection for men and women. The collection is designed by the retailer in collaboration with "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant and will be carried in Banana Republic's North American stores and online beginning Aug. 11. The company said that the line "offers a modern take on the cool polish and panache of the 1960s era through the Banana Republic lens of affordable luxury and noticeable quality."
-- Male students at 15 universities, several of them in the Ivy League, can soon buy school clothing at Brooks Brothers, which for the first time in its almost 200-year history has agreed to a line of licensed college merchandise. Among the schools included are Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and NYU.
-- Andrea Chang