Beauty brand Glossier has teamed up with Nordstrom to showcase its Glossier You fragrance with several shop-in-shops. This is a smart move for Glossier because while it seems like the brand is everywhere—or at least its controversial bubble bags are—the company has only two permanent retail stores. Partnering with Nordstrom with a limited, fragrance-only offering, will allow Glossier to extend its physical footprint beyond NYC and LA to six key cities. These, in addition to its accelerated pop-up strategy, will give it further insight into the appetite for permanent stores—without making substantial inventory commitments. With $100mm in fresh funding this year, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more stores coming soon.

Le Tote will open a boutique-style Lord & Taylor pop-up for two weeks in December. The announcement comes on the heels of the officially-minted acquisition by Le Tote and the shuttering of the 600,000+ square-foot Lord & Taylor flagship on Fifth Avenue. While the rental-business-turned-retailer hopes to use the acquisition to reintroduce itself to the Lord & Taylor customer base, a two-week pop up may not reinforce its new “We’re open. Come shop with us.” marketing message. If Le Tote wants to prove its longevity to the Lord & Taylor customer, focusing on the legacy retailer’s current locations—the permanent ones—might be a better use of resources.

J.Crew finally gets to play its get-out-of-debt card with official approval of its Madewell spinoff. Long lauded as the crown jewel of the company, Madewell is already looking a bit tarnished since Moody’s questioned whether or not J.Crew had inflated Madewell’s value. Ultimately, its lenders gave it the green light and J.Crew will have the opportunity to “return to profitable growth”—not an easy feat given 12 straight months of negative EBITDA. The cash generated by the Madewell IPO may temporarily bring its balance sheet back in line, but more will need to change for the brand to entirely turn the corner—and a profit.