Retail Roundup—Chanel teams up with Farfetch; Weddington Way opens in Houston

Gap's Weddington Way opens showroom in Houston.

E-commerce finishes year up 3.2%

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that U.S. e-commerce sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 were up 3.2% from Q3. Total retail sales were estimated to be up 2.7% for the quarter, and e-commerce sales for the year were up 16% in total. (Seeking Alpha)

Chanel acquires stake in Farfetch

Chanel has acquired a minority stake in online retailer Farfetch as part of a plan to improve the brand's digital connection. Chanel joins a number of luxury brands that are looking to expand their digital services to attract younger customers. (Reuters)

J.Crew hires ex-Starbucks exec

J.Crew has hired Adam Brotman as president and chief experience officer, reporting to new CEO Jim Bret. Brotman most recently oversaw the launch of mobile order and pay at Starbucks, which now accounts for 11% of transactions at the coffee stores. (Recode)

Weddington Way opens Houston brick-and-mortar

Gap-owned Weddington Way has opened a bridesmaid dress shop inside the Banana Republic in Houston. The virtual showroom will allow brides to show for dresses and order for delivery, no matter the location. (