No star-studded coverage of the 20 military veteran suicides each day

On Friday I tweeted the following:

I love how Twittersphere is recounting their own bouts of depression over two tragic suicides within a few days. But what about our military veterans? One of them kills himself or herself (very rare) every 65 minutes. That’s 20 a day, everyday.

The reaction of Likes and Retweets was off the charts, I felt at the time and still do that this is something that America should know and deeply care about.

To memorialize a fashion designer, who is mixed up in some horrendous allegations soon to come to light and takes her own life, which generates this false mourning by women who bought her handbag, is so trivial when compared to the 1,000s of military vets left by the side of the road by their country.

These men and women gave of themselves so we can canonize a chef with a knack for spinning yarns about international cuisine.

Sure I get the surprise angle of the deaths and the instant reaction, but hours and days later of the same claptrap is so mind-numbing and superficial it shows the shallowness of our society.

It just appears last week’s reaction to these suicides — here in NYC anyway — that we may have lost our way and I wanted the above tweet to try to bring some prospective to these two “random” acts of violence.

Just for anyone questioning the tweet, the number comes from a Department of Veteran Affairs study for 2016. The latest data available.



Michael Kors buys Jimmy Choo for $1.2B

In a desperate attempt to remain relavant in the aspirational retail space Michael Kors has a $1.2 billion deal for Jimmy Choo.

Michael Kors, suffering from huge price discounting, in May announced a turnaround plan where the company said it would close 125 stores and slash the number of  its luxury handbags for department stores.

The Jimmy Choo brand of designer shoes has seen a similar sales drop off in the US as the European investment fund JAB Holding put the label on the block. Jimmy Choo’s sales are still strong in Asia, where Michael Kors eyes further expansion.

The deal is a response to the purchase in May by Coach of Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.

All four of the aspirational brands have suffered over the last year or so as US shoppers no longer see the brands as unique since they could be found widely from luxury shops to discount department stores. The plan was to mimic the Ralph Lauren — multiple fashion lines at differing price points — did not transfer well to handbags and shoes.