EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2535 - May 04, 2011     3 of 4

Amazon's MyHabit Launch Shows Continued Focus on Apparel

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One year ago, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos told investors his company was focused on apparel, saying it was an important category with a very large market segment. On Tuesday, Amazon yet again demonstrated that commitment by announcing the launch of a new private-sale site called MYHABIT featuring "hand-picked styles from top designer and boutique brands" for up to 60% off. is similar to Gilt, Rue La La and Vente-Privee, but offers free, instant membership - and users can sign in with their accounts. MYHABIT offers fast, free shipping on U.S. orders and free returns in the U.S. Most "events" start daily at 9 AM Pacific and last 72 hours. Featured brands include Doo.Ri, Elizabeth and James, Halston and Vera Wang in women's, men's, and children's departments.

The launch of MYHABIT follows acquisitions in fashion, including online shoe retailer Zappos and European sales site Amazon also entered into a deal with New Balance last year to make its Heidi Klum collection available exclusively on

Maria Renz, formerly Vice President Shoes, Jewelry & Watches and, is President of MYHABIT. In a press release, she said, "MYHABIT is a beautiful website designed specifically for limited time sales and we think customers will love this shopping experience."

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