Must Read: Coach Introduces the 'Craftmanship Bar,' Macy's Lowers Its Full-Year Profit

Plus, how 'InStyle,' 'Vogue' and 'Harper's Bazaar' are utilizing video.
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Coach fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

Coach fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion this Wednesday.

Coach introduces a "Craftsmanship Bar" 
Coach is now offering customers the option of monogramming their purchases and customizing their hangtags at the new "Craftsmanship Bar," which will be available at select flagship stores. Specialists will also be on hand to provide repair and cleaning services, as well as advice. {WWD}

How Instyle, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar are using video
To state the obvious, videos are increasingly becoming a priority for several publications. Vogue continues to produce its ever popular "73 Questions" series, while Harper's Bazaar focuses on how to-makeup videos with beauty professionals. As for InStyle, highlights include its "Back of the Cab" series featuring Fashion News Director Eric Wilson. {Glossy}

Macy's reports first quarter sales, shares fall 9.4%
Macy's shares fell 9.4% following news of its first quarter sales on Wednesday. Macy's reported that sales at stores open for a year declined  6.1%, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of falling sales. The retailer also lowered its full-year forecast. News of Macy's first quarter sales also dragged down other retailers' shares, including Nordstrom, JC Penney Co., Target and Kohl's. {WSJ}

Abercrombie & Fitch looks to the Middle East
Abercrombie & Fitch, which already has stores in Kuwait and Dubai, is looking to open stores in Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. According to Rajiv Suri, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Fashion (Abercrombie’s partner in the Middle East), there's been "significant demand" in the UAE and Kuwait. {Quartz}

Dior opens a flagship store in Cannes
Coinciding with the 69th Cannes Film Festival, Dior opened a boutique on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes. The boutique, which is situated right across the red carpet entry to the Palais de Festival, is three times bigger than its previous store in Cannes, and carries ready-to-wear, bags, shoes, accessories and more.  {WWD}

How malls are trying to attract customers
In response to shifting consumer trends, malls have been cooking up ways to reinvent themselves. For some, it means looking beyond retail stores, adding facilities like children's playgrounds and even community theaters. {Associated Press}

The impact of tuberculosis on Victorian trends
Carolyn Day, author of the upcoming "Consumptive Chic: A History of Fashion, Beauty and Disease," looks at the ways in which tuberculosis influenced Victorian fashion and beauty trends. For instance, middle- and upper-class women attempted to emulate the physical side effects caused by frequent low-grade fever, such as flushed cheeks, red lips and pale skin. When Robert Koch isolated the bacteria in 1882 and people's understanding of tuberculosis began changing, fashion trends such as the corset and long skirts came under attack. {Smithsonian Magazine}