WHO'S WHO AT THE SHOW

ERNEST LE GAMIN
Designer: Babe Alini
Age: 37
Price range (French retail prices): From 200 francs ($40) for a T-shirt to 1,200 francs ($240) for a dress.
Targeted customer is a woman between 20 and 40 years of age with a relaxed attitude toward fashion.
Company was started in March 1988.
Major markets are Italy, Spain, Germany and the U.S.
Wholesale volume for 1994 was 25 million francs ($5 million).

STELLA CADENTE
Designer: Stella Cadente
Age: 30
Price range (French retail prices): From 500 francs ($100) for a shirt to 1,500 francs ($300) for a dress/jacket.
Targeted customer is between 25 and 75 years old.
Company started in September 1991.
Wholesale volume for 1994 was 3 million francs ($600,000).
Major markets are Japan and the U.S.
"I make clothes for real women who are comfortable with their bodies, clothes that are wearable for day and evening."

NATALIE VALENTINY
Designer: Natalie Valentiny
Age: 31
Price range (French retail prices): From 715 francs ($145) for a sweater to 420 francs ($440) for a dress/jacket.
Targeted customer is an active, independent and sensual woman.
Company started in 1991.
Wholesale volume for 1994 was 10 million francs ($2 million).
Major markets are France, Japan and the U.S.
"I work with the most creative fabrics to make soft tailored jackets combined with fitted skirts, dresses and pants."

XULY BET
Designer: Lamine Kouyate
Age: 32
Price range (French retail prices): From 200 francs ($40) for a shirt to 2,000 francs ($400) for a coat.
Targeted customer is a girl/woman who likes active and comfortable clothes at a reasonable price.
Company started in 1993.
Major markets are Europe and Asia.
Wholesale volume sales for 1994 was 10 million francs ($2 million).

ROBERT MERLOZ
Designer: Robert Merloz
Age: 30
Price range (French retail): From 500 francs ($100) for a shirt/T-shirt to 2000 francs ($400) for a dress.
Targeted client is an active, funny, sexy and chic woman.
Company started in 1992.
Wholesale volume for 1994 was 5 million francs ($1 million).
Major markets are Asia, the U.S. and France.
"My design philosophy is to create classics with a twist."

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