LUCKY SHOES: Vernon, Calif.-based Lucky Brand Dunagarees is stepping into footwear. The line of denim-driven activewear has inked a licensing deal with South River, N.J.-based Steinweis Jacobson LLC to produce women’s and men’s footwear. Lucky Brand footwear will hit department and specialty stores for the back-to-school season, featuring five men’s and six women’s athletic-looking styles in leathers and suedes. The looks will also be carried at Lucky’sstores and Web site, Retail price points will range from $60 to $100.

HARRODS NIXES CHICAGO PLANS: Chicago, apparently, is not Harrods’ kind of town. The London department store has all but scrapped plans to open a unit in the Windy City — what would have been its first in the U.S., a company spokesman said. He said Harrods’ owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, failed to see eye-to-eye with developers for Chicago’s historic State Street shopping area. Al Fayed had wanted to take on a larger role in the development — in the form of a proposed hotel and real estate project — but was offered a "fairly modest retail proposal," in the end, the spokesman said. "Further involvement in the project looks exceptionally unlikely," he added. "The developer seemed unaware of the fundamental brand value associated with Harrods, and this was reflected in [the proposal]."

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