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Lampert Standing by Sears With $300 Million Loan

Sales continued to decline at Sears and Kmart, and the parent company posted losses for the second quarter.

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Beauty

Stash SJP Brings Edge to Celebrity Fragrance Game

SJP's unexpected strategy to face celeb fragrance fallout.

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Business

Emanuel Chirico on the Virtues of Raf Simons at Calvin Klein

PVH ceo Emanuel Chirico expects big things from Raf Simons’ take on Calvin Klein.

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FINITY APPAREL GROUP FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

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AGGRESSIVE GROWTH FOR TJX

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — TJX Cos. expects to expand from 1,665 stores to 4,200 stores in nine years, growing 11 percent annually and posting an average 3 percent comparable-store sales gains during the period, Edmond J. English, president and chief…

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Behind Foster Grant? $52M and New Celebs

NEW YORK — The answer now is Cindy Crawford and Jeff Gordon.

The question being posed after nearly a dozen years of brand invisibility is: “Who’s that behind those Foster Grants?”

At the tail end of an almost three-year turnaround involving a…

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CLAIBORNE, TEFLON IN CAREFREE DEAL

NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne’s Carefree clothing line has adopted DuPont’s Teflon technology.

The built-in fabric protector, featured on items such as white button-down blouses and black pants under the Lizsport label, acts as a repellent against…

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Denver Fashion Group Formed

DENVER — The fashion community here has decided there must be power in a united front.

The New American Fashion Association for independent designers (NAFA) has announced it is planning a Denver Fashion Week for fall 2003. The group is now…

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Financial

Escada Bounces Back With Rise in Net, Sales

BERLIN — The Escada Group returned to profitability in the first half of the fiscal year after ending 2001 with a loss.

During the six months ended April 30, the Aschheim, Germany-based company posted net income of $5.9 million, more than a…

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EUROPE’S GROWING OUTLET OPPORTUNITY

MAASMECHLEN, Belgium — Competition between designer outlet centers is intensifying in continental Europe.

Value Retail PLC last week opened Belgium’s first designer outlet mall in this eastern border town, with shops such as Versace, Tommy…

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FINITY APPAREL GROUP FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

NEW YORK — Finity Apparel Group on Monday filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition for bankruptcy court protection in Manhattan.

The better sportswear firm said it plans on restructuring operations. Three other affiliates — GSA Group Ltd., Delta…

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Gardner Exits Calvin Klein

NEW YORK — Tim Gardner, creative director of design at Calvin Klein, has resigned from the firm.

Gardner, who joined Calvin Klein in 1996 and was promoted to creative director two years ago, was Klein’s top designer and had taken on increasingly…

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The Long Goodnight

NEW YORK — What happens when the contents of an aquarium are crammed into a fishbowl? Well, the species’ scales become all the more evident when they’re up close and personal.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America promised a more intimate…

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Fashion Scoops: Stella’s World … Facing Reality … Leisure Wear

STELLA’S WORLD: Stella McCartney, who is showing her first cruise collection to retailers in Paris this week, has other new projects up her puffy sleeves. Sources say she’s about to name a new president to run her American business and is in…

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Financial

J. JILL SPLITS STOCK 3-FOR-2

NEW YORK — The J. Jill Group announced Tuesday a 3-for-2 stock split in the form of a stock dividend to attract a broader reach of investors.

The Quincy, Mass.-based specialty retailer, which markets to women over 35 through its 63 stores, catalogs…

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Financial

Movado Net Improves

NEW YORK — Fueled by sales growth and better operating efficiencies, Movado Group Inc. posted improved first-quarter results.

For the three months ended April 30, income was $332,000, or 3 cents a share, against a loss of $128,000, or 1 cent, in…

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A New Vision for L.A. Eyeworks

LOS ANGELES — Boundary-pushing architects are used to transforming the most intangible of dreams into physical realities.

So when Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds hired architect Neil M. Denari to invent the environment for their first “house of…

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Singapore Joins Port Security Plan

WASHINGTON — Singapore will be the first Asian port to allow U.S.-bound cargo to be prescreened, as part of the U.S. push to protect shipments from being used to smuggle terrorist weapons, the U.S. Customs Service said Tuesday.

Canada is the only…

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Obituary: Douglas Giles, May Co. Executive

NEW YORK — Douglas J. Giles, a retired senior vice president of human resources for May Department Stores Co., died May 27 of lymphoma at his home in St. Louis. He was 60.

“Doug made tremendous contributions during his 30-year career,” said Gene S….

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ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS

Located along a busy stretch of Piedmont Road in Midtown Atlanta, Atmosphere is appropriately named. It is situated in a charming renovated old house surrounded by a white picket fence.

Inside, a tropical melange of color and sultry music is the…

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BRAZILIAN CHIC

MOVE OVER, GISELE. THE MESQUITA SISTERS HAVE ARRIVED WITH A STORE FULL OF TRENDY — AND RACY — FASHIONS FROM THEIR HOMELAND.

From jeans to models to waxing treatments, all things Brazilian are hot right now. So the timing couldn’t be better to open…

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COMMUNITY ART

It’s a timely coincidence that the city that recently elected its first female African-American mayor is now host to a tribute to another monumental first in African-American history. From June 15 through Sept. 8, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will…

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COZY, COOL CAVU

To get a true sense of the people, style, culture and even a bit of the history of midtown Atlanta, spend an evening at Cavu Restaurant and Lounge. On the expansive, wraparound front porch, casually dressed locals mingle with business travelers in…

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DISTRESS SIGNALS

Everything old is new again — especially when it comes to belts for fall. Distressed leather and bold buckles have a rugged appeal that looks great with a pair of jeans.

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EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATIONS

A TRIO OF SHOWROOM REPS SPEAK THEIR MINDS ON HOW TO KEEP A LINE EXCLUSIVE AND NOT CHEAPEN ITS BRAND IDENTITY.

It’s a specialty retailer’s worst nightmare to be rolling along as the only store in town with one of the season’s hottest lines when…

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HOTLANTA HAS IT

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE PREMIERE SHOW, BUYERS FROM OUTSIDE THE SOUTHEAST ARE HEADING TO ATLANTA, AND LOCAL BUYERS ARE NO LONGER DEPENDENT ON NEW YORK SHOWS.

The inaugural edition of the Premiere show landed in April at the AmericasMart with great…

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MARKET CALENDAR

THE ATLANTA WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S APPAREL/ACCESSORIES MARKET, AMERICASMART, JUNE 20-24, 2002.

SHOWROOM HOURS:

Thursday, June 20, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Many permanent showrooms are open Tuesday, June 25.

Please call for appointments.

THURSDAY, JUNE…

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MELISSA’S SWEET SUCCESS

MELISSA SWEET’S NEW BUCKHEAD FLAGSHIP IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE BRIDAL DESIGNER’S JOURNEY DOWN THE AISLE OF FASHION GREATNESS.

Bridal designer Melissa Sweet in March paraded into her new salon, located in an elegant vintage mansion on Peachtree…

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NEW FAIR, VARIED WARES

AT THE INAUGURAL PREMIERE SHOW, AN ECLECTIC BATCH OF ACCESSORIES WAS TROTTED OUT IN FRONT OF TREND-HUNGRY RETAILERS.

For buyers craving creative fashion accessories, the inaugural edition of the Premiere show was the place to be during the April…

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NEW LINES

A SNEAK PEEK AT THE LATEST AND GREATEST TO HIT THE MART.

Ambrosia & CO.

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Di Vita, Il Gilet

Fashion industry veterans Joseph and Debra Greco, a husband-wife duo who met at an industry party and subsequently wed in 1990, launched in…

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OFF TO THE RACES

A HAT-HAPPY CROWD DESCENDED UPON THE KENTUCKY DERBY, WITH HELP FROM LOCAL RETAILERS.

Millinery designers and retailers in Louisville are in hat heaven during Kentucky Derby season, when women don fancy hats for flattery and fun.

The 128th edition…

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RIDING THE ROLLER COASTER

FIRST THE ECONOMY TOOK A TURN FOR THE WORSE, THEN IT IMPROVED. BUT NOW, ECONOMISTS PREDICT THE UPTICK IS OVER.

The good news is the economy rebounded during the first quarter of 2002. The bad news is that economists think it may level off or slow…

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SOUTHERN STYLE

DESIGNERS WHO VENTURE BELOW THE MASON-DIXON LINE BRIDGE THE NORTH-SOUTH STYLE DIVIDE.

Traditionally, Southern buyers’ needs go beyond the obvious climate considerations of lightweight fabrics and color. With plenty of no-nos, including anything too…

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SPECIAL EFFECTS

Bags are full of surprises this season. Whimsical shapes and amusing patternstake them from ordinary to extraordinary

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STEAMY SURROUNDINGS

THE SOUTH OF FRANCE HAS ARRIVED IN SOUTH MIAMI, WITH THE OPENING OF LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE STEAM.

A new boutique, Steam, has rolled into south Miami with a design sensibility shaped by the travels of its owners. Actor David Caruso, the onetime star of…

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STRIKING CORDS

WHAT’S EQUAL PARTS SOFT AND RUGGED? CORDUROY, OF COURSE. THIS FALL, IT’S TURNING UP EVERYWHERE — FROM PANTS TO PEACOATS AND EVEN BLOUSES.

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THREE OF A KIND

A TRIO OF CUSTOM DESIGNERS HOUSED IN BUCKHEAD’S O’HERN BUILDING ARE OFFERING ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS FOR FASHIONABLE ATLANTANS.

In a backroom studio, fabric bolts, a block-cutting table and hanging patterns surround a humming sewing machine, where…

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Importers Seek Delay on Setting Vietnam Quota

WASHINGTON — Eyeing huge increases in apparel and textile imports from Vietnam, importers want to put up a roadblock against a bilateral textile and apparel agreement and the quota limits it would contain.

Peter McGrath, chairman of the U.S….

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IN BRIEF

DUNDON MOVES UP: IT Holding has promoted Lisa Dundon to vice president of its Malo wholesale division. She now manages sales and marketing for Malo’s women’s and men’s collections, and reports to Enrico Di Muccio, chief executive officer of IT Holding…

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