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Aéropostale's Future Still Unclear; Liquidation Possible

The future of teen retailer Aeropostale is still unclear, as bidding at a court auction was continuing into the evening hours on Monday.

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Carolina Herrera Hires Raffaele Ilardo as Vice President of Design

Raffaele Ilardo will head up creative development and design for the Carolina Herrera New York ready-to-wear and bridal collections.

clock 12hRosemary Feitelberg

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Picking the Fashion Runway Winners With Big Data

An analysis of online patterns by big data firm Edited shows the runway styles most likely to resonate with shoppers.

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Supporting the Cause: Retailers, Designers Pack Election Coffers

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High Contrast

PARIS — Helmut Lang made a welcome return to the City of Light and the runway this season. His spring collection was full of beautiful variations on the striking city clothes he has made his own. There were great coats, of course, worn over…

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Supporting the Cause: Retailers, Designers Pack Election Coffers

WASHINGTON — Even in lean times, the fashion industry is managing to funnel millions of dollars to candidates in the upcoming congressional elections.

Retailers are leading the charge, with mass market giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. showing…

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2002 Election Top Retail War Chests

WASHINGTON — Like other industries and organizations, retailers rely on voluntary contributions from executives and managers to help fill their political action committees. The PACs, in turn, direct money into the political-giving machine,…

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Coach Earnings Soar 79.3%

NEW YORK — Strong full-price sales in its two largest markets, the U.S. and Japan, launched Coach Inc.’s profits up nearly 80 percent in the first quarter.

Running counter to many high-end apparel and accessories firms, Coach…

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Bulgari Stock Plunge Sparks Takeover Talks

MILAN — As Bulgari’s share price plummets further, speculation is rising that the family jeweler is becoming a takeover target.

Bulgari’s shares have shed more than 55 percent of their value in 12 months, giving the company a…

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Denim Buoys Cone Profits

NEW YORK — A substantial improvement in Cone Mills Corp.’s denim business helped it reverse a year-ago loss and generate its best third-quarter profits in seven years.

For the quarter ended Sept. 29, Cone posted income of $3.8…

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In Brief

DIANE AND DANCE: Diane Von Furstenberg continued supporting the arts Thursday night by hosting an intimate gathering at her West Village headquarters to preview “Forward,” the latest piece by the contemporary dance company danielandsomesuperfriends….

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PPR Plans Finaref Sale, As Revenues Slip 1.6%

PARIS — Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, the diversified retailer with a majority stake in Gucci Group, on Tuesday confirmed it’s in negotiations to sell its financial services arm, Finaref, a move that would significantly ease its $6 billion…

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Brioni Women’s Line Has New Home in N.Y.

NEW YORK — After years of catering exclusively to men, the luxury Italian brand Brioni has turned its eye to women with a new stand-alone boutique here.

Located at 67 East 57th Street, adjacent to the Brioni men’s store and situated…

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FIT Fetes Femme Fatale

NEW YORK — “This exhibit transfers us back to another time, a time of opulence and a certain decorum,” said Joyce Brown, president of the Fashion Institute of Technology, referring to the Museum at FIT’s latest exhibit, “Femme Fatale:…

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Fashion Features

Reality Rules From Spring Runways

NEW YORK — The spring designer runway shows offered some of the most easily interpretable trends in recent memory and should quickly make an impression on lower-priced tiers.

Specifically, it was the more pulled-together ensembles of…

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IN THE MIDDLE

KELLWOOD NAMES ENC HEAD: Kellwood Co. has promoted Penny Aschkenasy to president of its ENC division, which includes the David Meister, Sangria and Studio Ease brands.

In this newly created post, Aschkenasy reports to Arthur K. Gordon, chief…

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Marketing and Promotion

A Profile of Today’s Baby Boomer

NEW YORK — They’re America’s largest generation and control half the country’s consumer budget, making them a plum marketing target, but baby boomers’ purchasing behavior is highly individualistic and difficult to…

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Marketing and Promotion

Delta Companies Improve Profits

NEW YORK — Delta Mills Inc. and Delta Apparel Inc. each managed to improve first-quarter results, despite the lagging economy and tepid domestic manufacturing scene.

Greenville, S.C.-based Delta Mills posted profits of $1.4 million, or 24…

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Marketing and Promotion

The New York Times Co. Buys Remainder of IHT

NEW YORK — The New York Times Co. Tuesday agreed to buy the 50 percent stake in the Paris-based International Herald Tribune it does not already own.

The deal ends an 11-year joint ownership of the paper between The Times and The…

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Industry Testifies on Tariff Reduction

WASHINGTON — Importer and textile groups are pushing for two opposing approaches to tariff reductions in the current round of global trade talks.

Importers are urging the Bush Administration to obtain zero duty rates on apparel and textile…

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Avon Net Declines 21.2%

NEW YORK — Special items and challenges in Latin America dragged down Avon Products Inc.’s third-quarter profits by 21.2 percent as income from continuing operations rose in the period.

Net income fell to $90.3 million, or 38 cents…

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Fashion Scoops: Star System … Making Tracks … Narciso in Texas …

STAR SYSTEM: Roberto Cavalli has invited four dates — Susan Sarandon, Macy Gray, Miss Universe Justine Pasek and Candace Bushnell — to the Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars on Thursday, but hasn’t yet confirmed which…

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Redefining L.A.’s Inner Space

LOS ANGELES — What will the Fashion District’s upper-story windows contain in the next few years — rolls of fabric and the hunched backs of sewers, or potted house plants and curtains?

It’s a question local property…

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Suzy

Vera Wang, arriving at the Whitney Museum’s Black and White Whitney Gala announced, “My husband is in London so I brought Sharon as my date.” That’s Sharon as in Stone of Hollywood, in case you’ve just awakened from a 100-year nap….

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Fashion Features

Ellen Tracy – A New Era Begins

In more than 50 years in business, Ellen Tracy has established itself as a leader in the bridge sportswear market and an icon of classy career dressing under the firm guidance of founder Herbert Gallen and Linda Allard, who’s been designing the…

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Captain Gallen’s Voyage

Herbert Gallen, who built Ellen Tracy into a $200-plus million powerhouse bridge sportswear company, is slowly learning to let go. Having completed the sale of his company to Liz Claiborne Inc., Sept. 30 for $180 million, the 87-year-old Gallen is…

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A Company Woman

When Linda Allard stepped off a Greyhound bus and onto Seventh Avenue 40 years ago, a woman in her 20s with a suitcase in hand and $200 in her pocket, it wasn’t with stars in her eyes, but a feeling that this was where she…

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A Look Back

Give ’em what they need. It’s as simple as that, and it’s a fashion m.o. that’s served Ellen Tracy well over the years. Designer Linda Allard, who’s celebrating her 40th anniversary as designer, isn’t concerned so…

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Defining Ellen Tracy

Ellen Tracy’s ad campaigns have reflected its customer’s growing sartorial needs as she matured from a teenager to a professional working woman.

Whether it was an outfit for a college football game, a dressy evening on the town, a…

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Licensing A Lifestyle

While many large fashion firms spent the last two decades aggressively branding their names across a host of categories, Ellen Tracy has taken a decidedly controlled approach to the licensing game.

The company now has six licenses —…

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The Claiborne Era Commences

Liz Claiborne Inc.’s purchase of Ellen Tracy is a homecoming of sorts for Glenn McMahon, the division’s new president, and Gail Cook, who now oversees Ellen Tracy as group president of bridge brands.

Both McMahon, who had been…

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