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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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Dock Agreement Welcomed

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Line Drive

MILAN — Get in line. That’s the message from some fashion houses, which have used stripes and other graphic motifs to full effect for spring. At Missoni, for instance, where pattern play is a way of life, Angela Missoni showed her most…

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Klinefelter Sees Modest Gains

NEW YORK — This year’s Christmas will be a “solid base hit” rather than the home run for which retailers might still be hoping.

This was the metaphor advanced by U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Jeffrey…

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Dock Agreement Welcomed

NEW YORK — Apparel importers took heart in the news late Friday that West Coast longshoremen and port operators had reached a tentative agreement in their bitter contract talks.

But with the mediator handling the negotiations emphasizing…

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Fashion Features

Bush Enacts Andean Trade Exemptions

WASHINGTON — President Bush signed a proclamation late Thursday night granting apparel duty breaks to four Andean countries. This made effective a detail of the comprehensive trade bill passed this year.

Apparel imports from Peru,…

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Dress Barn Comps Dip

NEW YORK — The Dress Barn Inc., a value-priced women’s specialty chain, said its October same-store sales fell 3 percent, as the warm weather in the beginning of the month hurt sweater sales.

The Suffern, N.Y.-based 779-unit…

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Obituary: Doneger’s Lorraine Epstein

NEW YORK — Lorraine Epstein, market specialist for women’s accessories at The Doneger Group, died Thursday from cancer.

Epstein, 51, joined Doneger in 1990 when it acquired her employer, Atlas Buying Corp. At Doneger, she worked…

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Industry Job Losses Continue

WASHINGTON — Job losses in domestic textile mills and apparel factories continued at a steady trickle in October as imports and waning consumer demand squeezed business, the Labor Department’s employment report revealed…

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In Brief

POLO PROMOTES: Polo Ralph Lauren’s Nancy Murray has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate affairs, a new position. Murray, who was vice president of investor relations, is adding responsibilities for worldwide oversight of…

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Fashion Features

As Good as It Gets? Retailers Frame Plans For Holiday Hurdles

NEW YORK — For the 2002 holiday season, retailers are facing the unknown.

Business has become increasingly tricky to forecast and difficult to plan for, given this year’s mounting economic and political uncertainties, prospects of…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

The name of Marion L. Davidson, senior vice president of marketing at Montblanc, was misspelled in a scoop item on page 9, Friday.

An item in Memo Pad on page 15, Oct. 29 misspelled the surname of Sally Singer’s husband, Joe…

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Fashion Features

Marc Gobé Counsels Humanized Brands

NEW YORK — It’s fast approaching do-or-die time for brand marketers in a post-9/11 world.

So says designer and brand-image consultant Marc Gobé, whose latest marketing missive, “Citizen Brand,” is due to hit book stores today….

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Royal Fuss … Giving Birth

ROYAL FUSS: It appears that Garrard’s new ad campaign — which features Missy Elliott, Liberty Ross and Rupert Everett with their own coats of arms and tag lines proclaiming “By special appointment to…” — is rattling a few royal…

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Showcasing the ‘Jewels of JAR’

LONDON — The gallery is so dimly lit that you can’t see your toes, just the silhouettes of visitors peering into a long, narrow vitrine sparkling with 400 treasures from JAR, the celebrated Paris jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal.

But…

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Weill Steps In at Critical Time

NEW YORK — Sabina Weill, the new editor of Seventeen, will face an uphill battle at the magazine when she begins on Nov. 18.

The possibility of bringing in Weill, a former executive editor at Cosmogirl, to succeed Annemarie Iverson was…

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Fashion Features

Claiborne Boosts its Stable

NEW YORK — Accessories are in the limelight for spring at Liz Claiborne Inc. as the company steps up the assortment for its Sigrid Olsen and Monet divisions. For the first time since her company was acquired by Claiborne in 1999, apparel designer…

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Diamond Ad Blitz Set for the Holidays

NEW YORK — Times may be tough, but diamond advertising certainly isn’t slowing down much. The Diamond Trading Co., the sales and marketing arm of De Beers Group, is spending 14 percent more on diamond ads and marketing this holiday season…

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Di Modolo Takes to the Road

CHICAGO — Looking to increase brand awareness and expand its presence to 85 doors from 60 by the end of 2003, the executive team from fine jewelry brand Di Modolo came to town as part of the “Vogue Takes Chicago” promotional tour.

The…

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A Slimmer Way for Wolford

NEW YORK — Wolford’s becoming more hands-on in the legs business.

And, while the Bregenz, Austria-based company is going through some structural changes, international marketing and sales director Roberto Geronzi says it is standing…

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Obituary: Arnold Raphael, Former Kayser-Roth Executive

NEW YORK — Arnold M. Raphael, a former legwear executive, died on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla.

He was 82 and died from injuries sustained in a fall, said his daughter Nancy Raphael…

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Fashion Features

LEGBEAT

VIA SPIGA’S LEG PLANS: Footwear firm Via Spiga, through its parent company Intershoe Inc., has teamed up with Leg Resource for a licensed line of women’s, men’s and children’s socks and hosiery.

The Via Spiga Legwear…

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Fashion Features

Queen Latifah Throws VF a Curve

NEW YORK — The ultraconservative Exquisite Form bra brand at VF Corp.’s Bestform unit has a new secret weapon: rap performance artist Queen Latifah.

The Curvation collection, which will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart, is…

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Financial

J. Jill Sees Net Income Spike 31.4% On Heels of Rapid Store Rollouts

NEW YORK — The J. Jill Group Inc.’s continuing retail store rollout contributed to significant profit and sales gains in the third quarter.

For the three months ended Sept. 28, the Quincy, Mass.-based multichannel retailer saw net…

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Fashion Features

Bloomingdale’s Taking Over Shuttered Saks

NEW YORK — The clothes are on the way out and the furniture’s on the way in.

Saks Inc. plans to shutter its 90,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Avenue store at the Oakbrook Center in Oakbrook, Ill., in late December. Beginning in…

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Financial

Vendor Earnings Exceed Forecasts

NEW YORK — The lowering of both expectations and expenses helped many apparel and accessories manufacturers post surprisingly robust earnings for the third quarter.

Both Russell Corp. and Bernard Chaus reversed year-ago losses to post…

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Store Wars Heat Up in Paris

PARIS — The swords are drawn in the increasingly spirited war between the department stores here.

Printemps, the Boulevard Haussmann store controlled by billionaire François Pinault, who also controls Gucci Group, has burnished the…

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People

Freaky Chic

The Central Park Conservancy threw its Halloween Ball a day early, but that didn’t stop guests from dressing to the hilt. Debbie Bancroft bounced around in a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader uniform, performing moves she remembered from high school,…

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People

Toon Town

LOS ANGELES — In a galaxy not too far away from the pop art world he helped define, Kenny Scharf has tuned into ’toons. “The Groovenians,” a 30-minute special bowing Nov. 10 on the Cartoon Network is Scharf’s first animated project,…

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People

Fatale Attraction

When the clothes-conscious, camp-loving set settles in for Brian De Palma’s latest, “Femme Fatale,” in theaters Friday, they won’t be disappointed. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, stars as an ex-hitwoman trying to mend her evil ways, with a…

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People

EYE SCOOP

SEASONS GREETINGS: After a one-month hiatus, Four Seasons icon Philip Johnson returned to his regular seat, Table 32 in the Grill Room, Friday. The 96-year-old architect lunched with Victoria Newhouse.

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Fashion Features

La Perla Does Greene Street

NEW YORK — Gruppo La Perla, the Bologna, Italy-based manufacturer and retailer of luxury lingerie, swimwear, hosiery and women’s apparel, last month opened its third La Perla boutique in the U.S. this year at 93 Greene Street…

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Financial

Bank Set Warns About Deflation

NEW YORK — Long-term deflation poses a more serious threat to the apparel community than any short-term economic downturn or political turmoil.

This was among the points emphasized by Joseph Abruzzo, senior vice president of J.P. Morgan…

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