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What to Watch: New Directions for Calvin, Ralph, Donna and Tommy

America ’s big megabrands are at a crossroads, as a once novel approach to big and dynamic expansion has matured to the point that the major players are pursuing new strategies to secure their futures.

Phillips-Van Heusen is looking to…

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What to Watch: New York, Paris, Milan Or Not At All?

The industrywide discontent with too many runway shows hasn ’t lightened up,even as 7th on Sixth,the production company behind Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week,looks to expand the already monthlong show schedule with a fifth fashion circuit…

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What to Watch: Behind The Labels

New looks are in store for some iconic labels as a crop of esigners-for-hire take over the collections of Balmain cou- ture,Pucci,Rochas and Halston. Laurent Mercier,who esigned Balmain ready-to-wear for a year, will premiere his first couture col-…

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Global Expansion

Apparel and beauty firms are eager to find new global markets with burgeoning fashionistas, especially in the all-important Far East. With Japan’s economy recovering slowly, the hunt is on for the next big spenders. No one in the region matches…

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Trade Secrets

THE TOP 10 COUNTRIES THAT EXPORT APPAREL AND TEXTILES TO THE U.S., MEASURED IN SQUARE METERS EQUIVALENT.

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Mexico

Year-to-date ending April 2002: 690 million April 2001: 792 million

Year-end…

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Color Wheel

VOLUME PERCENTAGE SHARE OF THE TOP 20 PANTONE TEXTILE COLORS DESIGNERS ORDERED FOR SPRING 2003.

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TRUE RED 10.4%

Consumers will be seeing red come spring, literally. The shade has surpassed blue to become the favorite for…

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What to Watch: Aeropostale’s Turbulence

The coming year will be a big test for the newly public Aeropostale chain.

Founded in 1987,the chain started as a division of R.H.Macy &Co.,but was bought in 1998 by a team of investors from then-owner Federated Department Stores.Aeropostale…

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What to Watch: A Celebrity Invasion

Has the merger of Seventh Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard finally happened?

In 2001,Jennifer Lopez launched a cloth- ing line and,ince then,everal entertainers announced that they also want to add the title of fashion designer to their…

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What to Watch: The Teen Recession

Will teens start a fresh buying spree in 2003? Even the once high-flying teen sector was bummed out by the recessionary economy this year.

Teens still want the hottest item on the market,but since parents are watching their money,the tight…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: The Young Ones

In the past ecade,a trio of independent jun- ior jeans brands rewrote the rules of the mod- erate segment.

By aggressively chasing fashion trends and offering retail prices below $30,LEI,Mudd and Paris Blues developed products and brands that…

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What to Watch: They Will Rise Again

While designers have tweaked washes,fabrics and details for a year,the low rise has remained a com- mon element across most new jeans tyles.

The trend,which tarted on the West Coast two years ago with plunging styles that forced some wearers to…

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What to Watch: Fading Away?

The first years of the new millennium have been a boom time for jeans com- panies.With designers sending denim down the runways,hipsters wearing jeans out to the clubs and plenty of hop- pers trading up into $100 dungarees,the category has eemed…

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What to Watch: Levi’s Big Bet

Next year is going to be quite telling for Levi Strauss &Co.Executives at the San Francisco-based jeanswear giant contend that 2003 will bring an end to their streak of sales declines and there ’s one major event that could make that…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Case of Mistaken Identity

Yohji Yamamoto ’s Y3 line for Adidas hits tores this pring and is certain to spur more design- ers to take a closer look at the wide world of sports.Some already have,as evidenced by urf- inspired looks at spring runway hows for…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Poster Girls

Athletic brands are finally accepting that most women who wear their clothes don ’t have any gold medals or championship rings.After all,82 percent of the $16.2 billion in retail activewear ales are used in nonathletic endeavors,according to the…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Border Patrol

Counterfeiting continues to plague athletic labels, and the Internet and online auction sites are only escalating the problem.

Worldwide counterfeit merchandise registers $200 billion annually in retail sales,but the amount of bogus activewear…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: View on Color

Environmental concerns have edged their way into the activewear scene.

Look for more athletes and weekend warriors to sport greens and blues imi- lar to the shades of the water and the sky,and floral- inspired marigold yellows, oranges and…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Winter Wonderland

Weather is always the big question mark for ski resorts,but war is never good for tourist business.Consequently,companies that clothe skiers and snowboarders are wary that an Iraqi showdown will inhibit their customers from flying to the mountains.As…

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What to Watch: The Fusion Factor

Restaurants aren ’t the only places to find a bouillabaisse of cul- tures.More health clubs are blending activities with distinc- tively different heritages.

Yoga remains the main attrac- tion for many fitness centers as it has been in…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Just for Kicks

Soccer fever should sweep the states this fall, when the U.S.tries to efend its title in China.Fans can count on female soccer stars taking a more public stand.

But with Mia Hamm marrying Nomar Garciapara and other members of the 1999…

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Fashion Features

Italian Leather Group Offers 3 Fall Themes

NEW YORK —The fall 2003 trend presentation from the Genuine Italian Vegetable Tanned Leather Consortium focused on leather looks that featured both a return to tradition and old-world rich- ness,as well as tyles that touched on a free…

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Fashion Features

A Beach Grows in London

LONDON —Life ’s a year-round beach for Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein.Not just because they run a one-stop holiday shop called Heidi Klein,but because they actually have a beach in their shop window, made with imported sand,two faux palm…

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Rank and File

Long before David Letterman popularized the top 10 list, God delivered to Moses in the desert two tablets inscribed with a list of rules.Since then,lists have become an easy shorthand for organizing just about anything.Just try going shopping without…

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Fashion Features

The Top 20 Apparel Salaries 2001

Tommy Hilfiger finished at the pinnacle of the 2001 compensation sweepstakes with $24.9 million in salary and bonuses.Hilfiger ceo Joel Horowitz finished second,at $12.7 million,while Ralph Lauren placed third with $6.6 million.His business reignited…

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Take Home Pay

Giorgio Armani may be the richest man in fashion with a net worth estimated at $1.6 billion,andGucci ’s Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole received lucrative stock options in the company worth $29million and $8.3 million,respectively,when they were…

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Fashion Features

States of Wealth

The 10 richest states and other salient facts.

For retailers,the importance of demographics cannot be overstated.Here,a list of the 10 richeststates in terms of average median household…

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Fashion Features

The Age of Affluence

Apparel spending in descending order by age groups.

Older baby boomers spend the most money on apparel,but Gen Y-ers are the mostfashion-obsessed,spending the largest portion of their annual income on clothing.The 18-to 24-year-olds in…

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Shop ’Til You Drop

U.S.metropolitan markets ranked by average amount spentper household on women ’s apparel,in descending order.

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STAMFORD-NORWALK,CONN.Average spending on women ’s apparel:$1,663 2002 Household income:$167,860;Number of…

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Cash Cows

The top 15 most productive shopping centers in the U.S.in terms of average sales per square foot.

There ’s no doubt that shopping centers have taken a beating of late.The most successful,however,tend to have some common…

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Fashion Features

Chain Reaction

Shopping mall executives weigh in on the 10 best new retailconcepts —defined as no more than two years old —whichare ranked by number of existing stores.For the storybehind the list,see below.

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C.J.BANKS 92…

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Fashion Features

Malls:Calling All New Apparel Concepts

NEW YORK —Retailing,by its very nature,is aDarwinian proposition,and the hunt is always on fornew retail concepts.

The Gap has said it is reducing expansion and ismaking o commitments for 2003.Retail analysts actual-ly expect the company…

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Here,a flowered cotton denim jacket and cotton skirt,both from Ralph by Ralph Lauren.

Fashion Features

Design for Living

NEW YORK —Vintage wallpaper patterns have a romantic charm,and Ralph Lauren chose to celebrate it for spring,filling his beautiful signature collection with flowered looks just right for a modern Edwardian girl. These delicate motifs have proved…

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Fashion Features

Markdown Flooded Retail Holiday Season Seen Missing Mark

NEW YORK —Get ready for another promotional melee.

Depressed holiday sales have retailers still lunging at skittish consumers with coupons,two-for- one deals and markdowns of 50 percent or more,as they seek a final lift in the week between…

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Fashion Features

Britney Spears Sues Skechers

NEW YORK —It looks like Britney Spears may not be skating with Skechers much longer. Spears and her company,Britney Brands Inc., filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Los Angeles- based footwear brand Skechers USA Inc.in U.S. District Court in Los…

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Fashion Features

Margin Calls

Gone are the days of consumer loyalty.Today,relentless retail promotion has made it tough forconsumers to be monogamous.As a result,serial shoppers are always looking for the best deal.Profit margins can suffer in this environment where the consumer…

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Fashion Features

The Big Boys

Retailers ranked by dollar volume of women ’s,men ’s and children ’s apparel.

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WAL-MART STORES INC.

ESTIMATED TOTAL APPAREL REVENUE,2001:$14.96 billion

TOTAL APPAREL REVENUE,2000:$13.11…

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Fashion Features

The Spirit of Cut-Throat Competition

NEW YORK —When it comes to reeling in consumers this holiday season,price is the object.

A two-page Macy ’s ad in The New York Times recently drove that theme home.It had all the hallmarks of a Wal-Mart campaign with Macy ’s…

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Christmas Tidings

Come holiday time,stores of every stripe are putting their most promotional foot forward.The month of ecember accounts for a disproportionate amount of yearly sales for many retailers.Here ’s how much business different types of stores did during…

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Streets of Gold

Twenty of the most important and expensive shopping streets in the world.

Retailers pay top dollar for the privilege of operating stores on prominent thoroughfares.While the sagging economy has dampened consumers ’taste for luxury…

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Fashion Features

Location, Location, Location

The 15 costliest real estate deals of the past year on Madison and Fifth Avenues,and 57th Street, based on ground floor rent per square foot.

Luxury brands continue to jockey for position on Fifth and Madison Avenues,and 57th…

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Fashion Features

Prime Real Estate

The most expensive retail street in each of 15 North American cities,based on rent.

The streets below are hard to categorize.Each has popular stores,but each a character all its own.Shopping at Giorgio Armani on quiet tree-lined Newbury…

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Fashion Features

Marisa Christina Gets Warned of Delisting

NEW YORK —Marisa Christina Inc.aid it has been warned its securities are subject to delist- ing from the Nasdaq National Market.

The New York-based appar- el manufacturer said it re- ceived a Nasdaq staff determi- nation on Dec.19…

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Gloomy Outlook at Goldman

NEW YORK —Goldman,Sachs &Co.analyst George Strachan on Tuesday reduced both long- and short-term earnings esti- mates for a large group of broadlines retailers.

Strachan,enior retail ana- lyst at GS,pulled down expecta- tions for annual…

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Fashion Features

Building Trussardi: The Next Generation

MILAN —In a style that i in- creasingly atypical for fashion types,Francesco and Beatrice Trussardi generally hy away from celebrity hype and gossip- fueled headlines.

In a reserved manner,in the past three years,they have streamlined the…

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Delta Galil Completes Self-Tender Repurchase

NEW YORK —Delta Galil Industries reported Tuesday it has successfully concluded its elf- tender offer.

The company had offered to repurchase,at a price of $11.00 per hare,up to an aggregate of 565,000 of its ordinary and American…

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Fashion Features

Consumers Report

Try getting inside the head of a woman.look at all the controversy it brought him.The following list is a bit more scientific. Consumers answered a variety of psychographic questions about shopping,buying and wearing clothing,then the sample (25,000…

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Fashion Features

Popularity Contest

The 20 female personalities with the highest Q ratings,this year.

Celebrity and fashion go hand in hand.Before investing a fortune to hire a celebrity pitch woman,companies scrutinize Q-ratings –an index of a star ’s…

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Teen Scene

According to Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU),teens spent $172 billion in 2001.In fact,the average young consumer spent $104 per week last year.Marketers hoping to reach teens would do well to learn what interests this group of…

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Fashion Features

Too Cool for School

Fifteen hot items trendsetting teens can ’t live without this fall.

Back-to-school is usually a happy time for apparel retailers,but this year sales are off to a slow start.While stores remain optimistic about the final outcome…

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Fashion Features

Luxe Leaders

Top firms with a major share from international luxury distribution.

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LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Annual Revenue, 2001: $11.69 billion Annual Revenue, 2000: $11.07 billion

Growth in 2001:…

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Fashion Features

Survival of the Fittest

The 15 most comfortable/best-fitting brands,ranked in descending order.

In a survey by NPD Group Inc.,solid bread-and-butter brands capture most of the slots on the list below.Overall,women reject the trappings —and…

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Fashion Features

Editor’s Choice

What ’s coverage in a fashion magazine worth to a designer?Since it can ’t be bought —at least not literally —Right Angle,an information tracking company counts the number of editorial “hits ”a brand receives and…

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Ad Hawk

The 18 biggest advertisers for the first half of 2002.

Brands such as Nike and Levi ’s spend heavily to communicate to their customers directly through advertising.Keeping a brand top-of-mind with consumers is a costly…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch

NEW YORK —If 2002 was a year for conclusions,then 2003 will be a time for new beginnings. The past year witnessed the retirement of couturier Yves Saint Laurent and the deaths of American design legends Bill Blass and Pauline Trigère,while…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Go With The Flow

As designer continue to mine the depths of by- gone fashion eras for inspiration,museum exhibits are becoming more impor- tant catalysts for new trends. After this year ’s obsession with the Windsor et,look for lots of flowing toga trends a the…

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Fashion Features

What to Watch: Saved By The Bell — The Sophomore Year

Shortly after shutting own his designer men ’s wear business, John Bartlett had some bitter words of advice for today ’s fashion supernovas —those young stars making headlines overnight. “The whole collection business model does not…

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What to Watch: The Return of Mary McFadden

She might have shut down her ignature collection under mys- terious circumstances,but this isn ’t the last of Mary McFadden.

Things looked grim for the 64-year-old designer in August,when she went on a weeklong lamb after clos- ing her…

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Taking Stock

Despite the dismal economy,some fashion firms have managed to achieve growth by eining in expenses,educing debt and of course, delivering a good product.Return on Equity is a measure of a company ’s profitability,calculated as net income…

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Fashion Features

Capitol Gains

Department, specialty and mass retailers want to influence Washington decision making and consider the cost of lobbying a necessary business expense. Here’s a rundown of 10 retailers, ranked in descending order by lobbying expenditures….

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Fashion Features

Retailers Hire Big Guns in Washington

WASHINGTON —In this town built on politics,lobbying is a big industry where retailers invest — often heavily — to have access and,,hopefully,influence.

It ’s an inexact profession garnering corporate busi- ness for being…

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Fashion Features

Global Powers

GLOBAL POWERS

THE TOP 20 LARGEST RETAILERS IN THE WORLD ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark.

2001 Sales: $219.8 billion

2000 Sales: $193.3 billion

The big daddy of…

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Fashion Features

Air Traffic Control

INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS FOR THE TOP 15 COUNTRIES.

The precarious global economy, along with a decline in international tourism, has clobbered the luxury goods market. While the Japanese are beginning to travel again, the…

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