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Here, from left, Maxx NY’s in nylon and leather, Nine West’s in straw and wood and Felix Rey’s in terry cloth, plastic and leather at Cynthia O’Connor & Co.

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Just Beachy

NEW YORK — In the summertime, when the weather is fine, it’s the moment to head to the boardwalk or the beach. And accessories designers are ready with plenty of roomy, casual totes. These bags, shown in such materials as wicker and terry…

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A technique for selective merchandising.

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Saks Fifth Avenue’s Latest Strategy: An ‘Invitation to Luxury’

NEW YORK — There’s been soul-searching at Saks Fifth Avenue.

It’s been perpetuated by having three owners and a string of…

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Gucci’s new handbag shop-in-shop at Saks.

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Main Floor Makes Room for Luxury

NEW YORK — Christina Johnson has a penchant for crocodile handbags and fur collars — and it’s not just personal.

Saks Fifth Avenue’s president and chief executive officer is known to sport that accessorized look when she…

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Congress to Tackle Economy

WASHINGTON — What to do about the stalled economy is at the top of the agenda as Congress reconvenes Tuesday, the start of a new two-year session with Republicans now in charge of both chambers.

However, a Bush administration proposal for…

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An outfit from Wxrld Clxthing Cxmpany, the moderate junior sportswear line from Haggar's Jerell Ltd. division.

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Haggar Proxy Fight is Looming

NEW YORK — The clock’s ticking down, but there’s little sign of the two sides backing down as Haggar Corp. continues to fight efforts by its largest shareholder, Kahn Brothers & Co., to secure at least one seat on the Dallas-based…

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Garavelli ventured into the watch arena about eight years ago.

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Italian Watches Primed to Shine

MILAN — Italian timepieces are trying to carve out a place to shine in the crowded watch galaxy.

They’re focusing on innovative designs and materials, fashion trends, attention to details and more moderate price tags.


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Kenneth Cole Lifts 4th-Quarter Outlook

NEW YORK — Strong sales, coupled with prudent inventory management, led Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. on Friday to raise its fourth-quarter outlook, pushing its shares up more than 7 percent.

The New York-based footwear and apparel firm…

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Parisian is reinventing itself with specialty-store service, product and style.

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Restoring the Luster to Parisian

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — “We’ve been to the dark side, and we didn’t like it,” said Rob Gruen, Parisian’s chief executive officer, of his challenge to elevate the chain from a promotion-driven retailer to a specialty store star….

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Peter J. Solomon, a Phillips-Van Heusen director, has advised the company for 20 years.

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Peter Solomon’s Ringside Seat

NEW YORK — It’s unlikely that anyone anywhere had a better vantage point than Peter J. Solomon as last month’s acquisition negotiations between Calvin Klein Inc. and Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. neared completion.


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A new layered silk sleep gown by Fernando Sanchez.

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Picking Up the Pieces After Tough Yule

NEW YORK — Following a dismal Christmas selling season, innerwear vendors are waiting on pins and needles for the results of this week’s market.

While overall apparel sales were said to be lackluster, lingerie sales were generally…

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Federated’s Janet Grove.

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Intimate Notes

SARA LEE’S INNER SELF: The Sara Lee Intimate Apparel unit of Sara Lee Corp., is going after Victoria’s Secret with a new chain of stores called Inner Self.

The New Age-designed concept of a spa-like ambience with soothing music,…

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Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger in “Down With Love,” and sketches by the film’s costume designer, below.


Starring Role

LOS ANGELES — Long before red carpet-watching became a national pastime, fashion fans were inspired by big-screen style. And now, thankfully, the full-blown fashion film has made a comeback.

The tail end of 2002 brought some of the…

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