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The Target Squeeze: Chain Battles Foes From Above and Below

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Unfortunately for Target Corp., discretion is not the greatest part of value.

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Eric Freeman photographed by Kelly Klein.

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A Rarefied Air

NEW YORK — Eric Freeman’s diffuse paintings are not unlike the artist himself. Stand back and you see bands of hazy color. Get closer and you see their construction and feel the hand and compassion of the artist. But the paintings —…

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Juicy Couture

It’s tough to keep a social schedule when you’re covering the couture — just ask Daphne Guinness. The brewery heiress was the very last guest to arrive at Wednesday night’s Sidaction AIDS benefit dinner in Paris, co-hosted by…

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At the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards in August.

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Gwen’s New Bag

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Gwen Stefani has two left feet.

It appears that one of the most fashionable women in rock didn’t realize she’d grabbed two lefties of her Adidas boxing booties this morning, an easy goof considering the…

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Gianni Agnelli at the helm of his yacht,

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Obituary: Death of a Merchant Prince

NEW YORK — Stylish, brilliant, charismatic and charming — that was Gianni Agnelli, who died of prostate cancer in Turin on Friday. He was 81.

The terms jet-setter and Beautiful Person might have been invented for him. But he also…

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Lauren by Ralph Lauren’s signature chambray robe at Carole Hochman Designs.

Fashion Features

The Long Wait for Fall Orders

NEW YORK — This month’s drawn-out fall market will have to wait until next month or beyond for final judgement.

Because of the dismal retail climate and sour economic outlook, the Jan. 6-10 market, which traditionally is dedicated…

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Carolina Hosiery Association: Makers Still Keeping the Faith

HICKORY, N.C. — Strengthening the relationships and marketing tools between hosiery retailers and manufacturers is a major goal of the Carolina Hosiery Association, which recently adopted a new strategic plan, “Keeping Faith with Hosiery…

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Judi Nathan, Rudolph Giuliani, soprano Deborah Voigt and Bulgari’s managing director Patrick Duchamp at the Bulgari party.

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Findings

BULGARI’S ARIA: Italians are as passionate about their opera as they are about fashion and pasta. So it’s no surprise that Bulgari hosted a party to honor soprano Deborah Voigt at its Fifth Avenue flagship last Thursday.

Around 80…

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WJA president Anna Martin.

Fashion Features

Meet The Boss

Anna Martin vividly recalls her first impressions of the jewelry industry. “What struck me deeply was the importance of personal integrity and how a handshake carried more weight than complex weighty agreements,” said the president of the Women’s…

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New Italian jewelry shown at the Vicenzaoro fair featured plenty of gold and gemstones. White gold rings with red tourmaline, citrine and a pearl drop from Stefan Hafner.

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Vicenzaoro: Bold Statements for U.S. Buyers

VICENZA, Italy — An array of vivid designs — from rings sprinkled with colorful stones to asymmetric earrings and one-of-a-kind pieces — reflected a feeling of economic defiance among Italian fine jewelry companies at Vicenzaoro,…

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Cathy Carmendy’s 18-karat gold, coral and diamond earrings.

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WJA At 20

It’s been two decades since a small group of women in the jewelry industry came together to form a new organization. Now, with more than a 1,000 members, chapters around the country and a range of events and programs, and even some male members,…

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WJA Reflections

Many women throughout the jewelry industry have been affiliated with the WJA over the last two decades. Here, members share their thoughts and reflections on the organization, its history and its place in the jewelry industry.

Helene…

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Hall Of Fame Honors Lifetime Achievement

The Awards of Excellence gala is one of the WJA’s most important events. Now held every year at the Piers in Manhattan prior to the JA New York fine jewelry show in July, the awards honor excellence in the field of fine jewelry and has become…

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Winners of the 1984 WJA Awards of Excellence. Bottom: Portia Preston, Linda Goldstein, Nancy Pier-Sindt, and Peggy Kirby. Top: Veronica Sikla, Marcia Day Davis, Penny Ruston and Esther Gallant.

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WJA’s Rise: Women On The Move

Although jewelry is worn primarily by women and often purchased by them, only recently has the gender begun to infiltrate the executive levels of the jewelry and watch industry in a significant way.

Much of that progress is because of the…

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20th Anniversary Plans

The WJA is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a year full of events, including a dinner on March 3 entitled “WJA’s 20th Anniversary Salute.” To be held at Doubles at the Sherry Netherland Hotel in Manhattan, it will honor WJA past…

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Diamonds did particularly well in the 2002 holiday season. Here,  diamond and pearl jewelry from Mouawad.

Fashion Features

An Industry In Transition

The fine jewelry industry is in the midst of a major evolution. With annual sales estimated at $41 billion in the U.S., an industry that is still dominated by mom-and-pop jewelry shops and small manufacturers is struggling to bring itself into the…

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As part of the Midwest chapter’s BeJeweled Gala, Fox news anchor Lillia Chacon’s sketch inspired this tourmaline, garnet and sapphire peacock pin, which was  donated by WJA Midwest president Michelle Dené Reagan.

Fashion Features

Sorority Sisters

It’s not surprising that Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin scored a hit song in the mid-Eighties bolting out “Sisters are Doing it for Themselves.”

Just ask Women’s Jewelry Association members. Though the WJA may have its national…

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Fashion Features

Designing Women

Where once they only used to sing about diamonds as their best friends, there now are more women designing jewelry collections than ever before.

Perhaps the trend was triggered by Coco Chanel when she presented her Bijoux de Diamants diamond…

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The late Ben Kaiser.

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In The Company Of Men

Despite what the name may suggest, men have played a role in the Women’s Jewelry Association since its inception in 1983.

Though men were restricted to associate memberships until a few years ago — associate members paid less to…

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Fashion Features

Scholarships: Investing In The Future

When Nanz Aalund needed to buy supplies to help her toward a Masters of Fine Arts degree in metal at the University of Washington, she found out a little can go a long way.

The Seattle-based jewelry designer and Women’s Jewelry Association…

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Many budding jewelry designers have been helped by receiving a DIVA Award from the WJA. Here, WJA’s then-president Phyllis Bergman with 1999 first-place winner Shinka Kimura.

Fashion Features

Finding A Diva

WJA’s DIVA Awards have helped many budding jewelry designers get closer to their goals. Now in its seventh year, the annual national design competition is open to WJA members and nonmembers.

“We want to promote women designing and also…

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Here, she models two looks from the line.

Fashion Features

Say Gwen

Hollywood — It’s a happy day for Gwen-abes everywhere. Not only will they have Gwen Stefani’s ready-to-wear line, Lamb, to grab up, but they’ll soon be able to carry around a little bit of their favorite pop icon’s style,…

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The Target Squeeze: Chain Battles Foes From Above and Below

NEW YORK — Unfortunately for Target Corp., discretion is not the greatest part of value.

With Wal-Mart Stores carrying the day on price and…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: The Thin Man … For Diversity’s Sake? … Per Usual, She Wrote …

THE THIN MAN: The fascination with Karl Lagerfeld’s diet just won’t quit. Lagerfeld said last week that he has been contacted by Pepsi-Cola about appearing in a campaign for Pepsi Light, known in the States as Diet Pepsi. The designer had…

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PPR Adds 3% to Gucci Stake

PARIS — Talk about a luxury layaway plan.

Continuing to cut the size of the Gucci Group NV bill coming due in April 2004, French retail giant Pinault-Printemps-Redoute said Friday that a PPR affiliate had acquired 2.95 million Gucci…

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Seventh on Sixth Sets Venues for L.A. Shows

LOS ANGELES — A runway show, complete with lights, sound, security, dressers and production for only $750?

That’s the rate 7th on Sixth announced Friday that it is offering for its smallest venue at the Downtown Standard during…

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Guidance Halves Alloy Shares

NEW YORK — Shares of Alloy Inc. plunged by more than half in heavy Nasdaq trading Friday, establishing an all-time low, as the teen multimedia network significantly reduced earnings guidance for the fourth quarter and 2003.

Citing selling…

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ICR Conference: Teens Spending Less On Apparel

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Teens have significantly slowed their spending.

That was the consensus among many of the 200 apparel manufacturers and retailers who confabbed with Wall Street analysts Jan. 14-15 at the fifth annual Integrated…

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In Brief

BUSH TAPS HOFFA: President Bush, facing a lawsuit filed by the AFL-CIO, has announced he will appoint Teamsters Union president James Hoffa to serve on a key, high-level trade committee that gives advice on objectives and bargaining positions before…

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Fashion Features

Clarification

The new dress code for Gap store employees was instituted by Gary Muto, president of the Gap brand division. In addition, there are 70,000 Gap brand store employees. The executive and number of Gap store employees were incorrect in an item on page 11,…

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