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The Paths to Growth: Know Thy Customer, Get a Niche, Innovate

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Achieving growth in an environment as tough as this depends on carving a unique identity with distinctive products and services. Here are some ideas.

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Here, she paired a wool sweater with slim pants tucked into pewter wedge boots.

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Spinning Yarns

LOS ANGELES — There’s nothing like homespun goodness — especially the knit kind. For fall, Michelle Mason went cozy with locally made sweaters, a slight departure from her normally Victorian looks. Here, she paired a wool sweater…

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Saks Fifth Avenue is adding shipments to private label

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The Paths to Growth: Know Thy Customer, Get a Niche, Innovate

Achieving growth in an environment as tough as this depends on carving a unique identity with distinctive products and services. Here are some ideas.

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Rose Marie Bravo

Financial

Burberry Outperforms in Year

A 22.4 percent spike in second-half revenue allowed Burberry to breeze past its revenue target for the year ended March 31.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Marching On … Shuffle Board … On the House … Kmart’s Day in Court …

MARCHING ON: Swedish cheap-chic retailer Hennes & Mauritz on Tuesday reported revenue rose 8 percent in March compared with the same period last year. Sales in March 2002 increased 16 percent. H&M did not break down the numbers on a same-store…

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Prada Adds to Sander Coffers As House Posts $28.3M Loss

MILAN — Cash-strapped Jil Sander is getting a bigger allowance.

As Jil Sander reported higher losses and marginally lower sales in 2002, its parent company Prada confirmed that it has to inject fresh cash into the money-losing German…

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Penney’s Facing Challenges

J.C. Penney presented its plans for store and merchandise upgrades to analysts this week, but the Texas show left the feeling uninspired.

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Bernard Arnault Sues Over Unauthorized Bio

Bernard Arnault is keeping French lawyers busy and has filed a $107,730 lawsuit against an author and publisher of an unauthorized biography.

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Fashion Features

Ban Sought on Imports From Myanmar

WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association is calling for an immediate ban on U.S. apparel, footwear and textile imports from Myanmar in light of a recent government report depicting deteriorating human rights…

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Edginess Creeps Into Vietnam Talks

WASHINGTON — The tension was palpable Tuesday as U.S. negotiators worked through the fifth day of talks with Vietnam on a quota-setting bilateral textile and apparel agreement.

Negotiators had not reached an agreement at press time. U.S….

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Kors and Carry … On the Dotted Line … Easy to be Green

KORS AND CARRY: The fall trunk show circuit is showing marked signs of an improving appetite for high-end merchandise, with some new personal bests. Michael Kors, for instance, racked up $1.6 million during an event at his Madison Avenue store on…

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Financial

Wilsons Amends Credit

NEW YORK — Wilsons The Leather Experts said Tuesday it entered into an agreement to amend its $180 million revolving credit facility.

The Minneapolis-based retailer said the amended agreement waives defaults under previous ratio covenants…

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Ralph Lauren&#8217s iconic classics in toddler sizes

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A Store is Born: Madison Ave. Welcomes Ralph Lauren Baby

NEW YORK — Talk about finding a niche.

Just a couple of hours after opening the new Ralph Lauren Baby store at 872 Madison on Monday, uptowners were rifling through perfectly appointed racks and stacks of luxe baby gear. Shoppers were…

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‘Optimizing’ Markdowns by Computer

NEW YORK — With price cutting the biggest trend in retailing, stores are increasingly turning to new software to control the markdown mania.

Sources say Bloomingdale’s is close to signing an agreement with ProfitLogic Inc., a…

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Fashion Features

New IMRA Group to Explore Technology

NEW YORK — Among other emerging retail technologies, merchandise optimization, considered the hottest right now, will be explored by the new “retail technology leaders council” formed by the International Mass Retail Association.

The…

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Celebrity-driven Juicy Couture apparel.

Marketing and Promotion

Angling for an Edge With Youths

Teens and tweens are having fun being a bit wicked, and they favor high tech toys over high style.

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Marketing and Promotion

Where The Bucks Are

NEW YORK — While today’s teens and tweens typically get more excited by techno-toys like iPods and Web cams than fashion, there’s still some serious youth business for apparel marketers to capture.

Tina Wells, chief executive…

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Demetrius &#8220Hook&#8221 Mitchell

Marketing and Promotion

Fader’s Three Point Play

NEW YORK — “Look what I’ve got,” exclaimed 34-year-old Fader publisher Jon Cohen, exhibiting the exuberance of a teenager as he whipped out his new, sleek, blue Nokia 3650 cell phone and hoisted it to snap instant digital photos of his…

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Fashion Features

The Need to Be Fast and First

NEW YORK — Getting fresh merchandise into stores and being faster and first to market were the overriding themes at a recent seminar sponsored by the American Apparel & Footwear Association and consultant Emanuel Weintraub.

“The customer…

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Arnold Zetcher

Fashion Features

Expanding on the Classics

WESTPORT, Conn. — Talbots opened its 900th store April 4, a misses store in Concord, N.H. It’s a happy milestone, one that underscores Talbots’ steady, profitable growth and low-risk formula for selling classic styles.

But…

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Merrill Lynch employees donated suits to DFS and shopped afterward.

Fashion Features

Fashion Backs Dress for Success

NEW YORK — Dress for Success, the nonprofit organization that provides interview suits to some 45,000 women annually, honored makeup guru Bobbi Brown and supermodel and fashion designer Emme at an event last week that raised $415,000.

“It…

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Financial

Federated Names Breen

NEW YORK — Federated Merchandising Group has named Thia Breen senior vice president of cosmetics, succeeding Rita Mangan, who has resigned after more than 22 years with Federated.

Breen recently left the Clinique division of Estée…

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Fashion Features

Demand For New Fashion On the Rise

NEW YORK — A pent-up desire for fresh fashion is driving a 14 percentage point surge in the share of American women who intend to purchase apparel, accessories or swimwear this month, compared with April 2002, according to data disclosed Monday…

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Antonio Alvarez, right, handed the ceo reins at Warnaco Group to Joe Gromek Tuesday.

Fashion Features

Warnaco Taps Joe Gromek for CEO Post

Warnaco Group named Joe Gromek as its new chief executive, but market observers said the story of its turnaround effort is by no means over.

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Fashion Features

Versace Drums Up $620K at Bergdorf

NEW YORK — There’s no telling what fashion must-haves will leave a woman breathless, phoning furiously to get her hands on a sold-out item or even just laying down a credit card for a $6,000 dress.

But this season, it’s clear…

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Fashion Features

Star Power on 59th St.

Bloomingdale’s just can’t get enough of Hollywood. Academy-award nominee Renée Zellweger, the embodiment of female power and glamour, displayed her promotional side Tuesday when she came to Bloomingdale’s 59th Street to…

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Elizabeth Hurley and Evelyn Lauder

People

Suzy

A Soiree Bouquet for breast cancer research…A preview of Safe Horizon’s gala…things you need to know about King Richard I, the Lion Heart.

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People

Who’s Got “It”?

Talented, gorgeous and multidimensional, Hollywood’s newest crop of “It” Girls is anything but boring. When their immediate predecessors — Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Selma Blair — hit the scene, they all played boho girl…

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Fashion Features

New Company

The pendulum swung from ladylike to racy at the Coalition of Los Angeles Designers (CLAD) fashion show held April 4 at downtown’s Orpheum Theatre, featuring the works of nine up-and-comers. There were va-va-voom looks such as the body-conscious…

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Fashion Features

In The Middle

A NEW DEMOCRACY: Kellwood Co. is reorganizing its Democracy business, and aligning it with David Dart. Anna Song, executive vice president of sales and head of David Dart, will now also run Democracy in the newly formed David Dart/Democracy Design…

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