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Retailers Keep Holiday Plans Conservative and Inventories Tight

Inventories are being kept tight in hope of increasing full-price selling and reducing markdowns.

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Fashion

Rihanna Said Eyeing Paris for Fenty Puma Show

The music star had launched the collection last February during New York Fashion Week.

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Retail

Aéropostale Bankruptcy Jeopardizes 10k Jobs

Teen retailer Aéropostale is awaiting a decision from a bankruptcy judge that is likely to impact whether it can find a buyer.

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In Focus

Roger Federer on His Nike Collaboration and Coming Back Strong in 2017

Roger Federer at the NikeLab store in NYC

Heading to Marc III: Jacobs Eyes Better Sportswear Collection

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Overview

Marc Jacobs wants to bring his hipness to the masses and is in talks to produce a better-priced line, lower priced than even Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Fashion Features

Rise and Shine

NEW YORK — Sleek, sexy and full of shine, patent leather is the material of choice for accessories designers this fall. Shoes, bags and belts look racy in eye-popping shades with a reflective sheen. Here, a leather and patent shoe from Kenneth…

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Fashion Features

Heading to Marc III: Jacobs Eyes Better Sportswear Collection

Marc Jacobs wants to bring his hipness to the masses and is in talks to produce a better-priced line, lower priced than even Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Modern Love … Klum Time

MODERN LOVE: Who said Americans no longer want to buy French products? That was the reaction of Karl Lagerfeld to a triumphant sale last week of his collection of mostly French modernist furniture and objects, since roughly 80 percent of the buyers…

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Fashion Features

Lack of Hot Items Dampens Spring

A lack of key “must-have” items or trends, chilly temperatures, job insecurity, high unemployment and war worries all took a toll on spring retail.

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Fashion Features

Calvin Klein Feted as Design Giant

NEW YORK — Everybody loves a comeback story.

That was the case last Thursday at the Chrysler Giants of Design 2003 fete presented by House Beautiful at Cipriani — where Calvin Klein made his first foray into the social scene since…

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Fashion Features

IT Holding Unveils Retail Plan

IT Holding is restructuring its stable of Italian brands under a newly relocated head of its U.S. operations, who has ambitious retail plans.

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

MONDAY: The AAFA American Image Awards benefit dinner, New York.
Nordstrom and Limited Brands report first-quarter earnings.
Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. reports on earnings for the fourth quarter and year.

TUESDAY: Perry Ellis International…

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Fashion Features

In Brief

MOVING UP: Hearst Magazines has promoted John Hartig, the executive hired last winter to develop new magazines, to senior vice president of consumer marketing and development. Besides continuing to oversee prospective launches like the women’s…

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Financial

Wal-Mart to Open in Nassau County Mall

NEW YORK — “Let’s stop by the food court and then go to Wal-Mart.”

Shoppers at the Sunrise Mall in Nassau County, N.Y., might be saying just that when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cuts the ribbon on a two-level discount store on…

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Fashion Features

Sara Lee’s New Central Command

A tour of the new centralized Sara Lee Village facility, and some strategies the innerwear giant’s executives have on tap.

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Fashion Features

Watch This Movement: Audemars Piguet Hits 57th Street

Audemars Piguet opens its first U.S. boutique in New York; Jeweler Loree Rodkin heads to Tokyo to open her first freestanding store.

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Fashion Features

Rodkin Rocks On in Tokyo

LOS ANGELES — Jeweler and friend to the likes of Cher and Sir Elton John, Loree Rodkin, with skulls and peace signs sparkling from her fingers and neck and emblazoned on the back of a leather jacket, is worshiped like a pop star when she’s…

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Fashion Features

Coin’s New Cut

NEW YORK — Diamond branding has seen a big push in the jewelry industry recently, as suppliers and retailers of all sorts introduce their own specific cuts and styles.

Now, Italian jeweler Robert Coin is joining the party with its new…

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Fashion Features

Europe Watch: Veronique’s Closet … Cherry Factory … Armani-England Kickoff …

VERONIQUE’S CLOSET: Véronique Branquinho will soon have a space of her own for her growing business. The Belgian designer is set to open her first freestanding store. The flagship is slated to bow on Nationalestraat in Antwerp this August….

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Fashion Features

Federated Reinvention Marches On

CINCINNATI — While many analysts believe the current economic turmoil is the great comet that will render the department store, retailing’s dinosaur, extinct, Federated isn’t ducking.

In an interview Friday following his first…

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Financial

Penney’s Pushes Turnaround Plan

PLANO, Tex. — J.C. Penney Co. is keeping the faith.

Despite the mood of disappointment that prevailed at the $32.3 billion retailer’s annual shareholders’ meeting Friday at company headquarters here, its executives remained…

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Fashion Features

Price Slide for Women’s Apparel Continues

Retail prices for women’s apparel in April fell a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent against March, as stores took advantage of imported bargains.

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Fashion Features

Are Lawyers Good For Fashion?

The Legally Minded As Seventh Avenue Captains.

Torturous Talk: Spinning the Numbers

Giving Credit: Department Stores Aren’t Vanishing

Shopping the Future: Consumers Head High Tech

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People

Cirque de Ballet

It was a zoo, literally, Wednesday night at the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, presenting “Carnival of the Animals.”

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People

Eye Scoop

A tuneful scoop.

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Fashion Features

The New Laws In Fashion

Some of seventh avenue’s leading executives have come from the law. but do a legal training and the vagaries of fashion truly mix?

Shakespeare wrote, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

If society…

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Fashion Features

Exaggerating The Demise

They may have seen better days, But Department stores still have a niche and are far from extinction.

The department store sector certainly has seen better days.

These days, everyone from Target and Wal-Mart to many of their own…

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Fashion Features

Beaming Up To Future Shop

Soon shoppers will literally say “uplink now” andclothes will be dispatched directly to their closets.You are sitting having coffee and a woman passes by in a particularly fantastic skirt.

You can either admire her from afar,…

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Fashion Features

Torturous Talk Obscures Truth

In these days of disappointing financial results at retail, companies are butchering the language and spinning their best in order to downplay the bad news.

George Orwell once wrote: “Most people who bother with the matter at all would…

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Fashion Features

European Luxury Review And Outlook

LVMH MOËT HENNESSEY LOUIS VUITTON managed to dodge the effects of the Iraqi war and SARS in the first quarter, but not the dramatic shifts in international currency markets. A negative currency impact of about 11 percent hurt the performance of…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Review And Outlook

At THE ESTEE LAUDER COS., third-quarter profits attributable to common stock jumped 73.9 percent to $77.9 million, or 33 cents a diluted share. Sales advanced 10.5 percent to $1.24 billion, or 5 percent, exclusive of the impact of foreign currency…

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Fashion Features

It’s Decision Time

Smart vendors realize they’re either buyers, sellers or likely to be left behind.

No one has ever doubted that the fashion industry is risky. Now, with the economics of fashion superceding the vagaries of fashion, the rules of engagement…

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Fashion Features

Stars Come Out for Stella in London

Stella McCartney’s celebrity-pulling machine kicked into overdrive at the opening of her first London store Thursday night.

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Fashion Features

Fisher Honored by Trickle Up

NEW YORK — Eileen Fisher felt empathy for the organization that honored her Monday night.

Trickle Up, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, paid homage to Fisher’s entrepreneurial spirit at its…

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Fashion Features

Sale Letter of Intent Aids Elder-Beerman

NEW YORK — Shares of The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. shot up 16.87 percent in trading Friday following the company’s announcement that it had signed an exclusive letter of intent agreement for a possible sale of the department store…

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