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Starbucks' Schultz Sees Sweeping Retail Consolidation

As U.S. retailing consolidates, Starbucks sees adding 12,000 stores worldwide through 2021.

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Jewelry Brand Kendra Scott Puts Stake on the Block

The Austin, Tex.-based jeweler could be valued at $1 billion or higher in the Jefferies-run process.

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Hear J. Crew's Mickey Drexler Getting Succession-Minded

J. Crew Group is working to improve its business and moving to create a succession plan.

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The Slippery Slope: Textile, Apparel Jobs Lose Another 18,200

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Overview

Apparel and textile manufacturing lost 18,200 seasonally adjusted jobs in July, one of the largest single-month drops in employment on record.

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Romancing The Stones

NEW YORK — Accessories designers are adding a dash of razzle-dazzle for holiday, detailing the latest handbags, shoes and jewelry with rhinestones and bold, flagrantly fake gemstones. From brooches that have a simple, sparkling elegance to…

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The Slippery Slope: Textile, Apparel Jobs Lose Another 18,200

Apparel and textile manufacturing lost 18,200 seasonally adjusted jobs in July, one of the largest single-month drops in employment on record.

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Prada in Talks To Renegotiate $787M in Debt

Prada is renegotiating the terms of its $787 million convertible bond issue with banks, according to financial sources.

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PPR Raises Gucci Stake To 65.63%

NEW YORK — Pinault-Printemps-Redoute SA upped its Gucci Group NV stake to 65.63 percent as July drew to a close and put a plan in place that will bring it to the brink of its 70 percent ownership target for 2003.

During the 11 days…

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Coming This Week

Monday: Spring apparel market, New York (through Aug. 15).

Tuesday: Tommy Hilfiger Corp. reports on first-quarter earnings.
Printsource, Direction and Surface fall 2004-winter 2005 textile design shows, New York (through…

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Rachele Cavalli poolside at her parents’ home.

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Rachele Cavalli, 20, is every inch her father Roberto’s daughter – confident, sexy and overtly fashionable.

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Lebourg Appointed To Design Balmain

Balmain has named Christophe Lebourg artistic director to design its ready-to-wear, succeeding creative director Laurent Mercier.

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Jones, Kellwood in Battle To Buy Bankrupt Kasper

NEW YORK — The race to acquire Kasper A.S.L. and its signature suit and Anne Klein franchises appears to be coming down to two leading candidates: Jones Apparel Group and Kellwood Co., which are expected to face off in a bankruptcy…

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Bill Blass Dismisses Yvonne Miller

The Bill Blass hatchet struck again last week – this time aimed at the late designer’s longtime muse, Yvonne Miller, who was fired after 17 years.

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The Fifth Avenue flagship is Ferragamo’s largest store.

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Ferragamo’s United Stand on Fifth

Salvatore Ferragamo is opening its largest store, a 22,000-square-foot, two-level flagship today in New York, uniting its men’s and women’s lines.

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Correction

The pair of jeans to the right appeared on page 7, July 31 with incorrect credit information.

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Wilbur L. Ross’ $614 million bid for Burlington Industries was approved in bankruptcy court Friday.

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Wilbur Ross Looking To Get Running Start

Wilbur L. Ross met Friday with managers at Burlington Industries, which he is buying out of bankruptcy, and reassured employees about job security.

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Filana Turner’s winning entry for O-Cel-O Sponge Scrubbers with Fun Designs.

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Fashion Scoops: Not Spongeworthy…The Silvanos…Mark The Date

NOT SPONGEWORTHY: Sponges might have a squeaky clean image —even SpongeBob — but they can hide dirty little secrets, as designer Cynthia Rowley unwittingly exposed last week.

As part of a scholarship program sponsored…

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Ralph Bringing Blue to Bleecker

Ralph Lauren plans to open his first women’s-only store for Blue Label on Sept. 6 at 380 Bleecker Street in the heart of the West Village.

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Here, Natori’s stretch cotton jacket and pants.

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Smooth Sailing

An appetite for what consumers want, not what they need, is expected to set the pace of the spring 2004 innerwear market. Here’s a preview.

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Edith Eifel’s pink cami and black-edged nylon, cotton and spandex thong.

Fashion Features

Cotton Candy

There’s something just right about the simplicity of cotton. And for resort, it’s at once sexy, simple and sporty in a variety of stretchy knits and cozy wovens.

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Natori Black Label’s signature embroidered Natorious bra and boy-cut pants.

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A Bullish Spring for Lingerie

NEW YORK — An appetite for what consumers want, not what they need, is expected to set the pace of the spring 2004 market.

An emphasis on fashion and anything with a special twist will be the focus this week at Madison Avenue showrooms…

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Intimate Notes

ZICCARDI LANDS LEJABY: Ziccardi Partners Frierson Mee, one of the largest privately held advertising agencies in New York, with offices in Paris, has been named agency of record for the Lejaby brand of premium French foundations at the Warnaco…

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Marvin Backer, Flora Nikrooz, Harold Ebami and Richard Adjmi.

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Age Group Picks Up Flora Nikrooz

NEW YORK — Flora Nikrooz Lingerie, a designer sleepwear firm, has been acquired by The Age Group.

A purchase price was not available. The Nikrooz company generates annual wholesale sales of between $5 million and $8 million, according to…

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Maximizing the Plus-Size Potential

NEW YORK — From patterned socks to anticellulite pantyhose and footless tights, vendors have been working for some time to lure women back into legwear departments.

Now, a number of legwear makers are stepping up their efforts in the…

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The new accessories area at Stanley Korshak.

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Bag, Shoes Step Up at Korshak

DALLAS — Stanley Korshak is pumping up the volume in shoes and handbags.

Reflecting continued strength in the accessories sector, the luxury retailer based here is more than doubling the size of its shoes and handbag…

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The Girls sock line includes a Yoga Girl motif.

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The Girls Put Their Print on Legs

NEW YORK — It started out as a whimsical print on T-shirts and then moved on to handbags, sleepwear, home accessories and activewear. Now, The Girls, the budding label started by Larchmont, N.Y.-based Melissa Gitelman, is putting its print on…

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Furla USA Taps DiMaio-Lucas

NEW YORK — Carol DiMaio-Lucas has joined Furla USA as managing director, replacing Danilo Bordini, who left the firm in January.

DiMaio-Lucas, who was most recently vice president of accessories at Cole Haan, oversees wholesale and retail…

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Turning On the White Trash Charm

LOS ANGELES — Since its debut in 2001, jewelry brand White Trash Charms has helped fuel the current craze for quirky precious-metal charms, even getting celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Shoshanna Gruss and Christina Ricci to don pinup…

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Findings: Fred Closing Stores

FRED CLOSING STORES: Luxury jeweler Fred Paris, a division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said it will close its two stores in California, located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, by the end of this…

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Paul Morelli’s floral necklace.

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JA: Last Stop for Holiday

The all-important fourth quarter could add some luster to the fine jewelry business, said attendees at the JA New York International Jewelry show.

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WJA Hall of Fame honoree Juell Kadet.

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Now 20, WJA Salutes Women Jewelers, Execs

NEW YORK — The soaring humidity last Sunday night didn’t dampen spirits at the annual Women’s Jewelry Association dinner gala.

Held every year in conjunction with JA New York, the event this year was especially meaningful for…

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Financial

Dyer to Exit as President of Lands’ End

NEW YORK — A management troika, constituting a newly created office of the president, will assume responsibility for Lands’ End after David Dyer retires from its parent, Sears, on Friday.

Dyer went to Sears in June 2002, following…

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Financial

TSA Said Seeking New Ad Agency

LOS ANGELES — The Sports Authority is said to be shopping for a new ad agency for its $80 million creative account.

Sources said the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based sporting goods retailer has contacted several ad agencies in a call for…

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The Calm Your Senses lineup.

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Origins’ New Lineup Focuses on Relaxation

NEW YORK — With its latest product collection, Origins is heading back to its bath and body roots.

Calm to Your Senses, a three-item lineup coming in November, is intended to harness the power of two well-known relaxing ingredients:…

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Domenico De Sole Rates Tops Among Luxe Chiefs

MILAN — Domenico De Sole has received a form of kudos that just might be more gratifying than runway applause, retailers’ orders or consumer purchases.

In an Institutional Investor survey of portfolio managers, analysts and…

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Europe Watch: Fashion Victims … Tailor Made … Sun Shines On Sales …

FASHION VICTIMS: Two financially troubled, London-based labels are ready to start anew. German designer Markus Lupfer, whose signature label went into liquidation in late April because of poor sales — especially in his key market of Japan…

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Versace Signs Deal to Aid China Expansion

In line with its aggressive plan for growth in China, Versace has signed a distribution agreement with Hong Kong-based Joyce Distribution Ltd.

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