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J. Crew's Credit Rating Downgraded

Credit watchdog Moody's downgraded the debt backing J. Crew to “Caa2” from “B3.”

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Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry

Despite decades of enforcement, labor investigators keep turning up violations in garment shops in California.

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Italy's Prime Minister Resigns

Renzi acknowledged the result of the exit polls following the referendum on Sunday, which showed the “no front” ahead almost 60 percent.

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Textiles in an Election Year: Industry Execs Descend on D.C.

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Overview

The final round of talks on the Central America Free Trade Agreement starts next week, as the White House searches for d?tente on the divisive issues.

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Charmed

NEW YORK — Designers often look to the past for inspiration, and this season the easy and elegant looks from the Fifties and Sixties have won them over. From floral-print dresses to sleek suits, these clean-cut styles recall a time when women…

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Fashion Features

Textiles in an Election Year: Industry Execs Descend on D.C.

The final round of talks on the Central America Free Trade Agreement starts next week, as the White House searches for détente on the divisive issues.

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Robert C. Skinne Jr.

Fashion Features

Kellwood Promotes Skinner to President

Kellwood Co. promoted Robert C. Skinner Jr. to its number-two post of president and chief operating officer, putting him in line for the top job.

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Financial

Chico’s Comps Rise

Chico’s FAS said profits and overall and comparable-store sales in the third quarter again rose by double digits.

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Op’s Turnaround: Surf Brand Sees Sales of $350M

Dick Baker has brought one of the surf category’s legendary brands, Op, back from bankruptcy and into a thriving, $250 million force. Here’s how.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Gucci’s Credit Facility…Fashion Council Redux…Levi’s Downgrade…

  • GUCCI’S CREDIT FACILITY: Gucci Group NV said it has signed a revolving credit facility for $550.99 million, or 460 million euros at current exchange rates. Citigroup and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc coordinated the facility and…

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Lynn Nesbit

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Suzy

New roles: Gwynneth Paltrow as jewel thief; Catherine Zeta-Jones as Bond girl; Princess Caroline as U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.

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Liz Claiborne’s black velvet jacket and plaid lambswool skirt.

Fashion Features

The Big Fish Should Keep Biting

Continued consolidation in moderate and better sportswear and intense competition on the better floor characterize the 2004 outlook.

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Peter Boneparth

Fashion Features

Boneparth’s Acquisition Benchmark: $100M in Sales

NEW YORK — The title of a recent American Apparel & Footwear Association seminar, “It’s All About Consolidation — Merge, Acquire, Liquidate,” neatly summed up one of the most important trends in the fashion…

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Donna Karan

Fashion Features

In Designer, the Constant Is Change

Big news in this category, like the slew of new ceo’s at high-end firms, is likely to have seismic effects on the entire fashion world.

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Chanel

Fashion Features

Flou Season

NEW YORK — It’s pretty and it sells.

Based on early trunk show results, retailers are feeling positive that fashion’s big feminine trend for spring will drive customers back into stores for designer apparel, maybe even at full…

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Janine di Giovanni

Fashion Features

Madness Uncovered

LONDON — A life of bullet-dodging, staring into mass graves and hanging around with jittery, pimply soldiers was not part of Janine di Giovanni’s original career plan. It wasn’t exactly part of her mother, Cat’s plan…

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Fashion Scoops: Sex And The City Of Light…Hall Of Famers…Best Foot Forward…

SEX AND THE CITY OF LIGHT: It looks like Sarah Jessica Parker and her “Sex and the City” crew are in the mood for a little change of scenery. Word has it that the HBO series is scouting locations in Paris to shoot an upcoming…

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The “Sex” mannequin, at Goldsmith.

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Showcasing the World of Display

NEW YORK — It’s time for those makers of mannequins, forms, fixturing systems and lighting — a shrinking, yet integral assemblage of suppliers to retailers — to put on their best face.

Hundreds of store designers and…

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A brigher, upscale prototype.

Fashion Features

Ann Taylor Unveils Redesigned Decor

NEW YORK — Ann Taylor, battling back to recapture the cache and obtain higher sales productivity, has opened a prototype store at the Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey.

The 10,000-square-foot unit, with 7,945 square feet of selling space,…

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Marketing and Promotion

Millennial Mind-Set

New research shows tweens, teens and young adults are spending 13 percent more this year than last, even though they have less cash.

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Missy Elliott: Hello bandanna.

Marketing and Promotion

Marketing Intelligence

PRINT APPEAL: Asian-Americans may read the same number of magazines per month, on average, as Americans overall (nine), but they’re a significantly more affluent and better-educated audience, making them prime pickings for media marketers,…

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Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Raising Lipstick Sealer Profile … Arden Exclusive at Wal-Mart … L’Oréal, Total Pact Over

NEW YORK — Lipstick sealers offer an alternative to sometimes-drying, long-wear lip colors. However, half of American lipstick consumers have never heard of a sealer, even though they’ve been available in salons for more than 10 years,…

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Media

Memo Pad: New York Magazine, Daily Update

The second round of bids on New York Magazine are due Dec. 11. In the latest development, a source said at press time that investment banker Bruce Wasserstein had sent a group of representatives into a meeting with Primedia about the title.

The…

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Fashion Features

Saks Could Score FAO Schwarz Trademark

NEW YORK — FAO Inc.’s second visit to Chapter 11, expected later this week, could pave the way for a purchase of the FAO Schwarz trademark by Saks Inc.

As reported, Saks inked a deal earlier this year for a minority stake in the…

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Minkoff to Offer Self-Checkout Option at SoHo Store

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