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Chloé Captured the Effortless Simplicity of French Style

The seafaring life was the inspiration for Clare Waight Keller's lovely, breezy spring collection for Chloé.

clock 13hBridget Foley

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Claus Dietrich Lahrs Appointed Chief Executive of Bottega Veneta

He succeeds Carlo Alberto Beretta, who will take on the new role of chief client and marketing officer at Kering.

clock 13hLuisa Zargani and Joelle Diderich

Beauty

Acqua di Parma Goes Luxe, Plots Retail Expansion

Acqua di Parma is launching a higher-priced line, opening its first U.S. store and expanding its women's range.

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Death of A&F Quarterly: Problem Wasn’t the Sex But Brand’s Loss of Cool

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Overview

Abercrombie & Fitch didn't decide to kill A&F Quarterly because of protests at its stores. It was the magalogue's failure to lure teenagers inside them.

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Fred Pressman

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The Extracting Eye Of Fred Pressman

NEW YORK — An eye for detail and a passion for design.

Those were the qualities that Fred Pressman used to transform Barneys New York from a discount men’s wear retailer into one of the top fashion emporiums in the world. Along the…

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Allen Questrom

Fashion Features

Allen Questrom: Retail’s Mr. Fix-It

NEW YORK — If there’s retail royalty, then Allen Questrom is one of the princes.

The charismatic executive has managed to retain his popularity and respect among retailers, bankers, suppliers and developers through a 40-year career…

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Vittorio Radice

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Vittorio Radice Reads The Future

LONDON — That the blueprint for the future of the department store could be in Birmingham, England, is the result primarily of one man: Vittorio Radice.

The futuristic-looking Selfridges, which opened in Birmingham earlier this year, is…

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Fred Segal when he was still climbing ladders in the store.

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Fred Segal: Sharing The Fun

LOS ANGELES — Among better specialty retailers, Fred Segal remains high on Must-Be-In lists, be it brands angling for coveted selling space in one of two addresses — on Melrose Avenue here and in Santa Monica — or the generations of…

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Geraldine Stutz during her days at Henri Bendel.

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Stutz and Her ‘Street Of Shops’

NEW YORK — Divide and conquer. It’s a philosophy that Geraldine Stutz, former president and managing partner of Henri Bendel in New York, knew well.

With her radical “street of shops” merchandising vision, Stutz reshaped…

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Blake Nordstrom

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Nordstrom’s Full-Service Formula

LOS ANGELES — Mention Nordstrom over lunch and you’re likely to hear the story of a customer who returned a tire to the department store and recouped a refund even though the clothier has never sold automotive products.

It is…

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Target’s innovative products.

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Target Hits The Bulls-Eye

BOSTON — Someone at Target Stores has had some truly crackling, electric brainstorms in the past decade.

Quicker than one can say “bull’s-eye,” Target Stores turned from a nondescript regional discounter into $37 billion…

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Wal-Mart has $244 billion in revenue and is still growing.

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Sam Walton: Mastermind Of The Masses

BOSTON — From his first Walton’s Five and Dime to his first Wal-Mart billion, Sam Walton was a man consumed by retail.

In the end, the discount colossus he created from the upper corner of Arkansas gobbled up competitors large and…

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The drama at Victoria’s Secret; at the show.

Fashion Features

Les Wexner And His Big Ideas

NEW YORK — Leslie H. Wexner is known as an idea man, a marketer and a communicator, a master of conveying a vision so the whole team is on board, from senior management to sales personnel.

“The notion of being close to the customer…

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A Cut Above

NEW YORK — Who says they’re too mannish? When cut to perfection, trousers can be absolutely feminine, especially when worked in all-American denim and paired with the newest crop of designer Ts and sweatshirts. Here, for example,…

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A tasteful preppy spread from a 1999 issue of the Quarterly.

Fashion Features

Death of A&F Quarterly: Problem Wasn’t the Sex But Brand’s Loss of Cool

Abercrombie & Fitch didn’t decide to kill A&F Quarterly because of protests at its stores. It was the magalogue’s failure to lure teenagers…

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Fashion Features

Wal-Mart Immigrant Jury Meets Today

NEW YORK — A grand jury in Pennsylvania is set to meet today to begin its investigation into whether charges should be filed against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for using illegal immigrants to clean its stores.

As reported, janitorial companies…

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Putting On The Rizzo…Factory 2 Retirement…Seattle Gets The A|X…

  • PUTTING ON THE RIZZO: Peter Rizzo, former president of Bergdorf Goodman, was elected chief executive officer of I.C. Isaacs & Co. late Wednesday, bringing him to the firm that markets the Marithe & Francois Girbaud brand. Rizzo’s…

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Fashion Features

Clarification

In a timeline item in the Year In Fashion, page 16, Tuesday, Donna Karan was shown at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards on June 2. The event was incorrect.

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Fashion Features

Warning to Luxury: Popularity Often Hampers Selling

A Morgan Stanley survey found that many Japanese consumers avoid certain luxury brands because they are “too popular.”

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A Christmas display at Quartier 206 in Berlin.

Fashion Features

Uneven Start to Yule Selling Overseas

According to a spot check of international retailers, Christmas selling has gotten off to an uneven start at best. Here’s a global report.

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The Essential Elements line.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Reilly to Exit World Duty Free … Spa Treatment at Hotels

LONDON — Alyson Reilly will leave World Duty Free at yearend, the firm announced Wednesday.

She has been at the company, BAA’s retail division, for almost seven years — most recently as its director of product strategy and…

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P. Diddy joins the kids on the ice at his Sean John Boys holiday party in Rockefeller Center.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Benched?…War In Fashion…Sun, Sand And Stones…

BENCHED?: The fashion and design worlds have been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of Hedi Slimane’s first furniture designs, a much-ballyhooed project with Italian furniture giant Cappellini. Prototypes were supposed to be unveiled…

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Carmen Harra

People

Karmic Chameleon

Psychic Carmen Harra’s color advice.

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The Sound of Music

Listening to Rodney on the Roq.

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Rebecca Taylor has seen sales go up by 50 percent.

Fashion Features

Moving Ahead at a Steady Pace

A 2004 forecast for the contemporary market, which shows that designers want in on the action.

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Zena jeans targets misses’ shoppers who are looking for fashionable styles.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Zena on a Growth Track

Zena jeans, the moderate misses’ brand relaunched under the Mudd Inc. umbrella last year, is shifting into expansion mode. The next item on its agenda is seeking licensing deals in new product areas to expand its range beyond denim, with the…

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Sébastien Gaudard

People

Dough Boy

Another chef throws his toque into the so-called Paris pastry wars.

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Denim Dish: A Girl Named James

Seun Kim and James Chung are on a quest to make denim as feminine as possible with their new denim line called James.

Intrigued by the idea of denim as a traditional men’s fabric, Kim, who is the creative director and partner in the firm…

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Casual Male operates 57 Levi’s and Dockers outlets.

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Denim Dish: Casual Male in Red

Casual Male Retail Group, which operates outlet stores selling Levi’s and Ecko merchandise, saw its net losses expand in the third quarter. Operating income deteriorated at its Casual Male chain but improved at its other businesses.

The…

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Erich Stamminger

Fashion Features

Adidas Taps U.S. Leader

NEW YORK — With Erich Stamminger, a 20-year company veteran, being named Wednesday as president and chief executive officer of Adidas America, industry executives speculated how the move would affect the influential U.S. activewear…

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Lightweight fleece is tops at L.L. Bean.

Fashion Features

Holiday Sales Keep Ringing

NEW YORK — After being relegated to a gift-giving yawn that created inventory risks, sweaters are making a comeback this holiday season among outdoorsy types.

Retailers in different regions of the country are reporting hearty sales for…

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Fashion Features

Trade Routes

China has 1.3 billion consumers. Here are the nation’s 10 largest retailers chomping to sell to them, as ranked by volume.

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Fashion Features

AAFA Study Backs Its CAFTA Stance

WASHINGTON — The American Apparel & Footwear Association released a study Wednesday on the long-term prospects of the Central American textile and apparel industries, at a time when negotiations on a regional trade pact are at a critical stage in…

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A recently opened Speedo store in Australia.

Fashion Features

Warnaco Cost-Cutting Plan To Close 44 Speedo Stores

The Warnaco Group said Wednesday it would close its 44 remaining Speedo stores and sell its White Stag trademark to Wal-Mart.

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Fairchild Taps Joe Zee For New Men’s Mag

NEW YORK — Joe Zee, the fashion director of W Magazine and WWD, has been named editor in chief of Vitals, Fairchild’s new shopping magazine for men.

The magazine will begin publication in September 2004 and be published…

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The Retailers

From jeans to lingerie, designer to mass, there have been a handful of executives in the post-war era who have been true retail pioneers. Here, WWD takes a look at several of those, in alphabetical order, who helped transform the way America and the…

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Benetton’s stores in New York and Shanghai.

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Bennetton’s Transformation

MILAN — Before Benetton, sweaters were just sweaters, not social statements.

But the Italian company, renowned for its brightly colored knits, pioneered both a quick-response manufacturing system centered around its headquarters in the…

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Ben Cammarata

Fashion Features

Ben Cammarata: Orchestrating An Off-Price Empire

BOSTON — Bernard “Ben” Cammarata, chairman and founder of TJX Cos., started as a stock boy at Macy’s Herald Square. He has preferred to remain in the background, close to the merchandise, ever since.

In fact, it’s…

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Colette’s women’s area.

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Colette’s Cache

PARIS — Seven years ago, just as luxury’s global rollout was hitting full stride, a store opened on rue Saint-Honoré here charting a more personal approach.

Colette, an 8,000-square-foot emporium, not only sold high fashion,…

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Millard Drexler: The King Of Casual

LOS ANGELES — Millard “Mickey” Drexler took a floundering jeans store called Gap and propelled it into a $10 billion global retailer that redefined an American icon. If that weren’t enough, along the way, he helped casualize…

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