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Fixing a Jeans Giant: Finding the Right Pair for Levi Strauss

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Overview

Sources say bankruptcy does not appear necessary for Levi Strauss, but they agree there?s still much to be done to rejuvenate the venerable maker.

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Levi’s is expected to report that 2003 marked another year of sales declines.

Financial

Fixing a Jeans Giant: Finding the Right Pair for Levi Strauss

Sources say bankruptcy does not appear necessary for Levi Strauss, but they agree there’s still much to be done to rejuvenate the venerable maker.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Workshop Stoppage…Weekend Warriors…Temporary Measures…

  • WORKSHOP STOPPAGE: Shifts in the market week here have caused Workshop Salons to cancel the Workshop NY sportswear trade show planned for spring at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Workshop Salons chief financial officer Laurence Marc said,…

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Retail

Industry Sees Bush Plan On Immigration as a Plus

President Bush’s proposal of a foreign guest-worker program was seen as a ploy to court Hispanic voters and a way to help undocumented workers.

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Beene There…Wrapping In French…Small Screen…

BEENE THERE: When Terry Lundgren, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Federated Department Stores, got up to introduce Geoffrey Beene at the 2004 AMY Awards Scholarship Fund gala for the men’s wear industry…

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The Calvin Klein Collection ads feature Natalia Vodianova.

Fashion Features

Sex Still a Charm at Calvin Klein

NEW YORK — Calvin Klein Inc. is feeling as frisky as ever in its spring campaigns for Collection, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein, the new better sportswear line.

The women’s Collection ads represent the first line designed by…

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Fashion Features

Warnaco’s Buchalter Dies at 66

NEW YORK — Stuart Buchalter, the non-executive chairman of Warnaco Group Inc., died Tuesday afternoon at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, according to the company.

Buchalter, 66, lived in California, but was traveling in New York…

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Toland Grinnell’s

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Just in Case

Toland Grinnell packs up.

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Fashion Features

One in A Milian

NEW YORK — Christina Milian isn’t satisfied with merely starring in movies like the current “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” She also sings, dances, writes songs and collects jeans — 100 pairs and counting. Here, she…

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Mario Sorrenti’s photograph of Shannon Plumb.

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Double Time

The artistic collaboration between Mario Sorrenti and Shannon Plumb.

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Armani Exchange’s cotton bikini; Kate O’Connor’s cotton jumpsuit. Martin Katz platinum and diamond necklace and bracelets; Jacob the Jeweler diamond earrings.

Fashion Features

One in a Milian

Christina Milian is a singer and actress — and has a well-organized collection of 100-plus jeans. Talk about multitasking.

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An image from the spring Lady Enyce campaign shot by Jerome Albertini.

Fashion Features

Enyce Breaks Out With Claiborne

NEW YORK — Enyce is on a roll.

The brand has been around since 1996, but it has been getting a lot of attention these days. The buzz comes in part from the higher profile hip-hop-inspired fashion is getting from retailers, manufacturers…

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Financial

Zutopia: No Utopia

The Wet Seal announced strategic initiatives involving the potential sale or closure of all 31 of the company’s preteen Zutopia stores.

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Fashion Features

Denim Dish: VF Names Director

VF Corp. this week named food-service executive Clarence Otis Jr. to its board. Otis serves as president of Darden Restaurants Inc.’s Smokey Bones division. VF chairman and chief executive Mackey McDonald cited Otis’ “exceptionally…

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Two scenes from “House of No More.”

Other

Video Games

Caden Manson’s spectacle on a shoestring.

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Wrangler belted denim prairie top and cotton corduroy trousers.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Wrangling Wendy

When Wrangler Western Wear set out to woo the designer Wendy Mullin for its fall 2004 line, it had an unusual hurdle to overcome — executives at the company had to convince her that they weren’t pulling her leg.

After all,…

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P. Diddy with Da Band.

Fashion Features

Playin’ in Da Band

NEW YORK — A lot has changed in the last year for Sara Stokes and Lynese “Babs Bunny” Wiley.

They now have a recording contract with Bad Boy Records, a top-rated MTV reality series and live with their boss, who just happens to…

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Letarte has seen a lot of interest in this suit, due largely to a Bergdorf Goodman catalogue cover.

Fashion Features

Swim Report: Banking on Color for a Turnaround

Consumers’ recent interest in vibrant, printed swimwear signals an economic rebound to some swimwear makers.

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Financial

Swim Report: Gotcha Grabs GirlStar Label in Swimwear

LOS ANGELES — Gotcha International is starting out the new year on a high note.

The young men’s and women’s brand has emerged from Chapter 11 and has signed a deal with 2J Group to license its GirlStar label in swimwear. At…

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Retail

Swim Report: Billabong International Buys Honolua Surf

NEW YORK — Australian swim and apparel company Billabong International Ltd. has acquired Honolua Surf Co., described by Billabong chief executive officer Derek O’Neill as an emerging brand with significant potential.

Billabong said…

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A fashion spread from the current issue.

Fashion Features

Action Sports Go With Flo

A look at Flo, a new, free multizine dedicated to the action sports world.

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A shopper checks out the latest news at American Apparel.

Retail

Setting Up Camp in Manhattan

American Apparel and Block International open East Coast stores.

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Fashion Features

New World Order

The top 10 countries that ship apparel and textiles to the U.S., ranked by square meter equivalent.

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Retail

Burt Tansky Wins NRF Gold Medal

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation said Wednesday that this year’s Gold Medal Award, recognizing vision and leadership in retailing, will go to Burt Tansky, president and chief executive of The Neiman Marcus Group Inc….

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Financial

LF Fallout: Questions Abound

NEW YORK — Two weeks after LF Brands told its employees that it couldn’t meet payroll and had shut down without any notice or benefits, there’s still been no communication to fired workers from company officials. Furthermore,…

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The Lollia line.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Henri Bendel Opens Doors for Lollia … Smashbox Names VP … Rachel Hunter Signs Deal … Estée Lauder Honored

Lollia, a bath, body and fragrance collection, launches this month at Henri Bendel; Rachel Hunter’s endorsement deal; A Lauder award.

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Hard Tail is relaunching a denim line.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Hard Tail Returns

The Hard Tail brand is returning to the denim arena. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company had launched a jeans line under a licensing deal with Blue Tattoo Jeans Inc. in 1999, but that agreement expired about two years ago, according to Hard Tail…

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Financial

Coach Raises Guidance

Reflecting impressive holiday sales, Coach said it was boosting second-quarter profit guidance to at least 48 cents a diluted share, from 44 cents.

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