Tommy’s Indian Trek: Hilfiger Among Brands Aiming at $500B Market

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Overview

Tommy Hilfiger is heading East — and will beat even Wal-Mart in the process. As noted, the American designer has signed a deal to open freestanding Tommy Hilfiger stores in India in a major expansion drive to the subcontinent.

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Frangi’s assortment included this silk fabric.

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Moda In Goes Natural Route

MILAN — Exhibitors at last month’s Moda In textile fair unveiled a variety of spring-summer 2005 product lines, with an emphasis on natural fibers. But given the recent overall weakness in the Italian fabric market, several said they were…

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Speakers at the Cotton Sourcing Summit predicted Chinese exports would surge in early 2005.

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China Surge Big Topic at Cotton Meet

MIAMI BEACH — Get ready for a bit of whiplash.

The final months of 2004 and the opening months of 2005 will likely be a time of radically changed product flows. Sources predict that as quotas run out late this year, shipments from key…

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The first of 40 Wal-Mart Supercenters bound for California opens today in La Quinta.

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Battle Over Bargain Behemoth

The first of 40 Wal-Mart Supercenters scheduled to touch down in California opens today, at a time of strife for the retailer and this format.

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Hollywood & Highland Sold for $201 Million

LOS ANGELES — Oscar madness is over at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood & Highland, but, according to officials at CIM Group, which acquired the property on Friday, the action is just beginning.

The Hollywood-based real estate firm…

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Target Invests In Inner-City L.A. Site

LOS ANGELES — Target’s ad campaign featuring a woman wearing a red gown with a bull’s-eye on the red carpet might not be so far-fetched.

On Tuesday, just two days after the Oscars, the Minneapolis-based retailer feted its new…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Givaudan Net Falls 15.6% in ’03 … Hello Summer … Infusium Debuts New Look …

PARIS — Swiss flavors and fragrances supplier Givaudan announced 2003 net profits of 216 million Swiss francs, or $168.9 million at current exchange rates, down 15.6 percent year-on-year.

As reported, the firm had announced in January…

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Suzy

Graydon Carter’s Vanity Fair party on Oscar night was the place to be in Hollywood, and Suzy files a delicious dispatch.

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Fur Afield

MILAN — Sexiness, luxury and techno magic are the hallmarks of Karl Lagerfeld’s collections for Fendi, and this season was no exception. There were second-skin skirts, narrow blouses and laminated silver styles, as well as those that piled…

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Tommy Hilfiger

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Tommy’s Indian Trek: Hilfiger Among Brands Aiming at $500B Market

Mohan Murjani, whose Murjani Group has linked with Tommy Hilfiger Corp. on a venture for India, discusses the strategy for expansion there.

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Leymarie Appointed CEO at De Beers LV

De Beers LV on Tuesday named former Cartier chief Guy Leymarie its new chief executive officer, confirming a WWD report.

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PacSun Hits $1B In Annual Sales, Net Grows in Qtr.

Pacific Sunwear of California’s profits grew by almost half, and net sales improved by more than a fifth to $326.3 million for the fourth quarter.

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N.Y. Street-Vendor Law Passed

ALBANY, N.Y. — The State Senate and Assembly have finally agreed on and passed a street-vendor bill for New York City.

A previous street-vending law expired last year, causing the streets of New York City to become bombarded with vendors….

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Perrin to Stay On at Warnaco

NEW YORK — Warnaco Group Inc. on Tuesday said Charles R. Perrin would continue in the role of non-executive chairman, a post he’d held on an interim basis since the death of former chairman Stuart Buchalter in January.

Perrin, a…

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In Brief: New Financing for Gotschalks … Eastman Names Nonwoven Execs …

NEW FINANCING FOR GOTTSCHALKS: Gottschalks Inc. said Tuesday it refinanced its revolving credit facility with GE Commercial Finance’s Corporate Lending unit. The new facility permits borrowings of up to $165 million, and was effective…

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Correction

Amy Spindler, former style editor of The New York Times Magazine, joined DNR in 1988. Due to a typographical error, the year was incorrect in her obituary March 1.

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Let Your Fingers Do the Shopping

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Great Minds Think Alike

NEW YORK — Next week at the Global Retail Technology Forum in Barcelona, retailers will gather to swap war stories about what works — or, even more important, what doesn’t.

Two of the giants of tech — IBM and Microsoft…

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Microsoft’s customers are using real-time data to stop credit-card fraud.

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Microsoft Gets Smart

WWD: What are you doing today to help retailers solve some of their problems with technology?
Tom Litchford, Microsoft’s director of marketing and channel, retail and hospitality solutions: One of the announcements we’re…

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IBM: Service is Key

WWD: What are the big issues facing retailers today? Can technology help?
Mark Campanella, IBM’s global director of marketing, retail on demand: We need to get markdown and pricing under control. The consumer looking for the…

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Y's

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Tough Reality and Opulent Elegance – Y’s and Andrew Gn

Talk about both sides of the equation. Yohji Yamamoto showed his tougher side in an androgynous Y’s collection, while Andrew Gn created the couture-quality coats and appliqué tops he’s known for.

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Haider Ackermann

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The Feminine Principle

PARIS — After years of young designers wearing the experimental label as a badge, the new wave of talent has forgotten those antics to concentrate on creating feminine, romantic and wearable clothes. This was definitely the case for Haider…

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Fifties Flashback

Y-3: Even for a fashion triathlete like Yohji Yamamoto — who shows three collections in Paris every season — plain old sports clothes can get boring. So for his latest collection for Y-3, which he does in collaboration with Adidas,…

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Cafe Style

Martin Margiela: When Martin Margiela forgoes the runway and invites editors and buyers to 19 different corner cafes to drink wine, eat chips and watch a video that’s supposed to communicate the essence of his collection, one has to…

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Veruschka on the runway.

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Fashion Scoops: Skin Isn’t In … Stars Come Out … Carrie’s Legacy …

SKIN ISN’T IN: Veruschka, the iconic Sixties model, just can’t stay away from fashion. On Tuesday, she took a spin on the runway, her first in years, for Jean-Paul Knott. She also disclosed she’s preparing a line…

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Two tops from the new Duck Head.

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Goody’s Gets Duckie

ATLANTA — Goody’s is sending out a duck call to attract the whole family.

After buying Duck Head from TSI Brands Inc. for $4 million last May, Goody’s Family Clothing is relaunching the brand as a private label resource. The…

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In the Middle: Liz Biz … Owen to Halmode …

LIZ BIZ: Liz Claiborne Inc. on Tuesday named Aru Kulkarni to the new position of president of the Liz Claiborne Apparel Group, with responsibility for the misses’, petites’ and women’s sales organizations, merchandising for…

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Loro Piana

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Sportswear Report: Lots of Luxe

Not every woman wants jeweled shearlings, chiffon and lace dresses or girly skirts. Some prefer the understated elegance of black cashmere and silk shift dresses or cropped A-line croc jackets. Stop what you’re thinking — it’s not…

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Sportswear Report: Molto Moltedo

Gabrielecorto Moltedo is ready to carry on his family’s legacy. The 26-year-old son of Laura and Vittorio Moltedo, who founded Bottega Veneta in 1966, has introduced a new accessories line called Corto Moltedo. The collection, presented in his…

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Morocco Trade Pact Reached

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Morocco completed a free-trade agreement Tuesday, overcoming contentious issues in the textile and agricultural sectors.

The pact contains a yarn-forward rule of origin that requires apparel to contain either…

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Barry Erdos resigned from Ann Taylor after five years.

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Ann Taylor’s Barry Erdos Resigns

NEW YORK — In a surprise move, Ann Taylor Stores Corp. said Tuesday that Barry Erdos, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, resigned “to pursue other interests.” Erdos also resigned from the board.

His…

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Marineau Sees Pay Fall 95 Percent in ’03

NEW YORK — Levi Strauss & Co.’s unprofitable year hit Phil Marineau in the wallet, as well.

Levi’s, which on Monday reported a $349 million net loss for fiscal 2003, last year slashed its president and chief executive…

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