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Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

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WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

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Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

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WWDExclusive: Meeting Mrs. Bush: The First Lady on Politics, Style and Keeping Her Cool

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First Lady Laura Bush opens up about the campaign ahead, the comfort of Crawford, being in the "wives of world leaders club," and of course, style.

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The Sexy Secretary

NEW YORK — If you’re searching for great, retro-influenced looks, Marc Jacobs is the man to see. And that was true for fall, too. His runway was full of playful characters, including some wonderful versions of one of this season’s…

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Laura Bush in her East Wing office at the White House.

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WWDExclusive: Meeting Mrs. Bush: The First Lady on Politics, Style and Keeping Her Cool

First Lady Laura Bush opens up about the campaign ahead, the comfort of Crawford, being in the “wives of world leaders club,” and of course, style.

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Charme Buys Ballantyne

MILAN — The Italian transformation of Scottish cashmere brand Ballantyne is nearing completion.

Investment group Charme has teamed up with the label’s president and creative director to buy 100 percent of the company from…

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AFL-CIO to Bush: Penalize China For Unfair Wages

The AFL-CIO is set to petition the White House to act against China for repressing workers’ rights, which, the union says, burdens U.S. commerce.

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TJX Adds Senior Exec VPs

NEW YORK — TJX Cos. Inc. on Monday promoted most of its senior executives to senior executive vice presidents, effective March 29.

Among the changes: Arnold Barron has been promoted to senior executive vice president, group…

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Correction

The chief executive of Autogrill is Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos. His name was misspelled in a fashion scoop on Monday.

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Views of Vuitton’s Friedrichstrasse store.

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Vuitton Opens Third Berlin Unit

BERLIN — This is now a three Louis Vuitton town.

The French luxury brand opened its Friedrichstrasse store last week. The two-floor, 3,450-square-foot space offers the full range of Vuitton luggage, small bags and leather goods, jewelry,…

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Ed Glantz photographed earlier in his Armani days.

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Obituary: Edward S. Glantz, 59, Built Armani’s Presence in U.S.

NEW YORK — Edward S. Glantz, who paved the way for an explosion of Italian designers in the U.S. by introducing Giorgio Armani to Barneys New York, died on Sunday from lung cancer.

Services will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at Frank…

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Financial

S&P Confirms PPR, Saks Ratings

Saks Inc. and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute each had their ratings affirmed by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Monday.

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A polyester cotton coat.

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Michael’s Many Moves

As part of his drive to reach $1 billion, Michael Kors is launching Michael outerwear and accessories to coincide with his better line debut in August.

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Zenobia is seeing interest in better pieces.

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Retailers Ready With Whatever it Takes

NEW YORK — With some shoppers still holding out or shopping around before they make big-dollar apparel purchases, retailers and vendors at five trade shows here said being more proactive is essential.

Novelty looks, trunk shows, customized…

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Leather jacket with detachable parts.

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Park Digs In Deep With Coats

NEW YORK — Namhee Park decided to plant Seeds of Happiness, her new outerwear company, after spending the past eight years tending to other brands’ outerwear.

Prior to striking out on her own, she worked for Andrew Marc, Tryst and…

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Eshakti Gets the Power Online

DALLAS — Shakti means power in Sanskrit, but it is translating to big business for an Internet fashion site specializing in Indian apparel customized for the Western market.

Eshakti.com features a spectrum of Indian styles such as saris,…

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Manufacturers in Mauritius are among the AGOA beneficiaries.

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AGOA Countries Sweat Quota End

JOHANNESBURG — Anxiety is growing among African apparel and textile executives over the double whammy posed by the looming Sept. 30 expiration of a special trade perk for sub-Saharan Africa’s least-developed countries and the lifting of…

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D&N Textiles’ black-and-white polyester and spandex.

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Highlights at IFFE Show: Prints, Texture

While no single trend dominated the show, exhibitors at last week’s IFFE said strong colors, retro prints and highly textured fabrics remained key.

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Transportation activity was up 1 percent in December.

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Feds Launch Transit Measure

NEW YORK — The Department of Transportation last week released the first edition of a new index report tracking transportation activity in the U.S.

Economists said they hoped the new numbers would provide another key benchmark in an…

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Officials Warn New Security Will Be Costly

An international program intended to prevent the use of cargo containers for terrorist activities takes effect July 1, and officials expect the costs to be steep.

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U.S. Inks Deal With Dominican Republic

The U.S. and Dominican Republic forged a free-trade pact Monday that paves the way for its inclusion in a broader trade deal with CAFTA nations.

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Financial

Restructuring Costs Hit Wilsons Leather

NEW YORK — Despite an improved fourth quarter, slumping sales and hefty restructuring costs kept earnings for Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. in the red for the year.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, the Minneapolis-based leather goods…

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Media

Memo Pad: Facing Facts … The Book on Rem …

FACING FACTS: Staffers at The Face have sent out a mass e-mailing in a bid to salvage the 24-year-old British title, which publisher Emap has indicated may not be around for much longer. On Monday, they sent an e-mail out to friends and readers…

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Guild Adds RICO To Penney’s Suit

NEW YORK — Guild Inc., a Los Angeles-based children’s apparel designer, has added a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization, or RICO, charge to an existing lawsuit against J.C. Penney Co. and J.C. Penney Corp.

Guild’s…

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LF Brands, Parent Countersue Ex-Chief Executive John Short

NEW YORK — L.F. Brands and its majority owner, Three Cities Research Inc., filed a countersuit Monday against W. John Short, the former chief executive officer of the now defunct L.F.

As reported, Short filed a complaint Jan. 16 against…

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Fast Retailing Co. is moving into innerwear.

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Asia Watch: Dropping Lingerie … New Underwear … Boosting Output …

DROPPING LINGERIE: Dessous China, Asia’s largest underwear fair, has been canceled. The event, co-organized by IGEDO and CCPIT TEX Beijing, was slated to take place from March 25-27. The event will return in 2005, but will take place in…

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Kenzoki’s “euphoric” collection.

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Beauty Beat: Kenzo Brings Skin Care to U.S.

Kenzo Parfums North America will enter the $2 billion prestige skin care market this week with the U.S. introduction of Kenzoki skin care.

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