Licensing Back in Fashion as Luxury Brands Revamp Strategy

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Overview

Licensing, it was a dirty word in the Nineties, a decade when controlling manufacturing and distribution was paramount for many European luxury goods players.

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The interior of Against All Odds For Her.

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Hitting the Suburban Streets

Logo T-shirts Baby Phat, Rocawear, Lot 21, Ecko Red and Von Dutch highlight the merchandise at the Against All Odds For Her store.

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Fuse’s ‘Full Frontal’ Highlights Urban Fashion

NEW YORK — Fuse is ready to prove that hip-hop and fashion have formed a union.

The all-music, viewer-influenced TV network has teamed up with urban radio station Hot 97 to premiere “Fuse Full Frontal Hip-Hop,” scheduled to…

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Puma’s Fashion Injection

NEW YORK — Puma is putting the spotlight for fall on lifestyle apparel — a key category for the brand — and will unveil its new looks in the American market tonight at a fashion show and launch event here.

Like many…

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Turlington Stretches Into Mahanuala

NEW YORK — Yogawear is worn just as often these days by women out for brunch as those who are sweating it out in the yoga studio. But Christy Turlington Burns’ new yoga collection is designed for those who actually know how to do the…

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A swimsuit with Tyr’s new Aqua Shift technology.

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Sidelines: Everlast Wall … Tyr’s Olympic Hope …

EVERLAST WALL: Active apparel firms certainly don’t just sell clothes anymore. Everlast Worldwide has created a “Wall of Power” and special workout for the Crunch gym in Manhattan’s Financial District. The…

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Gap Inc.

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Retail Sales Leaders: The top 20 specialty chains ranked by annual volume

Led by Gap with $15.85 billion in yearly sales, here are the top 20 specialty retailers ranked by annual volume.

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A Feminine Twist

PARIS — Giambattista Valli said, “Let them eat cake” with his fall Emanuel Ungaro collection, which was inspired by Marie Antoinette. Tailoring and embellishment, the house’s strengths, were emphasized in such looks as pastel…

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Jean Paul Gaultier licenses his top collection to Italy’s Aeffe SpA.

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Licensing Back in Fashion as Luxury Brands Revamp Strategy

Licensing, once synonymous with Pringle fishing rods and Pierre Cardin cigarette lighters, appears to be back in vogue with luxury fashion brands.

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Franchised Stores: A Valid Strategy

LONDON — Franchising, another word that can still send shivers down the necks of some luxury chiefs, is another business model that’s on the upswing.

While Gucci, Prada, Chanel and Dior Couture have made it a point not to hand over…

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In Brief: Gap Board Shuffles … Chain Debate … Fighting Counterfeits …

GAP BOARD SHUFFLE: Jorge Montoya, 57, president of the global snacks and beverages and Latin America business for Procter & Gamble Co., was appointed to Gap Inc.’s board. Gap also said Charles Schwab, chairman of The Charles Schwab Corp.,…

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Versace Restructuring Debt

Versace appears to have solved at least one of its pressing financial problems, and has given a mandate to Banca Intesa to restructure its debts.

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Zara parent, Inditex, plans up to 360 new units this year.

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Inditex Sees Net Rise 2 Percent

Weathering a second half beset by heavy discounting, Inditex Group, which runs Zara, reported a 2 percent gain in annual net income.

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Michael Kors with Tantivy, Marjorie and Phoebe Gubelmann.

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Fashion Scoops: A Jewel of a Post? … Shooting Star … Wash and Wear …

A JEWEL OF A POST?: No word yet on Domenico De Sole’s replacement as chief executive at Gucci Group, but Pinault-Printemps-Redoute seems to be moving swiftly to fill other vacancies in its luxury department. Sources in Paris said…

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The Uncertainty of 2005 Key Topic at AAFA Talk

NEW YORK — The closer it gets to the Jan. 1 expiration of the quota system, the more uncertain importer executives become about what will happen.

“We had a very clear vision of where we were going 60 days ago,” said Peter…

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Obituary: David Caruso, Dead at 49

NEW YORK — David Caruso, a fashion marketing executive who worked with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and IMG’s 7th on Sixth division, was found dead in a friend’s apartment in Manhattan on Monday. He was 49.

The…

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WWD Names Rosen Managing Editor, Pogoda to Manage Special Reports

NEW YORK — Richard Rosen has been named managing editor of WWD, and Dianne Pogoda has been named managing editor/special reports, a new position. The announcement was made Wednesday by Ed Nardoza, editor in chief of WWD and associate editorial…

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Hicksville

Model-turned-actress Michele Hicks wants to get gritty.

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Agnès Trouble

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Here Comes Trouble

PARIS — When Agnès Trouble, better known as agnès b., unveils her prodigious collection of contemporary and modern art in Toulouse next month, she will prove what a people person she is — her photography collection overwhelmingly…

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Tracey Emin at the Saatchi Gallery.

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Getting the Boot

“Keep giving them champagne and shoes and they’ll never leave,” said Federica Cuce, eyeing fellow guests at a shopping party for bankers, brokers and bond traders at the new Jimmy Choo store on London’s Bond Street. So…

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William Fung

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Li & Fung Net, Sales See Double-Digit Rise

Sourcing giant Li & Fung Ltd. posted 13.2 percent earnings growth on 14.4 percent revenue gains for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31.

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Beauty Beat: Rouleau Gets Specific for Skin …

DALLAS — Renee Rouleau is following the rule of nines when it comes to skin care.

Rouleau, an aesthetician who owns an eponymous skin care salon here, believes there are nine distinct skin types — each with unique treatment…

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Senate Stalled on EU Sanctions

Senate Republicans weighed whether to shelve legislation that would lead to the European Union lifting sanctions on U.S. exports on Wednesday.

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Zales expects to do $1,500 to $2,000 a square foot in sales at its 34th Street store.

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Zales Flagship Headed to 34th St.

NEW YORK —?Zale Corp., a strong mall tenant, is building a presence on the street here.

The jewelry retailer on Tuesday signed a lease for what will become its largest store in Manhattan, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot flagship at 142…

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Fairchild Conference Set for April 1

NEW YORK — The date has been set for Fairchild Summits’ WWD and DNR Apparel Conference.

The summit is set for April 1 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and will focus on the junior, contemporary, denim and young…

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Beyond Bubblegum

NEW YORK — With the financial backing of their junior denim brand, Bubblegum, owners John Inn and Laura Hong are launching a new brand for an older, more sophisticated consumer. Named after the husband-and-wife team’s two young girls,…

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Styles from Notify jeans.

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Notify Jeans Getting Noticed

PARIS — Maurice Ohayon aims to make jeans that get noticed.

After creating and later selling the Fetish, Western Passion and Seven7 denim lines, the French designer’s latest project, Notify, debuted exclusively in the Bon Marche…

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VF Raises Earnings Forecast

NEW YORK — VF Corp. on Wednesday updated its first-quarter guidance to reflect stronger-than-expected retail sales of its products.

For the quarter ending April 3, the company said it expects earnings per share could increase by 5 percent…

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Dollhouse in Latin America Push

NEW YORK — Dollhouse, the New York-based junior denim and sportswear brand, has signed a deal with Madison Group International in Panama to manufacture and distribute the Dollhouse brand throughout Latin America.

This deal is a…

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