The Ice Man Cometh: PPR Dips Into Unilever For New CEO of Gucci

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Pinault-Printemps-Redoute on Wednesday named Robert Polet as the new president and chief executive officer of Gucci Group.

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Eva Lorenzotti in Chanel.

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Summer Bronze

Given the balmy night, the collection of Upper East Side lovelies who headed to Chelsea Piers for the Henry Street Settlement dinner dance on Tuesday shelved their fur chubbies and opted for showing off their newly bronzed limbs. Pilar Crespi…

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Galen Zamarra at Mas.

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Critical Mas

NEW YORK — The rustic wooden door at Mas, a new French-American boîte on Downing Street, is blocked by small boxes of fresh, exotic mushrooms and crates of fennel and dill. After chef Galen Zamarra carries them inside, accepts an alcohol…

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Analysts’ Mixed Reception for Polet

PARIS — It just might work — or it could be a mistake.

That summed up the views of financial analysts, who had a mixed reaction Wednesday to Pinault-Printemps-Redoute’s surprise appointment of Robert Polet as the new head of…

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Domenico De Sole

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Gucci Timeline

1921: After work stints abroad, Guccio Gucci founds a small leathergoods manufacturer and opens his first shop in Florence.

1938: A Gucci shop opens in Rome.

1953: Guccio Gucci dies when the company is at the peak of…

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Carmen Marc Valvo for Saga.

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Fur-Reaching

The fur industry’s premier event flaunted a range of looks, from trendy and classic to rugged and natural.

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Behind the Scenes

NEW YORK — The waiters’ paint-splattered smocks said it all.

“The Art of Fur,” the theme of the Fur Information Council of America’s Fur Fashion 2004 on Tuesday night at the Puck Building here, where the…

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The Kandhorov family hopes to roll out additional locations that follow the Inside formula.

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Positively Austin Street

The owners of Austin Jeans in Queens are expanding the store they opened this fall, called Inside, eyeing three more units in the New York area.

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A look from the new Seven For All Mankind cashmere collection.

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Seven Gets Soft

NEW YORK — After introducing a line of T-shirts last spring, the Los Angeles-based Seven For All Mankind is launching a line of cashmere sweaters to go with its fall collection.

The line includes four groups, ranging from bright green…

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A Duarte Jeans look, pictured on a mannequin.

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Henry Duarte, Blue Concepts Launching High-End Jeans Line

LOS ANGELES — Designer Henry Duarte credited XM Satellite Radio as the musical inspiration behind his new collection called Duarte Jeans, a licensing partnership with Blue Concepts LLC.

“I got it last year and I’m listening to…

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Gwen’s Growing Little L.A.M.B

Gwen Stefani is about to present her second L.A.M.B collection to buyers, a fall line that’s expected to bring in $15 million, no doubt.

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A look from the Izod Movement collection.

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Izod Delves Deeper Into Women’s

The Izod brand has been relaunched in sportswear and swimwear, and is set to add activewear, jeans, accessories and golf apparel.

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Misty May and Elaine Youngs at Lord & Taylor’s Nautica swim event.

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Sidelines: Swim Time … Gap Takes a Swim … New Showroom …

SWIM TIME: Swimwear season has kicked into high gear and stores are getting into the spirit. Last week, Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York flagship held “Swim Week,” a series of events, which included in-store appearances by…

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Nike Shifts Executives

NEW YORK — Nike Inc. said Wednesday that it has realigned its management in Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

Eunan McLaughlin has been named vice president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, succeeding Fritz van Paasschen,…

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Nigo

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Planet of the Bathing Apes

NEW YORK — Nigo feels the vibe.

It doesn’t have the electricity of Tokyo’s teeming streets, but it’ll do.

Holding forth with his entourage at the Mercer Kitchen on Monday, Nigo, the designer of the Japanese…

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A spring 2004 Adrover look.

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Adrover Back on Fifth With Event at Bendel

NEW YORK —?Miguel Adrover is back on Fifth Avenue.

Although the controversial designer might have slipped from the center of fashion’s radar since his 1999 debut, Adrover is taking steps to rebuild his reputation with retailers,…

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China Vows to Curtail Counterfeit Goods

The U.S. and China said the Chinese would work to curtail counterfeiting and make it easier to operate foreign-owned stores and to export there.

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Bloomingdale’s SoHo perfumery.

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Beauty Beat: Grass-U.S. Plea Deal Rejected by Fed Court … Bloomingdale’s Takes Specialty Route …

NEW YORK — A federal court judge has rejected the plea agreement between Martin L. Grass, former chief executive officer of Rite Aid Corp., and the U.S. government.

As reported, on June 17 Grass pled guilty to conspiracy in connection to…

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Fashion Scoops: Philosophiae Donna … Traffic Jam … It’s a Wrap …

PHILOSOPHIAE DONNA: Donna Karan, the designer who famously flunked out of her draping course while a student at Parsons School of Design, will become the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the school at its graduation ceremony on May 21….

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Fed Reports ‘Noticeable’ Rise in Sales

The economy continues to improve, with most areas of the U.S. posting “noticeable” increases in retail sales, the Fed’s Beige Book report said.

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Hispanics’ Top Store Characteristics: The 10 most important retail attributes as rated by Hispanic customers

According to the 2002 Census, Hispanics have become the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the U.S., with a population of 38.8 million. As their numbers have grown, they’ve gained economic clout; Latinos now represent half a…

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Fox Fire

NEW YORK — FICA’s show on Tuesday night, which took place against a backdrop of Monet and Basquiat images at the Puck, had mixed results. But many looks proved crowd-pleasers, and some showed off great style. Here, for example, a sexy,…

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Robert Polet

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The Ice Man Cometh: PPR Dips Into Unilever For New CEO of Gucci

Pinault-Printemps-Redoute on Wednesday named Robert Polet as the new president and chief executive officer of Gucci Group.

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Robert Polet

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A Unilever Career Man

LONDON — Robert Polet’s appointment at Gucci may have left many in the luxury goods industry scratching their heads, but those who have been following the manager’s 26-year career at Unilever said the move came as no surprise. They…

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In Brief: U.S.-EU Cargo Accord … Another Poly Hike … Big Getting Bigger …

U.S.-EU CARGO ACCORD: The U.S. and European Union are scheduled to pen a Customs agreement today in Washington designed to better coordinate cargo inspections of U.S.-bound cargo in Europe. Part of the pact addresses EU concerns that the U.S….

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Pina Ferlisi is being promoted to executive vp, Gap brand design.

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Gap’s Nealz Tapped at AE

After a tough 2003, American Eagle Outfitters has recruited senior Gap executive LeAnn Nealz to serve in a new creative role, sources said.

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Helene and Ruth Fortunoff at the White Plains, N.Y., unit.

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Fortunoff Seeking Funds for Expansion

Fortunoff is looking to raise additional capital for expansion, which could include a public offering or a private investor, but it denied it was for sale.

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Financial

Warnaco Names Tworecke President of Sportswear

Warnaco Group has named Bon-Ton Stores’ number-two executive, Frank Tworecke, as group president of its sportswear division.

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Soft Apparel Sales Add to Sears’ Woes

The loss of $1.3 billion in revenue from the sale of its credit-card business helped push Sears to a loss of $859 million in the first quarter.

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Proud Mary

Mary J. Blige turns a wardrobe malfunction into an interest in starting her own fashion line.

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