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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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Beauty

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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Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

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

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The Turnaround Game: Kohl’s Rolls Out Apt. 9 In New Fashion Strategy

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Overview

Having battled tepid or sagging financial results for the last year, the retailer aims to turn the figures around by upping its fashion quotient with the launch this fall of apt. 9, a new proprietary label with a modern twist.

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Fashion Features

A Talent to a Muse

NEW YORK — Elegant and understated, evening looks this season have a Greco-Roman simplicity, featuring sheer and flowing fabrics with subtle metallic accents. Here, for example, Yigal Azrouël’s rayon goddess gown.

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A look from apt. 9.

Retail

The Turnaround Game: Kohl’s Rolls Out Apt. 9 In New Fashion Strategy

Having battled tepid or sagging financial results for the past year, Kohl’s aims to turn things around with the fall launch of private label apt. 9.

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Retail

In Brief: Shake-Up at Martha … Weathervane Lives On … Movie Star Credits

SHAKE-UP AT MARTHA: The Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Board underwent a shake-up Tuesday, when current director Thomas C. Siekman replaced Jeffrey W. Ubben as chairman of the board. Also, former Sears Roebuck & Co. chairman and chief…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

Strenesse is available in 84 fine specialty stores in the U.S. This information was incorrect in an item on Tuesday.

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Cécile & Jeanne, Marcella Saltz and Message Connextion will show at AccessoriesTheShow from…

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Financial

Consumer Index Helps Push Up Stock Market

A surge in the Consumer Confidence Index to a two-year high helped send the Dow Jones Industrial Average up 123.22 points on Tuesday.

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Financial

Jones Sales Top $1 Billion,

Shoppers responding to colorful spring fashion helped Jones Apparel Group’s second-quarter profits rise 9.1 percent and sales gain 7.4 percent.

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Financial

Luxottica Sees Earnings Grow, Confirms Guerra as New CEO

NEW YORK — Luxottica Group SpA reported solid earnings and sales growth in the second quarter and, as expected, named Andrea Guerra as its new chief executive officer.

For the three months ended June 30, the Milan-based eyewear…

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Financial

Coalition Seeks Wider Participation In WTO Quota Elimination Meeting

WASHINGTON — A coalition of U.S. and international textile and apparel executives urged the World Trade Organization to allow more countries to participate in an informal meeting on quota elimination slated for next Tuesday.

WTO director…

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Financial

Mothers Work Earnings Decline

NEW YORK — New store openings weren’t enough to counteract the effects of increasing competition for Mothers Work Inc. during the third quarter.

For the three months ended June 30, the Philadelphia-based maternity retailer saw…

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Apparel sales led all divisions with a 26.3% gain.

Financial

Puma Net Leaps 48.3%

Puma AG said robust apparel sales helped drive strong double-digit bottom- and top-line growth in the second quarter.

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Financial

Tropical Shares Plummet After 3rd-Qtr. Results

NEW YORK — Investors were unimpressed with Tropical Sportswear International Corp.’s reduction in third-quarter losses, sending the stock plummeting more than 40 percent Tuesday.

Including a $1.7 million pretax charge for the…

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Target is said to prefer selling Mervyn’s to a buyer that would continue to operate the chain, rather than liquidate the assets.

Financial

Two Funds Partner for Mervyn’s Bid

In the race to buy Mervyn’s, Cerberus Capital Management and Sun Capital Partners are said to have made a combined bid of $1 billion to $1.5 billion.

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Fashion Features

Harry Winston Builds Management Team

Harry Winston has named three industry veterans, two of whom work at Winston’s majority owner Aber Diamond Corp., to its management team.

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Fashion Features

Obituary: John Currier, Industry Exec

John Currier, who headed the innerwear firm Formfit Rogers and the women’s division of Cluett, Peabody, died July 21 at age 83.

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A treatment room in Dr. Volker Steinkraus’ Skin Biology Center.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: SBT: Europe’s Newest Derm Brand … Nu Skin Revenues Soar

SBT: Europe’s Newest Derm Brand

HAMBURG, Germany — SBT Skin Biology Therapy is a dermatologist-developed self-help program for the skin.

The treatment range has been developed and produced by Professor Steinkraus…

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Former Vice President Al Gore addresses the convention.

Fashion Features

The Buzz Around Boston: More Gore … Clintons After Dark … Advice for Kerry …

MORE GORE: So far the prize for best party of the Democratic National Convention goes to Monday night’s bash for former Vice President Al Gore at the Via Matta restaurant on Park Plaza. Gore was relaxed and witty as friends lined up to…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Pearl Two … Bravo Meet Banana … Stage Lights …

PEARL TWO: Karl Lagerfeld does fashion collaborations like most people breathe. Hot on the heels of his H&M gig, the designer has teamed up with Robert Wan to launch a line of fine jewelry for his Lagerfeld Gallery brand. Showcasing…

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Beauty Features

Execs Offer Keys to Keeping Staff

NEW YORK — “A huge sense of ownership is key to retaining staff.”

That message came from Debi Fine, president, Avon Future/Teen Business, who spoke at the Luxury Marketing Council’s seminar on “human…

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Retail

West Watch: Jigsaw Goes American … Co-Op Heading West? … New Look …

JIGSAW GOES AMERICAN: Jigsaw, the $108 million chain with 40-plus stores in the U.K. and Ireland, plans to open its first U.S. women’s wear boutique on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood Country Mart. John Robinson, founder of the…

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Marian Salzman

Marketing and Promotion

Prosumers: Give Them Something to Talk About

NEW YORK — Who’s the prosumer? She’s someone who can bring new meaning to the phrase “shop talk.”

Shop talk as in buzzing about the latest thing — particularly as regards boutiques, stores, foods and…

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Rick Caruso at the Grove.

Retail

Developer Rick Caruso: On Retailers, Shoppers and Wal-Mart

A Q&A with Rick Caruso, a developer of mixed-use complexes, who plans to invest $1 billion in six new projects over five years in California.

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Fashion Features

Joie Founder Splits

LOS ANGELES — Joie Rucker, the co-founder and namesake of powerhouse contemporary brand Joie, has left the company, people close to the firm said.

Rucker and partner Sean Barron launched Joie three years ago. The line has grown into a…

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