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Fashion's Game of Musical Chairs Quickens in Paris

The spring shows feature debuts at four major brands, prompting reflection on the pace of designer change.

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Retail

Tough Times for Neiman's as Firm Battles 'Challenges'

The luxury chain has been battling the luxury malaise.

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Retail

Focusing on Spring, Buyers Praise Milan's Creative Energy

The city has not lost its sizzle, once again led by Prada and Gucci.

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A&F’s Growing Pains: Retailer Eyes Global, Multibrand Strategy

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As the teen retailer reported a 23.1% jump in second-quarter income, Singer Ᾱ the former Gucci Group chief financial officer who joined A&F as president — was plotting how the company could continue to grow down the road.

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ITC Investigates Dispute

The U.S. ITC is investigating whether Esquel Enterprises is infringing on patents of pucker-free seamless shirts owned by TALTECH Ltd.

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Fashion Features

Finding Hip Styles in Unlikely Places

At a time when shoppers seek one-stop destinations and spending is sporadic, branching out into alternative venues is a way to strike a chord.

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Fashion Features

Prada’s Focus on Film:

MILAN — The Hollywood connection between Prada and the movies isn’t just the glamour of red-carpet dressing and glitzy photo ops.

Through Fondazione Prada, an artistic organization she heads, Miuccia Prada is sponsoring the Milan…

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Fashion Features

Baby Boomers Speak

ATLANTA — Perhaps more than any other age group, Baby Boomers know what they want.

Personal style is hugely important to women ages 40 to 60 years old. They don’t feel old and adamantly refuse to look matronly, dowdy or any other…

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Retail Features

Kmart to Cut Jobs, Selling Fewer Units

NEW YORK — Shares of Kmart Holding Corp. on Tuesday sank 4.75 percent on news that it is selling fewer stores to Home Depot than originally planned and will be cutting 200 jobs at its headquarters.

Shares declined by $3.21 to close at…

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Fashion Features

Style Atlanta, GM Plan Weeklong Fashion Event

ATLANTA — Atlanta is gearing up to show its fashion credentials with Style Atlanta presented by General Motors, a weeklong fashion and design event scheduled for May 1-6.

According to Kevin Knaus, Style Atlanta’s founder,…

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Financial

Novel Denim Slips Into Red in Quarter

NEW YORK — Despite a sales gain, Novel Denim Holdings on Friday posted a first-quarter loss, and said it expects to post a loss in the second quarter as well.

For the three months ended June 30, the loss was $1.8 million, or 23 cents,…

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Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Two’s Trouble … Changing Channels … Good Sports

TWO’S TROUBLE: “Welcome to total chaos.” That was Georgie Frasch’s reaction to having given birth to twins last Thursday at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital. The set of babies, Honor Elizabeth and…

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Fashion Features

Southern Charm

NEW YORK — New Zealander Trelise Cooper, already a favorite designer in her native land, is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. At Henri Bendel, for example, a long sequin coat was on the floor for a mere two hours before someone snapped it…

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Financial

A&F’s Growing Pains: Retailer Eyes Global, Multibrand Strategy

With former Gucci executive Robert Singer now president and chief operating officer, Abercrombie & Fitch is set on international expansion.

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Retail Features

L.A. Big-Box Vote Delayed

LOS ANGELES — A refresher course on Robert’s Rules of Order might have helped the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday.

Because of wording in the Los Angeles City Council’s agenda, the scheduled vote on an ordinance that would…

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Retail Features

In Brief: Spitzer Settlements … Myners Mulls Over M&S

SPITZER SETTLEMENTS:New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday said his office had reached a settlement with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores, as well as with two tableware vendors, Lenox Inc. and Waterford…

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Retail Features

Crowds Sweat Convention Planning

Garment District executives packed into a briefing on security measures surrounding the GOP convention, set for nearby Madison Square Garden.

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Financial

Fossil 2Q Profits Surge 52%, Inks Deal With Marc Jacobs

Watchmaker Fossil Inc. scored stellar second-quarter results Tuesday and signed a new licensing agreement with Marc Jacobs.

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Fashion Features

Williams Serves Up Olympic Apartment

NEW YORK — Flashy tennis star Venus Williams showed off her domestic side on Wednesday with the unveiling of an Olympic village apartment she designed in support of New York City’s bid for the 2012 Summer Games.

“I think it…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: P&G Signs Blanchett for SK-II … Essie’s Smooth New Line

SYDNEY — Cate Blanchett is about to share a beauty secret.

The 35-year-old Australian Oscar nominee has just been signed as the Australian and New Zealand “ambassador” for Procter & Gamble’s high-end SK-II skin care…

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Fashion Features

Warnaco Looks West: Aims to Turn Op Into $1B Brand

Dipping into the California beach lifestyle market with its recent $40 million buy of Ocean Pacific marks a new wave for the Warnaco Group.

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Financial

Hampshire Sales Down 17.9%

NEW YORK — Knitwear specialist Hampshire Group Ltd. reported higher second-quarter losses on markedly lower sales.

During the three months ended July 3, the Anderson, S.C.-based sweater and sportswear firm incurred a net loss of $1.7…

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Financial

May Co. Scores $101M in 2nd-Qtr. Profits

The usually reserved May Co. held its first conference call ever for financial results to discuss second-quarter earnings.

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Financial

Marisa Christina Sees $748G Loss

NEW YORK — Marisa Christina Inc.’s second-quarter losses widened to $748,000 on declining sales.

Losses for the three months ended June 30 compared with $706,000 in the year-earlier period. On a per share basis, the deficit equaled…

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Fashion Features

In the Middle: Buchman’s Benefit

BUCHMAN’S BENEFIT: Dana Buchman is helping fund the fight against AIDS with rhinestones. The designer has fashioned a rhinestone logo T-shirt to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Design Industries Foundation Fight AIDS, which…

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Retail Features

L&T’s Frontline Strategy: Reimaging the Windows

NEW YORK — Lord & Taylor’s definition of cutting edge used to be Christmas windows with mechanized miniature figures and a lot of tradition.

But as the company updates and overhauls its assortments, the look from the street is…

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Financial

Elie Tahari Ltd. Rides Technology to Grow Business

Elie Tahari Ltd. has employed Vertex Apparel Software from Business Management Systems to help speed its designs to market.

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Fashion Features

Will Boomers Come of Age in Fashion Ads?

The fashion business is expected to shift its customer focus more broadly onto the Baby Boomer in the next six to 10 years.

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