EU’s Eastern Expansion a Potential Boon for Fashion Brands

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Overview

"They're crying out for the new, interesting fashion," said Adrian Joffe of Comme des Garçons, describing consumer sentiment in several of the 10 Eastern European countries that joined the European Union last spring in the biggest expansion ever.

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Fashion Features

Ride ’em, Cowgirl

Designers are heading back to the Old West, showing fringed buckskins, prairie skirts, Native American motifs and even feather headdresses.

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A map of Poland, which is considered one of the largest new European markets for fashion and luxury brands.

Financial

EU’s Eastern Expansion a Potential Boon for Fashion Brands

Continental fashion executives see great business potential in the 10 Eastern European countries that joined the EU this spring.

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Financial

UCC Capital Said Near Badgley Mischka Deal

UCC Capital is said to be nearing a deal to acquire Badgley Mischka from Escada AG, according to sources.

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Financial

Warnaco Outlines Goal of $2 Billion In Revenue by ’08

Warnaco Group executives told investors that in the next few years its revenue could reach to $2 billion by expanding its own brands and buying others.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Watch Out … Sport Extensions

WATCH OUT: Gianfranco Ferré is set to launch a watch collection for its diffusion line GF Ferré. The house said it has signed a licensing deal with Global Watch Industries. The line will bow at Baselworld: The Watch and Jewelry Show…

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Fashion Features

Correction

Philip Knight is chairman and chief executive officer of Nike Inc. His title was misstated in a story on Tuesday.

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Mercedes Bass

People

Suzy

The season’s first night at the opera…Suzy has the scoop…The stork visits Greece’s royal family.

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Spring knit looks from Marc Jacobs...

Fashion Features

Buyers Find Novelty in N.Y.

The New York collections this month weren’t awash in knitwear for spring, but buyers saw some looks that stirred their interest.

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A knit wrap from Inhabit.

Fashion Features

Inhabit Goes Mainstream

DALLAS — Inhabit, a better-priced knitwear collection with contemporary styling, is expanding for spring by lowering prices and reaching out to a wider range of stores and customers.

“We’re lowering our opening price points to…

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Nusport’s Palm Beach store.

Beauty Features

Nusport Ready to Expand

NEW YORK — Spas might be all about relaxing, but there is no reason they can’t involve just a little bit of shopping.

Enter Nusport, a brand of casual knitwear from Washington Depot, Conn.-based Plateau Designs, aimed specifically at…

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Financial

The Highs and Lows Of ’04 Holiday Sales

NEW YORK — There’s a difference of opinion on holiday 2004 retail sales — and the margin among experts is significant.

On Tuesday, the National Retail Federation predicted that, even though business has been softening in the…

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Inter Parfums’ version of Cool Water.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Juicy, Davidoff Sue Beauty Giants

Juicy Couture and Davidoff took legal action against two beauty products manufacturers they feel are out to profit on the success of their brands.

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Ines de la Fressange at H&M.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Less is More … Vevers to Mulberry … The Karl Show …

LESS IS MORE: In another sign of changing times at Versace — namely Donatella Versace’s newfound focus and the appointment of new chief executive officer Giancarlo Di Risio — the designer is trading her…

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Juliet B. Schor

Marketing and Promotion

The Dangers of Tween Marketing

NEW YORK — The increasing commercialization of children’s culture is coming at an ever-escalating cost.

So says Juliet B. Schor, sociologist and author of the just-published book “Born to Buy” (Scribner,…

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Marketing and Promotion

Hispanics: Trading Down or Value Hunting?

NEW YORK — There’s no sure thing in fashion.

That longtime axiom of the apparel business has been born again, in research indicating that from December 2003 to May 2004, a larger share of Hispanic adults shifted purchasing to…

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Fashion Features

A Crinkle in Time

A girl can’t have too many chic spring looks. This season, designers are serving up a variety of trappings for those seeking sweet feminine appeal. Here, for example, Diane von Furstenberg’s cotton tank and beaded crinkle silk chiffon…

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Orange cotton striped crop pant with coordinating cotton tank by So Low.

Fashion Features

Spring It On

NEW YORK — As the rest of New York prepares to pile on the layers for cool weather, almost 1,200 vendors will be thinking warm thoughts during the spring collections at the Fashion Coterie.

Bright colors in shades of yellow, red and…

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Financial

M&S Reports Slide in Sales

Marks & Spencer, attempting to retool its image and claw back market share, said sales in the 10 weeks to Sept. 18 fell by 2.7 percent.

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Kenzoki Ice-Cold Eye Cream.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Ferragamo Ends Venture With ICR-ITF … Kenzo Eye Creams to Bow … More Closings at Boots

Ferragamo Ends Venture With ICR-ITF

FLORENCE — Ferragamo Parfums has terminated its Italian distribution agreement with Italy-based fragrance giant ICR-ITF Group.

Lodi, Italy-based ICR-ITF will officially cease its Italian…

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Financial

Wal-Mart Growing Internationally

NEW YORK — The international segment is Wal-Mart’s newest and largest business, making up 19 percent of sales, said Joseph Fitzsimmons, senior vice president of finance and treasurer at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., during a presentation at a Banc…

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Financial

Fendi Taps Flore As Head of U.S.

NEW YORK — Gianluca Flore, former chief executive officer of La Perla USA, has been named chief executive officer of Fendi North America Inc., WWD has learned.

The post has been vacant for about a year.

WWD reported earlier this…

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Financial

Analyst Cuts Rating For Aeropostale Inc.

NEW YORK — At least one teen retailer could be losing its luster in the eyes of Wall Street.

A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. analyst Robert Buchanan cut his investment rating on Aeropostale Inc. to “hold” from “buy.”…

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Fashion Features

Browns Gets a Makeover

LONDON — Browns — the iconic London fashion store that first showcased John Galliano and Hussein Chalayan and launched such designers as Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Comme des Garçons, Donna Karan and Missoni in the…

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Financial

Calif. Apparel Makers Back Wage Veto

Executives said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s veto of a bill to raise California’s minimum wage will help stabilize the state’s apparel industry.

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