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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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Stepping on the Gas: Chlo? Gets the Cash To Become $1B Brand

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Overview

It's truly a pregnant moment for Chlo?. Not only is creative director Phoebe Philo expecting her first child in two months — and working on an infants' line — the high-flying French firm is embarking on an aggressive expansion drive.

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Paul Nunes

Financial

Winning Over the Moneyed Masses

NEW YORK — Approximately $76 billion in potential sales of apparel evaporated from 1999 through 2002 as share of consumers’ disposable income spent on the category continued a longtime slide.

So said Paul Nunes, co-author of the…

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The “Magic Cube,’’ a 1,500-square-foot VIP room at Vuitton’s Rodeo Drive flagship.

Retail

Trading Spaces, Vuitton-Style, on Rodeo Drive

In the retail equivalent of an extreme makeover, Louis Vuitton is unveiling the transformation of its space on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

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Kate Bosworth

People

Suzy

Rod’s real world — privacy, please…Art and ambassadors in Washington…Love blooms for Orlando.

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Fashion Features

The Flowering

John Galliano surprised and delighted his audience by showing a beautiful spring Christian Dior collection.

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A Chloé look from the fall-winter runway.

Financial

Stepping on the Gas: Chloé Gets the Cash

Chloé is embarking on an aggressive expansion drive that could see it become a billion-dollar baby for parent Compagnie Financiere Richemont.

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Tumi’s Paris store opened earlier this year.

Financial

Tumi Sold to Private Equity Firm

NEW YORK — Tumi has found a new traveling partner.

London-based independent private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co. agreed to purchase the accessories company, best known for its black ripstop nylon and napa leather luggage, from…

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Financial

In Brief: Happy Holidays … Dropping Wet Seal … Homeward Bound

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. chief executive officer Lee Scott told analysts during a conference at the retailer’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., that he was optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season despite higher…

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Fashion Features

Corrections

A story on Sept. 30, incorrectly stated that Barry Kielselstein-Cord was looking to lease his space on West Broadway. Kielselstein-Cord relocated his store from West Broadway to Prince Street in January 2003, where he plans to remain. He is also…

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Financial

Dolce & Gabbana Profits, Sales Rise

Dolce & Gabbana’s net profits jumped 34 percent to 55.5 million euros for the year, as sales climbed 23 percent to 585.1 million euros.

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A bridesmaid gown from the new Laundry partnership.

Financial

Laundry Weds Bridesmaid With Contemporary

Five years after its purchase by Liz Claiborne Inc., Laundry by Shelli Segal is finally stepping out with brand extensions and new stores.

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Fashion Features

Dior’s Reality Show

Paris Fashion Week kicks off, with shows by Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons.

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Dean and Dan Caten with Alek Wek

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Sophia’s Choice … Chic Critique … American Import …

SOPHIA’S CHOICE: Sophia Kokosalaki had some intriguing characters in the front row of her Paris show Tuesday night: Givenchy president Marco Gobbetti and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton talent scout Concetta…

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Balenciaga

Fashion Features

Pump Up the Volume – Balenciaga, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe

Nicolas Ghesquière focused on big-volume, high-chic shapes for Balenciaga…Yohji Yamamoto explored asymmetry and layering once again…Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons collection featured round neoprene skirts…and Junya…

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Undercover

Fashion Features

Incremental Changes – and Others – Undercover, Vivienne Westwood, Marithé & François Girbaud, Azzaro, AF Vandevorst

Jun Takahashi’s Undercover collection was poetic and over-the-top…Vivienne Westwood revisited boudoir dishevelment…Marithé & François Girbaud offered ergonomic cuts…and Vanessa Seward broadened the scope of the Azzaro…

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Fashion Features

Star Wattage Flickers at Shows

Will Nicole save the day?

As the fashion season enters it’s final furlong, the one common denominator across all the major cities has been the dearth of A-list celebrities in the front rows. Sure, J.Lo and Jennifer Connolly popped by…

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A look from Rachel Mara, one of the brands showing at D&A.

Fashion Features

D&A’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Buyers flocking to the Designers & Agents trade show in New York found a slate of bohemian-inspired fashions for spring.

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Fashion Features

In the Middle: More Fame … Georgia on Liz’s Mind … Laurels for a Turnaround …

MORE FAME: Business Journals Inc. is expanding its Fashion Avenue Market Expo trade show. Starting next year, there will be exhibitions in January and May in addition to the March and August shows. FAME will run concurrently with…

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The home page of 1,000 Flowers, D&A’s partner in the Nail the Election effort.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Aiming to Nail the Vote … Givaudan Names New Chairman … Two BAA Executives Add Duties …

Aiming to Nail the Vote

NEW YORK — The shape of the election is in the hands of women — or so contends a newly formed campaign called Nail the Election. The effort was launched by 1,000 Flowers, a six-month-old nonprofit…

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Financial

Tarrant Warns of Likely $96.9M Loss

NEW YORK — The Tarrant Apparel Group is expecting to post a steep loss for 2004 as the apparel supplier records currency-related charges to its books.

The company also is anticipating significantly softer sales in the second half as…

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Fashion Features

Large Sizes Need Focus, Russell Says

NEW YORK — With competition for consumer spending intensifying, apparel retailers and vendors can eke out growth by more effectively targeting the special-sizes market, Judith Russell, president of the consultancy Markethink Inc., said on…

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Rivercenter Mall stretches across the San Antonio River.

Retail

In Lone Star State, San Antonio’s Retail on the Rise

SAN ANTONIO — Stanley Marcus, the visionary retailer, visited this city about 35 years ago to scout for a store location. His conclusion: It wasn’t Neiman Marcus territory.

Times have changed.

San Antonio, the second…

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Marketing and Promotion

Brands Trump Ads in Bridge to Consumers

NEW YORK — When it comes to things that influence consumers to buy luxury goods, advertising ranks dead last.

That’s one key finding in “Let Them Eat Cake: Marketing Luxury to the Masses — as Well as the Classes,”…

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Sen. Charles Schumer at podium with Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers.

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Democrats Help Launch ‘Trump Outsource Watch’

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