Polet’s Plan for Gucci: Out to Double Revenues, But Specifics Are Sparse

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Gucci Group's new ceo, Robert Polet, painted an upbeat picture as he presented his long-awaited, three-year strategic plan on Tuesday.

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Polet’s Plan for Gucci: Out to Double Revenues, But Specifics Are Sparse

Gucci Group’s new ceo, Robert Polet, painted an upbeat picture as he presented his long-awaited, three-year strategic plan on Tuesday.

clock December 15, 2004Miles Socha and Samantha Conti

William Lauder

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Lauder Taps Chief Operating Officer … Andy Roddick’s New Racket …

William Lauder has named Dan Brestle as the new chief operating officer of The Estée Lauder Cos.

clock December 15, 2004WWD Staff


In Brief: Urban Outlook … Wet Seal Notes … Coach HQ Expansion …

URBAN OUTLOOK: Pacific Growth Equities raised earnings estimates and upgraded shares of Urban Outfitters Inc. on Tuesday to “over weight” from “equal weight,” noting that “business trends are beyond even…

clock December 15, 2004WWD Staff


Liz Claiborne Sells Off Kenneth Cole Shares

NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. sold off its 1.5 million shares of Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. in a move that will essentially pay for fourth-quarter restructuring charges the firm laid out on Tuesday.

The stock sale will produce a…

clock December 15, 2004Evan Clark

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Mervyn’s Appoints Leto President, Top Merchant

NEW YORK — Rick Leto has landed himself a new gig.

A former top merchant at Kohl’s, who spent a short time at Galyan’s this summer before the chain was sold, is joining Mervyn’s as president and chief merchandising…

clock December 15, 2004Jean E. Palmieri

China’s share of all U.S. apparel and textile imports grew to 24.62 percent for the year ended Oct. 31.


China Imports Continue to Surge

WASHINGTON — China has more than doubled its share of U.S. textile and apparel imports in the past two years and maintained that momentum in October, largely contributing to the highest 10-month import period on record, the Commerce…

clock December 15, 2004Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Shop Talk … Cole’s Pale Male E-Mail … Cosy Comforts …

SHOP TALK: Giacomo Santucci, who was ousted as Gucci’s chief executive in October, has not strayed far from the fashion world. Sources in Europe said the executive is advising the real estate company Aedes,…

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‘Brand Man’ Polet Brings His Lessons To Luxury World

LONDON — During Robert Polet’s crash course on luxury, one of his favorite discoveries plumbing the Gucci archives was a decades-old ad slogan: “Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten.”

A leather plaque…

clock December 15, 2004Miles Socha


Restructuring Donnkenny Weighing Its Options

NEW YORK — Donnkenny Inc., the women’s sportswear manufacturer that has been in restructuring mode since the summer, is considering whether to be put up for sale, seek financial backers or stay a freestanding company.


clock December 15, 2004Vicki M. Young


Russell to Buy Brooks Sports For $115 Million

NEW YORK — In another move to expand its brand portfolio, Russell Corp. said it will buy Brooks Sports, the Bothell, Wash.-based running gear company, for about $115 million in cash.

The $1.19 billion activewear giant expects its earnings…

clock December 15, 2004Melanie Kletter

From its designer merchandise to its pop-up stores and cheeky, sophisticated ads, Target has parlayed style into a reason to shop.

Marketing and Promotion

Clicking With the Wired Consumer

NEW YORK — It’s a brave new world of consumers empowered by emerging technologies — one in which people are armed with more information than ever and subsequently are less averse to trying new products and unfamiliar…

clock December 15, 2004Valerie Seckler

Patrick Robinson in Puig’s new fashion offices, under construction.

Fashion Features

Robinson Unleashed at Paco Rabanne

Former Perry Ellis designer Patrick Robinson has joined Paco Rabanne, a unit of Puig, as creative director and will show his first collection in March.

clock December 15, 2004Eric Wilson

A look from Josephine Chaus.


Sweaters Shaping Up as Holiday Hit

Shoppers looking for something to keep them warm or to leave under the tree are turning to cashmere and sweaters made of other soft yarns.

clock December 15, 2004Evan Clark

Look fom White for spring.

Fashion Features

Cardona Charts New Course

David Cardona has been hired as creative director at Development, the better contemporary line, to help it become a lifestyle brand.

clock December 15, 2004Rose Apodaca

The interior of a Metropark store.


Orv Madden Turns to Mall for Latest Venture

LOS ANGELES — Orv Madden retired in 2002 after founding Hot Topic, the music-influenced, counter-culture teen stores in 1988, and the Torrid concept geared to plus-size teens.

Madden, 56, started a small vineyard — his first…

clock December 15, 2004Michelle Tyree

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Camilla Parker-Bowles’ book binge…Maria Carey tries her hand at lingerie design…Billy Baldwin’s bundle of joy.

clock December 15, 2004Aileen Mehle


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