Disappointing Holiday Gives Retailers the Spring Jitters

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After a tough Christmas, retailers are feeling the blues, but they say the season still has some legs.

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Despite pockets of strengths, department stores had a challenging season.


Disappointing Holiday Gives Retailers the Spring Jitters

After a tough Christmas, retailers are feeling the blues, but they say the season still has some legs.

clock December 27, 2004David Moin

Sourcing is expected to consolidate next year.


Sourcing Strategies to Tighten

The end of the quota system will bring major changes to the world economy and a concentration of sourcing, two studies concluded.

clock December 27, 2004John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

Gervais Says Arrivederci to Ferragamo

MILAN — Nathalie Gervais, Ferragamo’s creative director since February, quit the company last week, saying there were “too many cooks in the kitchen.’’

Gervais, 40, had a three-season contract with the Florentine…

clock December 27, 2004Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

In Brief: Tropical Sportswear Delisted … True to New York … Oakley, Luxottica Deal …

TROPICAL SPORTSWEAR DELISTED: Tropical Sportswear International has been notified by the Nasdaq that the company’s stock will be delisted as of Dec. 31. The announcement comes a week after the Tampa, Fla.-based company filed for…

clock December 27, 2004WWD Staff

Giovanni Sgariboldi and Claudio Tenan of Euroitalia.

Beauty Features

Versace Deals Beauty Unit to Euroitalia

After months of speculation among executives here, Versace has finally landed a suitor and sold its beauty arm, Giver Profumi, to Euroitalia.

clock December 27, 2004Stephanie Epiro and Alessandra Ilari

Facial services are performed in the Biotherm space.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Biotherm’s First U.S. Store Opens on West Coast … A Fuller Pout … Terax America Buys Terax Italia …

Biotherm’s First U.S. Store Opens on West Coast

LOS ANGELES — Biotherm has opened its first store in the U.S., opting for a dense business location in Southern California over more traditional retail…

clock December 27, 2004WWD Staff

Cartier's new Shanghai flagship at night.


Cartier Takes Big Steps in China

Cartier’s grand opening of its Shanghai flagship on the Bund brought out the city’s swankiest socialites and illustrated its commitment to China.

clock December 27, 2004Betsy Lowther

Sharon, Lauren, and Ashley Bush.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Australian Bush … Mikimoto’s Resolution … Walk This Way

AUSTRALIAN BUSH: George W’s model niece, Lauren Bush, got a little taste of home for the holidays Down Under. Her mother, Sharon, and sister Ashley jetted into…

clock December 27, 2004WWD Staff

Carol Hochman’s silky Oscar de la Renta Pink Label chemise.

Fashion Features

Looking for the Next Hot Idea

Whether it’s by a Fortune 500 company or one of the few remaining indies, the quest for the next big idea or item is constant.

clock December 27, 2004Karyn Monget

Andy and Kate Spade

Fashion Features

Aiming for Bigger and Better

From launching categories to opening more stores, executives are focused on business and personal growth in the new year.

clock December 27, 2004Emily Holt and Marc Karimzadeh

The entrance to the Historic Third Ward area of Milwaukee.


Brewing to Boutiques: Milwaukee’s Style Evolves

Milwaukee is changing its blue-collar image to a hip metropolis epitomized by Santiago Calatrava’s $100 million addition to the Art Museum.

clock December 27, 2004Rebecca Kleinman

An analyst estimates Wal-Mart domestic sales will account for about 6.3 percent of total retail sales in the U.S. this year.


WWD Stock Index Posts Gain

NEW YORK — Amid a year-end rally for the major stock indices, spurred partly by a decline in oil prices, the WWD Composite Stock Index ended the shortened holiday week up 0.7 percent at 1,151.42 from 1,142.87 the previous week….

clock December 27, 2004Ross Tucker and Meredith Derby


Contemporary Art Rises in Japan

TOKYO — When French fashion designer Lucien Pellat-Finet visits Tokyo, his first impulse is not to hit the ubiquitous shops, but an out-of-the-way knot of contemporary art galleries.

“It’s very fresh,” he said of the…

clock December 27, 2004Miles Socha and Koji Hirano

Fortier walking with husband Stephen Quinn.


The End of the Affair?

Recapping Spectator publisher Kimberly Fortier’s now notorious extramarital affair with former British cabinet minister David Blunkett.

clock December 27, 2004Samantha Conti


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