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Lampert Standing by Sears With $300 Million Loan

Sales continued to decline at Sears and Kmart, and the parent company posted losses for the second quarter.

clock 20hVicki M. Young

Beauty

Stash SJP Brings Edge to Celebrity Fragrance Game

SJP's unexpected strategy to face celeb fragrance fallout.

clock 4hRachel Strugatz

Business

Emanuel Chirico on the Virtues of Raf Simons at Calvin Klein

PVH ceo Emanuel Chirico expects big things from Raf Simons’ take on Calvin Klein.

clock 14hEvan Clark

Profits in Those Bags: Coach Sets Growth Plan As Net Leaps 40 Percent

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Overview

Coach Inc. posted a 40.5 percent jump in second-quarter earnings and raised fiscal 2005 guidance, as its board authorized a stock split.

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Financial

Profits in Those Bags: Coach Sets Growth Plan As Net Leaps 40 Percent

Coach Inc. posted a 40.5 percent jump in second-quarter earnings and raised fiscal 2005 guidance, as its board authorized a stock split.

clock January 26, 2005Vicki M. Young

Financial

Retail Braces for Tough Results

Retailers’ fourth-quarter sales and earnings season kicks off Thursday and the sector isn’t sitting as pretty as it did a year ago after a tough holiday.

clock January 26, 2005Meredith Derby

Retail Features

In Brief: VF’s VP Shuffle … Solutia Exiting Acrylic … Have a Heart …

VF’S VP SHUFFLE: Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. on Tuesday changed the duties of two vice presidents. Tim Dye, 48, will now oversee distribution for North America. He previously served as vice president of supply chain for the…

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Clarification

Due to misinformation from both The Limited and Avon, Deborah Fine’s title was incorrect in a story on  Jan. 19. Fine is president of Avon Future.

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Seeing Red – Carpet, That Is

LOS ANGELES — The 77th annual Academy Award nominations are out, and so the competition to dress Hollywood’s A-list is on with all the ferocity of a NASCAR race.

“Oh my God, I have to call Catalina!” shrieked stylist…

clock January 26, 2005Rose Apodaca

People

Suzy

The Erteguns hold a wild party … Halle Berry sings the blues … The return of modeling guru John Casablancas … Kate Moss has a new man.

clock January 26, 2005Aileen Mehle

Fashion Features

Earthly Pleasures

Karl Lagerfeld showed a garden of delights at Chanel, Lacroix was decorative and wearable and Valentino was ultrapolished at the couture.

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Play Time … Coco Nuts … Bows and Arrows …

PLAY TIME: Karl Lagerfeld might soon add another accomplishment to his already astounding résumé: playwright. The designer and his muse, Amanda Harlech, have decided to start putting their…

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Retail Features

Merger Talks Worry Vendors

Vendors are on edge over the possibility of a merger between Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.

clock January 26, 2005Evan Clark

Financial

When It Rains, It Pours

NEW YORK — Vendors not only are keeping a wary eye on Federated and May to see if they become one, they’re slogging their way though what turned out to be a difficult end to 2004.

There also might be some cyclical factors, such as…

clock January 26, 2005Evan Clark

Marketing and Promotion

Apparel Trails New Luxe Hit Parade

NEW YORK — There’s a boom in spending on new luxuries, but fashion is far from number one on the list of luxe hits with consumers.

Apparel accounted for $30 billion, or 6 percent, of spending last year on new luxuries, or premium…

clock January 26, 2005Valerie Seckler

Financial

Ann Taylor Puts Women to Work

NEW YORK — Women in hard hats will be swarming over Ann Taylor’s new headquarters for the next few months.

Construction workers and contractors may not be Ann Taylor Stores Corp.’s usual demographic, but the company is…

clock January 26, 2005Amy S. Choi

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Selectiva to Bolster U.S. Business

Selectiva to Bolster U.S. Business

ALESSANDRIA, Italy — Selectiva wants to raise the bar for itself in the American market.

Encouraged by success in the U.S. of its only fragrance, called Pink Sugar, the…

clock January 26, 2005Stephanie Epiro

Financial

U.N. Report: World Economy Could Slow on Woes in U.S.

GENEVA — A report by the United Nations warned that world economic growth may slow this year, with the rising U.S. trade deficit and falling dollar posing a risk to stability.

The report also noted that, while the dropping of textile and…

clock January 26, 2005John Zarocostas

Financial

Consumer Confidence Up, but Future Cloudy

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index climbed to 103.4 in December, but the Expectations Index slipped to 98.4.

clock January 26, 2005Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

QVC to Feature FIT Designers

NEW YORK — Four aspiring designers are hoping their 15 minutes of fame amounts to something, since it will be happening on QVC.

The shopping network has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology to spotlight the school’s…

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Retail Features

Kaufmann’s Settles With N.Y.

NEW YORK — Kaufmann’s, a division of May Department Stores Co., agreed to pay $400,000 in civil penalties and costs to resolve a 15-month investigation into phony sales promotions, according to New York State Attorney General Eliot…

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Sundance Style

PARK CITY, Utah — As film festivals go, Sundance isn’t quite the glam slam of Cannes and Venice, but this mountain town sees more than its share of fashionable ski bunnies during the 10-day blowout. Boots of an infinite variety rule, as do…

clock January 26, 2005Marcy Medina

Fashion Features

West Watch: Ford’s Friends … Ship Shape … Hurley Girl

FORD’S FRIENDS: Tom Ford is making more connections in Hollywood.

Ford will join legendary television director-producer Norman Lear as a speaker Saturday at the first annual “Ready to Share: Fashion and the…

clock January 26, 2005WWD Staff

Financial

Tiffany Hits Overstock.com With Five More Lawsuits

NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. stepped up efforts against Overstock.com, filing five lawsuits in one day against the Salt Lake City-based online retailer.

The complaints, which were filed on Jan. 19 in Manhattan federal court, center on the…

clock January 26, 2005Ross Tucker

Financial

The State of the State

California always has cut a larger-than-life presence — its extreme offering of geography and climes almost seems to dictate it.

The recent rains were a prime example. While the sun and 75-degree winter days returned in time for the Jan….

clock January 26, 2005Rose Apodaca

Retail Features

An Extreme Forecast

After ringing in the New Year with some of the heaviest rainfall in California’s recorded history, cautious retailers here may have reason to take a second look in their crystal balls when predicting their fortunes for 2005.

The Los…

clock January 26, 2005Michelle Tyree

Retail Features

Northern Exposure

San Francisco County’s $7.8 billion in taxable retail sales may pale in comparison with much larger Los Angeles County’s $79.4 billion, and its boutiques might not share the fame of some of their Los Angeles counterparts that turn shopping…

clock January 26, 2005Michelle Tyree

Fashion Features

An Uphill Battle

To get an idea of the state of Northern California’s manufacturing community, consider the incredible shrinking business of veteran contractor Angie Bates.

In partnership with her sister, Gina Ng, for 10 years, the two operated a sewing…

clock January 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Chairmen of the Boards

It’s no longer just a boys’ club.

Not only has the $10 billion board-sports market — skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding — in recent years witnessed a rise in its ranks of female athletes, but the growing, even…

clock January 26, 2005Rose Apodaca

Fashion Features

The Next Wave

For small swim makers, be they surf- or fashion-minded, the right mix of big talent and tiny fabric swatches can go a long way. Now more than ever, companies in the $1 million to $10 million range are making an impact on California’s nearly $1…

clock January 26, 2005Marcy Medina

Fashion Features

Blue and Gold

Sun-kissed images of jeans-clad lovers cavorting in the sand. Snapshots capturing Hollywood’s glitterati decked out in dungarees and diamonds. Rockers at concerts sponsored by big denim brands.

These are just a few examples of…

clock January 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Textiles

Jean-etic Experimentation

Just the memory of acid-washed jeans induces its own particular kind of cringing among most members of Generation X.

For California textile veterans that specialize in producing washes and dyes, the singular look is a sign of how far the…

clock January 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Has Misses’ Gone Missing?

A rose by any other name may still be a rose, but is it a wilted wallflower when it comes to misses’ clothing?

This apparel category, usually catering to the 30-plus customer with a more generous fit, is in the midst of upheaval as the…

clock January 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

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