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Presidential Election Seen Clouding the Spending Picture

Studies show that shoppers are both ready to spend for the holidays and holding off because of the election.

clock 10hDavid Moin and Evan Clark


Brooks Brothers Buys Alexis Bittar Jewelry Business

The retailer's Carolee division will operate the newly acquired label.

clock 10hJean E. Palmieri


Gigi Hadid Dishes On Her Family's Thanksgiving Traditions

There Will Be Pie, Lots of Pie

clock 16hSophia Chabbott

Linking With a Big Boy: Vornado and Target Said In Talks Over Sears Bid

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A deal is said to be in the works between Vornado Realty Trust and Target Corp. to compete against Kmart Holding's planned merger with Sears.

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One of many Target stores around the country.

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Linking With a Big Boy: Vornado and Target Said In Talks Over Sears Bid

A deal is said to be in the works between Vornado Realty Trust and Target Corp. to compete against Kmart Holding’s planned merger with Sears.

clock February 15, 2005Vicki M. Young

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Tweedy Leaves Sean John

Jeffrey Tweedy, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Sean John and instrumental in building its men’s wear business into a $450 million retail operation, has exited the firm.

clock February 15, 2005Lisa Lockwood


Alliance Buys Louis Feraud

French fashion house Louis Feraud has been purchased by Alliance Designers, the upstart luxury group owned by Alain Dumenil.

clock February 15, 2005Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

In Brief: Sixty Signs … Dan River Emerges

SIXTY SIGNS: Italian accessories firm Coccinelle has inked a deal with Miss Sixty to produce and distribute a handbag and small leather goods line for the denim brand. The line will bow for the fall season. Coccinelle said its goal is…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

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The name of Antonio Belloni, group managing director of LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton, was misspelled in an item on Monday.

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

Milla Jovovich in Jovovich Hawk.


Love Notes

They partied all weekend and into the night to prepare and celebrate the Grammy Awards held Sunday night in Los Angeles.

clock February 15, 2005Marcy Medina

Paul Smith

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Just Add Sparkle – Paul Smith, Julien Macdonald, Basso & Brooke, Nicole Farhi, Temperley, Ashish, Eleykishimoto Ellesse and Sinha-Stanic

The London shows kicked off with collections including Julien Macdonald, Paul Smith, Basso & Brooke, Nicole Farhi, Ashish and Temperley.

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

Jasper Conran’s brightly colored furniture.

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Conran the Old-Fashioned Way

LONDON — After 15 years away from the retail scene, the multitasking fashion, costume, tableware and home-furnishings designer Jasper Conran is returning with a shop that’s all about pampering. The 8,000-square-foot space at 36 Sackville…

clock February 15, 2005Samantha Conti

Isabella Blow

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Fashion Scoops: Ferre’s New Man … Swank Does Sunset … Blast Off …

FERRE’S NEW MAN: The buzz in Milan is that Massimo Macchi is headed to Gianfranco Ferré to become its new chief executive officer, a post currently held by Tonino Perna, president and chief…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

The nicole by Nicole Miller shop at J.C. Penney.

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Penney’s Rapid Rollout on Designer Exclusive

As nicole by Nicole Miller bows tonight at the Four Seasons, J.C. Penney aims to raise its fashion bar and bring in $100 million in sales.

clock February 15, 2005David Moin

Chloé Collection 2005.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Chloe Adds to Collection With New Fragrance … Nu Skin Sales Hit High

Chloé Adds to Collection With New Fragrance

PARIS — Chloé, which is among France’s hippest fashion labels, will juice up its fragrance wardrobe this spring with Chloé Collection 2005, a…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

Alicia Keys in a ad.

Memo Pad: That’s Entertainment … Drugs are for Kids

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT: The latter half of 2004 was not a good time to be an entertainment magazine, judging from figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender and Premiere…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

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An International Flavor at Dallas Show

DALLAS — The summer market at Fashion Industry Gallery was a global affair, where the hottest items were Indian-influenced tops sparked with sequins or beads, African-inspired wood jewelry and Mexican-style printed circle skirts — all…

clock February 15, 2005Holly Haber

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Obituary: Helen Woodhull

NEW YORK — Jewelry designer and retailer Helen Woodhull died of a stroke on Jan. 31. She was 65.

A former designer for Danish jeweler Georg Jensen, Woodhull began her career in the early-Sixties designing one-of-a-kind pieces. Her first…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

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Chico’s Set for Major Growth

After its ninth year of double-digit comp sales gains and hitting $1 billion in annual sales, Chico’s has more than 100 stores on tap for 2005.

clock February 15, 2005Georgia Lee

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Labor Groups Criticize Sanctions for Wal-Mart

Organized labor blasted a settlement the Labor Department reached with Wal-Mart Stores over child labor violations as too lenient and secretive.

clock February 15, 2005Kristi Ellis

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Embellishments Abound at MAGIC

LAS VEGAS — The mind-set at WWDMAGIC was as frilly, fun and colorful as the Valentine’s Day holiday that kicked it off. Manufacturers and retailers can’t seem to get enough metallics, rhinestones and embroidery to go with, or on,…

clock February 15, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller and Michelle Tyree

A Fountain Set knitting plant in Dongguan, China.

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China Makers in Holding Pattern

The quotas that ruled the sourcing world for three decades are gone, but a cloud of uncertainty remains over China’s apparel industry.

clock February 15, 2005Vicki Rothrock

A temporary injunction from the Court of International Trade has put a hold on the U.S.’ review of Chinese imports.

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China Caught in a Conundrum

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s China safeguard review has been on ice for six weeks, and the fallout from a federal court’s temporary injunction is still largely unknown.

Domestic textile producers are concerned the delay…

clock February 15, 2005Kristi Ellis

Indian apparel manufacturers report their order volume has risen since quotas were lifted.

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India Surges, but Feels Price Pinch

CHENNAI, India — The dawn of the post-quota era has proven a mixed blessing for Indian manufacturers.

Many report an uptick in orders, but at the same time say their customers are demanding price cuts of 10 percent to 20…

clock February 15, 2005N. Vasuki Rao

Central American apparel makers are hoping CAFTA will take effect soon.

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Manufacturers: Timing Critical on CAFTA

More than a year has passed since the Bush administration completed negotiations on CAFTA and the trade package is still awaiting final approval.

clock February 15, 2005Joanna Ramey and Scott Malone

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Candidates Emerge to Fill Zoellick’s Shoes

WASHINGTON — The race to fill the slot of one of the most prolific trade chiefs in memory is heating up, and his successor will take the helm at a critical time in domestic and international trade policy.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert…

clock February 15, 2005Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Bridging Trade Divides at WTO

GENEVA — The race to determine who will next head the World Trade Organization is shaping up into a struggle of rich nations versus the developing world, a chasm that in many ways reflects the broader concerns the WTO is facing.


clock February 15, 2005John Zarocostas

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Growth Forecast on China

GENEVA — China’s seaborne exports could grow by as much as 29.2 percent this year, greatly outpacing the overall 3.7 percent growth expected worldwide, according to a U.N. report released last week.

That would boost China’s…

clock February 15, 2005John Zarocostas

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Lesotho Aims to Preserve Industry

NEW YORK — A contingent of government officials and industry executives from Lesotho visited the U.S. this month on a mission to promote their local industry and learn how to improve their competitive position in light of developments in…

clock February 15, 2005Scott Malone

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Euro Mills Complain EU Moving Slowly on Safeguards

GENEVA — European firms are charging the European Union with dragging its feet in developing guidelines that textile and apparel industries need to file quota safeguard petitions against Chinese imports.

Some Continental executives are…

clock February 15, 2005John Zarocostas

Antik Batik’s silk skirt and fur coat.

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Paris Shows Feature Fur, Textures

PARIS — Textured sportswear was the feel-good message at the latest round of apparel trade shows here.

From furry-trimmed dresses and fluffy angora sweaters to voluminous velvet skirts, the Prêt à Porter Paris and Who’s…

clock February 15, 2005Emilie Marsh and Tina Isaac

Armed and Fashionable

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Tech Talk: Armed and Fashionable … Markdown Minimizer … Can’t Stop the Op …


Equipped with circular saw blades, flame throwers and destructive kitchen appliances, robots are making a statement: Those drawn to distressed apparel need not personally endure the unpleasantries required…

clock February 15, 2005Denise Power

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Information Moguls

Information is king. No question about it. Smart retailers and manufacturers are hungry to understand who their customers are, what products are selling, how to make deep cuts in supply-chain costs and, perhaps most important, what products are at…

clock February 15, 2005Marc Millstein

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Nominate a Retailer for WWDExecTech’s CIO/IT Leadership & Innovation Awards

WWDExecTech is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual CIO/IT Leadership & Innovation Awards.

WWDExecTech will publish a special section profiling the award winners in May and present the awards to the winners during the Retail…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

Stereo Sculpture

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Bits and Bytes: Stereo Sculpture … Knowledge Worker … Walkabout …

Stereo Sculpture

This is all you need: Audio company Harman Kardon has created a new aesthetic for the home stereo. No messy CDs, no ugly speakers, no hulking amplifier. Just these bubbly, see-through speakers and a subwoofer…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

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E-Registers Ring

Online retailers can toast to a good holiday period and overall strong 2004, thanks in large part to ever-growing numbers of people who use the Internet and other factors, said analysts.

Online sales during the months of November and December…

clock February 15, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

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Big Picture Spend Trend

Ask retail executives about their information technology strategy and you will hear a lot about driving efficiencies, quick paybacks and cost controls. Ask what they are spending money on, though, and the panorama opens up to reveal an industry very…

clock February 15, 2005Marc Millstein

Fashion Features

P&G Transforms Supply Side Dynamics

Procter & Gamble, on the verge of acquiring Gillette for an estimated $57 billion and extending its product footprint, is behind the scenes making what might be even more striking moves that could shake up the industry.

P&G is…

clock February 15, 2005Marc Millstein

It wasn’t a fashion beauty show (as here), but retailers did show off their biggest IT initiatives and paybacks.

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A.G. Edwards: Walking the Runway

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Maybe information technology really has come of age. Signs of the retailing industry becoming more comfortable with the reality that information technology is a driving factor in bottom-line performance emerged to a…

clock February 15, 2005Ellen Forman

Zeke Duge

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Smart & Final Clobbers Disputes, Out of Stocks

Smart & Final is rolling out a new application that allows suppliers to view in real time sell-through information about their own product lines. The data, drawn from point-of-sale systems, is accessible over the Internet and can be sorted by…

clock February 15, 2005Marc Millstein

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Scoops: Internet Bubble? … One Hot Table … RFID Not Just for Geeks …

INTERNET BUBBLE? The National Retail Federation’s annual convention last month was hopping. Said one executive, “This is like the good old days in the 1990s when the floors were packed.” There were few complaints…

clock February 15, 2005Denise Power

Limited Brands’ color signature capture device.

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RPFs Speed Bids

Land speed records were shattered when Limited Brands and Tractor Supply turned to standard-request-for-proposal templates before investing in new technology.

Preparing an RFP document for a point-of-sale project, a process that typically…

clock February 15, 2005Denise Power

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Ensuring Ethical Sourcing

Reebok International and Federated Department Stores are among those companies testing a new Web-based application designed to manage and share information about workplace conditions in factories abroad and promote ethical sourcing.

Barring any…

clock February 15, 2005Denise Power

Mike Altendorf, Ace Hardware

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Good Will, Great Venue

NEW YORK — Below the 300-square-foot stained glass, domed ceiling of the grand Gotham Hall, senior retail executives assembled and the WWDExecTech Retail Community Service Awards were presented. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani gave the…

clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff

NYU’s Clay Shirky.

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In Fashion: Social Networks

Clay Shirky, an intense and fast-talking adjunct professor in New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, explores what he likes to call “the recently possible.” He has been a partner with investment firm…

clock February 15, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

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Big Picture Spend Trend – Graphics


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clock February 15, 2005WWD Staff


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