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Frédéric Fekkai Unveils New Beauty Brand Called Bastide

The serial entrepreneur's new beauty brand is based around the lifestyle and artisans of Provence.

clock December 2, 2016Peter Born

Fashion

Riccardo Tisci Delivers Givenchy Collection for Babies, Kids

The debut collection for fall 2017 retailing will be produced and distributed by CWF.

clock December 2, 2016Miles Socha

Business

Italy's Fashion World Stands Behind Renzi Ahead of Referendum

Uncertainty looms as Italian citizens gear up for a referendum on Dec. 4 to vote on a change in the country’s constitution.

clock December 2, 2016Luisa Zargani

Revlon Stems the Tide: Beauty Firm Returns to Black in 4th Quarter

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Overview

Revlon Inc. found find its way back to positive quarterly earnings territory for the first time in six years, after reining in costs.

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Fashion Features

Bits and Bytes: Machine Dandy … Into Thin Air … Sui Generis …

Machine Dandy

This mannequin robot, known as Palette, was created by Tokyo-based architect and robot designer Tatsuya Matsui to display fashion. Its movements are subtle and graceful so as not to overwhelm the clothes, said…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Self-checkout at Tesco.

Fashion Features

Techtalk: Wave and Pay … Do It Yourself … Optimize to the Max …

WAVE AND PAY: Could it be that shoppers at Sheetz aren’t paying for their purchases? Neither cash nor credit cards change hands; customers merely wave and walk. What the casual observer may miss is that shoppers are using a new…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

SteppingStones will help American Eagle’s buyers and merchandisers focus on the product rather than data entry.

Retail

Retailer to Link Suppliers Via Web

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is using Web-enabled supply-chain software from TradeStone Software Inc. to improve the speed and accuracy of its dealings with suppliers. The Warrendale, Pa.-based teen retailer began its installation of SteppingStones…

clock March 9, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Fashion Features

What Works: Retailers Share Strategies for Online Success

A decade has passed since eBay and Amazon opened their doors, and most online retailers are now profitable and adding to offline businesses in ways that were scarcely imagined at the beginning of the dot-com boom. Sales online reached $137 billion in…

clock March 9, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Saffron Rouge’s first offline organic beauty store offers a soothing environment with river rocks and a fountain.

Retail

Saffron Rouge Grows Organically

Fledgling Canadian retailer Saffron Rouge Inc. had been in business for about a year and a half when it decided to open an organic beauty store on Amazon.com in addition to its own store in cyberspace. The Amazon store made its debut in May of last…

clock March 9, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Retail

New Ways to Win Customers

What are online retailers doing to acquire new customers and boost sales? In addition to the tried-and-true strategies of spending on search, affiliates, and portals, companies are focusing on customization and personalization, deep partnerships and…

clock March 9, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Fashion Features

Security Alert

Choicepoint and Paris Hilton got the message: Revealing secrets has its consequences. Only days before Hilton’s cell phone was hacked last month, exposing friends’ e-mail addresses and phone numbers, Choicepoint said its security breach…

clock March 9, 2005Denise Power

Fashion Features

Security Breach Beat

State and federal authorities investigating retailers’ data security practices examine not only what measures are in place to protect customer data, but what the retailers claim in their privacy statements. Big talk can lead to big trouble….

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Trust Bust

Businesses that collect, process and store customer data have some work to do to regain and maintain trust.

Consumers are growing increasingly intolerant of missteps and 71 percent of those polled said protecting their personal information and…

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Fashion Features

Curious Claudio

Retail Brand Alliance is going for a much more “buttoned-up” look, but not in the sense its classic Brooks Brothers label might evoke.

The privately held company is looking to deploy technology to close gaps it has identified in…

clock March 9, 2005Denise Power

Fashion Features

RFID: A Respect for the Learning Curve

By most accounts, Texas-based Tandy Brands Accessories and Brazilian retailer CBD, located some 5,000 miles away in São Paulo, would appear to have little in common.

But a closer look reveals a supplier and a retailer convinced that radio…

clock March 9, 2005Denise Power

Fashion Features

RFID Eyed to Thwart Counterfeiting

Luxury goods manufacturers have long agonized over the profits and prestige lost to counterfeiting and gray market distribution of the brands they pump so much money into building. Although no one is talking too freely about it, radio frequency…

clock March 9, 2005Denise Power

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Beauty Features

A P&G-Gillette Merger: Learning Curve Accelerator

Could the merger of Procter & Gamble and Gillette fundamentally shift the radio frequency identification movement?

RFID experts in the retail, technology and consumer goods communities eagerly are watching for cues about where the two…

clock March 9, 2005Denise Power

Retail

E-Tailing Strategies Still in Infancy

Personalization, integration and relevancy were the main buzzwords at the eTail 2005 conference and exhibition in Palm Springs, Calif., where top executives from hundreds of Web-based businesses and tech firms converged to discuss how best to profit…

clock March 9, 2005Kavita Daswani

Jeff Smith shares his vision on retail’s next steps — especially globalization.

Fashion Features

Next Mantra: Crack the Global Code

Giant mergers, global expansion, competitive upheaval. These are the realities for retailers today, according to Jeff Smith, global managing partner for Accenture’s $1 billion retail and consumer products practice.

Smith spoke recently on…

clock March 9, 2005Katherine Bowers

Revlon’s latest offerings.

Beauty Features

Revlon Stems the Tide: Beauty Firm Returns to Black in 4th Quarter

Revlon Inc. found find its way back to positive quarterly earnings territory for the first time in six years, after reining in costs.

clock March 9, 2005Molly Prior and Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

Giannini Move Seen as a Positive

Francois-Henri Pinault, who becomes chief executive officer of Gucci Group parent PPR on March 21, confirmed that Frida Giannini will become Gucci’s rtw designer.

clock March 9, 2005Miles Socha and Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

In Brief: A.B.S. Teams Up With AJS … Close on Bankruptcy … Saks Inc. on Creditwatch

A.B.S. TEAMS UP WITH AJS: A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz has signed two licensing agreements with New York-based AJS Group. AJS Group will manufacture and distribute a contemporary jeanswear line, which will include tops and bottoms in…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Correction

An article on Tuesday, incorrectly listed the birth order of Ralph Lauren’s sons. Andrew is his first-born son.

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Kate Winslet

People

Suzy

A National Dinner has been planned to honor former first lady Nancy Reagan … What to get the world’s richest girl …Teri Hatcher gets a raise.

clock March 9, 2005Aileen Mehle

Giacomo Santucci

Fashion Features

Santucci Joins D&G

Dolce & Gabbana said former Gucci executive Giacomo Santucci is joining the firm, not as ceo, but as commercial, licenses and retail director.

clock March 9, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Alan Lacy

Retail

Lacy: A Hint of What’s to Come

Sears chairman, ceo and president Alan Lacy warned employees this week that there will be some changes when the retailer ties the knot with Kmart.

clock March 9, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Fashion Features

Sander to Meet on Production Move

MILAN — Management and German workers’ representatives at Prada-owned Jil Sander AG are meeting today to discuss a plan to move the remainder of the brand’s apparel manufacturing to Italy and out of Germany, WWD has…

clock March 9, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Dear John … Star Decor

DEAR JOHN: Talk about growing pains. John Varvatos’ Third Annual Stuart House benefit, held Saturday in his Robertson Boulevard flagship in Los Angeles and a tented area over the parking lot, proved to be nearly…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Levi’s sweaters produced by Hampshire.

Financial

Hampshire Group’s Income Rises in Qtr.

NEW YORK — Sweater maker Hampshire Group coaxed better profits from weaker sales during the fourth quarter with strength in women’s related separates and men’s sweaters.

Net income for the quarter increased 31.4 percent to…

clock March 9, 2005Evan Clark

A Krelwear knit.

Fashion Features

Krelwear: Performance Driven

DALLAS — Karelle Levy literally found dramatic inspiration for her Krelwear line of handmade knit dresses and sportswear, based in Miami.

Though Levy has a degree in textiles design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been…

clock March 9, 2005Rusty Williamson

A Lynn Ritchie look.

Fashion Features

In the Middle: Beyond Tops … New Outlet … Traffic Watch …

BEYOND TOPS: Known for its printed novelty tops, Ritchie Corp. is taking the plunge with its Lynn Ritchie line and rolling out a sportswear collection replete with printed skirts, pinstriped pants and jackets. It’s an effort to…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

The competition for plus-size customers is heating up. The cover of Avenue’s online catalogue.

Marketing and Promotion

A Plus-Size Embrace

NEW YORK — A wave of plus-size purchasing is starting to build.

Increased sales of women’s plus-size apparel since May 2004 have been spurred partly by a larger selection of those sizes at department stores, said Marshal Cohen,…

clock March 9, 2005Valerie Seckler

“Built for Growth”: Moving beyond slick branding to create a meaningful customer experience.

Marketing and Promotion

Stylin’ Simplicity

NEW YORK — Even as the retail universe continues to consolidate, branding consultant Arthur Rubinfeld sees a glimmer of daylight for the small boutique.

“The more people sit in front of computer screens and push buttons, the more…

clock March 9, 2005Valerie Seckler

Textiles

Importers Respond to Safeguard Appeal

USA-ITA filed a response with the U.S. Court of Appeals, defending its lawsuit that challenges federal authority to impose China safeguard quotas.

clock March 9, 2005Kristi Ellis

Retail

And Now, ‘Housewives’ May Be Product Line

LOS ANGELES — Merchandising the appeal of five neurotic women is the next potential frontier for ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.”

The wickedly successful dark comedy-drama, which averages 23 million viewers a week, is…

clock March 9, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Malcolm Hill

Fashion Features

Murals Alongside the Merchandise

NEW YORK — Artist Malcolm Hill finds his canvas in “forgotten” pockets of retail space.

“Certain areas of stores, especially in larger stores, need an injection of energy,’’ Hill said in an interview….

clock March 9, 2005David Moin

L&T windows have a rubber soul.

Retail

L&T Windows: Threads and Retreads

NEW YORK — Though Lord & Taylor has been in the throes of the takeover of its parent May Department Stores by Federated Department Stores, the division continues experimenting with offbeat window displays as it seeks to attract wider…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

Retail

Sao Paulo’s Daslu Doubles in Size in New Villa

PARIS — Daslu, the ultrachic São Paulo, Brazil, fashion emporium, is about to almost double in size and decamp to a 200,000-square-foot Florentine-style villa. It is set to be inaugurated May 20 with a blowout fete and runway…

clock March 9, 2005Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

L.A. Fashion Week: An Evolving Identity

With the majority of sales taking place in advance, some are questioning whether Los Angeles really needs a fashion week.

clock March 9, 2005Rose Apodaca

A look from Kok Wai Wong.

Fashion Features

FIDM Reaps Gala Bounty

LOS ANGELES — The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles Fashion Gala — on the same weekend as the Oscars last month — managed to capture a sliver of the spotlight, attracting more than 800 people and raising…

clock March 9, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

The cover of Elle’s first U.S. edition, in 1984.

Fashion Features

Bloomingdale’s, Elle Battle Colon Cancer

NEW YORK — Bloomingdale’s will celebrate the 21st birthday of Elle in the U.S. with a flurry of events and promotions starting Sept. 8 to benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance….

clock March 9, 2005David Moin

Textiles

Dole Seeks Customs Disclosure

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R., N.C.) is inquiring into allegations that U.S. Customs & Border Protection failed to properly allocate $9.5 million in congressionally approved funding to hire 72 textile specialists, inspectors and…

clock March 9, 2005Kristi Ellis

Financial

Nano-Tex Raises $35M in Funds

NEW YORK — Textile treatments specialist Nano-Tex focuses on the realm of the microscopic, but it has attracted some big spending investors.

The Emeryville, Calif.-based nanotechnology firm said it raised another $35 million for product…

clock March 9, 2005WWD Staff

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