J. Crew’s IPO Blueprint: Share Listing Planned, But Unlikely Until 2006

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Preppy retailer and catalogue firm J. Crew is planning an initial public offering, but not until next year.

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J. Crew’s IPO Blueprint: Share Listing Planned, But Unlikely Until 2006

Preppy retailer and catalogue firm J. Crew is planning an initial public offering, but not until next year.

clock March 14, 2005Vicki M. Young

Bernard Arnault

Fashion Features

Coach-LVMH Resolution a Long Way Off

It could take a year or more to resolve Coach’s claim of harassing and anticompetitive behavior in Japanese department stores by LVMH.

clock March 14, 2005Miles Socha and Koji Hirano

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: Toronto Fashion Week (through Saturday).
D&A Lab, Tokyo (through Wednesday).

Tuesday: The Commerce Department releases the February retail sales report.


clock March 14, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Game, Set and Match, Ralph Lauren

Polo Ralph Lauren today is expected to announce that it has secured a partnership deal with the United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for tennis and the owner and organizer of the Grand Slam U.S. Open tennis tournament.

clock March 14, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

Liz Goldwyn, Jacqui Getty and Derek Lam.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Blue Blood … Hanging With Lam … Window Reading …

BLUE BLOOD: Andreas Kurz clearly has not had his fill of the jeans business. The former Polo Ralph Lauren executive, who had been president of its international licensing division, is headed to Seven For All…

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Attal to Succeed Agon at L’Oreal USA

NEW YORK — L’Oréal Group has confirmed a WWD report by announcing that Laurent Attal will succeed Jean-Paul Agon as president and chief executive officer of its $4 billion L’Oréal USA affiliate here.

Meanwhile, at…

clock March 14, 2005Matthew W. Evans and Jennifer Weil

Silk charmeuse cami and tap pants and lace jacket by the Josie Natori Collection.

Fashion Features

Coping With Consolidation

The changing dynamics of the lingerie and retail industries created a mix of anxiety and anticipation at last week’s fall-holiday market.

clock March 14, 2005Karyn Monget

The Palermo boutique

Fashion Features

Argentine Unmentionables

NEW YORK — If Mariana Cortés has her way, Argentina’s greatest export will be — Borges, beef and the tango aside — thongs, as well as briefs, bikini bottoms and granny panties.

But any old knicker won’t do….

clock March 14, 2005Venessa Lau

Maidenform's Dream Bras are available in sizes 32A to 40DD.

Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Dream Collection … Natori Home … Femmy Night

DREAM COLLECTION: Maidenform Inc. has an addition it hopes won’t be a sleeper for its franchise of signature bras — The Dream Collection.

“We are looking at it as the Dream Collection and it will evolve as a…

clock March 14, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Vera Wang Inks Lingerie License

NEW YORK — Vera Wang has signed a licensing pact with Komar Co. to design, manufacture and market the first collection of innerwear bearing the Vera Wang name.

Wang’s company confirmed in June it was “exploring…

clock March 14, 2005Karyn Monget


Fashion Features

Accessories Mimic Fall Trends in Apparel

The distance from runway to main floor is getting shorter, as evidenced by the Russian looks and upholstery fabrics in fall lines.

clock March 14, 2005Emily Holt and Sophia Chabbott

Lynn Roberts and Lavelle Olexa

Fashion Features

Council Fetes Market Week

NEW YORK — The Accessories Council held its annual March market party with the Shopping Soiree and cocktail party at Lord & Taylor Wednesday evening.

The event offered a chance for designers and retailers to network in grand style…

clock March 14, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Fashion Features

Orgell and Chopard in Lawsuit

NEW YORK — David Orgell is embroiled in a lawsuit with Chopard USA in a California Superior Court in Los Angeles that alleges unfair competition and breach of contract.

Orgell is the nameplate of a retail store on Rodeo Drive. It is owned…

clock March 14, 2005WWD Staff

Givenchy sock with  woven logo.

Fashion Features

Legwear Takes a Stroll on the Catwalk

Legwear was back on the runway for fall and hosiery firms trotted out paisley prints and smoky metallic yarns at last week’s market.

clock March 14, 2005Emily Holt and Sophia Chabbott


WWD Stock Index Retreats

NEW YORK — After taking a beating on the prospects of higher gas prices this summer of $2.15 a gallon, retail and vendor shares retreated last week.

As a result, the WWD Composite Stock Index fell 1.2 percent to 1,161.03. The S&P 500…

clock March 14, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz and Arnold J. Karr

More Bloomingdale's stores could be coming to a mall near you as Federated converts redundant properties.


Federated-May Overlap Offers REITs Opportunities

NEW YORK — In nearly 100 malls in the U.S., the overlap of Federated and May store anchors — say, where a Macy’s and Robinsons-May operate side by side — will lead to a handful of Bloomingdale’s conversions, and more…

clock March 14, 2005Amy S. Choi


Legal Briefs

Louis Vuitton Malletier and Marc Jacobs International have reached a settlement in their dispute with The Wet Seal regarding sales of knockoff handbags. On Feb. 24, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Louis…

clock March 14, 2005Ross Tucker


Quota Elimination Could Be a ‘Factor’

NEW YORK — Among factors, companies that take on responsibility for a firm’s receivables for a fee, the elimination of quotas on Chinese apparel has not fully affected the industry. But it will, they said.

What is unclear is how…

clock March 14, 2005Ross Tucker


Subsidy Trade Bill Reintroduced in Congress

WASHINGTON — A bill that would target imports from China and other nonmarket economies that produce goods with the help of government subsidies was reintroduced Thursday in the House and Senate.

Supporters of the Stopping Overseas…

clock March 14, 2005Joanna Ramey


First Quota-Free Month: China in Charge

Unrestrained in global trade for the first time in 24 years, China flooded the U.S. market with apparel and textiles in January.

clock March 14, 2005Kristi Ellis

Designer Kathrine Baumann.

Fashion Features

Designer Baumann’s Undercover War on Knockoffs

Kathrine Baumann’s undercover war against knockoffs exemplifies what some entrepreneurs must do to stop fakes from sinking their livelihoods.

clock March 14, 2005Ross Tucker

Miguel Palacio

Fashion Features

SIMM: Large Crowds but Orders Slow

Many collections featured toned-down, somber looks this season and completing them were dark, subtle accessories that played to the mood.

clock March 14, 2005Barbara Barker


Soft Sales at Hypermarkets Deflate Carrefour Earnings

PARIS — Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart, on Thursday reported a 24 percent fall in second-half net profit, deflated by lackluster sales at its key French hypermarkets.

Meanwhile, the French retailer…

clock March 14, 2005Robert Murphy


Euratex Urges New Quotas on China

GENEVA — The European Apparel & Textile Organization, also known as Euratex, has called for the European Union to institute special safeguard measures to stem the surge in imports from China.

In a move to put political focus on the…

clock March 14, 2005John Zarocostas

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Fancy A Shag?

Talking with artist Josh Agle about his spin-off murder mystery “Shag with a Twist”…The skinny from the authors of “The Hookup Handbook.”

clock March 14, 2005Elizabeth Khuri

Jessica Rozler and Andrea Lavinthal


Pickup Artists

NEW YORK — First-time authors Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler say dating is dead, and they’re shedding some light on its replacement with their new book, “The Hookup Handbook: A Single Girl’s Guide To Living It Up”…

clock March 14, 2005Bryn Kenny

Catherine Deneuve


Chic of the Week

Last Thursday night, Catherine Deneuve, sleek and understated in Azzedine Alaïa, added a shot of Gallic glamour to an otherwise mundane New York week when she was honored at the Alliance Française’s “La Nuit des Etoiles”…

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