The New Boss at PPR: Fran?ois-Henri Pinault Touts ‘Huge Potential’

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Fran?ois-Henri Pinault, who takes over from Serge Weinberg today as chief executive officer of PPR, does not live and die by numbers alone.

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Francois-Henri Pinault


The New Boss at PPR: François-Henri Pinault Touts ‘Huge Potential’

François-Henri Pinault, who takes over from Serge Weinberg today as chief executive officer of PPR, does not live and die by numbers alone.

clock March 21, 2005Miles Socha


Gottschalks Takeover Said Possible

Now that it’s free of shareholding restrictions, privately held El Corte might make a tender offer to purchase the shares of Gottschalks it doesn’t own.

clock March 21, 2005Meredith Derby


Burch Building Tory by TRB Team

Burch tapped Brigitte Kleine to be TRB’s president and Melissa Kagan as director of sales, both new posts.

clock March 21, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Monday: New York holiday apparel market (through April 1).

Interstoff Asia and Source It, Hong Kong (through Wednesday).

International Trade Fair for Textiles & Apparel, Shanghai (through Wednesday).


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Marc Jacobs with Selma Blair in Marc Jacobs.


Flower Power

Here’s a surprise: It was a mob scene in Los Angeles at the opening party Thursday night of two Marc Jacobs stores

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Rebecca Beeson

Fashion Features

It’s Show Time – Coco Kliks, Morgan Le Fay, Sue Wong, Suss Cousins, Rebecca Beeson, Rose Schott

The runways in Los Angeles featured a dizzying array of themes, from the Amish to an Eastern European circus to Venetian Carnivale.

clock March 21, 2005WWD Staff


Euro Weighs Heavy on Basel Trips

With the Baselworld Watch & Jewelry show less than two weeks away, fine jewelry and watch retailers are taking different approaches to dealing with the strong euro.

clock March 21, 2005Emily Holt


Findings: Sotheby’s Gem … Bottega Gets Wired … The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of …

GEM: Sotheby’s is again holding its biannual sale of magnificent gems in New York. On the auction block is a 3.12-carat fancy-intense blue diamond, a rare 7.85-carat fancy-light purplish-pink, oval-shaped diamond and a stunning…

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African mint green tourmaline, diamond and platinum ring by Temple St. Clair.


Bridal Biz Romances New Brands

The $5.8 billion bridal business is getting lots of attention, and now Cartier and Temple St. Clair are launching bridal jewelry lines.

clock March 21, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Emily Volaska

Fashion Features

Lingerie’s Training Ground

The main reason the intimate apparel industry is embracing new blood is that many design veterans have retired or plan to do so.

clock March 21, 2005Karyn Monget

A sexy chemise by Seduction.

Fashion Features

Seducing the Frederick’s Customer

Seduction is nothing new to Frederick’s of Hollywood, but it is the name of a lingerie line being launched by the provocative merchant.

clock March 21, 2005Karyn Monget

Ashley Judd, the face of Estée Lauder's American Beauty brand, touts the collection.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Ashley Judd Stars at Kohl’s

LOS ANGELES — When Ashley Judd commits herself to something — a cause, a chore, even a shade of blush — it’s serious.

Take her makeup drawer. When Judd signed on last June as the first face of Estée Lauder’s…

clock March 21, 2005Leslie Gornstein

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: DVF To Open In LA … CFDA Goes West

DVF TO OPEN IN LA: Tinseltown’s oft-used phrase “it’s a wrap” will take on a new meaning in Los Angeles come this fall when Diane von Furstenberg opens her first freestanding shop in…

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Galeries Lafayette Net Rises 17.6%

Groupe Galeries Lafayette reported a 17.6 percent rise in net income to 190.4 million euros, or $236.8 million, for the year ended Dec. 31.

clock March 21, 2005Emilie Marsh


Wal-Mart, Justice Settle Immigrant Worker Case

In the settlement announced Friday, Wal-Mart was found to not have had procedures to review the work status of contract employees.

clock March 21, 2005Joanna Ramey


WWD Stock Index Down 1.6%

With little positive news to bolster confidence the WWD Composite Stock Index declined 1.6 percent over the week to close at 1,141.98.

clock March 21, 2005Ross Tucker


REITs Seeking Desirables

The roster of mall desirables is heavy with category killers, such as Tweeter, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Barnes & Noble.

clock March 21, 2005Amy S. Choi


REITs See Strong Sales, More Tenants

NEW YORK — It may not have the most chips at the table, but CBL & Assoc. Properties Inc. played well with a full house in 2004. The Chattanooga, Tenn.-based real estate investment trust, which owns market-dominant regional malls in small…

clock March 21, 2005Amy S. Choi


M&As Affect Vendor Positions Differently

NEW YORK — Compared with the recent merger of Federated Department Stores and May Department stores, factors believe the sale of Neiman Marcus Group should have little impact on vendors. That is, unless Federated or another direct competitor…

clock March 21, 2005Ross Tucker


Factoring Benefits in Consolidated Market

A consolidating market means increased levels of risk for vendors, whether that vendor has $500 million in sales, or just $5 million.

clock March 21, 2005Ross Tucker and Arthur Zaczkiewicz


Luxe Segment Sees Ongoing Strength

NEW YORK — The spotlight on the high-end market is glittering.

The segment grabbed Wall Street’s attention last week when the Neiman Marcus Group said it was putting itself up for sale. Suitors were said to be LVMH Moët…

clock March 21, 2005Vicki M. Young


May Shareholder Files Suit In Attempt to Nix Merger

The lawsuit, which also seeks class-action status, was filed by Edward DeCristofaro in a Missouri Circuit Court in St. Louis City on Feb. 28.

clock March 21, 2005Vicki M. Young


Reiss: Quality Over Quantity

The retailer operates a modest 32 doors, most of them in the U.K.

clock March 21, 2005Sharon Edelson


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