Getting Back on Course: J. Crew Operating Profits Leap to $20M in Quarter

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J. Crew is in a groove, and it has stronger numbers to prove it. The retailer will disclose today significant gains for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 29.

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H. Lee Scott


Wal-Mart Takes the Offensive

ROGERS, Ark. — Wal-Mart chief executive officer H. Lee Scott and other top executives, seeking to rebut critics of the world’s largest retailer, told an unprecedented media conference convened by the company that they were confident in the…

clock April 6, 2005Katherine Bowers

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LVMH Files Suit Against Chinatown Landlord

Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court charging a Chinatown landlord with being complicit in purveying counterfeit goods.

clock April 6, 2005Ross Tucker

Fashion Features

In Brief: Board Talk … Burberry Heads East … Arden HQ On The Block

BOARD TALK: PPR — reconfiguring its corporate governance in the wake of February’s appointment of François-Henri Pinault as its chief executive — said Tuesday it would streamline down to a single board from the…

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It was a prince of a party … Jersey girl Kirsten Dunst and beau Jake Gyllenhaal to tie the knot … Nicole Kidman is learning … Cruzing the desert.

clock April 6, 2005Aileen Mehle

The Diesel store in Union Square.

Fashion Features

Vendors Venture Into Retailing

Tough competition and retail consolidation have prompted many vendors to at least contemplate opening their own stores.

clock April 6, 2005Evan Clark

Although American brands found the most favor among the country's consumers in the first quarter, Versace advanced to the third most important name for women to wear, up from fifth, last year. Here, a Versace ad featuring Madonna.

Marketing and Promotion

Look-alike Brands Lose Some Luster

NEW YORK — Call it brand differentiation disease.

Consumers’ growing ennui with fashion brands becoming ever more alike has resulted in the third straight increase in the share of Americans who say the labels and logos of their…

clock April 6, 2005Valerie Seckler

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Bits & Bytes

Inclosia Solutions will customize a phone or portable in the fabric, wood or metal of your choice. Here, the company shows off a laptop wrapped in Burberry plaid (with Burberry’s permission) at a wearable…

clock April 6, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

The Body Shop's Peter Saunders.


Body Shop’s IT Makeover

Although Peter Saunders, chief executive officer of The Body Shop, is quick to proclaim with self-deprecating irony that he is a “nontechnologist,” he has led a turnaround at the company in which IT has played a starring role.


clock April 6, 2005Barbara Barker and Cate T. Corcoran


Remixing The Future

“Remix” was the theme of this year’s O’Reilly Emerging Technology conference held in San Diego last month. The relatively small conference is the computing world’s Sundance, where new talent and many of the pioneers who had a…

clock April 6, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Evelyn Follit, who led an IT makeover at RadioShack, retired five weeks ago and will champion fairness and diversity as she serves on retail-related corporate boards.


Art And Science Of A High-Powered CIO

To call Evelyn Follit right brain-left brain-dominant is no oxymoron.

The analytical and artistic gifts of RadioShack’s former chief information officer frequently collide. An idea that starts with statistician-speak veers into a near…

clock April 6, 2005Denise Power


Tech Talk: Copy That … And Then There Was One

COPY THAT: Early testing of high-speed pattern-digitizing technology yielded positive results for Bernard Chaus, which decided last week to implement the system. Digitizing errors dropped to just 2 percent from 20 percent and the time…

clock April 6, 2005Denise Power

Jenna Lyons, J. Crew's senior vice president of women's design.

Fashion Features

The Designers Behind J. Crew

NEW YORK — J. Crew’s current bestseller is a pair of jeweled sandals for $190.

“One-hundred and ninety dollars,” gushed Jenna Lyons, the retailer’s senior vice president of women’s design, throwing her hands…

clock April 6, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Tom’s Tune … Helmut’s Hiatus? … Moonlighting …

TOM’S TUNE: Speculation about a deal between Tom Ford and the Estée Lauder Cos. continues to swirl, and an announcement could come as early as next week. The latest reports indicate that talks are under way…

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Obituary: Elizabeth Crow, 58

NEW YORK — Elizabeth Crow, a publishing executive and former editor in chief of magazines including Mademoiselle, died of cancer on Monday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan. She was 58, according to her former husband, C.P. Crow….

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Morgan Stanley Mum on Suit

PARIS — Morgan Stanley declined all comment Tuesday on the disclosure that LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is seeking an additional 182.9 million euros, or $235 million at current exchange, in damages related to its ongoing case against the…

clock April 6, 2005Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Sag Harbor Appoints Robb CEO

NEW YORK — Paul A. Robb, 52, has been named chief executive officer of Sag Harbor, Kellwood Co.’s largest and most profitable division.

He succeeds Martin Brody, 62, a founder and ceo of Sag Harbor, who will remain with the company…

clock April 6, 2005Lisa Lockwood

A look from Single's Sin line.

Fashion Features

Single Gets Attention, Seeks Growth

LOS ANGELES — What a difference three fashion shows can make. 

The contemporary line Single, which started seven years ago, credits its participation in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week during the last year with establishing credibility in…

clock April 6, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

A fall look from Chemin de Fer.

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Chemin de Fer Builds Future

Chemin de Fer, which had its heyday in the Seventies with lace-up, wide-leg jeans and colorfully threaded hip-huggers, is making a comeback.

clock April 6, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Fashion Features

Vendors’ Do-Over in L.A.

LOS ANGELES — After a lackluster market last month, a group of exhibitors from the Designers & Agents show will stage a onetime event at this week’s market in downtown Los Angeles in an effort to capture missed business.


clock April 6, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Longoria Signs With L’Oréal

NEW YORK — At least one desperate housewife doesn’t have to turn to her gardener to get that “glow” anymore.

Eva Longoria, who plays Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s popular Sunday night dark comedy, “Desperate…

clock April 6, 2005Andrea Nagel

The spring floor set.


Getting Back on Course: J. Crew Operating Profits Leap to $20M in Quarter

The J. Crew revival is under way, judging by the improvements in sales for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 29.

clock April 6, 2005David Moin

Biometric finger scans authorize payment in a Piggly Wiggly store.


Top Technologies CEOs Can’t Ignore

Retailers and manufacturers are routinely bombarded with technology “must-haves” that may or may not deliver on their promise. But this year, five technologies rise above the hype and beckon executives to listen up.

The focus areas…

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