Designing Strategy: Bill Blass Hires Bank to Explore a Sale

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Fashion house Bill Blass has been approached by a would-be suitor and is exploring its options. A financial source familiar with the negotiations confirmed the for-sale rumblings, but declined to provide the name of the suitor or a purchase price.

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Beauty Features

Sherry Baker Exits Victoria’s Secret

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Limited Brands Inc. said late Friday that Sherry Baker has decided to step down as president of Victoria’s Secret Beauty and her exit is accompanied by a corporate reorganization.

Jill Granoff, who has been the…

clock April 11, 2005Pete Born


ShopKo Acquired for $1.05B

ShopKo Stores is being acquired for $1.05 billion by an affiliate of private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison that will take it private.

clock April 11, 2005Vicki M. Young


In Brief: Green Buy … Marras Quits

GREEN BUY: English retail tycoon Philip Green has purchased the struggling U.K. arm of the French retailer Etam for an undisclosed price. Green, owner of retailers such as Topshop, Miss Selfridge and British Home Stores, purchased…

clock April 11, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Coming Soon

Monday: The International Lingerie Show, Las Vegas (through Wednesday).

Los Angeles Majors Market (through Wednesday).

Tuesday: Levi Strauss & Co. reports on first-quarter sales and…

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Zelda Williams


The Legend of Zelda

Talking with daughters of famous fathers: Zelda Williams, making her film debut in “House of D.”

clock April 11, 2005Diane Dorrans Saeks

Linda Powell


Golden Girl

Talking with daughters of famous fathers: Linda Powell, starring in “On Golden Pond.”

clock April 11, 2005Jamie Rosen

A Bill Blass look for fall.

Fashion Features

Designing Strategy: Bill Blass Hires Bank to Explore a Sale

Fashion house Bill Blass has been approached by a would-be suitor and is exploring its options.

clock April 11, 2005Vicki M. Young and Marc Karimzadeh

The Roger Vivier shop at Saks.


SFA Adds Vivier Boutique

NEW YORK — Saks Fifth Avenue will seek to advance its remerchandising strategy and challenge the competition today by officially opening the first Roger Vivier shop in the U.S. at its flagship here.

Bergdorf Goodman also sells the…

clock April 11, 2005David Moin

Costa edits fabrics.

Fashion Features

Francisco Costa: Material Man

Following Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa as he worked through the textile development process for his fall collection.

clock April 11, 2005Daniela Gilbert

Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes Rellie with their son, Heathcliff.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: V-Day … Baby Boom … Poiret De Deux …

V-DAY: After Madonna, could Demi Moore be the new face of Versace? It certainly looks that way. Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Donatella Versace, Mario…

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One of Turnbull's new designs.


Ghurka Opens New York Flagship

Leather goods specialist Ghurka is turning 30 and is embarking on a major retail push and comprehensive image update.

clock April 11, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Swarovski-embellished lingerie by Christian Lacroix.

Fashion Features

Crystallizing Lingerie Trends

NEW YORK — Swarovski is lending a new sparkle to lingerie.

The crystal specialist presented what it described as a couture collection of crystal-embellished lingerie and swimwear at the Swarovski Creative Service Center here on Wednesday….

clock April 11, 2005Karyn Monget

Thongs are key items.

Fashion Features

Avon Products Ring in Plus-Size Collection

Avon Products Inc. is entering the plus-size business with a full range of innerwear bearing the Avon Style Plus label.

clock April 11, 2005Karyn Monget

Target may be one of the retailers eyeing the Gateway Center.


A Bronx Retail Tale

The Related Cos. has a $330 million plan for a mixed-use center in the South Bronx that includes a mall, park, hotel, bike track and badminton center.

clock April 11, 2005Amy S. Choi


Syms Sees Net Quintuple, Declares Special Dividend

NEW YORK — Off-pricer Syms Corp. parlayed a single-digit sales pickup into more than a fivefold increase in net income during the fourth quarter and declared a special $1-a-share dividend. During the 13 weeks ended Feb. 26, net income vaulted to…

clock April 11, 2005Arnold J. Karr


Survey: April Spending to Rise

NEW YORK — Despite soft comparable-store sales results for March and rising gas prices, market research firm Retail Forward predicts retail spending will bounce back in April.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company’s Future Spending Index…

clock April 11, 2005Ross Tucker


WWD Stock Index inches up

NEW YORK — Despite rising gas prices and sluggish spring sales, consumer confidence remained steady, edging industry stocks out of their four-week slump to end on a slight upswing.

The WWD Composite Stock Index rose 0.65…

clock April 11, 2005Fahmida Y. Rashid


Vendors Step Up Efforts in Counterfeit War

When it comes to the global fight against counterfeit goods, luxury goods vendors know the best defense is a strong offense.

clock April 11, 2005Ross Tucker and Meredith Derby


Mergers Lead to Layoffs

Sears Holdings’ layoffs will likely affect 500 workers at its suburban Chicago headquarters, while May Co. is also preparing workers for pink slips.

clock April 11, 2005Vicki M. Young


Memo Pad: No Longer Free Lance

NO LONGER FREE LANCE: David Pecker seems to have a thing for collecting out-of-work magazine executives. First the American Media chairman took in ousted Primedia chief Tom Rogers, then Gruner +…

clock April 11, 2005Jeff Bercovici

The atrium at Boyds.


Boyds’ Expanding Scope

PHILADELPHIA — Kent Gushner is a man on a mission.

“Our store has always been known as the premier upscale men’s store in Philadelphia,” said Gushner, president of Boyds. “Now we want to be known as the premier…

clock April 11, 2005Jean E. Palmieri

T-shirts bearing the image of Pope John Paul II were among the few items attracting buyers in Rome last week.


Business Suffers in Rome Despite Crowds

ROME — As an estimated two million pilgrims began their journey home over the weekend — following an extraordinary display of homage to Pope John Paul II on Friday — Romans were quietly but eagerly waiting for their city to return to…

clock April 11, 2005Courtney Colavita and Amanda Kaiser

Naomi Campbell in a fall look from PZero


Pirelli Signs Licensing Deal

MILAN — Pirelli is banking on a new, five-year license with apparel firm IN.CO.M SpA to rev up its PZero brand.

The Italian tire and cable manufacturer, which has built a following with its hip, urban sportswear launched in January 2002,…

clock April 11, 2005Luisa Zargani


Stussy Sues Fresh Jive Over Logo

LOS ANGELES — Stussy Inc., the streetwear company that has parodied the logos of enterprises from Louis Vuitton to the New York Knicks, is suing Fresh Jive Manufacturing for unauthorized use of its stylized graffiti logo on T-shirts set to hit…

clock April 11, 2005Adam Tschorn

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Fashion Features

Strong Traffic, Tight Budgets at Dallas Show.

DALLAS — The first anniversary of FashionCenterDallas at the World Trade Center here was marked by strong traffic and orders at the four-day market ended April 3.

Sales representatives said business met or exceeded the results of an…

clock April 11, 2005Holly Haber


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Business to Open New Distribution Center

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