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Industry Execs Gather at WWD CEO Summit

Industry leaders gathered at The Pierre hotel in Manhattan for the WWD CEO Summit to discuss the consumer, the state of business and the challenges of the fashion calendar.

clock 11hJessica Iredale


Ralph Lauren Receives John B. Fairchild Honor

The designer thanked his team, his family and WWD for the honor and support.

clock 10hLisa Lockwood


Levi's Unveils New 501 Skinny Jean

The latest addition to the 501 family, set to reach stores and in December, is one offered for men and women.

clock 12hKristi Garced

Gap Inc.’s Recovery Plan: New Format, Markets and Decor

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Gap Inc., seeking to combat disappointing results and reinvigorate the divisions, laid out an aggressive agenda for growth across several fronts.

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Gap is remodeling with woodsy, timeless interiors.


Gap Inc.’s Recovery Plan: New Format, Markets and Decor

Gap Inc., seeking to combat disappointing results and reinvigorate the divisions, laid out an aggressive agenda for growth across several fronts.

clock April 22, 2005David Moin


Gap Inc. Taps Sunnucks for Europe Post

LONDON — Stephen Sunnucks, a U.K. retail industry veteran, has been named president of Europe, Gap Inc. International, a new position, the company said in a statement Thursday.

Sunnucks, 47, was most recently chief executive officer of New…

clock April 22, 2005Samantha Conti

Eric Lauzat and Edgar Huber

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Lancome USA Names New President

Eric Lauzat has been named president of Lancome USA, reporting to Edgar Huber, president of the Luxury Products Division of parent L’Oreal USA.

clock April 22, 2005Julie Naughton and Pete Born


USTR Nominee Faces Challenge in Senate

USTR nominee Rep. Rob Portman vowed to take a tougher stance on China and protect U.S. jobs from import surges and unfair trade practices.

clock April 22, 2005Kristi Ellis

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In Brief: Maidenform IPO … Corporate Watchdog … Sadaka To Sunnex

MAIDENFORM IPO: Maidenform Brands Inc. notified the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would be filing for an initial public offering to raise $172.5 million. The Bayonne, N.J.-based intimate apparel firm did not disclose…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

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Quote of the Week

“We have the power to achieve dramatic growth at J.C. Penney in the next five years and attain top profitability by 2009.’’
— Myron E. Ullman 3rd, chairman and chief executive officer

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields.

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Rodan and Fields Launches Antiaging Line

NEW YORK — Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields are embarking on what Rodan called “the most selfish line we’ve produced.”

Anti-Age, the fourth skin care regimen to be created by the duo’s Rodan and Fields…

clock April 22, 2005Julie Naughton and Pete Born

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North America Helps L’Oreal Post Gain in 1Q

PARIS — L’Oreal’s first-quarter sales rose 1.6 percent as strong sales in North America were offset by a decline in Western Europe.

Sales for the quarter came in at 3.54 billion euros, or $4.65 billion. Dollar figures are at…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

The Polo Black ad featuring Nacho Figueras.

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Ralph Lauren’s New Polo: Basic Black

Ralph Lauren will target a more international version of the Polo man in August with Polo Black, the third installment in Polo’s scent lineup.

clock April 22, 2005Bryn Kenny

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Marionnaud Sales Drop 0.5 Percent

PARIS — France’s Marionnaud Parfumeries reported first-quarter 2005 consolidated net sales of 222.9 million euros, or $292.5 million at constant exchange, down 0.5 percent year-on-year.

At constant group structure and exchange,…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

Goody's Revolving Fashion display in Target.

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Hair Accessories May Fall No More

NEW YORK — Sometimes a new feature on an everyday product, like a hair rubber band, is so late to the game it’s a wonder that it took the industry so long to address the obvious. For example, the latest innovations in hair accessories are…

clock April 22, 2005Andrea Nagel

Curel's new line and look.

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Curel’s New Feminine Side

NEW YORK — Curel, the Kao brand available in the therapeutic skin care aisle, will soon ditch its white, clinical look in favor of a more feminine one. As part of the overhaul, Curel will move into the natural arena with Natural Healing, a new…

clock April 22, 2005Molly Prior

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Rite Aid Gets Jesse’s Girl

NEW YORK — Rite Aid is clearing room in its beauty department for more exclusive offerings this spring. On Monday, the drugstore chain began rolling out a trendy color cosmetics line, Jesse’s Girl. The line, created by private label…

clock April 22, 2005Molly Prior

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Critical Mass: CVS Adds Derm Items to Healthy Centers

NEW YORK — CVS is on the cutting edge — again.

Inspired by European apothecaries, CVS is proving it wants to take drugstore beauty beyond the status quo. The latest move is the exclusive distribution of two lines from Princeton,…

clock April 22, 2005Faye Brookman

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Art of Shaving’s Custom Skin Care

NEW YORK — While cosmetics customization typically targets women, shaving and treatment brand The Art of Shaving is customizing skin care products for the opposite sex.

The highly unusual concept of customized skin care for men in this…

clock April 22, 2005Matthew W. Evans

The ad promoting Spa Week.

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Spa Week Back for Second Round

NEW YORK — Spa Week is back — bigger, better and, well, it’s about to go bi-coastal.

The weeklong promotional blitz for the spa industry, which kicked off April 18 and will run through April 24, proved to be so successful its…

clock April 22, 2005Bryn Kenny

Beauty Features

Snippets: Sothy’s Spot … SPA Expo Comes To Town … Dermed Change …

SOTHYS SPOT: Sothys Paris opened its first U.S. spa last week. L’Institut Sothys Paris — New York, located in midtown Manhattan, was designed to replicate the French spa experience. The tri-level 5,000-square-foot space…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

H&M ceo Rolf Eriksen.

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H&M: Party in the Park

NEW YORK — Wednesday night in Central Park, H&M showed off in a major way. The Swedish retailer let loose a fall collection full of clothes that looked and felt as though they’d just paraded down a Paris runway. And there was a…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff

From left: Jack Rotherham, Michael Coady and Jennifer Smith Hale.

C Rides Rising Tide

NEW YORK — California already is a state of excess, so it should be no surprise that there are an excessive number of magazines devoted to its constituent parts.

But now, thanks to a group of wealthy backers, there is about to be a title…

clock April 22, 2005Jeff Bercovici

Memo Pad: Men’s Vogue Has Momentum … Not So Black and White … The Emperor’s New Tracksuit

MEN’S VOGUE HAS MOMENTUM: Now that Domino is up and kicking, talk within Condé Nast is centering on the company’s likely next big launch — Men’s Vogue — and it’s a subject that doesn’t…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff


Fair Night

NEW YORK — The state Supreme Court house at 60 Centre Street may seem like a strange place to hold one of the swankiest affairs of the year, but Vanity Fair took it over once again for its fourth annual dinner celebrating the opening of the…

clock April 22, 2005Jacob Bernstein

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Fashion Scoops: Rap Attack … Stroll In Motion … Lacoste Nabs Roddick …

RAP ATTACK: Kanye West raps about working at Gap in his hit “Spaceship,” but the Grammy-winning hip-hop artist is dipping into the fashion business with a clothing line of his own, called Pastel, which is…

clock April 22, 2005WWD Staff


FCBID Approves 9 Percent Rise in Surcharge

NEW YORK — The board of the Fashion Center Business Improvement District has approved a 9 percent increase in the levy imposed on district landlords to pay for the FCBID’s services.

At the group’s annual meeting Wednesday…

clock April 22, 2005Scott Malone

A more organized accessories area.


Next Generation of Gap: Previewing the Prototype

DENVER — Gap stores haven’t been aging well. They’re tired, sterile-looking and generating sluggish sales, but the company sees a rebirth today with the opening of seven prototypes in the Denver area.

The changes are…

clock April 22, 2005David Moin


POS Safety Under Scrutiny

NEW YORK — Retailers are double-checking their point-of-sale systems for vulnerabilities after recent disclosures that customers’ credit card information may have been compromised at Polo Ralph Lauren and DSW Shoe Warehouse.


clock April 22, 2005Denise Power and Cate T. Corcoran


Trafik Show Seizes the Day

ATLANTA — Trafik, a new women’s and men’s contemporary and denim show, bowed here with a hip lineup, an artsy venue and a party atmosphere.

The show on April 8-10 was organized by five men who also produce the Atlanta-based…

clock April 22, 2005Georgia Lee

Zac Posen and Wendy Krimins, of Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue.

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Posen Blitzes the Windy City

CHICAGO — Zac Posen’s first trip to the Windy City was a memorable one.

The designer’s fans seemed unable to get enough of him or his luxe looks during a trunk show at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue last Friday. They were…

clock April 22, 2005Beth Wilson


Luen Thai Earnings Surge 28.8%

HONG KONG — Luen Thai Holdings Ltd., a major Asian apparel manufacturer, reported a 28.8 percent rise in net profits for 2004 on a 1.6 percent increase in revenue.

But management warned that, despite the Jan. 1 lifting of apparel and…

clock April 22, 2005Vicki Rothrock



The Hearst family feud … Sid Bass comes to town to host the American Academy in Rome dinner at Cipriani … that’s Carey, Mariah Carey.

clock April 22, 2005Aileen Mehle


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