Finding the Right Fit: Smaller Brands Thrive Under New Ownership

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Overview

Having the right parent or owner has become a hot-button issue in the luxury goods industry, with plenty of failures and successes to talk about.

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Wet Seal was one of the top performers of the first half of 2005 with a gain of 232.2 percent.

Financial

WWD Index Rebounds in 2nd Qtr.

Although the WWD Composite Stock Index was down at the midyear mark, it made a significant recovery as the bulls charged into the retail sector in the second quarter.

clock July 18, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Karl Lagerfeld with Tommy Hilfiger is eager to grow.

Fashion Features

Finding the Right Fit: Smaller Brands Thrive Under New Ownership

Having the right parent or owner has become a hot-button issue in the luxury goods industry, with plenty of failures and successes to talk about.

clock July 18, 2005Miles Socha

Financial

Apparel Prices Flat in June

Wholesale prices on U.S.-produced women’s apparel held steady in June, but were up 0.7 percent from a year ago, the Labor Department reported Friday in the Producer Price Index.

clock July 18, 2005Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Obituary: Villager Founder Norman Raab

Norman Raab, co-founder of the Villager line of women’s apparel and the offshoot juniors’ brand, Ladybug, died Saturday at the age of 89 at Broward General Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

clock July 18, 2005Jennifer Hirshlag

Retail

Hilfiger to Open Complex in Milan

Tommy Hilfiger Corp. is bringing a dose of its preppy spirit to the land that Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani call home.

clock July 18, 2005Amanda Kaiser

Financial

A&F CEO Jeffries Cashes in Options

It’s been a busy July regarding options trading for Abercrombie & Fitch’s top officer, chairman and chief executive officer Michael Jeffries.

clock July 18, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Asian Expansion … Mark Ecko Promotes Zinkin

A brief look at some of the day’s stories.

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Marjorie Gubelmann Raein in Carolina Herrera and Vanessa von Bismarck in Derek Lam.

People

The High Life

Despite their busy Hamptons schedules, New York’s socials made it to the Lever House restaurant for a dinner.

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Polo players on the field.

People

Polo Sport

The green of the island’s pristine waters rivaled only that of the pitch, where player Jose Bertola caused a stir when he turned model during halftime, stripping off his polo shirt and slipping into a striped jacket from Brioni’s new men’s polo…

clock July 18, 2005Courtney Colavita

Brooke Shields with husband Chris Henchy.

People

Baby Love

When she’s not kicking up her fishnet-clad legs in the West End production of “Chicago,” London mum Brooke Shields is spending time with one very pretty baby.

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People

Eye Scoop

New York’s pregnant brigade just lost one of its chic members.

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The Spade clan.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Electra-Fied … Baby Steps … A Rolling Stone Gathers Lots of Fashion …

The launch of Selima for Jack Spade Sunglasses at Pier 40 on Thursday evening was upstaged by another launch.

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Retail

Zazzle to Set Funding Plan, Selling Stamps

Zazzle has been selling personalized T-shirts online since 2003.

clock July 18, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Montblanc's charm bracelet and rings.

Fashion Features

Montblanc’s New Shining Stars

Montblanc is expanding further into the women’s arena this fall with the addition of fine jewelry to its product assortment.

clock July 18, 2005Jennifer Hirshlag

The new Oakley store in SoHo.

Retail

Oakley: The View From SoHo

Oakley’s new flagship, which opened this weekend at 113 Prince Street in SoHo, marks another step in its plan to become a fashion lifestyle brand.

clock July 18, 2005Marianne Hayes

A cream Turtle bag.

Fashion Features

A.Testoni Pursues Its Femme Side

A. Testoni is making an aggressive push into women’s accessories while building its network of freestanding stores.

clock July 18, 2005Sophia Chabbott

A still from Etienne Aigner's new ad campaign.

Fashion Features

Findings: Ad It Up … Jet-Setter … Shopaholic Goes To The Hamptons …

A pregnant Heidi Klum sparkled earlier this month at a showing of her second jewelry collection for Mouawad at the Chambers Hotel in New York.

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Influential legwear, including glimmer hosiery, over-the-knee socks, textured tights and colorful prints on the fall runways of Donna Karan.

Fashion Features

Variety Kicks Up Fall Legwear Sales

Legwear makers are predicting an upswing in sales for fall, following a strong showing on the catwalks of novelty hosiery and socks.

clock July 18, 2005Rebecca Kleinman

Textiles

Bush Push for CAFTA to Heat Up

The Bush administration will intensify its push this week to shore up votes for the Central American Free Trade Agreement as a showdown in the House draws closer.

clock July 18, 2005Kristi Ellis

Textiles

China and Turkey Clash Over Trade At WTO Meeting

China lashed out at Turkey in a heated World Trade Organization session Friday, charging that Ankara was trying to make it “a scapegoat” over developments in global textiles and apparel commerce since quotas were dropped this year, diplomatic and…

clock July 18, 2005John Zarocostas

Custom designed full-figured bras are best-selling items.

Retail

Chico’s Puts Soma on Fast Track

Soma by Chico’s, the 10-unit lingerie chain, has aggressive expansion plans, with six stores slated to open by the end of the year.

clock July 18, 2005Karyn Monget

Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: VF Taps Jardine

The VF Intimates division of VF Corp. promoted Anne Jardine to president of the department store and chain brands business, reporting to Curt Holtz, president of VF’s Intimates Coalition.

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Aéropostale previewed its first Jimmy'Z test store to a group of analysts.

Fashion Features

Aeropostale Rolls Out Jimmy’Z Test

The new brand has promise, said several of the analysts during a preview of the brand’s debut store here at the Mall at Wellington Green.

clock July 18, 2005Meredith Derby

The Spy Night Patrol Listener.

Media

Memo Pad: Ad Page Gauge … Spies Like Us

A gaggle of Conde Nast employees couldn’t help staring Wednesday morning when two suspicious-looking young women wearing black trenchcoats and fedoras boarded an elevator in the lobby of 4 Times Square.

clock July 18, 2005Jeff Bercovici

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Kao’s Molton Brown Buy Finalized … Galeries Lafayette Revamping Flagship Beauty Department

Japan’s Kao Prestige Ltd., a division of Kao Corp., has finalized its acquisition of the London-based beauty marketer Molton Brown.

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