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J. Crew's Credit Rating Downgraded

Credit watchdog Moody's downgraded the debt backing J. Crew to “Caa2” from “B3.”

clock December 2, 2016Evan Clark

Business

Sweatshops Persist in U.S. Garment Industry

Despite decades of enforcement, labor investigators keep turning up violations in garment shops in California.

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Business

Italy's Prime Minister Resigns

Renzi acknowledged the result of the exit polls following the referendum on Sunday, which showed the “no front” ahead almost 60 percent.

clock December 4, 2016Luisa Zargani

LeSportsac’s New Owner: Accessory Network Buys Brand for Over $100M

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After nearly six months of industry murmurings, the New York-based, privately held licensing and manufacturing company said that it has signed a contract to buy LeSportsac, the 31-year-old brand known for its whimsically printed nylon ripstop handbags.

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Tokidoki by LeSportsac.

Financial

LeSportsac’s New Owner: Accessory Network Buys Brand for Over $100M

Accessory Network Group has acquired handbag brand LeSportsac through a new affiliate, Brand Science, for an estimated $100 million.

clock November 21, 2005Jennifer Hirshlag

Maria Rodale's Emmaus, Pa., home.

Media

Memo Pad: Avid Maria … Royal Suit … Sync Sinks

If the thought of purchasing a house from a prominent publishing scion seems ridiculously out of reach, it’s not.

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

Stella McCartney

Fashion Features

McCartney Looks Ahead

During an interview a week after the fashion-hungry hordes descended on the McCartney racks at H&M, Bizzarri readily admitted that many of those shoppers can’t afford signature Stella McCartney.

clock November 21, 2005Samantha Conti and Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Under Armour’s Big Day … Wal-Mart Raid … Hilfiger Amends

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

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

A look from J. Jill's holiday mix.

Financial

Liz Aims to Bring J. Jill Into the Fold

Liz Claiborne Inc. wants to buy The J. Jill Group, saying it can reenergize the company, but its offer has so far been rebuffed.

clock November 21, 2005Julee Greenberg and Vicki M. Young

Donna Karan's Jeffry Aronsson and Ron Frasch.

Fashion Features

Frasch Lauded at Equal Rights Fete

A crowd of 540 raised $900,000 and celebrated the advancement of women and those furthering the cause.

clock November 21, 2005David Moin

A rendering of Dylan's Candy Bar at Henri Bendel.

Retail

Bendel Sweet on Dylan’s Candy

Dylan’s Candy Bar, the kaleidoscopic Upper East Side emporium for sugarheads, has set up a main-floor outpost at Henri Bendel.

clock November 21, 2005Rosemary Feitelberg

Claire Bernard in Oscar de la Renta.

People

Harvest Moon

Blustery winds and heavy rains couldn’t keep die-hard ecology supporters away from the American Museum of Natural History’s gala.

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People

Vintage Year

Australian sommelier Matt Skinner wants to draw wine drinkers out of their comfort zone.

clock November 21, 2005Nina Jones

Brian Ill, Diane von Furstenberg and Veronica Curatolo in front of their just-installed holiday window display at the DVF store.

Retail

Window of Opportunity

Move over, Simon Doonan. The new window dressers in town are barely of age, and they’re taking Manhattan by storm.

clock November 21, 2005Jessica Iredale

Naomi Watts

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Star Shine … Loose Lips … Sui Tooth …

The spring campaign was shot over the weekend in St. Barts by Peter Lindbergh and produced by David Lipman, who are longtime collaborators on the Yurman campaign.

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

A look from HYD.

Fashion Features

HYD Looks to Kick Up U.S. Business

HYD, the Italian-made hosiery and sock line based in Sabadell, Spain, is hoping to make strides in the U.S.

clock November 21, 2005Barbara Barker

Sergio Rossi's matching handbag and shoe.

Fashion Features

Sergio Rossi at ‘Turning Point’

Sergio Rossi is at a crucial stage after having made the jump from a footwear factory to a high-end luxury brand.

clock November 21, 2005Alessandra Ilari

The interior of Jimmy Choo's Paris boutique.

Retail

Jimmy Choo’s Retail Debut in Paris

It’s prescient that Jimmy Choo’s first boutique here has a Forties boudoir vibe.

clock November 21, 2005Miles Socha

De Beers LV

Fashion Features

Luster Lingers Into Holiday

It’s been a bright year for fine jewelry and the holiday season continues to sparkle, with vendors and stores seeing double-digit growth.

clock November 21, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Juicy Couture

Fashion Features

Assortments Head for Neutral Ground for Spring

After ultracolorful seasons, handbags, fashion jewelry, belts and scarves are leaning toward neutral shades.

clock November 21, 2005Sophia Chabbott

A best-booking top at Richard Leeds International features an image of Johnny Depp's upcoming movie, "Dead Man's Chest."

Fashion Features

Market Mantra: Feel-Good Factor

Major retailers turned out in force at this month’s market, with a goal of finding innovative product for back-to-school selling.

clock November 21, 2005Karyn Monget

Original 1910, Everlast's first fragrance.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Clarins Sets Everlast Scent … Dyer Joins Chanel

Clarins wants to be a contender for the heavyweight championship of department store fragrance counters in spring with the late-March introduction of Everlast’s first scent, a men’s fragrance called Original 1910.

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Intimate Notes: Invista’s Sensation

One of the newest ideas of the Lycra Body Care program at Invista Inc. is Sensations, a collection of scented finishes on Lycra blend fabrics that “helps customers relax, refresh and renew,” said Dianne W. Lobar, marketing communications manager at…

clock November 21, 2005WWD Staff

Financial

WWD Stock Index Ekes Out Gain

Although the major indices got a boost last week from declining oil prices and better-than-expected sales from companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co., investor worry over slowing corporate profit growth weighed down the market.

clock November 21, 2005Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

House Passes Bill Ending Subsidies

The House passed legislation that eliminates a cotton subsidy program and repeals a domestic subsidy trade law, each deemed illegal by the WTO.

clock November 21, 2005Kristi Ellis

Retail

Hudson’s Bay to Drop Mossimo Line at Zellers

The line, sold exclusively in Canada by the Hudson’s Bay Zellers discount stores, wasn’t performing as well as other labels, a company spokeswoman said.

clock November 21, 2005Brian Dunn

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen

Fashion Features

Demi’s Plans, Miss Davenporte’s Premiere

The lithe Mrs. Ashton Kutcher let it slip Thursday night that she’s working with her Beverly Hills cosmetologist, Terri Lawton, on a skin care line.

clock November 21, 2005Rose Apodaca

Fashion Features

Scherrer Nixes Couture Show

Jean-Louis Scherrer said on Friday that it would not stage a couture show in January as part of a “redefinition of its global strategy.”

clock November 21, 2005Robert Murphy

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Minkoff to Offer Self-Checkout Option at SoHo Store

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