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Hong Kong Loses Ralph Lauren Flagship, Braces for More Closures

Ralph Lauren quietly shuttered its two-year-old 20,000-square-foot store last week. Other brands are expected to close boutiques in a city that has lost its luster for cash-rich mainland Chinese tourists.

clock 13hAmanda Kaiser and Tiffany Ap

Beauty

WWD Beauty Inc Honors the Industry’s Best for 2016

The 15th-annual awards ceremony recognized the accomplishments of a cross section of beauty executives.

clock 20hLayla Ilchi

Business

Michael Jordan Wins Trademark Case in China

The decision could be a landmark ruling for Western brands in China.

clock December 8, 2016Nyima Pratten

Luxury Rushes East: Hong Kong Booms With New Flagships

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Overview

Look out New York. Watch your back Tokyo. This booming metropolis — and preeminent gateway to fast-growing China — has become the hottest international retail capital as fashion and luxury goods players build flagships here at a staggering pace.

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The Armani/Chater House store is the designer's second-largest in the world after Milan.

Financial

Luxury Rushes East: Hong Kong Booms With New Flagships

As the gateway to China, Hong Kong has become the hottest retail city in the world, as fashion firms build massive flagships at a staggering pace.

clock December 5, 2005Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Industry Employment Steadies In Rebound From Hurricanes

Apparel and textile producers cut jobs last month but saw some steadying in employment, as retail payrolls turned in tepid growth.

clock December 5, 2005Evan Clark

Fashion Features

Little Optimism As Doha Round Talks Approach

Ministers from the World Trade Organization’s 148 countries are set to meet in Hong Kong starting Dec. 13.

clock December 5, 2005John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

In Brief: Luxury Boom

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

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Victoria Traina in Generra and Marni, with a Hogan bag.

People

Painting The Town

From artsy gatherings to charitable shopping events, a nonstop bevy of lunches, cocktails and fancy affairs got party goers in holiday shape.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Versace's top-selling Canyon bag on the spring 2006 runway.

Fashion Features

Versace: Mixing Function and Fashion

Donatella Versace takes a daily driving test. Not of a car, but of a bag.

clock December 5, 2005Alessandra Ilari

Nicole Miller shoes.

Fashion Features

Nicole Miller’s Ensemble Act

Now when Nicole Miller dresses her customers, she will do it from head to toe.

clock December 5, 2005Jennifer Hirshlag

A ring from the high jewelry collection.

Fashion Features

Van Cleef Shines at 100

Van Cleef & Arpels is readying some special polish for its 100th anniversary next year.

clock December 5, 2005Sophia Chabbott

The pond in Me&Ro's Los Angeles boutique.

Fashion Features

Me&Ro’s Tranquil L.A. Outpost

The 1,200-square-foot jewelry boutique, across the street from Marc Jacobs, is the third store for founders and designers Robin Renzi and Michele Quan, who have made a name with their Eastern-inspired creations.

clock December 5, 2005Michelle Dalton Tyree

David Yurman's 18-karat yellow gold box chain with a red jewel bead.

Fashion Features

Gold Glitters Despite High Prices

The higher prices have been triggered by several factors, including the power of the runway and consumers’ infatuation with yellow gold jewelry.

clock December 5, 2005Laura Klepacki

A ring from Chanel Joaillerie's Matelassée line.

Fashion Features

Brands Play the High-Low Game

Designer accessories aren’t getting any cheaper for spring and summer.

clock December 5, 2005Katya Foreman

Kooba's Ginger.

Fashion Features

Spring’s Sterling Satchels

High-end retailers are queuing up for spring’s must-have handbags even as consumers are busy making their lists for holiday gifts.

clock December 5, 2005Sophia Chabbott

Blumarine's La Stella watch.

Fashion Features

Findings: Mulberry And Meisel … Another Pretty Face … Bond Street’s Diamond Rush …

Mulberry has picked Steven Meisel to shoot its spring ad campaign showcasing Stuart Vevers’ first collection for the brand.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Knockoffs’ Suburban Sprawl Worries Vendors

Counterfeiting is more rampant than ever, especially when it comes to accessories.

clock December 5, 2005Liza Casabona

Anne Klein

Fashion Features

China’s Foothold on Socks

Even under the restraints of a new trade deal, Chinese socks and hosiery producers are likely to ship enough of their wares to the U.S. market next year to outfit every man, woman and child with about 2.6 pairs.

clock December 5, 2005Evan Clark

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show will air Tuesday on CBS.

Fashion Features

Victoria’s Secret Keeps the Heat On

Victoria’s Secret is poised to keep its sizzle going in 2006.

clock December 5, 2005Karyn Monget

Retail

Vendors Cool Heels After Retail Mergers

The repercussions of retail consolidation, particularly Federated Department Stores acquisition of May Department Stores, is creating uncertainty going into 2006 for many small and independent innerwear firms.

clock December 5, 2005Karyn Monget

Financial

Sara Lee On Track

Sara Lee Corp.’s bombshell in the spring that it would split apart its $4.5 billion apparel operation and business in the Americas-Asia territories and sell its $1.2 billion European apparel business, was a huge surprise for the industry.

clock December 5, 2005Karyn Monget

Financial

WWD Stock Index Slides 2.9%

A government employment report showing the strongest addition of jobs since July as well as a batch of mostly strong monthly retail sales reports failed to buoy the stock market last week.

clock December 5, 2005Meredith Derby

Financial

Analyst Urges Strong ‘Buy’ for Coach

Goldman, Sachs & Co. analyst Margaret Mager issued a bullish report on Coach Inc. last week after several store visits and channel checks, as well as an “extensive” talk with management of the luxury goods company.

clock December 5, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Financial

Kellwood Net Up in 3rd Qtr.

Despite being in the midst of a restructuring, sportswear manufacturer Kellwood Co. reported third-quarter earnings that exceeded the company’s expectation.

clock December 5, 2005Meredith Derby

Thomas V. Pizzo

Financial

Wells Fargo CEO Offers ’06 Outlook

Wells Fargo Century is one of the largest factoring firms in the U.S.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Financial

Firms Fund $37.5M Loan for Acquisition

CapitalSource Finance LLC and private equity firm Golub Capital said last week that they funded a $37.5 million loan to Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.

clock December 5, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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Retail

Getting Chic for Holiday in Canada

Holt Renfrew is sticking to Canada when it comes to its holiday windows at its Toronto flagship.

clock December 5, 2005Sharon Edelson

Left: Tatiana's Play bag is based on the shape of a beetle. Right: The Select bag by designer Alessandro Guerriero.

Fashion Features

Yoox Mixes and Matches Bags

Available online starting today, Strambo consists of eight bags whose parts can be mixed and matched to suit the wearer, for a total of more than 40 looks.

clock December 5, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Fashion Features

Von Wulffen Exits YSL America Post

Another high-profile fashion public relations executive is leaving her post.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Media

Memo Pad: Richemont’s Revenge … Shaping Up … Trump’s Jackpot

Advertisers can be a tricky bunch, and Compagnie Financiere Richemont’s outspoken South African chief executive Johann Rupert is no exception.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Gwyneth Paltrow and Tom Ford

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Tom Ford Makes Lauder Debut in Paris … Fragrance Foundation Appointees

The extended Estee Lauder family just keeps on growing.

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Angela and Ava Newley with Joan Collins.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: World Affairs … Collinswood … Camera Shy

It’s rare that A-list Hollywood actors show up to screen a film in which they don’t appear, but the rules seem to change when a worthwhile charity is involved.

clock December 5, 2005WWD Staff

Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, second from right, with Calexico. From left: Jacob Valenzuela, Martin Wenk, Voker Zander, John Convertino, Joey Burns and Paul Niehaus.

Fashion Features

Soft as Iron

Being quieter than everyone else is not the fastest way to get recognized in the music world.

clock December 5, 2005Jeff Bercovici

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