Limited Goes Global: $628M La Senza Deal Gives Firm New Shape

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After years spent divesting assets, Leslie H. Wexner surprised Wall Street late Wednesday with the $628 million acquisition of Canadian lingerie retailer La Senza.

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Models in La Senza lingerie.


Limited Goes Global: $628M La Senza Deal Gives Firm New Shape

Leslie H. Wexner surprised Wall Street late Wednesday with the $628 million acquisition of La Senza.

clock November 16, 2006Jeanine Poggi


Acquisition Weighs on Talbots Net

Despite robust sales, The Talbots Inc.’s third-quarter earnings were weighted by acquisition costs connected to its purchase of the J. Jill specialty chain in May.

clock November 16, 2006Vicki M. Young

Dustin and Lisa Hoffman at the Hugo Boss party.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Gucci Good Works… Fashion Thriller… Boss’ Art Shindig

In another increasingly popular union of Hollywood, fashion and charity, Jennifer Connelly hung out in Gucci’s Madison Avenue store Wednesday night to promote the Italian design house’s campaign to benefit UNICEF.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

A look from Shagg Downtown.

Fashion Features

Hershberger Revamps Shagg

When Sally Hershberger walks into a room, it is like a storm hit.

clock November 16, 2006Julee Greenberg

The interior of the new White House|Black Market showcases the store's white-and-black-only assortment.


Fifth Avenue Gets White and Black

New Yorkers have a new place to buy their black and white.

clock November 16, 2006Julee Greenberg

A look from Jordi Labanda's spring line, launching in the U.S. this spring.

Fashion Features

Jordi Labanda: U.S. Bound

Artist and designer Jordi Labanda is bringing his contemporary sportswear collection to the U.S. for the first time.

clock November 16, 2006Julee Greenberg

Saks Fifth Avenue


Saks Makes Fresh Start in New Orleans

Looted and ravaged by fire, the Saks Fifth Avenue store here was a dark, dank shell when general manager Carolyn Elder assessed the damage after Hurricane Katrina.

clock November 16, 2006Sharon Donovan

J.C. Penny


Attention, Holiday Shoppers

The favorite department and discount store destinations for gift shopping this holiday season.

clock November 16, 2006Cecily Hall

Oprah Winfrey in Valentino Couture.

Fashion Features

Stan by Me

Breaking up is hard to do, but a little Champagne always helps.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Burger King

Paul Dano’s critically acclaimed performances in this year’s “The King” and “Little Miss Sunshine” have established him as one of indie film’s must-watch stars.

clock November 16, 2006Vanessa Lawrence

Fashion Features

In Brief: Gap Inc. Exits… M&S and RFID

Two Old Navy executives, Susan Wayne, senior vice president of marketing, and Maureen Watson, vice president of merchandising for kids, are leaving the $6 billion, 900-unit Gap Inc. division.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

A Versace hotel rendering.

Fashion Features

Versace Rolling Out More Hotels

Gianni Versace SpA and Australia-based real estate developer Sunland Group have inked a deal to roll out 14 Palazzo Versace resorts.

clock November 16, 2006Amanda Kaiser

Claudio Gottardi

Fashion Features

Banana Republic Inks Safilo Eyewear Deal

Banana Republic has signed a five-year deal with Safilo to produce a collection of prescription optical frames and sunglasses.

clock November 16, 2006Emili Vesilind

A Mango Fashion Awards ad.

Fashion Features

Mango Sets Fashion Competition

While most fast-fashion retailers are scrambling to sign big-name designers, Mango is hoping to spot the talent a little earlier.

clock November 16, 2006Nina Jones

The cast from " A Chorus Line"

Fashion Features

Dance Fever

As the rack of clothing was rolled into the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for this photo shoot, the six cast members from “A Chorus Line” were given just one rule: pick pieces they would wear to rehearse in.

clock November 16, 2006Daniela Gilbert

Donna McKechnie

Fashion Features

She’s the One

“Acting comes first,” says singer-dancer Donna McKechnie, when asked what makes a great dancer.

clock November 16, 2006Lorna Koski

Karen Katz with her son, Alex, and husband, Alan.


Legal Momentum Fete Raises $1.2M

Legal Momentum’s Equal Opportunity Awards Dinner Tuesday night was the organization’s most successful ever, drawing 615 people to the Grand Hyatt here and raising $1.2 million for the cause.

clock November 16, 2006David Moin


Aeffe Buys 20 Percent Stake Back from Bank

Aeffe, which controls the Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Pollini brands, said Wednesday it has bought back a 20 percent stake in the group from merchant bank San Paolo IMI. San Paolo bought the stake in Aeffe in 2000.

clock November 16, 2006Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

Report Cites China, India As Top ’05 Export Gainers

China and India reported the biggest gains in textiles and apparel exports in 2005, the first year in which global quotas were lifted, a World Trade Organization report said.

clock November 16, 2006John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

Merrell Expands Into Active

Merrell, the outdoor shoe brand that is a more common sight on the hiking trail than the runway, is jumping into the increasingly competitive active apparel market.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff


Ferre Helps Boost IT Holding Sales

A 40.4 percent increase in retail revenues at Gianfranco Ferre and a 45.9 percent hike in its accessories business helped IT Holding stay in the black and post double-digit growth in sales in the first nine months of the year.

clock November 16, 2006Luisa Zargani

Inside the new flagship.


Beauty Beat: Aveda Opening 2nd Japan flagship… L’Oreal Taps de Burgerolle for SkinEthic Post

Aveda will raise its flag in western Japan Friday when it opens its second flagship in the country in the heart of this city’s rich luxury shopping district.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

A Talisker Club ad.


Memo Pad: Not Just A Building… Langmead Leaving Wallpaper… Tuned Out…

Real estate advertisements are usually so unexciting, they are given back-of-the-book placement in most magazines.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

Marc Jacobs with the company.

Fashion Features

Marc Jacobs ‘Rises’ to the Occasion at Ballet

Low-rise pants styles might be all the rage, but not for the ballet stars at the Opera Garnier who are keen to show off their assets.

clock November 16, 2006Miles Socha


Zumiez Sales Soar, Earnings Gain 29.3 Percent

Bolstered by a same-store sales gain of 10.7 percent and a total sales increase of 43.3 percent, Zumiez Inc. posted third-quarter earnings that climbed 29.3 percent.

clock November 16, 2006WWD Staff

A look from a recent ad campaign.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Armani Jeans: 25 and More

Armani Jeans celebrated its 25th anniversary this year by laying the groundwork for a global expansion aimed at ensuring the brand will reach many more milestones.

clock November 16, 2006Luisa Zargani

A screen shot of Seven's new online retail site, launching today.


Seven Bows Web Store

Seven For All Mankind will take its first steps toward developing a direct-to-consumer business today with the launch of its first e-commerce Web site.

clock November 16, 2006Ross Tucker

A look at Chip & Pepper's new sportswear assortment.

Fashion Features

Chip & Pepper Expands

Pepper Foster, co-founder and co-designer of premium denim brand Chip & Pepper, just returned home to Los Angeles after a trip to Istanbul where he was touring factories.

clock November 16, 2006Julee Greenberg


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