Japan’s New Consumer: Less Mania for Brands As Individuality Rules

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Seeing the long queue of colorfully dressed hipsters snaking outside the front door, one could easily mistake the Bathing Ape flagship in Aoyama here for a nightclub — if it weren't 10:30 on a Saturday morning.

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A crowd of shoppers outside the Bathing Ape store in Aoyama.


Japan’s New Consumer: Less Mania for Brands As Individuality Rules

While European luxury brands work to eke out small gains in the face of a weak yen and a maturing market, some Japanese labels are thriving.

clock December 11, 2006Miles Socha and Koji Hirano

Emilia Fanjul

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Heading East … Oh, Christmas Tree … Cavalli’s Clan …

Come spring, Jeremy Scott will be having a homecoming of sorts.

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The founding members of Trovata: Sam Shipley, John Whitledge, Josia Lamberto-Egan and Jeff Halmos.


Two Trovata Partners to Depart

Trovata is going from three to one.

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The new Saks logo.


Saks Fifth Avenue Set to Launch New Logo

Saks Fifth Avenue is going back to the future in the New Year.

clock December 11, 2006Marc Karimzadeh

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Coming This Week

A look at the coming week’s events.

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In Brief: Bogner Sales Up … Gildan Days … O’Neill Hires Ezekiel Exec

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

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Claire’s Moves Closer to Sale

Claire’s Stores Inc. has entered a second round of bidding as four firms circle the specialty retailer with a per-share price that is said to be around $39.

clock December 11, 2006Vicki M. Young


Lacroix to Unveil First N.Y. Store

Christian Lacroix is opening his second store in the U.S., in New York.

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Fashion Features

Producers, Some Retailers Shed Jobs in Nov.

U.S. textile and apparel producers shed 2,800 more jobs last month, and department stores also reduced payrolls, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

clock December 11, 2006Evan Clark

Shinzo Maeda

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Beauty Beat: Shiseido Sees Increased Revenues From Abroad

Shiseido Group, which last week announced plans to restructure and strengthen its international business division.

clock December 11, 2006Koji Hirano

Chrome Hearts' zyl and sterling silver glasses at OSA International.

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Specs Appeal

In the 1953 film “How to Marry a Millionaire,” Pola, played by Marilyn Monroe, routinely walked into doors and mistakenly read books upside down in an attempt to disguise her nearsightedness.

clock December 11, 2006Veronique Hyland

Iekeliene Stange

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Vanity Cases

When Dutch model Iekeliene Stange ambles into a casting, her oversize, lensless eye glasses often get more attention than her leggy stance, gap-toothed grin or vintage nightgown dresses.

clock December 11, 2006Veronique Hyland

A top-selling lounge set by Soma by Chico's.

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Yuletide Winners: From Safe to Sexy

It appears to be a banner Christmas selling season so far for lingerie at major department and specialty stores and boutiques nationwide.

clock December 11, 2006Karyn Monget and Rusty Williamson

Coco de Mer's saucy bra and bikini.

Fashion Features

Coco de Mer Opens First U.S. Store

The retailer launched its only other store in London’s Covent Garden in 2001.

clock December 11, 2006Emili Vesilind

Brian Atwood.

Fashion Features

Atwood Builds With Bags

Brian Atwood is sinking his heels into the luxury handbag category.

clock December 11, 2006Jennifer Hirshlag

The interior of the new Harry Winston store in Dallas.

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Harry Winston Brings Its Bling to Dallas

With plenty of Champagne, caviar and, of course, diamonds, Harry Winston welcomed Dallas society last week to its new store at Highland Park Village here.

clock December 11, 2006Holly Haber

Akademiks handbags.

Fashion Features

Findings: Making The Grade … Wish List … High Flyers

Akademiks, the seven-year-old New York urban brand, has signed a licensing deal with Accessory Exchange for women’s bags.

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Moms can find mini designer duds at Kitson Kids in Los Angeles.


L.A. Retail: Keeping Kids Haute

Los Angeles stores specializing in children’s wear report that the demand for shrunken-down versions of adult apparel is growing.

clock December 11, 2006Emili Vesilind


Done Deals & In Development: Mergers Are a Focus at ICSC

Juicy nuggets of information, advice and, of course, gossip floated around the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in New York last week.

clock December 11, 2006Amy S. Choi


Legal Briefs

J. Choo Ltd. filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against The Aldo Group Inc. and Aldo U.S. Inc.

clock December 11, 2006Liza Casabona

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New Trade Measure Boosts Importers

Congress gave retailers and importers producing apparel in several developing countries a little more certainty in sourcing as it passed an omnibus trade and tax measure on Saturday before it adjourned for the year.

clock December 11, 2006Kristi Ellis


Movado Earns $21.9M in Qtr.

Movado Group Inc. posted a 55 percent increase in third-quarter earnings last Thursday, driven by the luxury watchmaker’s brand strength and operating efficiencies.

clock December 11, 2006Jeanine Poggi

JoJo in the spring ad for Ecko's Rhino Red footwear.


Memo Pad: Hanging His Shingle … The Same, But Different … Fresh Blood …

Norman Pearlstine sure is preaching the religion of private ownership.

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Derek Lam with Lucy Liu in 3.1 Phillip Lim.


All My Children

Amanda Brooks sat patiently for a crowd of shutterbugs before the screening of the new film “Miss Potter” at the Tribeca Cinemas Gallery.

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Djimon Hounsou


Djimon Says

Djimon Hounsou is worked up.

clock December 11, 2006Elisa Lipsky-Karasz


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