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Holiday Survival: Mom-and-Pops Fight Chains With Savvy, Service

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Outpriced, outpromoted and overshadowed. For the mom-and-pops, it's a veritable David vs. Goliath story this time of year, as the Wal-Marts and Macy's blitz the holiday hordes.

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Inside the Darien Sport Shop.


Holiday Survival: Mom-and-Pops Fight Chains With Savvy, Service

Smaller stores have to be more nimble and rely on customer relationships, convenience and service to succeed this time of year.

clock December 22, 2006David Moin

Mary Kwan

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Goody’s Bids to Boost Fashion Profile

Goody’s new president wants to upgrade its image from small-town discounter to mainstream America’s fashion leader.

clock December 22, 2006Georgia Lee

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An Eco-Friendly Approach to Catalogues

Retailers ship 19 billion catalogues a year, and Victoria’s Secret and Williams-Sonoma are adopting eco-friendly alternatives.

clock December 22, 2006Jeanine Poggi

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Quote of The Week

“The risk is that we are not protecting the health of the models and the impact on the young adolescents who see models as a reference point to achieve beauty.”

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

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In Brief: Textile Trade Chief … Hermes Appoints Watch VP

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

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

A look from Valentino's spring 2007 collection.


Valentino Expands Presence in New Markets

Valentino North America, already established in the U.S., has implemented several initiatives to enter the Canadian and Mexican markets.

clock December 22, 2006Marc Karimzadeh

The new concept store.


Ferragamo Celebrates Its Past, Looks to Future

Salvatore Ferragamo has introduced a new concept store dedicated to reproductions of archival shoes and bags, and unveiled a museum.

clock December 22, 2006Luisa Zargani

Jacques Polge

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Chanel Harkens Back to Perfumery

In a market where introducing one truly distinctive fragrance is an achievement, Chanel perfumer Jacques Polge plans to release a collection of 10.

clock December 22, 2006Julie Naughton

A visual for Resilience Lift Extreme.

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Lauder Stands Firm in Foundation

Estee Lauder is putting a foundation under one of its top-ranking skin care lines.

clock December 22, 2006Julie Naughton

EMK Placental serum.

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EMK: Back to Birth for Antiaging

Mila Products, an antiaging skin care maker in Beverly Hills, is hoping to turn back the clock by going back to the womb.

clock December 22, 2006Rusty Williamson

From left: Jerry Vittoria, Cathleen Quinn and Marc Salmon.

Fashion Features

Firmenich Drafts a Battle Plan

Firmenich is reviving its winning formula of team building among its perfumers to position itself among the top global fragrance suppliers.

clock December 22, 2006Ellen Groves and Michelle Edgar

Items from Pantina's "Naturally Stunning" collection.

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Pantina Plans for Distribution, Product Expansion

Pantina is busy making New Year’s resolutions.

clock December 22, 2006Michelle Edgar

Items from The Thymes Azur collection.

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Tide Turns to Unisex for The Thymes

The Thymes is diving into next year with a sea-inspired bath and body collection called Azur, the company’s first unisex line.

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

Bio-Oil's new offerings.

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Bio-Oil to Enter U.S. Market

Bio-Oil, a South African skin care remedy, has designs to continue its growth spurt by entering the U.S. market.

clock December 22, 2006Michelle Edgar

Olay Definity

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Adding Up Beauty: P&G’s Growth Plan: Fire on All Cylinders

There’s a method to Procter & Gamble’s Pac Man-like march to gobble up market share: attacking the competition from all angles.

clock December 22, 2006Molly Prior

Lip offerings from Sally Hansen.

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Critical Mass: Sally Hansen Shifts From Nail Care to Whole Body Approach

Sally Hansen wants to mean more to women than well-groomed, lacquered fingernails.

clock December 22, 2006Faye Brookman

Shade Memory by Matrix.

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Matrix’s Color Theory

Matrix is taking color maintenance seriously in its first range designed to preserve color-treated hair.

clock December 22, 2006Andrea Nagel

Natura Bisse's Destino Barcelona Spa at Neiman Marcus.

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Natura Bisse Opens Spa at Neiman’s

Natura Bisse is introducing a Spanish touch at NorthPark Center.

clock December 22, 2006Holly Haber

Fashion Features

Snippets: Face of Fekkai … Mitchell School … Exhibition Map …

Hairstylist Frederic Fekkai has selected Laura Mercier as the exclusive makeup vendor in his four U.S. salons.

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

The Tuleh stocking.

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Fashion Scoops: Paparazzi Schuffle … Plum Investment … Pinault Making A Play? …

The Marc Jacobs Melrose campus is no stranger to paparazzi who regularly lie in wait for famous shoppers to drop by in order to score lucrative photos for tabloids.

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

The entrance to the Dallas unit.

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Accessories Abound at Oscar’s New Store

Handbags and sunglasses are in the limelight at Oscar de la Renta’s latest full-line store that opened last week at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

clock December 22, 2006Holly Haber

Ferragamo's revamped Vara shoe.

Fashion Features

Parsons and Columbia Students Reimagine Luxury Brands

Still searching for the perfect gift? How about a trip to Louis Vuitton Island?

clock December 22, 2006Lauren Benet Stephenson

Cashmere by Laurence Heller.

Fashion Features

Blurring the Line: Fashion Editors Dip Into Design

Several fashion editors have made it as full-fledged designers, but the latest editor-designers aren’t giving up their day jobs.

clock December 22, 2006Katya Foreman


Memo Pad: Zee Makes His Move … All Play, No Work … No Real Shock

Joe Zee, formerly editor in chief of the now-defunct Vitals and most recently on contract for W and House & Garden, will be Elle’s new creative director.

clock December 22, 2006WWD Staff

The perspective from outdoors.

Fashion Features

France Gets Gift From Le Corbusier

Great architecture often delivers a miraculous feeling.

clock December 22, 2006Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

Zoetrope Lights Up With Fuseproject

In the winter edition of his literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, Francis Ford Coppola melds fine design with first-rate literature through guest designer Yves Behar.

clock December 22, 2006Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Celebrating Rembrandt’s 400th

His visage greets visitors entering the gallery and bids them farewell on departing.

clock December 22, 2006Amy Zimmerman

Ervin Ramos and paintings from his "Simple Systems" exhibit.

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Artist Weaves Personal Vision Into Canvas

“Simple Systems,” the title of Ervin Ramos’ exhibition at Go Fish Gallery on Hudson Street here, belies the complexity of the artist’s technique, a process that may take as long as a year to complete.

clock December 22, 2006Sharon Edelson

Casey Bush

Fashion Features

Obituary: Casey Bush, Founded Headwear Bureau

Casey Bush, founder and executive director of Headwear Information Bureau here, died of cancer on Dec. 12 in her home in Greenwich Village, according to her family. She was 81.

clock December 22, 2006Rebecca Kleinman


Gross Domestic Product Gains 2% in 3rd Quarter

Buffeted by a deepening slump in the housing market, the U.S. gross domestic product slowed to a 2 percent pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

clock December 22, 2006Kristi Ellis


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