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Presidential Election Seen Clouding the Spending Picture

Studies show that shoppers are both ready to spend for the holidays and holding off because of the election.

clock 2hDavid Moin and Evan Clark


Brooks Brothers Buys Alexis Bittar Jewelry Business

The retailer's Carolee division will operate the newly acquired label.

clock 2hJean E. Palmieri


Gigi Hadid on Bootie Collaboration With Stuart Weitzman

Gigi Hadid on her collaboration with Stuart Weitzman and the corresponding James Franco-directed film in which she boxes in heels.

clock 8hSophia Chabbott

Shooting at the ‘Net: Luxury Brands Boost Their Online Profiles

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Imagine having an audience of 860,000 people for a couture show? You don't have to: Giorgio Armani's already done it, having streamed his Armani Priv? show in Paris last month live on

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Fueling Furla’s Growth

Retailing is a cornerstone of Furla’s history and has helped build the brand’s exposure and visibility globally.

clock February 21, 2007Luisa Zargani

Fashion Features

The Arts And Furla

Regardless of her round-the-clock schedule managing the numerous aspects of the business, Giovanna Furlanetto hasn’t ignored her second passion after leather goods – art.

clock February 21, 2007Alessandra Ilari

The Furla headquarters in Bologna.

Fashion Features

The Furla Formula

The one simple rule that Giovanna Furlanetto has followed ever since Furla started producing namesake bags in the Seventies has been never to confuse simplicity with banality in design.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

Giuseppe Costato


The Next Generation

In typical Italian style, Furla is keeping its decades-long heritage steeped in tradition and all in the family.

clock February 21, 2007Alessandra Ilari

H. Lee Scott


Revenue Gain Boosts Wal-Mart Net

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. posted fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations as international growth and a $98 million net tax benefit bolstered results.

clock February 21, 2007Vicki M. Young


Nicole Miller in Tailored Clothing Deal

Nicole Miller has signed a licensing deal with Bagir Ltd. to produce tailored clothing for the designer’s signature collection and its exclusive line for J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

clock February 21, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

In Brief

Japan’s two major department stores, Daimaru and Matsuzakaya, are in talks about establishing a joint holding company that would be the nation’s biggest department store …

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

views of "Belladone Island" on, where Dior unveiled fine jewelry.


Shooting at the ‘Net: Luxury Brands Boost Their Online Profiles

Imagine having an audience of 860,000 people for a couture show?

clock February 21, 2007Miles Socha

WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Fashion Features

MAGIC Mantra: Style at Right Price

Retail buyers wanted the best of both worlds as they shopped for great styling at reasonable prices at MAGIC Marketplace and the ancillary trade shows that ended their six-day run here on Friday.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

Nicky Hilton in a black leather blazer from Nicholai, with a model wearing a silk dress from the line.

Fashion Features

Beyonce and more in sin city

Celebrities plugged their clothing lines at the MAGIC Marketplace and Project Global Tradeshows, and were lured to the desert by the NBA All-Star Game and All-Star weekend.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

High-waisted jeans like these from Dittos were popular at Project.

Fashion Features

Project Show BOOSTS range of Brands

The trends that retail buyers scooped up at Project Global Tradeshows ran from high-waisted trousers and allover prints to minidresses and formfitting coats.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

Janice Min

Memo Pad: The Power of Anna.. Barely There… Still Building…

Anna Nicole Smith’s death broke on Feb. 8 after the closing dates for most of the celebrity weeklies, but the category still saw strong sales for their recaps of the tragedy in their Feb. 26 issues.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Givaudan Net Posts Slim Gain in ’06

Flavors and fragrance supplier Givaudan posted net profits of 412 million Swiss francs, or $329 million at average yearly exchange, in 2006, up 1.5 percent over 2005.

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff

The Valentina crisp white shirt from Lafayette 148 New York


An Encore for ‘Want It’ at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue for spring will reprise “Want It,” a chain-wide promotion built upon what the retailer considers the must-have items and most important trends of the season.

clock February 21, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

WWD’s Mary Merris, 78

Mary Merris, a former editor at Women’s Wear Daily and its sister publication, W, who was noted for her impeccable taste and her tact when interviewing…

clock February 21, 2007Sharon Edelson


Despite Rise in Sales, Puma’s 4Q Net Declines

Puma’s earnings may be down, but fourth-quarter results showed massive boosts in sales. The company says it is on track with its long-term aims.

clock February 21, 2007Damien McGuinness

A cashmere sweater from Massimo Alba's new line.

Fashion Features

Alba’s New Collection Made With Family Ties

During a vacation with his family, Massimo Alba found time to make matching cashmere sweaters and peacoats for his wife and three-year-old son.

clock February 21, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Lefranc Ferrant at Train.


Platform 2, Train Shows Share Venue

Platform 2’s move to the Hudson River to share a venue and timing with its big sister show, Train, gave exhibitors the ambience and results they wanted.

clock February 21, 2007Whitney Beckett

Fred Perry fall look


Fred Perry Targets Growth for U.S.

Fred Perry is making a push on this side of the pond.

clock February 21, 2007Whitney Beckett

Carmen Kass in Casall of Sweden's forthcoming ad campaign.


Carmen Kass to Help U.S. Launch of Casall

Casall of Sweden, a 27-year-old apparel label, is stretching its customer base in the U.S. thanks to a new distribution deal with Power Pilates.

clock February 21, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Designers Join Social Networks

Iqons, the London-based social networking site that aims to be the MySpace of the fashion world, has already signed up several major fashion designers.

clock February 21, 2007Cate T. Corcoran


Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Candy Man… Stoned Unturned… Picture Perfect…

Front-row seats are rarely left vacant at a Prada show, but there were two on Tuesday night earmarked for Candi Spelling…

clock February 21, 2007WWD Staff


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Liberty Fairs Creates E-commerce Site With Farfetch

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