Taking a Hard Look at Liz: McComb Evaluates Brands Focusing on “Real Growth”

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William L. McComb, the new chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., wants brands with the right stuff. "It would be a mistake to think we are hunting for divestitures," McComb said in an interview.

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John Paul DeJoria


They Have Issues

California’s industry leaders discuss their companies’ main economic concerns.

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Matt Coyne opted to open his showroom in Hollywood.


Hurry to Hollywood

Will the rapid gentrification of L.A.’s most famous district drive indie fashion elsewhere?

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Three Dots' factory in Garden Grove, Calif., employs roughly 200 people.


Strength and Vulnerability

California’s economy is healthy, but the housing slowdown and higher energy costs might represent perils for apparel retailing and manufacturing.

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Eva Mendes in a Riser Goodwyn dress.

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What Next?

A look ahead to rising trends in seven of California’s key fashion categories.

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Zac Posen, Jacqui Getty and Tara Subkoff.

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Fashion Scoops: Posen’s Contemporary Vision… O.C. Girl… Mix And Match

Zac Posen has been dropping hints about launching a contemporary sportswear line for a while. He first talked about it in January 2005, as reported in WWD. Although there’s no line yet, Posen hasn’t given up the idea.

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Imitation of Christ

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Going for Bold

Designers went street-chic cool with everything from slouchy layers to prints and trimmings.

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Claire’s Acquired for $3.1B

Claire’s Stores Inc. said Tuesday it will be acquired by Apollo Management LP for $3.1 billion.

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Ghurka's Highlander Bag For Fall.


Aronsson Closing In on Ghurka Deal

Aronsson Group LLC, the private equity firm headed by Jeffry Aronsson, may be close to making its first acquisition – Ghurka, the luxury fine leather goods brand owned by Accessory Network Group, people familiar with the situation said.

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WWD to Launch Career Web Site

The Fairchild Fashion Group on Monday will launch fashioncareers.com, an online job site for the fashion industry.

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In Brief: Easter Retail Outlook… Arnault, Colony’s Board Play

Consumers will celebrate Easter by spending more than last year, according to the National Retail Federation. NRF, in conjunction with BIGresearch, a market research firm, polled 8,801 consumers from March 7 to 14 and found they will spend $135.07 on…

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Beauty Beat: L’Occitane’s Le Couvent Poised to Grow

L’Occitane en Provence, which developed a fragrance, home and body care brand called Le Couvent Des Minimes along with Limited Brands’ Bath & Body Works division, plans to further expand its Le Couvent division by pumping up wholesale distribution of…

clock March 21, 2007Michelle Edgar


Perry Ellis 4Q Profits Rise

Perry Ellis International Inc. posted a 32 percent jump in fourth-quarter earnings Monday, but saw a slight decline in full-year profits.

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A look by Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair.

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Creativity and Flash Prevail at Paris Trade Shows

With a plethora of new labels and edgy styles, the most recent round of boutique apparel shows confirmed Paris’ stronghold as the epicenter of creativity and freshness, buyers said.

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A rendering of the Galeries Lafayette store in Dubai.


Galeries Lafayette to Open First Store in Dubai

Galeries Lafayette is the latest department store chain to set its sights on the booming Gulf Emirate city of Dubai.

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William L. McComb


Taking a Hard Look at Liz: McComb Evaluates Brands Focusing on “Real Growth”

William L. McComb, the new chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., wants brands with the right stuff.

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Lag Time Closes In Between Runway and Better Department

Only weeks since designers showed their fall collections, runway trends are turning up in better collections even faster than usual.

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Filicia Hosting “Dress My Nest”

Thom Filicia is going into the closet for his new design show.

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Wal-Mart Global Expansion Could Surpass Pace of U.S.

Wal-Mart’s international growth will keep pace or even surpass U.S. expansion, a top company official said Tuesday.

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Janet Brown Remembered

Fashion and retail executives, customers, friends and family bid farewell to luxury retailer Janet Brown during a memorial service Tuesday in which she was remembered as a bold, singular personality

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Memo Pad: Now Hiring… Pink Again

Could Richard Beckman be having some trouble finding a replacement for Suzanne Grimes? The former Glamour publisher last week left her post as Conde Nast Media Group senior vice president to join longtime chum Mary Berner at Reader’s Digest Association.

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Using holographic technology, the mannequin disappears, leaving an empty corset.

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Showcase for Gaultier’s “Magic”

Wooden shoes and sky-high platforms are hardly ideal for dancing. Nor is a sweater dress sprouting giant panniers, nor a corset dress with boning that stretches up the spine to the top of the head.

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Black Chandelier

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Eight’s Ball

BoxEight, a collaborative of designers and artists, took over the ballroom of the legendary Los Angeles Theatre (built by Charlie Chaplin) to present shows it had funded featuring the work of 10 West Coast firms.

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Koos Manufacturing president Yul Ku and his son, Sam.


The Next Generation

A family business looks at new strategies for growth.

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