Europe’s Hot Category: Leather Goods Brands In Retail Growth Push

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Capitalizing on robust demand for leather goods, an array of players — from luxury to fast-fashion — are raising their retail profile in Europe and beyond, some wielding new product lines.

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Sarah Lerfel with her mother, Colette Roussaux.

Fashion Features

Paris’ Quirky Colette Marks 10 Years

With a sit-down dinner for 180 guests and disco dancing to music by 10 different DJs, Colette, the hip retailer here, feted a decade in business last week.

clock March 26, 2007Robert Murphy and Katya Foreman


Arnault Gets Seat on Carrefour Board

Carrefour is giving French billionaire Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and U.S. investment firm Colony Capital the two seats they asked for on the hypermarket operator’s supervisory board.

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Safilo Net Soars on Sales Gain

Strong sales and an “industrial reorganization” at Safilo bolstered year-end results for the eyewear maker with operating results rising 6.6 percent and net profits gaining tenfold.

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An Abercrombie & Fitch Store.


Economic Climate Ripe for LBOs in ’07

Private equity firms that are flush with cash and a strong economic backdrop, coupled with low borrowing rates, should keep leveraged buyout activity robust this year, according to a recent report from Citigroup Global Markets.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Eyes In South Africa

Eyewear firm Luxottica Group SpA has acquired Sunglass World and Occhiali for Sunglasses, two South African eyewear chains, with 42 and 23 stores, respectively, for $13 million at current exchange.

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Fashion Features

Coming This Week

Events coming this week.

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Jacques Courtin-Clarins

Fashion Features

Jacques Courtin-Clarins, Cosmetics Pioneer

Jacques Courtin-Clarins, who died Thursday in his home in a Paris suburb at age 86, was a pioneer in natural beauty products and practices who promoted the…

clock March 26, 2007Jennifer Weil

Fashion Features

Marc Pipino, Editorial Hairstylist, 54

Marc Pipino, whose 57th Street salon here helped inaugurate the practice of editorial stylists working with salon clients, died Thursday of AIDS-related leukemia, said his brother, hairstylist Ric Pipino. He was 54.

clock March 26, 2007Matthew W. Evans

Iman in Rachel Roy with the designer.


Spring Awakening

During the day, the famed stores along Fifth Avenue are filled with a cacophony of clacking stiletto heels, Muzak and chattering shoppers searching for the perfect frock. After-hours, however, it’s been party time, Eighties-style, behind the sumptuous…

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Saffron Burrows in "Reign Over Me."


Out of Bounds

Fresh off a much-needed vacation to Egypt, Saffron Burrows is in a chatty mood. Over breakfast at Cafe Nougatine, she speaks passionately about her devotion to the British National Civil Rights Movement organization; resignedly dismisses her new…

clock March 26, 2007Vanessa Lawrence

Rami Kashou

Fashion Features

Elegant Ease

Many L.A. looks were on the mark, from smart, jet-setter knits to playful party frocks.

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Fashion Scoops: Show Time… Italian Lesson… Beautiful People…

Clutching a curdled-looking metallic fabric, Marc Jacobs expressed doubts about using it for his spring-summer 2007 Louis Vuitton collection.

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New Look Seeks New Owner

New Look, the British high-street retailer, is preparing to go on the block.

clock March 26, 2007Nina Jones


Jacobs to Open in Provincetown

Marc Jacobs will be on the beach this summer.

clock March 26, 2007Marc Karimzadeh

The Boutique Collection by Elle Macpherson's sassy baby doll

Fashion Features

Trend Watch: Best-Booking Items For Fall-Holiday

Big ideas for fall are fashion teamed with dual-purpose loungewear, boudoir fare with a luxe look, and specialty items that offer consumers value and comfort.

clock March 26, 2007Karyn Monget

Lifestyle visuals encompassing Bali's "Live Beautifully" ad campaign for the new Passion for Comfort underwire bra.

Fashion Features

Bali Embarks on Major Campaign After Decadelong Absence

After a 10-year hiatus from major advertising, Hanesbrands Inc. is set to launch a multimillion-dollar TV and national print ad campaign for its department store bra brand Bali. Company officials would not be specific about the budgeted amount.

clock March 26, 2007Karyn Monget

A new summer handbag.

Fashion Features

LeSportsac Sets Travel Plans

Like its portable and sporty nylon bags, LeSportsac is on the move.

clock March 26, 2007Caroline Tell

Fashion Features

Solange Azagury-Partridge Preps for Los Angeles Debut

Solange Azagury-Partridge whirled through Los Angeles for a weekend last month to survey the city where her jewelry will make its U.S. retail debut.

clock March 26, 2007Rachel Brown

Fashion Features

Findings: Color Code… In the Bag… Top Design

Benetton Group will introduce its first prescription glasses under the new licensing agreement with Allison SpA, inked last December, as a fun and colorful project called Dress Your Face.

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Jamin Puech's new store on Rue Cambon.


Europe’s Hot Category: Leather Goods Brands In Retail Growth Push

Capitalizing on robust demand for leather goods, an array of players – from luxury to fast-fashion – are raising their retail profile in Europe and beyond,…

clock March 26, 2007Katya Foreman


Memo Pad: Tabloid Glare… Red Alert… Portfolio Patrol

Twenty-first-century Americans may have an unquenchable thirst for the latest celebrity dish. But former president Bill Clinton is not among them.

clock March 26, 2007WWD Staff


FIT Panel: Critical Time for N.Y. Fashion Industry

Although globalization threatens New York’s reign as the fashion capital of the world, the city plays a critical role in the industry, according to a recent panel discussion at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

clock March 26, 2007Rachel Strugatz

Habig at Cloud Nine.

Fashion Features

Dresses, Accessories Provide Sparkle in Milan

Accessories seemed to be on top of many buyers’ lists, as exhibitors at trade fairs Touch, Neozone, Cloudnine, MixMilano and White offered their takes on fall 2007 trends after the ready-to-wear show schedule here last month.

clock March 26, 2007Stephanie Epiro

Hot Topic

Fashion Features

Retail Update: Hot Topic Looks to Diversify

New prototype set for launch.

clock March 26, 2007Jeanine Poggi

Woodbury Outlet

Fashion Features

Real Estate Watch: Consolidation in the Outlet Channel

Of the dozens of mid-sized outlet developers that used to build outlet centers in the U.S., only two major players, Tanger Factory Outlet Centers and Prime Retail, remain today as their own independent entities.

clock March 26, 2007Amy S. Choi


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