Good Times Roll On: Luxury Watch Sales Reach Record Heights

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There's never been been a better time for luxury watches.

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Flora Nikrooz in her design studio.

Fashion Features

Flora Nikrooz Blooms at The Age Group

When designer Flora Nikrooz sold her sleepwear company to The Age Group in 2003, the new owners had a three-year plan for annual volume of $15 million to $20 million and quintupling the number of doors in which the brand was sold.

clock April 23, 2007Karyn Monget

An eclectic display of silk knickers.


Little Joe by Gail Elliott to Open 3rd Store, U.S. Units on Horizon

British-born model-turned-designer Gail Elliott will open her latest Little Joe by Gail Elliott boutique in the central business district here next month in The Strand, a picturesque, Victorian-era shopping arcade.

clock April 23, 2007Patty Huntington

Emmy Rossum in Valentino.


Grecian Formula

The statues, sarcophagi, urns and amphorae that crowd the new Greek and Roman Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art might be ancient, but the revelry that took place there Wednesday night was nearly Dionysian.

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A page from the Prada Web site.

Fashion Features

Prada Enhances Web Site With Artistic Feel

Prada’s Web site now has an artsy bent. Starting today, aficionados surfing the brand’s page will find a new small icon to the right that reads pdf.

clock April 23, 2007Alessandra Ilari

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: New Suitor May Enter Bid for Boots

The bidding war for control of Alliance Boots has begun.

clock April 23, 2007Brid Costello


In Brief: AEO Sues Payless… Battling The Byrd Amendment

American Eagle Outfitters said Friday it has filed suit against Payless ShoeSource over its use of the American Eagle footwear mark Payless acquired from shoe wholesaler Jimlar Corp. last year.

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Fashion Features

China Growth Seen Hurting Neighbors

China’s robust economic growth and sharp market share gains in exports of key products from apparel and footwear to furniture and electronics pose a serious challenge to Asia-Pacific nations, according to a United Nations report.

clock April 23, 2007John Zarocostas


Memo Pad: Sprouting More Shoots… The Big O… Passion Of Armani…

Though Rodale folded Organic Style in 2005, fans of the magazine will be vindicated both by the green media groundswell and the fact that some of its former senior staffers are reviving the model – this time online.

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A look from Betsey Johnson's fall 2007 collection.

Fashion Features

M&A Deals to Keep Up Breakneck Pace

Don’t expect a slowdown in M&A activity anytime soon, particularly after Foot Locker’s $1.2 billion tender offer Friday for all the outstanding shares of…

clock April 23, 2007Vicki M. Young

David Conroy


Supply Chain Financing Beyond Letters of Credit

International open account trade was once riddled with challenges for companies looking to do business on a global scale.

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Jonathan Lucas


Companies Focus on Brands as Lending Assets

Brands rule and can offer an alternative source for companies to lend against.

clock April 23, 2007Liza Casabona


Intellectual Property: Using It as Leverage

WWD sat down with West Coast factoring executives earlier this year to discuss industry trends. Brands emerged as a key one for the year.

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Helen R. Walton, Helped to Mold Wal-Mart, 87

Helen R. Walton helped shape the business strategy and the early culture of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., founded by her husband, Sam Walton.

clock April 23, 2007Katherine Bowers

Irwin Alfin


Irwin Alfin, Scent Exec

Irwin Alfin, a former executive at Chanel and Revlon who began his own fragrance distribution business in the Eighties called Alfin Fragrances Inc., died…

clock April 23, 2007Matthew W. Evans

Fashion Features

Haggar Turns Focus to Women’s

The reinvention of Haggar is entering its second phase, and it revolves around the women’s business.

clock April 23, 2007Jean E. Palmieri


Saint Louis Galleria Adds Curfew

The 1.2 million-square-foot Saint Louis Galleria is the latest mall to impose a youth curfew in an effort to restore a consumer-friendly atmosphere for weekend shopping.

clock April 23, 2007Amy Zimmerman

Phillip Lim and Melissa Odabash

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: From Legend To Legend… Coco Jovo… Pucci’s Recruit…

Ralph Lauren, who’s receiving an American Fashion Legend Award at this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2007 Fashion Awards, will have the honor bestowed upon him by a legend in her own right.

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Van Cleef & Arpels was a favorite among retailers.

Fashion Features

Good Times Roll On: Luxury Watch Sales Reach Record Heights

There’s never been a better time for luxury watches.

clock April 23, 2007Robert Murphy

Fawaz Gruosi


Gruosi Takes Innovative Path at de Grisogono

It took a little luck and a passion for product innovation for Fawaz Gruosi to build de Grisogono into a $300 million company.

clock April 23, 2007Sophia Chabbott

Lisa Hubbard in action.

Fashion Features

Sotheby’s Hubbard Gavels In 30

After 30 years at Sotheby’s, Lisa Hubbard has come to a personal epiphany: “My taste surpasses my buying power.”

clock April 23, 2007Sophia Chabbott

A Swarovski and Philips' Active Crystals USB memory key.

Fashion Features

Findings: Diamond Daiquiri… Let The Music Play… Bouffant Baubles…

British artist Marc Quinn, who used his own frozen blood for a sculpture, has been working with materials that are more enticing.

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Quentin MacKay

Fashion Features

Samsonite Couture: Sky’s the Limit

Samsonite’s premium division, Black Label, launched its Couture collection last Tuesday in Moscow, a city rooted both in history and new wave luxury, much like the company itself.

clock April 23, 2007Caroline Tell

Fashion Features

Limitless Luxury: Top Trends From Baselworld and SIHH Fairs

Gemstone-drenched evening cuff watches made an appearance at brands such as Harry Winston and Breguet, taking the place of dainty styles.

clock April 23, 2007WWD Staff


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