Minimum Wage Hike Rattles Retailers, Teen Sector Vulnerable

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Facing the first increase in the federal minimum wage rate in a decade, retailers are scrambling to manage the impact on payroll costs and profits. And it could be substantial.

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Taking a break at Swaparama.

Fashion Features

Clothes-Swapping Catches On in London

While Britain’s fashion retailers scramble to respond to consumers’ growing demand for eco-conscious and ethically produced clothing, a small band of Londoners is taking matters into its own hands.

clock June 5, 2007Nina Jones

Fashion Features

FIT Museum Looks at Years of Luxury

Contrary to public opinion, luxury is far from a new phenomenon, and an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is testimony to that.

clock June 5, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Estaban Cortazar

Fashion Features

Market Basket: Miami Transfer… The Man In Pinstripes… Life Is A Cabaret

Estaban Cortazar has picked up stakes in Miami and relocated to Manhattan, where he is working out of his Battery Park apartment.

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Stella McCartney and Notify have created new jeans styles.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Good Jeans… Ford Drive… Getting Political…

Stella McCartney and Notify have teamed up for a good cause – and created some great jeans in the process.

clock June 5, 2007WWD Staff

Hoffman's Spa Shower items.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Lisa Hoffman Expands Line With Spa Selection… Lebanese Journalist Receives Group Clarins Award

Lisa Hoffman has a new destination: bath and body care.

clock June 5, 2007Rachel Brown

The new Brunello Cucinelli boutique in East Hampton.


Brunello Cucinelli Finds Place in Hamptons Sun

Brunello Cucinelli opened a boutique at 39 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, N.Y., late last month, demonstrating that in a village tight for commercial space and filled with big brands, sometimes there’s room for a smaller player.

clock June 5, 2007David Moin


Analysts Wary of May Comps

Higher fuel costs, a soft housing market and stagnant wage growth could result in bleak May same-store sales, analysts said Monday. The figures will be released Thursday.

clock June 5, 2007Arthur Zaczkiewicz and Jeanine Poggi

Fashion Features

European Industry Frets Over Quota End

Executives from the European Apparel & Textile Organization said last week that the end of quotas this year on imports of certain categories from China was expected to put the European industry at a disadvantage compared with the U.S., where quotas…

clock June 5, 2007John Zarocostas

Fashion Features

WTO Report: India Tariffs Too High

India’s global trading partners are urging the country to take steps to reduce high tariffs on imports of textiles and apparel and to remove other barriers to trade and investment.

clock June 5, 2007John Zarocostas

An exotic getup for "Les Caprices de Marianne."

Fashion Features

Feting 20 Years of Lacroix Onstage

Even from across the room, Christian Lacroix’s striking drawing of a costume for “Don Giovanni’ – a black cloak, hat and mask – broadcasts mystery and intrigue.

clock June 5, 2007Miles Socha

Jan Yager's silver dandelion brooch.

Fashion Features

Jewelry and Fine Art Mix in Boston

Kelly L’Ecuyer, decorative arts and sculpture curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, remembers the first time she saw Daphne Farago’s jewelry collection.

clock June 5, 2007Katherine Bowers

The Saks fall ad campaign.


Memo Pad: Rock On, Richard… So Long, Farewell, Adieu, Auf Wiedersehen… Hi, Im Hillary…

The effort to build the Conde Nast Media Group into a group-buy powerhouse has found another stage – literally.

clock June 5, 2007WWD Staff


Trerotola Tapped to Head Invista Apparel

Invista Apparel, the largest synthetic fiber maker in the world, has named company executive Dave Trerotola president.

clock June 5, 2007Karyn Monget


Altagamma, Developer Set Travel Retail Deal

Retail developer McArthur Glen and Italy’s luxury goods association Altagamma will today unveil a joint venture to penetrate developing markets and explore travel retail in an upscale new format.

clock June 5, 2007Luisa Zargani


In Brief: Burberry Counterfeit Arrests… Green To Hang On The BHS… YMA And Beene Team

Three luxury goods counterfeiters were arrested in Japan last week for violating the country’s trademark laws.

clock June 5, 2007WWD Staff


Bush to WTO: Ban Some Subsidies

The Bush administration on Monday asked the World Trade Organization to prohibit five types of government subsidies, including lending to non-credit-worthy companies.

clock June 5, 2007Evan Clark and John Zarocostas


N.Y. Bill Protects Internet Consumers

Consumers in New York State who purchase clothing, shoes and accessories on the Internet will be protected for the first time under bipartisan legislation that has unanimously passed both houses.

clock June 5, 2007Jessica Best


Minimum Wage Hike Rattles Retailers, Teen Sector Vulnerable

Facing the first increase in the federal minimum wage rate in a decade, retailers are scrambling to manage the impact on payroll costs and profits. And it…

clock June 5, 2007Kristi Ellis

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion Features

It’s Showtime

The resort dilemma: cough up the bucks for a real show, or present no frills in the showroom?

clock June 5, 2007WWD Staff

Kate Bosworth arrived promptly, looking light as a feather in her Proenza Schouler frock, and ushered by the designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough.



CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg was determined to kick off the council’s 25th anniversary awards ceremony on time.

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Pierre Cardin


‘Twas the Night Before

Stormy weather on a Sunday night is usually a foolproof escape plan, but designers were out in force for the Top of the Rock dinner celebrating this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America fashion award nominees and honorees.

clock June 5, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg


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A leather jacket from the Faith Connexion x Swizz Beatz collaboration


Faith Connexion Taps Swizz Beatz for Capsule Clothing Line

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