Reshaping Claiborne: Liz Faces Challenges Selling Off 16 Brands

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After a decade of frenzied acquisitions, Liz Claiborne Inc. is having a garage sale of many of its brands. The question is: Will there be any buyers.

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U.S. Monitoring Leads Vietnam to Seek Alternatives

Vietnam’s apparel manufacturers are looking to European and Asian markets because of U.S. monitoring to determine if some items made here are being dumped.

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The "Pashmy" bag.

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Tod’s Revenues Spike 15.7%

Continued growth of its Tod’s brand and burgeoning business at its Hogan, Fay and Roger Vivier labels helped boost Tod’s SpA revenues by 15.7 percent in the first half.

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Bulgari Posts $634M in First-Half Sales

Sales of fine jewelry and a robust performance in the U.S. and the Far East helped Bulgari post an 8.9 percent growth in first-half sales.

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In Brief: Called Out on Cotton… Merchant Out at Mothers Work…

A World Trade Organization compliance panel sided with Brazil on Friday in its complaint that the U.S. failed to fully implement earlier rulings that found its cotton subsidy programs breached global trade rules.

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Schlesinger Resigns From Limited Brands

Limited Brands Inc.’s second-in-command Leonard Schlesinger, vice chairman and chief operating officer, has resigned from the company.

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Tumi Puts Women’s Bags Front and Center

Tumi is playing up its feminine side as it seeks to build a presence in women’s handbags and accessories.

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Talley to Receive L&T Fashion Award

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Nordstrom Shares Rise After Goldman Upgrade

Shares of Nordstrom Inc. rose 7.2 percent to $47.06 Monday after Goldman Sachs upgraded the upscale department store chain from “neutral” to “buy” and added the company to its conviction buy list.

clock July 31, 2007Erica Owen

Jerry Seinfeld with his son, Julian.


From Dusk Till Dawn

Neither bee stings nor extreme humidity could keep Hamptonites from the chance of grabbing cheap Marc Jacobs bags and cut-price Carolina Herrera dresses at Super Saturday 10 over the weekend.

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The cover of "American Fashion" to be published by Assouline in September.

Fashion Features

Following Fashion’s American Journey

From the iconic Hollywood glamour of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to the chic sportswear that defined Seventh Avenue, the history of American fashion is as rich as its European counterparts.

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Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Alberto-Culver Profits Retreat to $25M in 3Q

Third-quarter profits at Alberto-Culver Co. slid by 17.8 percent to $25.1 million, or 25 cents a diluted share, from $30.5 million, or 33 cents a diluted share, in the year-ago period.

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Bon-Ton Tops NRF’s Hot 100 Retailers List

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. topped the National Retail Federations’ Hot 100 Retailers list, with a 164.3 percent revenue surge in 2006.

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Conde Nast Traveler's take on the little black dress.


Memo Pad: Emapping Out a Plan… Closet Wanderer… Healthy Increase…

Private equity firm Apax has been eyeballing some of Emap’s hottest property.

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Reshaping Claiborne: Liz Faces Challenges Selling Off 16 Brands

After a decade of frenzied acquisitions, Liz Claiborne Inc. is having a garage sale of many of its brands.

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Liz Claiborne’s Suite of 16 Under Review

Most Likely to Succeed

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U.S. Trade Commission Reports Outerwear Findings

The U.S. International Trade Commission has formed a snapshot of the domestic performance outerwear industry amid questions about whether trade restrictions in the category should be eased.

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A 1981 photo of John Budd.

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Fashion Scoops: No Stopping Paris… Out East… New Angels…

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