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Starbucks' Schultz Sees Sweeping Retail Consolidation

As U.S. retailing consolidates, Starbucks sees adding 12,000 stores worldwide through 2021.

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Business

Jewelry Brand Kendra Scott Puts Stake on the Block

The Austin, Tex.-based jeweler could be valued at $1 billion or higher in the Jefferies-run process.

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Business

Hear J. Crew's Mickey Drexler Getting Succession-Minded

J. Crew Group is working to improve its business and moving to create a succession plan.

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Bulking Up at Coach: Accessories Firm Eyes $5B in Sales by 2012

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Overview

Coach Inc. delivered another quarter of robust sales and earning growth on Tuesday but wants even more: The handbag and accessories firm said it is aiming to double sales in five years.

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Lucy bills itself as an active lifestyle brand.

Fashion Features

VF Sets Expansion Game Plan for Lucy

VF Corp. has big plans for Lucy Activewear.

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Kathryn Conover spring dress.

Fashion Features

Conover Rides the Dress Cycle

Kathryn Conover can testify to the cynical nature of the dress trend.

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Aoki Lee and Ming Lee Simmons on the runway for the launch of the Ming and Aoki line.

Fashion Features

Kimora Lee Simmons Teams With Her ‘Girlz’

Like mother, like daughters. In a Candy Land-themed runway show Wednesday at the Phat Farm showroom at 512 Seventh Avenue here, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee Simmons, seven and four, respectively, celebrated the launch of their new children’s collection, Ming…

clock August 1, 2007Julee Greenberg

One of Free People's fall looks.

Fashion Features

Free People Coming to Manhattan

Free People, in December, will open a two-level, 6,000-square-foot store at 79 Fifth Avenue in New York’s Flatiron District.

clock August 1, 2007Sharon Edelson

Fashion Features

H&M Gets Approved For Store Opening On Champs-Elysees

Almost a year after being denied permission to open on the Champs-Elysees here, Hennes and Mauritz has obtained the right to open a branch on the famed street.

clock August 1, 2007Robert Murphy

The interior of Gaysorn.

Retail

Thai Stores Scramble to Lure Shoppers

Retailers are mounting aggressive promotions here this summer in an attempt to squeeze profits out of 2007, which has been marred by political unrest and low consumer confidence.

clock August 1, 2007Joyce Barrett

Inside the Singapore Banana Republic.

Fashion Features

Banana Republic Opens in Singapore as Part of Global Expansion

If you build it, they will come and, Gap Inc. hopes, they will shop. Customers were waiting when the retailer unveiled its first Banana Republic store here on July 14, the region’s third new boutique in as many months.

clock August 1, 2007Betsy Lowther

Barneys flagship in Manhattan.

Fashion Features

Fast Retailing Formalizes Barneys Offer

Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. made a formal offer Tuesday to acquire Barneys New York from Jones Apparel Group for $900 million in cash.

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Fashion Features

Liz Claiborne Posts 65% Earnings Drop

William L. McComb braced shareholders for a rough ride in his first-quarter earnings call three months ago — and for good reason.

clock August 1, 2007Whitney Beckett

Fashion Features

In Brief: LVMH Appointment… Nike Settlement…

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton on Tuesday named Ravi Thakran as group director for India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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Financial

Dems Mull Action Over High Court Pay Rulings

Democrats in Congress considered moves Tuesday that would counteract Supreme Court decisions involving minimum pricing agreements and pay discrimination that have broad implications for the fashion industry.

clock August 1, 2007Kristi Ellis

Fashion Features

Consumer Confidence Hits 6-Year High

July’s Consumer Confidence Index reached a six-year high, but whether consumers stay upbeat remains to be seen.

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The Icon on the J. Crew catalogue cover, in J. Crew green.

Fashion Features

J. Crew Revs Up Catalogue With Icon SUV

J. Crew is giving TLC, a company that buys, restores, services and sells Toyota Land Cruisers, a little TLC.

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Financial

Safilo 2nd-Qtr. Earnings Reach $18M

Safilo Group SpA, based in Padova, Italy, posted robust earnings on solid top-line growth for the second-quarter and first-half period Tuesday.

clock August 1, 2007Liza Casabona

Lily Legacy Satchels.

Fashion Features

Bulking Up at Coach: Accessories Firm Eyes $5B in Sales by 2012

Coach Inc. delivered another quarter of robust sales and earnings growth on Tuesday but wants even more.

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The interior of Intermix in SoHo.

Fashion Features

Goode Partners Takes Stake in Intermix

Facing a more competitive specialty store environment, Intermix said Tuesday that Goode Partners LLC, a New York private equity firm, has made a minority investment in the company.

clock August 1, 2007Sharon Edelson

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Settling the Bill… Desserts Only… Out and In…

The favorite spot for socialites and visiting Euros, Cipriani on Fifth Avenue, finally reopened last month and now diners there will have plenty to talk about while sipping their Bellinis.

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Fashion Features

Emerging Style in Berlin

Youth carried the day at the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin July 12 to 15.

clock August 1, 2007Melissa Drier

Topless California's T-shirt featuring LeRoy Neiman's Femlin character.

Fashion Features

Playboy Turns to Fashion, Puts Accent on Youth

The party had just started for Hugh Hefner at Hyde Lounge, a favorite celebrity club here.

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The women's section at Bally.

Fashion Features

Bally Freshens Look on Rodeo Drive

Swiss design house Bally reopened its Rodeo Drive store here on Friday to unveil a look with a more residential feel.

clock August 1, 2007Emili Vesilind

Rendering of Louis Vitton at Westfield London.

Fashion Features

Louis Vuitton Moves Into London Mall

Louis Vuitton is spreading its wings into west London.

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Andrea Jung

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Restructuring Impacts Avon Net… Ferrovial Said Looking to Sell Airport Retail Network

Despite a hefty sales gain, Avon Products Inc.’s second-quarter earnings fell 25 percent year-over-year.

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Justin Giunta

Fashion Features

CFDA Welcomes Freshman Class

Leave it to Diane von Furstenberg to loosen up a crowd. The president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, who, along with the CFDA board, hosted a party to welcome 30 new members Monday night, had the fashion crowd in stitches during her…

clock August 1, 2007Marc Karimzadeh

Fashion Features

Top 2 Saks Execs Receive New Employment Deals

Saks Fifth Avenue’s top two executives entered into new evergreen employment agreements.

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Jann Wenner

Media

Memo Pad: What’s the Delay?… Lost in the City… Stylish Man…

When will Janice Min sign a new deal with Wenner Media?

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Calvin Klein’s Amy Mellen, Senior VP of Home, Is Leaving

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