Taking It to the Limit: Dior Goes Ultraluxe In Revamped Flagship

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Christian Dior wants to take luxe to a new level on the retail floor.

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Import Prices: Nowhere to Go but Up

China’s rise as the world’s leader of low-cost manufacturing has been largely a result of its size, style of government and immense population.

clock September 18, 2007Ross Tucker


Retailers Concerned Over New Trucking Rules

A U.S. Court of Appeals decision that reduces the number of hours a day a commercial truck driver can be on the road has some in the supply chain concerned.

clock September 18, 2007Kristi Ellis


A Doha Deal Remains Elusive

Boosted by support from Asia-Pacific leaders, negotiators from key nations in the troubled Doha global trade talks have resumed efforts to broker a draft package deal by the end of this year.

clock September 18, 2007John Zarocostas

Leather exports to the U.S. are down.


Dollar Decline Felt in Italian Mills

A strong euro-to-dollar exchange rate is biting into Italian exports and making it more expensive for a fashion company to craft a handbag out of Tuscan leather or weave Biellese wool into a suit.

clock September 18, 2007Amanda Kaiser

The Altinyildiz Textiles factory.


Turkey Rebounds From Turmoil

A four-month crisis over the election of Turkey’s next president kept political and economic issues as heated as the record summer temperatures here.

clock September 18, 2007Suna Erdem

Master Textiles' factory.


Pakistan’s Textile Industry in Eye of the Storm

The most detrimental fallout of this year’s increased political instability in Pakistan for its textile industry is the reluctance of foreign buyers to visit mills in the country.

clock September 18, 2007Mahlia S. Lone


Bush Proposes Production Plan for Afghan Border Region

Apparel and textile producers are used to venturing deep into the Third World looking for lower prices, but it remains to be seen if the industry is ready to take to the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, even for looser trade restrictions.

clock September 18, 2007Evan Clark

USA-ITA's Laura Jones and Liz Claiborne's Gary Ross and Frank Kelly press the Commerce Department's David Spooner (second from right) at a public hearing on Vietnam monitoring.


Taking Stock of Vietnam

Sourcing executives with orders in Vietnam are waiting to see if their shipments are going to become more expensive.

clock September 18, 2007Evan Clark


Free Trade Agreements Taking Different Paths

A Senate committee took a step forward in considering a free trade agreement with Peru last week, but the fate of three other pending pacts with Panama, Colombia and South Korea remain uncertain.

clock September 18, 2007Kristi Ellis


China’s Exports Come Under Fire

Lawmakers are ratcheting up the pressure to pass legislation cracking down on China’s undervalued currency and contaminated products this fall, leaving a large swath of the fashion industry on guard over punitive legislation.

clock September 18, 2007Kristi Ellis and Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Styles from Les Prairies and American Retro.

Fashion Features

Paris Seeing Long and Lean Looks

Next summer’s ingenue is smartening up with more sophisticated looks, including slimmer fits, longer hemlines and more elegant tailoring.

clock September 18, 2007Emilie Marsh and Ellen Groves

The Maggie Norris corset Nelson Shanks is using in Keira Chaplin's portrait.

Fashion Features

Shanks Gives Norris a Stroke of Artistry

Trends are inherently transient, but Maggie Norris has found a way to immortalize a red corset she has designed.

clock September 18, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Cat Deeley in Temperley.


Screen Savers

Emmy weekend came to a crescendo Sunday night, but it started off prim and proper at the BAFTA Tea Party on Saturday afternoon.

clock September 18, 2007WWD Staff

A Bernard Buffet portrait of Christian Dior above the fireplace gives a residential feel to the boutique.

Fashion Features

Taking It to the Limit: Dior Goes Ultraluxe In Revamped Flagship

Christian Dior wants to take luxe to a new level on the retail floor.

clock September 18, 2007Miles Socha

Courteney Cox

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Courteney Cox Reups With Kinerase… Burberry, L’Artisan in Pact

Courteney Cox is a loyal friend to Kinerase.

clock September 18, 2007Rachel Brown


Online Retailers Go Cutting-Edge

A surprising number of online retailers are embracing customization, user reviews, blogs and other cutting-edge Web trends typically known as “Web 2.0,” according to a National Retail Federation report.

clock September 18, 2007Cate T. Corcoran

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Memo Pad: No Words… Short Stint… Rewriting History…

The third issue of Portfolio will arrive on newsstands later this week with one thing missing…

clock September 18, 2007WWD Staff

Luella Bartley

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Luella’s London… Play it Again, Kylie… Short ‘N’ Sweet…

Luella Bartley came home in style Monday night, inaugurating her first stand-alone store on Brook Street in Mayfair.

clock September 18, 2007WWD Staff


Gap Sued by French Brand

French contemporary label Zadig & Voltaire is taking Gap Inc. and Gap France to court, alleging the fashion giant knocked off its best-selling T-shirt.

clock September 18, 2007Emilie Marsh

Fashion Features

Nordstrom Considering Park Avenue Site

Nordstrom Inc. has been searching Manhattan’s East Side, West Side, uptown and downtown for a flagship site and the latest property of interest appears to be the former Drake Hotel on Park Avenue.

clock September 18, 2007David Moin

Fashion Features

Trade Show Pitti Uomo Adding Women’s Space

Florentine men’s wear trade show outfit Pitti Uomo will launch a women’s pre-collection space at January’s edition.

clock September 18, 2007Stephanie Epiro and Courtney Colavita


Fund Forms for Apparel Investments

Victor Rousso and King Lun USA Fund (I) LP have partnered to create Prism LP to make equity investments in Rousso Apparel Group, Garfield & Marks and Santa Fe Apparel, the companies said in a statement Monday.

clock September 18, 2007WWD Staff


In Brief: Buying Back… Richemont Buy…

Gottschalks Inc.’s board approved a share buyback of up to 2 million shares of its common stock, the retailer said Monday.

clock September 18, 2007WWD Staff


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