A Season in the Balance: Hopeful Retailers Brace For Eleventh-Hour Blitz

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It's the holiday homestretch and fashion retailers are groping to meet sales and profit goals. The weekend storm crushed business in the Midwest and much of the Northeast, making a challenging season for apparel even tougher.

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Bruce Roberts, Textile Distributors Association


As TDA Closes, Roberts Remembers Different Days

Bruce Roberts, a key figure in the textiles industry for decades, remembers when the domestic fiber business thrived.

clock December 18, 2007Ross Tucker

Attendance at the show was down 13 percent.


Fabric Technology Spurs Japan Creation

The Japan Creation textile fair this month featured hand-spun silk and polyester recycling systems, showcasing the country’s ability to preserve ancient…

clock December 18, 2007Amanda Kaiser


Truck Drivers Maintain Hours

Retailers stocking store shelves for holiday got a gift from federal regulators last week who upheld existing limits on commercial truck drivers’ hours…

clock December 18, 2007Kristi Ellis

Container traffic fell for the fourth month in November.


U.S. Container Traffic Slows

Retailers’ lack of optimism about the holiday season is showing at the nation’s ports.

clock December 18, 2007Ross Tucker

A Charles James dress, 1954, in foreground.


Treasure Trove

Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT, enjoys telling the story of how she persuaded Tim Long, curator of costumes at the Chicago…

clock December 18, 2007Lorna Koski

Hedi Slimane


Slimane, LVMH Said Exploring Deal

Could Hedi Slimane end up back at LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton?

clock December 18, 2007Miles Socha


Gant Shareholders Vote Against Bid

More than 55 percent of Gant’s shareholders have rejected a hostile bid by Maus Fr?res SA, the Swiss retail group that owns the Lacoste brand,…

clock December 18, 2007Emilie Marsh


In Brief: H&M Reports… Gottschalks’ Wider Loss… Talmage Tapped For Solstice.

Hennes & Mauritz reported Monday that its sales in November accelerated 14 percent thanks to store openings.

clock December 18, 2007WWD Staff

Closet organizer, Elika Gibbs


Closet Case

There is nothing that gets Elika Gibbs’ heart pumping more than piles of clutter.

clock December 18, 2007Samantha Conti

Justin Portman, Natalia Vodianova in Kova & T and Helena Christensen in Stella McCartney.


Eye Scoop

Connecticut, not downtown Manhattan, was the place to party over the weekend.

clock December 18, 2007WWD Staff

The blog bar at "blog.mode: addressing fashion."


Web Designer

The Costume Institute at the Met has entered the blogosphere. Its latest exhibit, “blog.mode: addressing fashion,” opens today…

clock December 18, 2007Amanda FitzSimons

Versace's vibrant cashmere and wool coat.

Fashion Features

Hue Got It

Donatella Versace likes sharp-looking, Sixties-inspired shapes in bold colors, and she’s featuring fresh versions of them for day in her pre-fall Versace…

clock December 18, 2007WWD Staff

Dress Barn's festive evening looks.


A Season in the Balance: Hopeful Retailers Brace For Eleventh-Hour Blitz

It’s the holiday homestretch and fashion retailers are groping to meet sales and profit goals.

clock December 18, 2007David Moin and Holly Haber and Sharon Edelson and Georgia Lee

Sang A Im-Propp


Sang A Im-Propp Receives Award

Entering her second year in the accessories business, Sang A Im-Propp has been recognized not only for her design aesthetic, but her entertaining skills, too.

clock December 18, 2007Sophia Chabbott


Charles Jourdan To Be Liquidated

Charles Jourdan, the troubled French luxury footwear and accessories brand that filed for bankruptcy protection in September, is being liquidated by the…

clock December 18, 2007Emilie Marsh

Designer and Luxury

Bob Green, VP Sales, Departs St. John

Bob Green, vice president of sales at St. John, has left the Irvine, Calif., company.

clock December 18, 2007Lisa Lockwood

Marketing and Promotion

SK Networks Acquires Y & Kei and Hanii Y

SK Networks Co. Ltd., a $17 billion Seoul-based global marketing company, has acquired Obzee Co. Ltd. and its affiliate brands Y & Kei and Hanii Y.

clock December 18, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg


Timberland to Launch Worldwide Sites

Timberland Co. is taking the autonomy and speed it gained with the launch of its U.K. Web site to a handful of international sites next year.

clock December 18, 2007Denise Power

Fashion Trends

Another Kind of Green Movement

Keira Knightley appears to be doing more for the color green than Kermit the Frog ever did.

clock December 18, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Lela Rose on the road in her tights.

Fashion Features

The Things They Can’t Live Without

As holiday shoppers scramble for last-minute gifts, fashion insiders know there is something to be said for appreciating what they already have.

clock December 18, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

George Clooney and his girlfriend, Sarah Larson, at Belstaff.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Charron’s Next Chapter… Westwood’s London Fling… Cruz-ing Along…

Paul Charron, former chairman and chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., is headed back to work…

clock December 18, 2007WWD Staff

Marlo Thomas and Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive of Brooks Brothers.

Fashion Features

Family Affair at Brooks Bros. Benefit

The Brooks Brothers flagship on Madison Avenue transformed into a family affair Thursday when 375 guests, including 50 children, fanned out for holiday…

clock December 18, 2007WWD Staff

Business Features

Beauty Beat: Italian Beauty Sales Rise 2.9% for Year

After three years of relatively stagnant sales, the Italian beauty market is picking up the pace.

clock December 18, 2007Stephanie Epiro and Jennifer Weil

Coverage of the new couple.


Memo Pad: A New Technique… Stepping Out… Sarko Spotting…

As if Vogue didn’t scoop up enough fashion advertising, it continues to reach for more via its very own in-house ad agency.

clock December 18, 2007Jennifer Weil and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks

Paul Smith created chairs for Elle.

Fashion Features

Tokyo Design Week Ups Fashion Quotient

Tokyo Design Week is gaining more recognition throughout the world.

clock December 18, 2007Akira Miura


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