IPOs Are Fashionable: Hilfiger Offering Seen First of Many In 2008

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Despite a sagging stock market and a slowdown at retail on both sides of the Atlantic, 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the fashion initial public offering.

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Campaign posters lined the streets of Bangkok prior to Thailand's elections on Dec. 23.


Elections Raise Hopes for Thai Manufacturers

Industry executives hope that a new democratic government in Thailand will focus on increasing consumer confidence and private investment.

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Drought Causes Australian Wool Production Plunge

The Australian wool industry closed 2007 with bittersweet news for wool growers and their customers: U.S. prices hit a 17-year high, but production levels fell to their lowest in 61 years.

clock January 8, 2008Patty Huntington

The Daslu multibrand emporium.

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Luxury Heads South – to Brazil

While China, Russia and Dubai might be generating most of the ink when it comes to growth in the luxury market these days, there’s another market emerging that’s brimming with demand and ripe for expansion: Brazil.

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Jordan Labor Conditions Improving but Problems Persist

More than a year and a half after the National Labor Committee detailed poor working conditions in Jordanian apparel factories, the watchdog group, while…

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Beauty Beat: Susman Said Exiting Lauder

Market reports were circulating Monday that Sally Susman has resigned as executive vice president of global communications at Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. to join global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in a similar capacity.

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Farhi Shuts N.Y. Flagship

Nicole Farhi today will close her flagship at 10 East 60th Street, just off Madison Avenue.

clock January 8, 2008Sharon Edelson

Mix: Modern Clothing in Houston closed last month.


Houston’s Mix Founder Closes Shop

The shutdown of Mix: Modern Clothes in Houston, the epitome of high-fashion specialty retailing in that city, was a family matter.

clock January 8, 2008Sharon Edelson


Parisian Tourism, Retail Align to Woo Shoppers

The holiday selling season may have been less than stellar here, but French retailers are banding together to make the hotly anticipated post-holiday sales period more lucrative.

clock January 8, 2008Robert Murphy


Westfield Group in WTC Deal

The Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest developers, has signed a letter of intent with The Port Authority of NY and NJ to reacquire a stake in the planned $1.45 billion retail complex at the WTC site.

clock January 8, 2008David Moin

Images from the spring Balenciaga campaign featuring Jennifer Connelly.

Fashion Features

Ghesquiere, Connelly Get Tough for Spring In Balenciaga Ads

Leave it to Nicolas Ghesquiere to use the power of celebrity on his own terms — and in a season when many brands reverted to models in advertising.

clock January 8, 2008Miles Socha

Michael Kors

Fashion Features

Look Back

Nicolas Ghesquière always starts with a nod to Balenciaga’s roots, but then takes them in a diverse direction. For pre-fall, he continues spring’s play on structure, yet now gives it an ultrasporty edge.

clock January 8, 2008WWD Staff


DOT’s Mexican Truck Program Faces Senate Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation will maintain a pilot program allowing Mexican long-haul trucks to operate across the country.

clock January 8, 2008Kristi Ellis


Bangladesh Apparel Industry Recovers From Cyclone Damage

The apparel manufacturing industry in Bangladesh has overcome the impact of Cyclone Sidr that struck the entire coastal region on Nov. 15.

clock January 8, 2008Jahir Ahmed

Guess' new spring ad campaign, shot by Bryan Adams.


Memo Pad: Black Monday… Guess Runs to Bryan Adams…

Condé Nast Publications staffers are known to expect major changes after chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. returns from vacation in January.

clock January 8, 2008WWD Staff

A look from fall 2004.

Fashion Features

Rodriguez Moves Forward With a Look Back to Past

Narciso Rodriguez continues to celebrate his 10th anniversary. The designer is reissuing 20 looks from the past 10 years for his 10th anniversary capsule collection…

clock January 8, 2008Jessica Iredale

Tommy Hilfiger

Designer and Luxury

IPOs Are Fashionable: Hilfiger Offering Seen First of Many in 2008

Despite a sagging stock market and a slowdown at retail on both sides of the Atlantic, 2008 is shaping up to be the year of the fashion initial public offering.

clock January 8, 2008Samantha Conti and Nina Jones

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Popping Up… Hello Dolly

Karen Walker is the latest about to unleash a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pop-up store in New York. The New Zealand designer is teaming up with East Village concept shop Den to operate a boutique at 330 East 11th Street for three months.

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Golden Globes Gala Canceled

The Golden Globes will lose their luster this year – with implications for the red carpet – because of the Hollywood writers’ strike.

clock January 8, 2008Marcy Medina

Analysts predict Aeropostale will do well in the specialty sector when December comps are reported Thursday.


Dec. Comps Expected to Take Hit

Steep markdowns along with negative macroeconomic factors are expected to take a heavy toll on December same-store sales results, which are scheduled for release on Thursday.

clock January 8, 2008Liza Casabona and Jeanine Poggi


In Brief: Kellwood’s New Hire… Herbert Mines Taps Three

Kellwood Co. has tapped George Sokolowski as vice president strategy and chief marketing officer.

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Fashion Features

In the Ballot Box Style Plays a Hand With Voters

Forget the New Hampshire primary today – if the presidential vote were to be held now, the winner in the political style stakes would be Hillary Clinton.

clock January 8, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg and Robert Murphy

Fashion Features

Sarkozy’s Sidekick Bruni Ready to Ramp Up Style

The world’s political wives could soon be getting a model to follow – literally. Former mannequin and now songstress Carla Bruni is said to have a Christian Dior gem on her finger that may or may not be an engagement ring from French President…

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Surface to Air founders Nick Jones, Santiago Marotto, Jeremie Rozan and Aldric Speer

Fashion Features

Creative Coalitions Finding Multifaceted Success

Forget private equity. A new wave of independent fashion brands in Europe is carving out success in a tough industry by being jacks of all trades.

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