Facing Growing Pains: Indie Bag Brands Soar, But Tough Road Ahead

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Even as demand for handbags continues to climb at retail, and scores of new designers flood the market in hopes of becoming the next Kate Spade or Coach, many independent brands are facing an increasing number of hurdles to growing their businesses.

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Alexandre de Paris (right) and Karl Lagerfeld checking a model for a Chanel show in 1983.

Fashion Features

Obituary: Hairstylist Alexandre de Paris

The creator of ‘haute coiffure,” hairstylist to Princess Grace of Monaco and Elizabeth Taylor, has died at the age of 85.

clock January 14, 2008Jennifer Weil


H&M Faces Setback in Paris

Hennes & Mauritz’s bid to open on the Champs-Elys?es here took a turn for the worse last week as the Paris mayor’s office said it would appeal a French…

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Retail Shares End Rough Week on Low Note

Shares of retailers took a beating on Friday, after consumer confidence fell to an all-time low as reported by research firm RBC, and American Express Co….

clock January 14, 2008Jeanine Poggi


Legal Briefs

Robert Barchiesi will join the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition as president effective Feb. 11.

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A look from Anthropologie, where improvements are helping propel overall business at Urban Outfitters.


Urban Outfitters Stands Out in Struggling Apparel Sector

After suffering a year of slowing growth due to merchandise misses, Urban Outfitters Inc. spent most of 2007 working to reposition itself and has now…

clock January 14, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Ports of L.A…Knitting Pretty… Milan in Milan…

Ports 1961 designer Tia Cibani made her second annual sojourn to Los Angeles Wednesday to show her “Fait Main” collection, the second one-off line designed…

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Human Resources

Marco Giacometti Named CEO of Tod’s USA

Company insider Marco Giacometti has been tapped as chief executive officer of Tod’s USA.

clock January 14, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Gemesis manufactures colored diamonds including yellow and, now, pink.


Gemesis Diamonds Think Pink

In laboratory-produced diamonds, pink is the new yellow.

clock January 14, 2008Sophia Chabbott

Bags from Aspinal of London.


Aspinal of London On the Move

Aspinal of London is taking new roads into women’s leather accessories after making a name with its vividly colored passport covers.

clock January 14, 2008Stephanie Epiro

Elomi will feature a bustier for full figures.


Eveden Launches Elomi for Full Figures

Eveden Ltd. is launching a new full-figure bra brand for spring called Elomi.

clock January 14, 2008Karyn Monget

Visitors line up for a CurveNV show in Las Vegas.


Vendors Deal With Trade Show Congestion

The rivalry is intensifying between two key innerwear trade fairs, CurveExpo and Lingerie Americas.

clock January 14, 2008Karyn Monget

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Designer and Luxury

Class Mates

Taking a breather from fashion hijinks, Marc Jacobs is reworking some of his classics at Louis Vuitton, creating an urbane mix-and-match wardrobe for pre-fall.

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Adriana Lima will appear in Victoria's Secret's next Super Bowl ad.


Memo Pad: Aren’t The Ads What The Super Bowl Is About Anyway?…

Victoria’s Secret is back at the Super Bowl after a nine-year hiatus. The sexy lingerie brand will run a 30-second ad featuring model Adriana Lima.

clock January 14, 2008David Moin and Miles Socha and Irin Carmon

The Loeffler Randall Bunny bag.

Designer and Luxury

Facing Growing Pains: Indie Bag Brands Soar, But Tough Road Ahead

It’s becoming harder than ever for the little guy to survive and thrive in the handbag business.

clock January 14, 2008Caroline Tell

Susan Hanover's wired bangles.


Lighter Hues Shine for Spring

It may be winter, but spring was in the air at Accessorie Circuit and AccessoriesTheShow, where companies presented warm, sunny jewelry in shades of pink,…

clock January 14, 2008Caroline Tell

Portia de Rossi in Kaufman Franco with Ellen DeGeneres in Dolce & Gabbana and Martin Margiela at St. Vibiana's.


Digging for Gold

With Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet and after parties called off, the events that did take place over the weekend bore an added weight.

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Milla Jovovich


Coach’s Date with Miss Davenporte

Coach celebrated its latest design collaboration with Miss Davenporte, the contemporary line designed by celebrity stylists Estee Stanley and Cristina…

clock January 14, 2008Marcy Medina


Tiffany Cuts Outlook, Shares Tumble 11.2%

Shares of Tiffany & Co. are expected to remain under pressure as the company faces a more challenging retail environment…

clock January 14, 2008Vicki M. Young

Mergers and Acquisitions

Citizen Buys Bulova

Citizen Watch Co. has acquired Bulova Corp. from Loews Corp. for $250 million as part of its strategy to become a multibrand company.

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A spring style from Liz Claiborne.

Human Resources

Claiborne Taps John Bartlett for Men’s

Liz Claiborne Inc. has hired John Bartlett to design the Claiborne men’s sportswear line…

clock January 14, 2008Whitney Beckett

Human Resources

Audibet Leaves Vionnet After One Season

The house of Vionnet has lost another designer.

clock January 14, 2008Robert Murphy

Human Resources

Vignola Named President of Calvin Klein Collection

Calvin Klein Inc. has tapped Robert Vignola as president of Calvin Klein Collection, a newly created post.

clock January 14, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Clairol's Perfect 10 is designed to make hair coloring at home easier.


P&G Hoping to Score With ‘Perfect 10’

Procter & Gamble is bent on making home hair coloring fun.

clock January 14, 2008Pete Born and Andrea Nagel

Human Resources

In Brief: Oxford Promotion…

K. Scott Grassmyer, senior vice president and controller of Oxford Industries, will take on the additional role of chief financial officer, a new post.

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