China Economy, Apparel Evolve

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Although China seems to be losing ground as the world's top apparel manufacturer, many experts say this is a natural part of its economic development.

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Designer and Luxury

Max L. Raab, 82

Max L. Raab, founder of The Villager and J.G. Hook and a producer of such films as “A Clockwork Orange” and “Walkabout,” died Thursday at his home in…

clock February 25, 2008Lisa Lockwood


Doneger Acquires Directives West

Extending its track record of absorbing competitors, The Doneger Group consulting, trend analysis and merchandising organization has acquired Directives West, another consultant to retailers.

clock February 25, 2008David Moin


Safilo Earnings Climb 36.2%

MILAN — Italy’s Safilo Group SpA on Friday said earnings leaped by more than a third in 2007, although it forecast more moderate gains this year.

clock February 25, 2008Andrew Roberts


Mexico-Based Firm Looks to Steer Retailers South for Growth

Even though the U.S. economy is cooling, Alberto Fasja Cohen, co-chief executive officer of Grupo AXO, said the retail waters south of the border are warm enough for the right kind of brand looking to expand.

clock February 25, 2008Evan Clark


Dollar Demand for Gold Hits Price Record in ’07

Dollar demand for gold hit a record $79 billion in 2007 and identifiable gold demand jumped 4 percent to 3,547 tons, but demand in the fourth quarter slowed considerably, according to World Gold Council’s Gold Demand Trends.

clock February 25, 2008Zara Wong

American Eagle Outfitters' Martin + Osa chain has struggled to attract customers.


Contemporary Concept Chains Face Tough Times

American Eagle Outfitters and Abercrombie & Fitch are learning that growing up is hard to do.

clock February 25, 2008Jeanine Poggi


Inventory Control, Discounts Propel TJX Profits Up 45.6%

Keeping a close eye on inventory and costs and offering shoppers the promise of branded goods at inexpensive prices, off-price giant TJX Cos. Inc. drove up its bottom and top lines in the fourth quarter.

clock February 25, 2008Evan Clark

Cory Kennedy in a visual from Urban Decay's spring marketing campaign.

Body Care

Beauty Beat: Selective Beauty Sales Rise…

Selective Beauty, the Paris-based beauty manufacturer and distributor, announced that 2007 sales were up 24 percent year-on-year, to 188 million euros, or…

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff


Memo Pad: Around the Globe… Comeback…

Rodale is exploring international launches of Best Life, Women’s Health and Runner’s World this year in Russia, Brazil and China.

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff

Business Features

De la Renta in New Bag Deal

After showing his fall collection during New York Fashion Week, Oscar de la Renta is already on to the next project – a license for O Oscar handbags…

clock February 25, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg


Study: Calif. Retailers Face Tough ’08

Retailers in this key market face a struggle until at least the end of 2008 as key industries falter, a new study said.

clock February 25, 2008Anne Riley-Katz

The latest accessories styles from Escada.


Fresh Vision: CEO Loubier Aims to Renew Escada

Escada chief executive officer Jean-Marc Loubier is on a mission to reignite the brand.

clock February 25, 2008Sophia Chabbott and Antonia Sardone

A Loewe look from Stuart Vevers' debut collection.

Designer and Luxury

Stuart Vevers Revisits Loewe Roots

Loewe’s new creative director, Stuart Vevers, is on a mission to channel the aristocratic roots of the brand ??? as the official supplier to Spain’s…

clock February 25, 2008Katya Foreman

A bustier by Frederick's of Hollywood.

Fashion Features

Frederick’s Gets Some Oomph From Merger With Movie Star

FOH Holdings, the parent of Frederick’s of Hollywood, and Movie Star Inc. have completed their merger and retail expansion is a priority.

clock February 25, 2008Karyn Monget

The Hanes ad with Sarah Chalke breaks during "American Idol" March 11.

Fashion Features

Hanesbrands Relying on Big Names

Hanesbrands Inc. appears to be on a roll despite the difficult economy.

clock February 25, 2008Karyn Monget

Shoe by Gianvito Rossi.

Fashion Features

Gianvito Rossi Takes Vertical Approach

After securing elite points of sale, designer Gianvito Rossi is laying the foundation for more expansion of his accessories business by setting up his own production plant and opening stores in Milan and Paris this year.

clock February 25, 2008Luisa Zargani

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard


New Timex CEO Sets Growth Agenda

Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, the new president and chief executive officer of the $700 million Timex Group, wants to build the firm’s luxury offerings and…

clock February 25, 2008Caroline Tell

Stefano Pilati

Real Estate

Pilati Strives for Timeless YSL Experience

“I call it the opium experience,” Stefano Pilati said of Yves Saint Laurent’s striking new-look boutique here at St. Sulpice, with ceilings and wall panels…

clock February 25, 2008Miles Socha


Fashion Scoops: Down At The Heel… Short Cuts… House Moves…

Patrick Cox’s business is in flux after his backers withdrew their funds, forcing the London-based footwear designer to close his Sloane Street boutique and…

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff


China Economy, Apparel Evolve

Although China seems to be losing ground as the world’s top apparel manufacturer, many experts say this is a natural part of its economic development.

clock February 25, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Fashion Features

In Brief: Piperlime Adding Bags…

Piperlime, the footwear Web site owned by Gap Inc., is branching out to include handbags.

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Dennis Hopper and Julian Schnabel.


Commercial Success

Even with the end of the writers’ strike, this Oscar season has seen fewer parties, fewer celebrities, and a general feeling that perhaps none of this…

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff

Amy Adams in Proenza Schouler and Fred Leighton.

Street Style

Keeping It Classic

The 80th annual Academy Awards presentation may have seemed a little ad hoc (no opening number, Amy Adams performing “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”…

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff

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Street Style

No Regrets

The fish-scale dress created especially for her by Jean Paul Gaultier may have generated mixed reactions, but there’s no doubt Marion Cotillard worked the…

clock February 25, 2008WWD Staff


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