Plenty of M&As in Luxe, Despite Economic Ills

No cover image


Despite a grim economic climate, don't expect mergers and acquisitions in fashion and luxury to come grinding to a halt.

From This Issue

Bergdorf Goodman


Neiman Marcus Sees Higher Loss

Retailer?s sales rise 5.2 percent.

clock September 24, 2008David Moin

Gilles Mendel and Jennifer Creel


Annual Cocktails With the Museum of the City of New York

Guests at the Museum of the City of New York’s “New York After Dark” cocktails Tuesday night found a surprise waiting for them.

clock September 24, 2008WWD Staff


Nike Profits Down in Quarter

Sales rise 17 percent, beat expectations.

clock September 24, 2008Whitney Beckett

Lisamichelle spring dresses at Platform 2.


Train and Platform 2 Trade Shows Roll On

Unique pieces still sold well at Train and Platform 2 shows, both owned by French parent Pr?t ? Porter Paris.

clock September 25, 2008Whitney Beckett

The Louvre.

Fashion Features

Paris RTW Show Calendar

Schedule for fall ready-to-wear shows in Paris, Sept. 27 to Oct. 5, 2008.

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Noriko, a new contemporary line, sold novelty coats well at Moda.


Buyers Scout Color at Moda

Moda Manhattan expands September show.

clock September 25, 2008Whitney Beckett


Fashion Trends

Quality Brand Names

Top apparel, footwear and accessories labels ranked by brand equity scores from Harris Interactive and EquiTrend.

clock September 25, 2008Cecily Hall


Daily Stock Wrap

Wall Street spent Wednesday choosing between its faith in the judgment of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor.

Marketing and Promotion

Apparel Firms Create Own Social Networks

Juicy Couture, St. John and Sears are all diving into social media, whether it’s on Facebook, Myspace, or beyond.

clock September 25, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Traffic in Atlanta


Mixed Use Town Centers Replace Traditional Malls

In Atlanta, mixed-use town centers like Perimeter Mall and Lenox Square provide shopping, entertainment and dining.

clock September 25, 2008Georgia Lee

The Atrium at AmericasMart.


AmericasMart Shines Spotlight on Bridal

For the Atlanta Apparel Market, AmericasMart aims to grow its special-occasion business, premium men?s contemporary and children?s apparel categories.

clock September 25, 2008Elizabeth Thurman

Ready To Wear

Atlanta Market Schedule: October 11 – 14

Atlanta Apparel Market schedule including talks by director of Global Purchasing Cos., Mercedes Gonzalez, and an Ed Hardy lounge. Location: AmericasMart.

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Jill Leslie Designs

Fashion Features

Local Talent: Atlanta Designers

In Atlanta, Jill Leslie Designs, Choosey Chicks, and L.A. Stein bring 18K-gold jewelry and peacenik t-shirts to the table.

clock September 25, 2008Elizabeth Thurman

While temperatures in Atlanta may be cooling, dresses aren’t. Young women in upscale Buckhead keep it short and sweet.

Street Style

Letter From Atlanta: High Rise

While temperatures in Atlanta may be cooling, dresses aren’t. Young women in upscale Buckhead keep it short and sweet.

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Renovators are bringing new shops to the airport.


Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport’s Retail Makeover

New luxury shops, from Bulgari to Brooks Brothers and Salvatore Ferragamo and Zegna, slated for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

clock September 25, 2008Georgia Lee

Diane Lane


Q&A With ‘Nights in Rodanthe’ Star Diane Lane

Diane Lane talks about her starring role in “Nights in Rodanthe,” a film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, and her husband Josh Brolin.

clock September 25, 2008Amanda FitzSimons

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton recently purchased watch firm Hublot…and yacht-maker Feadship.


M&A Still Happening in Luxury

Strategic, overseas buyers spur market.

clock September 25, 2008Miles Socha and Andrew Roberts and Samantha Conti

Image from Donna Karan’s resort advertising campaign.


Off to Resort… Skip the Packing Peanuts… Calvin’s View…

Donna Karan’s first-ever resort advertising campaign is, just like her collection that season, inspired by the boudoir.

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Government and Trade

Atlanta Focus: Vital Stats

Metro Atlanta Population, August 2008… Unemployment Rate, July 2008… Metro Atlanta Foreclosures, August 2008…

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

A flare style.

Designer and Luxury

Donna Karan Adds Denim to Collection

Donna Karan is launching a jeans line within her Donna Karan Collection label for spring.

clock September 25, 2008Julee Kaplan

Alexandre and Julia Caugant checked out vintage-style denim samples at Kingpins.


Jeans Makers Seek Fresh Looks at Kingpins Show

The offer includes novel treatments mimicking leather and plastic.

clock September 25, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran

A snapshot by Jean-Louis Dumas.

Fashion Features

Paris Preview: Scene

Before Paris Fashion Week begins, WWD shares the pleasures of Paris: the best places to shop, eat, drink, sleep, stroll and romp in the great city of light.

clock September 25, 2008Chantal Goupil and Katya Foreman and Ellen Groves and Natasha Montrose


Prada Denies It’s Seeking Investor

Prada SpA is not considering the sale of a minority stake to a Dubai-based investor and still intends to list when markets improve, a spokesman said.

clock September 25, 2008Andrew Roberts

Ready To Wear

Stephanie Hirsch Exits INCA Designs

Founder and designer Stephanie Hirsch unable to resolve management differences at INCA Designs.

clock September 25, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Business Features

Robert Skinner Tapped as Lacoste USA’s CEO

The former Kellwood chief will replace Robert Siegel when he retires at the end of the year.

clock September 25, 2008Whitney Beckett

St. John's new contemporary resort line SoCa.

Fashion Features

St. John Launching Better Contemporary Line

New label called SoCa targets younger customers with casual lifestyles.

clock September 25, 2008Marcy Medina


Fashion Scoops

Going Tall at Roberto Cavalli… Rihanna at Gucci

Attending Roberto Cavalli for the first time, actress Marisa Berenson said she’s launching a line of all-natural face creams, including a “magical elixir.”

clock September 25, 2008WWD Staff

Jill Biden with her grand-daughter in Media, Pa., Sept. 16.

Fashion Features

Style on the Stump

Michelle Obama is compared to Jackie Kennedy, and Sarah Palin favors two-tone suits and glasses (“So Lenscrafters,” chided Simon Doonan).

clock September 25, 2008Sarah Haight


Today's Must Read

Dean and Dan Caten.


Exclusive: Dsquared2 Inks Fragrance License With Euroitalia

clock 4hSandra Salibian

Social Studies