Opportunity Knocking: Coach Spies Potential Even as Economy Bites

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“No social or economic class is immune from this crisis,” said Lew Frankfort, chairman and chief executive of Coach Inc. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Topshop on Oxford Street in London.


Topshop, Miss Selfridge Stand Out at Arcadia

High street chains post excellent year, while middle-market banners had a tougher time due to credit crunch, weather.

clock October 21, 2008Samantha Conti

Lew Frankfort


Coach Spies Potential Even as Economy Bites

Company expects sales to grow about 10% this fiscal year.

clock October 21, 2008Evan Clark

A floral cardigan from Cable & Gauge.


Vendors Offer Less Cashmere This Spring

Knit companies, hoping for flat sales this spring, scale back on cashmere and other expensive yarns.

clock October 22, 2008Whitney Beckett

Tory Burch’s printed blouse.


Specialty Retailers Seek Best-Selling Items in Tough Times

With women buying less, newness and differentiation may be the only saviors for retailers this season

clock October 22, 2008Whitney Beckett

Christopher Bailey and Kate Hudson.

Designer and Luxury

Burberry Marks Overhaul of Beverly Hills Flagship

Just in time for fall, Burberry’s flagship in Beverly Hills has a fresh look.

clock October 22, 2008Anne Riley-Katz and Marcy Medina

Betsey Johnson blue strapless dress.


Challenges for Buyers, Vendors at L.A. Market

Economic conditions dictate cuts in orders and budgets.

clock October 22, 2008Khanh T.L. Tran and Rachel Brown and Anne Riley-Katz

Looks from La Perla.

Mergers and Acquisitions

JH Partners Gains Control of La Perla

San Francisco-based private equity fund JH Partners LLC has acquired full control of La Perla Group, the Italian luxury innerwear company.

clock October 22, 2008Luisa Zargani


Altagamma Speakers See Rough Road Ahead

The fashion and luxury goods market is set for a bumpy ride, according to industry experts speaking at the Altagamma conference in Milan on Tuesday.

clock October 22, 2008Andrew Roberts

Sir Paul Smith signs a skirt for a fan.

Fashion Features

Sir Paul Smith Preaches Creativity and Inspiration

Paul Smith breezes through Vancouver to visit his shop-in-shop at Holt Renfrew?s Pacific Centre outpost and give a speech.

clock October 22, 2008Mina Williams

Michelle Obama

Fashion Scoops

Hail to the First Wife… 170 Years of Tiffany’s…

Barneys has gotten swept up in election fever. On Tuesday afternoon, workers were hanging portraits of the wives of 43 American presidents.

clock October 22, 2008WWD Staff

John Demsey, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Anna Wintour and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Fashion Features

God’s Love We Deliver Honors Seventh on Sale

Designers were out in force Monday night at God?s Love We Deliver?s annual Golden Heart awards dinner at IAC?s headquarters.

clock October 22, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Chace Crawford on the cover of  V Man.


Memo Pad: Friends in High Places… Testino Shoots Chace Crawford… Snapshot…

It appears a few t?te-?-t?tes with Diego Della Valle on Capri have landed… Chace Crawford of ?Gossip Girl? is on the cover of V…

clock October 22, 2008WWD Staff

The Elizabeth Hurley bio page.

Beauty Features

Estee Lauder Relaunching Web Site

New esteelauder.com, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and Elizabeth Hurley, to be more consumer friendly.

clock October 22, 2008Julie Naughton


Takasago Buys N.J.-based Supplier

Deal seen strengthening Tokyo-based firm’s home care and beauty care businesses.

clock October 22, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Business Features

Empire State Pride Agenda Honors Ralph Lauren

In four decades, Ralph Lauren has made philanthropy a key component of his career, championing causes from workplace equality to HIV/AIDS and cancer.

clock October 22, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Looks from Enyce and Lady Enyce.


Sean John Acquires Enyce From Liz Claiborne

Despite the tight credit markets and fears over a recession, Sean ?Diddy? Combs on Tuesday revealed he has acquired the Enyce brand from Liz Claiborne Inc.

clock October 22, 2008Julee Kaplan


Financial Briefs: Richemont Shares Climb… PacSun Spurns Bid…

Shares in Compagnie Financi?re Richemont… Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. on Tuesday rejected an unsolicited buyout offer…

clock October 22, 2008WWD Staff


Daily Stock Wrap

Top gainers and losers.

clock October 22, 2008WWD Staff

Monique Lhuillier channeled Grace Kelly in the tulle gown shown here, with a ruched bodice and embroidered ruffle trim.

Fashion Trends

Trend Report: Princess Bride

Every bride can feel like a princess, thanks to an array of designs featuring elegantly simple embellishments.

clock October 22, 2008WWD Staff


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clock 12hLuisa Zargani

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