The Coming Fallout: Industry Weighs Which Sectors Will Survive

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Who will make the cut? That's the question hanging over retailers and manufacturers as the industry leaves a year it's desperate to forget and enters a new one that can be even more challenging.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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The $600 million River Oaks District project in Houston, touting 350,000 square feet of retail space, has been postponed.


Economic Storm Hits Texas

Retail projects are being delayed and 2009 forecast is negative.

clock January 5, 2009Holly Haber

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s shop.


A Painter and Her Perfume Shop

Niche perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has set out to cultivate a local clientele with Essence Studio, her shop that opened recently in Boulder, Colo.

clock January 5, 2009Rachel Brown


L’Occitane en Provence Goes Organic

L’Occitane en Provence is introducing in spring its first collection of organic facial skin care products, called Organic Olive Oil Cream Based Care.

clock January 5, 2009Matthew W. Evans

Mergers and Acquisitions

IT Holding Deal With Mensun Hits Dead End

IT Holding SpA said Friday it would explore alternatives to improve its financial situation.

clock January 5, 2009Andrew Roberts


Quiksilver Cutting Capex

Surfwear firm Quiksilver plans to reduce capital expenditures in the current fiscal year to $60 million to $70 million.

clock January 5, 2009Arnold J. Karr

Business Features

Good Knight, John Galliano… Blass Couture Files Chapter 7…

Christian Dior’s John Galliano has been appointed a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor. Bill Blass Ltd. filed a Chapter 7 liquidation petition Dec. 31…

clock January 5, 2009WWD Staff

Fashion weighs sector survival.

Ready To Wear

The Coming Fallout: Who’s Vulnerable?

Niche brands, celebrity lines and small companies seen as fragile.

clock January 5, 2009Marc Karimzadeh and Whitney Beckett and Luisa Zargani and Karyn Monget and Caroline Tell and Brenner Thomas

India's retail market is expected to grow to $637 billion by 2015.


China and India Provide Most Consumer Potential

The next wave of global apparel demand is likely to come not from rich nations, but from rapidly growing consumer markets.

clock January 5, 2009John Zarocostas


Independents Pare Down Lines Too

For independent retailers such as Thomas George the deep discounting this holiday season by big retailers has forced him to rethink his buying strategy.

clock January 5, 2009David Lipke

Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs

Fashion Features

Ecco Domani Names Award Winners

The Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation awarded Lyn Devon, Matthew Ames and Cushnie et Ochs by Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, among others.

clock January 5, 2009Jean Scheidnes

Cameron Diaz


Cedrick Trades Down… Swatch Bond… N2’s U.S. Push…

Los Angeles-based jeweler Cedrick Jihanian — a favorite of Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Mariah Carey and Felicity Huffman — has added lower-price styles.

clock January 5, 2009WWD Staff

The open-pit mine at Voorspoed, De Beers’ newest mine in the Free State province of South Africa.


Diamonds in the Rough: The Recession’s Effect on the Industry

The raw diamond industry faces many challenges

clock January 5, 2009Bambina Wise

Graydon Carter, Fran Lebowitz


Memo Pad: Who Keeps Resolutions, Anyway?

“Last year’s ‘less food, more exercise’ wasn’t particularly effective,” admitted Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter.

clock January 5, 2009WWD Staff

Kim Willson and Morgan Harbin of MMK Brands.


Smaller Innerwear Firms Find Ways to Stay Afloat

Entrepreneurial intimate apparel designers, like Wendy Glez and Samantha Chang, face a tough road ahead.

clock January 5, 2009Karyn Monget

Clockwise left: Badgley Mischka necklace, Giorgio Armani clutch, Donna Karan New York bootie, Dennis Basso belt, Diesel bag, Calvin Klein clutch, Alberta Ferretti necklace, Bally pump, Giles & Brother necklace, Jimmy Choo clutch, and Rodo flat.

Fashion Trends

Pre-Fall Accessories: Where There’s Smoke…

For pre-fall, certain accessories designers are showing pieces that are stylish combinations of dark and light.

clock January 5, 2009Shoshanna Fischhoff

Jane Birkin


Interview With Jane Birkin: The Perennial Ingenue

More than three decades after singing “Je T’Aime…Moi Non Plus” with Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin will release her first completely self-penned album.

clock January 5, 2009Katya Foreman

Kate Barry


Birkin’s Brood

“We’re like the Redgraves, except that we all have different names,” Judy Campbell, Birkin’s mother, once famously remarked of her talented clan.

clock January 5, 2009WWD Staff

Business Features

Retail Stocks Slid 31.9 Percent in 2008

The recession has exacted a heavy toll on Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Kohl’s, and many others.

clock January 5, 2009Evan Clark


Today's Must Read

An Esprit store.


Esprit CEO Calls Expected Loss 'Very Disappointing'

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Social Studies