Out to Lift Confidence, CIT Group Pumps $1B Into Factoring Division

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Vendors can perhaps breathe a little easier over CIT. The group’s profitable factoring business, Trade Finance, got a boost when $1 billion was earmarked to fund the operation.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Retail Stocks Gain In July

Retail stocks more than held their own last month, outpacing the market and rising 9.9 percent.

clock August 3, 2009Evan Clark

Michele handbag


Michele Adds Handbags for Fall

Watch firm Michele feels it’s time to grow into fuller accessories brand.

clock August 3, 2009Caroline Tell

Carla Amorim’s earrings.


Nimble Jewelry Firms Stay Ahead

Companies showcasing their lines at the JA NY Summer show in Manhattan said sales have been down for the year, but things seem to be improving.

clock August 3, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Jessica Simpson


Inside Out: Jessica Simpson Discusses Her Lingerie Line

The singer and actress Jessica Simpson discusses her new lingerie line.

clock August 3, 2009Karyn Monget

Donna Karan Intimates’ Cashmere Luxe Shaping Bodysuit.


Donna Karan and DKNY Intimates Push Comfort

The licensed Donna Karan Intimates and DKNY intimates at Maidenform Brands Inc. is focusing on comfort, fit and function with a luxurious twist for spring.

clock August 3, 2009Karyn Monget

Passionata’s flirty bra and undies.


Back to Basics for Spring Innerwear

August market week will focus on getting business back to normal.

clock August 3, 2009Karyn Monget

Designer and Luxury

Dior First-Half Profits Fall

Christian Dior SA on Friday reported lower first-half net profits amid tough markets for luxury goods and against a strong performance in 2008.

clock August 3, 2009Elena Berton

Designer and Luxury

Luca Voarino Exits Pucci U.S.

Luca Voarino, president of Pucci USA, exits the company. His responsibilities will be assumed by Tim Crout.

clock August 3, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

A shirt from the women’s collection.

Ready To Wear

Robert Graham Tests New Avenues

Robert Graham, best known for whimsical men’s shirts, is pursuing two potential sweet spots — women’s and the Web.

clock August 3, 2009Brenner Thomas

Ralph Lauren Collection’s scarf; Christian Dior’s bag; Oscar de la Renta’s bracelet; Donna Karan’s sandal; Kate Spade New York’s leather bag and brooch by Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun; Chanel’s boot.

Fashion Trends

Resort Accessories Trend: Knots Landing

Resort’s crop of nautical accessories will make perfect first mates.

clock August 3, 2009Roxanne Robinson

Michael Jackson on the cover of Vanity Fair.


Memo Pad: Two Deaths, Two Covers… YSL on Facebook… Harper’s New Look…

As reported by WWD last week, Vanity Fair has produced two different covers on the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett for its September issue.

clock August 3, 2009WWD Staff


CIT Pumps $1B Into Factoring Arm

CIT Group’s profitable factoring business got a boost when $1 billion was earmarked to fund the operation.

clock August 3, 2009Vicki M. Young and Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Scoops

Tom Ford Film To Premiere in Venice… Stars of Fashion Twinkle…

Tom Ford’s first film “A Single Man,” starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

clock August 3, 2009WWD Staff

Mergers and Acquisitions

Absolute Amenities Buys Stake in Lucy B

Absolute Amenities Inc., has purchased a stake in Lucy B Cosmetics for an undisclosed sum.

clock August 3, 2009Rachel Brown

Scarlett Johansson

Human Resources

La Dolce Vita: Scarlett Johansson Appears at Selfridges

Scarlett Johansson turned up at London’s Selfridges to promote Dolce & Gabbana’s The Make Up collection.

clock August 3, 2009Brid Costello

Business Features

Aeffe Revenues Drop 23 Percent

Italian luxury group Aeffe says poor performance of Pollini group and store openings dragged revenues down.

clock August 3, 2009Luisa Zargani

Models wearing looks from J.C. Penney in “mobile windows.”


J.C. Penney’s Unveils Manhattan Store

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kimora Lee Simmons appear at the opening celebration for J.C. Penney’s in Manhattan.

clock August 3, 2009Sharon Edelson

Thom Browne and Yasuharu Ishikawa


Thom Browne and Cross Company Plan Asian Expansion

Thom Browne is plotting his future with his new Japanese partner, Cross Company, with plans to open a flagship in Tokyo.

clock August 3, 2009Amanda Kaiser and Kaname Murakami


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