The Christmas Spirit: Retailers Bring Down Expectations, Prices

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As they trudge through the back-to-school season, retailers don’t see much of a break for holiday.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Casual Male announced it will scale back its Rochester Big & Tall chain.


Casual Male Profits Climb

Cost cuts and inventory control helped Casual Male Retail Group Inc. increase Q2 profits by more than 90 percent despite sales declines.

clock August 26, 2009Jean E. Palmieri and Arnold J. Karr

Business Features

Consumer Confidence Bounces Back

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index bounced back in August, bucking two consecutive months of declines.

clock August 25, 2009Evan Clark and Matthew Lynch

Business Features

Retail Stocks Rally

Gains in consumer confidence, corporate earnings push store equities higher.

clock August 25, 2009Arnold J. Karr and Matthew Lynch

Uniqlo's new retail concept for young women at Tokyo's Marui.


Fast-Fashion Stores Outpace Competition

H&M, Fast, Inditex dominate Sage Group retailer study.

clock August 26, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Sporting Goods Chains Struggle in Second Quarter

Weak apparel sales cut into bottom line at Foot Locker.

clock August 26, 2009Matthew Lynch

Ne-Yo and Miss Piggy


Miss Piggy, Ne-Yo Headline Macy’s Glamorama Event

Billed as a surprise guest at Macy’s Glamorama in Chicago, Miss Piggy emerged in grand style, wearing her own customized Marc Jacobs dress.

clock August 26, 2009Beth Wilson

Ju E Wong

Human Resources

Astral Brands Names Wong CEO

Astral Brands has named Jue Wong as chief executive officer in an attempt to lead the company out of a restructuring phase and return it to sales growth.

clock August 26, 2009Rachel Brown

Dean Harris


Signature Dean Harris to Air on QVC

The New York-based fine jewelry designer has inked a deal to sell his wares on multichannel retailer QVC, under the name Signature Dean Harris.

clock August 26, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Inside LIM’s townhouse at 12 East 53rd Street.

Business Features

LIM College Celebrates 70 Years

After being founded as Laboratory Institute of Merchandising, the private and independent college here has undergone a name change to LIM College.

clock August 26, 2009Lisa Lockwood

Bar Refaeli in Rampage fall '09 campaign.

Business Features

Q&A: Iconix’s Neil Cole

WWD talks Bristol Palin and social media with Iconix Brand Group Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer Neil Cole.

clock August 26, 2009Dick Silverman

The inside front cover of the Makers & Merchants magazine features the 1818 Madison Tweed jacket.

Marketing and Promotion

Brooks Bros. Advertising Goes All American

Brooks Brothers is proud to be American and it’s touting it this fall in its store windows and print advertising.

clock August 26, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

Charlize Theron on the September cover of Vogue.


Memo Pad: Charlize is Vogue’s Cover Girl… Levi’s New Man…

Vogue aims to leverage its September cover star to drum up excitement for Fashion’s Night Out on Sept. 10.

clock August 26, 2009WWD Staff

Kesha Sebert in Haleh Nematzadeh’s lambskin fringe vest, Bess’ cotton T-shirt and embossed stretch lambskin leggings. Badgley Mischka earrings; Alexis Bittar bracelets; T.U.K. shoes.


Kesha Sebert: Hard Candy

Unlike today’s custom-clad pop stars, Sebert, who goes by Ke$ha, isn’t above wearing a Hefty bag — for the right occasion.

clock August 26, 2009Nick Axelrod

Lord & Taylor's holiday line includes RJ Graziano mesh link necklace, $60.

Business Features

Retailers Anticipate Tough Holiday Season

The latest predictions call for holiday same-store sales to be flat to down in the low single digits compared with a year ago.

clock August 26, 2009David Moin

A view of the new BioMio eatery in Copenhagen.

Designer and Luxury

Denmark Fashion Steps Up Green Drive

Sustainability continues to be a key focus here in the countdown to this city’s fashion summit in December.

clock August 26, 2009Katya Foreman

Designer and Luxury

YSL Closes Paris Men’s Store

Yves Saint Laurent has shuttered its historic men’s boutique at Place St. Sulpice and is scouting for a larger Left Bank location.

clock August 26, 2009Miles Socha

Ike Behar outerwear will join the brand’s growing offering of licensed product.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Ike Behar Partners With Harbour International for Outerwear License

Ike Behar is rounding out its offering for the dressed-up man with its first license for outerwear, which will hit stores for fall 2010.

clock August 26, 2009Brenner Thomas

Jos. A. Bank posted a 13 percent comp-store sales gain in the fourth quarter.


Jos. A. Bank to Add Up to 40 Stores in 2010

The Hampstead, Md.-based men’s wear retailer is bucking the trend with plans to increase store launches in fiscal year 2010.

clock August 26, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

The Gucci for FFAWN Twirl watch.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Mary J. Blige’s Time… Tila March in Tokyo…

Gucci creative director Frida Giannini has designed a limited edition watch to benefit Mary J Blige’s Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now.

clock August 26, 2009WWD Staff

Coco Rocha with a piece from the new MCM New York collection, designed by Joy Gryson

Designer and Luxury

Joy Gryson Launches Handbag Line With MCM

The handbag designer is expanding her résumé by designing a collection for MCM.

clock August 26, 2009Sarah Haight

Donna Karan and Ken Downing

Designer and Luxury

Donna Karan Offers Neiman’s Customers Fashion, Life Tips

Donna Karan took her message directly to more than 120 invited fans at Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center in Dallas on Tuesday.

clock August 26, 2009Holly Haber

Chico’s lowered quarterly guidance after an 18.5 percent comp drop in July.


Chico’s Profits Double, Sales Up in Second Qtr.

Gross margin advances and same-store sales up at both divisions.

clock August 26, 2009Matthew Lynch


Daily Stock Wrap: August 25, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock August 26, 2009WWD Staff


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