Setting a Big Target: Fast Retailing of Japan Eyes Sales of $54 Billion

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Tadashi Yanai, chairman of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., said that the Japanese apparel company aims to grow its annual sales by more than seven times to 5 trillion yen, or $53.7 billion, by the year 2020. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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


Aiming High: Fast Retailing Eyes Sales of $54 Billion

Japanese company Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, plans to grow its business seven-fold.

clock September 2, 2009Kumi Matsushita and Koji Hirano

Louis Vuitton to Sponsor Sailing Race Series

Fashion Features

Vuitton Sets New Sailing Races

World Series will involve two-boat regattas from Nice to Hong Kong.

clock September 2, 2009Miles Socha

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


Jos. A Bank Net Up 41.4 Percent in Quarter

Jos. A Bank Clothiers Inc. managed to avoid the consumer malaise in Q2 and posted better bottom- and top-line results.

clock September 2, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Doug Williams Joins Hartmarx as President

Key post at Hartmarx successor firm taken by former Polo executive.

clock September 3, 2009Vicki M. Young


Business Features

WWD List: Urban Affairs

The top 10 global cities ranked by quality of life.

clock September 3, 2009Cecily Hall

Joyce Azria

Human Resources

BCBGeneration Looks to the Next Generation

When Max Azria decided he wanted to change the design direction of his young contemporary brand BCBGeneration, he didn’t have to look far for a creative head.

clock September 3, 2009Julee Kaplan

Rag & Bone’s newest store is located at 119 Mercer Street.


Rag & Bone: A Brand on the Upswing

Rag & Bone, owned Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, opened third store this week.

clock September 3, 2009Julee Kaplan

Sketches of the J Brand-Henry Duarte collection.


J Brand Launches Duarte Capsule Collection

J Brand is teaming up with Los Angeles designer Henry Duarte to create low-rise skinny jeans inspired by David Bowie.

clock September 3, 2009Marcy Medina

Levi Strauss & Co. spent nearly $300 million on advertising in 2008.


Anderson Charts Global Strategy for Levi’s

Levi Strauss & Co. president and chief executive officer John Anderson is on a campaign to maximize the power of the iconic Levi’s label around the world.

clock September 3, 2009Ross Tucker


Aug. Comps Seen Revealing B-t-s Trends

Same-store sales reported today are expected to be better than July’s results.

clock September 3, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Designer and Luxury

KPMG Hired to Find Escada Buyer

Consultancy KPMG has been hired to find buyers for the insolvent German luxury brand Escada AG, and will prepare and oversee talks with potential investors.

clock September 3, 2009Damien McGuinness


Retail Stocks Fall Modestly Wednesday

Retail stocks dropped 0.3 percent while a new report showed the job market is improving slightly.

clock September 3, 2009Evan Clark


Daily Stock Wrap: September 2, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock September 3, 2009WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

The New Slim: Thom Browne to Sell Lower-Priced Lines

Thom Browne is establishing two new ranges that will be priced 30 to 40 percent lower than his fashion-forward runway offerings.

clock September 3, 2009Jean Scheidnes


Oxford Earnings Fall in Second Quarter

Ben Sherman restructuring cuts into Oxford’s bottom line.

clock September 3, 2009Vicki M. Young and Jean Scheidnes

An Alexander McQueen design for Samsonite.


Samsonite Retail Unit Files Ch. 11

Samsonite retail division filed for Ch. 11 and submits reorganization plan.

clock September 3, 2009Vicki M. Young

Kenny Chesney


Kenny Chesney Blue Chair Bay Bows at MAGIC

Kenny Chesney tells WWD he hasn’t worn a tie in over 20 years, and that’s okay with him.

clock September 3, 2009Jean E. Palmieri

An upper casual look from Ermenegildo Zegna.

Designer and Luxury

Zegna Consolidates Sportswear Design Departments

Ermenegildo Zegna will no longer have a separate U.S. division for the design and product development of its “upper casual” sportswear collection.

clock September 3, 2009WWD Staff

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah

Designer and Luxury

Al-Sabah to Focus on New Concepts

Kuwaiti retailer Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah said Wednesday he would step down as chairman of Villa Moda, confirming a report in WWD.

clock September 3, 2009Miles Socha and Samantha Conti and Luisa Zargani

Items for the W Hotel apparel collection.

Ready To Wear

W Hotels to Launch Fashion Line

Soon shoppers will be able to order a Blee Inara charm bracelet with their Mediterranean branzino at W Hotels.

clock September 3, 2009Sharon Edelson

Ready To Wear

Generra Taps Swaim Hutson as Creative Director

Public Clothing Co.’s Generra brand has appointed designer Swaim Hutson to the post of creative director.

clock September 3, 2009Jean Scheidnes

Fashion Scoops

Som Move… Award Dinner at the Waldorf…. Models on Call…

Peter Som may be heading to Tommy Hilfiger.

clock September 3, 2009WWD Staff

Ben Van de Bunt

Human Resources

Van de Bunt Outlines Guthy-Renker Growth Plan

Ben Van de Bunt, a 16-year veteran of Guthy-Renker, is charged with navigating the modern realities of a diminished economy.

clock September 3, 2009Rachel Brown

Human Resources

Talbots Founder Nancy Talbot Dies at 89

Nancy Talbot, who recognized the dearth of stylish clothes for suburbanites and launched Talbots Inc. with her husband Rudolf in 1947, died Sunday at age 89.

clock September 3, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

Looks from Richard Chai and Richard Chai – Love.

Designer and Luxury

Boy Meets Girl: Richard Chai’s Contemporary Women’s Line

Richard Chai’s contemporary women’s game for spring 2010 is called Richard Chai – Love.

clock September 3, 2009Venessa Lau

Richard Chai’s Keds collaboration.


Richard Chai Designs for Keds

Richard Chai has partnered with Keds on a small men’s shoe collection.

clock September 3, 2009Venessa Lau

A sketch of a dress from the new Azzaro Couture service.

Designer and Luxury

Azzaro Goes Custom

Azzaro Couture to offer custom service through the company’s web site and Faubourg Saint-Honoré flagship, as well as

clock September 3, 2009Katya Foreman

Camille Miceli

Designer and Luxury

Camille Miceli to Join Dior

Christian Dior has named Camille Miceli, costume jewelry designer at Louis Vuitton, as artistic director of its costume jewelry lines.

clock September 3, 2009Miles Socha

Maggie Rizer


Memo Pad: Dooney & Bourke Skips Stars… Sarah Palin, On Guard…

After a long run of celebrity campaigns, Dooney & Bourke has tapped model Maggie Rizer instead.

clock September 3, 2009WWD Staff

Dries Van Noten’s cotton suit and top. Dries Van Noten pocket.

Fashion Features

Spring 2010 Men’s Trend: Easy Living

For spring, designers are showcasing a relaxed state of mind with a soft and unconstructed tailored clothing offering.

clock September 3, 2009Alex Badia


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clock 9hLisa Lockwood

Social Studies