China Feels Labor Pains: Fewer Apparel Workers Could Force Price Hikes

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China is seeing a labor squeeze — and it could fuel higher apparel prices. A continuing shortage across China’s manufacturing zones appears to be showing no signs of letting up.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Fashion Scoops

Ann-Sofie Back to Show at Shanghai Fashion Week

Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back will be presenting a recap of her fall collection in China.

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La Samaritaine Taps Pritzker Prize-Winning Architects

Pritzker-prize winning Japanese firm SANAA to remake landmark French department store, La Samaritaine.

clock April 2, 2010Joelle Diderich


U.S. Employment Lifts in March

U.S. payrolls boosted by 162,000 in March.

clock April 2, 2010Liza Casabona

Designer and Luxury

Designers Think Out Loud About Their Craft

Francisco Costa, Yeohlee Teng, and Maria Cornejo gab about design and sustainability at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

clock April 5, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg

In Bloom’s baby doll and robe is a bestseller at Saks.


Spring Renewal: Intimates Sales Show Gains

Spring is signaling a bump in retail lingerie sales, with merchants citing an improved customer mood and pent-up demand for items that are fun.

clock April 5, 2010Karyn Monget

Designer and Luxury

Report Plots India’s Luxury Potential

India could become a leading market for luxury goods in Asia over the next decade, according to report by research firm Sanford C. Bernstein Limited.

clock April 5, 2010Mian Ridge

Japanese high school students’ allowances fell 11.4 percent in 2009.


Japanese Teens See Allowances Shrink

Japanese teenagers and young adults are facing shrinking budgets for apparel and accessories.

clock April 5, 2010Kelly Wetherille

An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei in central China’s Anhui province.

Government and Trade

China Industry Facing Labor Shortage

Shortage across China’s manufacturing zones, particularly in the lowest-paying jobs, continues and could eventually lead to price hikes.

clock April 5, 2010Kathleen E. McLaughlin


Intimate Notes: Russell Newman Execs Tapped for New Posts

Russell Newman Inc. has appointed two executives to new posts.

clock April 5, 2010WWD Staff

China has gained a greater share of the export market during the financial crisis.

Government and Trade

Prime Source Forum Debates Economics and Trade

Panelists at Prime Source questioned the direction the U.S. and Chinese governments have taken regarding economic issues.

clock April 5, 2010Jennifer Cardenas

A ring from Solange Azagury-Partridge’s line Tough Love.

Fashion Trends

Ring Tones: Solange Azagury-Partridge Launches Bridal Line

Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge will launch her first bridal line, called Tough Love, in May.

clock April 5, 2010Venessa Lau

Looks from J. Crew's Fall 2010 collection.

Fashion Features

Mix Masters: J. Crew Fall 2010

J. Crew continued to up its fashion ante with its first formal, out-of-house presentation Thursday in the penthouse of Milk Studios.

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Georgia May Jagger and Elizabeth Jagger


Sisters in the Spotlight

A smattering of younger siblings are gaining ground on their older sisters’ careers.

clock April 5, 2010WWD Staff

Irene and Marina Albright


Style Haven: Inside the Albright Fashion Library

Mother-daughter team Irene and Marina Albright rent designer wares to celebrities, socialites and editors.

clock April 5, 2010David Lipke

Anna Sui in Syria


WWD Postcard: Anna Sui in Syria

The designer checks in from her trip touring the souks in Damascus and Aleppo.

clock April 5, 2010WWD Staff

Coco Rocha in an ad for Coca-Cola Light by Karl Lagerfeld.


Memo Pad: Coco-Cola… Logs Blogs at Tumblr…

Karl Lagerfeld poured a lot of himself into his latest collaboration with Coca-Cola Light in France.

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Inside the QMS Medicosmetics Skincare Surgery center.


QMS Medicosmetics Opens London Space

German aesthetic surgeon Erich Schulte will open a retail space with treatment rooms for his QMS Medicosmetics treatment brand.

clock April 5, 2010Brid Costello

A bag by Radley London.


Accessories Firm Radley London Expands in U.S.

Radley London aims to build its retail footprint after opening a stand-alone shop in 2008 at the Roosevelt Field mall.

clock April 5, 2010Sophia Chabbott

A bag by Katherine Kwei.


Bag Designers Fuse Fashion, Value

Katherine Kwei, Alexander Wang and Gryson handbag lines fall into a new niche.

clock April 5, 2010Caroline Tell

Hermès’ rose gold, black jade and diamond Centaure ring.

Designer and Luxury

Hermès Launches Fine Jewelry

With an exclusive collection designed by Pierre Hardy, Hermès has galloped into the world of high jewelry — just don’t call it that.

clock April 5, 2010Joelle Diderich

Designer and Luxury

Mark Lee Joins Tory Burch Board

Mark Lee, the former chief executive officer of the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent brands, has joined the board of Tory Burch.

clock April 5, 2010Miles Socha

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen

Fashion Scoops

Olsens Take Flight… Sonic Youth… More on Miriam Haskell…

Robert Lee Morris showed Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen the ropes of jewelry design, and now the Olsens are ready to spread their wings in the category.

clock April 5, 2010WWD Staff

Left: Cynthia Rowley tights and a spandex sock from Calvin Klein Hosiery. Toni Maticevski dress and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Right: Fogal tights and fishnets from DKNY Hosiery. Diesel Black Gold dress, body piece by Tyler Resty and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.


Twisted Sisters: Fall 2010 Legwear Trend

Legwear makers are presenting something for everyone this fall.

clock April 5, 2010Court Williams

A look from Rock & Republic's Spring collection.


Rock & Republic Seeks New Investor

Rock & Republic hopes its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last week will allow it to find a new investor to pay off its loans without disrupting its operations.

clock April 5, 2010Vicki M. Young


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