Taking the Driver’s Seat: Francois-Henri Pinault Claims CEO Slot at PPR

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Francois-Henri Pinault is assuming the helm of PPR, the $30 billion retail and fashion giant controlled by his family, succeeding Serge Weinberg.

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François-Henri Pinault


Taking the Driver’s Seat: Francois-Henri Pinault Claims CEO Slot at PPR

Francois-Henri Pinault is assuming the helm of PPR, the $30 billion retail and fashion giant controlled by his family, succeeding Serge Weinberg.

clock February 3, 2005Miles Socha

Ralph Lauren’s Heart Truth dress for Sarah Ferguson.

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: As the CFDA Turns … Dogs on the Catwalk … Red Hearts …

AS THE CFDA TURNS: If Joseph Abboud is interested in becoming the next president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, he’s going to have to wait it out. Stan Herman, who has served as…

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Is Punxsutawney Phil a Retail Savant?

NEW YORK — Punxsutawney Phil may be better suited for predicting apparel same-store sales for February than he is at forecasting winter’s grip. On Wednesday, Phil saw his shadow, which, according to legend, means six more weeks of blustery…

clock February 3, 2005Arthur Zaczkiewicz

Fashion Features


As chairman of Judith Leiber, Hal Kahn will serve on an interim basis as an independent consultant until the company finds a new chief executive officer. As reported Wednesday, Kahn succeeded Maggy Siegel, who will soon also relinquish her titles as…

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The Rugby store in Boston, which will have two more siblings in the next two months.


Polo Eyes Accessories, Asia

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. saw third-quarter income more than double to $74.8 million, while revenues rose 37.6 percent to $888 million.

clock February 3, 2005Vicki M. Young

H Hilfiger will move from department stores into its own retail concept.


H Hilfiger to Leave Dept. Stores

Tommy Hilfiger Corp. reported a 58.6 percent drop in third-quarter pretax earnings, citing promotional sales and legal fees from a government probe.

clock February 3, 2005Evan Clark

Dante Ferretti


Grazie, Hollywood

Talking with set designer Dante Ferretti, an Oscar nominee for “The Aviator” … and the directors of Best Documentary pick “Born Into Brothels.”

clock February 3, 2005Rose Apodaca


Passage to India

When the Oscar nominations for Best Documentary were announced last month, directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman celebrated by swilling canned sodas with a group of Indian preteens. The New York-based duo were in Calcutta, India, visiting children…

clock February 3, 2005Lauren Collins

Marisa Tomei at the Hewlett-Packard party.


Kicking It Up

NEW YORK — Fashion week hasn’t even started, but the parties sure have. The kickoff was Monday night at Barneys New York for Behnaz Sarafpour, Habitual and the Proenza Schouler duo of Lazaro Hernandez

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The new jeans line 575 Denim has a suggestive image.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Spinning a Lucky Number … Shagg Appeal … Showtime for Habitual …

Kenzie Jumps Into Jeans … Showtime in New York for Habitual … Spinning a Lucky Number … Sally Hershberger’s Shagg Appeal.

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Traver Rains and Richie Rich

Fashion Features

Heatherette Finds Its Future

Clubland antics and front-row transvestites made for fun times, but Heatherette’s designers knew they needed a partner to build their business.

clock February 3, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

An outfit from New Balance.

Fashion Features

Toning Up at the Super Show

The sporting goods industry is slowly getting back in shape following a sluggish decade, Orlando Super Show attendees contended.

clock February 3, 2005Georgia Lee

Fashion Features

SGMA Heads to Washington, Calls for Innovation

ORLANDO, Fla. — Thomas J. Cove, the new president of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, thinks the fitness industry could use a makeover, and he’s moving the organization to Washington, D.C., to help jump-start the…

clock February 3, 2005Georgia Lee

Rodarte’s design team, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy.

Fashion Features

Sister Act

NEW YORK — As Irving Berlin once wrote, “Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” Like any pair that spends a little too…

clock February 3, 2005Nandini D'Souza

Fashion Features

Color Fall: The top 10 Pantone colors chosen by designers for fall 2005.

The most popular colors on designers’ fall drawing boards have ethnic, exotic and retro connotations. A frock made of fabric the shade of Moroccan blue isn’t, as its name suggests, out of place rocking the Casbah. In Narciso…

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Shiseido’s Morio Ikeda.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Earnings Jump at Shiseido, Annual Forecast Lowered … Sales at German Perfumeries Fall 1.8% in 2004

Earnings Jump at Shiseido, Annual Forecast Lowered

TOKYO — Shiseido Group saw rises in sales and profits on a consolidated basis for the nine months ending Dec. 31. However, the company projects a net decrease for the…

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Naomi Leff

Fashion Features

Obituary: Naomi Leff

NEW YORK — Naomi Leff, acclaimed interior designer of retail and residential space who shot to prominence after transforming the 1898 Rhinelander mansion on Madison Avenue and 72nd Street into the flagship store for Polo Ralph Lauren, died…

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May-Federated: Investors’ Perspectives

NEW YORK — If the endlessly speculated and long-awaited merger of Federated and May doesn’t happen, share valuations of the retailers could be affected.

May Department Stores’ stock price rallied nicely over the past month,…

clock February 3, 2005Meredith Derby


Gildan Lowering Production Costs

MONTREAL — Gildan Activewear Inc. will continue to expand its low-cost production facilities in the Caribbean as part of its objective to more than double sales to $1 billion by 2009, up from $533.3 million in fiscal 2004.

“We have…

clock February 3, 2005Brian Dunn


AEO Confirms Pilot, Continues Climb

NEW YORK — American Eagle Outfitters Inc. on Wednesday named Ken Pilot as president of its upcoming and as-yet-unnamed retail concept, confirming a WWD report.

The company also named two other key executives for the new division, and…

clock February 3, 2005David Moin


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