Fighting the Squeeze: Vendors Dig In Heels Against Chargebacks

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As consolidation continues to sweep the retail landscape, vendors are becoming increasingly concerned about getting caught in chargebacks squeeze. And they're beginning to fight back.

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Fighting the Squeeze: Vendors Dig In Heels Against Chargebacks

As consolidation continues to sweep the retail landscape, vendors are becoming increasingly concerned about getting caught in a chargebacks squeeze. And…

clock May 4, 2005David Moin and Vicki M. Young


Bush Gets Heat on CAFTA Issues

A Congressman charged that in its push for CAFTA, the administration “suppressed” a report that criticizes the region’s labor standards.

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Sara Lee to Lay Off 350 Workers

Sara Lee Corp. said it will cut about 350 jobs in its Winston-Salem, N.C.-based branded apparel division as part of a restructuring.

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Strong Revenues Help Bluefly Narrow Loss

NEW YORK — Healthy full-priced selling and increases in both customer transactions and average order size propelled Bluefly Inc.’s revenues to a 21.5 percent increase in the first quarter, helping the company to narrow its quarterly net…

clock May 4, 2005Meredith Derby

Fashion Features

In Brief: Trading Places … Juicy Picks Pinto … Fashion Forward

TRADING PLACES: Revillon, the Paris fur brand designed by Los Angeles transplant Rick Owens, is ditching its boutique on the upscale Avenue Montaigne. Chloé plans to take over the choice corner unit, just down the street from…

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Vanessa Paradis in Chanel.



The 750-strong at the Costume Institute’s party at the Met came away humming from the gardenia-glutted, topiary-cluttered scenery.

clock May 4, 2005Aileen Mehle

Jake Gyllenhaal


Met Scoops: Veni Vedi Vici

VENI VEDI VICI: Walking into the Costume Institute Ball alone Monday night, Catalina Sandino Moreno, in Michael Kors, found a bevy of suitors. After dinner, she was spotted hand-in-hand with Ian…

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A look from Joystick.

Fashion Features

Cartoon Icon Seeks Fashion Future

Tweety Bird, the endearing cartoon character that has made a career of tormenting Sylvester the cat, is spreading those tiny wings into fashion.

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Embroidered camisole from Sue Wong.

Fashion Features

Sue Wong’s New Line, TV Gig

LOS ANGELES — Designer Sue Wong, known for her dress collections, is branching out with a new line of tops for the holiday season and plans to seek broader appeal on the Home Shopping Network.

The launch is called Sue Wong Chemise and it…

clock May 4, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Rose Brantley, Otis' chairwoman, Peter Kolsky, Mindy Grossman and Otis trustee Dick Baker.

Fashion Features

West Watch: CFDA In L.A. … Elmo Duds … All For Otis

CFDA IN L.A.: A party at Diane von Furstenberg’s Beverly Hills home Thursday night to introduce the Council of Fashion Designers of America to the Los Angeles fashion community may be the hottest ticket in town. Among the…

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Guinot's Nucleic Defense sun care line.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Guinot’s Sun Care Code

NEW YORK — Guinot is out to protect against sun damage with its reformulated collection of self-tanners, sunscreens and after-sun products called Nucleic Defense.

The French brand claims the 12-item collection is the first sun care line…

clock May 4, 2005Karen James

Fashion Features

Just Cavalli Gaining Presence in U.S.

MIAMI — It’s always about la dolce vita here. Perhaps that’s why Italian designers like Roberto Cavalli have such a grasp on the Miami market. Last Wednesday, Cavalli hosted a late-night fete for 400 of the city’s glitterati at…

clock May 4, 2005Rebecca Kleinman


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