After 6.7% Drop in Net, Gap to Refocus Women’s on Classics

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Gap Inc. reported a 6.7 percent drop in first-quarter profits and said it wants to return to the classic iconic looks in women's that put the retailer on the map.

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After 6.7% Drop in Net, Gap to Refocus Women’s on Classics

Gap Inc. reported a 6.7 percent drop in first-quarter profits and said it wants to return to the classic iconic looks in women’s that put the retailer on the map.

clock May 20, 2005Meredith Derby


Coalition Endorses CAFTA

A new coalition of six textile, fiber and machinery associations endorsed the Central American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday.

clock May 20, 2005Kristi Ellis


Snow Names Envoy to China

Keeping pressure on China to revalue its currency, Treasury Secretary John Snow named Olin Wethington his special envoy to the country.

clock May 20, 2005Evan Clark

Paul Charron

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Claiborne Sets Brand Plan

Liz Claiborne Inc. is set to roll out six “midtier” brands this year as exclusives to national chains such as Sears, J.C. Penney and Kohl’s.

clock May 20, 2005Julee Greenberg


Nordstrom Reveals Supplier Allowances

In an unusual disclosure, Nordstrom Inc. listed vendor allowances for the first time in its annual report and said they came to $206.4 million in 2004.

clock May 20, 2005David Moin

Fashion Features

In Brief: Chargeback Case … Charming Buys Crosstown

CHARGEBACK CASE: Nick DeLeo, who was chief executive officer of Royal Apparel Group in Los Angeles, wants to be part of a pending class-action lawsuit against Federated Department Stores Inc. The company alleges that it went bankrupt…

clock May 20, 2005WWD Staff

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Quote of the Week

“[Paris Hilton is] a very important person in American culture, if not the most important. People love to love her and love to hate her. She’s very controversial.”
— Ilia Lekach, Parlux Fragrances chief executive officer

clock May 20, 2005WWD Staff

DiorPlay Dice contains lip gloss.

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Dior Busily Strategizing

Parfums Christian Dior will simultaneously launch Miss Dior Cherie and Dior Addict 2 fragrances, and several color and skin care lines.

clock May 20, 2005Julie Naughton

Miss Dior Cherie

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Cherie Harkens Back

PARIS — Parfums Christian Dior has a new darling.

The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned beauty powerhouse is introducing Miss Dior Cherie — a follow-up to its 1947 classic fragrance, Miss Dior — starting this month in…

clock May 20, 2005Brid Costello and Julie Naughton

Kimora Lee Simmons and Bernd Beetz

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Kimora’s Latest Charm

NEW YORK — Bling is the thing that inspired Kimora Lee Simmons’ first scent, Baby Phat Goddess by Kimora Lee Simmons.

“I think in terms of diamonds,” Simmons said on Tuesday. Indeed, she was literally dripping in them, from dangly Baby…

clock May 20, 2005Julie Naughton and Bryn Kenny

Plum Sykes

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Valentino Stops at Bergdorf’s for Lunch and Autographs

NEW YORK — Valentino may be rumored to be on the verge of retirement, but he showed no signs of it Tuesday afternoon at Bergdorf Goodman, where he hosted a lunch and made a personal appearance to celebrate the launch of his new fragrance,…

clock May 20, 2005Bryn Kenny

Shania Twain at a recent outing at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

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Shania In Tune With Stetson

NEW YORK — Believe it or not, there was a time early in Shania Twain’s career when the most memorable thing about the singer was her unusual-sounding name. “Nobody knew me as an artist,” Twain recounted during a recent interview. “They just…

clock May 20, 2005Molly Prior

CVS' Helena Foulkes and Lumene's Tapio Pajuharju.

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CVS to Expand Lumene

NEW YORK — CVS’ affinity for Finland continues to grow, as the chain drugstore devotes more space and attention to its exclusive Finnish beauty brand, Lumene. One year after CVS rolled out Lumene to all its 5,400 stores, the retailer announced…

clock May 20, 2005Molly Prior

BonneBell's new eye items.

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Critical Mass: Youth Still a Target Despite Downtrend

NEW YORK — The tween and teen market may not hold as much promise as experts once thought, but one thing is for sure — kids still spend. Three companies — BonneBell, Five Below and Lil’ Ricky’s — are proving there is still gold…

clock May 20, 2005Faye Brookman

The Man's face range.

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Men’s Corner: Upstart Men’s Lines Finding Niches

NEW YORK — Growth of the men’s grooming category in recent years has allowed upstart brands to carve out specialized niches within the marketplace.

At least three such players, namely The Man, Metro Skin Care and Male Face Skin Care, are…

clock May 20, 2005Matthew W. Evans

Trilogy products.

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An Organic Trilogy for Skin

NEW YORK — Sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine Wells are hoping three’s a charm with their line of organic skin care, Trilogy: Pure Extraction Botanicals, now launching in the U.S. via distributor Lafco NY.

The New Zealand natives developed…

clock May 20, 2005Bryn Kenny

H20 Plus' new store in New York.

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Snippets: New Biotherm GM … Givaudan Appointment … Glowing Reviews …

NEW BIOTHERM GM: Catherine Roggero will be appointed general manager of Biotherm USA on June 1, succeeding Chris Harrison, who has been appointed to the new position of general manager of military sales for L’Oreal USA’s Luxury…

clock May 20, 2005WWD Staff


Give and Take, Take, Take

When “Will & Grace” resumes taping this summer, Debra Messing will make a reported $600,000 an episode.

clock May 20, 2005Marshall Heyman

Arianna Huffington and Tina Brown.


Memo Pad: Wackermann Gets Slapped … Pie In The Sky … Kimora’s New Cameraman …

WACKERMANN GETS SLAPPED: It seems Bill Wackermann hasn’t exactly been welcomed into the fold at Conde Nast. Since he took over as publisher of Glamour a little over a year ago, the magazine has enjoyed healthy surges…

clock May 20, 2005WWD Staff

Mischa Barton


Cannes: All for the Photo Op

Before the 58th edition of Cannes winds up on Sunday, firms will have invested millions to coddle and wrangle stars into their wares.

clock May 20, 2005Marcy Medina and Miles Socha

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Around Cannes … Auction, Action … Oprah Go Bra

AROUND CANNES: Valentino‘s reception Wednesday for its in-store photo exhibit, “Celebrities,” yielded few live stars — Julia, J.Lo, Gwyneth,…

clock May 20, 2005WWD Staff

Donald Kreindler, Allan Ellinger, Arthur Bargonetti and Saul Berkowitz.


Vendors Urged to Battle Retail Chargeback Abuse

NEW YORK — The clamor is getting louder for vendors to band together and form a committee to fight chargeback abuses.

“This is the first time in 25 years that our industry, on the vendor side, has the opportunity to be offensive instead of…

clock May 20, 2005Vicki M. Young

Francois-Henri Pinault talked to investors Thursday.


PPR Sticks to Organic Growth

Francois-Henri Pinault, chairman of PPR, on Thursday said Gucci Group sales in April climbed along the same lines as the 14.6 percent constant-currency increase the French retail and luxury conglomerate reported in the first quarter.

clock May 20, 2005Robert Murphy


New York & Co. Profits Surge

NEW YORK — For three specialty apparel chains posting first-quarter sales and earnings yesterday, results were mixed but matched analysts’ estimates.

While New York & Co. Inc. posted a 65.3 percent surge in first-quarter profits, it…

clock May 20, 2005Meredith Derby

Aerin Lauder Zinterhofer



Political Notes From All Over … At the Metropolitan Opera House, the bravos were flying for legendary Italian soprano Mirella Freni.

clock May 20, 2005Aileen Mehle


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