End of a Long Affair: Kleinfeld Leaving Brooklyn

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Kleinfeld's, the 62-year-old Brooklyn-based bridal gown institution, is opening a store in Manhattan in July and kissing Kings County goodbye.

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Lee Jeans, a moderate-priced brand, ranked in the top 10.

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By the Numbers

NEW YORK — As the premium jeans business has taken off in recent years, with tremendous amounts of attention focused on high-end brands retailing for $100, $200 and more, industry executives have pointed out that, while this upscale business was…

clock May 26, 2005Scott Malone

Rifle and Super Rifle

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You Gotta Be in It to Win It

Companies from Europe are looking to stake their claim in the U.S., but there’s no shortage of American denim brands joining the race.

clock May 26, 2005Lauren DeCarlo

At Blue Genes, in Atlanta, retailers are merchandising slim-leg jeans with oversize capes like this one, by Jenni Kayne.

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Jeans Slim Down for Fall

Since fall merchandise hits the shelves in specialty and department stores in just a few months, retailers have started to anticipate what will be on consumers’ “must-have” lists, especially when it comes to the most wanted item of all:…

clock May 26, 2005Lauren DeCarlo and Caperton Gillett

DKNY Jeans


Ads Take a Wide Angle

NEW YORK — For today’s denim brands, it’s no longer enough just to sell jeans. What they really want to sell is a lifestyle.

That’s the word currently on the lips of marketers across the denim spectrum, from boutique labels such as Earl…

clock May 26, 2005Jeff Bercovici

A look from Guess' fall ad campaign.

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Hunting the Next Hot Trend

LOS ANGELES — The next big thing in denim might be found in the jungle or in unusual design collaborations — or it could just come out of the wash.

From the bell-bottoms of the Sixties and designer jeans of the Seventies to the…

clock May 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Looks from VF Corp.'s Earl Jean brand.


Brands Adapt to Retail Consolidation

ATLANTA — Denim brands are adapting creative business strategies to cope with a new wave of retail consolidation and unprecedented levels of competition.

From mass to luxury, the number of denim lines is multiplying, while the retailers’…

clock May 26, 2005Georgia Lee

A Leontex worker removes jeans from one of the firm's machines.

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Italy’s Denim Valley

URBANIA, Italy — Pick any sequined, embroidered, stonewashed designer denim pants and there’s a good chance they are made in Urbania, a city located in the Montefeltro valley, also known as the “Denim Valley.”

Nestled in central Italy…

clock May 26, 2005Luisa Zargani

A Louis Vuitton denim jacket.

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Europe Gets Experimental

PARIS — European jeans are going to extremes.

Denim trends are getting bipolar this fall, with loose-fitting boyfriend looks with masculine touches sharing the limelight with ultraslim fits.

“The trend is very clear — either…

clock May 26, 2005Emilie Marsh

Avondale's Genoa fabric is a ring-by-ring denim with lots of texture in a carbon indigo color.


Race to the Finish

NEW YORK — Although the trend toward a heavily treated denim look is beginning to die down, according to many in the denim field, there are a variety of new techniques — on the mill and wash side — that are set to make jeans look…

clock May 26, 2005Daniela Gilbert

Rocio Mujica, an executive at Jeans of America.

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Surviving the Jeans Roller Coaster

LOS ANGELES — A sea of blue denim greets visitors at the Ozoo Inc. factory, purring with the sound of sewing machines and the bustle of busy sewers. It’s hard to imagine that a decade ago, the same facility was facing a denim drought of sorts,…

clock May 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

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Searching for Denim

The top 10 most searched-for brands of jeans online.

clock May 26, 2005Cecily Hall

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In Brief: Changing Chairs … Warnaco Swim Add … Graff Names Caslin

CHANGING CHAIRS: There’s been a top management shakeup at Groupe Galeries Lafayette. The company said Wednesday that Philippe Lemoine, formerly co-president of the firm with Philippe Houze, has become president and chief executive…

clock May 26, 2005WWD Staff

Kleinfeld has been a fixture in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for more than 50 years.


End of a Long Affair: Kleinfeld Leaving Brooklyn

Kleinfeld’s, the 62-year-old Brooklyn-based bridal gown institution, is opening a store in Manhattan in July and kissing Kings County goodbye.

clock May 26, 2005Sharon Edelson


Burberry Gains Independence

Great Universal Stores, which has a 66 percent stake in the London-based fashion house, said Wednesday it will demerge Burberry in order to refocus its own group structure and allow Burberry to flourish as an independent entity.

clock May 26, 2005Samantha Conti

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: Simons To Sander? … Davis Has Good Jeans … Tisket A Tasket …

SIMMONS TO SANDER?: Speculation in Europe is mounting that Belgian designer Raf Simons is heading to Jil Sander…

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Jessica Cutler


Sin City

Dishing with “The Washingtonienne” author Jessica Cutler.

clock May 26, 2005Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Gina Gershon and Naomi Watts at Fisher Stevens' roast.


Star Wars

The Naked Angels roast Fisher Stevens.

clock May 26, 2005WWD Staff

The original "Lee" George Quinones mural painted at Habana Outpost: Brooklyn.


Habana Good Time

Breaking bread at Habana Outpost: Brooklyn

clock May 26, 2005Venessa Lau

Dries Van Noten


European Retailers Bemoan Spring

The European retail scene has been as chilly as its spring weather, hit by high unemployment, political uncertainty and a strong currency.

clock May 26, 2005Robert Murphy and Melissa Drier

College coeds and others shop the Underground Denim sample sale.

Fashion Features

Denim Dish: Denim Goes Underground … Gap Gets Body Specific

Denim sample sales go underground.

clock May 26, 2005WWD Staff

Braddock, a new contemporary line, is inspired by the film "Cinderella Man."

Fashion Features

Universal’s TKO

Universal Studios hopes to seize on the appeal of “Cinderella” by launching a vintage-inspired line in a deal with Von Dutch Originals.

clock May 26, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

Sophomore launched with graphic Ts, but has its sights set on a line of basics.

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Sophomore Assignment: Basic Ts

The Sophomore collection contains 30 styles of candy-colored graphic T-shirts for women with sassy sayings such as “Challah Back,” “The New York Crimes” and “Los Angeles. Thanks … But, No Thanks.”

clock May 26, 2005Lauren DeCarlo

Jack, a pants collection, will launch this fall.

Fashion Features

Jack Skirts the Issue

Angela George, designer of the Alice & Trixie contemporary line, wants to snap women out of a denim funk with her pants-only line, Jack.

clock May 26, 2005Lauren DeCarlo

The Moving Comfort division is stretching into new categories.

Fashion Features

Russell’s Multibrand Strategy Hits Its Stride

Russell Corp. has emerged as an industry powerhouse, racking up big sales and profit gains, and developing a multibrand strategy.

clock May 26, 2005Melanie Kletter


Performance Activewear Drives TSA

Shares of The Sports Authority shot up $2.05, or more than 7 percent, to $30.78 on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday after the retailer reported better-than-expected first-quarter profits, and saw its stock upgraded by analysts.

clock May 26, 2005WWD Staff

Tom Ford and Paula S. Wallace, president of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Ford on Fashion: Get Dressed Up

Tom Ford, perhaps inspired by Savannah’s Old World charm, says it’s time to dress up again.

clock May 26, 2005Georgia Lee

Fashion Features

Ralph Rucci Honored By Drexel University

For a designer who paints his own prints, the Philadelphia Museum of Art proved a fitting spot to receive the sixth annual Crystal Star Award for design excellence from Drexel University.

clock May 26, 2005Kathleen Nicholson Webber

Marc Ecko's iPod case design for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.

Fashion Features

CFDA Targets Cancer

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative is humming some new tunes this year.

clock May 26, 2005Marc Karimzadeh


PVH Profits Surpass Forecast

Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. saw income rise to $25 million in the first quarter, as sales gained 24.8 percent to $472.1 million.

clock May 26, 2005Vicki M. Young


EU to Hit China on Quotas

The European Union is set to request formal consultations with China by the end of the week on two textiles and apparel categories — flax yarn and T-shirts.

clock May 26, 2005John Zarocostas


Rallying for CAFTA on Hill

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, appearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday to lobby for the Central American Free Trade Agreement.

clock May 26, 2005Kristi Ellis

Roger Gary Designs

Fashion Features

Brooklyn Beat

At first glance, housing for the homeless and mentally ill and the fashion antics of the runway have little, if anything, in common.

clock May 26, 2005Venessa Lau

Shu Qi

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Beauty Beat: Yue-Sai Brand to Go Global Under L’Oreal

When Chinese celebrity Yue-Sai Kan launched her eponymous beauty line in 1992, she always envisioned it as a global brand for the millions of Chinese women around the world.

clock May 26, 2005Betsy Lowther and Bryn Kenny


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