Luxury’s Chinese Puzzle: Overcoming Challenges To Tap Growing Demand

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Luxury brands may be eager to capitalize on China's expected boom in demand for upscale products; all they have to do is figure out how.

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Meghan Trainor


The Accidental DJ

People often ask Meghan Trainor if she triggers the alarm system whenever she goes into Barnes & Noble. That’s because she has a radio frequency identification tag embedded in her arm. It’s part of an interactive sculpture series she created out…

clock June 15, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Stanley Korshak owner Crawford Brock with a flat-screen Dell.


Korshak POS To Help Double Revenues

The general manager at Stanley Korshak recently tossed out four garbage bags filled with reports on its luxury retail business. They became superfluous after the installation of a new point-of-sale management system.

“You can drill down into…

clock June 15, 2005Holly Haber

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Bits And Bytes

Back in Black
Acme Made’s fall collection of laptop bags will not look out of place with the season’s new blacks, whether the item is a velvet jacket, a bit of lace or a strand of pearls shrouded in net. Made of upholstery…

clock June 15, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

An Intellifit booth in Levi's SoHo store in New York.


Fit To Be Tried

The consumer bugbear of the wrong size may become a thing of the past if the Intellifit 3-D scanning booth really catches on.

The booths, which companies such as Levi’s are using as an attraction in stores and at outdoor events, tell customers…

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A customer gets scanned in the Intellifit booth at Levis SoHo store.


In The Scanning Booth: The Search For a Decent Pair of Jeans

“We thought women would be larger in Dallas, but that’s not what we found,” a Levi Strauss & Co. employee recently told a line of customers at the corporate flagship on Union Square in San Francisco.

Like the others, I had come with the…

clock June 15, 2005Joanna Ramey

A Sears store in Vernon Hills, Ill.


Sears’ Outlet Stores Find Online Home On EBay

Sears Holdings has gone online to make a bid for new inventory liquidation practices.

With its three Internet storefronts on eBay, Sears Holdings has found that online auctions yield a better financial return than some of the conventional…

clock June 15, 2005Denise Power

Bombay's Wingback bed is accessorized in a "London flat" room theme.


Bombay Mulls Room For Improvement On Web

For a textbook example of how to mesh the online and offline shopping experiences, keep an eye on Bombay Co.

The home furnishings retailer is evaluating a “shop by room” feature for its Web site that closely mirrors a new merchandising concept…

clock June 15, 2005Denise Power

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Rocket Science? Not Quite Yet

Apparel designers generally have relied more on art than science, but manufacturers increasingly are adopting the latter in the form of product life cycle management software that helps them speed the design process and reduce mistakes.


clock June 15, 2005Cate T. Corcoran

Victoria Cantrell, senior vice president and chief information officer, Giorgio Armani Corp., inside the Michigan Avenue Giorgio Armani boutique in Chicago.


A Common Charge

Giorgio Armani’s ambitious global technology strategy is all pretty common when you get right down to it. However, it’s anything but typical.

Achieving consistency across business processes and technology is no easy trick for a company with…

clock June 15, 2005Denise Power

Shanghai Tang's Raphael le Masne de Chermont.


Luxury’s Chinese Puzzle: Overcoming Challenges To Tap Growing Demand

Luxury brands may be eager to capitalize on China’s expected boom in demand for upscale products; all they have to do is figure out how.

clock June 15, 2005Lisa Movius


Cartier Files Suit Against Online Retailer

NEW YORK — Cartier International B.V. filed a counterfeit and trademark infringement suit against, an online retail Web site, for allegedly selling counterfeit jewelry.

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court,…

clock June 15, 2005Liza Casabona


Senate Takes First Step on CAFTA

The Senate Finance Committee, sending a signal to the White House that CAFTA faces an uphill battle, kicked off consideration of the trade accord.

clock June 15, 2005Kristi Ellis


IDC Adds Claims to Suit Against Saks

International Design Concepts, which filed a lawsuit against Saks Inc. and Saks Fifth Avenue last month, has filed an amended complaint with additional claims.

clock June 15, 2005Vicki M. Young

Fashion Features

In Brief: Witkowski Leaves Kors … Producer Prices Drop

WITKOWSKI LEAVES KORS: Don Witkowski, president of the men’s division at Michael Kors (USA) Inc., is leaving to start his own consulting business, effective July 1. Witkowski isn’t turning his back on the designer, though. Kors will…

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A Calvin Klein image is featured on the cover of PVH's glossy 2004 annual report.

Fashion Features

PVH’s Weber Era Begins

Effective Tuesday, PVH’s chairman and chief executive officer, Bruce Klatsky, 56, officially stepped down from his ceo post, and was succeeded by Mark Weber, 55, president and chief operating officer.

clock June 15, 2005Marc Karimzadeh

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St. John Signs Gisele to Star In New Advertising Campaign

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is the new face of St. John.

clock June 15, 2005Lisa Lockwood

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Fashion Scoops: Charity Sale … Lingerie Liaisons … Picture Perfect …

CHARITY SALE: Kim Basinger hasn’t always been known for the chicest of outfit choices (can anyone forget her ill-fated, homemade, white satin Oscar dress in 1990?), but on Thursday she’ll stake a claim to celluloid…

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Miuccia Prada and Francesco Vezzoli


Courting the Muses

VENICE — “I’m with the most intelligent people in the world at the moment,” beamed Miuccia Prada at Fondazione Prada’s party at the 51st Art Biennale here last Thursday to honor Carston Holler, Rem…

clock June 15, 2005Luisa Zargani


History Lesson

LOS ANGELES — It was the perfect setting for celebrating a book called “Looking at Los Angeles”: the pool deck of the landmark Argyle Hotel, where co-editors Ben Stiller and Marla Hamburg Kennedy sat down for dinner with 40 friends, overlooking…

clock June 15, 2005Kevin West

BeautiControl's new men's treatment products.

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: BeautiControl Revamps Men’s Skin Care Line … Watson to Up Stake in Marionnaud

BeautiControl Revamps Men’s Skin Care Line
CARROLLTON, Tex. — BeautiControl Cosmetics has overhauled its men’s treatment lineup.

In April, the direct sales firm here began shipping a revamped and reformulated version…

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Specialty Retailers See May Sales Dip

Sales at apparel and accessories stores slid 0.8 percent in May, to $16.6 billion, as gas prices continued to take spending money from consumers.

clock June 15, 2005Evan Clark

"Just because a woman is a size 22 doesn't mean another size 22 woman will fit into the same garment." -- Yuliya Zeltser, Igigi

Fashion Features

Igigi’s Plus-Size Fashion Formula

After years designing custom-made gowns with a little inspiration from mom, Yuliya Zeltser has found her niche with Igigi.

clock June 15, 2005Julee Greenberg

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Tommy Gets Fresh for Fall

NEW YORK — Tommy Hilfiger is freshening up its image.

Taking a modern look at Hilfiger’s heritage, the company’s fall ad campaign is full of firsts, beginning with the logo. Confident that everyone knows his red, white and blue flag, the…

clock June 15, 2005Julee Greenberg

J. Crew apparel was the biggest gainer, compared with 2004, in satisfying customers.

Marketing and Promotion

Great Expectations Go Unmet

Fashion brands ought to mind a widening gap between people’s expectations and what they think they’re getting with the goods.

clock June 15, 2005Valerie Seckler

A Wrapture jacket.


L.A. Market Packs Surprise Sales Punch

Expectations were modest, but showrooms enjoyed a surprise windfall during the five-day market in Los Angeles.

clock June 15, 2005Nola Sarkisian-Miller

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West Watch: Bewitching Bling … Black Is The New Green … OC’s Fashion Wave

BEWITCHING BLING: TV’s beloved good witch, Samantha Stevens, hits the big screen this weekend in “Bewitched,” with Nicole Kidman in the title role. And she sparkles throughout thanks to a heart-shape diamond pendant inspired by the…

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Forum Focus: Supply-Chain Collaboration

NEW YORK — Collaboration is the watchword for companies looking to maintain a smooth supply chain especially as sourcing efforts become more global, said industry executives at a daylong conference here on Tuesday.

The conference, titled…

clock June 15, 2005Liza Casabona

A look from Vera Cristina

Fashion Features

Dallas Buyers Key on Diversity

Buyers shopped the holiday and resort show at FashionCenterDallas here for summer fill-ins, early fall trend items, accessories, junior streetwear looks for back-to-school and party clothes for the holidays.

clock June 15, 2005Rusty Williamson

Chris Howk and Bill Williamson of Chase-Pitkin Home & Garden.


WWD Honors Innovative Retail CIOs

Chicago’s famous “bean” was a fitting punctuation mark for the panoramic view retailers took in at a bash honoring technology leaders during Retail Systems last month.

Looking down from the 80th floor of the Aon Center, guests got only a…

clock June 15, 2005Denise Power


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