Wal-Mart Taps John Fleming as First Chief Merchant

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Looking to grow beyond its core customer, Wal-Mart has appointed a chief merchant for the first time.

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The floor at Project.

Fashion Features

Buyers Narrow Focus

Buyers shopping for premium denim at this week’s Project and Blue trade shows in New York made it clear that the days of testing every new brand were over.

clock January 25, 2007Ross Tucker

DeHoughton's skinny-leg jeans with a denim jacket and logo tank.

Fashion Features

DeHoughton’s Rhythm and Blue Jeans

When it comes to denim and rock ‘n’ roll, few people make the connection more personally than Michael Houghton, who is launching a denim line, DeHoughton, for fall selling.

clock January 25, 2007Julee Greenberg

Univ's dark-rinsed, boyfriend-fit jeans.

Fashion Features

A Universal Message From California

Southern California conjures images of sun, fun and surf. For Tim Swart and Mirko Magnum, it also evokes classic Americana in a handcrafted, nonelitist and grassroots philosophy.

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Fashion Features

In Brief: Gap in South Koreal… TYR Signs Weir… Caruso’s New Phase

TYR Sport Inc. has partnered with 2004 Olympic silver medalist Amanda Weir.

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YaYa's cashmere and wool sweater.

Fashion Features

YaYa’s Newfound Maturity

It’s Monday afternoon and Yael Aflalo just got into New York from her home base in Los Angeles. That same night, she was flying to Hong Kong to meet with her manufacturers. She’s certainly busy, but not at all stressed. At least she doesn’t seem to be.

clock January 25, 2007Julee Greenberg

A cotton and lace top.

Fashion Features

Lauren Moffatt Grows Wholesale

Lauren Moffatt has come a long way since designing her collection from her business partner’s boat.

clock January 25, 2007Julee Greenberg

A Phat Fashion's Ad.

Fashion Features

Phat Fashion’ Advertisements Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary

Separation or not, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons are clearly still family.

clock January 25, 2007Julee Greenberg

Fashion Features

Women at Work

The top 12 metro areas for majority women-owned businesses.

clock January 25, 2007Cecily Hall

John Fleming


Wal-Mart Taps John Fleming as First Chief Merchant

Looking to grow beyond its core customer, Wal-Mart has appointed a chief merchant for the first time.

clock January 25, 2007Katherine Bowers

A Roberto Cavalli store in Beirut.

Fashion Features

Beirut Unrest Takes Toll on Industry

Amid continuing political and economic turmoil, Lebanese designers and retailers are struggling to keep their businesses going.

clock January 25, 2007Shirine Saad

Fashion Features

Rising Cost of Super Bowl Ads Not Always Worth the Price

The price of a TV commercial broadcast during the Super Bowl keeps heading up, but the value of such TV spots has turned south, according to some marketing and media experts.

clock January 25, 2007Valerie Seckler


Muji to Make U.S. Footprint With Two New York Openings

Muji’s sights are set on Manhattan. Ryohin Keikaku Co. will open two Muji stores in New York between July and December, the $1.3 billion brand’s first brick-and-mortar outposts in the U.S.

clock January 25, 2007Valerie Seckler and Tsukasa Furukawa

Rebecca Matthias

Fashion Features

Greater Number of Women Finding Success in Business

An increasing number of women are founding their own companies and, according to a recent survey, the growth of these start-ups is outpacing that of firms in general.

clock January 25, 2007Cecily Hall

Uma Thurman in Donna Karan.


Friendly Neighbors

YSL handbags, tickets to the Zac Posen fashion show, his-and-hers Ralph Lauren outfits and a wardrobe from Theory were among the many items auctioned off for thousands of dollars at Room to Grow’s benefit at Christie’s here on Tuesday night.

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Juliette Binoche


Stealing Beauty

Looking at Juliette Binoche’s recent roles, one could suspect the actress has made it her mission to become a cinematic spokeswoman on immigration issues.

clock January 25, 2007Vanessa Lawrence

Susie Essman


Prime Time

Some celebrities get stopped for their autograph, others get asked for a picture. But when Susie Essman gets recognized on the streets of New York, people generally want her to curse at them.

clock January 25, 2007Jacob Bernstein


Memo Pad: Fuller Still There… The Winner Is?… All About Her…

Though American Media Inc. chief David Pecker has publicly denied Star is moving to Boca Raton, Fla., that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning.

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Fashion Features

FIT Ousts Director of Payroll

The Fashion Institute of Technology has dismissed its director of payroll, Dennis Sudul, a seasoned horse race handicapper, for “manipulating FIT systems with regard to information concerning his income.”

clock January 25, 2007Rosemary Feitelberg

Fashion Features

Bush’s Lack of Focus on Trade Irks Importers, Manufacturers

President Bush’s emphasis on a domestic policy agenda comprising three pillars – health care, immigration and energy reforms – in his State of the Union address Tuesday night disappointed importers seeking more ambitious proposals on trade and raised…

clock January 25, 2007Kristi Ellis

Natalia Vodianova and Diane von Furstenberg

Fashion Features

Fashion Scoops: A Women’s Touch… Ikea Idea… Nightlife…

Paolo Melim Andersson, the new creative director of Chloe, already has beefed up his studio.

clock January 25, 2007WWD Staff

Inside Yelo, a new wellness center.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Yelo Brings Mellow to Manhattan’s West Side… Inter Parfums 4Q Sales Soar 37%

A new wellness center on Manhattan’s West Side is targeting those looking to mellow out.

clock January 25, 2007Matthew W. Evans


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The Outdoor Voices brands in the "center stage" at the Nordstrom flagship in Manhattan.


Nordstrom Sees Sales and Earnings Decline

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