Armani’s American Pie: Fifth Avenue Megastore Marks Major U.S. Push

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Giorgio Armani's strategy to open a sprawling, 47,000-square-foot, multifaceted retail destination here signals the designer's commitment to substantially boost his U.S. business.

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Diesel Targets India

The Italian premium lifestyle brand has reached an agreement for a joint venture with India’s Arvind Mills Ltd.

clock May 31, 2007Ross Tucker

Jeneral Store is located at 203 West 19th Street.

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Chelsea’s New Jeneral

When Jennifer Baginski teamed up with Michael Scott and Jennifer Plass, the outcome was bound to be all about jeans.

clock May 31, 2007Julee Greenberg

The Denim Code store in Paris.

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Interactive Blues

That’s the mantra of French denim guru Christian-Francois Viala, whose budding label and new Paris store, dcod Denim Code, is billed as the first interactive denim brand.

clock May 31, 2007Emilie Marsh

A look from Greencaste by Earnest Sewn.

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Earnest Sewn Gets Organic

The New York premium denim brand will launch Greencaste by Earnest Sewn in November, a line developed exclusively for Barneys New York as part of the retailer’s “Have a Green Holiday” marketing campaign.

clock May 31, 2007Ross Tucker


In Brief: European Textile orders Up… chico’s EPS Decline… Filas Tapes Executive

New orders for textiles and textile products increased 8.7 percent in the 13 euro-area nations and 6.3 percent in the 27 member countries of the European Union in March from the previous year, Eurostat reported.

clock May 31, 2007WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Box-Office Queens

The top 10 actresses ranked by their movies’ domestic box-office revenues.

clock May 31, 2007Cecily Hall

Elizabeth and James' fringe jacket, T-shirt and leggings, and a backless hoodie dress.

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The Olsens’ Contemporary Movement

As if Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen weren’t busy enough, the twins are on to a new venture – the launch of Elizabeth and James, a contemporary sportswear line.

clock May 31, 2007Julee Greenberg

Domenico Dolce and Jay-Z


End Games

“For us, this is like the start of the summer season,” said Stefano Gabbana of the bash he and Domenico Dolce threw during the closing weekend of the Cannes Film Festival.

clock May 31, 2007Marcy Medina

Debra Messing photographed in Los Angeles.


Second Wind

Last May, Debra Messing said goodbye to an eight-year marriage of sorts when “Will & Grace,” the sitcom that shot her to fame, had its series finale.

clock May 31, 2007Vanessa Lawrence

DJ Sky Nellor, Ines Rivero and Cat Power at Chloe's opening party.

Fashion Features

Chloe on the Move

That’s the word from Karin Gregersen, the house’s newly appointed managing director and executive vice president of U.S. operations, who officially starts mid-June after relocating to New York from Paris.

clock May 31, 2007Rebecca Kleinman


Aeffe Profit Hits $6.6M As It Readies for Listing

Aeffe SpA saw higher profits and sales in the first quarter as it gears up to go public later this year.

clock May 31, 2007Amanda Kaiser

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Memo Pad: Tony blair’s African Adventure… Filtering Out… Everyman, Everywhere…

Tony Blair, whose days as British prime minister are numbered, has been pilloried by the British press this week for his five-day trip to Africa.

clock May 31, 2007WWD Staff

Giorgio Armani


Armani’s American Pie: Fifth Avenue Megastore Marks Major U.S. Push

Giorgio Armani’s strategy to open a sprawling, 47,000-square-foot, multifaceted retail destination.

clock May 31, 2007Lisa Lockwood

Kate Somerville products.

Fashion Features

Beauty Beat: Somerville to Merge With S.F. Equity Firm

Kate Somerville, who founded her eponymous skin care business three years ago, has agreed to a 50-50 corporate merger with San Francisco private equity firm JH Partners.

clock May 31, 2007Rachel Brown

A strong point of view sets Net-a-porter apart from other luxury e-tailers, said founder Natalie Massenet.


Net-a-porter Revenue Up 74.6%

After seven years in business, luxury e-retailer Net-a-porter continues to post dramatic increases in sales and profits.

clock May 31, 2007Cate T. Corcoran

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Witching Hour… Casting Call… Boy Crazy…

John Galliano and Eva Green made a fittingly theatrical entrance Wednesday night at the Opera Garnier in Paris for the launch of Midnight Poison, the latest scent from Dior.

clock May 31, 2007WWD Staff


Nordstrom Hires Firm to Aid Search for Manhattan Location

Nordstrom moved one step closer to finding its first Manhattan location on Wednesday by hiring the Madison Retail Group, a retail real estate consulting and brokerage firm, to expedite the search.

clock May 31, 2007David Moin


Federated Taps Sachse For Top Marketing Role

Federated Department Stores Inc. has shaken up its marketing team, another sign the retailer is not satisfied with the response to many of the Macy’s doors converted from former May units.

clock May 31, 2007David Moin

Ralph Lauren


Polo Beats Expectations, Trims Guidance

Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. posted fourth-quarter results ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, but said full-year 2008 earnings per share would be lower due to costs associated with several acquisitions.

clock May 31, 2007Vicki M. Young


Renfro Corp. in Deal To Purchase Hot Sox

In a consolidation of the hosiery industry, Renfro Corp., one of the world’s largest socks manufacturers, is acquiring Hot Sox Co. Inc., considered the leading U.S. sock design company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

clock May 31, 2007Caroline Tell


Rolland Departs Scherrer To Start Couture House

Stephane Rolland, the longtime couturier at Jean-Louis Scherrer, has exited the French house and is striking out on his own, WWD has learned.

clock May 31, 2007WWD Staff


Escada Names Jean-Marc Loubier CEO

Jean-Marc Loubier has been named the new chief executive officer of Escada AG, effective Friday.

clock May 31, 2007Melissa Drier

The Louis Vuitton Rome store.


Louis Vuitton Opens Rome Unit

While it seems most retail openings lately have been in the Far East, Louis Vuitton is equally focused on its European network.

clock May 31, 2007Courtney Colavita


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