Boom Times in Boston: Luxe Brands, Developers Leading a Retail Revolution

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Retail growth is galloping ahead in the metropolitan region after a decade in which it lagged behind the rest of the U.S. New players have elbowed in, luxury stores have been built and old landmarks like Filene's are in the midst of major overhauls.

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Designer and Luxury

Luxe a Strong Spot For Japanese Retail

Japanese retailers had another tough year in 2007 due to unusually warm weather and a variety of economic factors.

clock March 5, 2008Akira Miura

Inside Blumarine's first U.S. store.


Blumarine’s Quick Turn for U.S. Launch

Blumarine’s U.S. retail arrival is a holiday story, of sorts.

clock March 5, 2008Rebecca Kleinman

The StyleFeeder home page.


Parsing Personal Style to Push New Looks

StyleFeeder lets users share favorite products and automatically recommends new ones based on their taste.

clock March 5, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Refreshing Watch

Fashion Features

Bits & Bytes

Researchers at Nokia and the University of Cambridge have created a nanotechnology concept called Morph that will be on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art through May.

clock March 5, 2008Cate T. Corcoran

Guy Baxter

Designer and Luxury

On With the Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Week, which begins Friday, will offer a little bit of everything, from designers who are focusing on the needs of working women to those…

clock March 5, 2008Marcy Medina and Rachel Brown


Fashion Features

Nurturing Body and Spirit

From cutting-edge restaurants to innovative art exhibitions, Los Angeles offers diversions after the fashion shows.

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Fashion Features


L.A. Fashion Week Preview Calendar

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Simon Property Group might build a luxury tower atop Neiman Marcus at Copley Place.


Boom Times in Boston: Luxe Brands, Developers Leading a Retail Revival

Recession? Boston didn’t get the memo. Retail growth is galloping ahead in the metropolitan region after a decade of lagging behind the rest of the U.S.

clock March 5, 2008Katherine Bowers

Tilda Swinton in YSL.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Ozbeck Out?… Versace Bells… Red Label…

Turkish fashion designer Rifat Ozbek could be on his way out at Pollini after four years at the Italian label.

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"Stopwatch Marketing": Making the most of a shopper's time.


Synching Up With Fashion Shoppers

“Buyers frequently experience no greater satisfaction with their purchases whether they spend more or less time considering them,” write AnnaMaria Turano and John Rosen in their just-published book, “Stopwatch Marketing.”

clock March 5, 2008Valerie Seckler


There’s a Chill on Apparel Spending

People’s spending on apparel isn’t likely to pick up anytime soon, forecast Carl Steidtmann, chief economist at Deloitte Research and author of the group’s Leading Index of Consumer Spending. The index measures real wages and home prices, initial…

clock March 5, 2008Valerie Seckler

Andrea Jung and Reese Witherspoon

Beauty Features

Avon in U.N. Initiative, Ungaro Scent Deal

Avon and the U.N. Development Fund for Women on Tuesday announced a new partnership in an effort to end violence against women and to promote women’s empowerment at the United Nations.

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Ombre looks sold well at Moda, like Ava's fall sweater jacket.


Moda, Nouveau Collective Dates: Works in Progress

The jury is out on Moda Manhattan and Nouveau Collective’s decision to break away from the earlier February trade show schedule.

clock March 5, 2008Whitney Beckett and Julee Kaplan

A fall cardigan from Beyond Definition.

Fashion Features

Newsreel: Liz Claiborne Bonuses… Nike+iPod Coming To A Gym Near You…

Liz Claiborne Inc.’s earnings and stock price are down, but top executives received cash bonuses in 2007, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Macerich, DMB Agree to Partner

The retail battleground in North Phoenix has shifted.

clock March 5, 2008Sharon Edelson


Kenneth Cole Posts Loss

A $10.6 million impairment charge drove fourth-quarter results at Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. into the red.

clock March 5, 2008Evan Clark


Maidenform Net Surges in Quarter

Maidenform Brands Inc. said Tuesday said that fourth-quarter income almost doubled from a year ago, powered by rising sales from key products.

clock March 5, 2008Vicki M. Young


Memo Pad: A New Lens… First Monroe, Now Minogue… Cracking A Victorian Whip…

Joe Zee’s arrival at Elle as creative director has ushered in a fresh look, while longtime creative head Gilles Bensimon’s involvement in the magazine has gradually subsided.

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Tommy Hilfiger

Fashion Features

Tommy Hilfiger to Do Own Shoes

Tommy Hilfiger will bring most of its footwear business in-house as of January 2009.

clock March 5, 2008Sophia Chabbott

A sketch of the Lilly Pulitzer flagship opening at 1020 Madison Avenue in May.


Lilly Pulitzer Finds Its Space in Manhattan

After 49 years in business, Lilly Pulitzer has finally found a pad in Manhattan.

clock March 5, 2008Julee Kaplan

Workers at a privately owned textile factory in China.


China Business Laws Defended

Legislation raising taxes on foreign companies and toughening labor standards have increased the costs of doing business in China, but will result in overall benefits by making companies more competitive, a National People’s Congress spokesman said…

clock March 5, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin


Senate to Address Product Safety Bill

The Senate voted Monday night to take up a comprehensive product safety bill that would increase the fines on U.S. companies importing tainted and toxic products and overhaul the agency responsible for setting safety standards on U.S.-made and…

clock March 5, 2008Kristi Ellis

A stylish wool suit with unusual pocket detailing from Karl Lagerfeld's collecton for Chanel.

Fashion Features

Suit ‘Em Up

Suit dreams are made of these. From a prettily beribboned number to a more austere version with a shot of bright blue, designers offered plenty of of stylish wares for both boardroom babes and, as in this example from Christian Dior, socialites.

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Two looks designed by Juliana Jabour.

Fashion Features

Uniqlo’s Latest Young Designers

Uniqlo is pursuing its Designer Invitation Project, which taps young designers for capsule collections. The spring installment features Juliana Jabour, Alexander Wang, Tim Hamilton and Loden Dager.

clock March 5, 2008Sharon Edelson


Recession Concerns Expected to Hit Comps

Wall Street had the jitters on Tuesday, but rebounded in afternoon trading.

clock March 5, 2008Jeanine Poggi

Human Resources

In Brief: Beglass Appointments… White To United… Garage Sale…

Redcats USA named The Wet Seal Inc. alum Gary White chief executive officer of its United Retail Group plus-size specialty store business.

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