Putting Down Stakes: Luxe Brands See India As Key Long-Term Play

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If pink is the navy blue of India, then luxury retailing is still only the faintest blush. But upscale shopping there will take a leap forward this year as a host of European brands plants first stores in this future market.

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Nighttime in Bologna's elegant main square, Piazza Maggiore.

Fashion Features

A City of Many Hats

Bologna’s reputation for hosting some of Europe’s biggest trade fairs is equaled perhaps by its fame for education, the arts and, of course, tortellini.

clock April 10, 2008Stephanie Epiro

L'Inde Le Palais is a multilevel boutique connected to a bar and cafe.


Doing Double Duty… Go West…

Since L’Inde Le Palais opened in 2001, stores that wear several hats have bloomed across Bologna’s retail milieu. Here are three multitasking retailers.

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Fashion Features

They Are Wearing: Hip Streets

Bolognese style runs from high-end fashion to cool student.

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Fashion Features

Vital Statistics: Bologna

Population… Average annual rent for a centrally located retail space (2007)… High-profile Bologna-based companies…

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The multihyphenate Simon Doonan and a few objets from his New York apartment.


Funny Face

As world events go, there are probably more important ones than Donatella Versace’s appearance in the windows at Barneys New York.

clock April 10, 2008Jacob Bernstein



Teen Titans

The top 10 specialty store chains where female teenagers say they shopped over the past 12 months.

clock April 10, 2008Cecily Hall

Grane is sold in department stores.


Junior Jeans Brands Stand Their Ground

Junior denim vendors are being challenged more than ever to entice customers because of major shifts in the business landscape.

clock April 10, 2008Julee Kaplan

Leather jackets will sell for $1,099.

Fashion Features

Surface to Air Sides With ‘Justice’ for Collection

The worlds of fashion and music are meeting again.

clock April 10, 2008Emilie Marsh

Fashion Features

Groups Ask ITC to Cut African Denim Levels

Apparel and denim companies urged the International Trade Commission Wednesday to lower the amount of African-made denim fabric they are required to use to import their goods duty free to the U.S.

clock April 10, 2008Liza Casabona

Jordin Sparks

Beauty Features

Beauty Beat: Avon’s Mark Adds Sparks…

Avon’s Mark beauty brand has signed singer Jordin Sparks, the winner of Fox’s “American Idol” last year, as the brand’s sales representatives’ spokeswoman, a first for the teen-oriented brand.

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Memo Pad: Joining The Journal… Fashion Goes To Washington

The Wall Street Journal’s upcoming magazine launch (it’s called WSJ., conspicuous punctuation not to be omitted) has had an editor, Tina Gaudoin, since January, and now it has a publisher…

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Beauty Features

French Groups Promote Body Diversity

Proving the size zero debate is still very much an issue, professionals from the French Fashion Federation, the National Union of Modeling Agencies and the French Advertising Standards Authority gathered here Wednesday to sign a charter designed to…

clock April 10, 2008Katya Foreman

A rendering of the Emporio luxury center near New Delhi.

Designer and Luxury

Putting Down Stakes: Luxe Brands See India As Key Long-Term Play

If pink is the navy blue of India, as Diana Vreeland once proclaimed, then luxury retailing is still only the faintest blush.

clock April 10, 2008Miles Socha

A look from Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

Fashion Features

Minis to Saris: A Range of Fashion in Mumbai

India’s newest designers unveiled a riot of trends — from the tiniest of microminis to lavishly draped saris — at Lakme Fashion Week here.

clock April 10, 2008Mian Ridge

Here, mix tapes meet MySpace in the form of online "It" girl Cory Kennedy, who wears Hurley's cotton dress, Insight's cotton jersey top and Kova & T's nylon and spandex lace leggings. Barbara Bui boots.

Fashion Features

Teen Spirit

Designers work an Eighties vibe for fall — a little bit punk, a little bit pop, mixing playful prints with edgy lace and leather.

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Delphine Arnault-Gancia

Fashion Features

Dior Promotes Arnault-Gancia

Christian Dior Couture has promoted Delphine Arnault-Gancia to the newly created position of deputy managing director.

clock April 10, 2008Ellen Groves


Harrods Names McArthur CEO

Harrods has named Gucci Group veteran James McArthur, 48, as chief executive officer, effective immediately.

clock April 10, 2008Samantha Conti


Darel Seeking Investor to Fuel Expansion

Gérard Darel is embarking on a new growth phase — and seeking a strategic partner to fund the brand’s international expansion.

clock April 10, 2008Emilie Marsh


Baugur Content With Saks Stake

Iceland’s Baugur Group isn’t looking to build its stake in Saks Fifth Avenue — at least for now.

clock April 10, 2008Robert Murphy


Leslie Wexner Pay Slides 27.2%

Leslie Wexner, chairman and chief executive of Limited Brands Inc., saw his total compensation fall by 27.2 percent last year.

clock April 10, 2008Evan Clark

Kenneth Cole

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Another New Face… Mixing With Armani…

The Brit is coming! The German fashion house René Lezard has named Anthony Cuthbertson as the new creative director for both the men’s and women’s collections.

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Egyptian riot police clash with protesters.


Industry Warns of Spreading Unrest

Textile industry representatives and international officials are warning that violent worker protests over low wages and rising food prices in Egypt’s textile-producing city of Mahalla al-Kobra could escalate and spread to other poor nations.

clock April 10, 2008John Zarocostas


Ellen Tracy Owners Form New Firm, Purchase Caribbean Joe Parent

The investors behind Ellen Tracy and Halston are uniting in a separate company, trying to answer the question of how to return luster to a once-iconic brand.

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b*fly's home page.

Fashion Features

Bluefly’s New Launch

Bluefly, the off-price fashion Web site, will expand its offering today by launching b*fly.

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Fashion Features

Apax Not Interested in Escada

Private equity group Apax Partners is not pursuing plans to take a stake in Escada, the German fashion house said Wednesday.

clock April 10, 2008Melissa Drier

Fashion Features

In Brief: Democrats Defiant On Columbia Pact…

– DEMOCRATS DEFIANT ON COLOMBIA PACT: The battle between the White House and Democratic leaders over the Colombian free trade agreement intensified Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said there will be a vote…

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