From Liz to Kenneth: Cole Names Jill Granoff As CEO to Drive Growth

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Aiming to get back on the growth track, Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has poached Liz Claiborne Inc.'s Jill Granoff as chief executive officer.

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Tiki Lewis, lead singer of the band Piel, sports Suh-Tahn's silk bengaline version, worn with ParkVogel's organic cotton and Lycra spandex shirt and Yoko Devereaux's wool pants. Alpine Stars fedora; Sydney Evans bracelets.

Fashion Features

Man Up

Stylish girls have been borrowing from the boys since time immemorial, and fall’s slouchy, men’s wear-inspired vests and jackets fit perfectly into the androgynous vibe. Here, singer-songwriter Tiki Lewis of Piel wears the look, a…

clock April 16, 2008Leila Baboi

Jill Granoff and Kenneth Cole

Human Resources

From Liz to Kenneth: Cole Names Jill Granoff As CEO to Drive Growth

Aiming to get back on the growth track, Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has poached Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Jill Granoff as chief executive officer.

clock April 16, 2008Whitney Beckett

A display at the new Bebe store on Oak Street in Chicago.

Fashion Features

Bebe Expands Presence in Chicago

If only the weather would cooperate. Teams of Chicago women, seemingly eager to buy colorful maxidresses adorning the windows of Bebe Stores Inc.’s new trilevel flagship on Oak Street, filled dressing rooms for the store’s opening party…

clock April 16, 2008Beth Wilson

Handbags done in collaboration with artist Richard Prince spurred leather goods sales at Louis Vuitton.


LVMH Sales Rise 12%

Bucking strong currency headwinds and dodging economic uncertainty, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton kept up its double-digit momentum in the first quarter as sales jumped 12 percent at constant exchange to 4 billion euros, or $5.99 billion at…

clock April 16, 2008Miles Socha

Lorenz Baumer

Fashion Features

Baumer Said Headed to Vuitton

It looks like Paris-based jewelry designer Lorenz Baumer, long associated with Chanel, is switching luxury camps and joining Louis Vuitton.

clock April 16, 2008Miles Socha


Esmerian Files Chapter 11 for Fred Leighton

Ralph Esmerian put Fred Leighton Holdings into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday to halt the auction of fine jewels and gems he used as collateral on a loan that soured.

clock April 16, 2008Evan Clark


In Brief: Hudson’s Bay Transition… Oscar in Dallas… Richter Promoted

Following the death on Saturday of Jerry Zucker, governor and chief executive office of Hudson’s Bay Co., the company’s board named his wife, Anita, as its first woman governor in its 338-year history.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff


Burberry Revenue Climbs 19.2%

Revenues at Burberry rose 19.2 percent to 546 million pounds, or $1.09 billion, in the six months to March 31, from 458 million pounds, or $885.8 million, in the same period last year

clock April 16, 2008Nina Jones

Keisha Whitaker, Patrick Robinson and Lake Bell.

Fashion Features

Gala Fetes Gap, CFDA Collaboration

“He’s my date,” joked Amy Sedaris, flashing her white Philip Crangi cuff bracelet. The comedienne was, of course, referring to Crangi himself, whom she accompanied to Monday night’s launch party for Gap’s newest Design…

clock April 16, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

A sketch of the dress Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele and Alberta Ferretti are collaborating on.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: A New Number… Vote for Versace… Uomo Gucci…

Chanel is said to be in talks with petite French actress Audrey Tautou to feature in a new commercial for its mythic No.5 fragrance.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff

The colors of Jenna Bush's attendants' dresses, designed by Lela Rose, were inspired by Texas' wildflowers.

Fashion Features

Texas Motif for Bush’s Bridesmaids

First Daughter Jenna Bush’s fashion choices will reflect her Texas roots when she gets married May 10 at the family’s ranch in Crawford, Tex.

clock April 16, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

Jean-Paul Agon

Beauty Features

L’Oreal First-Qtr. Sales Inch Ahead 2.1 Percent… Makeup, Men’s Perform Well in Germany

On the back of a difficult trading environment in North America and a strong euro, L’Oreal reported first-quarter 2008 sales of 4.36 billion euros, or $6.53 billion at average exchange, up 2.1 percent over the same period last year. On a…

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

Francois Steiner’s Short Stint Ends at Sonia Rykiel

Francois Steiner’s romance with Sonia Rykiel has proved short-lived, WWD has learned.

clock April 16, 2008Robert Murphy

A piece by Solange Azagury-Partridge.


Solange Azagury-Partridge Sells Controlling Stake

Solange Azagury-Partridge has sold a controlling stake in her London-based jewelry business and has big plans for expansion.

clock April 16, 2008Samantha Conti

Protesters in Chicago.


The Games Prevail for Active Firms

The Beijing Olympics have the potential to be among the most controversial in recent memory — but activewear companies are nonetheless diving in as sponsors.

clock April 16, 2008Whitney Beckett

The winning Puma design.


News Reel: DKNY Promotion… Alvin Valley Online… NBA Store Scores…

Andrew Comley was promoted to senior vice president of women’s at DKNY.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff

Rosa Cha has been sending out more catalogues and scaling back on billboards.


Green Marketing Hits the Bottom Line

Don’t expect to see huge Calvin Klein Jeans billboards in Sao Paulo – or those from any other brand for that matter.

clock April 16, 2008Michael Kepp


Memo Pad: Nina, Chapter Three Of?… Voluntary, or Not…

The Nina Garcia story is turning into the Energizer bunny of reality TV – it just won’t quit.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff


Hugo Boss Exec Tapped for Calvin Klein Post

Joy Corson will join Calvin Klein Collection as vice president of women’s and men’s sales, North America. She succeeds Christine Talevski, who left the company.

clock April 16, 2008Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Features

Clothes Call

Before she was president of Vera Wang, before she worked at firms like Michael Kors and Donna Karan, and before her 22 years at Calvin Klein, Susan Sokol was a model – a showroom model, to be exact, at a Seventh Avenue concern called Cuddlecoat….

clock April 16, 2008Venessa Lau

Footwear and ready-to-wear on display at the Miu Miu store in Taipei City.

Fashion Features

Miu Miu’s Sense of Style

Miu Miu continues the restyling of its stores with the opening of the newly refurbished outpost in Taipei City, Taiwan.

clock April 16, 2008Alessandra Ilari

A Loehmann's retail store.


Politzer Said New CEO at Loehmann’s

Jerald Politzer is moving into Loehmann’s corner office, taking over as chief executive officer, according to sources.

clock April 16, 2008Evan Clark


Kerson Joins LIM Board

Robert E. Kerson, chairman of executive search firm Kerson Partners, has been named to the board of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising in New York, and will be a special adviser to LIM president Elizabeth S. Marcuse.

clock April 16, 2008Vicki M. Young


Women’s Wholesale Apparel Prices Dip

Wholesale prices for domestically produced women’s and girls’ apparel, bucking an overall trend, slid 0.1 percent last month compared with February and fell 0.2 percent from a year ago, the Labor Department said Tuesday in its Producer…

clock April 16, 2008Liza Casabona

Ethanol Jeans' skinny leg offers distressed styling.


Buyers Seeking Edgy Styles See Mostly Staples

Retailers at the Los Angeles Majors Market wanted vendors to be daring.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff

Holly Morgan's tiered dress and tab shirt, both in silk charmeuse.

Fashion Features

Holly Morgan Tackles Contemporary

For her new namesake contemporary line, Holly Morgan is adopting fresh strategies to appeal to a different customer from the one she designed for at junior sportswear brand XOXO.

clock April 16, 2008WWD Staff

Fashion Features

West Watch: Counterfeiting Summit

A group of experts in Los Angeles will discuss counterfeiting at a seminar May 1 entitled “Hot Off the Runway! Emerging Intellectual Property Issues in the Fashion Industry.”

clock April 16, 2008Rachel Brown

Fashion Features

Von Furstenberg, Karan Address Luxe

Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan shared insights at American Express Publishing’s Seventh Annual Luxury Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel here.

clock April 16, 2008Marcy Medina


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