Tarnished Bellwether: Industry Feels Pain of California Slowdown

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The Golden State has lost its economic luster, triggering serious consequences for retailers and vendors. California, the most populous state, the biggest U.S. market and a bellwether for the nation is being especially hard hit.

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Real Estate

Mixed-Use Grows in Massachusetts

Westwood Station, outside Boston, is a 125-acre project that will take 10 years to complete.

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Big in Boston

Westwood Station is just one of the region’s behemoths. Here are two others under construction.

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A silk hemp and organza dress by student Nathaly Rodriguez.

Fashion Features

SCAD’s Green Chic Event

Savannah College of Art and Design chose an “eco-chic” theme for the first scholarship gala at the school’s campus here.

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Francisco Costa and Philadelphia University president Stephen Spinelli Jr.


Costa, EcoCouture Feted in Philadelphia

Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein Collection for women, last week was awarded the 2008 Spirit of Design Award at the Philadelphia…

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Looks from Barron Duquette.

Designer and Luxury

Sean Barron Shows Sexy, Sophisticated Side

The tattoos on each of Sean Barron’s inner forearms read “Patience” and “Presence”- two words to set the tone of his newest venture, a young designer…

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Clarins USA president and ceo Jonathan Zrihen, Naomi Watts and Joel Palix.


Memo Pad: Words of Wisdom… Two New Faces For Two Icons… Heading South…

Ruth Reichl might recently have led many to believe she disliked her mother after her harsh words in accepting a Matrix Award from the New York Women in…

clock May 6, 2008Pete Born and Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks


Target Sells Credit Card Stake

Target Corp. on Monday said it had agreed to sell an interest in its credit card receivables to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. for about $3.6 billion.

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Business Features

Sun Shuts Kellwood’s Moderate Dress Division

Less than three months after Sun Capital Securities Group LLC took over Kellwood Co., the private equity firm is cutting the St. Louis-based manufacturer’s…

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Nancy Davis and Frankie Valli

Fashion Features

Race to Erase MS Event Raises $2.1M

This year’s Race to Erase MS — the 15th anniversary gala held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza here — raised $2.1 million for multiple…

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Josie Natori and Neil Katz

Beauty Features

Physicians Formula Net Rises As Sales Climb 19.6 Percent…

Physicians Formula Holdings Inc. continued to expand its retail reach in the first quarter, and gain traction with new product launches, including its…

clock May 6, 2008Molly Prior and Matthew W. Evans and Michelle Edgar

Visitors peruse the trend area.


Mills Drive on Innovative Fabrics at Japan Creation

Japanese textile makers are facing tough times, as unfavorable exchange rates, competition from China and sluggish demand are biting into business.

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Government and Trade

Uncertain Future for U.S. Trade Policies

Textile and apparel sourcing executives are entering uncertain times when it comes to predicting the impact of U.S. trade policy, a situation that is likely…

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Carolina Herrera

Fashion Features

CH Carolina Herrera Spanning the Globe

In the midst of a photo shoot at the CH Carolina Herrera store here, the designer looked at ease leaning against a table. But the same couldn’t be said for a…

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A customer pumps gas at a Mobil station in Los Angeles.


Tarnished Bellwether: Industry Feels Pain of California Slowdown

The Golden State has lost its economic luster, triggering serious consequences for retailers and vendors.

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Graphic Design

The classically appealing St. John resort collection, inspired by Slim Aarons’ iconic society photographs…

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A sketch from Peter Som's upcoming Best & Co. collection.

Fashion Features

Best & Co. Looks to Expand Scope, Maintain Tradition

With new collections planned, a wholesale rollout on the horizon and designer partnerships with Peter Som and Shoshanna, Best & Co. is heading into its next…

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Kylie Minogue at the Tous event.

Fashion Scoops

Fashion Scoops: Kylie Lands in Paris… Long-Haul Fliers… What About Bob?..

Warming up for the kickoff concert for her KylieX2008 European tour, Kylie Minogue had her Parisian fans spinning around on Monday.

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Edward S. Lampert


Sears Sees More Tough Times Ahead

Sears Holdings Corp. is on the hunt for big talent and big ideas to stem the slide in its profits and sales ??? but it doesn’t expect things to get…

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CIT Pulls Mervyns Credit Approval

Mervyns’ credit approval for $40 million in orders has been withdrawn by CIT Group Inc.

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Human Resources

In Brief: Rock & Republic Hire… Joining Stein Mart…

Premium denim label Rock & Republic appointed Diane Reichenberger, former chief executive officer of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s company, Dualstar…

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