Battling the Downturn: Indie Retailers Adapt To Survive Tough Times

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If the likes of Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom are struggling because of the economy, just think of how bad things must be for the little guy.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF TODAY'S ARTICLES

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Christian Dior + Chinese Artists

Fashion Features

The Art of Dior in Beijing

An exhibition of China’s contemporary artists commissioned to create Dior-inspired work opens in Beijing.

clock November 16, 2008Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Brioni RTW Spring 2009

Designer and Luxury

Brioni Seeks Minority Investor

Family-run firm Brioni is putting a 20 to 25 percent stake up for sale.

clock November 17, 2008Luisa Zargani

Jean Paul Gaultier

Designer and Luxury

Gaultier to Launch Children’s Wear

Designer inks licensing agreement with France’s Zannier Group.

clock November 17, 2008Miles Socha

Financial

Target Profits Fall 23.8 Percent

Despite 23.8 percent profit drop, president and ceo Gregg Steinhafel said Target remains positioned to take advantage of the slowdown and come out stronger.

clock November 17, 2008Evan Clark

Amanda Brooks and Cynthia Rowley.

People

Dinner at Rowley’s

Cynthia Rowley skipped out of her showroom early to run home and host a dinner in honor of Italian footballer-cum-artist Marco Perego.

clock November 17, 2008WWD Staff

Barack Obama

Government and Trade

Sourcing Firms Brace for Trade Restrictions

Sourcing community predict President-elect Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress will favor protectionist trade policies.

clock November 18, 2008Ross Tucker

Visitor attendance during the show’s first two days declined.

Government and Trade

Dour Economic Outlook at Shanghai Fair

Existing difficult economic conditions are expected to persist for apparel and textile industry.

clock November 18, 2008Lisa Movius

Fashion Features

Wang Wins CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

Alexander Wang takes top honors.

clock November 17, 2008Marc Karimzadeh

Herve Leger RTW Spring 2009

Fashion Features

Dallas Fashion Award Know What Women Want

Max Azria and other honorees tap into buying impulse.

clock November 18, 2008Holly Haber

Government and Trade

Jordan Apparel Exports to U.S. Fall

Jordan’s apparel sector, which is heavily dependent on U.S. exports, has lost ground in the post-quota era amid cases of abusive labor practices.

clock November 18, 2008John Zarocostas

Pascal Lamy

Government and Trade

Liquidity Gap in Global Trade

WTO’s Lamy urges action by governments, banks, and export agencies.

clock November 18, 2008John Zarocostas

Financial

Retail Stocks Start Week on Down Note

Retailers including Coldwater Creek and Abercrombie & Fitch hit hard on continuing earning, outlook fears.

clock November 18, 2008Arnold J. Karr

Financial

Daily Stock Wrap

The day’s best and worst performers.

clock November 18, 2008WWD Staff

Financial

De Grisogono Seeks Investor

Swiss jewelry and watch firm De Grisogono needs investor to maintain growth.

clock November 18, 2008Robert Murphy

Designer and Luxury

Mulberry to Close Two U.S. Stores

Mulberry to close units in Atlantic City, N.J., and the Americana Mall in Manhasset, N.Y.

clock November 18, 2008Samantha Conti

J.C. Penney's "red box" department.

Retail

Penney’s Plots Holiday

J.C. Penney Co. Inc. released its Christmas strategy on Monday, emphasizing new “affordable” products, greater values and shopping conveniences.

clock November 18, 2008David Moin

Isaac Mizrahi RTW Spring 2009

Retail

Ultimo Simultaneously Hosts Mizrahi Trunk Show Online and In-Store

Online trunk shows may be the province of national retailers and e-tailers such as Net-a-porter, but local boutiques are getting in on the action.

clock November 18, 2008Lisa Lockwood

Pieces from Scaasi’s jewelry line.

Designer and Luxury

Scaasi to Sell Jewelry on HSN

Fifty years after Diana Vreeland urged Arnold Scaasi to add jewelry to his repertoire, the designer is back at it with a new collection for HSN.

clock November 18, 2008Rosemary Feitelberg

A spring style from Abi Ferrin.

Sportswear

Abi Ferrin Seeks to Expand Nationally

Dallas designer Abi Ferrin is aiming for national expansion after showing her spring-summer ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week.

clock November 18, 2008Rusty Williamson

Candy Pratts Price and Zac Posen at Bergdorf Goodman.

Fashion Scoops

Candy Girl… Prada Goes Vroom… Smoking Room…

Candy Pratts Price certainly knows how to fill a room.

clock November 18, 2008WWD Staff

Rob Smith and Tim Gunn

Media

Emery Awards Dinner Benefits LGBT Youth

Recession or not, for the many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who receive help at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, it doesn’t matter.

clock November 18, 2008David Moin

Curve is offering services previously reserved for celebrity clients.

Retail

Tough Times for the Little Guy: Small Boutiques Suffer

Independent designer boutiques are feeling the impact of the downturn even more than their larger brethren.

clock November 18, 2008Sharon Edelson

Financial

Safilo Shares Fall

Safilo’s share price sank to 78 euros, less than a quarter of its value 12 months ago.

clock November 18, 2008Andrew Roberts

Items packaged by Cosfibel Inc.

Color Cosmetics

Luxe Pack Packaging Trade Show Sees Large Turnout

A heady dose of glamour was the headlining trend at Luxe Pack in the face of a global economic crisis.

clock November 18, 2008Stephanie Epiro and Pete Born

Baxter items going into Urban Outfitters.

Skin Care

Baxter to Launch Men’s Grooming Items in Urban

Men’s personal care brand Baxter of California is going Urban, with the Philadelphia-based specialty fashion chain.

clock November 18, 2008Matthew W. Evans

Cover of Forbes.

Media

Forbes Part Two… Final Play… De Beers Doubles Up…

Forbes on Monday continued to adjust its head count for the tough economy, restructuring its sales and marketing divisions.

clock November 18, 2008WWD Staff

Moss in a silk-screen cotton jersey T-shirt over cotton and spandex denim pants by McQ Alexander McQueen for Target. Boots by Guillotine Hinfray.

Designer and Luxury

McQueen on Target

Designer launches line at retailer.

clock November 18, 2008Sharon Edelson

Liela Moss, the lead vocalist of The Duke Spirit, is the muse behind Alexander McQueen’s McQ Alexander McQueen for Target line.

Fashion Features

Q&A With Liela Moss: A McQueen Muse for the Masses

Though she’s been making music for nearly five years, Liela Moss has remained under the mainstream fashion and music radar.

clock November 18, 2008Nick Axelrod

Designer and Luxury

Cacharel, Eley Kishimoto Split

Cacharel, the French brand known for its young sportswear, has chewed through another set of designers, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto.

clock November 18, 2008Robert Murphy and Samantha Conti

Financial

McComb Reassures Claiborne Employees

Stock caught in a ‘Perfect Storm,’ Claiborne ceo writes in e-mail to staff.

clock November 18, 2008WWD Staff

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