Romancing the Shopper: Major Retailers Pump Up Personal Marketing Style

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They’re not exactly Tupperware parties, but big retail players are getting personal with their customers.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Tight Consumer Spending Weighs on June Sales

Sales at department stores fell a seasonally adjusted 1.3 percent in June compared with May, and specialty store receipts were flat.

clock July 14, 2009Liza Casabona


Bebe Launching New Retail Concept

Bebe Stores Inc. will replace all 62 Bebe Sport retail units this fall with a new concept targeting active and street wear called PH8.

clock July 14, 2009Anne Riley-Katz

Designer and Luxury

Armed Robbers Hold Up Cartier in Cannes

The thief, wearing a fedora and an elegant suit, drew a gun and ordered staff at the Cartier store in Cannes to give him jewels.

clock July 14, 2009Elena Barton

Eddie Bauer filed for Chapter 11 June 16.


VF Joins Bauer Bankruptcy Bidding

VF Corp. has jumped into the bidding for bankrupt Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. as the auction of the retailer’s assets nears.

clock July 14, 2009Vicki M. Young

Nicole Miller Collection’s stretch silk twill and organza dress with a ruffle detail.

Fashion Trends

Holiday 2009 Fashion Trend: A Little Black Magic

Designers are taking the little black dress in a darker direction.

clock July 15, 2009Mayte Allende’s fall 2009 collection.

Retail Aims for Expansion

UK online retailer may target the U.S. and Japan.

clock July 15, 2009Nina Jones

Simon Doonan

Designer and Luxury

Q&A With Simon Doonan

Simon Doonan is a one-man fashion conglomerate: author, columnist, industry bon vivant and creative director of Barneys New York.

clock July 15, 2009Dick Silverman

The Miu Miu boutique at The MIXC Mall in China.

Designer and Luxury

Miu Miu Stores Open in China, Turkey

Luxury brand Miu Miu opened its first boutiques in China and Turkey as the company looks to boost directly operated store revenues.

clock July 15, 2009WWD Staff


Safilo Shares Jump Yesterday on Merger Proposal

The share price of Italy’s Safilo Group SpA spiked more than 20 percent on the Milan Bourse Tuesday.

clock July 15, 2009Andrew Roberts

The roof garden and a view of the building.

Real Estate

Armani Unveils Plans for Casa Condos in Rome

The designer Armani is helping transform historic buildings into residences.

clock July 15, 2009Luisa Zargani

Inside Versace’s Dubai Mall store.

Designer and Luxury

Thinking Big: Versace Opens Largest Mideast Boutique

Versace has launched its largest boutique in the Middle East in the Dubai Mall.

clock July 15, 2009Luisa Zargani

Government and Trade

Congress Proposes Bill to Eliminate Some Tariffs

Columbia Sportswear, The North Face and Patagonia are recreational performance outerwear companies that stand to benefit from a tariff-dropping bill.

clock July 15, 2009Kristi Ellis

Government and Trade

U.S.-Made Apparel Prices Fall in June

U.S.-manufactured apparel prices were up in year-to-year comparisons.

clock July 15, 2009Liza Casabona

Terry Lundgren and Tommy Hilfiger met with designers in Chicago Tuesday.


Lundgren, Hilfiger Push Chicago’s Fashion Focus

Terry Lundgren and Tommy Hilfiger are getting behind the effort to raise Chicago’s fashion profile.

clock July 15, 2009Beth Wilson

Inside Mandee.


Mandee Charts Sensible Growth Plan

Mandee is pursuing a sensible growth strategy with a new retail prototype set to roll out and expansion that includes Manhattan stores.

clock July 15, 2009Sharon Edelson


Memo Pad: Pringle Taps Swinton… Kate Moss, Media Mogul?…

Pringle of Scotland is going back to its roots.

clock July 15, 2009WWD Staff

President Obama

Government and Trade

Wal-Mart Stands to Gain in Health Care Debate

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stands to gain considerable ground in its public image by supporting health care reform.

clock July 15, 2009Kristi Ellis

Models at a Jason Wu event at Nordstrom at NorthPark Center.

Designer and Luxury

Romancing the Shopper: Retailers Get Personal

Stores host intimate parties, while designers from Alexander Wang to Maria Cornejo hit stores to woo their customers in person.

clock July 15, 2009Holly Haber

Boot from the Billy Reid collection.


Billy Reid Tiptoes Into Women’s

Having carved out his name as a niche retailer with a down-home chic sensibility, Billy Reid is venturing into the women’s shoe market — albeit gingerly.

clock July 15, 2009Sarah Haight

Lindsay Lohan

Fashion Scoops

Lindsay Lohan’s New Gigs… Seeing Red… A Is for Amies…

Lindsay Lohan started a movie production company called Unforgettable… Also, flight attendants want their Richard Tyler dresses…

clock July 15, 2009WWD Staff

Recolored Ray-Ban Clubmasters, from Ray-Ban’s spring-summer collection, retail for $139.


Ray-Ban Launching First Online Store

Ray-Ban this month will open its first online store, making it easier for consumers to find and purchase new styles.

clock July 15, 2009Cate T. Corcoran


CIT Continues to Seek Government Lifeline

Investors appeared confident about prospects of CIT and pushed the stock up.

clock July 15, 2009Evan Clark


Kellwood Faces Midnight Default Deadline

Kellwood talks become urgent as $140M in notes are due to mature at midnight tonight.

clock July 15, 2009Vicki M. Young


Levi’s Reports Loss in Second Quarter

Lagging sales and unfavorable currency exchange rates pushed Levi Strauss & Co. into the red for the second quarter.

clock July 15, 2009Ross Tucker and Joanna Ramey

Government and Trade

Kim Glas Said Top Pick for Commerce Job

Congressional aide Kim Glas is the leading candidate to oversee the Commerce Department’s efforts to promote the domestic textiles and apparel industry.

clock July 15, 2009Liza Casabona


Daily Stock Wrap: July 14, 2009

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock July 15, 2009WWD Staff


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Jil Sander Pre-Fall 2021


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