Retail’s Other Squeeze: Shoplifting, Theft Soar As Economy Struggles

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As if the recession weren’t bad enough, the weakened economy has led to a surge in retail theft by shoplifters, rogue employees and organized criminal enterprises. SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Tandy Brands Reduces Loss in 4th Qtr.

Sales falter, but cost cuts improve bottom line, gross margin.

clock September 1, 2009Arnold J. Karr

Brooklyn Projects’ store in Pasadena, Calif.


Skatewear Sector Shows Rapid Growth

Nike, Sport Chalet, DC Shoes and Vans are launching new skatewear clothing lines.

clock September 2, 2009Khanh T.L. Tran

A Dom Rebel look.

Fashion Features

Dom Rebel T-Shirt Line Branches Out

Dom Rebel, a company that sells naughty slogans embellished on its T-shirts, expands to leather jackets and vests.

clock September 2, 2009Brian Dunn

Ruben Toledo’s cover design.


Novel Ideas: Ruben Toledo Reimagines the Classics

The illustrator Ruben Toledo designed new covers for “The Scarlet Letter,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Pride and Prejudice.”

clock September 2, 2009Elisa Lipsky-Karasz

Jessica Haines with John Malkovich in "Disgrace."


Jessica Haines Breaks Out in “Disgrace”

The South African newcomer Jessica Haines goes head-to-head with John Malkovich in her new film.

clock September 2, 2009Vanessa Lawrence

Anya Hindmarch and friends in the pool in Mustique.


Postcard From Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch sends news from her carefree summer holiday.

clock September 2, 2009Anya Hindmarch

Business Features

Study Shows Wealthy Shopping Cautiously

Affluent customers were making numerous concessions to the economic downturn, from using coupons to being “more practical” in their purchases.

clock September 2, 2009Arnold J. Karr


Marketing and Promotion

Decoding the Wants of Women

It’s getting harder to capture the attention — and spending — of women, even as they grow more optimistic about their lives and chances of success.

clock September 2, 2009Valerie Seckler

Government and Trade

Customs Seizes 15,000 Pairs of Fake Gucci Shoes

Gucci shoe raid estimated at $3.85 million at retail.

clock September 2, 2009Liza Casabona

Government and Trade

Kirk Stresses U.S. Commitment to Doha

USTR Ron Kirk travels to India this week to work on moving the Doha Round forward.

clock September 2, 2009Liza Casabona


Columbia Sues Former Designer

Columbia alleges design activities by former designer Brian O’Boyle violated employment agreement.

clock September 2, 2009Matthew Lynch


Marcolin Profits Slip

Marcolin SpA’s first-half financial results showed the Italian eyewear maker is weathering the difficult economy.

clock September 2, 2009Luisa Zargani



Retail Stocks Struggle Tuesday

Store shares slip 1.8 percent as major indices fall.

clock September 2, 2009Evan Clark

Zac Posen Resort 2010

Designer and Luxury

Relevance Seen Key Trend for Spring Runways

For the spring runway season, retailers and designers aims for high quality fashion while watching prices.

clock September 2, 2009David Moin and Marc Karimzadeh


Daily Stock Wrap: September 1, 2009

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock September 2, 2009WWD Staff

A bag from Carlos Falchi’s Graffiti Collection.


Kate Falchi Collaborates With Her Father

Accessories maven Carlos Falchi’s daughter Kate joins the firm as associate designer and works on graffiti collection.

clock September 2, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Fendi’s Mia bag, which has been strong seller in the U.S.

Designer and Luxury

Fendi Taps New President

Fendi North America has named Stacy Van Praagh as its new president.

clock September 2, 2009Miles Socha

Smoke clouds from the Station Fire near Los Angeles.


Calif. Retailers Brace for More Fire Woes

Los Angeles-area retailers weary from months of economic hard-ship were resigned to more of the same Tuesday as the devastation from a deadly wildfire mounted.

clock September 2, 2009Marcy Medina

Designer and Luxury

Gucci Group Backs Scholarship

Firm sponsors sustainable studies

clock September 2, 2009Miles Socha

Jason Wu looks on the runway.

Designer and Luxury

Jason Wu Looks Featured at Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Atlanta’s fall fashion season kicked off with the 17th annual Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser, where Jason Wu was the guest designer.

clock September 2, 2009Elizabeth Thurman

Scenes from the Shanghai Tang fashion show and party.

Designer and Luxury

Shanghai Tang Bullish on China

Shanghai Tang brand forecasts significant growth on Mainland.

clock September 2, 2009Lisa Movius

Vivienne Tam’s spa uniform.

Fashion Scoops

Vivienne Tam’s Turns… Designers Float Around Venice… Nilsson Rumors…

Vivienne Tam has two unveilings coming up in Las Vegas: a collection of custom upholstered furniture and hotel spa uniforms.

clock September 2, 2009WWD Staff

A look from Rebecca Moses Heart Soul Style.


Spring 2010 Fashion Trend: Rebecca Moses Heart Soul Style

Rebecca Moses Heart Soul Style is the designer’s first label under her own name since 2004.

clock September 2, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg

A looks from Logo, Lori Goldstein’s collection for QVC.


Dial Style: Lori Goldstein’s Line Kicks Off QVC Tent Show

Stylist Lori Goldstein’s collection hits QVC’s first three-hour show in the Bryant Park tents.

clock September 2, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg


House of Deréon Signs Greek Distribution Deal

Beyond Productions, the parent company for House of Deréon, has signed a deal with The Eurostyle Group to distribute Deréon junior sportswear in Greece.

clock September 2, 2009WWD Staff

The October 2009 cover of Vanity Fair.


Memo Pad: Kennedy Covers… Paris Hilton’s Rights… French Accent for Grazia…

Vanity Fair’s October issue features Jackie O.

clock September 2, 2009WWD Staff

Phillip Lim’s fragrance for Six Scents: Series Two.


Phillip Lim Among Six Scents Designer Initiative

Fragrances concocted by designers including Phillip Lim, Henry Holland and Richard Nicoll will bow in October as part of the second Six Scents initiative.

clock September 2, 2009Brid Costello

Government and Trade Launches Heathcare Ads

Ads by union-backed coalition say Wal-Mart doesn’t offer employees enough healthcare coverage.

clock September 2, 2009Liza Casabona

Farshad Arshid, owner of the Standard boutique in Atlanta, has been hit by robbers twice.


Retail Theft Soars in Economic Downturn

Shoplifters, rogue employees and organized criminal enterprises go for bigger hauls at stores.

clock September 2, 2009Matthew Lynch

Designer and Luxury

Al-Sabah Said Stepping Down

Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah, one of theMiddle East’s most high-profile retail figures, to leave Villa Moda.

clock September 2, 2009Miles Socha

Inside the Jake store.

Ready To Wear

Designers Take Action Against Jake

Phillip Lim, Lutz & Patmos, and Costello Tagliapietra file lawsuit against specialty retailer Jake in Chicago for alleged unpaid orders.

clock September 2, 2009Rosemary Feitelberg


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