Learning From History: Brands Play Up Heritage To Lure New Consumers

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Origin myths, legacy stories, reverence for founding dates, forefathers and artifacts. It sounds like a trip to the American Museum of Natural History — or perhaps your local men’s boutique.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Liberty of London store.


Liberty Posts 41% Sales Gain

The fabrics division, the London flagship and the online business were chief growth drivers.

clock May 12, 2010Samantha Conti


Business Features

Macy’s Swings to 1st-Qtr. Profit

Macy’s net income was $23 million versus a loss of $88 million in last year’s quarter.

clock May 12, 2010David Moin

Inside Gap's 1969 New York Store.


Gap Names Rosella Giuliani Creative Director for 1969 Line

Rosella Giuliani, formerly vice president of design and merchandising at Seven For All Mankind, becomes creative director for the Gap’s 1969 Jeans collection.

clock May 12, 2010David Moin

Cate Blanchett in Alexander McQueen.


Cate Blanchett and Salma Hayek Wear Romantic Gowns at Cannes

Cate Blanchett wore a black-and-white Alexander McQueen gown with a tulle underskirt at the Cannes International Film Festival.

clock May 12, 2010Joelle Diderich


Balenciaga to Take Public Relations In-House

Once handled by PR Consulting, Balenciaga is bringing responsibility for U.S. public relations in-house.

clock May 12, 2010Nick Axelrod


Wal-Mart to Settle Suits

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. could pay between $43 million and $86 million for two lawsuits brought by former employees in California.

clock May 12, 2010Matthew Lynch


Chaus Loss Cut in 3rd Qtr.

Margins improve on move away from off-price channel.

clock May 12, 2010Arnold J. Karr


Retail Stocks Advance Wednesday

S&P Retail Index gained 6.53 points.

clock May 12, 2010Evan Clark

Kate Hudson

Color Cosmetics

Kate Hudson Named Almay Spokeswoman

Revlon has tapped actress Kate Hudson to represent its Almay makeup brand as a global brand ambassador.

clock May 12, 2010Andrea Nagel

Sundek’s nylon trunks worn with Steven Alan’s cotton shirt, Dior Homme sunglasses and Giles & Brother jewelry.


The Short of It: Men’s Swimsuits Lose a Few Inches

Is that old bromide about hemlines and the stock market true for men’s swimsuits, too?

clock May 13, 2010Brenner Thomas

Government and Trade

Industry Imports Show Strong Growth in March

Trade deficit expands, but exports grow, as well.

clock May 13, 2010Kristi Ellis


Benetton Profits Rise in First Quarter

Benetton Group SpA posts a 9.9 percent rise in net profits.

clock May 13, 2010Luisa Zargani

Human Resources

David Yurman Names President, COO

Carol Pennelli becomes president and chief commercial officer, and David Minster becomes executive vice president and chief operating officer at David Yurma.

clock May 13, 2010Lauren Benet Stephenson

Government and Trade

Textile Industry Urges Lifting of Tariffs

The National Council of Textile Organizations and 74 U.S. textile companies sent a letter to House and Senate leaders on Tuesday.

clock May 13, 2010Kristi Ellis

Asos.com stocks 800 men’s and women’s brands.


U.K. Fashion E-Tailer Asos.com to Debut U.S. Web Site

The U.K.’s largest multibrand, contemporary fashion e-tailer, Asos.com, is gearing up to take a bigger piece of the U.S. market.

clock May 13, 2010David Lipke

Barneys' re-designed men's floor.


Barneys Spotlights Men’s Contemporary Labels

Barneys New York has identified contemporary sportswear as a category with significant growth potential.

clock May 13, 2010Jean E. Palmieri

Ready To Wear

In Brief: Capsule Men’s Trade Show Moves… Sports Authority Upgrade…

After six seasons at New York’s Angel Orensanz Foundation, the Capsule men’s trade show will move to Center 548 in Chelsea for its next edition July 19 and 20.

clock May 13, 2010WWD Staff

British Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha.


Samantha Cameron Moves Into 10 Downing

Britain’s new Converse-clad first lady, Samantha Cameron, will inject a little fashion into 10 Downing.

clock May 13, 2010Samantha Conti and Nina Jones


In Brief: Lululemon Boosts Stake in Australian Firm

Yoga-inspired apparel retailer Lululemon Athletica Inc. said late Wednesday it has acquired a majority interest in New Harbour Yoga.

clock May 13, 2010WWD Staff

Caché saw a loss of $4.1 million in the quarter.


Caché Stock Climbs Despite Loss

Heavy discounting elevated Caché’s net loss to $4.1 million.

clock May 13, 2010Alexandra Steigrad


Wholesaler Arrested for Defrauding Bank

Long Island operator allegedly misrepresented the worth of his business to secure a credit line.

clock May 13, 2010Matthew Lynch

Barneys New York’s Jerry Weintraub windows.

Fashion Scoops

Weintraub’s Windows… Kenzo for Sale?… Jennifer Lopez’s Love Boat…

Barneys pays tribute to Jerry Weintraub with a series of windows in Beverly Hills. Also, LVMH has been fielding offers for Kenzo.

clock May 13, 2010WWD Staff


Human Resources

Tom Ryan to Step Down as CVS Chief

Tom Ryan, the architect of CVS’ rise to prominence over the past decades, will retire next May.

clock May 13, 2010Faye Brookman

Lucky Tiger products.

Body Care

Lucky Tiger Rolls Out Body Care Line

75-year-old brand Lucky Tiger enters body care market.

clock May 13, 2010Matthew W. Evans

Richard Dickson oversees the Barbie brand at Mattel.

Ready To Wear

Dickson, Card Discuss Jones’ Strategy

Jones Apparel Group Inc. trotted out Richard Dickson to the St. Regis Hotel for a “meet and greet” after close to 100 days on the job.

clock May 13, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Woolrich John Rich & Bros.

Designer and Luxury

Fashion Brands Play Up Heritage

Brands like Woolrich and Gilded Age may have started the latest trend, but by now, heritage has become a ubiquitous message for any brand with a history.

clock May 13, 2010Brenner Thomas


What’s Going On at Elle?… Kevin Spacey Must Really Have Upset Someone…

There are certainly lots of changes going on in the hallways of Elle.

clock May 13, 2010WWD Staff

Joseph Gromek


Warnaco Seeks to Expand Global Footprint

Warnaco ceo says plan is to grow retail space “approximately 20 percent annually.”

clock May 13, 2010Lisa Lockwood

Designer and Luxury

Louis Vuitton in Art Initiative

Louis Vuitton is teaming with five London museums and galleries to help local, mostly underprivileged youths tap into the art scene here.

clock May 13, 2010Samantha Conti

A look from Juicy Couture.

Ready To Wear

Juicy Couture to Open in Canada

Juicy Couture is entering Canada with its first freestanding store at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto.

clock May 13, 2010Lisa Lockwood


Daily Stock Wrap: May 12, 2010

The day’s gainers and losers.

clock May 13, 2010WWD Staff


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