All About Customers: ‘Retail Optimization’ Is Luxury’s New Buzz

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Fabricant Named Destination Maternity President

Former Charlotte Russe executive to oversee merchandising, marketing and other areas.

clock May 24, 2010Sharon Edelson

Hu Jintao and Hillary Clinton


Chinese President Remarks on Currency Issues

China will move forward on its own timetable with revaluation of its currency, President Hu Jintao said Monday.

clock May 24, 2010Kathleen E. McLaughlin


Supreme Court Reverses NFL Licensing Decision

In 9-0 decision, Supreme Court rules that the NFL is not exempt from federal antitrust laws in the licensing of branded apparel and accessories.

clock May 25, 2010Kristi Ellis

Emanuel Chirico of Phillips-Van Heusen


Hilfiger Buy Weighs on PVH in Qtr.

Special items pull down bottom line as revenues rise, guidance boosted.

clock May 24, 2010Vicki M. Young

Isaac Mizrahi’s Kalgan lamb jacket and printed silk and metallic party dress.

Fashion Trends

Fall 2010 Fur Trend: Evening Standards

There’s nothing old about old Hollywood.

clock May 25, 2010Bobbi Queen

A behind-the-scenes photo from White + Warren’s holiday 2010 lookbook shoot styled by Mary Alice Stephenson.


Social Studies: 5/25/10

The latest social media updates from the fashion world.

clock May 25, 2010Rachel Strugatz


Talbots Plans Upgrades, Outlets

Sixty or more outlets planned within three years.

clock May 25, 2010Katherine Bowers

The living wall frames the entrance to the showroom.


International Playground Finds Home

International Playground, the peripatetic global brand collective, is settling down.

clock May 25, 2010Sharon Edelson

Designer and Luxury

Albino to Launch Men’s Line in Milan

Albino D’Amato will unveil his first men’s wear collection, called Albino Deuxième, June 20 during Milan Men’s Fashion Week.

clock May 25, 2010Alessandra Ilari

Government and Trade

India Lifts Cotton Export Ban

Move had been made to ease domestic cotton prices.

clock May 25, 2010Mian Ridge

Parkdale Mills

Government and Trade

Congress Seeks Tougher Policing of Textile Import Fraud

The Textile Enforcement and Security Act is intended to close enforcement loopholes.

clock May 25, 2010Kristi Ellis


Bond Markets Feel Euro Squeeze

Bond investors’ worries make it harder for retailers trying to raise funds for general corporate purposes, to pay down debt or fund an acquisition.

clock May 25, 2010Evan Clark

A rendering of the new layout at Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Designer and Luxury

Ready, Set, Lincoln Center

The New York Fashion Week lineup at Lincoln Center is not looking all that different from the one at Bryant Park.

clock May 25, 2010Rosemary Feitelberg and Marc Karimzadeh


Renown Gets Chinese Investment

Renown Inc. said it will issue about 4 billion yen, worth of new shares to Chinese textile manufacturing company Shandong Ruyi Science & Technology Group.

clock May 25, 2010Kelly Wetherille

Nautica was popular with retailers shopping the Atlanta market.


At Cobb Show, Retailers See Sales Slowdown

At the Cobb Show in Atlanta, most exhibitors said they were pleased with their business over the two days.

clock May 25, 2010Brenda Lloyd

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association chairman Ejaz Gohar addressing workers at a protest.

Government and Trade

Pakistan Yarn Mills in Talks With Government Over Tariffs

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association considering a two-day-a-week shutdown in response to a 15 percent duty on yarn exports.

clock May 25, 2010Mahlia S. Lone

Usain Bolt

Fashion Scoops

Hublot’s Lightning Bolt… Diddy Dish… Getting Juicy…

Hublot has just added another sports star to its roster: champion sprinter Usain Bolt.

clock May 25, 2010WWD Staff

Yves Carcelle

Designer and Luxury

Yves Carcelle Talks Retail Projects for Louis Vuitton

It’s 11:30 on a weekday morning and Yves Carcelle, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, is sipping Champagne.

clock May 25, 2010Samantha Conti

A view of the Louis Vuitton Maison store in London.

Designer and Luxury

Vuitton’s New London Home

The new Louis Vuitton Maison embraces the city of London with full-on joie.

clock May 25, 2010Samantha Conti

A view of the Louis Vuitton Maison store in London.

Business Features

‘Retail Optimization’ Is Luxury’s New Buzz

Luxury players, such as Louis Vuitton, focus on improving shopping experiences.

clock May 25, 2010Miles Socha and Samantha Conti and Joelle Diderich

China Chow in a Chanel Dress and headpiece and Christian Louboutin shoes.


China Chow’s Costumes

A sneak peak at model-hostess China Chow’s clothes for the reality series “Work of Art.”

clock May 25, 2010Amanda FitzSimons

Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn


Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn Dips Her Toe Into Reality TV

The gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn appears in Bravo’s newest reality show, “Work of Art.”

clock May 25, 2010Amanda FitzSimons

Emanuele Bonomi and Gilda Moratti


Milan’s ProjectB Gallery Opens Dinos and Jake Chapman Show

In Milan, ProjectB will host a dinner in honor of a new exhibit of works by Jake and Dinos Chapman.

clock May 25, 2010Alessandra Ilari

Longchamp’s revamped store on Madison Avenue.


Longchamp Unveils New Store Concept

Longchamp opens revamped Madison Avenue store.

clock May 25, 2010Lauren Benet Stephenson

Designer and Luxury

Milan Women’s Shows Switch Venues

Italy’s Chamber of Fashion said the women’s runway shows in Milan will no longer be held at the Fashion Milano Center location.

clock May 25, 2010Luisa Zargani

Cristiana Ruella

Designer and Luxury

D&G Scales Back in Japan

Dolce & Gabbana SpA said it plans to concentrate the company’s investments in Japan on its signature brand.

clock May 25, 2010Luisa Zargani and Amanda Kaiser

Inside Prada in Shanghai.

Business Features

Prada Reports 1st-Qtr. Profit Spike

Prada SpA said operating profit in the first quarter ended April 30 climbed almost sixfold.

clock May 25, 2010Luisa Zargani

Human Resources

In Brief: Retail Conference Set

Fourteen industry chief executives and chairmen are scheduled to speak at the Global Department Store Summit being held June 10 to 11.

clock May 25, 2010WWD Staff


Leibovitz’s Wider World… Summer’s Over… Tough Crowd for Sarah Palin…

Word has it Annie Leibovitz will shoot a bevy of models in Grand Central today for Jones New York.

clock May 25, 2010WWD Staff

Coin’s beauty department at its Piazza 5 Giornate store in Milan.


Coin Undergoes a Remake

Following the acquisition of mass market clothing retailer Upim in December by Gruppo Coin SpA, the new Italian owner is busy revamping prime Upim locations into new-look Coin stores.

clock May 25, 2010Kerry Olsen


Daily Stock Wrap: May 24, 2010

The day’s top gainers and losers.

clock May 25, 2010WWD Staff


Today's Must Read

The Outdoor Voices brands in the "center stage" at the Nordstrom flagship in Manhattan.


Nordstrom Sees Sales and Earnings Decline

clock 5hDavid Moin

Social Studies

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