Polo to Invest $1B to Expand Own Retail

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Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. Wednesday weathered a rare earnings decline in the fourth quarter as it plotted a course for future growth through international retail expansion.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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The new Rugby store in Tokyo.

Business Features

Polo Ralph Lauren to Invest $1B to Expand Own Retail

Company is focusing on growing its store base internationally, particularly in Europe and through concession shops in China and Hong Kong.

clock May 25, 2011Vicki M. Young

Financial

American Eagle Outfitters Plots Denim Revival

The teen retailer’s new strategy is to build inventory in “heritage” categories — such as denim, fleece and graphic T-shirts — to reclaim lost market share.

clock May 25, 2011Alexandra Steigrad

Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron at the Downing Street barbecue.

Fashion Scoops

President Obama, First Lady Bid London Adieu

The couple hosted a formal dinner at Winfield House, the American ambassador’s residence, on their last night.

clock May 25, 2011Samantha Conti

The swim market is welcoming a new crop of small independent brands that are infusing the industry with a sleek, minimal aesthetic that embodies the retro Seventies French Riviera bathing suit look.

Fashion Features

Men’s Wear Trend: Swim Class

The swim market is welcoming a new crop of small independent brands.

clock May 26, 2011Alex Badia

Seven For All Mankind

Denim

Vintage Washes, Colored Denim Key to Reviving Jeans Sales

Men’s denim sales took a slight dip in the past year as consumers concentrated more apparel spending on sportswear categories.

clock May 26, 2011David Lipke

A 2(x)ist advertisement.

Textiles

2(x)ist Dives Into Men’s Swim

The trendy men’s underwear brand will be unveiling its first men’s swimwear collection at the Swim Show in Miami.

clock May 26, 2011Karyn Monget

A look from Joseph Abboud.

Designer and Luxury

Iconix Brand Group Said Close to Deal for JA Apparel

Boston factory could be an obstacle but the purchase would add a top men’s label to firm’s portfolio.

clock May 26, 2011Vicki M. Young

Vilebrequin’s 40th anniversary swimsuit design.

Activewear

Vilebrequin Fetes 40 Years

Proceeds from a limited edition anniversary bathing suit will go towards helping protect the sea turtle, which is the brand’s emblem.

clock May 26, 2011Katya Foreman

Financial

Sales Gains Boost Belk Net

Department store operator managed to keep increases in expenses below the pace of its sales gain, paving the way for a 31.3 percent boost in profits.

clock May 26, 2011Arnold J. Karr

The Q-Store concept in a specialty store in Zwolle, Holland.

Retail

G-Star Unveils the Q-Store

New concept supplies independent specialty stores with a ready-made display format.

clock May 26, 2011David Lipke

American Retro’s leather minidress with quilted waistband worn over a vintage shirt. Repetto shoes.

Fashion Trends

Outerwear Trend: Leather Plays Nice

No longer relegated to the mannish jacket, leather is getting girly.

clock May 26, 2011Laurent Folcher

Tod’s accessories on display.

Fashion Scoops

Double Duty for Diego Della Valle… Chambre Syndicale’s New Members…

Channeling his two passions at once, Diego Della Valle premiered both a short film and the new Tod’s Signature accessories collection at an event in Shanghai.

clock May 26, 2011WWD Staff

Media

Condé Nast’s Groundbreaking… Robin Marino Moves On…

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and executives of Condé Nast and the Port Authority gathered at 1 World Trade Center to mark the signing of the company’s lease.

clock May 26, 2011WWD Staff

Styles from the Gucci-Safilo collaboration.

Eyewear

Gucci to Launch Eco-Friendly Eyewear

The sunglasses will hit Gucci stores and select optical sales points in October while prescription frames will arrive in late September.

clock May 26, 2011Alessandra Ilari

Harry Josh

People

Boys’ Night Out With Harry Josh

The hairdresser to the stars won’t dish on his famous clients — Gisele Bündchen, Rose Byrne, Ashley Olsen — whom he also counts as friends.

clock May 26, 2011Jessica Iredale

People

Man of the Week: Joshua Jackson

The actor made a youthfully winning statement in Lanvin at the Cannes Film Festival.

clock May 26, 2011Katya Foreman and Alex Badia

A rendering of the Express store.

Retail

Express to Unveil New Prototype

Japanese-designed store layout will feature industrial fixtures, a larger footprint and a runway down the center.

clock May 26, 2011David Moin

Rachel Zoe Resort 2012

Retail

Neiman Marcus Goes Big With Rachel Zoe

The rollout across the entire Neiman Marcus Group is a rare endorsement of a fledgling brand.

clock May 26, 2011Holly Haber

The inspiration for the Tommy Hilfiger men’s shop at the Bay.

Retail

Hilfiger Men’s Set for The Bay in Canada

Firm has signed a deal to offer men’s wear exclusively in the retailer’s 90 units beginning in August.

clock May 26, 2011Lisa Lockwood

A look from Lincs.

Sportswear

David Chu to Bring Lincs Line to China

Designer is relaunching his men’s collection for fall with a new management team, fresh designs and a plan for growth in both the U.S. and overseas.

clock May 26, 2011Jean E. Palmieri

Financial

Prada IPO Valued at $15B

The Italian luxury firm had record profits and sales in 2010.

clock May 26, 2011Luisa Zargani

Financial

Guess Profits Slip 15.2% in Qtr.

Sales gain, but retail rollout in Europe, U.S. pinches margins.

clock May 26, 2011Evan Clark

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