Penney’s Posts Loss, Slew of Brands Set

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J.C. Penney Co. Inc. logged a $163 million first-quarter loss, but ceo Ron Johnson signaled that the retailer’s transformation is “way ahead of schedule” and setting the store on a more fashionable path.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Business Features

Saks Inc. to Push Omni-channel Initiatives

Retailer on Tuesday reported that net earnings rose 13 percent in the first quarter, driven by a 4.8 percent same-store sales gain.

clock May 15, 2012David Moin


TJX Cos. Sees Q1 Profits Rise 57.6%

The off-price chain said May is off to a strong start and that the retailer began the “second quarter in an excellent inventory position.”

clock May 15, 2012Vicki M. Young

Première Vision runs Sept. 19 to 21.


International Trade Show Calendar

Listings are accurate as of press time, but attendees are encouraged to confirm dates and locations.

clock May 16, 2012WWD Staff

The next China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong runs Oct. 27 to 30.


China Fairs in Transition Phase

Organizers look to upgrade their shows as China manufacturing changes.

clock May 16, 2012Kathleen E. McLaughlin

A Ringhart shirt.

Government and Trade

Macro Woes Require Micro Management

Textile and apparel suppliers are increasingly relying on their quick wits — and beefed-up services — to turn a profit.

clock May 16, 2012Samantha Conti and Arthur Friedman

Kuyichi shows at Bread & Butter.

Ready To Wear

Berlin Ready for July Blockbuster

Established venues are being joined by new exhibitions.

clock May 16, 2012Melissa Drier

Pitti Uomo strives for an international audience.

Ready To Wear

Italians See Slow Progression

Exports key for second-half growth.

clock May 16, 2012Cynthia Martens

The Rooms show in Tokyo is set for Sept. 11 to 13.


Japan Getting Back on Track

Trade show organizers are reporting that buyer and exhibitor numbers are back to pre-disaster levels, and in some cases even on the rise.

clock May 16, 2012Kelly Wetherille

Miilla is a young contemporary resource at DMC.

Ready To Wear

Contemporary Blooms at Dallas Market Center

Growing demand for trendy fashion retailing under $100 is attracting more young contemporary lines to the DMC.

clock May 15, 2012Holly Haber

Checking out fabrics at the Textile Forum.


Patriotic Theme Lifts London Show Scene

There is no doubt that Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics are having a halo effect on the wholesale fashion business.

clock May 16, 2012Tina Baraga

The next edition of the multiplatform Who’s Next Prêt à Porter Paris opens June 30.


Paris Fairs Spring Forward

Shows move up on calendar for better compete.

clock May 16, 2012Katya Foreman

Hugh Dancy


‘Hysteria’ Premieres in New York

The romantic comedy blended marital aids with Victorian prudishness at a Jimmyjane-sponsored screening on Monday night.

clock May 15, 2012Alessandra Codinha

William L. McComb


William McComb Talks Fifth & Pacific’s Strategy

At the company’s first annual meeting under its new name, McComb called 2011 a transformative year for the $1.52 billion firm.

clock May 15, 2012Lisa Lockwood

Ron Johnson sets a new vision for J.C. Penny.

Business Features

Penney’s Ron Johnson Touts Changes Despite $163M Loss in Q1

Retailer’s ceo signaled that its transformation is “way ahead of schedule” and is setting the store on a more fashionable path.

clock May 15, 2012David Moin and Evan Clark

Shona’s keishi pearl necklace with vintage Miraim Haskell brooch.


Local Jewelry Thriving in Dallas

A pack of successful designers have emerged over the past decade, despite economic travails and the highly competitive nature of the business.

clock May 15, 2012Holly Haber

Alexandra Kerry


American Ballet Theatre Holds Spring Gala

The company held its annual spring preview at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House on Monday.

clock May 15, 2012Matthew Lynch


Tumi Sales, Earnings Gain in Quarter

North American direct-to-consumer sales rose 31.6 percent in the period.

clock May 15, 2012Vicki M. Young

A serene guest room at le Bruit de l’Eau in Saint-Quentin-en-Tourmont, France.


Find ‘Retreat and Refuge in Nature’ With New Book

Francisca Mattéoli’s latest is about hotels that have spectacular natural settings.

clock May 15, 2012Lorna Koski


Coty and Avon: What Next?

Now that Coty Inc. has apparently abandoned its bid for Avon Products Inc., it’s up to the direct seller to fix itself — and Coty to look for a Plan B.

clock May 15, 2012Molly Prior and Rosemary Feitelberg


Gap Puts Focus on North America

“We were not happy with 2011,” the retailer’s chairman and ceo Glenn Murphy told shareholders at its annual meeting.

clock May 15, 2012Rachel Brown


Benetton Profits Drop 48%

Four months after it first revealed plans to go private, the company said Tuesday it will delist from the Italian Stock Exchange as of May 31.

clock May 15, 2012Luisa Zargani

A rendering of the H&M store at the Shops at Columbus Circle.


H&M to Join The Shops at Columbus Circle

Retailer will open a 21,000-square-foot, two-level unit at the mall this fall, the first in Manhattan with a men’s shop with a dedicated entrance.

clock May 15, 2012Sharon Edelson

A view of Jean Paul Gaultier's show in Beijing.

Fashion Features

ChinaFile: Beijing Gets Gaultier

The designer’s show last week brought out all the suppressed naughtiness in the city.

clock May 16, 2012Huang Hung

Maki Oh’s Chantilly silk lace, mesh and faux-leather blouse and skirt.

Designer and Luxury

Designers to Watch: Part One

Six under-the-radar brands that you should know.

clock May 16, 2012WWD Staff

The Silver store in Denver.


Silver Jeans Co. Preps for Retail Close-up

The Winnipeg-based jeans firm with a 70-year heritage in the denim business anticipates opening a fleet of 25 to 30 stores in the next five years.

clock May 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr


Fashion Brands Ramping Up Facebook Presence

While labels initially moved at a glacial pace into the social-networking space, they are now making small commitments to test the waters.

clock May 16, 2012Arnold J. Karr and Amy Wicks


Bloomingdale’s Launches Big Brown Bag App

Currently available for the iPhone, the Android version of the app is set to launch Thursday.

clock May 16, 2012David Moin

The Karl design by the I Love Dust agency.

Fashion Scoops

Design Agency I Love Dust Tapped for Karl Line

Bringing new meaning to the word “typeface,” the English collective did a clever take on Karl Lagerfeld’s iconic visage, rendering it in a collage of phrases.

clock May 16, 2012Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

The Talbots Inc., Sycamore Partners Extend Deadline

The exclusivity agreement between the retailer and private equity firm has been extended until May 22.

clock May 16, 2012Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Temperley London Looks to Mayfair

The London-based label will open a 2,500-square-foot, two-story flagship on Bruton Street in November.

clock May 16, 2012Nina Jones

Fashion Scoops

Britain’s Royal Mail Launching Fashion Stamp Series

Collection will celebrate 10 of the country’s most renowned designers and their best-known creations.

clock May 16, 2012Catherine Tipple

Fashion Scoops

Lanvin’s CEO Elected to Chambre Syndicale Post

Thierry Andretta has been named the president of Chambre Syndicale for Men’s Fashion.

clock May 16, 2012Katya Foreman

Fashion Scoops

Target Readies Second Round of Shops

The new ones will be introduced Sept. 9 and will include Boston-based Patch NYC, Kirna Zabête, Odin and The Curiosity Shoppe.

clock May 16, 2012Sharon Edelson

The interior of the Heimstone store in Paris.

Fashion Scoops

French Label Heimstone Opens Boutique on Rue Cambon

Founded by designer Alix Petit in 2007, the brand has opened a 750-square-foot boutique at No. 20 in a former cheese shop, preserving its original tile floors.

clock May 16, 2012Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Parsons’ M.F.A. Candidates Show Off Thesis Work

Donna Karan cohosted the presentation along with Marie Claire’s Joanna Coles and the college’s Simon Collins and Shelley Fox.

clock May 16, 2012Marc Karimzadeh


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