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Human Resources

Werner Böck to Step Down as Marc O’Polo CEO

Alexander Gedat will succeed him in the post.

clock July 30, 2012Melissa Drier

A model in a Jeff Koons-inspired Lisa Perry dress.


Lisa Perry Adds E-commerce

The designer’s dresses, limited-edition artist-inspired pieces, children’s apparel, accessories and home collections are now being sold on her Web site.

clock August 1, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Jack Weinstock in 1999.


Jack Weinstock, August Silk Co-founder, Dies at 82

After 60 years in the fashion apparel industry, he retired in 2005 to Williams Island, Aventura, Fla. with his wife, Sandy Price-Weinstock.

clock August 5, 2012Karyn Monget

Business Features

Prada Bucks Economy as Sales Climb 36.5%

The Italian luxury firm reports strong growth in all markets globally in the first half.

clock August 6, 2012Luisa Zargani

Bill Blass RTW Fall 2012

Designer and Luxury

Bill Blass Dismisses Women’s Design Staff

The team was let go last week after learning that the company’s Sept. 11 show at the Union League Club in New York had been canceled.

clock August 6, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg

Grupo Crystal president Luis Fernando Restrepo on the floor of one of the company plants in Medellin.

Government and Trade

Colombia Looks for Free-Trade Boost

Beleaguered textile and apparel firms are hoping the nascent trade pact with the U.S. will lift them from a seven-year slump.

clock August 6, 2012Chris Kraul

The Hong Seng Knitting Co. factory in Thailand.


Thai Apparel Industry Battles Rising Costs

Mounting wage costs, a shortage of labor and competition from cheaper neighboring countries could lead to contraction for the industry.

clock August 6, 2012Kristiano Ang

Valérie Trierweiler with François Hollande


In France, a New Fashion Regime Reigns

The cabinet of French President François Hollande includes 17 women ministers, many of whom are reimagining French political style.

clock August 7, 2012Laure Guilbault


Soft Surroundings Sells Majority Stake to Brentwood Associates

The management team of Tom Wilcher and Robin Sheldon will remain with the company.

clock August 6, 2012Vicki M. Young


Tumi Profits Up 182% in Second Quarter

The luxe firm is looking to broaden its reach beyond travel and expand into international markets.

clock August 6, 2012Evan Clark

A Bazaart fashion collage.


Dreamit Ventures to Host Demo Day

Fifteen start-ups will pitch to potential investors on Wednesday, including two fashion-related firms and one targeting grooming and skin care products for men.

clock August 6, 2012Vicki M. Young

Alexander Wang boardshorts in pebbled viscose with merino wool cardigan and halter top.

Fashion Trends

Resort 2013 Trend: The Longer Short of It

Designers are playing with hemlines this season, shortening pants and lengthening shorts.

clock August 7, 2012Antonia Sardone

Ready To Wear

Betsey Johnson, The Levy Group to Launch Dress Line

Three months after Betsey Johnson LLC filed Chapter 11, the designer is preparing to unveil a new line that will debut in stores this spring.

clock August 7, 2012Rosemary Feitelberg


Warnaco Sees Signs of Stabilization in European Business

On Monday, the New York-based apparel firm reported second-quarter earnings that, while down sharply, exceeded analysts’ consensus estimates.

clock August 7, 2012Arnold J. Karr

Nicole Miller is the first fashion designer on VYou.


Nicole Miller Expands Social Media Presence

She has signed up to be the first fashion designer on VYou, a video-based question-and-answer site with a roster of high-profile users.

clock August 7, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

Isaac Mizrahi and the Chevy Malibu.


Isaac Mizrahi Teams With Chevy for Collection

The designer will create a capsule apparel line inspired by the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu — the carmaker’s first global midsize sedan.

clock August 7, 2012Marc Karimzadeh

Vanity Fair


A Tough Half for Newsstand Sales

Most magazine publishers were lucky if they reported only a single-digit decline in newsstand sales for the first half of 2012.

clock August 7, 2012Amy Wicks

André Saraiva and Annabelle Dexter-Jones in The Kooples fall campaign.

Fashion Scoops

The Kooples to Enter U.S. Market

The French brand said it will open corners in five Bloomingdale’s stores in New York and New Jersey in early September.

clock August 7, 2012Joelle Diderich

The Duchess of Cambridge in J Brand jeans.

Fashion Scoops

Royals Turn Out to Support Olympic Sailing

The Duchess of Cambridge was spotted on the south coast of England on Monday to cheer on the women competing in the Olympic Laser Radial medal race.

clock August 7, 2012Lorelei Marfil

Fashion Scoops

Swarovski to Fete New Marcasite Designs

The company has tapped more than 20 jewelry designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces using its new gemstone.

clock August 7, 2012David Lipke

Fashion Scoops

Jil Sander Opts Out of Milan Fashion Week Calendar

According to a published report in La Repubblica, the designer will instead hold two shows independently.

clock August 7, 2012Cynthia Martens

Fashion Scoops

Free People Sets Sights on U.K.

This fall, the label owned by Urban Outfitters will launch its first international e-commerce site and will roll out apparel in select U.K. department stores.

clock August 7, 2012Lorelei Marfil

Fashion Scoops

Fashion’s Night Out, London Style

The British edition will kick off with a party cohosted by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Mulberry creative director Emma Hill.

clock August 7, 2012Lorelei Marfil


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