Holiday’s Aftermath: Squeeze on Profits

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Retailers ramped up promotions in December to compensate for uneven holiday sales, according to U.S. chains reporting comparable-store sales results Thursday.SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Satoshi Suzuki


Japan’s Pola Hunts for Beauty Brand Acquisitions

Company president Satoshi Suzuki is seeking brands with a strong international image that would appeal to consumers in Asia.

clock December 20, 2012Amanda Kaiser and Pete Born

On the street in Berlin.

Street Style

They Are Wearing: Berlin

Vintage is mixed with new and the operative dress code is practical, simple with an added twist of one’s own.

clock January 2, 2013WWD Staff

A Buckle store


Holiday’s Aftermath: Squeeze on Profits

Retailers ramped up promotions in December to compensate for uneven holiday sales, according to U.S. chains reporting comparable-store sales results Thursday.

clock January 3, 2013Alexandra Steigrad

Human Resources

Steve Birkhold Named Bebe Stores CEO

Founder Manny Mashouf shifts to non-executive chairman.

clock January 3, 2013Evan Clark and Joelle Diderich

Business Features

PPR to Sell Redcats’ Kids’, Family Divisions

Talks with Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 peg the enterprise value of the Cyrillus and Vertbaudet businesses at 119 million euros, or $157.5 million.

clock January 3, 2013Miles Socha

Exterior of the Peninsula Beauty store in San Francisco, Calif.


The Rise of Beauty’s Middle Market Retailers

Sandwiched between mass retailers and department stores, the middle market is emerging as a promising alternative for up-and-coming beauty lines.

clock January 4, 2013Faye Brookman


William Ackman Backtracks on General Growth

Activist no longer pushing for Simon Property takeover of mall operator.

clock January 3, 2013Evan Clark


UPS Expects Big Returns Day on Jan. 3

Company dubbed Thursday National Returns Day, because according to its statistics, it is the biggest day this year for making returns to retailers.

clock January 3, 2013David Moin

A look from the Minnie Rose swimwear collection, designed by Kandice Pelletier.


Minnie Rose, Kandice Pelletier Collaborate on Swimwear

The companies have created “The Slim Suit,” a hybrid design that combines the elements of a cover-up and swimsuit together.

clock January 3, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Items from the Yes To Grapefruit line.

Skin Care

Yes To Ushers In New Fruit Family

Grapefruit is the newest pick from Yes To Carrots founder Ido Leffler’s proverbial garden.

clock January 3, 2013Belisa Silva

Nivea's new logo will appear on its entire line; the packaging
changes for the brand's 1,600 products will happen gradually through 2015.

Marketing and Promotion

Nivea Rings in 2013 With a New Look

The 101-year-old skin-care brand is receiving a top-to-toe makeover from sustainability-focused designer Yves Béhar from agency Fuseproject.

clock January 3, 2013Susan Stone

Age Perfect Renaissance Cellulaire by L’Oréal Paris.


L’Oréal Paris Launches New Skin, Hair Care Lines

The Age Perfect Renaissance Cellulaire range and Mousse Absolue are slated to launch in January.

clock January 3, 2013Jennifer Weil

So Ouest features the first Lego store in France and the largest Marks & Spencer unit in continental Europe.

Real Estate

French Malls Reinvent Themselves in Digital Age

Shopping centers are undergoing a sea of change, as developers dream up new ways of luring customers to physical stores.

clock January 4, 2013Joelle Diderich

The cover of Weddings magazine.


Publishers of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides Square Off

With an ever more discriminating pool of advertisers and readers, the time for a polite rivalry has seemingly come to an end.

clock January 4, 2013Erik Maza

Isaac Mizrahi


Isaac Mizrahi Ready to Take to the Stage

During the designer’s three shows in New York City — Jan. 10, 24 and 25 — the Ben Waltzer Quintet will back up his crooning.

clock January 4, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

Jennifer Rade will design Edge by Jen Rade for QVC.


QVC Links With Jennifer Rade for Line

Hollywood stylist will debut a capsule collection called Edge by Jen Rade on the network’s live “Red Carpet Style” broadcast on Feb. 22.

clock January 4, 2013Marcy Medina


December Comp Crux

Thursday’s same-store sales reporting ritual had more than a little in common with the month it covered — slow at the start with a pickup at the end.

clock January 4, 2013Arnold J. Karr


Macy’s to Close a Half-Dozen Stores This Spring

Closures will change the affected downtown shopping districts, though not necessarily for the worse.

clock January 4, 2013Sharon Edelson


Stronger Growth Expected in Second Half

The first half of 2013 is expected to see modest growth and stable consumer confidence —?and there even could be better news down the road.

clock January 4, 2013Vicki M. Young

Rag & Bone RTW Spring 2013


Possible Key Trends in 2013

What the financial crowd sees for the year ahead.

clock January 4, 2013Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

Trial Date Set for Macy’s Dispute With Penney’s, MSLO

According to sources, the judge has blocked off three weeks for the trial, which will not be presented before a jury.

clock January 4, 2013Alexandra Steigrad

Fashion Scoops

New Showroom and Event Space Bows in Milan

Located on Via Calabiana in a former paper mill, the site will be inaugurated on Jan. 13 with a men’s show by designer Fabio Quaranta.

clock January 4, 2013Luisa Zargani

Fashion Scoops

Montblanc Sets First U.S. Pop-up Shop

Luxury brand will partner with the St. Regis Washington D.C. Hotel on an in-lobby boutique during the Presidential Inauguration week, Jan. 18 to 22.

clock January 4, 2013Kristi Ellis

Fashion Scoops

Izod Signs Scott Piercy and Spencer Levin

The two-time PGA Tour winner and fourth-year Tour pro will wear Izod Golf apparel on course beginning this month.

clock January 4, 2013Lisa Lockwood


Today's Must Read

Matthew Williams with looks from his Alyx Men’s Fall 2021 collection.


Matthew Williams Considers His Alyx Brand a 'Life Project'

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Social Studies

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