Penney’s B-T-S Strategy Seen as Key to Revival

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The Dior Homme show in Beijing.

Fashion Scoops

Dior Homme Hits Beijing

Kris Van Assche adds tuxedos as he reprises the fall fashion show.

clock April 28, 2013Kathleen E. McLaughlin

Eric Wiseman

Business Features

Cheaper Cotton Boosts VF Net

Stock slumps on revenue miss as gross margin hits historic high.

clock April 28, 2013Arnold J. Karr

A Gucci python bag for fall.

Leather Goods

Supply Chain Management at Forefront

Buying up suppliers of luxe materials and artisan ateliers is a hot strategy among high-end firms.

clock April 29, 2013Miles Socha

Tianjin Sea-Gull Watch Co.


Watches: What’s Old Is New Again

Young Chinese consumers are gobbling up the watch brands that were special to their parents’ generation.

clock April 29, 2013Casey Hall

The Mobile Hobo truck.


Hobo Handbags to Launch Mobile Showroom

The Maryland-based handbag and accessories line will begin its Mobile Hobo tour, a traveling trunk show, in May.

clock April 29, 2013Kristi Garced


Accessories: Stats & Facts

A look at what’s trending in the accessories market.

clock April 29, 2013WWD Staff

Piers Atkinson's "Zarrella" felt beret with burnt peacock fringe.

Hats, Gloves and More

London Milliners Usher in New Era of Experimentation

Hats are making a comeback just in time for summer in the capital.

clock April 29, 2013Julia Neel

Porsche Design's advertising campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh.


Porsche Design Sees Reinvention

The German brand is opening more stores, adding new product and working with Peter Lindbergh on a sleek black-and-white ad campaign.

clock April 29, 2013Alexandra Steigrad

FROM TOP: Paul Andrew's silk velvet and crystal pump, Tom Binns' rhodium crystal and silver-plated necklace, Rene Caovilla's cotton velvet and crystal pump and Roger Vivier's flocked silk velvet and leather clutch with attached makeup brush.

Accessory Trends

Fall 2013 Accessories Trend: Regally Speaking

Once the fabric of royalty, velvet is now decidedly democratic.

clock April 29, 2013Roxanne Robinson

Human Resources

L’Oréal Pays Tribute to Lindsay Owen-Jones

He served as the French beauty giant’s chief executive officer from 1988 to 2006, and was on its board for three decades.

clock April 26, 2013Jennifer Weil

Sydney Finkelstein


Think Tank: Johnson and J.C. Penney: Anatomy of a Bad Fit

Sydney Finkelstein, professor of strategy and leadership at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, weighs in on J.C. Penney and Ron Johnson.

clock April 29, 2013Sydney Finkelstein


Shiseido Sets Plan to Get Back in Black

Coming off the back of posting a full-year net loss, Shiseido Co. Ltd. said it expects brighter times ahead in terms of profit and sales growth.

clock April 26, 2013Kelly Wetherille

Karl Lagerfeld oversees a scene for his latest short film, "Once Upon a Time…"

Fashion Features

Keira Knightley Stars in Chanel Short Film

Titled “Once Upon a Time…,” the movie is to be screened on May 8 in Singapore, the night before a showing of Chanel’s cruise collection at Loewen Cluster.

clock April 29, 2013Miles Socha

Hunting Season's shagreen clutch and Celestina's hand-printed stingray bag.

Accessory Trends

Alternate Route to Luxury

Independent designers are using exotic skins to convey a sense of luxury, even if their brands don’t have the big recognition of high-end lines.

clock April 29, 2013Rachel Strugatz

Sean Penn and Roberta Armani in Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani.


Armani, Sean Penn Open Paris Photo Fair

The art photography fair raises funds and awareness for the actor’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

clock April 26, 2013Marcy Medina

Kylie Bisutti


Victoria’s Secret Fires Back at Kylie Bisutti

Company officials said Friday that Bisutti has made “numerous fabrications and misstatements of fact regarding her brief association with Victoria’s Secret.”

clock April 26, 2013Karyn Monget

Human Resources

Melvin T. Matsui Dies at 68

He was a member of the brain trust that propelled Brittania to dominance in the young men’s jeans category in the Seventies.

clock April 26, 2013Arnold J. Karr

Thom Browne


Thom Browne Honored at Pratt

In the midst of what is shaping up to be a banner year, the designer was honored Thursday night with this year’s Pratt Fashion Visionary Award.

clock April 28, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

Puma's neon bright athletic socks.


Hosiery Aims to Retain Foothold

Legwear has been riding a hot streak. But how long will the momentum continue?

clock April 29, 2013Karyn Monget

Bangladeshi garment workers shout slogans and block a road during a protest.

Government and Trade

Unrest Rocks Bangladesh Over Weekend

After more than 370 deaths following the collapse of a massive apparel factory complex, the owner of the building was arrested Sunday evening.

clock April 28, 2013Mayu Saini


Retail and Consumer Dealmaking Perks Up

There were 27 U.S. retail and consumer deals, valued at a combined $39.8 billion, during the first three months of the year.

clock April 29, 2013Evan Clark

Myron "Mike" Ullman 3rd


J.C. Penney’s B-T-S Strategy Seen Key To Revival

Myron “Mike” Ullman 3rd has already set about reversing much of what was initiated by his predecessor.

clock April 29, 2013David Moin and Lisa Lockwood

Lela Rose Bridal Spring 2014

Designer and Luxury

Expanding the Bridal Vocabulary

Designers are expanding their reach to try to get more business from the two million-plus weddings held in the U.S. each year.

clock April 29, 2013Rosemary Feitelberg

Kevin Spacey and Michael Douglas


Toasting Each Other at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Hollywood and Washington came together at the annual event.

clock April 28, 2013Erik Maza

Fashion Scoops

Stephen Sadove, Ron Frasch’s Compensation Falls

Both Saks Inc.’s ceo and president and chief merchandising officer saw their total compensation fall in 2012.

clock April 29, 2013Vicki M. Young

Looks from The Gatsby Collection.

Fashion Scoops

Brooks Brothers Launching Gatsby Collection

The retailer has installed Gatsby-themed windows around the world and is showcasing some of the items it produced for the film inside its flagships.

clock April 29, 2013Jean E. Palmieri

Fashion Scoops

Harrods to Acquire Temporary Space in Sardinia

Porto Cervo, a luxury seaside resort on the island, is a jet-set favorite.

clock April 29, 2013Cynthia Martens

Fashion Scoops

Sun European Partners Acquires BTX Group

BTX, based in Denmark, is a wholesaler of branded apparel whose retail doors number around 4,000.

clock April 29, 2013Vicki M. Young

Genevieve Jones

Fashion Scoops

Pucci Fetes Coffee Table Book

The tome chronicles the rise of the house from Emilio Pucci’s tiny store in Capri in the 1950s to a global fashion brand with 50 boutiques worldwide.

clock April 29, 2013Taylor Harris

Fashion Scoops

Holland & Sherry Gets Into Antiques

About a year ago, the fabric firm opened a bespoke store at the back of the Elizabeth Street Gallery.

clock April 29, 2013Jean E. Palmieri

Fashion Scoops

Martha Stewart Touting American Made

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia plans an encore of its “American Made” program this fall.

clock April 29, 2013Lisa Lockwood

Fashion Scoops

Grendene Brothers Exit Melissa

The twins have stepped down to adhere to better corporate governance practices.

clock April 29, 2013Adriana Brasileiro

Fashion Scoops

Cutler and Gross to Open U.S. Store

The British luxury eyewear brand will open its first American store in New York in May at 110 Mercer St.

clock April 29, 2013Julia Neel


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