AAFA Blasts Alibaba Over Counterfeits

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  The American Apparel & Footwear Association isn’t letting Alibaba off the hook. The association has lodged two formal complaints against the Chinese Internet giant with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, imploring federal officials to step up scrutiny and oversight of Alibaba’s commitments to crack down on counterfeits on its Taobao online marketplace.   SEE LIST BELOW FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Barbara Cirkva

Designer and Luxury

Barbara Cirkva to Exit Chanel in 2016

Barbara Cirkva, division president of fashion for Chanel in the U.S., will step down from her role at the French luxury house in March 2016.

clock April 10, 2015David Moin

Walgreens’ Los Angeles flagship.


Walgreens Boots Details Store Shifts

The closures will add $500M to its already announced $1B cost-reduction initiative.

clock April 9, 2015Vicki M. Young

An exterior view of a Victoria's Secret store in New York.


Easter Timing Lifts March Sales Results

Except in teen sector, comparable sales exceed expectations.

clock April 9, 2015Arnold J. Karr

Government and Trade

New Trade Report Shows Record Export Growth

The Obama administration, anticipating the introduction of presidential Trade Promotion Authority legislation in the Senate, released a new trade report Thursday highlighting record export growth in a state-by-state analysis.

clock April 9, 2015Kristi Ellis

The Fred Segal Tokyo logo.


Fred Segal Preps for its Tokyo Shopping Center

Next week the company will unveil a 10,000-square-foot shopping center in Tokyo.

clock April 9, 2015Lisa Lockwood

Mulberry Bag


Mulberry Lifts Profit Forecast

The British brand cited improving retail sales and cost controls.

clock April 9, 2015Samantha Conti



Groh Line of Organic Hair-Care to Launch in Salons

Groh, a new organic antiaging hair- and skin-care line, was created by renowned immunologist Marvin Hausman.

clock April 10, 2015Julie Naughton

Oliver Peoples, Byredo


Oliver Peoples, Byredo Launch Joint Products

The collection of sunglasses and fragrance were inspired by the sights and sounds of L.A.

clock April 10, 2015Marcy Medina



Commodity Rolls Out Mix Bars in Sephora

Last month, Sephora rolled out mix bars filled with eight of Commodity’s scents to 35 locations, where shoppers can whip up fragrance cocktails from a variety of ingredients.

clock April 10, 2015Rachel Brown

Victor Luis


Coach, Inter Parfums SA Sign Fragrance License

It’s an 11-year global agreement.

clock April 9, 2015Jennifer Weil


Brazil’s Beauty Market Up 11 Percent

Brazil’s beauty market, the world’s third largest, grew 11 percent in 2014 as Brazilians continued to buy cosmetics with gusto, despite anemic growth in the overall economy.

clock April 10, 2015Ivan Castano

Andrew Jennings

Human Resources

Andrew Jennings Tapped for Hema Board

Andrew Jennings has landed another gig — chairman of the supervisory board of Hema, the European chain owned by the British investment firm Lion Capital.

clock April 8, 2015David Moin

Looks from Uniqlo.


Fast Retailing Lifts FY Net Profit Forecast

Asia’s largest apparel retailer has raised its full-year net profit forecast by 20 percent, citing strong sales at its Uniqlo stores in Japan, continued growth overseas and a weak yen.

clock April 9, 2015Kelly Wetherille

Pharrell Williams

Fashion Scoops

Pharrell Williams, Woolworths Team Up

Woolworths, the South African department store chain, is the latest to snap up the award-winning multiplatform artist, naming him style director of a forthcoming sustainable fashion collaboration.

clock April 9, 2015Bambina Wise

Fashion Scoops

Kate Spade & Co. CEO Craig Leavitt’s Compensation Revealed

Craig Leavitt, ceo of Kate Spade & Co., received $26.2 million in total compensation last year, according to a definitive proxy filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

clock April 10, 2015Vicki M. Young

Fashion Scoops

George W. Bush to Be Honored at Father of the Year Awards

The Father’s Day Council has snagged George W. Bush as this year’s honoree for its annual Father of the Year Awards.

clock April 10, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Alber Elbaz, Lanvin

Fashion Scoops

Lanvin Reaches 1M Instagram Followers

Lanvin has more than 1,000 posts on the social platform.

clock April 9, 2015Miles Socha

Fashion Scoops

Dior Homme Brings Fall Collection to China

Dior Homme presented a repeat performance of its fall collection Wednesday evening at the opera house in Guangzhou, China.

clock April 10, 2015Aria Hughes


National Retail Federation Forms Research Center

The Washington, D.C.-based trade organization said it has formed the Retail Research and Analysis Center.

clock April 9, 2015David Moin

An exterior of an H&M store.

Ready To Wear

H&M Issues Annual Sustainability Report

The Swedish fast-fashion retailer wants to focus on renewable electricity and recycled textiles, among other practices.

clock April 9, 2015Paulina Szmydke and Lorelei Marfil


Marketing and Promotion

ShadeScout Makeup App Launches

The growing bevy of beauty apps offers everything from online scheduling for an at-home blowout to determining if a brand tests on animals.

clock April 10, 2015Faye Brookman

American Apparel


American Apparel Pro-Women Ad Campaign Debuts in Vice

American Apparel’s advertising and marketing strategy to appeal to women might need to be reconsidered. The Los Angeles-based retailer placed its first pro-women ad on the back page of Vice magazine.

clock April 10, 2015Alexandra Steigrad

Nuance, Supergoop, Chanel

Skin Care

Sun Care’s New Wave

The traditional boundary between skin care and sun protection is fading. The classic tanning market is being challenged by a new breed of treatment and makeup brands that have added sun protection.

clock April 10, 2015Jayme Cyk

A look from Calypso’s bridal collection, Mariee.


Calypso to Launch Boho Bridal Line

Calypso’s collection for boho brides, Mariee, bows Thursday with hints of Marrakech, Goa, Jaipur and St. Barths, the brand’s original stamping ground.

clock April 10, 2015Sharon Edelson

Dodie Thayer, Tory Burch

Designer and Luxury

Tory Burch Unveils Dodie Thayer Collection

Tory Burch will debut the brand’s home collection in Europe and launch the Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Collection here during the international furniture and design show, the Salone del Mobile.

clock April 10, 2015Luisa Zargani

John Varvatos and Steven Kolb

Mens Designer Luxury

John Varvatos to Show at N.Y.: Men’s

After seven years of showing his men’s collection in Milan, John Varvatos has revealed that he will show his spring 2016 collection in July at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

clock April 10, 2015Jean E. Palmieri

Harley Viera Newton


‘Dior & I’ Premieres in New York

The documentary follows Raf Simons' first haute couture collection for the venerable French house.

clock April 8, 2015Erik Maza

Jeff Koons


Jeff Koons Defends Paul McCarthy Sculpture at New Museum Spring Gala

For its spring gala Wednesday night, the New Museum asked three artists to donate works for an auction.

clock April 9, 2015Erik Maza

A screen shot of the Alibaba Taobao website.

Government and Trade

AAFA Files Complaint Against Alibaba

The AAFA is imploring officials to step up scrutiny and oversight of Alibaba’s commitments to crack down on counterfeits.

clock April 9, 2015Kristi Ellis and Lara Farrar

Coco Crush


Chanel Tests Net-a-porter Shop

Ahead of its dive into e-commerce next year, Chanel is testing the digital waters with a shop-in-shop at Net-a-porter.com for a capsule collection of fine jewelry called Coco Crush.

clock April 10, 2015Samantha Conti and Paulina Szmydke


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