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Holiday Sales Buoy Hopes For Spring

NEW YORK -- Reports of strong holiday sales at the store level, and some good early spring orders, are giving accessories designers and manufacturers here reason to be optimistic about spring and summer sales.

Most vendors cite naturals and...

Eye Scoop

Yves Saint Laurent is readying another mass mailing -- but this time the signature envelopes will carry ounces of prevention. The house plans to celebrate Valentine's Day by mailing 200,000 condoms to people in France. "Given the time...

Cross Unit Taps Gatsik As Head

Manetti-Farrow, New York, a subsidiary of A.T. Cross Co. and the U.S. distributor for Fendi leather goods, has named Stephen Gatsik president and chief operating officer. Gatsik had been executive vice president since he joined the firm in...

Steilmann Signs Pact With Hechter

PARIS -- Group Steilmann, the big German ready-to-wear company, has signed a new licensing agreement to make and distribute Daniel Hechter's signature women's ready-to-wear line in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Scandinavian...

Isotoner Revitalizes Image

What do you do with a brand name that has a high level of consumer recognition, but an aging customer base and an old-fashioned image?

David Bryan, Aris/Isotoner's president, has set out on a mission to revitalize the brand, attracting a new...

RTW Firms: Short Lengths Lift Hopes

NEW YORK -- Dress and suit firms have high hopes that short lengths will mean a bright summer market this week.

Makers expect buyers to be placing additional orders for spring, looking and buying summer and previewing early fall. While there is...

Saint Laurent Opts Out of Live Couture Telecast

PARIS -- Yves Saint Laurent has pulled out of "Haute Couture Worldview," a live satellite TV show broadcast simultaneously to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago of 18 couture shows in Paris, raising doubts about the eventual success of the...

Sleepwear Takes a Spotlight

NEW YORK -- Makers of sleepwear and loungewear say their appointment books are filled this week.

January typically is regarded as one of the smallest markets overall for innerwear, but it's an important time for the robe and sleepwear firms,...

Stores Getting a Jump On Spring

NEW YORK -- Spring has already taken root in the accessories departments of several major retailers, and early season readings show sterling silver jewelry, hats, scarves, sunglasses and handbags emerging as winners.

Many stores have had resort...

Storms Cause Buyer Chill-out At Jewelry Show

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- For exhibitors at the January edition of the United Jewelry Show here, the year did not exactly get off to a peppy start.

The five-day show, which ended Sunday at the Fashion Jewelry Mart at Davol Square here, featured 141...

What's Hot in L.A.

LOS ANGELES -- From January (post-Christmas movies) through May (early summer movies), it's traditional downtime in Los Angeles -- with a brief resumption of activity in March (Oscar parties). But despite the current slump in movie-related events,...

Olsen Takes It Easy

Sigrid Olsen likes no-fuss dressing, and her first line under her own name proves the point.

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