J Brand Jeans | In Search of The Perfect Fit

J Brand's perfect fit jeans | Source: J Brand

NEW YORK, United States — As the holiday shopping season draws near, we’re watching the market for premium denim with particular interest. According to a recent article by Eric Wilson in The New York Times: “The $300 pair of designer jeans is now, courtesy of the recession, the $200 pair of designer jeans.” With this recent “market correction,” Los Angeles-based J Brand has become one of the hottest

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Gucci downplays logos, FTC targets bloggers, The new American shopper, Gap in China, EU retail regulations

Gucci Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Gucci

For the Downturn, Gucci Downplays the Logos (Business Week) “The fashion house is going both upscale and down, but its signature Gs are relegated to the back room.” New F.T.C. Rules Have Bloggers and Twitterers Mulling (NY Times) “Beginning Dec. 1, bloggers, Twitterers and many others who write online product reviews must disclose the receipt of free merchandise or payment for the items they write about.”

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Footwear players want EU protection, Retailers look to Spring, Holiday optimism, Moss Bros loss, Gap founder dies

Pile of shoes | Source: e-boost consulting

Italian and Spanish footwear manufacturers to fight for EU protection (Drapers) “Anti-dumping measures have been in place since 2006 to protect the European Union’s footwear manufacturers from import surges. A decision to maintain tariffs, amounting to 16.5 percent on Chinese footwear and 10 percent on shoes from Vietnam and strongly opposed by UK retailers, would be likely to worsen East-West trade relations.”

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The Verdict | Gap’s 1969 Premium Jeans

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Introducing the Gap’s new 1969 Denim VANCOUVER, Canada — Those of you in North America over the past week can’t have missed the media bombardment from the Gap, the ailing San Francisco-based mass fashion retailer, as it announced the launch of its new 1969 premium denim range, with six new fits for women and seven new fits for men. Huge full-page ads featuring Anja Rubik appeared in the Thursday Styles section of the

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Gap’s re-invention, Liz Claiborne losses, Fashion’s Night Out, UK high street rescue, Fashion becomes ‘useful’

Born to Fit, the new facebook page launched by Gap

Covering Many Bases for a Brand of Blue Jeans (WSJ) “The British say “Mind the gap,” but in this country it has been a while since shoppers minded what Gap was selling. The Gap division of Gap Inc. was struggling even before the recession, which has persuaded consumers to cut back significantly on clothing purchases.” Liz Claiborne Loss Widens More Than Analyst Estimates (Bloomberg) “Liz Claiborne

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Internet private sales, Couture endures, Neiman Marcus still down, Mass fashion retailers struggle

Private Sale

Designer Bargains, for the Invited (WSJ) “Online retail startups that specialize in “private sales” of discount designer apparel are gaining traction in the U.S. and, armed with fresh venture capital, plan to branch into new businesses.” Couture houses refuse to tumble (Toronto Star) “You can never be too rich, too thin or own too many couture items. High-end buyers continue to pop in to Paris for the

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Gap revamps, Rodarte reviewed, Fashion fakers, Sir Philip Green interviewed, Graduate Fashion Week winners

oldnavy.com, courtesy of Old Navy

Gap Revamping Old Navy, Seeking To Reclaim Mkt Share (WSJ) “Gap, which is the largest U.S. clothing chain, will remodel 50 Old Navy stores this year after a successful pilot in California, according to Chief Executive Glenn Murphy, speaking at a Piper Jaffray conference in New York Wednesday.” Rodarte: California dreamers put B-movies before business (Times) “Interest in the Mulleavy sisters and their fantastical

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Prada’s profit falls, Cartier cuts hours, Gap teams with ASOS, Missoni’s London store, Ballantyne’s new Chairman

Prada S/S 09 Ad campaign, courtesy of Prada

Prada lays foundations for future growth (Financial Times) “Prada, the privately owned Italian fashion house, reported on Tuesday a 22 per cent fall in net profit for 2008 of €99m and sought to position itself for growth when the global economic crisis eases.” Cartier cuts working hours as demand dwindles (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest luxury goods group behind LVMH, is cutting working

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Recessionary designs, Rochas’ clothes, Gap’s boss takes pay cut, Hermes holds steady…

Lanvin A/W '09, courtesy of the New York Times

Two Words for Fall: Toughen Up (New York Times) The recession could turn out to make designers better. Do You Want Clothes to Go With That Perfume? (WSJ) At Rochas, there are now clothes that come with its legendary scent. Gap boss takes pay cut (Drapers) “Gap’s chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy will take a 15% salary cut as part of plans to cut costs.” Hermès Net Up 0.8 Percent (WWD) Hermès post steady sales

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Gap earnings fall, US economy contracts, Reiss’ younger line, Just Cavalli presents

Gap, photo courtesy of Slate

Gap earnings rise but sales fall (Drapers) “Total international sales fell slightly to $505 million over the fourth quarter.” US economy contracts 6.2% (FT) “The US economy contracted by an annualised 6.2 per cent in the final quarter of last year, revised government figures showed on Friday, the sharpest quarterly contraction since 1982 and a sign of an even deeper recession.” Reiss plans young, cheaper

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Russians in Milan, GAP hires students, Shopping and ethics, Saks Fifth Avenue’s giant loss

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Russians top Milan’s list of shoppers (IHT) “Russians are Milan’s largest national group of fashion shoppers, commanding 38 percent of the tax-free pie in 2008, despite their own economic woes back home,” reports IHT. The GAP Hires Students (Fashionista) Gap taps RISD students to design cardigans. Now that the pricing dam has burst (IHT) “Shopping is becoming a matter of ethics.” Battling the

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Theyskens at Nina Ricci, Retail stocks, New consumer mind-set, Retail winners and losers

Nina Ricci Pre fall 2009, courtesy of WWD

Nina Ricci: Theysken’s Beat Goes On (WWD) Olivier Theyskens will be staying put at Nina Ricci with an “expanded accessories line, particularly handbags.” Retail Stocks: Sizing Up 2009 (Seeking Alpha) Seeking Alpha lists the reasons why 2009 will be an ugly year for many brands. Retail’s winners and losers (Just-Style) Wal-Mart was a retail winner in 2008, but Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch were amongst the

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Japan’s Fast-Fashion Frenzy, McCartney’s new stores, Gap’s resurgence, Shoppers’ short attention

Japan's Fast-Fashion Frenzy (JC Report) "Japanese consumers have fallen head over heels for cheap clothing and may never turn back." McCartney Sets New Tokyo, Paris Stores (WWD) Although the brand is only seven years old, Stella McCartney has opened new stores in Tokyo and Paris. The Gap's Resurgence: Great Start to the Holiday Season (Seeking Alpha) At Gap, "spending is up significantly" for November 2008 compared to last November. Retailers Will Find It Hard to Keep Shoppers' Attention This Year (Seeking Alpha) Though Black Friday sales were impressive in the US, many analysts think that consumers wouldn't be able "to sustain their buying frenzy for the duration of the holiday season." People lining up to purchase goods at Topshop in…

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