J. Crew expands, February brightens, Simon Fuller launches style site, YSL’s shoulder, John Lewis profits fall

J.Crew A/W 09, courtesy of J Crew

Despite Fourth-Quarter Loss, J. Crew Sees Room to Grow (WWD) “Tightfisted consumers and rising costs may have pushed J. Crew Group Inc. to a $13.5 million loss in the fourth quarter, but the retailer still has cautious expansion.” (Subscription required) Has spring sprung for US retailers? (Just-Style) Though February sales have improved, this is an unlikely sign of a total recovery. Simon Fuller to launch fashion

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Hachette reorganizes, J.Crew cuts jobs, Niche sites buck trend, Luxury cuts costs

Courtney Love cover, courtesy of Elle

Hachette to Break Through ‘Silos’ As It Restructures Women’s Magazines (WSJ) “This week, the New York publisher will take what it says is a big step toward fortifying itself, reorganizing its women’s magazines, which make up the bulk of its business.” J. Crew Group cuts jobs, suspends 401(k) plan (Forbes) J. Crew will cut 95 jobs and 401k plans to help save on costs. Niche Web Sites Buck Media

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Oscar fashions, Factors drop Barneys, London’s cool girls grow up, J.Crew launches stores

The Oscars

Oscar fashions give no hint of the weak economy (Newsday) Despite tough times, no one was slumming it at the Oscars. Factors Drop Barneys Over Sale Uncertainty (WWD) Factors are no longer approving spring orders from Barneys over its uncertain future. (Subscription required) London’s ‘cool girl’ starts growing up (IHT) The perpetual focus on an ever-renewing young generation seems to be the mark of British

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