North American Retailers Set 5-Year Bangladesh Factory Plan

Collapsed building in Bangladesh | Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON DC, United States — Nearly 20 North American retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Gap Inc unveiled a 5-year safety plan for Bangladesh garment factories on Wednesday that would include inspecting every factory within a year.

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Week in Review | YSL Retrobranding, Making the Case for a Modern Couture, The Business Plan is Your Roadmap

Week in Review July 9-13

Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding (Insight & Analysis) “When Hedi Slimane was appointed creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, last March, YSL’s parent company, PPR, gave the designer ‘total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections.'” Colin’s Column | Making the Case for a Modern Couture (Opinion) “Strange people in the fashion world. Take Dior. The couturier who founded

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Holiday collaboration, KCD and Spring deal, Burberry sales slow, Fashion duel, Canadian incubator

Target and Neiman Marcus | Source: Modern Eve

Target Teams Up With Neiman Marcus to Create a Holiday Sales Smash (Forbes) “You don’t need to be a fashion slave to understand that the newly announced partnership between Neiman Marcus and Target is going to produce a collection that will send holiday shoppers thronging to both stores.” KCD, Spring Form Strategic Partnership (WWD) “KCD, the well-known public relations and events agency, and Spring, the

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Addressing Fashion’s Intellectual Property Conundrum

LONDON, United Kingdom — When reports first surfaced in March about the striking similarities between Proenza Schouler’s PS1 bag and Target’s Mossimo Messenger, the discomfort within the fashion industry was palpable. What was particularly troubling was that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the design duo behind Proenza Schouler, had a longstanding relationship with Target. Indeed, in 2007 the designers debuted their capsule

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A designer’s second act, Target loses focus, Online retail trends, Aronsson in at Ungaro, Innovation now

Christian Lacroix's Theodora Collection for Sicis, detail | Source: eRoom

Wanted: a Second Chance (WSJ) “It’s the fear of every high-achieving professional: excelling, reaching the pinnacle of your field—and, the next day, having to start over… Many designers say the key to their reinvention came from using skills, interests and contacts from their earlier lives—without stopping for regrets. ‘Nothing’s a bad experience and nothing is a waste of time.'” More Target Than

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Alber on fashion’s future, Fashion Films abound, Gucci Couture, Coach and Target settle suit, Sex and the Middle East

Alber Elbaz | Source: Alive not dead

The Future Of Fashion, Part Six: Alber Elbaz (Style.com) “The word poetic invariably attaches itself to descriptions of the clothes Elbaz designs for Lanvin, but you get the feeling that behind the famous floppy bow tie, there is a hard-won sense of resolve. During our conversation… he spoke frankly about the problems the industry faces.” Fashion Films Become the Hottest New Accessories (IHT) “‘Catwalk

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Tentative turnaround, Embracing the web, Gucci JV approved, Liberty for Target, Return of illustration

Sack's Fifth Avenue Spring 2009 Advertising Campaign | Source: Sack's

Luxury’s turnaround? Maybe not quite just yet (Market Watch) “It may be too early to call a turnaround in the luxury-retail sector. Despite expectations that high-end shoppers are gradually coming back to stores and with retailers such as Macy’s and Saks indicating some improvement, the latest data suggest that the battered sector may need to do more to prove this pickup in momentum can be sustained.” From

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