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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YSL’s Ambitious Growth, Theysken’s last outing, Retail sales crash, Americans turn to discounters

Theyskens at Nina Ricci

In the Black, YSL Plots Ambitious Growth (WWD) “While the global economic crisis has thrown many high-flying luxury brands into a tailspin, operating under trying circumstances is old hat for the folks at Yves Saint.” (Subscription required) Rumors Swirl: Is Fall 2009 Olivier Theyskens’ Last Collection for Nina Ricci? (WSJ) “Since Mr. Theyskens arrived at Nina Ricci in 2006, he has been hailed as a genius by

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