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UK: Kurt Geiger signs Nine West licensing deal just-style.com | 22 Jun 09

Kurt Geiger Ltd, Europe's largest luxury footwear retailer, has inked a deal to license and distribute the Nine West and Easy Spirit brands in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


COMMENT: Retail recovery not business as usual just-style.com | 16 Jun 09

Executives from some of the world’s leading retailers and brands last week shared their thoughts on what the economic crisis means to their businesses at the Reuters Global Luxury and Global Retail summits. Here’s what they had to say…


US: New e-commerce platform aimed at fashion firms just-style.com | 16 Jun 09

A new e-commerce platform to help high-growth fashion retailers and branded manufacturers build their online channels has been launched by Demandware Inc.


US: Jones Apparel Q1 profit slumps, to shut 225 shops just-style.com | 29 Apr 09

Jones Apparel Group has posted a 98.5% slump in first quarter profit as charges and lower sales took their toll, and says it plans to shut 225 stores in the next few years.


US: Rachel Roy brand to launch at Macy's just-style.com | 16 Apr 09

US fashion firm Jones Apparel Group has announced that its Rachel Rachel Roy diffusion brand will be offered exclusively at department store chain Macy's.


US: Jones Apparel swings to $765.4m full-year loss just-style.com | 11 Feb 09

Jones Apparel Group has swung to a full year loss of US$765.4m after being hit by an impairment charge, promotional markdowns and a weak holiday season.


US: Jones Apparel appoints Mettler and Georgiadis to board just-style.com | 2 Feb 09

Jones Apparel Group has elected Robert L Mettler and Margaret H Georgiadis to the company's board of directors.


US: Jones Apparel earnings hurt in final quarter just-style.com | 22 Jan 09

Jones Apparel Group today (22 January) lowered its full-year earnings guidance after being forced to discount its clothing as the retail environment "significantly worsened" during its fourth quarter.


US: Jones Apparel shares lift after credit revamp just-style.com | 2 Jan 09

Shares in Jones Apparel Group rallied by as much as 41% after the company amended its existing US$1.25bn revolving credit facilities.


US: Jones Apparel Q3 profit plummets 93% just-style.com | 29 Oct 08

A “challenging economic climate,” including the bankruptcy filings of two regional department stores where its brands were sold, contributed to a 93.2% slump in third quarter profit at Jones Apparel Group Inc.


US: Jones shares slip after FY profit downgrade just-style.com | 15 Oct 08

Shares in Jones Apparel Group fell 3% in late trading yesterday (14 October) after the company blamed the economy for a cut in its full-year profit forecasts.


US: Jones Apparel rolls out two online storefronts just-style.com | 17 Sep 08

Jones Apparel Group has launched two online storefronts for its Easy Spirit and Nine West brands in the first of a series of roll-outs that will be joined by Jones New York, Anne Klein and Bandolino later this year and in 2009.


In the money: Steve & Barry's sold amid Chapter 11 spree just-style.com | 22 Aug 08

A string of Chapter 11 filings by clothing and footwear retailers in recent months shows that fashion is feeling the pinch of an economic slowdown in the US. However, this week's news that fashion chain Steve & Barry's is being bought by an investment firm for US$168m will do much to buoy the sector. Joe Ayling reports.


US: Jones Apparel promotes Friedman to unit CEO just-style.com | 18 Aug 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc has promoted Jay Friedman to the post of chief executive officer of its company-owned retail footwear and apparel unit.


US: Jones Apparel to trial RFID in Nine West stores just-style.com | 14 Aug 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc is to pilot item-level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in some of its Nine West stores to study its impact on productivity, customer service and inventory accuracy.


US: Wal-Mart to stock Jones Apparel footwear brand just-style.com | 13 Aug 08

Jones Apparel Group is expanding the distribution of its l.e.i. brand at Wal-Mart stores with the addition of a new range of junior and girls' footwear.


US: Jones Apparel swings to Q2 profit on retail gains just-style.com | 30 Jul 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc has swung to a second quarter profit of $10.6m, from a loss of $47.1m in the same period last year, helped by the launch of its l.e.i. brand at Wal-Mart and advances at its retail stores.


US: Nine West and New Balance launch fashion footwear just-style.com | 28 Jul 08

Jones Apparel Group’s Nine West division is teaming up with New Balance to create a new shoe collection that will drive both brands further into the fast-growing fashion athletic footwear category.


US: Jones Apparel buys stake in Asian licensing partner just-style.com | 23 Jun 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc has taken steps to expand its presence in emerging Asian markets after buying a minority interest in GRI Group Limited, a company that distributes its products in the region.


US: Jones Apparel buys 50% stake in Rachel Roy just-style.com | 12 Jun 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc has formed a joint venture to market and license the New York-based Rachel Roy fashion brand, in a move that gives it a new entry point into the luxury market.


US: Jones Apparel appoints new division president just-style.com | 20 May 08

Jones Apparel Group Inc today (20 May) said Aru Kulkarni has been appointed to the newly created role of president of sales at its Women's Wholesale Sportswear division.


US: Global growth pushes Wal-Mart Q1 profit up 6.9% just-style.com | 14 May 08

Discount retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc yesterday (13 May) posted a 6.9% rise in first quarter profit as low-priced deals lured cash-strapped shoppers into its stores, but issued a cautious second quarter outlook.


US: Barneys CEO Howard Socol to leave in June just-style.com | 14 May 08

Barneys boss Howard Socol is to leave the luxury clothing chain at the end of June, the company has confirmed.


Will EU trade deal revive Kenya’s clothing exports? just-style.com | 13 May 08

Kenya’s apparel exports suffered a serious setback at the beginning of this year when ethnic violence erupted across the country. Orders are now returning, and garment makers are pinning their hopes on a new interim trade pact with the EU to kick-start their sales into Europe. Jozef De Coster reports from Nairobi.


US: Barneys boss could resign this week - report just-style.com | 12 May 08

Howard Socol, chief executive of luxury clothing chain Barneys New York, is poised to resign this week according to reports in the US press.


US: Fashionology names Mendelson as Ellen Tracy president just-style.com | 12 May 08

Fashionology Group has named Mark Mendelson as president of its newly acquired Ellen Tracy unit.


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US: Jones Apparel profit slips 59% on lower demand just-style.com | 30 Apr 08

Jones Apparel Group today (30 April) reported a 59% slump in first quarter profit and lowered its outlook for the year on lower demand from some of its retail customers.


US: Skins appoints new VP of production just-style.com | 28 Apr 08

Skins Inc, maker of a two-part interchangeable footwear concept, has appointed Gary Sefferman as its VP of production and logistics.


US: Paterno in new role for Nine West just-style.com | 3 Mar 08

Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group, has appointed Richard Paterno as president, wholesale better footwear brands, with effect from 31 March.

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