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ESTONIA: Baltika Goes Global With Baltman Label just-style.com | 14 May 01

Estonian garment manufacturer Baltika Grupp plans to take its Baltman retail chain global with the help of consultancy international Retail Planning Associates (RPA). Baltika and RPA will sign a contract for a new retail sales concept in the next few weeks, the weekly newspaper Eesti Ekspress reported.


USA: Calvin Klein Cuts Jobs And Shuts Down Sportswear Line just-style.com | 11 May 01

Top American designer Calvin Klein has cut 90 jobs at the company's headquarters and is closing its mid-priced sports wear line, CK Bridge. And the designer has warned that more big changes could be on the way as the business is restructured worldwide. The CK Bridge division, priced between the top-of-the range Collection and the more affordable jeans line, generates around $50 million sales a year.


NRF Expo: creating commerce communities Bobbin Publishing Group | 1 May 01

Innovative approaches that include everything from creating targeted e-mail promotional campaigns to individualised web pages based on intensive data mining were addressed at this year's National Retail Federation (NRF) annual convention. Following are some of the latest technologies, products and services on offer.


NEW ZEALAND: Esprit Ends 20 Year Lewis Group Deal just-style.com | 27 Apr 01

Esprit International has ditched a 20-year deal with New Zealand's Lewis Group by withdrawing the label from the licensee. Relationships between the Lewis Group and Esprit had been strained when six months ago the label announced that the operator had 48 hours to close down its Esprit operations. The Lewis Group was granted an extra six months following discussions with lawyers.


USA: Polo Ralph Lauren Names VP Of Licensee Development just-style.com | 17 Apr 01

Robbin Mitchell has joined Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE: RL ) as vice president of licensee development. In this new role she will be responsible for new business proposals and licensee reviews, and reports to Doug Williams, group president, global business development.


UK: Gardner To Join Burberry? just-style.com | 9 Apr 01

The creative director of design at Calvin Klein, Tim Gardner, is rumoured to be making a move back to England to join the revitalised fashion group Burberry in place of the recently departed Roberto Manichetti. One report on the Chic Happens website claims that the designer has already taken up post it Burberry.


USA: Broussard Launches Solo Collection just-style.com | 4 Apr 01

The American shoe designer Diana Broussard is set to launch her first solo collection in New York in July this year. Speaking to the Fashion Wire Daily, Broussard said: "I wanted to get away from the stiletto which is everywhere, to something more crafted and organic, but still sexy. The collection is very sophisticated. I'm using nude and subtle-coloured suedes, metallic and burnished leathers, and detailing such as vintage decorative tassels".


USA: Celine North America Announces New President just-style.com | 3 Apr 01

Luxury products group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has appointed former Vera Wang VP Mario Grauso as president of Celine Inc, the United States operations of the Paris-based fashion brand. Mr Grauso reports to Jean-Marc Loubier, worldwide president and CEO of Celine, and to Fred Wilson, president and CEO of LVMH Fashion Group Americas.


Made In Mauritius just-style.com | 23 Jan 01

In part two of her series on the Mauritian textile and apparel trade, Niki Tait takes an in depth look at the island's economy, government incentives and local textile companies.


ISRAEL: Delta Galil Buys Inner Secrets just-style.com | 21 Dec 00

Delta Galil Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: DELT ), the global provider of private label women's intimate apparel, men's underwear, babywear, socks and leisurewear, today announced that it has signed an agreement for the purchase of all of the shares of Inner Secrets, a New Jersey-based manufacturer and marketer of private label bras, and other ladies' intimate apparel.


ITALY: LVMH Adds RossiModa To Its Portfolio just-style.com | 12 Dec 00

LVMH announced today that it has taken a significant minority stake in RossiModa, the prestigious Italian shoe manufacturer that is currently owned and managed by Luigino, Diego, and Dino Rossi. The announcement follows news of a licensing agreement between the Christian Lacroix company and RossiModa for the spring/summer 2001 collection, in which the LVMH fashion group and RossiModa have decided to develop new partnerships to create, produce, and distribute collections for Givenchy and Emilio Pucci.


Textiles in Turkey just-style.com | 27 Nov 00

As one of the leading apparel and textile exporters to the European Union, Turkey has implemented a programme of investment to expand its production and servicing capabilities even further. Niki Tait visited the country's recent Global Sourcing Exhibition and reports on two companies that are looking to establish stronger ties with European markets.


USA: Perry Ellis Appoints New Executives just-style.com | 23 Nov 00

Perry Ellis International, Inc (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today that it has made two senior appointments. Hal Davis has been appointed vice president of sales for designer brands and Bernardo Rojo will be the new design director for Mondo di Marco. Hal Davis is an accomplished menswear veteran with 22 years of extensive experience in sales and marketing. He will be responsible for managing the design, production, and marketing of Mondo di Marco and PING Collection at retail distribution under the PEI portfolio. Prior to his appointment, Mr.Davis was divisional president of the Mondo di Marco and Gene Meyer divisions of Mondo, Inc, and has also held executive positions at cK Calvin Klein, American Fashion, Valentino, and other designer companies.


CHINA: Textile Buyers Make Up For Lost Time just-style.com | 22 Nov 00

Buyers were making up for time lost during a two-year slow-down in textile buying, said the organisers of the recent Interstoff Asia as, this week, they produced the final analysis of visitor totals to the October session of this Hong Kong-based fabric fair. Now in its fourteenth year, the fair attracted 14,904 visitors from 96 countries, including American delegations from Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein Donna Karen New York, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi Strauss and Tommy Hilfiger. The British contingent included teams from Marks & Spencer and Jaeger while buyers from the now global Nike empire were spotted touring the Hong Kong halls.


UK: Brands Cost More In UK Than Europe And US - Survey just-style.com | 21 Nov 00

Consumer watchdogs are calling on the British Government to lobby the European Commission to change a law that could make branded designer goods cheaper in the UK. The Consumers' Association (CA) blames higher UK and EU prices on European legislation called the Trade Mark Directive. But a major designer brand has hit back, saying there are many differentials involved and changes to the Trade Mark Directive may not be the complete solution.


USA: Kayser-Roth Acquires 'HUE(R) Legwear' Brand Name just-style.com | 20 Nov 00

Kayser-Roth Corporation, an affiliate of the Golden Lady Group, today announced that it had purchased the HUE Legwear brand name from Leslie Fay. HUE Legwear is the US's second leading casual legwear resource and is sold exclusively in major department and specialty stores nationwide.Commenting on the acquisition, Kevin Toomey, president and CEO of Kayser-Roth said: "The purchase of the HUE Legwear name gives us the ability to be an even stronger power in the legwear industry. We intend to take full advantage of this opportunity to build on the excellent relationships we already have in this vital business.""We are thrilled to have the opportunity to own and expand the HUE name. During the past two years, the brand has had much success and this will enable us to take HUE to the next level. We will leverage the combination of our sales and marketing strengths, design leadership, and state of the art manufacturing to build on the momentum of this brand," said Julia Townsend, vice president and general manager of Kayser-Roth's department and specialty store group.Since its inception in 1978, HUE Legwear has been synonymous with colour, fashion and innovation in the industry. A recognised legwear leader, HUE Legwear established many "firsts" in the industry. HUE Legwear is the fastest growing brand in department and specialty stores. The acquisition of the HUE Legwear name underscores Kayser-Roth's commitment to increase growth in the department and specialty store upper-tier class of trade. The purchase price was not disclosed.


USA: Polo Ralph Lauren To Open Website On Friday just-style.com | 7 Nov 00

Polo Ralph Lauren, the upmarket men's and women's retailer, is to unveil its e-commerce website this Friday, the first of the high-end design pack to claim a stake in e-tailing.The website will offer 2,500 styles under the Polo and Ralph Lauren brands and is the first offering from the Polo Ralph Lauren Media joint venture between the designer, NBC, and NBC partners ValueVision International and NBC Internet.Jeff Morgan, president and chief executive of Ralph Lauren Media, said that polo.com will be more than just a website. He intends that content from the site could serve as a springboard for other media projects, such as TV specials and magazine features.Morgan does not believe that the e-commerce venture will fit in well with other Polo Ralph Lauren channels: "We believe that the Internet will only increase our exposure, expanding our customer base for the Ralph Lauren brand," Morgan said. Top names will doubtless watch the launch with interest. Last year, Tommy Hilfiger unveiled an informational site, but hasn't yet announced the launch date for his e-commerce venture. Donna Karan is studying the concept, according to CEO John Idol, while Calvin Klein doesn't sell online.


USA: Perry Ellis Purchases Mondo Di Marco Brands just-style.com | 2 Nov 00

Perry Ellis today announced that it has signed an agreement to purchase the Mondo di Marco, Pronto Uomo and Linea Uomo trademarks from the bankruptcy estate of Mondo, Inc. The purchase price was approximately $3.5m. Under PEI's previously announced agreement with Men's Wearhouse, the two companies will work together to capitalise on the strength of the acquired brands. Upon final approval of the acquisition, Men's Wearhouse will purchase the worldwide rights from PEI to distribute the Pronto Uomo and Linea Uomo brands for approximately $1.75m. George Feldenkreis, CEO of Perry Ellis, said: "The addition of the Mondo di Marco will increase PEI's presence in the designer market, enabling us to further diversify our distribution into premier retail accounts such as Nordstrom and Saks where the brand is currently sold." In connection with the acquisition, the Company also announced that Hal Davis has been appointed vice president of sales, designer brands, for PEI. Mr Davis will be responsible for managing the design, production and marketing of selected designer brands under the PEI portfolio. Prior to his appointment, he was divisional president of the Mondo di Marco and Gene Meyer divisions of Mondo, and has also held executive positions at cK Calvin Klein, American Fashion, Valentino, and other designer companies. He will report to Oscar Feldenkreis.


ITALY: Meras' Promotional Campaign Zips Up just-style.com | 19 Oct 00

A campaign to position itself as Europe's most important supplier of zip fasteners to the fashion and sportswear trades is now under way at Italian producer Meras. In the past, most of Meras' output of 24 million units a year has been absorbed by the Italian home market, with only 30 per cent sold overseas. Following its recent appearance at the Mod'Amont clothing components trade fair in Paris, however, Meras is looking to considerably increase its export business - especially to manufacturers in other EU nations. A major plank of the company's sales platform will be the fact that its products already sell strongly into the couture sector. In Italy it supplies Moschino, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana and Versace Sport, while in the USA customers include Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Nautica. The current range includes metal zips in all sizes and a variety of finishes. "Antique gold is currently a particularly popular choice with our top of the range customers," says Meras The company also produces polyester and injection moulded plastic zips. On the slider side, the business is already a strong exporter, with 60 per cent of its 120 million units a year going abroad.


USA: Warnaco Class Action Lawyers Call For Lead Plaintiff Company Press Release | 16 Oct 00

The law firm, Laurence D. Paskowitz, announced today that Warnaco shareholders have only 10 days to meet the class action deadline. The class action suit, which was filed on August 22, 2000 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, is on behalf of all persons and organisation who purchased Warnaco Group (NYSE:WAC) common stock between December 11, 1997 and July 20, 2000 (the "Class Period"). The lawsuit alleges that during the class period, Warnaco and two of its top officers and directors issued materially false and misleading statements regarding Warnaco's earnings, prospects, and business practices. In particular, the suit alleges that Warnaco inflated sales through knowing violations of a jeanswear distribution license obtained from Calvin Klein, Inc and the Calvin Klein Trademark Trust ("Klein"). On May 30, 2000, Klein sued Warnaco over these alleged violations. The suit also asserts that Warnaco stock was inflated during the class period by misleading earnings forecasts, and that all of the alleged misconduct was motivated by the defendants' interest in profiting from salary, bonuses and stock sales. Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of the class and is represented by Laurence D. Paskowitz and Roy Jacobs, attorneys with many years of experience in prosecuting investor class actions. If you are bought within the relevant time period, you may move the court, no later than October 23, 2000 to serve as lead plaintiff for the class. In order to serve as lead plaintiff, you must meet certain legal requirements. Please contact the undersigned if you have any questions about this Notice, the action, or your rights. You may also learn more about class actions in general by visiting


USA: Delta Galil To Buy Intimate Apparel Company just-style.com | 12 Oct 00

Delta Galil Industries Ltd (Nasdaq: DELT), the global provider of private label intimate apparel, men's underwear, socks, baby wear, and leisurewear, today reported that Delta Galil's third quarter profitability will be affected by the weakness of the Euro and the appreciation of the NIS against the dollar.The company anticipates third quarter EPS to be in the range of $0.25-$0.30 as compared to analysts projections of $0.35-$0.40. In the event that the Euro and NIS exchange rates against the dollar remain at the current level, Delta Galil expects similar EPS erosion in the fourth quarter as compared to analyst's projections.Dov Lautman, Delta's chairman, noted that Delta hedged UK sterling's net proceeds against the dollar through year-end. "We have done our best to counter the effects of the currency situation and are continuing with our aggressive growth strategies."Following Delta Galil's strategy of increasing sales in North America and in the ladies' intimate apparel category, the company also announced that it signed a letter of intent for the purchase of all the shares of Inner Secrets Inc, a privately held US company, which is engaged in the development, production and marketing of ladies' intimate apparel.Inner Secrets is a manufacturer and marketer of private label bras, and other ladies' intimate apparel. The company has a host of customers, mainly catering to the mass market. Inner Secrets' customers include Target, Wal-Mart, K-mart, Victoria's Secret, and others. The company outsources to the Far East, especially Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. In addition, Inner Secrets owns a factory in the Dominican Republic and a distribution centre in New Jersey. Annual sales of Inner Secrets amounted to $90m in 1999.The purchase will contribute to several strategical goals of Delta Galil, which are:


Future of Britain's luxury brands is in the past just-style.com | 3 Oct 00

The stock prices and reputations of once-unshakeable British names are in sharp decline. The looks that defined the British image are no longer hip. Customers at home and abroad are abandoning the oldest names in fashion and fragrances in favour of labels from Italy, France, and the United States. But all is not lost says John Arlidge.


USA: Nike Names New Chiefs And VP Of Global Apparel Company Press Release | 28 Sep 00

Chairman and chief executive officer Philip H. Knight today announced that Mindy F. Grossman will become global vice president of apparel, effective October 1, 2000.Grossman, 43, joins Nike with over 20 years of experience leading some of the world's top apparel brands, most recently as president and CEO Polo Jeans Company/Ralph Lauren, a division of the Jones Apparel Group."Mindy has an excellent track record in building consumer-based apparel brands and she knows what it takes to be successful. Her proven expertise in brand strategy, product development and retail space management will play a key role in the expansion of our apparel business," Knight said. "We are committed to apparel as a major force in our global growth and the addition of Mindy, blended with the great talent we have all over the world, is evidence of that commitment."Grossman joins Nike after nearly a decade of association with Polo Ralph Lauren. She has been president and CEO of Polo Jeans Company since 1995, where she was responsible for the brand strategy, launch and growth of Polo Jeans. She was vice president of new business development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp where she worked on the initial concept and development of Polo Jeans.Grossman was president of Chaps Ralph Lauren and senior vice president of Warnaco Menswear from 1991 through 1994 and is credited with the repositioning and subsequent growth of the Chaps business from $30m to over $150m.Prior to her affiliation with Polo, Grossman was senior vice president of sales and merchandising for Tommy Hilfiger overseeing the dynamic growth of the menswear company from 1987 through 1991. From 1983 to 1987 she was vice president of WilliWear/WilliSmith following five years at Oxford Industries, ultimately rising to the position of vice president of sales for the Merona Sport Division. She began her career at Manhattan Industries in 1977.Grossman is being joined at Nike by additional new members of Nike's apparel team, including:


ISRAEL: Delta Galil Completes Wundies Acquisition Company Press Release | 19 Sep 00

Delta Galil Industries Ltd (Nasdaq: DELT), the global provider of private label intimate apparel, men's underwear, socks, babywear and leisurewear, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Wundies Industries Inc.Wundies is a producer of private label ladies' intimate apparel and girls' underwear and nightwear. It also markets its products under character licenses including Barbie, Looney Tunes and Winnie the Pooh, as well as brand licenses including Danskin, Bill Blass and Jessica McClintock, in addition to its proprietary LOVEPATS brand. Wundies' customers include Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target, JCPenney, Mervyn's, Kohl's and Wholesale Clubs.Delta chairman Dov Lautman commented that the completion of the Wundies acquisition signifies a significant step in Delta's strategy to build its presence in the US market and extend its penetration in the ladies' intimate apparel and seam free categories.Delta Galil is a global manufacturer of boutique-quality apparel for the mass market sold under brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss and Nike and sold worldwide through retailers including Marks & Spencer, Victoria's Secret, GAP, Banana Republic and others. Recognized for product innovation and development, Delta is committed to growth through higher margin products, expanding market share and operational efficiencies. For more information, please visit the company website at


USA: Hosiery Makes A Comeback Company Press Release | 14 Sep 00

The latest comeback, continuing to make news on the runways, has millions of women expressing a sigh of relief - hosiery. Although the bare legged phenomenon was hot in the early-to-mid 90s, even women who embraced it now willingly admit how impractical, uncomfortable and, most of all, unflattering it was to forego the beauty of legwear. A bevy of the most popular designers - including John Bartlett, Victor Alfaro, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Anna Sui - agree. Since fall 1999, hosiery has played a commanding role on the runways, accentuating beautiful looks and legs. For Fall 2000, the key ingredient behind the classic, ultra feminine look (think Audrey Hepburn) is sheer hosiery. Of course, with the return of this versatile accessory, come consumer questions. With so many styles, how do consumers pick the product that's right for them? Reading the hosiery package is helpful to find the perfect pair of sheers, which range in styles from sheer-to-waist to control top to toeless. Below are some helpful hints from the Hosiery Partnership for Consumer Education. For more information on hosiery, consumers can receive a FREE brochure by calling 1-800-346-7379. In addition, for a comprehensive press kit with up-to-date technology information, color slides from the runways and hosiery fun facts, call Sherri Satalof at (212) 453-2228.


UK: Wal-Mart's ASDA Launches US Style Supercentres just-style.com | 13 Sep 00

Supermarket giant, ASDA, is jumping feet first into the non-food industry, with the launch of a chain of `supercentres'. Shoppers will be able to buy everything from sportswear to spectacles as the retail giant pledges to deliver what it calls "the American dream" to its customers. And it will be service with more than a smile, as shoppers are helped out by special teams of service squad assistants on scooters. A year on from joining the Wal-Mart family, Asda has opened its first supercentre in Bristol, creating 200 new jobs. And a further two re set to open in Minworth, near Birmingham, and Havant in Hampshire in November, creating another 550 jobs. The supercentres will open 24 hours a day and will sell a range of goods, including branded sports clothing. This will include popular names like Nike, Reebok and Adidas and will also include sports equipment ranging from multi-gyms to leather footballs. There will also be a vision centre where customers can buy everything from designer frames and sunglasses from Calvin Klein, Versace and Emporio Armani to contact lenses. The supercentres have two entrances, one for food and one for non-food. Within seconds of entering one of the entrances, shoppers will be given a personal welcome by one of the store's "greeters". Commenting on the launch of the Bristol supercentre, Allan Leighton, who announced that he was to quit as chief executive and president of Wal-Mart Europe last week, said: "This is the most exciting store in Britain that brings together the best of Wal-Mart with all the things that ASDA is famous for. "This is exactly what today's customers want - the widest range, best value and the friendliest service." The retailer has also targeted 50 of its other stores to sell similar non-food merchandise and plans to reduce its floor space devoted to groceries to 60 per cent from the current mix of 85 per cent in all of its stores.


UK: Off-price Apparel Makes Its Mark On Europe just-style.com | 23 Aug 00

The European marketplace got its first taste of a particularly American phenomenon earlier this week with the UK debut of the off-price apparel show Parallel Lines Expo. Brands on offer from the 20 or so exhibitors included names such as Armani, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Kappa, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Reebok and Umbro ― all of which have been sourced outside the traditional distribution chain.


USA: Warnaco In Trouble As Shareholders File Class Action Company Press Release | 23 Aug 00

On August 22, 2000 a Class Action was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all persons and entities who purchased Warnaco Group, Inc (NYSE: WAC) common stock during the period from December 11, 1997 through July 20, 2000 (the "Class Period "), by attorneys Laurence D. Paskowitz, Esq. and Roy L. Jacobs, Esq. Counsel have many years of successful experience in litigating class actions. The lawsuit alleges that during the Class Period, Warnaco and two of its top officers and directors issued materially false and misleading statements regarding Warnaco's earnings, prospects and business practices. In particular, the suit alleges that Warnaco inflated sales through knowing violations of a jeanswear distribution license obtained from Calvin Klein, Inc and the Calvin Klein Trademark Trust ("Klein"). On May 30, 2000, Klein sued Warnaco over these alleged violations. The suit also asserts that Warnaco stock was inflated during the Class Period by misleading earnings forecasts, and that all of the alleged misconduct was motivated by the defendants' interest in profiting from salary, bonuses and stock sales. The complaint further alleges that, during the Class Period, Warnaco and certain of its officers and directors, violated Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 by the issuance of the materially false public statements described above. Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of the Class and is represented by Laurence D. Paskowitz, Esq. and Roy Jacobs, Esq., attorneys with many years of experience in prosecuting investor class actions. Please contact the undersigned if you have any questions about this Notice, the action, or your rights. You may also learn more about class actions in general by visiting


The sweet smell of success just-style.com | 18 Aug 00

The search for a "plus factor" for its textile range has taken Welbeck Fabrics, the knitter from Derbyshire in the UK, into a sensual new dimension. As a specialist supplier to the international underwear and swimwear trade, the company believes it is no longer sufficient for a fabric to have visual and tactile appeal - it should smell good too.


USA: Frisby and Kayser-Roth Reach Agreement On Sock Deal Company Press Release | 11 Aug 00

Frisby Technologies, Inc (NASDAQ: FRIZ), the developers of ComforTemp®DCC(TM)dynamic thermal control materials, announced today that it has reached an exclusive licensing agreement with Kayser-Roth Corporation, the second largest hosiery producer in the US, to sell and distribute a broad new line of hiking, outdoor and athletic socks.

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