AAFA Urges Congress to Pass Trade Bill to Aid U.S. Manufacturers

U.S. Capitol

Arlington, VA—The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) joined a chorus of U.S. trade groups today urging Congress to … [Read more...]

The Latest Handbag Icon: Queen Elizabeth?

Queen Elizabeth toting her black patent Launer London handbag at Coronation Festivities last weekend

London—Although it’s usually the Duchess of Cambridge (and her impending baby) that seem to garner most of the world’s attention, … [Read more...]

Red Alert: Louboutin Settles Suit with Charles Jourdan Footwear

Signature style: one of the latest pairs from Christian Louboutin featuring its trademarked red soles (Photo: Caroline Daily)

New York—After seeing red over what Christian Louboutin alleged was a trademark infringement of its iconic red-soled shoes, the … [Read more...]

Paws ‘N Claws Eyewear Goes to the Dogs (and Cats)

Paws 'N Claws Eyewear

Pittsburgh—Here’s one fur-friendly eyewear line that doesn’t mind if its business goes to the dogs. Paws ‘N Claws, an eyewear … [Read more...]

Commerce Dept: June Sales Increase Less Than Expected

Sales of clothing and accessories had an uptick in June, providing one of the bright spots at retail.

Washington—Although June sales picked up in apparel, accessories and some other consumergoods categories, overall U.S. retail … [Read more...]

Michael Kors Alleges “Bait and Switch” in Costco Handbag Ad

Handbags from Michael Kors: NOT for sale at Costco?

New York—The Michael Kors brand has always been about jet setters: apparel and accessories that seem like the accoutrements of the … [Read more...]

Tyra Banks Invests in “Community” Online Shopping Site

Tyra Banks: supermodel and supermogul?

San Francisco—Tyra Banks is known as a supermodel, but she’s also become something of a super mogul, too. Her recently-formed … [Read more...]

A.T. Cross to Sell Cross Accessory Division for $60 Million

While its pens are iconic, Cross intends to expand its eyewear business

Lincoln, RI—The A.T. Cross Company said Monday that it plans to sign off on its writing instruments and accessories business by … [Read more...]

Fast Retailing Q3 Mixed Results, Plans U.S. Expansion


Yamaguchi, Japan—Fast Retailing Co., which plans to open 20 Uniqlo stores a year in the United States, reported last week that its … [Read more...]

Swiss Regulator Permits Swatch to Cut Movement Sales

ETA Watch Movements

Zurich—Swatch Group, the biggest watch and component maker in Switzerland, got a partial reprieve last week on regulations forcing … [Read more...]

June Retail Comps: Best Since January


New York—While fewer than a dozen major retailers, accounting for some 6% of the $2.4 trillion in U. S. retail sales, still report … [Read more...]

Burberry Posts Boost in Q1 Retail Sales

Orchard bag in House check with bridle leather trim from the Burberry fall/winter collection

London—Thanks to sales of its more expensive merchandise in Asia and the Americas, Burberry Group Plc reported Wednesday that its … [Read more...]