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FRANCA SOZZANI, MAGAZINE EDITOR AND STYLE AUTHORITY, PASSES AWAY AT 66

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After a year of an unspecified yearlong illness, Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, passed away yesterday at 66 in Milan. The news was first announced by Jonathan Newhouse, Condé Nast International chairman and chief executive. Immediately, news outlets and social media were filled with articles and tributes to the style …

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SAFILO PARTNERS WITH INTERAXON FOR ‘BRAIN SENSING’ EYEWEAR

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Talk about taking wearable technology a notch higher! Eyewear manufacturing group Safilo recently announced its collaboration with Interaxon Inc., a Canadian company that specializes in consumer brain sensing technology, for a potential line of wearable technology called SAFILOX. The partnership covers strategic research and development, as Safilo sees this as an …

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THE DONEGER GROUP & ACCESSORIES COUNCIL UNVEIL CLASSROOM AT THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

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Students of Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) just got a souped-up new classroom, courtesy of The Doneger Group and Accessories Council, who raised funds from the Accessories Council Hall of Fame, which honored Abbey Doneger, as well as the 2015 ACE Awards Tribute Edition Journal. This morning, …

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UBM FASHION GROUP CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH SECOND ANNUAL ‘CONNECT’ EVENT IN LOS ANGELES

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UBM Fashion Group is kicking off the holiday season with its second annual Connect event in Los Angeles this Thursday, December 8th. The evening, held in partnership with Spark of Love and KABC (ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate), will celebrate the holiday spirit and encourage participating fashion brands, spanning the contemporary men’s, women’s …

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BARNEYS NEW YORK TAPS ACCESSORIES INDUSTRY VETERAN AS NEW FASHION DIRECTOR

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In the new year, Marina Larroudé will join luxury retailer Barneys New York as its new Fashion Director. Larroudé has a strong background in accessories, having served as Teen Vogue‘s Fashion and Accessories Director for two years. Larroudé’s primary responsibilities fall under designer discovery, product development, and marketing. She will also be working …

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ACCESSORIES BRANDS DONATE TIME AND MERCHANDISE TO ACCESSORIES COUNCIL’S AC CARES INITIATIVE

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‘Tis the season to give back, and that’s exactly what 144 altruistic accessories brands did this week. On Tuesday night, the Accessories Council hosted its first annual AC Cares/Beads of Love event and by all measures, it was a rousing success. Over 30 volunteers from the accessories industry showed up to teach …

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EXECUTIVE MOVES: DSW GETS A NEW CFO, NEIMAN MARCUS APPOINTS INTERIM CFO/COO

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MICHAEL FUNG STEPS IN AS INTERIM CFO AT NEIMAN MARCUS Michael Fung has joined Neiman Marcus Group (NMG), effective as of November 2th, as Interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, a position recently vacated by Donald T. Grimes. Fung brings almost 40 years’ experience to NMG, most recently serving as Interim CFO …

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MARSHAL COHEN’S NPD BLOG: STORES SAVED BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND

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As part of our ongoing Industry Experts column, we are reprinting a blog posting from Marshal Cohen, Chief Industry Analyst for NPD Group. The original post ran here.  That’s right. Despite the surge of online and Thanksgiving Day  in-store sales, combined with the less-than-stellar Friday  in-store sales, retailers got the …