FOCI launches latest fashion line for summers

May 30, 2008 (Vietnam)

A very prominent fashion brand of Vietnam FOCI, has recently launched its latest summer collection that oozes style and freshness. The entire range of garments is especially designed for the youth of a nation, that is dynamic and fashion conscious.

The new collection Dynamic Summer Day, includes cool T-shirts and elastic shirts in shades of yellow, blue, fresh green and beige. Designers from FOCI have designed casual three quarters and shorts for dashing dudes in khaki prints along with fashionable and fabulous Capris and skirts for glamorous girls.

Along with casual wear, the fashion house has also come up with party wear that has stunning short dresses for girls and denims and printed tees for men that are expected to become a rage among the youth of the country.

The fabrics that are used in designing the new summer collection include cottons and hosiery cottons that are favoured not only by designers but also by consumers.

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Stylist of Sex & the City series launches 2nd capsule collection

May 30, 2008 (USA)

Payless ShoeSource and Patricia Field announced the launch of an exclusive capsule collection designed by Field, renown for her work as stylist on the Sex & the City TV series and an Oscar nominee for her costume designs for "The Devil Wears Prada."

The collection is available beginning this week in select stores and for $25 to $35 an item. The Patricia Field for Payless Summer Collection is Patricia's second capsule collection for the retailer.

Her first collection for Payless debuted in holiday 2007, and was centered around the Payless shoes Patricia designed and wore on the Red Carpet at the 2007 Oscar's for her nomination for The Devil Wears Prada.

The Patricia Field for Payless Summer Collection is broader and features four shoe styles and a clutch with a strong focus on colored metallics.

Shoe silhouettes include the Princess ballet flat, Empress Roman-inspired strappy flat sandal, Tsarina mix-metallic heeled slide, and the Heiress round-toe pump.

The styles are adorned with sparkling details including faux gemstone studding and "disco ball" metallic materials guaranteed to infuse glam-rock style into any wardrobe.

Shoppers can get their Patricia Field looks just in time for the release of long-awaited Sex & the City movie for which Field was stylist and costume designer.

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Finish Line to partner Soles4Souls for Shoe Charity

May 30, 2008 (USA)

Soles4Souls, the international charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need, announced that it will partner with Finish Line to launch a national shoe trade-in program at all 700 Finish Line store locations.

The donation program, "Sole Destination," will begin on Sunday, June 1, 2008 and end on July 31, 2008 and will be one of many events for the charity's National Barefoot Week to be held June 1-7, 2008.

"During Barefoot Week, we hope to draw attention to the over 300 million children worldwide who have never owned a pair of shoes, and also empower people to make a difference by cleaning out their closet to donate their shoes," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls.

"We are thrilled that Finish Line has graciously agreed to partner with us and these shoes donated by their customers will make a huge impact on the lives of thousands of people in desperate need."

"As an athletic footwear retailer, this is an exciting opportunity to serve those in our community and beyond through Sole Destination," said Derrick Walker, Finish Line Vice President of Marketing. "With this program, our customers have an easy and convenient way to give their shoes a second life."

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IDL paves the way for a sparkling career in Retail Jewellery Industry

May 30, 2008 (UAE)

International Diamond Laboratories (IDL), subsidiary of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) - a Dubai government initiative held its first graduation ceremony where 16 students, who successfully completed its inaugural 6-day course on the retail jewellery industry, received IDL Retail Jewellery Masterclass Diplomas.

Mr. Shailesh Sangani founder of Gili and Just – In – Vogue Retail India, Mr. Navin Sadarangani Director NYUZ were present at the dais. The ceremony was presided by Mr. Samit Bhatta, General Manager (India and Middle East), IDL, and DMCC.

Speaking about IDL’s role in promoting standards in the $20 billion Indian jewellery industry through pioneering education programs, Mr. Samit Bhatta, General Manager (India and Middle East), IDL, and DMCC commented, “We are committed to developing India’s $20 billion retail and diamond industry and education plays a key role in this."

"This is the first world-class training program we conducted and the response from the trade is very encouraging. The course focused on the latest techniques and technologies used in the retail jewellery conglomerate; the participants will benefit from the IDL Retail Jewellery Masterclass Diploma which acts as a label of quality for their business and will help to advance their career. The IDL Retail Jewellery Masterclass Diploma will be conducted at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur and Surat, he added.

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Hearst Brand & Zalemark to introduce ESQ Jewelry Collection

May 29, 2008 (USA)

Hearst Brand Development and Zalemark Inc are celebrating modern sophistication with the introduction of ESQ Jewelry.

Esquire Magazine has always celebrated “women we love” through its editorial platform and the new ESQ Jewelry Collection invites women to “love the woman you are.”

The collection will launch at the Couture Jewelry Show May 30-June 1 at the Wynn Hotel, Villa no 301.

Featuring bold, contemporary styling, the collection includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings in sterling silver with 18k highlighted by diamonds, iolite and blank onyx.

The looks are organic and diverse, often featuring unusual workings of stone and metal.

The stylish diversity found in the collection makes ESQ appropriate for virtually any occasion, day or evening.

From the multiband wave bangle sprinkled with natural white diamonds, to the pendant with cabochon shaped onyx, this is a collection she will love to wear (and buy for herself).

The collection will be made available at better department stores and independent jewelry stores nationwide by fall 2008.

“The ESQ Jewelry Collection offers simply elegant designs every contemporary woman will want and wear with confidence,” said Glen Ellen Brown, Vice President of Hearst Brand Development.

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Key trends of the summer season

May 28, 2008 (USA)

Accessorizing for summer has never been hotter. As always, Payless ShoeSource is on a mission to democratize fashion in footwear and accessories by offering the most sizzling summer styles at affordable prices so everybody can have access to the latest looks.

The Payless summer collection reflects the most current trends with a diverse array of silhouettes, colors, materials, and details.

Whether adding natural accents to a tribal print dress or pops of color to a nautical outfit, Payless shoes and handbags will serve as the perfect complement to any ensemble.

And with focus on stretching budgets, there's no better time to shop the retailer, which is currently stocking shelves with sizzling summer style for on average under $20 an item.

Payless' summer offerings includes its popular Designer Collections, exclusive labels featuring original designs by fashion designers and stylists including Abaete for Payless by Laura Poretzky; Lela Rose for Payless by Lela Rose; alice + olivia for Payless by Stacey Bendet; and Patricia Field for Payless by style icon and award-winning stylist and costume designer Patricia Field.

Beaded Navajo patterns grace strappy sandals in the Abaete for Payless line, while cool linen and saddle piping combine for effortless Lela Rose for Payless summer style.

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FDCI to present 12th edition of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week

May 27, 2008 (India)

Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) announced the dates of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009.

The 12th edition of India's biggest fashion trade event will be held from 15-19 October 2008, ushering a new season of refreshed colour pallets, clothing construction and of course many new talents.

The best of India's fashion industry will once again come together on a common platform with diverse fashion consumers from the home and overseas market prepare for another season of cutting edge design and style.

Rathi Vinay Jha, Director General, FDCI said, "The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week has strongly established itself as India's largest national level business event.

A successful platform, that brings together the best of designers, buyers from India and overseas, domestic and international media. Each time we look forward to better business."

Sumeet Nair, Executive Director, FDCI said, "As we get ready to celebrate 10 years of the Fashion Design Council of India this November, we are extremely excited to present the 12th edition of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week from 15th -19th October, 2008.

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2108 Vintage sweaters combine modern luxury with campus tradition

May 27, 2008 (USA)

2108 Vintage LLC announces that it has released a 100% cashmere line inspired by Americas’ top universities. Available in three classic designs for men and women, these durable and luxurious garments are sure to be a staple for the student on the go and the fashion conscious alumni.

“Our goal was to produce a luxury garment that represents the commitment and dedication necessary to attend our great universities…and I feel like we’ve done that,” said Matt Moss, Director of Marketing at 2108 Vintage. “We wanted to create timeless apparel that can be enjoyed for generations to come and our cashmere sweaters provide the enduring blend between modern luxury and campus tradition.”

Featuring three distinct styles for each university, the line begins with a classic V-neck for both men and women and finishes with a beautiful unisex crew designed to replace the tattered sweatshirt buried in the back of your closet. Each sweater features a wool-felt appliqué logo that has been carefully applied in order to maintain the integrity of the university and the quality of the garment.

Officially licensed with more than 10 universities, 2108 Vintages’ cashmere sweaters are now available for the following schools at

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Damas launches Botania watches by Sarcar

May 27, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, leading retailer of stylish watches and jewellery in the Middle East, has unfurled the scintillating collection of Botania watches by Sarcar on the occasion of its 60th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1948, the brand has used the most precious materials such as gold, precious stones, natural mother-of-pearl, gold or pavé dials.

It is through the inventiveness and originality of its models (particularly the Solitaire and its rotating diamond) that Sarcar has earned the loyalty of customers wishing to live in step with the times and to assert their own image through the personalised choice of an exquisitely crafted model reflecting their desire for innovation and creativity.

Beautiful and bright the Botania watches are both, a tribute to the art and science of watchmaking, a field that the Swiss brand has excelled in over the years.

The Botania collection offers art of the finest kind in bewitching aura that instantly transports you to a walk in the woods or garden bursting with blooms.

Framed by a circle of brilliants each of these flower portraits pays fitting tribute to Sarcar's genius and status as an authentic creator of dreams.

Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas, said: “In 1972, when Carlo Sarzano, founder of the Geneva watch manufacturer Sarcar, stated how important it was “to be large enough to be strong… and small enough to be free”, he could not have imagined that he was dictating a line of conduct on which his company’s enduring success was to be built.

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A watch built around the calibre

May 27, 2008 (UAE)

One of the most coveted Swiss watch brands, HAUTLENCE, has taken the watchmaking world by storm because of its advanced technology and authentic craftsmanship. The brand’s manufacturing procedures are unique and it is passionately crafted.

HAUTLENCE came into being due to the combined initiative of Renaud de Retz, Guillaume Tetu, with Jean Plazenet, Jean-Christophe Chopin and Alain de Forges.

These enthusiasts joined forces, sharing their rich entrepreneurial and industrial experiences, and developed products that conform to a shared philosophy of watchmaking.

Neuchâtel, the historic capital of watch making, has a tradition of precision and innovation. In its constant search for identity and performance, the new brand decided to unite its destiny with the capital by taking an anagram of Neuchâtel for its name – HAUTLENCE.

HAUTLENCE is a unique brand. From concept, to production stage, the partners work in close association with craftsmen who share their commitment for excellence, turning their dream into reality by creating a truly new jewel.

The trust and friendship they maintain with these craftsmen is not limited to those who work on the initial stages of HAUTLENCE watches.

It extends to their distribution channel – which is very selective, sales (having the best watch representatives worldwide) and to clients with whom the brand has a direct relationship, who wish to share their watch making values.

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Son presents stylish gowns for summers

May 26, 2008 (Vietnam)

As summer season approaches, all the leading designers present their latest creations for fashionistas, who want to look their best all the time. Son Collection, a famous fashion brand of Vietnam, is also trying to attract the glitteratis and has recently launched its stunning range of gowns, Hoa Ha meaning summer flower, for super stylish party lovers.

The entire range of garments comprises of gorgeous and glamorous evening gowns that are designed using bright shades including red, pink, violet and yellow that are the hot favourites among the international designers for this season.

The designers of Son Fashion have largely used fabrics like chiffon and satin that makes the dresses look extremely graceful and elegant. The fine embroidery and precious stone embellishment highlights the cuts perfectly that would make the wearer look chic and smart.

The designer house is expecting Hoa Ha to become popular among the fashion lovers, as the gowns are well designed and highly captivating.
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Opulent eyewear by Roberto Cavalli arrives in Dubai

May 26, 2008 (UAE)

The stylish and super cool fashionistas of Dubai can now set their eyes on exclusive range of Roberto Cavalli glares. The new 2008 collection of sunglasses has been launched at Solaris, a huge store that houses designer eyewear.

Roberto, a renowned name in fashion arena is known for creating outstanding designs that reflects glamour and class. The 2008 eyewear collection is ideal for those who like to make style statements and attract all the attention wherever they go.

The latest range has a wide variety to offer, right from different rims including round and oval, the glasses are in different hues in dark greys and browns. The high-end Solaris offer an endless variety in eyewear including glamorous wrap-arounds to trendy aviators and opulent diamante-decorated style.

Some of the ardent fans of Cavalli’s eye gear include Victoria Beckham, Kimora Lee Simmons, Beyonce Knowles, Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez. The wild, vivid and gorgeous designs and colours have made many fall in love with his luxurious collection.

Sunshades, one of the most important fashion accessory is now considered to be an extension and reflection of one’s personal style. The rich and famous like to flaunt Roberto designs that add extra dash of glamour to their look.

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Burani to achieve double digit growth in 2008

May 26, 2008 (Italy)

Burani Designer Holding N.V. a company offering Italian lifestyle products and services to customers world-wide, announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2007, reflecting a 10.6% increase in 2007 revenues, and a 17.9% increase in revenues net of extraordinary items.

The consolidated financial statements include the pro rata contribution from the companies acquired during 2007, namely Arcte, Crisfer, Eurocosmesi (from April 2007) and Granulati (from October 2007).

The results also reflect the consolidation within Mariella Burani Fashion Group of Valente, Rosato, Calgaro (Fashion jewellery) and Dadorosa (Leather Goods), the deconsolidation of the multi-brand retail division as of June, 2007.

Extraordinary items include the capital gain on the IPO of AP in 2006 and the capital gain on the disposal of the multi-brand retail division in 2007.

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Rockoko jewellery boutique goes online

May 24, 2008 (UK)

Rockoko, the chic designer jewellery boutique, has launched its edgy new online store Visitors to the website will find exciting and stylish accessories for women and men to suit all price ranges. The e-store features an extensive array of must have, fashion led jewellery pieces carefully selected from the vast collections at the Royal Leamington Spa boutique.

Easy to use, the website is divided into products by designer, by article or by price range. There are multiple product photos, including close up shots that allow finer details to be viewed, such as an embossed logo or clasp design. Each product listing features extensive detail about the item, including measurements, materials, styling tips and information about the collection that the product is from.

The website also features an extensive information section that includes a ring measurement guide, a glossary of terms, a guide to diamonds and a guide to caring for a piece of jewellery. In addition, the fashion oriented nature of the site means that there is a regularly updated blog and press section and a dedicated designers section featuring information about the people behind the jewellery. There is also a newsletter that keeps you updated on must have items, celebrity trends and new additions to the site.

It is easy to order a gorgeous accessory for yourself or your friend. You don't need to have an account and there is a voucher system at checkout that allows you to enter a promotional code and receive a discount, in fact Rockoko are currently offering an introductory 10% discount on all purchases with promotional code RCK010 to be entered at checkout and for a limited time you can also take advantage of free shipping within the UK. Rockoko ships worldwide, and for a limited time shipping within the UK is free.

Rockoko is always introducing new products, collections and designers. Recent new additions include Alexis Bittar's Elements collection and Thomas Sabo's Take Me Higher Collection.

For style savvy girls and guys with an eye for something sparkly, jewellery officionados, in fact anyone with a loved one's birthday coming up, the new website offers everyone the chance to get a little bit more stylish.


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Expo Riva presents new footwear collections for S/S 2009

May 23, 2008 (Italy)

Expo Riva Schuh, the international show dedicated to volume footwear, will be presenting the new collections for spring/ summer 2009 from 14 to 17 June.

The 33,000 square metres of the Riva del Garda trade fair centre will welcome over 1,100 exhibitors, more than 60% of whom foreigners, and an expected 11,000 buyers and representatives of organised distribution.

The success of Expo Riva Schuh is helped by the geographic position of Trent ino Alto Adige, at the crossroads between North and Eastern Europe and an excellent opportunity for dialogue between operators and producers in Central Europe.

The event, which has specialised thanks to targeting a precise market segment, enjoys its scheduled position ahead of the international trade fair calendar which allows it to present a very early preview of the following season's collections, permitting buyers to plan a large part of their budget.

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New York & Co’s CEO pleased with first quarter results

May 23, 2008 (USA)

New York & Company Inc, a specialty apparel chain with 586 retail stores, announced results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2008.

The results of operations discussed below are for the Company's continuing operations only, the New York & Company brand.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, net sales were $270.1 million, as compared to $274.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2007. Comparable store sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 decreased 6.6%, compared to a 0.7% decrease in the prior year first quarter.

Net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 was $6.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, as compared to prior year net income from continuing operations of $5.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, representing a 37.5% increase in earnings per diluted share.

Richard P. Crystal, New York & Company's Chairman and CEO, stated: "We are pleased to report better than expected first quarter results. During the period, we maintained our inventory and expense management discipline while providing our customers with compelling fashions across our apparel and accessory categories. At the same time, we eliminated non-brand building promotions.

These strategies, in a difficult consumer environment, proved highly successful for our Company and brand, as evidenced by our increase in gross profit margin and a 37.5% rise in earnings per share for the period. We expect the environment for consumer spending to remain difficult this year and as such will maintain our previously stated strategies.

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Sports clothing retailer Zumiez Q1 net sales rise

May 23, 2008 (USA)

Zumiez Inc reported results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2008.

Total net sales for the first quarter (13 weeks) ended May 3, 2008 increased by 14.4% to $78.7 million from $68.8 million reported in the first quarter ended May 5, 2007 (13 weeks). The company posted net income for the quarter of $1.4 million or $0.05 per diluted share versus $1.6 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. Comparable store sales decreased 0.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 compared to an 11.3% increase in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

Rick Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zumiez Inc, stated, "While the retail environment remains challenging, we continue to concentrate our efforts in the areas we can best impact, including driving sales dollars per transaction, controlling expenses, carefully managing inventories and ensuring that our team remains energized and focused.

We believe Zumiez competitive advantage has always been its unique positioning in the mall, its broad merchandise selection and ability to attract the best talent in the industry. We remain committed to successfully executing our strategic plan and fully capitalizing on the many growth opportunities ahead."

2008 Outlook:
The company reiterated its diluted earnings per share guidance of approximately $0.90 to $0.93 for fiscal 2008. This guidance is based on anticipated square footage growth of approximately 20% and on flat to low-single digit increases in comparable store sales. Weighted average diluted shares for the fiscal year are expected to be approximately 29,700,000.

In putting forth this outlook, the company reminds investors of the complexity of accurately assessing future growth given the difficulty in predicting fashion trends and consumer preferences, boardsports popularity and participation rates, general economic conditions, weather and the impact of other business variables and risks.

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Top jeweller receives vendor of year award from JCPenney

May 22, 2008 (USA)

Fine jewelry manufacturer Andin International, the parent company of, announced that it has received the Vendor of the Year Award, Jewelry Division, from JCPenney.

The award was presented at JCPenney Supplier's Summit, held at the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas, on May 14th, 2008.

This is the second time in three years that JCPenney has honored Andin for its excellence. In 2006 Andin was named Vendor of the Year, Jewelry Division for introducing Circle Pendants to JCPenney.

Presenting the award to Ofer Azrielant, Andin/ CEO and Scott Lyle, Andin Vice President of Sales - Beryl Raff, JCPenney's Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Jewelry, highlighted Andin's role as a key player and initiator in fashion-forward fine jewelry merchandise.

"Andin provided JCPenney with a 14 karat initiative in all categories called 'Classique.' Andin also played a pivotal role in JCPenney Color Diamonds initiative, which included: Black, Champagne, and Multi (Black, Champagne and White combined)."

She also noted the company's central role in refreshing JCPenney's basic pearl strand business, along with the leadership stance Andin took in reacting to and helping to formulate a solution to the Blue Topaz issue in late 2007.

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Brown Shoe to develop Gretta Footwear collection

May 22, 2008 (USA)

Brown Shoe Company Inc is introducing its newest licensed footwear collection GRETTA, a collaboration with style and beauty expert and television personality Gretta Monahan.

A weekly staple on The Rachael Ray Show, Monahan was recently named as the new co-host of Bravo network's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

Gretta footwear captures the unique fashion perspective inherent in Monahan's dual role of Gretta Luxe luxury boutique owner, which takes her to the front row of European designer runway shows and the ateliers of the designers themselves, and provider of real-world style counsel to women across the U.S. through regular appearances on The Rachael Ray Show.

The premiere line of 12 styles of sandals, heels and ballet flats emphasizes trend-right styling like cone heels and peep toes, and comfort features such as soft, flexible materials and insole padding.

Each shoe features signature elements selected by Gretta, including a pink-painted bottom made from a special component that prevents scuffing, and metallic hardware embossed with a "G." Monahan appeared live on QVC in May to introduce the spring/summer 2008 shoes, and sold out eight of the nine styles during the one-hour debut.

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Limited Brands updates FY 2008 earnings guidance

May 22, 2008 (USA)

Limited Brands Inc reported 2008 first quarter results.

First Quarter Results:
Earnings per share for the first quarter ended May 3, 2008, were $0.28 compared to $0.13 last year. First quarter operating income was $209.4 million compared to $108.5 million last year, and net income was $97.8 million compared to $52.9 million last year.

The 2008 results contain certain significant items totaling $0.18 per share. These items include:
• A pre-tax gain of $128 million ($81 million after-tax), or $0.24 per share, related to the sale of a non-core joint venture; and
• A pre-tax charge of $19 million ($19.6 million after-tax), or $0.06 per share, related to the impairment of the investment carrying value of another non-core joint venture.

Excluding these items, first quarter earnings per share were $0.11 compared to $0.13 last year; operating income was $100.4 million compared to $108.5 million last year; and net income was $36.4 million compared to $52.9 million last year.

Comparable store sales for the first quarter decreased 8 percent, and net sales were $1.925 billion compared to $2.311 billion last year.

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Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet ties up with Saucony

May 22, 2008 (USA)

Amplifying the brand's performance platform, Saucony Inc, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc and a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, announced the signing of Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet to a multi-year endorsement contract.

Lewy Boulet earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team by finishing second in the 2008 U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trials held in Boston on April 20th.

Leading for much of the 26.2-mile race, she finished in a personal-best time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 19 seconds. Lewy Boulet, 34, and a native of Poland, will represent the United States at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games this summer.

"I am so excited to join the Saucony family and to have the privilege and opportunity to represent the United States at the Olympics," said Lewy Boulet.

"From the quality of the product to the Run For Good Foundation, I feel that Saucony and I are a great fit, and I'm looking forward to a long and lasting partnership," she added.

"Magdalena embodies the spirit of Saucony," said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony. "Making the U.S. Olympic team with such a confident and bold race from the front is a testament to her strong will and competitive spirit.

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Texas Beauty Show to be held at Dallas Convention Center

May 21, 2008 (USA)

The fifth annual Texas Beauty Show will be held October 26-27, 2008, in Dallas, Texas. Expected to attract more than 6,000 industry professionals, it is the largest distributor-independent event in the southwest United States.

It will feature more than 200 exhibitors, more than 100 classes for continuing education, and a Main Stage with demonstrations from some of the industry’s leading platform artists.

This year, Martin Parsons, renowned international educator, school owner and platform artist will appear for the first time in Texas in more than five years.

Parson’s fast-paced, entertaining presentation will highlight the latest looks including fabulous finishes on short- and medium-length hair as well as long hair up-styles for special occasions. His finale will comprise a parade of elegant hair matched with colourful and sumptuous gowns designed to inspire.

Also on Main Stage, Salon Source presents Anthony Morrison, a Joico artist and 2007 winner of Bravo’s Shear Genius. One of 12 nationally selected hairstylists who went head-to-head in challenges that required more than just talent with a comb and scissors, Morrison wowed judges with his execution and style.

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Myvu unveils new lines of video eyewear

May 21, 2008 (USA)

Myvu Corporation commercially released its new lines of video eyewear: Myvu Crystal, the new premium product, and Myvu Shades.

Built with SolidOptex, the Myvu patented optical system, Crystal and Shades transform portable media players into hands-free, full-screen private viewing experiences, offering the thinnest, lightest and most durable video eyewear available.

"The introduction of Myvu into the market in 2006 created a brand new consumer electronics category for the masses video eyewear," said Kip Kokinakis, president and CEO of Myvu Corporation.

"Crystal and Shades represent a leap forward in form and technology, providing the highest resolution quality with a sleek design that transcends age and gender barriers."

Myvu Crystal, the company's premium product, is a combination of breakthrough technology and a slim, ergonomic design. Increasing resolution from Quarter VGA to VGA quality, Myvu Crystal offers the highest resolution in the Myvu line up to four times that of other Myvu products.

Built for durability and style, Myvu Crystal features a 35 percent increase in the field-of-view over previous Myvu models, providing the truest DVD quality experience possible. Myvu Crystal comes in amber or black and includes a rechargeable battery with up to four hours of continuous viewing time.

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Speyside to acquire Initiators Group from Evonik

May 17, 2008 (Germany)

Evonik Industries AG has signed an agreement for the sale of the Initiators Group to the U.S. investor Speyside Equity LLC for an undisclosed purchase price.

Pending the approval of Evonik’s Supervisory Board and the responsible antitrust authorities, the completion of the divestment transaction is expected for the second quarter of 2008.

The transaction includes the entire Initiators Group, with plants, amongst others, in Pullach, Germany and Elyria, Ohio, USA.

The business headquarters of the group will remain at the largest site: Pullach. Speyside Equity plans to continue the existing strategy.

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2008/09 cotton production down slightly, USDA

May 17, 2008 (Global)

The first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cotton forecast for 2008/09 indicates a small decrease in global cotton production, while world cotton mill use rises by a similar amount.

World production in 2008/09 is forecast to reach 118 million bales, a 2-percent decline or approximately 2.5 million bales. The dramatic decline in the United States’ production forecast is partially offset by gains in the total foreign crop, which is expected to increase about 2 percent.

Meanwhile, global mill use is projected to rise by 2 percent in 2008/09, a below-average growth rate, as the world economy continues to grow more slowly than in recent years. World cotton mill use is forecast at 127 million bales in 2008/09, compared with the current season’s 124.4 million bales.

Growth continues to come from outside the United States. With global mill use forecast to exceed production, 2008/09 ending stocks are projected to decline 6 million bales to nearly 55.6 million, the lowest in 5 years.

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Cotton market report for week ending May 15, 2008

May 17, 2008 (USA)

COTTON USA presents U.S. export sales report and cotton market report for the week ending May 15, 2008:

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COTTON USA is the export promotions program of Cotton Council International (CCI), the overseas market promotion arm of the National Cotton Council of America.

COTTON USA promotes U.S. cotton fiber and manufactured cotton products in markets around the world.

From CCI's offices in Washington, DC; London, United Kingdom; Seoul, Korea; Shanghai, China; and Hong Kong - and in-country representatives throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe - COTTON USA reaches about 3 billion current and potential customers of U.S. cotton in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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Govt raises concern on 16 toxic chemical substances

May 17, 2008 (Canada)

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment, released preliminary findings for 16 chemical substances identified as high priorities for action under Batch 2 of the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP).

"Canadians expect their government to protect the environment from harmful chemicals, and that's why we are taking action," said Minister Baird. "Our initial assessment shows that four of these chemicals should be kept out of our environment and as a result we will be working with stakeholders to stop the release of these substances at the source."

"Our recent actions on bisphenol-A demonstrated our commitment to protecting the health of Canadians," said Minister Clement. "Our government identified these substances as a priority for real action following our world-leading categorization process, and today's announcement is further proof of our commitment to the safe management of chemical substances."

Out of the 16 chemical substances, five are proposed "toxic" to the environment. Four of these chemicals are being considered for virtual elimination which aims to reduce the release of these chemicals to the smallest levels possible. In addition, five substances are being proposed as "not toxic" to the environment based on new information received from interested parties.

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Actress Fergie to launch Brown Footwear Collection

May 16, 2008 (USA)

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Fergie can add one more credit to her lengthy list shoe maven. Brown Shoe has signed with the multi-platinum artist to create her namesake shoe brand, appealing to fashionistas and Fergie fans alike.

"I have always loved fashion because it's a great way to express your mood. And I'm definitely a shoe lover," said Fergie.

"The right pair of shoes can change the feel of an outfit, and even change how a woman feels about herself. A woman can wear confidence on her feet with a high stiletto, or slip into weekend comfort with a soft ballet flat."

Brown Shoe product developers are collaborating with Fergie to capture her style sensibilities in a debut collection for spring 2009.

Retailers can take a sneak peek at early designs at the June 2008 Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) shoe show. Plans for the launch of Fergie footwear include a dedicated web site and personal appearances.

"We envision the Fergie consumer as a woman who is chic and fashionable, loves to wear the latest trends, and looks for distinctive details when shopping for shoes to add to her already considerable collection much like Fergie herself," said Brown Shoe Wholesale President Gary Rich.

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CHANEL Cruise Collections hits Miami Beach

May 16, 2008 (USA)

CHANEL Cruise Collections have sailed on a yacht on the River Seine, arrived in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, landed by private jet to a hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, and trailed through landmarks of Paris on Parisian buses.

The Collection, inspired by the culture of travel, is on the move again this year, to the legendary Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach on May 15, 2008.

Since Karl Lagerfeld's arrival at CHANEL in 1983, this collection has taken increasingly spectacular form on the catwalks.

Originally, cruise wear was designed for voyagers sailing through oceans in the heart of winter, headed for sunny climates.

As seasons have passed, the CHANEL Cruise Collection has become a fashion moment all its own, offering a chic, relaxed wardrobe, available in boutiques all over the world starting in the month of November.

"The concept of the Cruise Collection is based on traveling, and Miami is the ideal destination: a city that moves and has energy, with its small districts and its animated streets," comments Karl Lagerfeld.

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Fashion students make traditional Abaya trendy

May 15, 2008 (USA)

Fashion students of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), recently had an interesting project of designing Abaya, a traditional Islamic attire that is worn by Muslim women. The students had to stay in Qatar for 10 days, for understanding the culture and its association with the garment.

The innovative Abayas were showcased at Annual Student Fashion Show of VCU, where spectators were stunned to look at the creativity and experimentation that added style and grace to the otherwise this simple attire. The garment had exquisite embroidery and embellishments in a wide range of bright colours including red, blue, gold and silver.

After receiving loads of praise from the faculty and spectators, the garments were sent to Doha for another show at VCU School of Arts in Qatar.

The project is among a series of collaborations between students and faculty, at US colleges and their campuses, which are spread across nations.

With fashion entering the Gulf regions, the stylish women are ready to pay high prices for designer abaya, that are beautified with semi precious stones and rich embroidery.

Thus, there is a tremendous scope for designers to continue conceptualizing and innovating the customary clothing, which has just begun and has a bright future as well.

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Damas unfurls exclusive Hysek watches in Dubai

May 15, 2008 (UAE)

Damas, the leading international jewellery retailer in the Middle East, unfurls the exclusive Hysek timepieces in Dubai which were launched during Baselworld recently.

Hysek has always been an avant-gardist and a typical brand which heckles and dares the difference.

Its philosophy is to imagine and create objects with strong personalities which ally a refine and high-tech style for customers eager to own singular objects.

Commenting on the latest brand, Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas, raved: “The brand Hysek is recognised for its creativity and exclusive typology which has enriched the traditional sector of the Swiss watchmaking industry.

The Hysek concept is characterised by very creative models, with singular and distinctive cases. The brand has created its own manufacture and introduced its first tourbillon with amazing features at Baselworld this year.

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SRK unveils Knight Riders' accessories range at Reebok

May 15, 2008 (India)

Reebok India, the leading sports brand made history of sorts by creating a moment that brought sports and stardom together.

The official merchandise partner for Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL team owned by Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, Reebok struck a chord with all enthusiastic cricket fans, as it invited Shahrukh to open its first Knight Riders store on Sarat Bose Road in Kolkata. Knight Riders fanatics were bowled over at this unexpected treat.

Up for grabs at the store is the specially designed Knight Riders footwear and apparel fan gear. The line is complete with accessories like caps, head bands, wristbands, bag packs etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Subhinder Singh, Managing Director, Reebok India Company said: It’s pure passion and zeal which drives Reebok as a brand and we see a parallel in Shahrukh Knight Riders with their courage, captivating spirit and endearing attitude coming in to play.

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Crocs Inc introduces CitiesByFoot

May 15, 2008 (USA)

Crocs Inc introduced travelers to a new, unique travel guide a comprehensive website with guides to more than 70 shops, restaurants, boutiques and historic destinations in six U.S. cities.

The maker of comfort footwear has teamed up with local business owners to create a traveler-friendly website dedicated to exposing desirable walking destinations that exhibit entrepreneurial spirit, quality products and colorful thinking around the world., which launched with micro-sites from New Orleans, San Francisco, Denver, Las Vegas, Aspen and Vail, features fun walking guides to help leisure and business travelers easily find unique places to shop, eat, and play.

An on-camera host steps out in style to discover each cities’ best kept secrets, interviewing local business owners and elaborating on the experience and ambience that each location offers, all while enjoying the comfort of their favorite Crocs shoes.

The fast paced 2 to 3 minute segments also provide viewers with insight to the neighborhoods and user friendly navigation, mapping technology, and special offers from Crocs and partners.

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Fun & fashion come alive at Curve

May 15, 2008 (Malaysia)

The Curve, first open air lifestyle center in Malaysia celebrated fashion in a grand way by organizing fashion fiesta from May 8 to 11, under the theme Black and Gold. The entire shopping plaza was beautified with golden drape to give a royal and rich look. The aim behind holding this event was to promote the mall as a trend setter.

The ramp sizzled as glamour, beauty and style came alive with stunning models strutted in chic black garments with splashes of gold. The show kicked off with beautiful girls displaying latest collection by famous brands like PU3, August 8, Binwani's, Elements, Tribeca, Nichii Fashion City, and MJ that are housed in the mall itself.

The eyewear brand Focus Point, also presented some of the latest sleek shades for fashion freaks. The latest range of sunshades was highly appreciated by the young onlookers who applauded endlessly when models sashayed on runway.

To make the fashion bonanza more popular among the spectators lot many activities took place including live music concerts by local artists like Amy Winehouse and Rihanna along with ballerina performance by young girls.

The authorities of Curve had put up this gala show to make their valuable customers aware about the trends that will prevail in the fashion circle this season, in order to help them remain stylish.

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Pearlman's Jewelers to scale a unique new height

May 07, 2008 (USA)

Paul Elwell, CFO of Pearlman's Jewelers, will take the Pearlman's flag to new heights as he attempts to climb Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America.

"Mount McKinley is a severe challenge even to the most experienced and able climbers," says Elwell, aged 26. "I look forward to conquering that challenge, and I'm thrilled that Pearlman's Jewelers is supporting my expedition."

Mount McKinley's native Alaskan name is Denali, or "The High One," and it is well-given; the mountain is all of 20,320 feet tall.

Around 1,000 people try to scale the peak every year, and less than half succeed. Temperatures range from -20 F to 80 F, and climbers can encounter falling rock, icefalls, avalanches, and perhaps even sunburn and frostbite on the same day.

Further, the low pressure near the Arctic Circle makes 14,000 feet on Denali feel like 17,000 feet in southern mountains, so climbers have a difficult time processing oxygen. The first ascent was made in 1913, while the first through the normal West Buttress route was made in 1951.

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GFW opens fantastic opportunities for South African designers

May 07, 2008 (Asia)

Six leading South African designers and 10 top SA models recently dazzled audiences in China with their signature fashion designs during the South African Week celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the People’s Republic of China and South Africa.

Abigail Betz, Stoned Cherrie, Clive Rundle, Bongiwe Walaza, Thula Sindi and Amanda Laird Cherry blazed a trail across China’s four major cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou; and sparked great excitement and interest amongst Chinese fashion industry stakeholders.

Mr. Tiger Lee, president of the Guangzhou Fashion Association who spearheads the Guangzhou Fashion Week (GFW), believes that the exposure gained will open up fantastic opportunities for South African designers to make their mark in the Chinese market and is also keen to facilitate the supply of small fabric runs to local designers by Chinese textile manufacturers, thus allowing designers to source a greater variety of high quality fabric.

With access to such rich fabric at their fingertips, South African design is definitely set for a face lift. Abigail Betz is one of the designers who is particularly keen to explore the opportunities in China and has been invited to show at the Guangzhou Fashion Week summer collections in December.

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Monica Lopez to be the next David's Bridal Glamour Girl

May 06, 2008 (USA)

Following a nationwide search to find the ultimate prom-goer, the David's Bridal "Glamour Girl" contest culminated this past week with Nigel Barker, everyone's favorite "America's Next Top Model" judge and celebrity fashion photographer, crowning a winner.

The noted photographer partnered with David's Bridal, the leading bridal and special occasion authority, to give one lucky girl the opportunity to be the subject of a celebrity-style photo shoot with Barker and to receive the prom dress of their choice.

Monica Lopez a senior at DeBakey High School for Health Professionals in Houston, TX was selected from over 25,000 entries submitted to by contest hopefuls.

The deserving high school senior was chosen by the leading photographer who shot the David's Bridal prom campaign and served as their spokesperson based on her presentation style, creativity, fashion sense and overall personality.

Citing her inspirations to become a model or doctor, Monica stood out from the competition because of her strong commitment to volunteer work, as well as integral role as the editor-in-chief of her high school yearbook.

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Swarovski joins Libby Ross to unveil celebrity-designed yoga bags

May 06, 2008 (USA)

Swarovski, the world leader in cut crystal, has partnered with The Libby Ross Foundation to help empower women battling breast cancer through the charity's yoga program.

A group of creative celebrities, including three mother daughter teams, has joined the cause to raise funds for this unique program by decorating yoga bags with Swarovski jewels that will be listed on eBay with eBay Giving Works, the dedicated program for charity listings, from May 5-15, 2008.

Celebrities including Susan Sarandon and her daughter Eva Amurri, Miley Cyrus and her mother Trish Cyrus, Hayden Panettiere and her mother Lesley Panettiere, Courtney Cox Arquette, Martina McBride, Lisa Rinna, Patricia Arquette, Kim Raver, Leah Remini, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke, Nancy O'Dell, Hoda Kotb, Debi Mazar, Cheryl Hines, and Melora Hardin all designed yoga bags. Global Design Concepts Inc generously donated the yoga bags.

The goal of The Libby Ross Foundation OM Yoga Program is to promote healing and a sense of well being for breast cancer survivors.

The program provides support for women who have had or are undergoing surgery, radiation or chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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PAF students present eveningwear collection at The Premiere

May 06, 2008 (India)

Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF), India’s premier fashion institute organized THE PREMIERE – a fashion show of the exclusive eveningwear collection by Fashion Design students of Semester VI. Eminent designers Gauri & Nainika Karan graced the occasion as Guests of Honor.

The show was conceptualized, produced, choreographed and modeled by FD-Sem 6 students of Pearl Academy of Fashion where in 44 students created 44 appealing costumes which were showcased in the fashion show.

The Premiere highlighted student’s creativity and provided them with a platform to showcase their talent. The designs captured the essence of the fashion design of the grand couturiers like Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga during the 50s.

Students had created the dramatic gowns for catering the particular socialites segment for evening get-to-gethers. The designs depicted a mood of drama and ramp appeal.

Vibrant colours rocked the runway for student designers, who with a 50s twist created tantalizing evening dresses that were seductive and at the same time had ‘touch-me-not’ appeal.

Designs were also completed with appropriate accessories including hairstyle and make-up managed by designers themselves.

Applauding the students, Designer Gauri & Nainika said, “We are very happy to be here to witness the efforts made by the young upcoming designers and their works are beyond our expectations.

Students have taken care of design basics and the detailing is just perfect. We are confident that these students will pitch a stake in the fastest growing fashion sector. We appreciate PAF’s effort in supporting and grooming new talent.”

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Freeform features dramatic Keshi pearls

May 06, 2008 (UAE)

Paspaley, the purveyor of the world’s finest pearls, presents rare, one-off pieces from its latest collection.

It combines large Keshi pearls and pave diamonds in 18kt white gold settings to offer elegant colliers, necklaces, stud and drop earrings, and rings.

Bold and dramatic, these creations exude a charming air that defies expectations, emerging as extraordinary options for the discerning jewellery lover.

"Freeform pearls have always posed a unique challenge to jewellery designers. Known as Keshi pearls, they come in a variety of charming shades and are known for their lustre and uncommon orient.

In its 2007–2008 collection, Paspaley displays its design innovation through singular and marvelous pieces that focus on the natural beauty of the non-traditional shapes of these treasures", said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas, the exclusive partner of Paspaley in the UAE.

Paspaley's visionary excellence is highlighted with delectable effect in a sumptuous collier of large flowers created from Keshi pearls. White gold leaves encrusted with pave diamonds are interspersed with the pearl blossoms for maximum drama.

This produces an organic piece resembling a garland of wild flowers that was casually strung together! It is matched with huge blossoms for stud earrings and an eye catching ring, all designed to put its wearer in the limelight.

In another set, large, hollow white gold ovals are lined by a sparkling row of diamonds with each oval nestling one sumptuous Keshi pearl. Paspaley then strings these enchanting settings to form necklaces, drop earrings and rings with seeming nonchalance.

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EUROVET to organize Lyon Mode City & Interfilière

May 06, 2008 (France)

The forthcoming edition of the beachwear and summer lingerie trade fairs will be held on September 6th, 7th and 8th 2008 at Porte de Versailles in Paris: a strategic decision but also a veritable financial challenge in an ever more demanding international context.

The Lyon Mode City and Interfilière Lyon trade fairs are major beachwear and summer lingerie fashion events, bringing together all the key players in the industry, from fibres to finished products.

After nearly 20 years’ regular growth in Lyon, the trade shows, like other fashion related events, have experienced a number of considerable changes over the last few years.

EUROVET, the show organizer, has chosen the capital as the new venue for these events, whose ambition is to renew and refocus in order to envisage the future with serenity.

Called for by the majority of players in the market, the relocation of a renewed and dynamized version of MODE CITY and INTERFILIERE within the wave of fashion trade fairs in Paris in September, will offer exhibitors and visitors immediate new benefits, enabling them to take advantage of market synergies between ready to- wear and beachwear and giving them a comprehensive overview of the fashion offering for summer 2009.

Visitors will also benefit from an optimized platform of expression, meeting new brands and renewing contact with those that guaranteed the popularity of Lyon Mode City.

The new positioning proposed by EUROVET lends the forthcoming session of MODE CITY and INTERFILIERE a totally innovative character, as a “trend-hunter”, capable of promoting creativity (providing a platform for young designers, tracking down new directions, emerging trends, etc.) and top-end fashion (restoring luxury, in particular European luxury, to its rightful place) with a confirmed objective of safeguarding the selectivity of the range presented.

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