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New Orleans Halloween Show Looking Strong

Halloween & Party Expo executive Jonathan Erwin

Halloween & Party Expo executive Jonathan Erwin

The Halloween & Party Expo will be held February 6 through 9, 2015 in New Orleans. BODY interviewed show executive Jonathan Erwin about how the event is shaping up.

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What Oh La La Cheri Is Doing To Grow In 2015

Plus styles in the Curves by Oh La La Cheri NOS program.

Sales of the branded businesses at Oh La La Cheri, the Miami-based lingerie and swim company, have doubled in 2014 according to vice president sales Tugdual Denis. He explained the reasons why and revealed expansion plans for 2015, including a bigger never-out-of-stock program and a new plus swim collection, in an exclusive interview with BODY.

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Nilit To Acquire Invista Nylon Plant In Brazil

Nilit, a manufacturer of nylon 6.6 for thermoplastics and apparel applications, has signed an agreement to acquire Invista’s Americana, Brazil, manufacturing site with intent to continue the site’s nylon 6.6 operations. The price was not disclosed; the transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

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Hanes: Strong Support For L’eggs Sheer Tights

L’eggs Sheer Energy, a division of HanesBrands, recently introduced a sheer tights collection which incorporate new yarns “and bi-directional knitting technology that help keep legs revitalized -- combining beauty and wellness in one product,” according to the company announcement.

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Bendon: Heidi Klum To Replace Macpherson

Days after Elle Macpherson announced she was ending her relationship with Bendon, that company announced “the entire Elle Macpherson Intimates collection will be re-branded as Heidi Klum Intimates and will launch on 1 January, 2015.”

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Early ILS Announced: Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2015

Specialty Trade Shows announced its exhibition dates for 2015, with the only significant change being that the International Lingerie Show (ILS) will start August 31st, 2015, more than two weeks earlier than it did in 2014.

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Early ILS Announced: Aug. 31-Sep. 2, 2015

Specialty Trade Shows announced its exhibition dates for 2015, with the only significant change being that the International Lingerie Show (ILS) will start August 31st, 2015, more than two weeks earlier than it did in 2014.

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Lust: Domestic Lingerie Line From BodyZone

BodyZone recently launched a new lingerie collection, Lust. BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos interviewed the company’s head designer, Aileen Andersen, about the new line. 

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VS Sales Up Again?!? Here Are Reasons Why

September sales rose 4% at Victoria’s Secret stores in the U.S. and Canada, while sales at Victoria’s Secret direct rose 5%. Parent company L Brands, Inc., which also owns Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel, “reported net sales of $853.5 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 4, 2014, an increase of 9 percent, compared to net sales of $786.0 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 5, 2013.”

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Calida, Aubade Brands Profitable In First Half

The Calida Group, the Swiss firm that owns both the Calida and Aubade underwear and intimates brands, seems to have successfully orchestrated its purchase of a controlling interest in a larger, troubled, outdoor sports apparel company, and produced a profitable first half of 2014. At the same time, the firm emphasized the serious challenges it faces in its original lingerie businesses.

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Blush Lingerie Launches New Online Retail Shop

Blush Lingerie, the Canadian wholesaler, launched a new online store this month, offering an extensive array of its intimate apparel.

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Shapeez & Sympli: The Bra That Sells Apparel

An interesting symbiotic relationship that has developed in recent months between Shapeez, the producer of a revolutionary line of bras, and Sympli, the fast growing Canadian sportswear producer for all body types. The relationship illustrates how any apparel retailer can actually increase apparel sales by adding Shapeez to their inventory, even if they have never sold bras or shapewear before.

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Crawford Explains TC’s Specialty Store Success

TC and MiracleSuit, two shapewear brands from Cupid Foundations, have made substantial progress in expanding their penetration into the specialty store market over the past year according to Eric Crawford, national sales manager at the company.

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FTC Orders Wacoal To Pay $1.3 Million Fine

Wacoal must pay a fine of $1.3 million, and Norm Thompson Outfitters a fine of $230,000, to settle “Federal Trade Commission charges that slimming claims for their caffeine-infused products were false and not substantiated by scientific evidence” according to the agency.

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The Muse Lingerie Now Expanding Distribution

The Muse Lingerie co-founders Julio Tabares and Marcela Fiol flank a show model.

The Muse Lingerie is a Miami-based producer of better-priced intimates that has been around since 2002, but now is intent on expanding its market in the U.S. BODY interviewed co-founders Marcela Fiol and designer Julio Tabares at the Curve show in August, and received additional answers to questions in an email exchange.

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Parah, Italian Lingerie & Swim Firm, Hires GM

Parah, the Italian beachwear and lingerie firm, has hired Ferdinando Pandolfi as its new general manager to start in October. Pandolfi, who has a degree in economics, worked previously for La Perla and Armani and will become a member of Parah’s board of directors.

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QT Shows Crème Bralée Holiday Collection

Intimate apparel designer and producer QT Intimates previewed new holiday styles for its full-bust Crème Bralée collection, which fits cup sizes C to K, to great success at the August CurveNY Expo.

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Steven Bernstein: Anita & The U.S. Market

Anita U.S. general manager Steven Bernstein with examples from the company’s large collection.

Anita, the German intimates manufacturer, has made great strides in recent years in the U.S. market. And guiding the way for the last several years of that growth here has been Steven Bernstein, general manager. In this interview with BODY Magazine publisher Nick Monjo, he discusses overall market conditions, as well as some of the strategy at Anita.

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Events Announced For Interfiliere Shanghai

Eurovet, the organizing company for the Interfilière trade shows, has unveiled a slew of events for the 10th edition of Interfilière Shanghai and Shanhai Mode Lingerie, which will be held Oct. 20-21, 2014, at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

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Interfiliere New York, One Day Show, 9/23/14

Interfilière show organizer Eurovet has teamed up with Invista, owner of the Lycra fiber brand, to introduce Interfilière New York, a one-day event held from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 82 Mercer St. in Manhattan.

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VS Fashion Show, From London, To Air Dec. 9

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show will be filmed in London for the first time, and will air on CBS December 9, from 10PM to 11PM according to the retailer.

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Bareweb Now Sells 14 Triumph Lingerie Styles

BareNecessities.com announced that it is offering Triumph lingerie on its site, and as we went to press with this story on September 17th, it was exhibiting 14 Triumph styles, eight bras ranging in retail price from $46 to $62, and six panties ranging in price from $18 to $24.

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LiviRae Lingerie Adds Virtual Bra Fittings

Georgia boutique LiviRae Lingerie has launched its new Virtual Fit experience, offering women around the globe online access to the company’s expert bra fitting techniques.

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OffPrice Celebrates 40th Show in Las Vegas

The OffPrice Show celebrated its history, its attendees and the companies that have been with it for all 40 shows at its latest trade event, held Aug. 16-19, 2014, at the Sands Expo adjacent to the Venetian and Palazzo hotels in Las Vegas.

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La Perla’s New Retail Concept In California

Two views of the La Perla shop in Costa Mesa, and a new style.

Luxury lingerie and swimwear company La Perla has revealed a relaunched image in the United States with the reopening of a new-concept boutique in California.

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Baci: Store Contest With New Costume Release

Baci Lingerie International has unveiled a new contest to celebrate the release of Dreams Volume 3, the sexy lingerie brand’s third wave of roleplaying costumes in time for Halloween 2014.

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Under Where? Debuts Larry Levine Shapewear

Albert Katz and Jimmy Guindi with the new Larry Levine collection at Magic.

Under Where?, the intimates company that is a division of Kennedy International Inc. (a firm focused on the home furnishings market), has recently introduced a licensed Larry Levine collection of shapewear and lingerie.

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Music Legs: First Look At New Styles For ILS

Music Legs provided BODY a first look at some of the new styles it will have on view at the International Lingerie Show (ILS, September 15-17) next week in Las Vegas.

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Espiral: ‘Fall In Love,’ 2015 Collections At ILS

Images from the new Espiral “Fall in Love” Collection.

Espiral will be showing its 2015 collection, as well as its latest holiday and Valentine’s Day styles, in its new spot on the main aisle in the main room of the International Lingerie Show (ILS, September 15-17).

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Golyta Publishes Debut Glitter Lingerie Catalog

Golyta, parent to such brands as iCollection, Hauty and Tia Lyn, has finished its catalog for its newest brand, Glitter, and released its first images of the line. Glitter product will be shown at the International Lingerie Show in Las Vegas (September 15-17) and will begin shipping in mid-October.

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Fantasy To Show Latest Collections At ILS

Two of the latest styles from Fantasy Lingerie.

Fantasy Lingerie will be showing its new Fall/Holiday collection for 2014-2015 at the upcoming International Lingerie Show (ILS, September 15-17), focusing on “rich colors such as burgundy wine, charcoal gray, pale nudes, and sapphire blues,” according to the company’s Primrose Boon. “The silhouettes this season reflect what is out there currently in fashion; from fancy lace fabrications to cutout features in bra sets.”

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Britney Spears Intimates Backordered At Bareweb

BareNecessities.com is now showing 20 styles from The Intimate Britney Spears collection, the launch of which was announced in July by the performer and “retail partner Change Lingerie,” the Danish producer and retailer of intimates, swim wear and related apparel. (BODY July 28, 2014)

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Delta Shows Lacoste Underwear, Loungewear

Delta Galil showed, for the first time, its Spring/Summer 2015 Lacoste men’s underwear and loungewear line at the recent Project Show in Las Vegas in August. Last fall the company announced it had signed a five year global licensing deal to design, produce and distribute men’s underwear, sleepwear and loungewear for the brand (BODY 10/8/2013).

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Jacky’s Collection: New, Cute Bra Travel Cases

Jacky’s Collection is a new, cleverly designed line of bra travel cases that was showing for the first time at Magic in August. The cases have been offered for the past year to consumers in company’s own “kiosks in Las Vegas,” according to owner Mario Mariles, “one in The Fashion Show Mall, the other in Planet Hollywood.”

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Double Scoop Introduces Fun Bra Inserts At Curve

Annabelle Abba Brownell and partner Betsy Heafitz at the Curve show in Las Vegas.

Double Scoop is a new brand, with a collection of colorful breast enhancing bra inserts, that used the Las Vegas Curvexpo as “our launch party,” declared co-owner Annabelle Abba Brownell, who with partner Betsy Heafitz, met with BODY in August.

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Natori Line Expands In Specialty Stores, Online

The Natori Yogi sport bra and the Natori Feathers collection.

Natori lingerie is leading the way to a standout year for its New York-based licensee. According to vice president of global sales Rob Gardner of Dana-co (which is home to other intimate apparel brands as well), Natori is finding success in both large stores and small.

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Patrice Catanzaro: New Dress Collection At ILS

French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro has launched Les P’tites Folies 4, the latest in a series of affordable apparel groups. And the designer’s team is bringing the new styles, as well as new lingerie and costume designs, to the upcoming International Lingerie Show which opens at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas on September 15th.

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Triumph Lingerie Opens Manhattan Pop-Up Store

In early August, intimate apparel giant Triumph Lingerie launched “House of Triumph,” a monthlong pop-up in New York City with spa events and a sample sale.

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Mode Beads Launches First Jewelry Collection

Mode Beads rhinestones are used in both the swimsuit and hair accessory.

Based on the popularity of its genuine Czech glass, crystal and rhinestone connectors, buckles and closures for intimate apparel, dancewear, swimwear and evening wear, Mode Beads International is launching a line of coordinating rhinestone jewelry, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories.

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iCollection: 2014 Holiday, Bridal Catalog

Sexy intimate apparel company iCollection has releasted its latest catalog for the 2014 holiday season, featuring high-quality, hard-to-resist special occasion styles, including a 47-page bridal section.

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Halloween & Party Expo To Launch With Party

In conjunction with a new location in New Orleans, the Halloween & Party Expo has announced a “new and improved industrywide party” on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, as part of a collaboration with Party & Paper Retailer magazine.

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Baci Lingerie Reports Successful NY Curve

Baci Lingerie International reported a “successful exhibition” at the CurveNY tradeshow at New York City’s Javits Center on Aug. 3-5, citing productive appointments with retailers and media outlets and a positive response to its new collections.

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Curvexpo: 2700 Buyers Attended NYC Event

Curvexpo’s New York lingerie and swimwear trade show reported strong results for its early August event at the Javits Center North in New York City, with more than 300 brands exhibiting, and with the number of buyers — more than 2,700 according to management — holding steady to last year’s edition.

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Wood Adds New Striped Men’s Underwear Line

Wood Underwear has just introduced its Spring 2015 men’s underwear collection: the “Striate” line, focusing on colorful stripes.

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’BIOFIT x Playboy’ Is New Lingerie Collection

Illustration of the BIOFIT x Playboy padding technology on the brand website.

Bendon Group, using a bra padding system it first introduced seven years ago, has created a collection of intimates in an agreement with Playboy Enterprises: “BIOFIT x Playboy.”

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Stock Price Soars At Hochman’s New Venture

It’s been a wild ride for shareholder of Naked Brand Group, the company that is now controlled by sleepwear expert Carole Hochman, the company’s new largest shareholder and CEO. Shares of the publicly traded firm (traded on the OTC market under the name NAKD) were selling for 12 cents at the end of May, just before Hochman officially joined the firm in early June, and soared almost 300% to close at 35 cents on August 11th.

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Agent Provocateur Said To Be Seeking A Buyer

Agent Provocateur may be looking for a buyer. According to several news sources, 3i, the investment company that bought a controlling interest in the U.K. based lingerie firm in 2007, has hired Goldman Sachs to explore the possibility of a sale, and some press reports suggested that the price could go as high as 200 million pounds (approximately $336 million).

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ILS Makes Free Booth Offer To New Exhibitors

The president of the International Lingerie Show (ILS) is looking to continue the expansion of the number and types of exhibitors at his event (September 15th through the 17th at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas), and is backing it up with a generous offer to certain newcomers.

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Silk Lingerie Specialist Mary Green Closes

Mary Green discontinued the “day to day operations” of both its own online retail sales as well as its extensive wholesale business on July 31st according to Lili Varbanova a long time sales executive for the company.

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Happy Socks: Women’s, Men’s Underwear Line

Starting today, August 1, Happy Socks has begun selling men’s and women’s underwear to add to the large collection of colorful hosiery the Swedish firm has been offering since 2008.

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Curvexpo Opens Sunday In NYC’s Javits Center

The Curvexpo show opens this Sunday at the Javits Center North in Manhattan with a huge collection of intimates brands on display, including several newcomers, some of them already profiled by BODY. The show runs for three days, closing on Tuesday, August 5th.

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Intimacy Down But Van de Velde Up In First Half

Parent company Van de Velde reported an overall rise of 9.4% in sales in the first half of 2014. But at its U.S. retail division, Intimacy, there was a “fall in retail turnover ... by 22.7% (14.1% on a like-for-like basis) in local currency. Due to the weakening of the US dollar against the euro, the fall in euro was greater.”
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Victoria’s Secret Direct Sales Up 8% In August

Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 8% in August, while Victoria’s Secret comparable stores sales in the U.S. and Canada rose 5%. Year to date, however, direct sales are up only 1%, while comparable store sales are up 3%.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp Stores Up 5% In July

Victoria’s Secret July comparable store sales rose 5% and Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose 1%. Meanwhile parent company L Brands, Inc. reported “net sales of $735.3 million for the four weeks ended August 2, 2014, an increase of 8 percent, compared to net sales of $678.4 million for the four weeks ended August 3, 2013.”
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Income Up, Sales Down At Yarn Maker Unifi

Yarn maker Unifi, Inc. reported a higher net income for the 52 week year ended June 29, 2014, of $28.8 million on lower sales of $687.9 million. In the 53-week fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013 the company reported net income of $16.6 million on higher sales of $714.0 million.
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Delta Galil: Sales, Income Up In 2nd Qtr.

Delta Galil’s second quarter sales and earnings were both up over the same quarter last year, continuing to propel the firm towards its first fiscal year with sales over $1 billion. In fact, the company has “already reached that milestone during the four quarters ended June 30, 2014,” noted CEO Isaac Dabah in comments accompanying the financial release.
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UK La Senza Lingerie Stores In Administration

Marnixheath Limited, which controls the La Senza lingerie chain of 55 stores in the UK, has been placed into administration, a legal status similar to bankruptcy. La Senza operations in other parts of the world are controlled by L Brands and are unaffected by the move.
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Victoria’s Secret Stores Up 3%, Direct Up 6%

“Victoria’s Secret stores North America June comparable store sales increased 3% driven by increases in lingerie and Pink” while June sales at Victoria’s Secret direct rose 6% over the same month last year, according to Amie Preston, chief investor relastions, at parent company L Brands.
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Hanes To Buy European Underwear Firm DBA

HanesBrands announced today intends to acquire DBApparel of France, an underwear and hosiery producer, from Sun Capital Partners, Inc. for a purchase price of “€400 million on an enterprise basis (approximately $550.”
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Gildan Activewear Agrees To Acquire Doris

Gildan Activewear, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement to “acquire substantially all of the assets of Doris Inc. (Doris), a marketer and manufacturer of branded sheer hosiery, legwear and shapewear products to retailers in Canada and the United States." The initial purchase price is approximately $101.4 million.
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Soma’s Parent May Be Considering Takeover

Chico’s FAS, Inc., in early June, was widely reported to be in preliminary discussions to consider the option of a private equity buyout or some type of takeover, this leading to a significant jump in its stock price. One of the firm’s best-performing divisions is Soma, a retailer of intimates, sleepwear and loungewear.
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VS Direct Down 10%, Stores Up 2% For May

While Victoria’s Secret North American comparable store sales for May rose 2%, and Victoria’s Secret direct sales declined 10%, parent company L Brands reported a company-wide net sales increase of 4%.
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L Brands Income Rises, VS Strategies Adjusted

In the conference call to discuss its first quarter earnings, L Brands acknowledged a modest reduction in the number of U.S. lingerie stores it plans to open this year, said it is exiting some apparel and make-up categories, and confirmed its emphasis on opening new Pink stores as opposed to Victoria’s Secret stores in this country.
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Frederick’s Completes "Going Private" Deal

The acquisition of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. by “HGI Funding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harbinger Group Inc., and certain of the company’s other common and preferred shareholders” was approved May 28th “by over two-thirds of the aggregate voting power of the company’s common stock.”
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Delta Galil: 1st Quarter Net Income Up 40%

Delta Galil is off to a great start in 2014. First quarter net income soared to $9.3 million, 40% above the same quarter last year, while sales also rose, and the company raised its sales guidance for the full year — now even further above the $1 billion mark than it had originally predicted.
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Victoria’s Secret Store Sales Rose 8% In April

Victoria’s Secret comparable store sales for April, in the U.S. and Canada, rose 8% over the same month last year. Meanwhile, Victoria’s Secret Direct sales dropped 3% from last year.
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Victoria’s Secret: 50 New U.S. Stores In 2014

The number of Victoria’s Secret stores here and around the world will take another big jump in 2014, most likely topping 1,100 in the U.S., according to parent company L Brands’ annual report for 2013 and information released during the firms 4th quarter conference call.
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NPD: Tights Up 33%, Women’s Apparel 4%

The NPD Group estimated women’s apparel retail sales grew to $116.4 billion in 2013, a 4 percent increase over the $112.3 billion it estimated for 2012. And one particularly dramatic increase occurred in hosiery where “dollar sales for tights grew 33 percent in 2013.”
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Victoria’s Secret Comp March Sales Down 1%

“Victoria’s Secret North America March comparable store sales decreased 1%,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands.
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Frederick’s: Closes 16 Stores, Loses $5.1 M

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. lost $5.1 million in the fiscal second quarter 2014 on sales of $23.5 million, compared to a loss of $10.0 million on sales of $24.3 million in the same period last year.
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Thekkekara of Dolce Vita Purchases Lunaire

Jack Thekkekara, who owns Dolce Vita Intimates, LLC and some years ago purchased the Movie Star brand, has purchased the Lunaire brand. Lunaire is a 20-year-old firm that specializes in attractive bras in fuller sizes.
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Victoria’s Secret Comp February Sales Up 2%

February comparable store sales at Victoria’s Secret stores in North America were up 2% “driven by core lingerie and Pink,” while at Victoria’s Secret direct sales rose “1%, as growth in bras, panties, Pink, swim and sport was partially offset by a decline in apparel,” according to Amie Preston, chief investor relations officer at parent company L Brands, Inc.
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Delta Galil: Sales Will Top $1 Billion in 2014

Sales at Delta Galil in 2013 rose 19%, from $817,782,000 to $974,719,000 and CEO Isaac Dabah projects that “Based on our initial financial guidance,” 2014 “will be our first year of sales in the $1 billion-plus range” in a press release that accompanied the year end results.
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Problems At Intimacy As Van de Velde Rises

Sales rose slightly in 2013 at Van de Velde, the Belgian firm that owns Intimacy and PrimaDonna among other stores and brands (up 0.4% to 182.4 million euros - about $251.9 million at today’s exchange rates).
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L Brands: Small To No Sales Gains In February

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among others, reported “Earnings per share for the 13-week fourth quarter ended February 1, 2014, were $1.65 compared to adjusted earnings per share of $1.76 for the 14-week fourth quarter ended February. 2, 2013. Adjusted earnings per share for the prior year on a 13-week basis were approximately $1.68.”
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Hanes Sales Rose, Profits Doubled In 2013

Hanesbrands recorded double the net income in 2013 that it did in 2012, despite a fourth quarter 2013 in which net income fell from $80.4 million in 2012 to $32.3 million. Full year sales in 2013 were $4.628 billion compared to $4.526 billion the year before as profits rose from $164.7 million to $330.5 million.
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L Brands Comparable Sales Up 9% in January

L Brands, Inc., (parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza), reported “comparable sales for the four weeks ended Feb. 1, 2014 increased 9% compared to the four weeks ended February 2, 2013,” as well as sales increases for the full year 2013.
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Suit Opposes Frederick’s ’Going Private’ Deal

A minority Frederick’s of Hollywood shareholder, Bruce Paul, is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed in New York County Supreme Court opposing the proposal by a consortium of shareholders to take the company private.
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Victoria’s Secret Parent: Sales Up In December

L Brands, Inc., parent to Victoria’s Secret and La Senza among other stores and brands, reported sales increases for both December and the 48 weeks ended January 4th, 2014, while at the same time lowering its estimated earnings moderately for the fourth quarter due to lower margins and increase promotions.
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Frederick’s Going Private, Lynch Still CEO

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. has agreed to be taken private by a group of investors who already own most of its outstanding shares. The proposed move was first announced at the end of September. Thomas Lynch, the current CEO, has received a contract to remain with the company for three more years.
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November Sales Up For Victoria’s Secret Parent

Victoria’s Secret November comparable sales declined 3% (while the brand’s direct channel sales increased by 9%) as parent L Brands, Inc. overall net sales rose to $988.5 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 30, 2013, compared to net sales of $922.0 million for the four weeks ended Nov. 24, 2012.
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Victoria’s Secret Stores October Sales Up 10%

Comparable store gains of 10% at Victoria’s Secret stores this October over the same month last year led to company-wide sales gains for its parent, L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands).
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Sales Rise, Net Income Falls At Delta Galil

Sales at Delta Galil Industries, Ltd. rose in the third quarter ended September 30, 2013 to $257,199,000 from $233,996,000 while income dropped significantly to $12,674,000 from $20,190,000 in the same period last year, the decline attributed, by the firm, to various “non-recurring” or “one-time” items.
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Frederick’s Has $22.5M Loss In Fiscal 2013

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group, Inc. reported Friday a loss of $22.5 million for 2013, as well as a dramatic 22.4% drop in sales from $111.4 million in the fiscal year ended July 28, 2012 to $86.5 million for the year ended July 27, 2013. The release of the year-end results comes as the company’s “sole disinterested independent director“ considers a recent offer to take the company private. And two weeks after Frederick’s amended agreements with its lenders, resulting in, among other things, an increase in its revolving line of credit from $24 million to $35 million with “$5 million having been advanced on October 10.”
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Limited Brands Closes Senior Notes Offering

L Brands, formerly known as Limited Brands (and parent to Victoria’s Secret), announced yesterday “the closing of its previously announced offering of $500 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured senior notes due 2023 (the “2023 Notes”).”
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September Sales Rise At Victoria’s Secret

L Brands, Inc. (formerly known as Limited Brands), parent to Victoria’s Secret, reported an increase in sales for the five weeks ended October 5, 2013 when compared to a similar period last year. Comparable store sales for this September vs. last September increased 1% at Victoria’s Secret stores, 2% at Victoria’s Secret direct and 3% at La Senza, the firm’s Canadian lingerie store chain.
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Group In Offer To Take Frederick’s Private

A “consortium” of shareholders owning about 70% of the outstanding common shares of Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc., a public company, has sent the company’s board of directors a “non-binding proposal letter” offering to purchase the remaining shares and take the company private.
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Hanes: Will Soon Close Maidenform Acquisition

HanesBrands has reaffirmed its 2013 financial guidance and said that its acquisition of Maidenform, intention of which it announced in July, “is expected to close by Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, pending approval by Maidenform stockholders voting at a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The acquisition has already received regulatory clearance.”
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Lingerie Sales Rose In August for L Brands

August comparable store sales were up 3% at both Victoria’s Secret stores and Victoria’s Secret Direct, as well as 8% at La Senza lingerie stores in Canada, as parent company Limited Brands, Inc., (now known as L Brands, Inc.) reported rising net sales of $704.7 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 31, 2013, compared to net sales of $665.6 million for the four weeks ended Aug. 25, 2012.
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L: Adding Pink, Cutting Victoria’s Secret Stores

Limited Brands, Inc. (now known as L Brands, Inc.), which is parent to Victoria’s Secret, is actually cutting the number of North American Victoria’s Secret stores by 20 in 2013, while at the same time increasing the number of Pink stores by 49. It also reported increased company-wide sales in July compared to last year.
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Victoria’s Secret Parent: Q2 Sales, Earnings Rise

Limited Brands, Inc. (now known as L Brands, Inc.), parent to Victoria’s Secret, reported increased sales and income for the second quarter and increased its guidance for per share earnings for the full year.
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Hanes Agrees to Acquire Maidenform for $575 M

HanesBrands announced today that it “has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Maidenform Brands” in a transaction valued at approximately $575 million on an enterprise-value basis,” or “$23.50 per share, a 30 percent premium to Maidenform’s average closing price over the past 30 days.”
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Triumph About To Open 2 Long Island Stores

Triumph held a “media event” (in the words of one executive — meaning that the focus was not on impressing retailers, who were not in attendance in any number) the night of July 18, as part of its expansion plans for the U.S. Most significantly, two Triumph flagship locations are about to open, one in the Roosevelt Fields mall, one in the Walt Whitman mall.
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Hanes Names Moran of PetSmart To Its Board

HanesBrands appointed Robert Moran, former chairman and chief executive officer of PetSmart, Inc., to its board of directors.
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Van de Velde: 11% First Half Decline at Intimacy

First half sales fell by 2% at Van de Velde, the Belgian public company that is parent to several brands and retail chains. One of these stores, Intimacy in the U.S., suffered an 11% decline during the first six months. Company-wide, sales dropped to m€ 96.8 (about $126 million), compared to m€ 98.7 for the same period last year.
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Victoria’s Secret Store Sales Declined in June

Victoria’s Secret comparable stores sales as well as Victoria’s Secret Direct sales both declined in June. For parent L Brands, Inc. (which has been known as Limited Brands) overall net sales for the five weeks ended July 6, were $1.101 billion, slightly higher than “net sales of $1.077 billion for the five weeks ended June 30, 2012.”
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