May 10, 2001 |
As you may know, the stock market hasn't been a fun place to be lately. Dot-coms collapsing left and right. Aggressive growth stock funds aggressively shrinking. Retail stocks in sad straits. So isn't it interesting that the stock of J. Jill Group went up by 275 percent last year? Who'd have thought a catalog retailer that sells grown-up clothes to middle-aged women could hit such a hot streak? Even a few years ago, fashion pundits were still assuming that the only way to succeed in retail was to target zippy young things who kept changing their minds about whether they wanted to look more like Britney Spears or Madonna or Lil' Kim or Julia Roberts.
September 22, 1991 |
Cloaked in a move to require uniforms at Willingboro's Twin Hills Elementary School is an attempt to make the kids who wear them better students. Parents hope that visual parity will allow children to worry less about attire and more about attitude. They hope that uniforms will foster an egalitarian environment in which children will walk prouder, have higher self- esteem and exhibit scholarly behavior. If items such as $100 sneakers and designer jeans are eliminated, they hope, children will focus more on their studies.
May 18, 1986 |
In fall-fashion annals, 1986 may well be remembered as "The Year of the Gray Cashmere Dress. " This single creation best sums up the current mood pervading both the New York and European collections: quiet, understated, luxurious clothes that are more establishment than avant-garde. Everything is soft and tranquil (lush fabrics like cashmere and alpaca); dark, soothing colors (charcoal gray, black, creamy neutrals, brown), and easy, graceful silhouettes with well-defined waistlines and long, calf- grazing skirts.
January 12, 1991 |
The burglar came clean in court after realizing the prosecutor's case against him was in the bag. Plastic bags, that is. Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson said Jeffrey Burns, 29, of 51st Street near Springfield Avenue, was arrested at 5:55 a.m., on Jan. 6, 1990, while trying to steal bags of clothing from a dry cleaners at 50th Street and Warrington Avenue. Burns pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday to two to 20 years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan.
February 15, 1995 |
Most men don't give their old clothes away. A man will wear a flannel shirt until it is threadbare - or even longer. This is frustrating to organizations that collect and distribute second-hand clothes, the only wardrobe source for most poor and homeless people. "We get tons of women's clothes, particularly in mid-range sizes," sighs Janet Bernstein of Frankford Group Ministry, "because women will clear out their closets four times a year. "But we rarely get donations from men," she says, "because men's clothes don't go out of fashion the way women's do and because men don't seem to care if their clothes are out of fashion.
March 26, 1986 |
Women in the market for elegant, luxurious clothes - the sort that go nicely with diamonds and sables - need only do two-stop shopping this fall: at the salons of Valentino and Emanuel Ungaro. The two designers, who between them clothe just about all of the socialites, film stars and royals in Europe, don't skimp when it comes to designing sleek, dressy daywear and glamorous, entrance-making evening gowns. "These are rich-lady clothes, and they look it," commented Dawn Mello, president of Bergdorf Goodman, after Valentino's big, beautiful show Monday night.
November 10, 1999 |
District Attorney Lynne Abraham yesterday told a modern-day tale of rags to riches. The riches were said to have been garnered by eight suspects who allegedly ran a multimillion-dollar counterfeit clothing manufacturing ring in Philadelphia. The rags - cheap forgeries of top-name designer clothes and professional sportswear - were deep-discounted to customers for at least four years before cops shut down the estimated $2 million-a-year operation this summer. Standing near several tables covered with counterfeit Calvins, knock-off Nikes and fake FUBUs, Abraham announced the arrests that resulted from a lengthy joint probe by police and her office.
November 21, 1989 |
Prompted by the pleas of a concerned neighbor, relief workers brought warm clothes and the promise of company yesterday to a mentally ill Kensington man who lives alone with his demons in a dark, unheated rowhouse. Stephen Ferry, an outreach coordinator with the Community Organization for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, visited the man's home yesterday morning and returned later to deliver four second-hand sweaters, three pairs of pants and some socks. "Now we'll work on getting you some new shoes, Bill," Ferry said, pointing to the man's weatherbeaten feet, which were stuffed loosely inside two old dress shoes, one black and one brown, neither with laces.
December 24, 1986 |
The men's department was empty. No one was testing the perfume neatly arranged on the counters in the middle of the store. And all the appliances on the lower level remained untouched Thursday at J.C. Penney's in Audubon. But on the second floor, in the boys' and girls' departments, Gloucester County kids in all shapes and sizes held onto the hands of adults they had just met while the youngsters pulled clothes off the shelves and racks in search of the warmest gloves, the frilliest dresses and the perfect pairs of pants.
August 15, 2002 |
NGA, a community-service organization based in Warminster, is collecting new clothes and backpacks for students in need. NGA, with three branches in Bucks County and five in Montgomery County, distributes donated items to school districts several times a year. Kristin Beggs, assistant administrator for NGA, said that new clothes at the start of the school year can help improve students' self-esteem. "If kids can fit in with their peers, they're more likely to go to school," she said.