November 21, 1989 |
A former Center City street vendor and his wife were fined $3,500 by a federal judge yesterday for trafficking in counterfeit Rolex watches, Gucci luggage and other fake goods. "I think that they've learned their lesson," U.S. District Judge Joseph L. McGlynn Jr. said, sparing Tae Hwan Kim, 46, and his wife, Jung Soon Kim, 39, from a prison sentence. The judge found them to be "truly remorseful," placed them on two years' probation, and recommended that they not be deported to their native Korea for their crimes.
March 11, 1996 |
In the fall women's collections here, the newsiest silhouette was long, slim and simple. Retro harked back to the 1970s. Pantsuits, particularly pinstriped, were the number-one item. Maxi coats, pea jackets and sweaters were other winter favorites. The uniform triumphed. The little dress was big. And two outsiders led the way as the international round of high-fashion shows started here last week. This week, the caravan moves to Paris. Amid the high-powered talents of Giorgio Armani and Gianni Versace, it was Tom Ford of Gucci and Miuccia Prada who heated up the Milan shows with fall collections that ignored the '70s rage and set the new standard for the young and the hip. Prada still favored the matronly "signora" style, but there were more sport and fun in her collection.
January 13, 1988 |
A Chicago bank has hired a creature named Gucci to design arty new checks and checkbooks. Gucci, who is famous for designing women's shoes and purses, has created checks with swans, daisies, mist-shrouded trees, rippling water, a sunrise and even a seagull against a lavender background. Gucci is not the hairy-chested type. The bank thinks this will attract new customers. Maybe it will, but I won't be one of them. Banks should be serious. My attitude toward them is the same as that of Mrs. Grobnik, who was Slats Grobnik's mother.
August 6, 1993 |
Allie Harold dreamed of the day he would own a nice car and his own home. He purchased a 1989 Honda Accord last November, and he was saving up to meet his next goal. "He dreamed about a three-bedroom house," said his cousin, Karla Howard. Harold was so intent on saving, he earned the affectionate nickname "Ali Con," because he would rather borrow a buck here or there from friends than spend his own money, said Howard. Harold died suddenly Sunday morning. He was 24 and lived in South Philadelphia.
March 28, 2013 |
Philadelphia author and former Inquirer reporter Buzz Bissinger (Harry Gerard Bissinger III) on Tuesday checked into an undisclosed rehab facility to seek treatment of an addiction to clothes shopping. Bissinger says he has been in the grips of his obsession for three years, spending more than $587,000 on sartorial purchases, most notably leather outfits from Gucci. Bissinger, 58, best known for his 1990 high school sports chronicle Friday Night Lights , which spawned a film and a TV series, checked into the center after posting a sprawling 6,000-word essay about his addiction on GQ magazine's website ( www.gq.com )
April 4, 2013 |
King of Prussia's modern, glass-walled Gucci boutique was transformed one recent evening into an old-school piece-goods workshop. Four artisans - clad in leather aprons marked with the luxury label's double-G logo - tackled the making of different parts of a handbag. One sewed the hides together while another added tassels and punched holes in adjustable purse straps. Label-loving onlookers, cocktails in hand, were smitten. "It was very cool," said Hope Cohen of Bryn Mawr, who purchased a handbag, scarf, and sandals.
March 31, 1986 |
The big news on Chestnut Street yesterday was that Gucci T-shirts are out and Fila shirts are in. Gucci is fashion history, friends. This year's brand name of choice, by a 50-1 margin, is Fila. The colors of choice are red, black and white. A slick balance of hot and cool for those who want to Truly Hang this season. Forget about that fussy, glitzy business over in the Gallery. The real, spontaneous grass-roots Philadelphia Easter Sunday fashion show for casual wear was on the Chestnut Street Transitway west of Broad, where an estimated 3,000 youths went to the movies, played video games at the arcades and generally hung out. Until last year, this annual convergence of kids in the center of town was acknowledged, but given scant attention.
August 16, 2000 |
The FBI has joined an investigation into the disappearance Sunday in Newark, N.J., of the father of hip-hop star Wyclef Jean. The Rev. Gesner Jean, 59, was being sought by the Newark Police Department while federal agents pursued a parallel investigation, FBI spokeswoman Sandra Carroll said yesterday. "Apparently his disappearance has not been characterized yet, whether it's a kidnapping or he's just missing," Carroll said. She had no further details. Mr. Jean, the pastor of Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, was last seen at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Newark police said in a news release Monday.
October 10, 1988
AIR RUSHING THROUGH THEIR EARS Recent years have produced yuppies (young, urban professionals), DINKs (double-income, no kids), POSSLQs (persons of the opposite sex sharing living quarters) and DIWKs (double-income, with kids). Is the world ready for RUBs? RUBs are rich urban bikers - and we're talking bikers here, not effete cyclists. They have already appeared - why is this not a surprise? - in Beverly Hills, according to the Wall Street Journal. RUBs race their Harley- Davidsons up and down Rodeo Drive to some of the newest nightclubs including the Stock Exchange, which has a weekly bikers' night.
July 29, 1990 |
Dinner at the home of Phillies third-base coach Larry Bowa, tickets to a preseason Eagles football game, and a Gucci watch will be auctioned Friday night during a fund-raising event for Dennis Courtney, a Haverford Township resident who is fighting brain cancer. The event, planned by old friends and former classmates of the 36-year-old plumber, will be held from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Skatium, Darby and Manoa Roads, in Havertown. Tickets, which cost $20, are still available for the beef and beer evening and can be purchased at the door or from Township Commissioner Wilton Bunce at 446-9234 or Michael Moore at 449-5147.