• Versace Takeover Will Bring Jobs to Italy

    MILAN, Italy — Fashion house Versace did not receive any offers from Italian investors before selling to Michael Kors but the deal with the US fashion group will create jobs in Italy, creative director Donatella Versace told newspapers on Wednesday. “In the last year Versace has been approached by many...
  • Joshua Roth, Who Brought Agents to Visual Artists, Dies at 40

    Joshua Roth, who founded the first fine arts division of a major talent agency, where he experimented with a largely untapped market and tried to help artists make deals worthy of Hollywood stars, died on Sept. 14 in Manhattan. He was 40. The New York City medical examiner’s office...
  • In Paris, the Old Is New Again

    PARIS, France — On the surface, Simon Porte Jacquemus, 28, and Marine Serre, 26, couldn’t be more different. Dig a little though and you’ll find some common threads, most obviously the fact that they’re leaders of the next generation of French fashion, and anointed as such by fashion awards...
  • How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse

    Instagram’s co-founders, who resigned on Monday, presided over a company that boomed with help from technological advances and societal changes. When Justin Bieber posted on Instagram for the first time in July 2011, he did not enthrall his army of fans with a shirtless selfie or a meticulously planned...
  • Can Paris Grow Its Fashion-Tech Game?

    PARIS, France — It’s unlikely to be the hottest topic on the front rows this Paris Fashion Week, but behind the scenes technology is fundamentally reshaping the luxury industry, giving rise to companies like London-based Farfetch, which had a blockbuster debut on Wall Street on Friday. So far, France...
  • Get in Bed With Skynet

    Robot furniture is happening. This is the single greatest thing to happen to humanity ever, the robots told us to say. The Bumblebee Spaces “A.I. Butler” furniture system uses heavy duty straps to lower and raise the furniture from the ceiling. Video by Jason Henry for The New York...
  • Report: Michael Kors Close to Buying Versace

    MILAN, Italy — Handbag maker Michael Kors Holding Ltd. is nearing an agreement to buy Gianni Versace SpA after the iconic Italian fashion house drew interest from several suitors, people familiar with the plans said. Michael Kors may announce a deal as early as this week that values Versace at...
  • Sears C.E.O. and Investor Lampert Sounds Alarm on Bankruptcy Risk

    NEW YORK — Time is running out for Sears, the retailer’s largest investor and chief executive warned on Monday. With the company facing a large loan payment due next month, Edward Lampert, who serves as both Sears’s C.E.O. and its most influential shareholder and lender, said it needed to...
  • Weight Watchers Changes Name to ‘WW’ in Big Bet on Wellness

    Weight Watchers International (wtw) is getting a leaner name. The company is dropping the “Weight Watchers” name that has been part of popular culture for 65 years to become known as “WW.” The change, effective Monday, marks the latest move by the company to retool itself as a wellness...