Todays Headlines

March 14, 2011 BY CAPSULESNEWS

Keller leaves Pringle: CLARE WAIGHT KELLER has resigned as creative director of Pringle of Scotland. An announcement about the future of the brand - and possibly her successor - is expected from the label. (Vogue)

LL Bean Sales Up: After two consecutive years of declines, outdoor clothing retailer L.L. Bean finished 2010 with a 5.7% increase in sales. Online sales, which surpassed catalog sales for the first time in 2009, grew 29% from 2009 to 2010 and demand for made-in-Maine Bean boots grew 57%, the company said. Bean also launched a Signature line aimed at luring younger customers. Other highlights included the opening of 33 stores in China. (stylesight)

Oak to launch on Fire Island: Directional New York retailer Oak will open its third location in May on Fire Island. The 500-square-foot mens shop, located in the affluent gay enclave of the Pines, will carry clothing, accessories, gifts and home products from brands such as Comme des Garçons, Acne, Band of Outsiders, Costume National, Tim Hamilton, Alexander Wang and Orlebar Brown. (WWD)

Fashion Designer Crackups: The spate of designer crackups is making fashion veterans wonder if the relentless pace of the industry a pace demanded by executives to meet profit forecasts isnt taking its toll on creative talents. (WaPo)

AP Sues Urban Outfitters & Nordstrom over Obama Hope image: The Associated Press has sued Urban Outfitters and other clothing retailers in federal court, accusing them of selling T-shirts that violate the news agency's copyright of a photograph of Barack Obama that an artist's "HOPE" image was based on. The news agency filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against Urban Outfitters Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Zumiez Inc., seeking unspecified damages for products using the image that were sold at stores nationwide. (HuffPo)