October 23, 1990 |
From a small family-owned business in a backwater city, the Italian sportswear firm Benetton Group S.p.A. has become what some in the industry call the McDonald's of fashion. The $1.5-billion giant sells its colorful jackets, knits, shirts, pants and skirts in 5,900 Benetton outlets in 82 countries. The company also has interests in department stores, hotels and real estate as well as in the expected fashion spinoffs such as watches and perfume.
May 26, 1988 |
Time was that Benetton stores were popping up seemingly on every street corner in America. People took to calling the Italian chain the McDonald's of the apparel business. In fact, the company in the past has been sharply criticized by some of its licensees for opening stores so close together that it was bad for business.
May 3, 2000 |
After 18 years, Benetton has severed ties with Oliviero Toscani, the Italian creative director whose controversial advertisements have featured AIDS patients, mating horses and, most recently, death-row inmates. "Fortunately, nothing lasts forever!" said Toscani in a statement issued by Benetton. "It's good to have the courage to end something that has been fantastic and still have the enthusiasm to take on new projects."
November 20, 1987 |
Actress Robin Wright is getting married today--for the second time in recent weeks. Her first on-screen wedding was in "Princess Bride," the feature movie that opened in mid-October. This time she'll walk down the aisle on the daytime soap "Santa Barbara," where she has a continuing role as a madcap heiress.
January 7, 1989
Why not adapt any appropriate armed forces bases that are being close into facilities for California's homeless? This could solve part of the problems for those homeless who are willing to move from the bright lights of Los Angeles to a more rural community. L.F. IVANHOE Santa Barbara