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Michael Kors Guns For Menswear, American Apparel Receives $25 Million Cash Injection, Jason Wu Gets Frisky With a Transformer

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Next up on Michael Kors's path toward total retail domination is a push into menswear, a division the company has operated since 2002. Kors has hired former Hugo Boss exec Mark Brashear as its global menswear president, with the hope of building the line into a $1 billion business. To that end, men's will receive an entire floor in the massive new Michael Kors store that will open in SoHo this fall. {WWD, subscription req'd}

You know that scene in "Pulp Fiction" when Uma Thurman's character overdoses on heroin and John Travolta brings her back to life with a shot of adrenaline to the heart? That's American Apparel today. Thanks to a preliminary deal with the hedge fund Standard General, the retailer will receive $25 million to help fix its finances, including paying off that $10 million loan that Lion Capital has been demanding it repay. A formal deal with Standard General should be announced later today, but expect to see some changes to American Apparel's board in the very near future. {AP}

Jason Wu got frisky with a giant blue robot in the pages of W this month — the metaphor presumably being that he's become something of a machine since taking the creative reins at Hugo Boss in addition to his own label. Much of his work is dedicated to establishing a unified vision for the new Boss woman across the various design teams. (Wu has also taken it upon himself to oversee marketing for the men's line so that the aesthetic is coherent across the brand's campaigns.) {W}

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