Fashion Happenings


Coach wants to stop treating men like second-class citizens. The brand’s men’s sales are dwarfed by those of its women’s products, but Coach wants to rectify that. A major part of that plan is the opening of men’s-only stores, the first of which will be unveiled Friday at 370 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, joining men’s powerhouses Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Black Fleece and Tommy Hilfiger on the trendy West Village shopping strip.

The Limelight has been reinvented once again. After a $20 million renovation, the 25,000-square-foot Limelight Marketplace opens to the public on Friday at 2 p.m., its transformation from church to nightclub to upscale mall complete. It’s expected to generate sales of $50 million annually. The brightly lit multilevel space at New York’s Sixth Avenue and 20th Street contains 60 shops, eateries and cafes.

H&M has unveiled its first collection for festival goers, featuring clothes and accessories fit for a rock star — down to the leopard-print tent. This is H&M's annual Fashion Against AIDS effort, the collection consists of around 20 pieces for women, 12 for men and some 20 accessories ranging from headphones to sleeping bags and a logo tote. The items will go on sale on May 20, and a quarter of sales will be donated to youth HIV/AIDS awareness projects.

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