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Dec 21 2009

Style — In Fashion: The Anti-Minimalist — Interior designer Ryan Korban mixes animal skins with flea-market finds and opulent fabrics

Style — In Fashion: The Anti-Minimalist — Interior designer Ryan Korban mixes animal skins with flea-market finds and opulent fabrics

Raised in suburban Philadelphia, Mr. Korban credits his design sense to a childhood spent in a chain of hair salons owned by his Lebanese father. There is a black-and-white print made with paint and magic marker on vellum that was the first piece of art he bought, for about $700; a massive photograph of a performance artist writhing in mud and a flea-market painting of a little girl from the 1800s in fancy clothes.

Dec 17 2009

On Style: The Year of Dressing Ridiculously — Retro ’80s Looks Ruled This Year — but There Was More to 2009 Than Harem Pants

On Style: The Year of Dressing Ridiculously — Retro ’80s Looks Ruled This Year — but There Was More to 2009 Than Harem Pants

Trying to prompt strange cravings to shop, they offered towering platform shoes, leg warmers, and women’s blazers cut for football players. To give due credit, it’s doubtful that “Mad Men” style would have taken off if it weren’t for Thom Browne, who is arguably the most influential menswear designer alive today.

Dec 14 2009

New Books

Covering the most critical topics and strategies in the field, Essentials of Operations Management provides business students with the most up-to-date coverage of modern topics not always found in other texts, such as human resources in operations, facility location, “green” operations, and the balanced scorecard approach to operations. Author Scott Young draws on his many years of teaching experience at both the undergraduate and MBA level to provide the essential content necessary for success in operations-in an affordable text.

Key Features

* Includes a complete chapter (Chapter 4) on managing the operations workforce-an important topic for the well-rounded operations manager
* Applies “The Balanced Scorecard” approach to operations in Chapter 5, introducing students to a performance measure that balances customer, internal processes and learning and growth measures against traditional financial measures
* Covers sustainable operations in Chapter 7, including discussions of “green” operations and why they are important for any new operations manager
* Includes end-of-chapter projects and exercises that help students apply concepts to real-life situations
* Provides students with ample review opportunities through additional end-of-chapter features such as review questions, key terms, and summary points

The second edition of the classic data book, The Effect of Creep and Other Time Related Factors on Plastics and Elastomers (originally published in 1991), has been extensively revised with the addition of an abundance of new data, the removal of all out-dated information, and the complete rebuilding of the product and company listings.

This new edition also has been reorganized from a polymer chemistry point of view. Plastics of similar polymer types are grouped into chapters, each with an introduction that briefly explains the chemistry of the polymers used in the plastics. An extensive introductory chapter has also been added, which summarizes the chemistry of making polymers, the formulation of plastics, creep-testing, test methods, measurements, and charts, as well as theory and plastic selection.

Each chapter is generally organized by product and concludes with comparisons of brand or generic products. The appendices include a list of trade names, plastics sold under those names, and manufacturer. A list of conversion factors for stress measures is also included.

“Discusses in detail reinforcements, matrices, composites such as MMCs,, PMCs, CMCs, CCCs and IMCs alongwith production processes, properties and applications, and also testing of composites both destructive and nondestructive. Mechanics of composites based on rule of mixtures at an introductory level and numerical problems add value to the book. The importance of composite materials as engineered materials in modern society is clearly brought out.”

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Fashion brands and the images they convey dictate much about what Americans think and
feel about fashion and style. This book presents students and scholars with a better understanding of fashion branding through a dedicated examination of fashion and apparel
in an applied, academic, and scholarly style. It will include the history of fashion brands, the culture of fashion brands, chapters devoted to specific fashion brands, and the future of fashion brands. One of the author s goals of this text was not to place judgment on the fashion brands presented, but let you moderate for yourself. While, there are opinions
about certain brands, you will have one too. And that is great! All the fashion companies, interviewees, and editors who participated in the writing of this book encourage the readers
to visit websites, sign-up for their mailing lists and of course visit stores. Go outside!

The Art of Couture Sewing will be a practical guide to the fine construction practices used
in couture workrooms. Beginning with a brief history of couture, the book will provide
fully-illustrated instructions on constructing a couture dress from start to finish. It will
cover draping techniques used in designing shirts, skirts, and dresses, and will also include
discussions of corsetry and executing accurate stitches. After reading this book, students
will understand the various haute couture methods, particularly how these methods affect
design decisions and relate to the quality of these very special garments.

Experiencing MISExperiencing MIS
Kroenke, David.

In the 21st Century, every business professional must be able to envision ways to gain a competitive edge using information systems, and the latest edition of Experiencing MIS prepares readers to do just that.

KEY TOPICS: IS and You; Using Information Technology; Using IS for Competitive Advantage; Information Systems Management

MARKET: Compiled in a modular and question-based format, this text explains to readers how information systems are used to solve business problems.

Houston, we’ve got a problem. Business process management is clearly recognized as the key to competitive advantage, especially during economic downturns. But the needed tools and techniques for process modeling and design have been arcane. Even worse, business people have been largely sidelined in process improvement initiatives due to the technical obscurity of the endeavors. Yet, capturing their knowledge is the foundation of any useful process model. Enter the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), a graphical notation for business process modeling–and this book.

The notation, however, isn’t the issue; just go to and download the specifications. The critical issue is instilling a way of thinking that brings shared insight into the process of process modeling; something more a matter of thought patterns than notation. This book uses a fast-paced novel format that is based on a real company that the authors guided through the process modeling process. In short, this book is about process thinking, and process modeling as the path to business innovation.

High Performance Pigments have become increasingly important in recent years, with a growth rate well in advance of the more classical types of pigments. This book provides up-to-date information on the market for high performance pigments, synthesis, reaction mechanisms, physical and chemical properties, applications, regulatory affairs, toxicology and ecotoxicology. It is the only one on the market covering all high performance pigments in a single volume, offering both producers and users of High Performance Pigments the opportunity to review and update their understanding of latest technologies and market issues, together with assessing key regulatory affairs, in this specialty niche of the chemical industry.

The new edition has been revised and provides an up-to-date overview of scientific and technological aspects on high performance pigments. It addresses current issues such as environmental and health aspects, and regulatory affairs.

This classic text continues to use the fictitious Perry’s Department Store to bridge the gap between the principles of retail buying and mathematical formulas and concepts. Drawing on their experience, Videtec and Steele provide the tools for students to understand buyer’s responsibilities by “walking” them through the various steps a new buyer would take to complete a six-month dollar plan and a merchandise assortment plan. The professional perspective is emphasized even more in the third edition with the inclusion of two new chapters on shopping critically, cultural constraints, and ethical responsibilities of the buyer.

-Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Take a walk in someone else’s shoes in this fascinating examination of shoes and feet around the world! This one-of-a-kind A-Z reference work contains over 150 fascinating entries and intriguing sidebars that look at feet and adornment of feet across the many cultures of the world throughout time. A wide range of international and multicultural topics are covered, including foot binding, fetishes, diseases of the foot, customs and beliefs related to the foot, shoe construction, myths and folktales featuring feet or shoes, the history of footwear, iconic brands and types of shoes, important celebrities associated with shoes, and the types of footwear worn around the world. This exhaustive compilation is ideal for students and general readers interested in the human body, fashion, and medicine, and even scholars looking for more in-depth coverage on the social and cultural uses of the body will find it as a useful starting point in their research. Cross-references, suggestions for further reading, and a full bibliography of print and electronic resources are valuable tools for all readers.

Students can use this reference work to draw cross-cultural comparisons, as well as study the evolution of footwear in terms of social, religious, and ethnic parameters. Aside from iconic American brands and types of shoes, this volume will also look at how feet are treated and viewed around the globe: removing shoes upon entering a house, washing feet for religious purposes, giving feet the spa treatment, and covering feet up for social customs. Perfect for undergraduate and high school students studying anthropology and world culture.

Dec 14 2009

U.S. News: Better Tidings for Retailers — November Sales Climbed 1.3% in Turnaround From Dismal Christmas of 2008

U.S. News: Better Tidings for Retailers — November Sales Climbed 1.3% in Turnaround From Dismal Christmas of 2008

“Maybe now they’re saying, ‘OK, I can be a little less cautious.’” The retail numbers and a separate report showing that U.S. businesses raised inventories for the first time since 2008 prompted a number of economists to raise their economic forecasts. Stocks rose, buoyed by the signs of strength in the U.S. economy, as well a rebound in Chinese imports that suggested domestic demand in China is intensifying.

Dec 14 2009

Corporate News: Court Throws Out Forgery Claim Against Chanel

Corporate News: Court Throws Out Forgery Claim Against

Paris’s commercial court Friday threw out the forgery claim brought by World Tricot but awarded it 400,000 euros ($583,960) for breach of contract by Chanel, a result of the fashion house stopping orders for its crocheted and embroidered pieces with the supplier.

Dec 11 2009

Stores’ Dilemma: To Deploy Discounts Now or Hold the Line — British Retailers Try to Lure Back Early Shoppers

Stores’ Dilemma: To Deploy Discounts Now or Hold the Line — British Retailers Try to Lure Back Early Shoppers

“If we don’t have to do it, believe me, we’re not going to do it,” said Kay Krill, chief executive of women’s clothing chain AnnTaylor Stores Corp. Its Ann Taylor and its Loft outlets have discount banners “ready to go” should consumers need an incentive to shop, she said.

Dec 10 2009

Neiman Enlists Designers in Cost-Cutting Plan — Luxury Retailer Pushes Suppliers to Use Fabric in Place of Leather to Lure Middle-Income Shoppers

Neiman Enlists Designers in Cost-Cutting Plan — Luxury Retailer Pushes Suppliers to Use Fabric in Place of Leather to Lure Middle-Income Shoppers

Neiman Enlists Designers in Cost-Cutting Plan — Luxury Retailer Pushes Suppliers to Use Fabric in Place of Leather to Lure Middle-Income Shoppers Burton Tansky, the 71-year-old rag-trade journeyman who has led Neiman Marcus Group for nearly a decade, is quietly refashioning the upscale department store chain for an age of belt-tightening and less conspicuous consumption.

Dec 09 2009

Common Sense: Which Retail Site Is Best for Shoppers?

Common Sense: Which Retail Site Is Best for Shoppers?

No doubt you’ve heard about the fierce price wars between and Wal-Mart over best-selling books, and perhaps you took advantage of them to snag your copy of “Going Rogue” for just $9. [...] promotional stunts aside, who offers the best prices and selections among the online retail giants? I decided to find out by pitting Amazon, eBay and Wal-Mart against one another in a fast-paced, online shopping competition — the Common Sense holiday challenge.

Dec 07 2009

New Books

In 2000, Schragenheim and Dettmer published the ground-breaking Manufacturing at Warp Speed. At the time, the cutting-edge ideas expressed were the original work of the authors and not well-known beyond the book’s audience. In the years that followed, Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, father of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), adopted their ideas, added his own valuable insights, and popularized them worldwide.

Supply Chain Management at Warp Speed serves as the sequel that refines and updates the former approach to production management with new ideas that complement earlier tactics. The authors’ prime motivation for writing this book was to integrate the TOC method for managing the distribution of finished goods with the acquisition of raw materials and the manufacturing process. The result is the first book to describe, in detail, the application of the TOC approach to assured availability in distribution, for both original equipment manufacturers and retailers.

State-Of-The-Art in Applying Theory of Constraints

This cutting-edge reference broadens the scope of its predecessor by integrating manufacturing, distribution, and raw material management into a single end-to-end supply chain. It addresses the new demands taken on when a firm offers to handle rush orders. It also reviews the issues surrounding availability and the management of inventory moving through distribution systems.

Fully illustrated, with numerous examples, case studies, and manufacturing scenarios, Supply Chain Management at Warp Speed provides TOC practitioners with the tools needed to address the performance issues of the entire supply chain and develop solutions that represent a win for the end-user as well as stakeholders along the entire supply chain.

Style meets substance in this lavishly illustrated highly informative and beautifully designed book on sustainable fashion and beauty. Summer Rayne Oakes fashion model eco advocate and resident expert on ? and Discovery Network’s Planet Green shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown) Summer Rayne showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi’s Loomstate and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. With over 300 photos pages of resources and eco-style stories from the hottest trendsetters it’s the ultimate fashion and beauty bible for women who want to feel good about looking good.

If the trade papers report that gloves are making a comeback, should production start
manufacturing them? How would someone judge and react to a woman walking down the street in a purple wig and spandex body suit with layers of red polka dot silk wrapped around her to form a bell shaped tent? What is accurate and inaccurate to conclude about her appearance? Research is the foundation for understanding consumers and making informed decisions. Based on their experience in academia, the authors provide the tools for students and professionals to analyze and develop critical thinking skills and sift through what is read and seen to understand the target market for which they will design, buy, market, or manage in the fashion industry. Both a textbook and manual for undergraduate and graduate students studying research methods used in the fashion industry, it can also serve as a reference for industry professionals.

This authoritative, widely cited book has been used all over the world. The fourth edition incorporates the latest developments in the field while maintaining the core objectives of previous editions: to correlate properties with chemical structure and to describe methods that permit the estimation and prediction of numerical properties from chemical structure, i.e. nearly all properties of the solid, liquid, and dissolved states of polymers.

* extends coverage of critical topics such as electrical and magnetic properties, rheological properties of polymer melts, and environmental behavior and failure
* discusses liquid crystalline polymers across chapters 6, 15, and 16 for greater breadth and depth of coverage
* increases the number of supporting illustrations from approximately 250 (in the previous edition) to more than 400 to further aid in visual understanding

The purpose of this field guide is to assist organizations, step by step, in implementing a quality management system (QMS) in conformance with ISO 9001:2008, whether from scratch or by transitioning from ISO 9001:2000. It examines each sub-clause of Sections 4 through 8 of ISO 9001:2008, which contain the requirements, and gives a list of the documentation/documents required, internal audit questions, a summary of management s responsibilities, and a flowchart of the steps that need to be undertaken to satisfy the requirements. It also includes a sectional cross-evaluation that shows where the requirements in each sub-clause within ISO 9001:2000 appear in ISO 9001:2008. What separates this field guide from most other books on ISO 9001:2008 and its implementation are the flow charts showing the steps to be taken in implementing a QMS to meet sub-clause requirements. Each flowchart is also accompanied with text explaining what the flow chart represents and how it is to be used. This field guide has been created in order to foster an inner reliance between senior management, middle management, functional teams, and the individual. Readers will find within it practical tools, tips, and techniques. A QMS created using this field guide will not only satisfy ISO 9001:2008 requirements, but also provide a set of processes that suits each individual organization, and foster continual improvement of the system and the processes of the organization as it matures.

Focusing on the underlying structure of a system, Optimal Design of Queueing Systems explores how to set the parameters of a queueing system, such as arrival and service rates, before putting it into operation. It considers various objectives, comparing individually optimal (Nash equilibrium), socially optimal, class optimal, and facility optimal flow allocations.

After an introduction to basic design models, the book covers the optimal arrival rate model for a single-facility, single-class queue as well as dynamic algorithms for finding individually or socially optimal arrival rates and prices. It then examines several special cases of multiclass queues, presents models in which the service rate is a decision variable, and extends models and techniques to multifacility queueing systems. Focusing on networks of queues, the final chapters emphasize the qualitative properties of optimal solutions.

Written by a long-time, recognized researcher on models for the optimal design and control of queues and networks of queues, this book frames the issues in the general setting of a queueing system. It shows how design models can control flow to achieve a variety of objectives.

Operations managementOperations management
Kruger, David.

This edition features the latest concepts and applications while not losing focus on the core concepts that made the previous edition so successful. It contains additional exercise and interesting comments, included in each chapter, which emphasize topical Operations Management issues. This edition is also contemporized to keep abreast of current developments in the field. It is thus a very well suited text for undergraduate students who hope to obtain a solid grounding in the subject.

”This book is the second edition of a title, first published in 2005, in which the authors have already established a reputation for good writing and attractive presentation across the field of nanoscience.

Unsurprisingly, the book is perfectly balanced and contains many new chapters with detailed and comprehensive information about a wide variety of nanomaterials / nanoapproaches of interest to people from different backgrounds. From nanoflowers to nanocubes through lithography, self-assembly and biomaterials, the highly challenging task of covering as much as possible of the immense and fast-moving nanochemistry/technology area has been successfully and elegantly accomplished.

Excellently written and well-structured, the book also includes a very appropiate nano-introduction with the basics, many references and interesting ‘nanofood for thought’ questions in each chapter that add value to the book. Being one of the best and most comprehensive available texbooks on the subject and not being particularly ‘nano’ sized (820 pages), it is also a magnificent value for money.

In summary, this second edition of Nanochemistry: A Chemical Approach to Nanomaterials is not only a ‘must have’ in the collection of anyone with a minimum chemistry/materials background, but also a comprehensive masterpiece of art that will introduce readers from various backgrounds to the fascinating world of nanomaterials and nanoscience.’’

-Rafael Luque, CHEMISTRY WORLD, August, 2009

Modeling and Analysis of Enterprise and Information Systems – From Requirements to Realization discusses the basic principles of enterprise architecture and enterprise modeling. After an introduction to the field the General Enterprise Modeling Architecture is presented. The new architecture includes a set of models and methods. It describes different aspects of the system and covers its life cycle. Its models are structuralized models with multi-layers and multi-views. They are descriptions and cognitions of the system at the top level and provide tools and methodology to understand, design, develop and implement the system.

This book is intended for researchers and graduate students in the field of industrial engineering, management engineering and information engineering. Enterprise Models discussed in this book provide a rich source in enterprise diagnosis, business process reengineering and information system implementation.

The Massachusetts Quilt Documentation Project (MassQuilts) is a volunteer organization that holds “documentation days” across the state to identify, date, and photograph pre-1950 quilts in private and museum collections. Formally organized in 1994, to date 6,000 quilts have been documented (the original goal was 3,000). These quilts provide a window through which to view the history of the state, telling stories of international trade and domestic manufacture, economic booms and busts, national politics, and neighborly discourse. The project focuses on quilts that have a history of original use in Massachusetts. Massachusetts Quilts will present the group’s findings. Essays by experts will lend context to catalogue-like entries on notable quilts. The quilts themselves will star, in over 200 illustrations, most of them rich in color.

-Content provided by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Dec 07 2009

Style — In Fashion: Coco Chanel’s Biggest Fan — Rock & Republic’s Andrea Bernholtz turns to the designer for many kinds of inspiration

Straddling the bed are matching framed black-and-white photos: one of Ms. Chanel; the other of Ms. Bernholtz dressed as Ms. Chanel for Halloween, sporting a Chanel boucle jacket with vintage Chanel heels and pearls and a Chanel quilted handbag. On a recent Saturday Ms. Bernholtz spent a rare afternoon at home, lounging with friends on a sofa on her rooftop, which features an outdoor fireplace, Jacuzzi, plasma TV and bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean.