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November 22, 1991 - Image 52

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-11-22

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I BUSINESS

WHERE DO YOU
THINK DESIGNER
MEN'S FASHIONS ARE
MORE AFFORDABLE?

A. MADISON AVENUE AT 72ND ST.

B. NORTH MICHIGAN'AVENUE AT OAK ST.

C. 10 MILE ROAD, JUST WEST OF
SOUTHFIELD.

(C.) AT THE NEW VAN DYKES ON 10 MILE RD., JUST WEST OF
SOUTHFIELD, NOT ONLY IS THE RENT MORE AFFORDABLE,
BUT SO ARE OUR GREAT DESIGNER FASHIONS. RIGHT NOW,
DURING OUR PRE-HOLIDAY SALE, LORENZO LATIN! ALL
WOOL SINGLE AND DOUBLE-BREASTED SUITS ARE 1/2 OFF.

PRE-HOLIDAY SALE

10 MILE RD. JUST W OF SOUTHFIELD RD., SOUTHFIELD, MI

Unmentionables

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landmark. The museum in-
cludes the stunning bras
once worn by comedian
Milton Berle and by Tony
Curtis in Some Like It Hot.
Profits for Frederick's
have been lucrative since its
establishment. The store's
more than $98 million
profits for 1990 increased 23
percent from $80 million in
1989, and jumped from $65
million in 1988 and $58 mill-
ion in 1987. Sales are ex-
pected to reach $110 million
in 1991.
Retail stores likewise
posted profits this past year,
increasing from $4 million
in 1989 to $5.6 million in
1990. That same year, six
Frederick's shops closed and
25 new ones opened. Stores
are located in 37 U.S. states.
The Frederick's mail-order
business, which accounts for
about 39 percent of the com-
pany's total sales, saw a 30
percent increase in 1990, up
from $29,265,000 in 1989 to
$38,181,000. Last year,
Frederick's distributed
about 26 million catalogs; in
1991 it will send out 30
million.
Frederick's, which is listed
on the New York Stock
Exchange, has seen its
slumps: in the early 1980s,
stock dropped from $7 to
$1.90 a share. But business
revived in 1985, when

George Townson took over
as chairman of the board.
Mr. lbwnson, who called his
approach a "desleazification"
of Frederick's, revamped both
the look of retail stores and
the company's merchandise.
Catalog drawings were
replaced by photographs,
and some of the racier outfits
were removed. The
Hollywood store also receiv-
ed a facelift, with "the pur-

Although the
French bikinis,
which Mr.
Frederick's
introduced in the
950s, included
6"-high panties and
a fully covered top,
they were
considered
scandalous.

ple palace" redone in subtle
pinks and whites.
Celebrating the new
Frederick's look, Los
Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley
declared Nov. 8, 1989,
"Frederick's of Hollywood
Day."
Frederick Mellinger
retired in 1984 and died in
1990. His wife, Harriett, re-
mains active in the com-
pany.



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Bush Thwarts Plans
To Arrest Ashrawi

Jeruslaem (JTA) — Presi-
dent Bush is credited with
thwarting any plans the
Israeli authorities may have
had to arrest Hanan
Ashrawi, who was
spokesperson for the Pales-
tinians at the recent Middle
East peace conference in
Madrid.
Israeli police said late last
week that they had suffi-
cient evidence to hold her for
trial on charges of violating
the Israeli law forbidding
contacts with Palestine Lib-
eration Organization repre-
sentatives. But they have
not acted.
Mr. Bush is said to have
expressed concern about
"the plight of Hanan
Ashrawi" at the end of a
meeting last Friday with 23
prominent Arab Americans
at the White House.
One of them, George
Salem of the executive board
of the Arab American In-
stitute, reported that the
president "shook my hand as
he was leaving and said,

`Please know that Hanan is
on my mind and I'm paying
very close attention to what
is happening over there.' "
In Washington, State
Department deputy spokes-
man Richard Boucher also
expressed concern Friday
about media reports that the
Israeli police had recom-
mended Ashrawi's prosecu-
tion.
The West Bank activist,
who lectures at Bir Zeit
University, gained global
recognition for her elo-
quence in presenting the Pa-
lestinian case at Madrid.
Although not official
members of the Palestinian
negotiating delegation, Ms.
Ashrawi and her east
Jerusalem colleague Faisal
Husseini advised the delega-
tion, which had one bilateral
session with the Israelis.
Both Ms. Ashrawi and Mr.
Husseini met frequently in
Jerusalem with U.S. Secre-
tary of State James Baker
during the months leading
to the conference opening.

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