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How German Fashion House Escada Clawed Its Way Back From Bankruptcy

A sports collection, new fabrics, fewer gold buttons and an influx of Indian money have Escada back on track. The German clothing company still isn't back to break-even, but sales – up 7% last year – look set to keep rising.

The Escada clothing brand is staging a comeback (Colros)
The Escada clothing brand is staging a comeback (Colros)
Carsten Dierig

BERLIN -- With Berlin Fashion Week -- the first big fashion event of 2012 -- just a week away, excitement is mounting in the world of clothing design. The energy is particularly high at Escada, as the Munich-based brand's new sports line will open the catwalk show in the German capital.

Just over two years ago, this honor would have been unthinkable. Escada, long associated with luxury and glamour, had just filed for bankruptcy. "Obviously, Escada's image suffered from the bankruptcy," says CEO Bruno Sälzer.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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