- MARKS AND SPENCER EXPANDS IN INDIA: Marks and Spencer Group plc said it plans to launch 50 stores in India over the next five years with Reliance Industries. Together, the two companies have invested 29 million pounds, or $57 million at current exchange, in the business. M&S said it will take a 51 percent interest in the new company, called Marks and Spencer Reliance India Pvt Ltd., while Reliance Retail will control the remaining 49 percent. M&S has 14 franchise stores in India run by Planet Retail, and the company said it expected to continue to run those stores. The new deal is part of M&S' strategy to grow its international business to make up between 15 and 20 percent of the group's revenues within the next five years. Last month, the company signed a joint venture with its Eastern European franchise partner, COMS, to open 30 stores in Central and Eastern Europe over the next few years.
- LOEHMANN'S PICKS POLITZER: Loehmann's named Jerry Politzer chief executive officer Tuesday, confirming an April 16 report in WWD. He succeeds Robert Friedman, who is retiring, but will serve as vice chairman of Loehmann's board and a consultant to parent company Istithmar World Capital. Politzer was most recently president of Value City Department Stores. Loehmann's has "exceptional growth potential," Politzer said. The off-pricer has more than 60 stores in 17 states.
- HARTMARX DEAL: Hartmarx Corp. has signed a deal with Airwair International Ltd. and R Griggs Group Ltd., the holders of the worldwide license for Dr. Martens, to manufacture and market women's and men's casual apparel under the Dr. Martens name. The sportswear will be made, marketed and sold by HMX Sportswear Inc., a New York-based subsidiary of Chicago-based Hartmarx. The launch collection will feature men's wear for fall 2009, followed by women's apparel in 2010. The lines will include denim jeans, cotton shirts, sweatshirts and outerwear.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews