WILSONS TO CUT STORES, JOBS: Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. said it plans to close 160 stores and cut over 1,000 jobs in an effort to reduce costs. The company will remodel its 100 remaining stores to a new "Studio" concept, which will be a brand-driven store for women focusing on fashion accessories. The new accessories concept started testing last fall in four different regions, and the company said it was pleased with the initial results. Wilsons expects to complete the remodels by August. The company expects to launch an inventory liquidation and resolve lease terminations over the next 90 to 120 days. The store closures will result in the elimination of 938 store-related positions, and 64 cuts elsewhere.
DEL VECCHIO IN TAX PROBE: Luxottica Group SpA chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio has been ordered to pay 20.4 million euros, or $30 million, in missed tax payments and fines, Italian authorities told WWD on Monday. The charges relate to share transactions made in 1997 and 1998 via a holding company in Germany, which authorities claim Del Vecchio illegally used to avoid paying higher corporate taxes in Italy. Del Vecchio has denied the charges and is appealing the decision. If he does have to cough up the $30 million in payments and fines, Del Vecchio will be dipping in to a net worth estimated at $11.5 billion by Forbes magazine, putting him in 52nd place in last year's billionaires list. Authorities said the German holding company in question, Leofin, did not have any employees or other overheads, which justified it being incorporated in Germany. The case is not related to eyewear manufacturer Luxottica.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia