TALE OF THE TOP LINE: Thomson Reuters put the overall increase in April comparable-store sales at 8.9 percent, better than either its final estimate of 8.2 percent or last April’s 1.7 percent result. During a month helped by a late Easter, just as March was penalized by holiday timing, a dramatically smaller sample of teen retailers managed the best sectoral increase, 12.6 percent, followed closely by the 12.1 percent rise among discounters. In the Thomson sample, 60.9 percent of companies beat estimates while, for the first time in memory, none of the companies tracked by WWD experienced a decrease.
AMONG THE MISSING: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and Aéropostale Inc., two of the teen retailers that, along with American Eagle Outfitters Inc., discontinued the reporting of monthly comps as of February, checked in with quarterly updates that contrasted dramatically. A&F reported a 10 percent increase in first-quarter same-store sales, led by Hollister Co.’s 11 percent improvement, sending its share up 3.7 percent to $73.28 Thursday. Aéropostale could manage no better than a 7 percent reversal in comps and pulled back its EPS guidance to 20 cents, from a prior range of 35 cents to 38 cents, depressing its shares 16.5 percent to $21.19. Aéropostale chief executive officer Thomas Johnson pointed to a teen sector that “remains intensely promotional.”
MOOD OF THE MISS-BEGOTTEN: Although relatively few in number, the composition of the stores falling short of comp estimates Thursday was curious. At the high end, Saks Inc. and Nordstrom Inc. checked in with 5.8 percent and 7.6 percent increases, respectively, versus analyst projections of 10.3 percent and 8.1 percent growth. And midtier rivals J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Kohl’s Corp. posted respective gains of 6.4 percent and 10.2 percent against expectations of increases of 8.5 percent and 15.1 percent.
@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