Cherokee Inc. Thursday reported an increase in first-quarter royalty revenues while earnings fell on expenses incurred to upgrade its financial controls.
In the three months ended May 4, the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based brand management firm generated net income of $1.6 million, or 19 cents a diluted share, 21.7 percent below the $2.1 million, or 25 cents, reported for the first quarter of 2012. Stripping out $958,000 in professional fees related to the review and upgrade of financial controls, net income was $2.2 million, or 27 cents, 7.9 percent higher than the year-ago period.
Royalty revenues expanded 7.2 percent to $8.1 million from $7.5 million in the year-ago quarter, with income from the Liz Lange business, acquired last September, and higher revenues from international licensees partially offset by the loss of royalties previously derived from Zellers. Target, which holds the license for Cherokee in the U.S., has taken over numerous Zellers locations in Canada and has added rights to the Cherokee name in Canada as well.
Henry Stupp, chief executive officer, noted double-digit growth with the company’s licensees in China, RT Mart, and Japan, Nishimatsuya, as well as a “solid start” in its relationship with Tesco, which has relaunched the Cherokee brand in the U.K. and several European markets.
“We also remain encouraged by our domestic growth potential as we head into the important back-to-school season,” Stupp said. “Target’s sales of Cherokee branded merchandise for the month of May alone experienced a double-digit increase.”
Cherokee in April delayed the release of its annual report after finding that its internal mechanisms for financial reporting “were not effective with respect to certain controls.” The delay followed the hiring of Jason Boling as its chief financial officer, replacing Mark DiSiena, and the appointment of Ernst & Young LLC as its auditor, replacing Moss Adams LLP.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast