• BULGARI SHARES FALL: Shares in Bulgari SpA fell the most in more than five years on the Milan Bourse Monday. The decline came after the Italian jeweler on Friday narrowed its full-year guidance to the lower end of estimates following a drop in second-quarter earnings. HSBC was among bank and securities firms to cut ratings or share price estimates on the stock, downgrading Bulgari to “neutral.” “The bulk of the downward revision is coming from the watch segment, which we believe will be the most impacted by the economic slowdown,” HSBC analyst Antoine Belge wrote in a note. Bulgari closed down 8.3 percent to 6.33 euros, or $9.86 at current exchange. Following the close of trading on Friday, Bulgari reported that second-quarter profits fell 8.8 percent to 31.4 million euros, or $49.1 million at average exchange.
• HAMPSHIRE, KUTTNER PEACE DEAL: Hampshire Group Ltd. and its former chief executive officer Ludwig Kuttner have resolved their dispute concerning Kuttner’s alleged fraud, mismanagement and tax evasion during his tenure. The company has purchased almost 2.4 million shares of its common stock, about 30 percent of those outstanding, from Kuttner, his family and an affiliate for $5 a share, or a total of almost $12 million. Pursuant to the purchase, Kuttner paid Hampshire nearly $1.6 million, netting the former chief executive and his family and affiliates about $10.4 million. Both Kuttner’s complaint against Hampshire for wrongful discharge and Hampshire’s suit against Kuttner have been withdrawn. Michael Jackson, Hampshire’s chairman, said “the resolution of the arbitration and the Delaware litigation with Mr. Kuttner will eliminate both an ongoing cost and the burden that litigation imposes on Hampshire stockholders and management.” Kuttner was dismissed in 2006.
• BURANIS TO INCREASE HOLDING: Italy’s Mariella Burani Fashion Group SpA said Monday that controlling shareholder the Burani family was finalizing a public tender offer for a further 15 to 18 percent of the company at a price of 17 euros, or $26.47 at current exchange, to 18 euros, or $28.03, a share. Mariella Burani said last month that the family would create a special-purpose vehicle for part or all of the outstanding stock, which could lead to a delisting from the Milan Stock Exchange STAR segment for small companies. Mariella Burani closed down 3.5 percent to 15.50 euros, or $24.13.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)