- AGASSI SUES TARGET: Former tennis star Andre Agassi's firm, Agassi Enterprises Inc., has filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, alleging mark infringement and unfair competition. Agassi Enterprises said that the retailer, without authorization, used marks on sandals that contained the "name, image, likeness and other attributes" associated with its namesake. Agassi Enterprises, which has the right to use and sublicense the Agassi marks, is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, an accounting of profits and unspecified damages. "Target has made every effort to rebrand the merchandise in our stores and on Target.com.,'' a spokeswoman said. "We will continue to work...to rectify the situation.''
- BEVERLY HILLS DEAL: Two Rodeo, the 129,000-square-foot luxury shopping center in Beverly Hills, home to Jimmy Choo, Versace, Tiffany & Co. and Cole Haan stores, has been sold for more than $275 million to Sloane Capital, a real estate consortium in Ireland. Rodeo Owner Corp., a family trust, had owned the center, located at Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard, since 2000. Two Rodeo was built by San Francisco developer Douglas Stitzel in the Nineties as a European-style open-air retail thoroughfare.
- WEB APPOINTMENT: Luxury e-tailer Net-a-porter.com has appointed Alison Loehnis as vice president of sales and marketing, a new role at the company. She will report to company founder Natalie Massanet. Previously, Loehnis was global sales and marketing director for shirtmaker Thomas Pink. In her new position, she will oversee sales and marketing and be responsible for the sales growth of Net-a-porter in existing and new markets. At Pink, Loehnis led strategic brand marketing, including advertising, partnerships, public relations, visual merchandising and customer service. Net-a-porter has no plans to expand into men's wear, Loehnis said.
- CEO NAMED: I.C. Isaacs & Co. Inc. said last week that interim chief executive officer Robert S. Stec agreed to take the post on a noninterim basis by entering into a long-term employment agreement. He has served as interim ceo for five months. The company also said in a statement that it reached an agreement in principle "for a three-year extension of its Girbaud license through 2014 for both men's and women's product. The company believes that this is a key development in its ongoing effort to affect a turnaround of the company and its financial performance."
@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