ARCANDOR NET FALLS: In its short 2007 financial year, spanning the first nine months of 2007, taxes and write-offs for divisions it no longer owns drastically reduced net profits 96 percent for Arcandor AG, while unadjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization improved 15.1 percent. In final figures released Wednesday, net profits for Arcandor, the renamed holding company of the former KarstadtQuelle AG, fell to 16.3 million euros, or $21.9 million at average exchange, from 479 million euros, or $644 million, in the prior year, while EBITDA climbed to 1.2 billion euros, or $1.57 billion, from 1 billion euros, or $1.37 billion. Adjusted group sales for the nine months rose 72 percent to 14.3 billion euros, or $19.2 billion. Arcandor confirmed its earnings and revenues forecast for fiscal 2008-09, calling for sales of 23 billion euros, or $34 billion, EBITDA of 1.3 billion euros, or $1.9 billion, and in a first-ever EBIT forecast, operative earnings of 850 million euros, or $1.3 billion.
SELECTIVE EYEWEAR TAPS PRESIDENT: Selective Eyewear Elements, which operates the SEE eyewear chain, based in Southfield, Mich., has named David Desjardins as president. Desjardins will report to chief executive officer Richard Golden, who also had held the president's title, and will be responsible for overseeing field and internal operations for the company. Most recently, Desjardins was chief stores officer for Delia's Inc. There are 20 SEE stores nationwide and the company plans to open 100 units in the next five years.
GANT SUSPENDED: Gant shares were suspended from trading Wednesday in Stockholm pending a statement from the stock exchange. Swiss retailer Maus Frères last month mounted a hostile takeover bid for the Swedish sportswear company. Both Maus and Gant declined to comment. Maus is now the biggest single shareholder in Gant with over 35 percent.
CURRIE TO TAHARI: Elie Tahari Ltd. tapped Scott Currie as vice president of communications, effective Feb. 18. He will join from Susan Magrino Agency, where he worked for the past seven years, most recently as executive vice president. At Tahari, Currie will be in charge of the communications efforts for the Elie Tahari collection, including women's wear, men's wear and accessories. He also will oversee the personal public relations for Elie and Rory Tahari, who are the company's chairman and vice chairman and creative director, respectively. Currie will report to both Elie and Rory Tahari.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion