• BUXBAUM STALKING HORSE FOR S&K TRADEMARKS: The Buxbaum Group has been chosen as stalking-horse bidder for the intellectual property of the now-defunct S&K Menswear chain. S&K filed bankruptcy in February, and its 105 stores were liquidated by Gordon Brothers Retail Partners beginning in May after the company was unable to find a buyer or the financing to continue to operate. That process has been completed, according to Margaret Birlem, a partner in Streambank LLC, an advisory firm specializing in intangible assets. Streambank has reached a deal to sell S&K’s intangible assets to Buxbaum for $165,000. This includes the store name as well as its private brands Roberto Villinni, Kilburne & Finch and Daniel Gray, and its database of more than 2.5 million customers. The Buxbaum offer is subject to higher and better bids and bankruptcy court approval. S&K has filed a motion with the court seeking approval of the sale procedures, setting a bid deadline of Nov. 6, and an auction date of Nov. 10.
• BUY RESPONSIBLE CAMPAIGN BOWS: The International Organization for Migration launched a campaign in Brussels on Monday, aimed at creating greater consumer awareness of goods manufactured by trafficked and exploited workers worldwide. The campaign, titled “Buy Responsibly,” was designed by Saatchi & Saatchi Geneva and features TV spots to run in Europe of exploited workers trapped under an upside-down shopping cart. The IOM initiative is also backed by the Clean Clothes Campaign alliance, the Council of Europe and the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility. The IOM said about 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually and more than 12 million people are estimated to be in forced or bonded labor and working in appalling conditions, including some in textile mills and apparel sweatshops, but primarily in agriculture and construction. Campaign organizers are telling shoppers to find out where the food and goods are processed or manufactured to avoid indirectly supporting slave labor with their purchases.
• NEW CEO AT TECHNOMARINE U.S.: Steven E. Cohen has been named chief executive officer of TechnoMarine in the U.S. Cohen has more than 20 years of experience in the fine watch sector, with stints as president of Movado Group’s Canadian division and as the American president of Ebel, also under the Movado flagship. Based in Miami, Cohen will shuttle to and from Geneva, where the watch company is based. Cohen reports to Vincent Perriard, who was appointed ceo of TechnoMarine Group in August after leaving Movado Group Inc., where he was president of the Concord brand.
• GALA HELD: The second annual perfumery industry gala for La Fondation Motrice, a foundation for research into cerebral palsy, took place Thursday night at the Observatory in Paris. One hundred and eighty people attended, including Andrea Casiraghi, the organization’s patron, and Iman. At least 22 beauty companies were represented. Fun-filled festivities high above Paris’ rooftops involved operatic performances, a magician deft with disappearing tricks and combustion, plus a lively raffle.
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