- ESCADA SHARES SEESAW: Escada shares recovered Tuesday after the company denied it was about to issue its second profit warning this year. In April, Escada downwardly revised its fiscal 2007-2008 earnings expectations from low-single-digit growth in consolidated group sales and EBITDA to a high-single-digit decline in consolidated sales and a 25 percent drop in group EBITDA for the year ending Oct. 31. A report in Tuesday's Financial Times Germany asserting that problems in Escada's Primera division might require the company to again lower earning expectations initially sent shares tumbling 8 percent. A spokesman for the German fashion house called the FT report "highly speculative" and said the current prognosis remained valid. By the end of the day's trading, Escada closed up 11 cents, or 0.78 percent at 14.25 euros, $22.06 at current exchange. Escada will release first-half results on June 26.
- TALBOTS' NEW SUPPLY CHAIN POST: Gregory Poole has joined Talbots Inc. in the new position of executive vice president and chief supply chain officer. He is responsible for global manufacturing, sourcing, transportation and distribution centers at both Talbots and J. Jill, and reports to Trudy Sullivan, president and chief executive officer. Poole, former senior vice president and chief procurement officer of AnnTaylor Stores Corp., previously spent more than 13 years with Gap Inc. and has worked at Esprit de Corp. and The North Face.
- KEEPING IT ANONYMOUS: U.S. Customs & Border Patrol launched an online reporting system Tuesday for the public to anonymously report suspected trade violations. The system, called eAllegations, allows users to report things like intellectual property and quota violations. Users must submit information about the type of violation, a description of what happened, the goods involved and the name and company of the parties involved. The system will also allow for reporting misclassifications of merchandise, misleading country of origin markings, health and safety violations and other textile and trade infractions. The site is not intended for reporting security issues like terrorism.
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)