H&M REPORTS: Hennes & Mauritz reported Monday that its sales in November accelerated 14 percent thanks to store openings. The Swedish fast-fashion giant said same-store revenues inched up 1 percent versus November 2006. For its full fiscal year ended Nov. 30, H&M's sales increased 17 percent, or 5 percent on a same-store basis. H&M said it had 1,522 doors as of Nov. 30 compared with 1,345 in the year-ago period.
GOTTSCHALKS' WIDER LOSS: Gottschalks Inc. widened its loss in the third-quarter to $4.1 million, or 30 cents a diluted share, from a loss of $2.7 million, or 17 cents, last year. Sales for the quarter declined 7 percent to $137.4 million from $147.9 million, while same-store sales fell 5.1 percent. The company sited difficulty in its California stores due to home mortgages impacting the consumer. Gottschalks expects fourth-quarter earnings in the range of 40 cents to 50 cents a diluted share.
TALMAGE TAPPED FOR SOLSTICE: Safilo Group has appointed Rick Talmage as chief operating officer of Solstice Marketing Concepts, a privately held subsidiary of the global eyewear manufacturer. Talmage was previously vice president of retail development and global e-commerce at Tumi. He will oversee Solstice's day-to-day operations and growth of its two luxury sunwear specialty chains: Solstice Sunglass Boutique and Sunsights by Solstice, as well as Solstice Sunglass Outlet stores. He joins the firm on Jan. 7 and will report to Claudio Gottardi, chief executive officer of Safilo Group and Solstice Marketing Concepts.
FARM BILL PASSED: The Senate passed a $286 billion farm bill last week Friday by a vote of 79 to 14, that reestablishes some federal subsidies for textile mills and maintains subsidy programs for cotton farmers. The House passed a farm bill in July and the two must now be reconciled and sent to President Bush to sign. Bush has threatened to veto the bill, saying it is too expensive and doesn't go far enough in cutting subsidy programs. Brazil won a World Trade Organization case against U.S. cotton subsidy programs three years ago by arguing they were illegal and cost its farmers $600 million in lost sales. The U.S. abolished a key farm program that provided $2.4 billion worth of subsidies, but a WTO panel recently ruled the U.S. did not go far enough. Pending appeal, Brazil could have the right to retaliate with as much as $1 billion a year in sanctions.
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