NEW CEO AT SHOPKO: Shopko Stores chief executive officer Michael MacDonald is leaving the company to become president and ceo of DSW Inc. W. Paul Jones, currently Shopko’s president and chief merchandising officer, will succeed MacDonald as ceo of Shopko. Jones joined the Green Bay, Wis.-based Shopko in November 2007 after a 20-year career at companies including May Department Stores, Kohl’s and Sears. Since joining Shopko, Jones has implemented a new merchandising strategy based on differentiated brands and strong promotional values. At DSW, MacDonald succeeds Jay Schottenstein as ceo. Schottenstein continues as chairman.
COUNTERFEITS COSTLY FOR N.Y.C.: New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said last week that the national domestic counterfeit industry costs the city about $1 billion in lost tax revenue annually. Speaking at an anticounterfeiting summit hosted by Harper’s Bazaar, Kelly called the manufacturers and distributors of knockoffs, responsible for about $600 billion in sales nationally, “a shadow industry that continues to lengthen its reach.” The commissioner said in 2008 the New York Police Department seizures related to counterfeit goods came to $25 million, about $2 million taken from personal bank accounts held by those suspected of counterfeiting, and made more than 2,000 arrests for trademark counterfeiting. Still, Kelly called for stricter punishments for the crime. “True counterfeiting is a threat to democracy and a threat to the rule of law,” he said.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)