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.
@deciem is all about transparency and approachability. At this year’s WWD Digital Beauty Forum, the brand's co-CEO @nicolakilner said talking to customers directly about the ingredients in products and how they work is key. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
‘We didn't know how relevant our film would be when we were making it. When Steven [Rogers] wrote the script Trump wasn't president, class divide in America wasn't as evident as it is now, though it was present. The Time’s Up movement hadn't began and the way we look at women and treat women who speak out — thankfully that is something that seems to have shifted in the last year. I think we just need to continue making art that provokes the conversation and do what we can,’ said ‘I, Tonya’ actress @margotrobbie. Head to WWD.com to see all the celebrities who walked the red carpet @bafta #timesup #wwdeye (📸: Neil Hall)
Gemma Arterton is joined on the @bafta’s red carpet by Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, the two women who started the fight for the pay-gap. ‘They represent a normal person speaking out for what is right. Speak out, we will listen and anyone can speak out,’ said Arterton. #eebaftas #timesup #wwdeye (📸: David Fisher)
On the list of emerging designers to watch at London Fashion Week is @nabilnayal. The Syrian-Born and raised designer – who is known for his sculptural and dramatic designs with an Elizabethan era aesthetic – said he designs for a woman who is not afraid to challenge conventions. To see which other up-and-coming talents are joining the schedule this season, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @gomezdevillaboa)