In Brief: St. John Licenses Eyewear… Cache Net Declines… Falling Up…
St. John said Wednesday that it has signed a multiyear license agreement with Venice-based Visibilia SpA for production and worldwide distribution of a sunglass and prescription eyewear collection, which will sell exclusively in St. John boutiques for...
ST. JOHN LICENSES EYEWEAR: St. John said Wednesday that it has signed a multiyear license agreement with Venice-based Visibilia SpA for production and worldwide distribution of a sunglass and prescription eyewear collection, which will sell exclusively in St. John boutiques for spring. The brand will launch globally for wholesale in May at the MID trade show in Milan. The frames will retail for $200 to $500. St. John is Visibilia’s first U.S. licensing partner.
CACHE NET DECLINES: Caché Inc. reported on Wednesday a 77 percent drop in third-quarter earnings, impacted by increased markdowns. For the three months ended Sept. 29, earnings fell to $161,000, or 1 cent a diluted share, from $690,000, or 4 cents, in the year prior. Sales for the quarter declined 61 percent to $1.5 million from $4.1 million last year, while total same-store sales increased 4 percent.
FALLING UP: Hennes & Mauritz reported sales in September improved 25 percent, a reversal of the disappointing sales trend in August, which H&M said was beset by adverse weather conditions. The Swedish fast-fashion giant said same-store sales in September gained 12 percent. In August, same-store sales declined 1 percent. H&M is gearing up for the launch on Nov. 8 of its latest designer collaboration, with Roberto Cavalli.
EYEWEAR FIRMS MERGE: StyleMark, eyewear distributor and holding company for such brands as StyleScience, Riviera and Polaroid Eyewear, has merged with Motive Eyewear, the holding company for Lantis Eyewear, Personal Optics and Lantis Merchandising Services and Optimax in Canada. Motive Eyewear is a leading eyewear distributor in North America, selling more than 30 million pairs of eyewear under 18 brands, including Dockers, ESPN, Mudd, Hilary Duff and Kathy Van Zeeland. Motive Eyewear will continue to maintain design offices in New York with distribution based in Anaheim, Calif.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye