Sycamore was originally looking to buy the apparel side of Jones, while KKR & Co. was interested in acquiring the footwear business. But KKR dropped out and Sycamore shifted its interest to footwear and G-III Apparel Group zeroed in on the apparel business.
WWD reported in November that G-III dropped out, leaving the field to Sycamore.
WSJ.com reported Thursday that the deal would value Jones at $1.2 billion, or $15 a share. The stock rose 4.7 percent to $14.37 on Thursday with 3.6 million shares trading hands — more than three times the daily average.
It’s a big fish for Sycamore to reel in. Jones logged sales of $3.75 billion last year from about 35 brands.
Led by Stefan L. Kaluzny, Sycamore owns The Talbots Inc., Hot Topic Inc. and MGF Sourcing. Should a deal close, the company is expected to turn around and sell or license out parts of the business and perhaps to some familiar names.
G-III is said to still be interested in the Jones New York brand and Sherson Group, a longtime licensee of Jones’ Nine West footwear brand, previously hired investment bank Avalon Net Worth to try to buy the moderate footwear portfolio.
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