The Calvin Klein business was the fourth-quarter superstar at Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., which managed to drive net income up 13.4 percent despite weakness in the group's other wholesale and retail businesses.
"Calvin Klein continues to exhibit strength both domestically and internationally and is driving our revenue and earnings growth," said Emanuel Chirico, chairman and chief executive officer. "There continues to be high global demand for our Calvin Klein brand, and this demand continues to grow as we enter into additional markets, such as China, India and Russia, and new product categories, such as cosmetics."
Profits in the quarter advanced to $30.3 million, or 55 cents a diluted share, from $26.8 million, or 47 cents, a year ago. Total revenues for the three months ended Feb. 3 rose 4.9 percent to $584.5 million from $557 million, which included a 4 percent gain in wholesale sales to $507 million.
For the year, earnings shot up 30 percent to $183.3 million, or $3.21 a diluted share, on a 16 percent rise in revenues to $2.43 billion.
In the quarter, operating earnings for the firm's Calvin Klein licensing segment increased 37 percent to $33.4 million on a 14.2 percent rise in revenues to $70 million.
Chirico said the company would continue to keep "international growth opportunities at the forefront of our strategy."
Some of those initiatives include Izod women's sportswear, Calvin Klein specialty stores and Timberland men's sportswear. About 25 percent of the firm's consolidated earnings before interest and taxes are generated internationally, "driven by a significant international component of the Calvin Klein licensing business," Chirico said.
Earnings per diluted share are slated to rise to $3.30 to $3.40 in 2008 on a projected sales gain of 7 to 8 percent to $2.6 billion.
Also on Monday, PVH said it inked a licensing deal with Arvind Mills to produce and market Izod-branded apparel in India. Under the new license, Arvind can distribute the goods both at wholesale and through Izod-branded stores. Arvind was founded in 1931, and also has a joint venture with VF Corp. to sell that company's Wrangler, Lee, Nautica, and Kipling brands on the subcontinent.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast