Quicksilver Inc. is joining the legions of apparel and retail companies going on a capex diet.
The Huntington Beach, Calif.-based surfwear specialist said in its annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, that it plans to reduce capital expenditures in the current fiscal year to between $60 million and $70 million, funded “primarily from our operating cash flows and our credit facilities.”
The projected amount is down from $93.7 million in 2008, when investment increases were channeled to company-owned stores, warehouse equipment and computer systems.
Quiksilver also disclosed that, during the first quarter ending this month, it expects to incur a pretax loss of $150 million on its November disposition of the Rossignol business, offset in part by a tax benefit of about $91 million.
Quiksilver bought Rossignol in 2005 for about $320 million, but sold it to Chartreuse & Mont Blanc for $50.8 million, with $12.7 million of the amount coming in the form of a seller’s note. The original sale price of about $147 million, agreed upon in August, was cut by nearly two-thirds following the arrival of the global credit crisis in mid-September.
Hurt by impairment charges and results from the discontinued Rossignol operation, the firm lost $226.3 million last year as revenues advanced 10.6 percent to $2.26 billion.
“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