Women's specialty retailer The Talbots Inc. on Friday said it completed the terms of its previously announced $50 million credit facility with Aeon Inc.The new facility with Aeon, a wholly owned subsidiary of Talbots' majority shareholder, Aeon Co. Ltd., supplements the retailer's existing working capital lines of credit of $165 million and brings its total working capital borrowing capacity to $215 million. The facility matures on Jan. 28, 2012."While we believe we had suffi cient liquidity to fund our turnaround, this facility represents added assurance and provides us with greater fl exibility as we continue with the implementation of our turnaround plan," chief financial officer and senior vice president Edward Larsen said on Friday at Oppenheimer & Co.'s Consumer Growth Conference in Boston.Trudy Sullivan, president and chief executive officer, has been working to streamline the brand. "This year is a pivotal point in our turnaround as it represents the first year of a three-year plan to reinvigorate our heritage Talbot's brand and push J. Jill further," Sullivan said at the Oppenheimer conference.In April, Talbot's stock price dropped when it disclosed that Bank of America and HSBC were pulling their letters of credit.The retailer said producers of roughly three-fourths of its purchases abroad had agreed to "open-account" terms, giving the store 45 days to make payments.Earlier this month, Talbots said it would reduce its corporate head count by about 9 percent, producing roughly $14 million in annual savings. The move eliminates a total of 129 positions.Talbots posted a 69 percent decline in fi rst-quarter earnings, hurt by its kids', men's and U.K. noncore businesses, as well as restructuring costs.For the three months ended May 3, earnings fell to $1.6 million, or 3 cents a diluted share, from $5.2 million, or 10 cents, in the year-ago period.
“I design by visualization. I see things, and most of the time they’re not practical to actually make, and what I’ve found here, it’s like anything’s possible. This is the first time that I’ve made a sole unit in two months. That process usually would take six, so here’s a difference,” said @virgilabloh of the first sneaker sample he created for @louisvuitton, pictured here. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim
“I genuinely fell in love with water, I fell in love with Fiji, I fell in love with the whole life that we lived for those few months,” says @mrsamclaflin of filming for his new movie “Adrift” with @shailenewoodley. The 31-year-old actor spoke with WWD about his upcoming projects, meeting Jamie Dornan and working with co-star Woodley. #wwdeye (📷: @jamstoker)
3 years ago, fans of the late singer Aaliyah started calling for a collaboration with @maccosmetics. With the strength of social media — including mock ups of products — 25,000 people signed a Change.org petition for a limited-edition collection, and MAC couldn’t ignore the buzz. Tomorrow, MAC will unveil MAC x Aaliyah, a tribute to the singer who passed away nearly 17 years ago. Head to our stories to preview the new collection, which was worked on by Aaliyah’s family and inspired directly by her makeup bag. #wwdbeauty
Artistic director @clarewaightkeller will be dedicating @givenchyofficial’s fall 2018 couture show in Paris on July 1 to house founder Hubert de Givenchy, who passed away in March at age 91. Givenchy said the collection would be “an homage to his iconic creations, technique, and personal lexicon” and a “celebration of his timeless elegance and grace.” Head to WWD.com to read more. #wwdfashion (📷: Delphine Achard)
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
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“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)