The Talbots Inc. secured a new $75 million term loan, boosting its liquidity as the retailer searches for a replacement for president and chief executive officer Trudy Sullivan and considers its strategic options, which could include a sale of the firm.The new term loan was led by Wells Fargo Bank and is secured by a first lien on some of the retailer’s real estate and on its intellectual property, equipment and fixtures, as well as a second lien on the rest of its assets. It carries an interest rate equal to 10 percent plus the London Interbank Offered Rate. Talbots also amended its $200 million secured revolving credit facility with GE Capital.RELATED STORY: Sycamore Signs Talbots Confidentiality Agreement >>“These transactions enhance the company’s liquidity, and provide Talbots with greater financial flexibility to support the board’s evaluation of a full range of strategic alternatives,” said Sullivan, who is leading the firm until a successor is found. “We are pleased to have the continued support of GE Capital, as well as this new commitment led by Wells Fargo.”In December, Talbots turned down a takeover offer from Sycamore Partners, which owns 9.9 percent of its stock, and said it would look into strategic alternatives with the help of Perella Weinberg Partners. “The board has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation and the company stated that there can be no assurance of any transaction as a result of the board’s review,” Talbots said. Talbots has 517 stores across 46 states.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. 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