SEARS JOB CUTS: Sears Holdings Corp. plans on cutting 200 support jobs from its Hoffman Estates, Ill., headquarters, trimming 4 percent of its 5,000-strong workforce there. Last month, the corporate parent to Sears and Kmart said it would break its business into five units to streamline operations. "As we've previously stated, Sears Holdings' results have not been satisfactory and because of that, as part of a continuing process, we are assessing our business priorities, cost structures and organization and, when and where necessary, we will be making adjustments," said a spokesman. "This week, approximately 200 associates from our support center locations were impacted after a review of our organization. We offered those associates severance packages and outplacement services to assist with their transition."
U.S. APPEALS WTO RULING: The U.S. has filed an appeal of a World Trade Organization compliance panel ruling last fall that affirmed Brazil's complaint that the U.S. had failed to fully implement judgments that found American cotton subsidies broke global trade rules. "We believe that the changes made by the United States have brought its programs into full compliance with the WTO's recommendations and rulings in the original cotton case," said a spokeswoman for U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab. Brazilian trade officials have stated that if the U.S. loses the appeal, Brazil would have the right to retaliate for up to $1 billion a year in sanctions until Washington fully complies with the rulings.
IP ENFORCEMENT UP: According to a report released Monday by Chris Israel, U.S. coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement, the Department of Justice reported a 7 percent increase in intellectual property cases in fiscal year 2007. The Department of Justice filed 217 intellectual property cases in 2007 versus 204 in 2006. The number of cases filed increased 30 percent between 2007 and 2005. The number of defendants sentenced for intellectual property crimes increased 35 percent to 287 in fiscal year 2007 from 213 the prior year. The prosecutions in 2007 increased 92 percent from 2005 numbers.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye