STEPPING INSIDE: Gianfranco Ferré SpA is taking footwear in-house and beefing up its design department under new creative director Lars Nilsson. The Italian fashion house said it has agreed by mutual consent to terminate its license with Vicini SpA for the production and distribution of Gianfranco Ferré footwear six months early in spring 2008 and create a division devoted exclusively to shoes and accessories. The decision ties in with Nilsson's first collection for the brand, scheduled for fall 2008. IT Holding SpA, which owns Gianfranco Ferré, will handle logistics. "With this decision, we are bringing in-house the products representing the greatest potential for the company's growth," Gianfranco Ferré chief executive Michela Piva said.
FREE TRADING WITH PERU: President Bush signed the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Friday that provides permanent duty free treatment for apparel imports from the Andean country. Peru was enjoying duty free status under another program that was set to expire. With those benefits locked in, Peruvian exporters, who shipped $845.1 million worth of apparel to the U.S. for the year ended Oct. 31, will now have a more predictable business environment.
SEARS' OFFICIAL BID: Sears Holdings Corp. said Friday that it submitted a draft acquisition agreement to Restoration Hardware Inc. that offers to pay stockholders $6.75 a share in cash through a tender offer, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The specialty home goods retailer declared Sears an "excluded party" under terms of a prior acquisition deal with Catterton Partners. The move allows negotiations between Sears and Restoration Hardware to proceed. Catterton Partners' offer is for $6.70 a share, which was made in early November. Sears previously made an unofficial bid for the specialty retailer.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion