- WATTS TO QVC: Claire Watts, former vice president of merchandising at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will join QVC Inc. on Jan. 7 and become president of U.S. commerce in May. Watts will oversee planning, programming, merchandising, broadcasting, TV sales and QVC.com for the U.S. operation. She will report to Mike George, president and chief executive officer of QVC. While Watts is credited with weeding out dated brands, building up Wal-Mart's product development division and opening a Manhattan trend office, she was also the architect of an unsuccessful plan to bring trendier and pricier fashions and home decor to Wal-Mart. She resigned in July after a decade at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer. She began her career in the May Co.'s executive training program. Watts subsequently held senior merchandising and product positions at Paul Harris, the Limited and Lands' End.
- PLAYING DEFENSE: A federal agency group, including the Commerce Department's Office of Textiles and Apparel, has launched a Web site intended to make it easier for American apparel and textile manufacturers to get information on the often-complicated rules of the Berry Amendment, a law that requires the Department of Defense to buy domestically produced apparel and textiles unless products are not made in the U.S. or in cases of national security. Defense contracts are vital to the U.S. textile and apparel industry, which produces products ranging from uniforms to tents and boots for the military. The DOD bought more than $2.2 billion in fiscal 2006 in apparel and textiles, according to government estimates. The Web site is otexa.ita.doc.gov/berry.htm.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive