Zimmer resigned in a letter sent to the board which, like his comments and those of the board last week, clearly indicated strategic differences without providing specifics on their sources.
“It is clear from the board’s decision to terminate me from my role as executive chairman and my position as a senior management executive that the directors have determined to avoid addressing my growing concerns with recent board decisions and the strategic direction of the company I founded and successfully led for the past 40 years,” he wrote, indicating his departure was effective immediately.
“As the founder and still a major shareholder, I still care deeply about the company and its future,” he stated, concluding by encouraging the board to continue to adhere to the “guiding principle of servant leadership [that] made The Men’s Wearhouse the great company it is today.”
He remains the company’s largest noninstitutional shareholder, with nearly 1.8 million shares of stock, or 3.5 percent of those outstanding. Shares of the Fremont, Calif.-based men’s wear chain closed Monday at $35.13, down 66 cents or 1.8 percent, valuing Zimmer’s holdings at a little over $62.2 million.
Men’s Wearhouse, the largest U.S.-based men’s wear chain with $2.5 billion in 2012 sales, shocked the industry last Wednesday by dismissing Zimmer and canceling the annual meeting scheduled to be held later in the day, at which the ousted chairman was to stand for reelection as a director. The meeting has not been rescheduled and Zimmer’s status as its advertising spokesperson hasn’t been addressed by MW.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia