- PRINGLE REVIEWS SCOTTISH FACTORY: Pringle of Scotland has entered into a formal consultation process with British workers' union GMB after a major review of its manufacturing operations in Hawick, Scotland. The company said Tuesday that the indications from the review were that operations at Pringle's factory in Hawick, which produces heavy knitwear, may cease. The consultation process is expected to take around 30 days. The company said the proposal could affect up to 80 jobs at the factory. Other jobs located in Hawick, including those in Pringle's head office, its financial division and its customer relations department, will not be affected. "We are considering ways to improve the performance of the business and closure of the manufacturing operation at the plant is, very regrettably, something we must consider," said Douglas Fang, chief executive of Pringle. Fang added Pringle had evolved since the Fang family business, S.C. Fang & Sons Co. Ltd., acquired the brand in 2000. Ready-to-wear is an increasingly important part of the company's business, Fang said, with less customer demand for heavy knitwear.
- PORTS PACT EXPIRES: The six-year contract between the West Coast shippers and union workers expired Tuesday. The Pacific Maritime Association and the 26,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union are negotiating on wages, benefits packages, technological advances and conditions of employment. The union's strike plans were unclear if a stalemate persists. Recent progress, notably a tentative agreement on health benefits announced last month, has generated optimism that the West Coast ports would not see a repeat of the 10-day lockout in 2002 that caused an estimated $15 billion loss to the U.S. economy. A contract would cover union members at 29 ports in Washington, Oregon and California, home to the nation's largest ports at Long Beach and Los Angeles.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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