A group calling itself the “proposed attorneys for the official committee of unsecured creditors” has filed an objection with U.S. Bankruptcy Court against the proposed stalking horse bid from Authentic Brands to acquire the troubled manufacturer, claiming the sale process has been manipulated to the point that it will result in an “artificially low sale price.”
In papers filed late Thursday by Leonard, Street and Deinard of Minneapolis and obtained by WWD, the committee alleges that HMX’s chief executive officer, Doug Williams, “engineered from the beginning to ensure a favorable result for Doug Williams, Salus Capital Partners, and the stalking horse bidder at the expense of the estate and the unsecured creditors in particular. Material terms of the proposed sale were not disclosed until a few days before the auction and in many instances they were never revealed at all. This, of course, served to chill interest in the sale and will chill bidding at the auction as well.”
The papers go on to say that “potential bidders complained repeatedly to the committee about their inability to get comfortable with the transaction because they could not get their hands on critical information. In addition, many of the sale terms that were disclosed were so confusing or ambiguous that theyserved to chill bidding even further. The Committee simply cannot, and willnot, support any sale conducted in such a skewed and unfair manner.”
The group also alleges that Salus, the debtors and Williams “refused to honor basic requests for information” from “an alternative financing source.”
According to sources, CIT is among the firms willing to finance an alternative bid to Authentic Brands’. The papers say that Williams “stands to have his highly lucrative employment contract assumed by the stalking horse bidder, and will gain control of the debtors’ assets without making any personal investment or incurring any personal liability in exchange. And Authentic Brands “will obtain extremely valuable intellectual property and licensing rights at a remarkably favorable price.”
As a result, the group is asking that the motion by Authentic Brands to acquire the company be denied.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)