- HASKELL BUYS SAMARA: Costume jewelry firm Haskell Jewels has acquired M.W. Samara Sterling Silver Designers, a maker of sterling silver jewelry since 1972, with an annual volume of about $20 million, according to industry estimates. Founder and president Mark Wasserman will continue to be involved with M.W. Samara and the company will continue to operate under the same name. "Since the inception of Haskell Jewels, we have been committed to expanding the spectrum of jewelry," said Gabrielle Fialkoff Redford, chief operating officer of Haskell Jewels. "M.W. Samara is a leader in the sterling silver business, and through our acquisition, we are diversifying our company's vision."
- BAUGUR SELLS STAKE IN BOOKER: Baugur, the Icelandic investment group, has sold its 31.4 percent stake in U.K. food wholesale business Booker. Selling the Booker stake raised just more than 70 million pounds, or $137 million at current exchange. Baugur sold the stake, which it held as part of the investment vehicle Milton — of which it owned 71 percent — to Kaupthing Capital Partners and other institutional investors. Baugur acquired the stake in Booker as part of the Big Food Group, which it acquired for 326 million pounds, or about $641 million, in 2005. A spokeswoman for Baugur said Wednesday that the sale was in line with the group's strategy to focus on retail investments. In April, the group said it had agreed to sell off its media, technology and financial investments to Stodir Invest and Styrkur Invest for 430 million pounds, or $836 million.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye