- TRADE MART IN COLOMBIA: The parent company of the Dallas Market Center said Thursday it will develop and manage a new wholesale trade complex in Bogota, Colombia, called the LatinAmerican Trade Mart that will be the largest such operation in South America. The 2.5 million-square-foot project is scheduled to open in 2011, according to Market Center Management Co., which owns or manages wholesale market centers such as the Dallas Market Center and FashionCenterDallas, Shanghai Mart and Brussels International Trade Mart. Market Center Management is owned by Dallas-based Crow Holdings. Pedro Gomez y Cia SA, one of the largest commercial developers in South America, and Organización Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, a diversified private holding company, will own the trade mart. Market Center Management will collaborate with the owners as a partner supporting the design, construction, leasing and trade event planning and execution.
- NIKE-UMBRO DEAL: Nike Inc. passed a key hurdle in its $565 million purchase of Umbro plc, the U.K.-based soccer brand. Umbro shareholders meeting in London Thursday approved the all-cash acquisition, a process that began Oct. 23 when Nike bid 193.06 pence, or $3.83 a share. Pending court hearings and final regulatory approvals, Nike Vapor Ltd., a wholly owned Nike subsidiary, anticipates completing the deal in March. Nike intends to operate Umbro as a stand-alone brand that will join Nike's $2 billion portfolio of affiliates.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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