BLOW TO VENTURE: Greg Blow has been named director of fashion merchandising and product development at Venture Stores, the St. Louis-based discount chain.
Blow resigned as fashion director of Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s Merchandise Group last November, in the wake of a fashion office reorganization.
At Venture, he will be responsible for product development and fashion direction for women's, children's and men's apparel, reporting to Liz Levin, senior vice president of women's apparel, accessories and intimate apparel, and George Needleman, senior vice president for children's and men's.
Blow succeeds Elaine Burkhardt who left the company.
QUAKE SALE: Mac Frugal's Bargains - Close-outs, Inc., Dominguez, Calif., will host an "Earthquake Clearance Event" at three of its Pic 'N' Save stores to help victims of the Northridge earthquake.
The stores will set up tents in their parking lots with merchandise tagged at an additional 25 percent off already discounted prices. The tent sales will be at 10360 Mason Ave. in Chatsworth, 2225 Tapo St. in Simi Valley and 21910 Sherman Way in Canoga Park.
The event starts Friday at 9 a.m. and continues until the tents are empty. The retailer is accepting American Red Cross vouchers at all its lcoations.
Pic 'N' Save sells apparel and general merchandise at 40 to 70 percent off regular retail prices.
EARNINGS UP, COMPS OFF: One Price Clothing Stores, Duncan, S.C., said earnings rose 49 percent in the fourth quarter and 27 percent in the year ended Jan. 1.
In the quarter, the company earned $4.5 million, or 64 cents a share, against $3 million, or 43 cents. Sales jumped 22 percent, to $72.7 million from $59.8 million, but comparable-store sales were flat.
In the year, earnings were $8.7 million, or $1.27, against $6.8 million, or $1. Sales advanced 27 percent, to $234.7 million from $184.1 million, but comparable-store sales slipped 3 percent.
As of Jan. 1, the company operated 540 stores in 26 states. It plans to open about 125 stores this year and close 30 for a net gain of 95 stores.NEW BEATS AT BRADLEES: Bradlees, Braintree, Mass., has implemented some changes in merchandising and marketing.
Cecilia Clancy and Christine Bailey each have been named vice presidents and general merchandise managers.
Clancy who joined Bradlees in 1982 as an assistant buyer and most recently was divisional merchandise manager of misses' sportswear, will now oversee women's sportswear, ready-to-wear, juniors, intimate apparel, accessories and jewelry.
Bailey, who also joined the company in 1982 as an assistant buyer and has been divisional merchandise manager of children's wear, now heads children's, men's and boys'.
In addition, Barry Horwitz, formerly vice president of strategic planning with Shopko Stores, has been named vice president of marketing , and Charles Stapansky, who was vice president of marketing and sales promotion for Grossman's, joins Bradlee's as vice president of adveritsing.
Bradlees operates 126 discount stores in the Northeast.
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
“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