MORE SAM'S IN MEXICO: Cifra SA will open its 11th Sam's Club discount store in Mexico in November in the southern city of Villahermosa, according to Henry Davis, Cifra president.
Davis spoke at a ground-breaking ceremony in Villahermosa for the commercial center where the new Sam's Club will be located. Cifra operates Sam's Club stores through a joint venture with Wal-Mart Stores. Davis said the new Sam's Club will represent an investment of about $15 million (50 million pesos) and occupy a space of about 105,400 square feet.
At the end of the first quarter, Cifra operated 10 Sam's Club stores throughout Mexico for a total of almost 1 million square feet of space.
JAMESWAY'S COMING OUT: Jamesway Corp. said it will emerge from Chapter 11 by late October or early November. The 94-unit discount chain, based in Secaucus, N.J., has also won an extension of its exclusivity period through July 15, during which time only Jamesway can file a reorganization plan. Afterward, the creditors' committee can propose an alternate plan.
Attorneys for the company and the creditors said the two sides have agreed to most of the elements of the reorganization plan and that Jamesway is engaged in talks with lenders for exit financing.
SEARS DE MEXICO PICKS DESIGNERS: Sears de Mexico has chosen SDI/HTI of New York and RTKL of Dallas to design prototypes for its upscale and moderate stores in Monterrey, Mexico. The units are each two levels and are slated to open next March. The upscale store is 163,000 square feet and will be an anchor of the Plaza San Agustin shopping center. The mid-market store is 88,000 square feet and will open in the San Nicolas Mall. SDI/HTI is responsible for the interiors while RTKL is handling the building architecture.
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