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AND THE WINNER IS: Sears Merchandise Group's 13th annual "Partners in Progress" award went to Los Angeles-based Jerry Leigh as apparel source of the year. Leigh supplies Sears with junior knit and woven tops, pants and some...
AND THE WINNER IS: Sears Merchandise Group's 13th annual "Partners in Progress" award went to Los Angeles-based Jerry Leigh as apparel source of the year. Leigh supplies Sears with junior knit and woven tops, pants and some maternity wear. Other apparel winners were Levi Strauss & Co. for men's wear, and Dallas-based Verilyte Gold, for developing a children's jewelry line, bracelet program and a 10-karat value-priced earring program. Each year, Sears recognizes its sources for delivering value and service. This year, 97 companies were chosen from more than 10,000 sources.
MICKEY WEEK: Although he won't be 66 until November, Mickey Mouse is celebrating his birthday with Venture Stores April 17-23. The 104-store chain will offer discounts on licensed Disney products, birthday cake, personalized birthday cards from Mickey and a sweepstakes to win a trip to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
KMART TAPS RAGO: Kmart Corp. has named Virginia G. Rago divisional vice president of information systems for its fashion division in North Bergen, N.J. Rago reports to David M. Carlson, senior vice president of corporate information systems.
PROFITS TOUGHER TO FIND: While many mass merchants continue to register gains, spurred by a consumer quest for value, the fourth quarter of 1993 has been tough on some discounters' bottom lines.
ShopKo Stores, a regional discounter based in Green Bay, Wis., blamed competitive pricing pressure, higher promotional activity and lower-than-expected apparel sales for earnings plummeting 41.5 percent in the fourth quarter and 35.8 percent in the year ended Feb. 26.
For the quarter, earnings were $10.2 million, or 32 cents a share, against $17.5 million, or 55 cents, a year ago. Sales rose 7.9 percent, to $462.6 million from $428.8 million and same-store sales grew 3.7 percent.
For the year, earnings totaled $32.1 million, or $1, down from $50.1 million, or $1.56. Sales were virtually flat at $1.7 billion, while same- store sales rose 1.2 percent.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye