MERVYNS STORE SALE: Developers Diversified Realty and Macquarie DDR Trust have formed a joint venture to purchase for $396.2 million the real estate underlying 36 open and operating Mervyns stores, the companies said on Monday. The deal is expected to close in mid-September, after which the joint venture will lease the assets back to Mervyns for 15 years at an annual rent of $30.5 million. Of the 36 sites sold, 25 are in California, followed by five in Arizona, five in Nevada and one site in Texas. Of the California stores, 12 are in Los Angeles, with San Francisco in second place with seven stores sold to the joint venture.
BLUEFLY'S WIDER LOSS: In the three months ended June 30, online off-price retailer Bluefly Inc. posted a net loss of $1.2 million, or 15 cents a share, which compares with a loss of $708,000, or 12 cents, in the second quarter last year, as total sales rose 26.7 percent to $12.03 million from $9.5 million. Even though gross profits rose 22.2 percent to $4.7 million from $3.8 million last year, the gross profit margin as a percent of sales declined to 38.7 percent from 40.1 percent. Separately, Bluefly said Ann Jackson, a partner a Ripplewood Holdings, a private equity fund, joined its board. Jackson was formerly group president of In Style, Real Simple, Parenting and Essence magazines, as well as founding publisher of In Style.
GRAFF TAPS STARK: British fine jewelry company Graff has appointed Linda Stark vice president of wholesale for the U.S. market. Stark began her new role this week, reporting to chief operating officer Colleen Caslin. Stark is responsible for overseeing the daily U.S. wholesale operations of Graff, including maintaining its exclusive department store distribution in Saks Fifth Avenue locations. Stark previously worked as vice president of design, product development and merchandising at Vera Wang Fine Jewelry, a position she held for nearly three years. She also has had management jobs at Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)