In Brief: Wal-Mart’s Next Move … In Theory … Phi’s Latest Hire …
WAL-MART’S NEXT MOVE: It’s no secret that Wal-Mart is eyeing international expansion, but could Italy be next? Italian supermarket chain Esselunga denied a report in Italian daily Finanza & Mercati that it’s in advanced...
WAL-MART’S NEXT MOVE: It’s no secret that Wal-Mart is eyeing international expansion, but could Italy be next? Italian supermarket chain Esselunga denied a report in Italian daily Finanza & Mercati that it’s in advanced talks to sell the business to Wal-Mart. “There’s no truth to the idea that we are in talks,” a spokeswoman said, dismissing the recurring market rumor of a sale. Esselunga posted revenues of 4 billion euros, or $4.87 billion at current exchange, in 2003, on its network of 120 stores. The chain has a 8 percent market share in Italy in the supermarket and hypermarket category, according to Esselunga’s Web site. One London-based retail analyst noted the Italian retail market is “notoriously difficult to penetrate” because of bureaucratic hurdles and corruption. Wal-Mart would also have to adjust to small-store formats in Europe. Elsewhere on the Wal-Mart front, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda declined to comment Tuesday on rumors in the U.K. press that Asda was poised to take over the discount retailer Matalan. The Manchester Evening News said Asda was preparing a 1 billion pound, or $1.79 billion, takeover bid for the chain.
IN THEORY: Anticipating a huge exodus from Manhattan this week, Theory plans to host an end-of-summer cocktail party and photo exhibition at its East Hampton store tonight from 6 to 9 p.m., celebrating photographer Michael Dweck’s photo book, “The End. Montauk, N.Y.”
PHI’S LATEST HIRE: As Phi, the new designer brand founded by Susan Dell launching for fall, prepares to open its first store on Sept. 7, the company named Dorit Engel as store manager for the location at 71 Greene Street. Engel was previously store director for Christian Dior in New York and worked for Gucci America in various retail capacities prior to that. She will report to Julia Hansen, president of Phi.
OATES TO HARVEY NICHOLS: Averyl Oates has been named buying director at Harvey Nichols, replacing Anne Pitcher, the store said Wednesday. Oates, who is currently women’s wear merchandise director at Harrods, will start in her new post on Oct. 18. She will be responsible for buying across all areas of the business, and will report to Joseph Wan, managing director of Harvey Nichols. Before joining Harrods, Oates worked for Emanuel Ungaro and Donna Karan in retail and wholesale positions. As reported, Anne Pitcher has been named buying and merchandising director for Selfridges.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty