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.
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
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye