Saks Fifth Avenue, continuing to prune its store base, said Tuesday that its unit in WestShore Plaza in Tampa, Fla., will close May 4, affecting 105 associates.
“We never like closing stores,” Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks Inc., told WWD. “It’s never an easy decision. But Tampa’s volume was declining. We didn’t think there was a longer-term growth opportunity for us. We think we can make better use of corporate funds. We are investing in a new store in Sarasota, which is less than an hour away from Tampa.”
Asked how many more Saks Fifth Avenue stores could close in the future, Sadove replied, “I don’t think you will see a huge number of store closings going forward.” He added that the company regularly assesses the productivity, profitability and potential of each store. Saks Inc. operates 43 Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 66 Saks Off 5th outlets and saks.com.
The company previously said it will close its Stamford, Conn., store in early 2014, and the store in the Galleria in Dallas will close in June. Over the past decade, Saks Fifth Avenue has closed 19 stores.
In Tampa, the Saks associates will be offered transfer opportunities or will receive employment separation packages. The Tampa store is 15 years old. In Sarasota, a new 80,000-square-foot Saks, opening in The Mall at University Town Center in 2014, will replace an existing 40,000-square-foot unit.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast