POLYESTER COUNCIL PRES.: Donald Lehman, president of the North American Textile Polyester Business for Hoechst Celanese, has been elected chairman of the Polyester Council of America. Lehman has been with...
POLYESTER COUNCIL PRES.: Donald Lehman, president of the North American Textile Polyester Business for Hoechst Celanese, has been elected chairman of the Polyester Council of America. Lehman has been with Hoechst since 1969 and had previously served as president of the Textiles Fibers Group. He succeeds Richard Angiullo, vice president of sourcing for DuPont.
FAB PROFIT FALLS: Fab Industries Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings dropped 51.1 percent to $2.4 million, or 40 cents a share, from $4.8 million, or 79 cents, a year ago. Sales for the three months ended Dec. 2 slipped 8.6 percent to $47.4 million from $51.8 million. For the full year, earnings of the maker of knit fabrics, laces and home textiles sank 37.7 percent to $9.4 million, or $1.57 a share, from $15.1 million, or $2.44. Sales were down 4.1 percent to $182 million from $189.5 million. The firm makes knitted textile fabrics, laces and finished home products. "We were squeezed between our suppliers raising prices on raw materials and our customers who weren't able to pay for the increases in a weak market," said Samson Bitensky, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fab. "There was a distinct lack of business in certain areas. There were some bright spots, but not what we'd like to see. There's no push for long-term bookings. It's becoming a week-to-week business."
THINK ABOUT WOOL: As part of its new promotion package titled, "If You Think You Know American Wool, Think Again," the American Wool Council, based in Englewood, Colo., is offering a new brochure outlining its structure, goals and services. The AWC markets American-grown wool and wool products to both domestic and international textile, apparel and home furnishings businesses.
SCREEN PRINT AWARD: Hapco Screen Printing of Emmaus, Pa., has been named the winner of Monsanto's second-annual Acrilan screen-print contest. The contest highlights the work of high-quality printers on fleece made from Monsanto's Acrilan acrylic fiber. JML Productions, Brooklyn, N.Y., took second place, and H.H. Cutler, Granite Falls, N.C., was third.
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