SHOPPING FOR GOLD TOE: Industry sources say Renfro Corp. is negotiating to buy the Gold Toe sock and tights business of Great American Knitting Mills. Michel Zelnik, president of Bidermann Industries Corp., which owns Great American Knitting, deferred questions regarding the report to Renfro, but Warren Nichols 3rd, president and chief executive officer, declined to comment. James Williams, president of Great American Knitting, also stayed mum. Renfro, of Mt. Airy, N.C., produces private label socks as well as the licensed labels Aspen, Gitano, Sasson, X-Am, Vassarette, Gloria Vanderbilt, Bonnie Doon and ABC Wide World of Sports. Several sources in the hosiery industry said Renfro is one of the few hosiery manufacturers in a financial position to purchase Gold Toe. Such a deal would be particularly meaningful to Renfro, which wants to further expand its customer base beyond the mass market, sources said. "It would be a good move for both companies. Renfro could continue to be a major player in the mass market and Gold Toe could be their department store brand," an industry source said. "I don't know if Gold Toe grew too fast or what, but its distribution got a little out of hand. Gold Toe wound up in some stores it shouldn't have been in. This sale would give them a chance to upgrade Gold Toe."
HUNTER'S NEW SILHOUETTE: Model Rachel Hunter has signed on as the spokeswoman for L'Eggs Smooth Silhouettes pantyhose. Launched in drug stores, food stores and mass merchants in December, the control-top pantyhose promotes the idea that they can do the same trick as diet and exercise. In her new role, Hunter will promote Smooth Silhouettes during a satellite media tour this month. Other plans for Hunter haven't been determined yet. According to a company spokeswoman, L'Eggs liked the fact that Hunter, who is married to rocker Rod Stewart and has two children, has less time to work out than she used to.
ANTOINETTE'S DEBUT: Antoinette, a Paris-based maker of women's and girl's socks, has hit the U.S. market. Projected volume for the first year of U.S. distribution is $500,000, according to Michel Loubiere, president of PLM International, which represents the line. The 20-piece collection consists of anklets, knee-highs and over-the-knee socks, as well as other sock lengths. Wholesale prices range from $5.50 for a basic anklet to $15.50 for handmade trouser socks. The line is being shown at the Apropo showroom at 417 Fifth Ave., New York. Based in Wilton, Conn., PLM also represents Achile, another French sock line.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)