NEW YORK--Melville Corp. reported third-quarter earnings jumped 24.6 percent to $51.7 million, or 45 cents a share, from $41.5 million, or 35 cents, a year ago. In the quarter ended Oct. 1, sales rose 16.2 percent to $2.7 billion from $2.4 billion. Total same-store sales were up 2.8 percent. However, same-store sales declined at Marshalls and at Wilsons, 3.2 percent and 10.4 percent, respectively. Overall gross margins slipped to 35.3 percent from 36.2 percent. Stanley P. Goldstein, chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Melville's overall third-quarter performance--although above the year earlier--was mixed, especially given the six extra selling days during the period." Toys and furnishings were strong and footwear improved. Apparel sales continued to suffer from weak demand, he said. He added that there were some early signs of strength in several of Melville's business areas in the fourth quarter. Linda Morris, of PNC Bank, said apparel is still a concern for Melville. "Marshalls had a tough quarter, but there seems to be some firming in October." In the nine months, earnings were flat at $94.8 million, or $1.14, against $94.3 million, or $1.14. Sales rose 10.1 percent to $7.6 billion from $6.9 billion. Same-store sales rose 3.2 percent. Melville rose 1 1/4 to 34 1/8 Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange.--Fairchild News Service
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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