FROM H&M TO EB?: Fabian Mansson, former chief executive officer of Hennes & Mauritz, has emerged as the lead candidate to head up Eddie Bauer, sources said Wednesday. He would succeed Richard T. Fersch, who retired from the Seattle-based retail and...
FROM H&M TO EB?: Fabian Mansson, former chief executive officer of Hennes & Mauritz, has emerged as the lead candidate to head up Eddie Bauer, sources said Wednesday. He would succeed Richard T. Fersch, who retired from the Seattle-based retail and catalog firm last January, as president and ceo.
Bauer, a division of Spiegel, has been grappling with design directions and difficulties connecting with consumers for several seasons, and has recently been closing more stores than its been opening. Responding to the report, a Spiegel spokeswoman said: "We have not hired anyone yet. It’s premature to say that we’ve successfully filled the job."
While Bauer tends to be more classic and casual than trendy young H&M, Mansson’s broad experience at the Swedish chain is well suited for the troubled Bauer. He rose up the ranks of H&M in the Nineties, serving as a controller and a merchant, and became ceo in 1998. He left in 2000 following a drop in earnings.
Likewise, Fersch left Bauer just when that business was tumbling. But he is credited with growing the brand into an international, tri-channel retailer, with sales increasing from $900 million to more than $1.6 billion. Bauer officials could not be reached.
A BIGGER DROP: Rabid downtown shoppers have another stop: Big Drop, the SoHo boutique at 174 Spring Street and purveyor of hip brands like Seven, Joie and Rebecca Taylor, is opening a second outpost Friday, just around the corner at 425 West Broadway between Prince and Spring Streets. The new, larger location (1,500 square feet) features cutting-edge designers like Development, Ya-ya, Petrozillia and Martin, while the old store, which is 1,200 square feet,will continue to develop less-established labels.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)