NIKE UNDER FIRE: Nike has asked its customers to cooperate with the Florida state attorney general’s investigation into alleged price fixing on its activewear and athletic footwear, said Vada Manager, director of global issues management. Nike...
NIKE UNDER FIRE: Nike has asked its customers to cooperate with the Florida state attorney general’s investigation into alleged price fixing on its activewear and athletic footwear, said Vada Manager, director of global issues management. Nike received a letter from the Florida attorney general Charlie Crist’s office last month notifying the company that a civil investigation was under way. The Sports Authority is among the retailers that has been asked to provide information."We’ve provided some documents and have asked any other retailers to cooperate," Manager said. "From this point, we don’t see anything substantial or material issue regarding our conduct." He said the "principal companies" with which Nike does business have been contacted but didn’t disclose any names. The Sports Authority has provided some documents for the investigation, said Frank Bubb, legal counsel for The Sports Authority, declining further comment. Foot Locker is reportedly another chain cooperating with the investigation. Phone calls to Crist’s office and Foot Locker were not returned at press time.
YES, WE KAHN-KAHN: Thomas Kahn, president of Kahn Brothers & Co., the investment firm that holds the biggest block of Haggar Corp. shares, has terminated his proxy contest to have himself and investor Mark Schwarz added to the company’s board in exchange for Kahn taking one of the two new directors’ seats. Kahn will serve a two-year term as director, while James Neal Thomas, retired senior audit partner of Ernst & Young, will serve for a single year. Thomas and Kahn will be on Haggar’s audit committee. Additionally, Rae Evans and Donald Godwin will stand for reelection to three-year terms on the board. Godwin was to have relinquished his seat because Haggar’s bylaws require a majority of directors to be independent, but the expansion of the board to eight members from six will mean that independent directors will maintain a majority. The selection of directors is expected to be confirmed at the company’s annual meeting in Dallas on April 2.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye