UNITE’S NEW GAP TACTIC: UNITE’s ongoing battle with Gap Inc. isn’t taking a respite for the holidays. The union said Wednesday it plans to hang a three-story banner outside the windows of its Times Square offices featuring a picture...
UNITE’S NEW GAP TACTIC: UNITE’s ongoing battle with Gap Inc. isn’t taking a respite for the holidays. The union said Wednesday it plans to hang a three-story banner outside the windows of its Times Square offices featuring a picture of a pair of Gap boot-cut jeans. Attached is a hang tag that reads, "Made in a Sweatshop." Below the image, there is a message telling consumers: "Don’t buy Gap this holiday season." It will be placed at 1710 Broadway in the next few days and remain through the holiday season.
At a press conference at the Warwick Hotel, UNITE said it has also advertised in college newspapers in recent weeks in association with United Students Against Sweatshops. An e-mail campaign, which UNITE said is intended to reach 2 million people, will accompany the anti-Gap action. The e-mail plays a short video that automatically links to a Web site where recipients can send a message to Gap chairman Donald Fisher, president and ceo Paul Pressler and vice chairman John Lillie.
A GAP spokeswoman said: "We understand and share the concerns voiced by UNITE. We have a code of vendor conduct which focuses on compliance with local labor laws, working conditions and environment and we expect the factories with whom we do business to meet these standards. To enforce this code, we have a comprehensive Global Compliance program including 90 full-time employees dedicated to working with current and potential factory vendors around the world."
DESTINY PREVAILS: The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division has knocked down an appeal by three department stores trying to preserve their tenant rights in what is planned to be the largest retail and entertainment center in the country. The court ruled that Kaufmann’s, Lord & Taylor and J.C. Penney anchor stores at the Carousel Center Mall in Syracuse must turn over particular lease rights to the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency because the agency had the power of eminent domain. In the decision, the stores explained their concern regarding their "presence" during and after the construction of the megamall, which the leases secured. DestiNY USA is expected to include, among the hundreds of retail and dining experiences, a 65-acre, glass-enclosed park with nature trails and botanical gardens, a golf course, a 15,000-seat arena and the world’s largest salt-water aquarium. Construction has begun for the $160 million Grand Destiny Hotel near the entertainment complex.
@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
@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)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)