OFF THE ROAD AGAIN: Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. on Tuesday said it will liquidate its travel subsidiaries, sales of which declined 8.9 percent in the third quarter. Overall, the firm’s third-quarter loss widened to $17 million, or 84 cents a...
OFF THE ROAD AGAIN: Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc. on Tuesday said it will liquidate its travel subsidiaries, sales of which declined 8.9 percent in the third quarter. Overall, the firm’s third-quarter loss widened to $17 million, or 84 cents a diluted share, on a 5.9 percent drop in sales to $132.6 million from a year ago. Same-store sales for the quarter dropped 7.2 percent, due mostly to reduced revenue from decreased mall traffic.
HILFIGER INKS KOREAN DEAL: Tommy Hilfiger USA Corp. has signed a long-term retail licensing agreement with SK Global Co. for distribution of Tommy Hilfiger products in South Korea. Starting with fall 2003, Hilfiger’s men’s sportswear line will be sold in department store concessions and freestanding stores, followed by women’s wear, jeans and children’s wear. "Korean consumers have demonstrated their desire for quality sportswear such as Tommy Hilfiger," said Man Gyun Kim, executive director of SK Global’s fashion division. Lynn Shanahan, president of licensing at Hilfiger added: "This new marketing and distribution agreement is part of our commitment to further develop the global market strategy for the Tommy Hilfiger brand."
TOP MARKS: Philip Green, the new owner of Arcadia — Topshop’s parent — has vowed to destroy $900 worth of garments destined for the store, following a report in London’s Evening Standard on Tuesday that they were made in a local sweatshop. The factory’s employees were paid about 68 cents less per hour than the U.K.’s minimum wage of $5.92, the paper said. (Figures are converted from British pounds at current exchange rates.) East London’s Whitechapel district is a reputed home to dozens of sweatshops. "The supplier we hired sub-contracted the order to this factory. Therefore, we will cease to do business with them," Green said.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews