TAKING AIM AT WAL-MART: The AFL-CIO is taking on the world’s largest company. The union has declared Thursday a "day of action," in which labor supporters in the 50 states plan to rally at Wal-Mart Stores to demand that it "become a responsible...
TAKING AIM AT WAL-MART: The AFL-CIO is taking on the world’s largest company. The union has declared Thursday a "day of action," in which labor supporters in the 50 states plan to rally at Wal-Mart Stores to demand that it "become a responsible corporate citizen," according to a letter to labor unions signed by AFL-CIO president John Sweeney and United Food & Commercial Workers union president Douglas Dority. Wal-Mart has so far successfully resisted campaigns to unionize any of its more than 1 million workers. "Wal-Mart truly has declared war on American workers and America’s unions," said the letter from Sweeney and Dority. "We must no longer say it is someone else’s fight. It is our fight, too." A spokeswoman for the Bentonville, Ark.,-based retail giant said, "We think it’s unfortunate that these rallies arebeing used to try to discredit our company."
CREDIT DUE: Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. disclosed Monday it is negotiating a new three-year, $300 million line of credit to replace two existing credit lines valued at $325 million. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the company said it expects to sign the new credit agreement — which is subject to increase to $375 million — by the end of the month.
OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE: Nygard International Ltd. has countersued Haggar Clothing Co. and its Jerell Ltd. women’s division in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging that the companies are unlawfully using the Comfort Fit label on men’s and women’s pants. Ken Grondin, Nygard’s chief financial officer, said the suit, filed late Friday, follows an Oct. 31 action brought by Dallas-based Haggar against Nygard. Toronto-based Nygard said it bought the Comfort Fit label in 1995 from Eddie Haggar Ltd., a separate and distinct company from Haggar Clothing Co., and has sold $6 million in Comfort Fit products this year. A Haggar attorney told WWD that the firm doesn’t comment on pending litigation, but Grondin asserted that Haggar began promoting the Comfort Fit name in ads after negotiations between the two firms failed to produce a sale or possible transfer of the label. Nygard is seeking an injunction to prevent Haggar from using the label as well as unspecified damages.
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