SHOPKO CHIEF: Sam Duncan has joined ShopKo Stores Inc., the Green Bay, Wis.-based regional discounter, as president and chief executive officer. Duncan, who previously was president of Fred Meyer Corp. in Portland, Ore., succeeds William Podany who,...
SHOPKO CHIEF: Sam Duncan has joined ShopKo Stores Inc., the Green Bay, Wis.-based regional discounter, as president and chief executive officer. Duncan, who previously was president of Fred Meyer Corp. in Portland, Ore., succeeds William Podany who, as reported, resigned in April. Jeffrey Girard, who had acted as interim ceo since Podany’s departure, remains with the firm as vice chairman of finance and administration and will report to Duncan. ShopKo operates 366 discount stores under the ShopKo and Pamida banners in 23 states.
SEVENTH-INNING STRETCH: It doesn’t look like the Fila saga is going to end anytime soon. Majority shareholder Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali has been trying to sell its stake in the money-losing sports group for over a year. But HdP chief executive Maurizio Romiti appears to be backtracking. Romiti told analysts in Milan that talks are continuing with prospective buyers, but he also said HdP is ready to reorganize the company if it can’t strike a deal. "We’ll pull the company off the market and we’ll restructure it," he said. HdP has identified those in talks as investment funds Continental and Golden Gate, as well as jeans maker VF Corp.
OSCAR’S NEW GUEST: Yvonne Guest has left Carlos Falchi and joined Oscar de la Renta Ltd. as executive vice president of accessories. Guest took over the duties formerly held by Sharon Splawn, who left the firm, a company spokeswoman said. She reports to Jeffrey Aronsson, president and chief executive officer. Oscar de la Renta accessories were launched last year and account for about 10 percent of the firm’s total sales, which are estimated at about $50 million for collection. The company also named Alexandra Reyes as assistant accessories director, a new position. Falchi has named two new account executives who will take over the responsibilities formerly held by Guest. Hanora Rosen will oversee handbag sales and Anneliese John has taken over the shoe area.
DUNCAN SMITH’S MOVE: David Duncan Smith, who left his post as chief executive of the London-based Luxury Brands Group earlier this year, has joined Yohji Yamamoto as international commercial director. He was brought in to develop and roll out Yamamoto’s brands, and especially Y’s and Y-3, the new tie-up with Adidas. Yamamoto showed that line for the first time during the latest round of Paris ready-to-wear shows. Duncan Smith is based in London and reports to Peter Sells, president of Yamamoto’s international division. Previously, Duncan Smith was managing director of Prada Group and Louis Vuitton in the U.K.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews