ACTION AGAINST SEARS: A securities class action has begun on behalf of shareholders who acquired Sears, Roebuck & Co. securities between Jan. 17, 2002 and Oct. 17, 2002. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...
ACTION AGAINST SEARS: A securities class action has begun on behalf of shareholders who acquired Sears, Roebuck & Co. securities between Jan. 17, 2002 and Oct. 17, 2002. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, against defendants Sears, Alan Lacy, chief executive officer; Glenn Richter, chief financial officer, Paul Liska, former chief financial officer, and Thomas E. Bergmann, chief accounting officer. The action charges that defendants violated federal securities laws by issuing a series of materially false and misleading statements to the market throughout the class period.
CREDIT REPORT: Is retail giant Pinault-Printemps-Redoute about to shed its financial services arm, Finaref? Speculation heated up over the weekend in Europe that PPR may sell the affiliate, possibly to Credit Agricole. Finaref comprises credit card operations for PPR’s Printemps, Fnac, Conforama and Redoute activities. PPR has been under pressure to reduce its business-to-business activities in favor of retail and luxury, which boast higher profit margins. In August, it sold the mail-order subsidiary of Guilbert to Staples Inc. for $808 million. PPR reports its third-quarter sales on Tuesday.
PROTESTS AT HATHAWAY: The AFL-CIO organized a rally Saturday at C.F. Hathaway’s Waterville, Maine manufacturing plant, which was shuttered on Friday. The closing of the plant, which has been making Hathaway shirts for 165 years, will result in 235 lost jobs. Protesters blamed the closing on the North American Free Trade Agreement and overseas competition. Hathaway’s owner, Windsong Allegiance Apparel Group of Westport, Ct. said Hathaway couldn’t get enough orders because overseas factories were willing to produce shirts cheaper. It plans to produce the shirts overseas. Neither the AFL-CIO nor Windsong officials were available for comment Sunday.
TWO MORE JOIN SUIT AGAINST POLO: Two onetime Polo store sales associates, Janika Goff and Troy Greene, joined a class-action lawsuit against Polo Ralph Lauren last week alleging that image, was, in part, crafted illegally, by forcing salespeople to spend thousands of dollars a year on the company’s latest outfits to project a "lifestyle image." The complaint against Polo was initially filed in federal court last month in San Francisco by Toni Young, a 31-year-old sales associate, as reported. Attorneys for Polo have until Nov. 4 to respond to the complaint. A Polo spokeswoman couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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