A LOWER GUESS: Guess Inc. Wednesday warned that its third-quarter earnings would likely come in below analysts’ forecasts and last year’s levels. The Los Angeles-based firm said that it expects diluted earnings per share for the quarter...
A LOWER GUESS: Guess Inc. Wednesday warned that its third-quarter earnings would likely come in below analysts’ forecasts and last year’s levels. The Los Angeles-based firm said that it expects diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended Sept. 28 to fall in the range of 6 cents to 8 cents, including a 5-cents-per-share gain related to resolution of a lawsuit. Excluding that gain, the company said, earnings would be around 1 to 2 cents a share, which is below the 7-cents-per-share Thomson Financial/First Call consensus. Analysts typically factor one-time items like the 5 cent gain out of their forecasts. The company also noted that sales for the quarter were off 0.6 percent, to $94.9 million, with comparable-store sales down 5.4 percent. Guess also noted that it obtained a new $85 million asset-backed credit line from Wachovia Securities.
ACCOUNTING FOR SEARS: In consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sears, Roebuck & Co. modified a previous change in accounting principle, making it instead a change in estimate. The switch to a change in estimate from accounting principle will increase Sears’ first-quarter profits by $191 million, or 59 cents per share, and reduce second-quarter net income by the same amount. The retailer, when releasing second-quarter results in July, had retroactively applied an aftertax charge of $191 million related to uncollectible accounts in the credit business to the first quarter.
JONES TAKES BACK GV CAREER: Jones Apparel Group Inc. will take control of the Gloria Vanderbilt career collection, ending a licensing agreement with Tracy Evans Ltd., a moderate maker, on Dec. 31. Jones requested the termination in order to better integrate the brand into its moderate portfolio and, starting in January, the company will move the career division of the line to Jones’ showrooms at 1411 Broadway. Peter Boneparth, president and chief executive of Jones, said Wednesday that taking control of the career line and moving it to the home showroom is consistent with the company’s goal of having all of the moderate brands housed together. Jonesacquired Vanderbilt in March.
SIMON’S VISA: The Simon Property Group Inc., the nation’s largest mall developer, said it will roll out its pre-paid Simon Visa Gift Card to all its malls in 2003. It’s been tested in four malls, and will be operational in 47 by the end of this year. Unlike other gift cards, it enables holders to check the balance online, through a toll-free number or at a participating Simon mall. The Simon Visa Gift Card can be used at any store or restaurant that accepts Visa.
@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