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.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)