S&P UPGRADES: Taking a rosier view on Kohl’s Corp., Standard & Poor’s raised its outlook on the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer to positive from stable and reaffirmed its "A-minus" corporate credit rating. The firm’s $133...
S&P UPGRADES: Taking a rosier view on Kohl’s Corp., Standard & Poor’s raised its outlook on the Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based retailer to positive from stable and reaffirmed its "A-minus" corporate credit rating. The firm’s $133 million 364-dayrevolving credit facility maturing in July and its $532 million revolving credit facility due in 2007 were also assigned "A-minus" ratings. "The outlook anticipates that Kohl’s business and financial risk profiles will improve, given strong growth prospects for the company through store expansion and superior execution," said fixed-income analyst Diane Shand in a statement. S&P also raised its long-term debt rating on TJX Cos. to "A" from "A-minus," citing consistently good operating performance, strong market position and the expectation that its conservative management approach will be maintained as the firm’s growth spurt continues. The short-term rating was also brought up to "A-1" from "A-2" while the off-pricer’s credit outlook remained stable.
REDBOOK HONORS: First Lady Laura Bush delivered the keynote address at Redbook’s fifth annual "Mothers & Shakers" awards luncheon Thursday at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Bush, dressed in a lavender suit, told the audience she was delighted to be among so many "friends and friendly faces" who share the common goal of bettering America. "The achievements today are diverse, but what they have in common is humanity," said the First Lady, before citing the President’s plea for Americans to volunteer more. The honorees included Tyra Banks, for working to boost pre-teens’ self-esteem; Maria Cuomo Cole, for aiding the homeless; The Dixie Chicks, for helping save endangered species and protecting the environment; Angie Harmon, for fighting video voyeurism; Marlee Matlin, for working to keep the nation’s blood supply full, and Laura San Giacomo, for raising awareness about classroom diversity. Jayne Jamison, vice president and publisher of Redbook, which is celebrating its centennial, plugged the magazine’s new, updated look: "We look pretty good for 100, don’t you think?"
MADISON SHOES: Via Spiga, the shoe and accessory retailer, is moving to 692 Madison Avenue, between 62nd and 63rd Streets, according to Stuart Ellman and Helene Wall Fagan of Judson Realty LLC, the broker representing the landlord and the tenant. Via Spiga will have three levels and 3,600 square feet, and aggregate rent in excess of $7 million, Ellman said. Via Spiga is currently at 765 Madison Avenue.
KASPER’S EUROPEAN PRESIDENT: Kasper ASL Ltd. has appointed Henrik Madsen president of its European division. Madsen will report to John D. Idol, chairman and chief executive officer of the company, and he will be responsible for women’s apparel for Anne Klein New York, AK Anne Klein, Albert Nipon, Kasper and Le Suit brands throughout Europe and the Middle East. Madsen has spent seven years building the international business for the French Connection Group in London, and prior to that, he was with the Prada Group in Milan, where he served as brand director for Miu Miu.
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