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.
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)