A CATO FAMILY AFFAIR: W.H. Cato Jr. Revocable Trust and Cato Family Investments, a limited partnership managed by Wayland Cato Jr., 79, a founder and chairman of Cato Corp., plans to sell up to 1 million shares of the firm’s Class A common...
A CATO FAMILY AFFAIR: W.H. Cato Jr. Revocable Trust and Cato Family Investments, a limited partnership managed by Wayland Cato Jr., 79, a founder and chairman of Cato Corp., plans to sell up to 1 million shares of the firm’s Class A common stock, or approximately 19 percent of its holdings in the firm, through Banc of America Securities. The sale follows a similar divestiture of 1.2 million shares in December and relates to Cato’s estate planning. Excluding shares represented in the plan, the trust and limited partnership hold about 44 percent of the voting power of the firm’s common stock.
BUSH — WE BUY FROM YOU, ARGENTINA: President George Bush, opting for trade instead of financial aid, last week granted trade benefits to Argentina, which is suffering its worst-ever economic crisis. The White House gave duty-free access to 57 types of imports from Argentina, including jewelry and leather products under the Generalized System of Preferences program, which does not include textiles or apparel. The U.S. said it might give duty-free privileges to additional products, including textiles, if it can settle a long-running dispute over Argentine patent laws on pharmaceuticals. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative plans to hold a hearing on Oct. 18. to consider granting additional duty-free treatment for 17 products from Argentina, the Philippines and Turkey. A decision on that is expected by Jan. 31, 2003.
KMART EMPOWERMENT: A federal judge, on Thursday, granted Kmart Corp. the power to issue subpoenas in its investigation into whether its previous management’s practices and policies led to the firm’s Jan. 22 Chapter 11 filing, according to published reports. The Troy, Mich.-based firm and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the Securities and Exchange Commission, have been examining the events leading up to the filing, the largest retail bankruptcy in U.S. history.
HDP SAYS IN FILA TALKS WITH VF: The Italian conglomerate Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali, which has been trying to sell the Fila brand for over a year, said it is in now talks with VF Corp. about a deal, though a spokeswoman for the Greensboro, N.C.-based apparel maker declined to comment on HdP’s statement. An HdP spokeswoman said: "We are holding several negotiations and VF is one of the companies that has shown interest." She did not name any other interested parties, though in December the company had said it was in exclusive talks with Continental Partners, an investment group. Continental couldn’t be reached for comment.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.