FEDERATED’S FALL: Citing weak sales, Standard & Poor’s revised downward —to "negative" from "stable" — its outlook on Federated Department Stores Inc.’s debt. Still, the retailer’s corporate credit rating was...
FEDERATED’S FALL: Citing weak sales, Standard & Poor’s revised downward —to "negative" from "stable" — its outlook on Federated Department Stores Inc.’s debt. Still, the retailer’s corporate credit rating was reaffirmed at BBB-plus. S&P’s lowest investment grade, above "junk" status, is BBB-minus. S&P analyst Gerald Hirschberg, in a statement, said the change "was based on a continuation of disappointing sales," as well as "expectations that these negative trends may not reverse soon." Federated has indicated that its comparable-store sales for the first two weeks of August were "very disappointing." The firm has also reduced comp expectations for the fall to a 1 to 3 percent increase — down from the 3 to 3.5 percent uptick previously anticipated.
RUSSELL MOVES IN: The Russell Corp. has acquired Moving Comfort, a $10 million Chantilly, Va.-based activewear maker that caters to female runners, for undisclosed terms. Founders Ellen Wessell and Elizabeth Goeke will remain with the company as president and executive vice president, respectively. Moving Comfort will continue to be based at its Chantilly headquarters at least through 2003, a Russell spokeswoman said. The Atlanta-based Russell plans to keep scouting brands that suit its portfolio, which includes Russell, Jerzees, Mossy Oak, Cross Creek and Discus.
MACY’S AGREES TO BE ACCESSIBLE: Macy’s West agreed Thursday to a court order to make all merchandise in its Union Square store accessible to wheelchair- and scooter-bound shoppers by clearing at least 32 inches in at least one nearby path. The agreement settles one of the last remaining claims against the San Francisco-based retailer from two lawsuits the Oakland, Calif.-based Disability Rights Advocates filed five years ago. At that time, a San Francisco judge found that the Union Square flagship and a Macy’s store in Sacramento violated state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination against disabled individuals.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew