H&M’S SAFETY NET: Hennes & Mauritz will host Project KidCare, a national child safety program, at 27 of its mall stores on Aug. 24 and 25. Parents or guardians who visit H&M can have children photographed and fingerprinted at no cost and will be...
H&M’S SAFETY NET: Hennes & Mauritz will host Project KidCare, a national child safety program, at 27 of its mall stores on Aug. 24 and 25. Parents or guardians who visit H&M can have children photographed and fingerprinted at no cost and will be given safety and emergency information. "As recent news indicates, missing children have become an increasingly urgent national problem," said an H&M spokeswoman. "Yetfew people know that a simple photograph can be the most important tool in the recovery of a child."
DE RIGO RISES: Eyewear maker De Rigo’s revenue rose 1.7 percent to $270.49 million from $265.95 million for the six months ended June 30. Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange. Growth in wholesale and retail sales, especially at Spanish retail chain General Optica, compensated for a drop in sales at Eyewear International Distribution, its joint venture with Prada. EID, which makes eyewear for Prada brands like Miu Miu, Helmut Lang and Jil Sander, saw its sales drop 26 percent to $14.7 million from $19.7 million as De Rigo shifted distribution to use more third-party retailers, which buy the eyewear at lower prices. De Rigo said unit sales at EID were up 11 percent.
NEW EYE GUY: Gruppo Marcolin, the Longarone-based eyewear manufacturer, has named Antonio Bortuzzo general manager. In this new position, which is effective Oct. 28, Bortuzzo will supervise various strategic divisions, including the financial, administrative and sales departments. Bortuzzo, 42, will report to brothers Maurizio and Cirillo Marcolin, both group chief executive officers. Prior to joining Marcolin, Bortuzzo was a senior partner at Ernst & Young Financial Advisors, managing the strategic finance division. Marcolin’s portfolio of clients includes Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, Chloé, Costume National and Replay, among others.
DELLA VALLE SCORES: Tod’s chief executive Diego Della Valle has bought control of A.C. Fiorentina, the cash-strapped Florence-based soccer team. Under previous owner media magnate Vittorio Cecchi Gori, the team was unable to come up with the funds needed to participate in the Italian league. Della Valle’s spokesman was not available for further information but sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport said the company that controls the team, Fiorentina 1926 Florentia, will also sell off 20 to 30 percent of its capital by offering shares to soccer fans. In other sporting pursuits, Della Valle last week joined the board of luxury carmaker Ferrari.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive
For @simonerocha_‘s fall show, hairstylist @jamespecis created a look inspired by the painter John Constable. Models’ hair was pulled back, tied into knots and topped off with a bow. (📷: @kukukuba) #wwdbeauty #lfw
Queen Elizabeth made a surprise appearance at @richardquinn1's London Fashion Week show to present the designer with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. The new award will be handed out annually to an emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent, while demonstrating value to the community and sustainable policies. #wwdfashion #lfw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)