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.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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