HARRODS EXIT: William Najdecki, Harrods’ group finance director, has become the latest executive to jump ship over the past year. The company said the resignation was by "mutual consent" and that Najdecki, who had been with Harrods since 1998,...
HARRODS EXIT: William Najdecki, Harrods’ group finance director, has become the latest executive to jump ship over the past year. The company said the resignation was by "mutual consent" and that Najdecki, who had been with Harrods since 1998, would return to the U.S. No successor has been named. Najdecki joins about 10 executives who have left the firm over the past 18 months, including John Whitacre, who left Harrods as managing director last December, and Adelle Kelley, who left as head of women’s apparel in February. A Harrods spokesman said the company has 5,000 employees, and this happens to be "one of those moments" when turnover is prevalent. Meanwhile, Mohammed Al-Fayed, Harrods’ chairman and owner, recently said that Harrods would post flat sales and operating profits for the fiscal year that ended in January 2002. Operating profits will be about $45 million, and sales will be $912 million. Fayed, however, said he expected a rebound in sales and profits this year and that taking Harrods public in the U.S. is still a "possibility."
ONE MORE MONTH: Bankrupt Warnaco Group last week received Manhattan bankruptcy court approval to extend its exclusive right to file a plan of reorganization for another month until Aug. 30. Warnaco was supposed to have filed its plan by July 31. The company has said in recent weeks that it expects to exit bankruptcy proceedings as a stand-alone operation. Separately, the court said that all documents produced in the matter of the $25.1 million severance claim by former Warnaco chief executive Linda Wachner are to be considered confidential and are not to be disclosed publicly.
GUCCI BUYBACK: Gucci Group has authorized the buyback of 3.5 million shares of its stock to be used for employee stock options. The company will buy the shares at market prices over an unspecified period of time. Based on Tuesday’s closing share price of $88 in New York Stock Exchange trading, Gucci would spend $308 million if it were to purchase the full complement of 3.5 million shares. "We believe that a buyback of Gucci shares at current valuation levels represents an excellent investment for the company," chief executive officer Domenico De Sole said in a statement. The repurchased shares, which will be held by the company’s treasury until employees exercise their stock options, will not be subject to Dutch withholding tax. Gucci said it is using available cash for the transaction.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye