STAND BY YOUR MAN: Reebok isn’t about to walk away from NBA star Allen Iverson, who was charged Thursday with criminal trespassing, carrying an unlicensed gun and seven other counts. Reebok execs contend the hoopster’s stardom is to blame,...
STAND BY YOUR MAN: Reebok isn’t about to walk away from NBA star Allen Iverson, who was charged Thursday with criminal trespassing, carrying an unlicensed gun and seven other counts. Reebok execs contend the hoopster’s stardom is to blame, not the gun that was allegedly tucked in his waistband on July 3, when he and his uncle were said to have forced their way into a West Philadelphia apartment in the middle of the night looking for Iverson’s wife.In defense of Iverson, a Reebok-sponsored athlete, Denise Kaigler, vice president of global communications said, "We are obviously disappointed with today’s decision. It is Allen’s celebrity status, not the facts, that continues to fuel these proceedings. We firmly believe that Allen will be vindicated and Reebok, along with his millions of fans, will still be standing by him when he is."
END OF THE FIRST PART: Fin.part reported that its sales for the first half of the calendar year rose 18 percent to $214.8 million from $182 million in the comparable period last year. A statement issued by the company noted that Cerruti, whichowns Fin.part, grew 34 percent in the period. Sales of the sportswear division — which includes Henry Cotton’s, Moncler, MarinaYachting andCerruti Jeans — grew 30 percent. Comprehensive financial results, including earnings, for the first half will be released later.
HALSTON’S NEW HOME: In an effort to revitalize its image, Halston LLC said Wednesday it had reached a licensing agreement with newly formed Design Textiles International USA to create bed, bath and tabletop products bearing the Halston name. Halston had a line of home furnishings in the Seventies and Eighties under previous ownership. Halston president and chief executive officer James Ammeen said the design process started more than a year ago and products will start retailing next month. Ammeen said he expects the business to represent $50 million in sales in two years. During the past 12 months, Halston has overhauled its licensing program, canceling deals for footwear, handbags, scarves, women’s suits, watches and furs.
STAYING SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Guess Inc. Friday denied published reports that it would seek to sever its ties with contractors in Mexico after the recent hijacking outside of Mexico City of a truckload of its merchandise. Calling the incident and an unspecified number of other robberies in Mexico "part of doing business," Guess president and chief operating officer Carlos Alberini said in a published report that the Los Angeles-based jeanswear and sportswear firm is staying put with its Mexican contractors and working with Mexican authorities to close security loopholes and explore the recent theft, which reportedly resulted in the loss of more than $250,000 worth of goods.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)