SOUTHERN CROSS: The economic turmoil in Argentina has proved too much for De Rigo. The Italian eyewear maker is exiting its money-losing distribution joint-venture in the South American county by selling 51 percent of Ranieri Argentina SA to the...
SOUTHERN CROSS: The economic turmoil in Argentina has proved too much for De Rigo. The Italian eyewear maker is exiting its money-losing distribution joint-venture in the South American county by selling 51 percent of Ranieri Argentina SA to the Ranieri family, which will now control 100 percent of the company. The transaction price was not disclosed but De Rigo said the sale won’t materially affect its financial situation or results. The joint-venture has never generated a profit since its creation in 1998, registering a 2001 loss of $2.4 million on sales of $4.4 million, De Rigo said. (Dollar figures have been converted from the euro at current exchange rates.) De Rigo, which makes eyewear for such brands as Prada, Fendi, Givenchy, Loewe and Céline, said it plans to keep selling its brands in Argentina through independent retailers.
STILL TALKING: Contract negotiations continue between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association. Top ranking officials from both groups spent Monday and Tuesday touring the port of Los Angeles to discuss shipping technology. Union delegates representing all West Coast ports will gather the week of July 22, a meeting that would allow them to decide whether to pass a PMA contract proposal along to the general membership for a vote. But ILWU spokesman Steve Stallone denied speculation Wednesday that there’s a proposal ready for review.
DEUTSCHLAND DISCOUNT DRAG: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported Wednesday it will shutter two stores in Germany — its first retreat since entering the eurozone’s largest economy in 1997 — because of limited growth potential. One store will be closed in Ingolstadt while two stores will be merged into one in Welhelmshaven. At the same time, the discounter will open two new stores this summer in Gross Gerau and Berkamen, and a third in Berlin next year. Wal-Mart has struggled to become a dominant player in Germany due to customer loyalty to homegrown rivals and the depressed German retail market. Last year, Wal-Mart canceled plans to open 50 new stores in Germany by 2003.
WARNING TO KMART: Bankrupt Kmart Corp. said Wednesdayit has been notified by the New York Stock Exchange that its common stock could be subject to trading suspension and delisting within six months. The average share price of Kmart’s common stock for the past 30 days has been below $1, which is below the minimum requirement for continued listing on the exchange over a 30-day period. Shares Wednesday closed at 79 cents, down 2 cents. Kmart said that if its shares are delisted from the NYSE, it believes that an alternative trading venue will be available. Delisted companies often find a home in over-the-counter trading.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion