SECURING ANTWERP: Antwerp, Belgium, has been added to the list of foreign ports to allow U.S.-bound cargo to be prescreened, as part of the U.S. strategy to protect shipments from being used to smuggle terrorist weapons, the U.S. Customs Service...
SECURING ANTWERP: Antwerp, Belgium, has been added to the list of foreign ports to allow U.S.-bound cargo to be prescreened, as part of the U.S. strategy to protect shipments from being used to smuggle terrorist weapons, the U.S. Customs Service announced Wednesday. On Tuesday, as reported, the agency said Rotterdam, Netherlands, would join Canadian ports and border crossings and the port of Singapore in signing up for the program that will put U.S. Customs officials at foreign ports to work alongside foreign inspectors. Antwerp, Singapore and Rotterdam are among 20 foreign "mega" seaports through which 68 percent of the U.S.-bound cargo passes. It ranks 11th in terms of cargo volume shipped to the U.S.STAFFING UP: Teen Vogue, which will begin bimonthly publication starting with the February-March 2003 issue, announced several new hires on Wednesday. Lina Kutsovskaya, currently an art director at Nylon, will be the magazine's art director. Gloria Baume will continue as fashion market director, a post she held during the four test issues of Teen Vogue. Sarah Meikle, who joined Teen Vogue for its last test issue, will take over as senior fashion editor. Nicole Vecchiarelli, a former articles editor at Premiere, will be the magazine's senior editor, entertainment. Suzanne D'Amato, a fashion writer at Vogue, joins the staff as a fashion news editor. The new staffers will begin after Labor Day, except for Kutsovskaya, who begins July 8. All will report to Amy Astley, the magazine's editor in chief. Gina Sanders is the magazine's publisher.RECEIVABLES SALE: In a deal that could save more than 800 Fingerhut employees their jobs, Federated Department Stores Inc. has agreed to sell about $1.2 billion of Fingerhut receivables to CompuCredit Corp., an Atlanta-based credit card company. The transaction, expected to be completed within the next month, also includes the assumption of $450 million in receivables-backed debt issued by Fingerhut Master Trust. CompuCredit intends to retain Fingerhut employees currently servicing the receivables portfolios at its St. Cloud and Monticello, Minn., facilities. FAC Acquisitions, owned by Tom Petters and former Fingerhut chief executive Ted Deikel, earlier reached a definitive agreement to acquire the Fingerhut name, headquarters and distribution center, among other assets."
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