CALMING CUSTOMS CONCERNS: Bush administration officials on Wednesday sought to assure importers that the war on terrorism won’t put a crimp in U.S. Customs processing imports. Companies, including textile and apparel importers, are concerned...
CALMING CUSTOMS CONCERNS: Bush administration officials on Wednesday sought to assure importers that the war on terrorism won’t put a crimp in U.S. Customs processing imports. Companies, including textile and apparel importers, are concerned that when the U.S. Customs Service, as proposed by President Bush, is folded into a new Department of Homeland Security, trade issues will be overshadowed by Customs’ border-security mission. "Enhancing border security and facilitating commerce must be the dual mission," homeland security adviser Tom Ridge told business officials gathered at the White House. Congress is now debating the security plan and will put its imprimatur on the proposal.
FERRAGAMO, ZEGNA IN DEAL: In an effort to grow its footwear and leather goods business, Ermenegildo Zegna has formed a joint venture with Salvatore Ferragamo. The new entity, ZeFer, is controlled equally by both family-owned companies and is expected to generate about $47 million (converted from euros at current exchange rates) at retail within the first three years. ZeFer’s management will be drawn independently from both companies. A Zegna spokesman said ZeFer’s future chief executive will come from within Zegna, but he declined to offer a name. Ferragamo will handle production of the collection, which is set to bow for fall 2003 and will be in Zegna stores and a few other retailers.
MASS APPEAL: Consumer Reports, in its first survey on mass merchants, reveals what its 31,000 participants had to say about shopping at them. Overall, in terms of quality, value and problems, Sears came out on top with a score of 77, Costco and Target were on its heels with scores of 76. But ratings on apparel didn’t fare so well. Less than 20 percent of surveyed shoppers considered the quality of clothes at Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart excellent. At Sears and Sam’s Club it was 20 to 30 percent; while Costco won with 30 to 40 percent. The survey is published in CR’s July issue.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.