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.
"'Dynasty' is all about gowns, the diamonds and the scandal, so it's a bit like the fashion industry. When we come to Cannes it's all about the red carpet dresses too, so it all fit really well," said designer @philippplein78 on the theme of his high-glamour resort 2019 show at his mansion in Cannes. #wwdfashion #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
"I think Spike is such a brilliant director because he holds up a mirror to society and reflects these issues, yet he doesn't shove it down your throat, he doesn't tell you what to think," says @lauraharrier on her latest film @Blackkklansman. Harrier was at the Cannes Film Festival – for the very first time – with @officialspikelee. #wwdeye #cannes (📷: @zefashioninsider)
“I would think to myself, Are you happy? Yes, I’m wildly happy. I go to this studio every day and, in my inside voices, I’m giggling; I’m singing. Yes, it’s a lot of work, it’s a [huge] volume of material. It wouldn’t be for everybody. But I was very happy,” said soap opera star @therealsusanlucci of checking in throughout the years with her career trajectory. Lucci spoke to WWD about her decades-long career, love for pilates, motherhood and her QVC activewear line. Read Bridget Foley’s full piece on Lucci on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @celestesloman)
@balmain has taken a stand at the #cannes Film Festival, dressing 16 actresses at a press call for the project “Noire N’est Pas Mon Metier,” or “Black Is Not My Profession.” The multimedia project includes a book, photo exhibit and documentary, which aims to expose discrimination in the French and American entertainment industries. “The moment I was asked to participate, I knew it was right for me, and for this brand, to form a part of this moment,” Balmain creative director @olivier_rousteing told WWD. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
"I always feel curious and I feel like there's more to learn. But I think being relevant, feeling relevant, I personally always feel that there's just so much more to know. And maybe that's the key.” — @themarcjacobs #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty (📷: @patrickmacleodphoto )
“The most amazing thing about her is that, regardless of all the things that have happened to her, her spirit is so undaunted by all of it. She is the most cheerful person you will ever meet. She doesn’t see problems, she only sees solutions,” said @ajanaomi_king of activist Ifrah Ahmed, who she plays in a new film “A Girl from Mogadishu.” WWD caught up with King at Cannes — Head to WWD.com to read more about her new role, personal style and how she uses social media for causes like Time’s Up and Black Lives Matter #wwdeye
WWD asked a number designers to share their thoughts on what Meghan Markle’s wedding gown will look like this Saturday. Here, Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli sketches his look. #wwdfashion #royalwedding #meghanmarkle