ANOTHER NOD TO UCC: UCC Capital Corp., which specializes in middle-market lending secured by intellectual property, on Tuesday received the Licensing Executives Society's 2005 Deal of Distinction for its December 2004 financing of BCBG Max Azria Group. UCC completed a $53 million securitization of investment grade asset-backed bonds, along with a $100 million revolving line of credit. Earlier this year, UCC was the recipient of Institutional Investor's Securitization News' 2004 Deal of the Year Award, also for its BCBG financing.
COTTON CHALLENGE: The U.S. on Tuesday challenged a request by Brazil for $1 billion in retaliatory trade sanctions over the failure to respond in time to a World Trade Organization ruling that U.S. cotton subsidies broke global rules. A WTO arbitrator has 60 days to determine whether the level requested is justified. Steven Fabry, principal U.S. WTO legal adviser, told a session of the Dispute Settlement Body that "the countermeasures proposed are not commensurate with the degree and nature of the adverse effects determined." Fabry said the U.S. intends to implement the panel's recommendations and has taken appropriate steps to do so. Brazil's WTO ambassador Clodoaldo Hugueney said his country "is still hopeful that the actual application of retaliatory measures might not be necessary," if the U.S. eliminates the subsidy programs.
QUIKSILVER CUTS FORECAST: Quiksilver Inc. said late Tuesday that 2006 earnings would fall below estimates. The company attributed the change to steps it was taking to more rapidly integrate Rossignol, the strengthening dollar and higher than anticipated interest expenses. The surf and skate company anticipates earning 87 to 88 cents for the 2006 fiscal year, below analysts' average expectations of 98 cents. Quiksilver also reaffirmed its forecast for the fourth quarter and full year ending Oct. 31, 2005. The information was disclosed after the stock markets closed, but the company's shares fell in after-hours trading.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)