- ASDA LOSES GEORGE CHIEF: Angela Spindler, managing director of the George line at Asda, Wal-Mart’s U.K. arm, has abruptly stepped down from her post and quit the company. The retailer said Spindler, a 10-year Asda veteran, had left for “family reasons.” She had replaced Andy Bond, who is now Asda’s president and chief executive, at the end of 2005. Bond temporarily will cover the job until a replacement is found, the company said. Spindler’s departure comes at a pivotal time for the brand. As reported, George will go online early next year, and there are plans in the works for a U.S. relaunch. However, industry sources said Asda is not opening George stores fast enough, and the brand is losing ground to competitors. Over the past year, Asda has lost share of the U.K. clothing market by sales volume. Asda currently has 7.5 percent, compared with Tesco’s 8.6 percent, Primark’s 8.9 percent and Marks & Spencer’s 11.4 percent.
- WAGE WOES FOR ARCADIA: Sir Philip Green, owner of Topshop and its parent, Arcadia, is investigating a report by the Sunday Times of London that one of the group’s knitwear suppliers in Mauritius is engaging in nonethical work practices. The report said Sri Lankan, Indian and Bangladeshi workers on the island were being paid less than $10 a day for up to 12 hours of work, six days a week. The wages, it said, are 40 percent below the island’s average, and are fixed according to race, with the Bangladeshis earning the least. “Arcadia takes exceptionally seriously the code of conduct which all suppliers sign,” an Arcadia statement said Monday. “Serious breaches will not be tolerated and a remedy will be sought [if any] have occurred.”
- TAKING CHINA TO THE WTO: Following through on its trade case against China, the U.S. asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel to examine China’s policies for the protection of intellectual property rights. The U.S. brought the case against China in April and the two countries met to discuss the issue in early June, but were unable to come to an accord. The U.S. maintains that China doesn’t do enough to protect intellectual property. For instance, Chinese criminal law has a threshold, whereby people are not prosecuted until they are caught with a certain number of pirated goods.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye