- 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.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)