In Brief: Benefits After Burlington…VF’s New Leg Deal…Kmart Ads
BENEFITS AFTER BURLINGTON:
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $4.6 million National Emergency Grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to help retrain 2,021 former employees of Burlington Industries Inc. who lost their...
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $4.6 million National Emergency Grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce to help retrain 2,021 former employees of Burlington Industries Inc. who lost their jobs as a result of foreign competition. The funds will pay for retraining and support services such as child care and transportation. Other services provided will include job searches and placement assistance. The grant will come from the Secretary of Labor’s discretionary funds. In 2002, Labor awarded $316.7 million in emergency grants, which cover massive employment losses due to bankruptcies, closures, trade displacement and natural disasters.
VF’S NEW LEG DEAL: VF Intimates, a unit of VF Corp., signed a licensing deal with Americal Corp. for a line of Curvation legwear. The Curvation innerwear brand launched exclusively at Wal-Mart last spring, and is designed to attract a hip, fashion-conscious and full-busted consumer. Its legwear will include sheers, tights and trouser socks, and is expected to bow for fall 2004. “The Curvation brand allows us the opportunity to provide solution-based, comfortable hosiery to ‘real women with real curves,’ the fastest-growing market in sheer hosiery,” said Tia Tate, senior director of brand management at Americal. In recent months, VF stepped up its offerings in legwear. During the spring market this month, the firm launched legwear collections for its Vanity Fair and Lily of France brands, licensed to Candor Hosiery Mills.
KMART ADS: Kmart Corp. has selected Grey Global Group as its primary advertising agency for media planning and buying; TV, radio and magazine campaigns, and marketing and consumer outreach. Grey Global entities involved with the $100 million account include Grey Worldwide New York, WING Latino Group, Alliance, G2 Worldwide, MediaCom and Carol H. Williams, Grey’s African American Communications strategic partner.
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
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye