BON-TON DEBT OFFERING: The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. on Friday said it plans a $525 million debt offering to fund its $1.1 billion purchase of Saks Inc.'s Northern Department Store Group. The offering, through a private placement made by the retailer's subsidiary, The Bon-Ton Department Stores Inc., is expected to be completed next month. The notes will be due in 2014. The deal for the Northern Department Store Group, expected to close this spring, includes the nameplates Carson Pirie Scott, Boston Store, Younkers, Herberger's and Bergner's.GROWING BEAN: L.L. Bean Inc. said Tuesday it will open three stores — in Burlington, Mass., in September; Center Valley near Allentown, Pa., in October, and South Windsor, Conn., in summer 2007. Locations in greater Boston are being sought for 2007 and 2008 openings. The stores will be similar to Bean's five existing units, which are in Maryland and New Jersey and each have about 30,000 square feet. They will sell apparel and outdoor gear. L.L. Bean also has 14 outlets. "In addition to expanding our retail presence in the Northeast, we are also moving forward with significant new investments at home here in Maine," said Ed Howell, chief retail officer, referring to the Freeport campus, where adjacent property has been purchased for retail expansion and additional landscaping and parking. "We envision a major transformation for downtown Freeport," said president and chief executive officer Chris McCormick. "The changes represent tens of millions of dollars of new commercial investment in our hometown." Fulfillment operations are also being expanded.
La Double J made a name for itself with its vintage-inspired prints, but for resort, designer JJ Martin has ventured into new territory: enter rich jewel toned solids and decadent embellishment, in the form of appliqués, crystals and sequins. #wwdfashion #resort19 #ladoublej
This Just In: J. Crew Group has named Johanna Uurasjarvi as its chief design officer.
Uurasjarvi succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who left the company last September. Tap the link in bio for the full report. #wwdnews
“She came into my hotel room and she was like, ‘I have Chanel and Christian Dior.’ She was like, ‘Chanel likes you.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to start crying,’” breakout star Maddie Hasson tells WWD of her styling sessions Molly Dickson. “I really like classic, elegant things. I love the way Anna Wintour dresses.” Read more about Hasson’s role in @impulseseries on wwd.com. (📸: @jgreenery ) #wwdeye
@virgilabloh revealed he's working with Australian stylist and
Vogue Australia fashion director @christinecentenera for his debut @louisvuitton men's collection, which will be presented in Paris on June 21. Centenera met Abloh while both working with Kanye West, where she consulted on his all his runway collections since his debut spring 2012 women's wear show. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews (📷: @asussmanphoto)
"In order for Shudu to wear garments, she needs to be able to put them on, just like you would in the real world. You have to digitize the outfits," said Cameron-James Wilson on dressing 3-D model @shudu.gram for her WWD photoshoot with @itsclo3d. #wwdfashion (📸: @cjw.photo)
“Shudu is a digital supermodel, a very glamour and amazing woman. But she’s 3-D,” says Cameron-James Wilson, a fashion photographer and the creature of @shudu.gram. Here, Shudu wears @cushnieetochs for her debut fashion editorial. #wwdfashion (📷: @cjw.photo)
“It is the fierce female performances that came before me that made be able to clearly identify for myself what it was that I wanted to do, what kind of artist I wanted to be, what kind of films I wanted to make,” said @brielarson at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. See more pictures from the event on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Matt Baron)