In Brief: Burberry Barrels Ahead … Fila Fine … Online Purchasing Picks Up …
BURBERRY BARRELS AHEAD: Bucking the downward trend in luxury goods sales, Burberry posted a 33 percent increase in total revenues — 18 percent on a comparable basis — for the third quarter ended December 2002. The company said in a...
BURBERRY BARRELS AHEAD: Bucking the downward trend in luxury goods sales, Burberry posted a 33 percent increase in total revenues — 18 percent on a comparable basis — for the third quarter ended December 2002. The company said in a statement Monday that retail sales, which represented 63 percent of total revenue in the quarter, increased by 64 percent, and by 32 percent on a comparable basis. The company added that growth came primarily from the U.K. and the U.S., where Burberry opened flagships during the period. Wholesale volume was flat on a comparable basis, partially reflecting the acceleration of deliveries into the first half compared with the prior year. The company said it anticipates high-single-digit wholesale sales growth for the spring season. Licensing revenue in the quarter increased by 9 percent, and 7 percent on an underlying basis.
FILA FINE: Fila Holding SpA said Monday it is back in compliance with New York Stock Exchange listing standards. NYSE criteria require the average closing price of a listed security to be at least $1 over a 30-day trading period and a listed company to have a global market capitalization and total shareholders’ equity in excess of $50 million. Last year, the Biella, Italy-based active and footwear maker was notified by the NYSE that it was not in compliance, andthat continued noncompliance could lead to delisting. The NYSE will continue to monitor Fila for continued compliance with listing criteria until at least April. The money-losing Fila has been on the selling block; it is owned by Italy’s Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali.
ONLINE PURCHASING PICKS UP: Clothing was purchased online by 35 percent of cybershoppers during holiday 2002, giving the category the largest increase in share of holiday purchasers on the Web, or an advance of 6 percentage points versus a year ago, consultant Retail Forward said Thursday. The 35 percent share of shoppers who bought apparel online made it the season’s second most popular e-commerce sector, after books, which captured a 37 percent slice and added four basis points from holiday 2001. DVDs and videos also saw their combined share of online purchasers climb by 6 points, to 23 percent, making them the sixth most frequent holiday e-purchase. Eighty-eight percent of Internet users shopped online during holiday 2002, with 75 percent of them buying something. A year earlier, 81 percent of surfers shopped online, with 69 percent transacting purchases.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast