CLAIBORNE'S NEW DEALS: Liz Claiborne Inc. signed an agreement with Kellwood's Halmode division to license J.H. Collectibles dresses and Emma James women's dresses and suits collections. Under the agreement, Kellwood's Halmode division will be responsible for the design, manufacturing and marketing of the moderate dress and suit lines. Both lines will be available for spring 2006 retailing. "The J.H. Collectibles dress collection will deliver soft, relaxed designs in trend-right colors, patterns and textures with an artistic feel," said Stephen L. Ruzow, president of Kellwood's Womenswear Division. "The Emma James dresses and suits collection will offer this customer a feminine look that can take her from desk to destination." The Liz Claiborne dresses and suits collection has been licensed to Kellwood's Halmode division since 2003.
ICONIX'S 2Q: Iconix Brand Group Inc. on Thursday posted second-quarter results that reflect its new focus as a brand management company. For the three months ended June 30, net income was $2.5 million, or 8 cents a diluted share, versus $518,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago quarter. Revenues from licensing and commissions jumped 62.4 percent to $4.3 million from $2.6 million. In the year-ago period, the company reported sales of $26 million, which reflect the firm's operations before its transition to a new business model. For the six months, net income was $3.3 million, or 11 cents a diluted share, compared with $551,000, or 2 cents, in the same year-ago period. Licensing and commissions revenue climbed 70 percent to $8.6 million from $5.1 million.
BIG IN JAPAN: Iceberg is opening a shop-in-shop at the Isetan department store in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Saturday. The 538-square-foot store is the result of a deal between Isetan and Iceberg parent Gilmar Group, which is expected to result in the opening of five such Iceberg stores in Japan during the next three years. The Shinjuru shop-in-shop will offer women's clothing and accessories. Iceberg operates boutiques in Milan, Rome, Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam and Moscow. There are plans for more stores in Kuwait City, Seoul and Jakarta in the near future.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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