COLUMBIA'S COUNTERFEIT SEIZURE: Columbia Sportswear Co. said Wednesday it has seized thousands of counterfeit products around the world in recent months, including apparel and accessories. A series of raids in China in July yielded about 80,000 counterfeit Columbia products and efforts in Vietnam have led to the closure of workshops making fake backpacks. In Australia, counterfeit apparel valued at more than $1 million has been seized, the company said. Tim Boyle, Columbia's president and chief executive officer, said the company has worked with enforcement agencies globally to eradicate counterfeiting. Other fashion and apparel companies such as The North Face, Coach and Burberry have also embarked on aggressive anticounterfeiting activities recently.
URBAN SPLIT: Urban Outfitters Inc. announced a two-for-one stock split on Wednesday, which will bring the company's total shares outstanding to 164.3 million once distributed on Sept. 23. The split will be distributed as a stock dividend of one share of common stock for each outstanding share. Richard A. Hayne, chairman and president of Urban Outfitters, said in a statement that the stock split "affirms our belief in the company's short- and long-term growth opportunities and reflects our confidence in our ability to deliver superior results." Shares of Urban Outfitters closed Wednesday's Nasdaq session up 1.5 percent at $57.60.
MOVING UP: David Yurman has promoted Carol Pennelli to executive vice president of sales and marketing. Pennelli has been with the company since 2002 as senior vice president of sales. She was previously senior vice president of Clinique. Pennelli will now head marketing and communications for all of Yurman's categories, including watches and jewelry.
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge