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.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew