CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Aéropostale said it has ended the employment of Christopher Finazzo, the chain's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. The company said Wednesday an investigation revealed that Finazzo concealed a personal ownership in, and served as an officer of, entities affiliated with one of the company's primary vendors, South Bay Apparel Inc., which Aéropostale said constitutes a conflict of interest. Julian Geiger, Aéropostale's chairman and chief executive officer, will assume the chief merchandising responsibilities while the company searches for a new chief merchant.
CHANEL'S NEW DIGS: Chanel is opening its 23rd U.S. boutique at the Gardens of the Palm Beaches mall in Palm Beach, Fla., today. It will offer a full assortment of merchandise, from ready-to-wear to accessories, including costume jewelry, watches and shoes. Architect Peter Marino, who created the 2,200-square-foot unit, used the house's global prototype for the design and layout. The boutique has an open feel, with a 117-foot-long storefront of expanses of glass that are inspired by Chanel's famous No.5 bottle. The interior features tweed furniture and tweed-like woven carpets, carbon fiber shelving and glass fiber elements on the walls.
FINLAY GROWS: Finlay Enterprises Inc., the fine jewelry retailer and largest operator of licensed fine jewelry departments in department stores, said Wednesday it had inked a stock purchase agreement to buy Congress Jewelers. Congress, with annual sales of $23 million, is a privately owned chain of five jewelry stores in Florida. The deal is still subject to closing conditions and certain consents. In May 2005, Finlay acquired Carlyle & Co., a 34-unit chain of specialty jewelry stores. Finlay had annual sales of $990.1 million last year.
GRAMICCI'S PLANS: Gramicci is partnering with Montreal-based distributor BIGroup to expand into Canada. The outdoor apparel vendor's first Canadian distributor, BIGroup serves more than 1,300 retail accounts across Canada and represents brands including Compass North, Maui, Persona and Redsand.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty