CROSSING THE POND: Brooks Brothers on Tuesday said it has entered into a joint venture with Brightark Ltd. of London to create Brooks Brothers United Kingdom, a vehicle for opening stores in the U.K. and Ireland. Brooks Bros. U.K. plans to open several stores within the next five years. The first, a 3,200-square-foot unit, will open at the end of the month at Lion Plaza in London's financial district. The company said it's in negotiations to secure space for a flagship on Regent Street that would open in the spring.
CARR JOINS COACH: Janet A. Carr has been named vice president of consumer insights and strategic planning at Coach Inc. Carr had been with Gap Inc., where she held the same title and was responsible for focusing on business performance and consumer needs, as well as identifying practical strategies to increase business in Asia and Europe and strategically aligning all three Gap brands: Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic. The position incorporates some of the responsibilities held by Kate Buggeln, who was senior vice president of strategic planning and new business development. Buggeln left the company about a year ago.
BILLION DOLLAR BUYBACK: TJX Cos. Inc.'s board approved a $1 billion stock buyback program. This means that about 10 percent of its outstanding shares will be authorized for repurchase. The authorization is in addition to the $97 million remaining in the company's existing $1 billion buyback authorization, which was approved in May 2004 and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter. The company said in a written statement that it plans to repurchase $600 million of TJX stock in fiscal 2006. "This new authorization reflects our confidence in the successful growth of the company. Our core businesses and the off-price concept remain fundamentally strong, and we have substantial opportunities to deliver excellent overall performance," Bernard Cammarata, chairman and acting chief executive officer of TJX, said in the statement. Framingham, Mass.-based TJX said it spent $4.15 billion since 1997 buying back 283 million shares of stock.
HOTEL HONCHO: Serge Weinberg, the former PPR executive, has been named chairman of the supervisory board of Accor, the French hotel operator. Weinberg left PPR this spring when François-Henri Pinault took the top spot at the French retailer, which also controls Gucci Group. Weinberg then founded a venture capital firm, Weinberg Capital Partners, which he will continue to manage. Accor runs the Sofitel, Novotel and Mercure chains, among others.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)