In Brief: Firmenich Buys Noville … Reform Movement … Sketch In Time
FIRMENICH BUYS NOVILLE: Firmenich, the Swiss flavors and fragrances firm, announced it has acquired Noville Inc., a South Hackensack, N.J.-based flavors and fragrances company. Noville is well-positioned in the U.S. home- and...
FIRMENICH BUYS NOVILLE: Firmenich, the Swiss flavors and fragrances firm, announced it has acquired Noville Inc., a South Hackensack, N.J.-based flavors and fragrances company. Noville is well-positioned in the U.S. home- and oral-care markets, according to a statement from Firmenich. “The acquisition of this highly focused and reputable private company matches our commercial strategy and represents an excellent cultural fit,” stated Patrick Firmenich, chief executive officer of Firmenich. “It allows us to reinforce our position in major U.S. market segments and to access important new clients.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
REFORM MOVEMENT: Bankruptcy reform legislation, long sought by retailers, has been reintroduced in Congress — the fourth attempt in recent years to get a bill passed. The measure, which would make it more difficult for individuals to dissolve unsecured debt, was introduced by Senate Finance Committee chairman Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), who said the bill would be considered early on by the Senate in the 109th Congress, which began a two-year session last month.
SKETCH IN TIME: An illustration lounge, sponsored by W Hotels, has been set up backstage at Bryant Park. There, well-known illustrators such as Annie Rudden, Deanne Cheuk, Peter Arkle, as well as Liz Baum, Robbie & Dasha and Jamie Tanner from Moby’s artist depot store, The Little Idiot, are drawing their interpretations of fashion week. Celebrities like Katie Couric, John Leguizamo, Rachel Hunter, and Elisha Cuthbert have dropped by the lounge and offered up their sketches, too. Guests at the shows are invited to pull up an easel and draw. In the spring, “Backstage at Bryant Park” will go on a traveling exhibit to W properties, and pieces of the collection will be auctioned to benefit DIFFA, The Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia