FLYING LOW:Even though SARS is being contained in Asia, its impact on travel there was worse in May than April, according to a research report released Tuesday by HSBC luxury analyst Antoine Belge. The number of Japanese traveling overseas fell...
FLYING LOW:Even though SARS is being contained in Asia, its impact on travel there was worse in May than April, according to a research report released Tuesday by HSBC luxury analyst Antoine Belge. The number of Japanese traveling overseas fell 55 percent in May, compared with 42 percent in April. Belge wrote that he expects a recovery as of June, “but visibility is low on its extent. The perceived safety of travel will continue to be a key driver for the luxury goods sector in coming months,” he continued, adding, “it will take time before Japanese visitors feel confident to return to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.” He stated, however, that he’s more optimistic about their traveling to the U.S., Guam and Saipan.GOOD GUESS:Guess Inc. posted a 16.2 percent increase in comparable-store sales during the month of June as overall retail sales for the four weeks ended June 28 rose 24.3 percent to $29.2 million. Comps were up 16.3 percent at full-priced stores and 15.8 percent at outlet stores. While pleased with the improvement, Carlos Alberini, president and chief operating officer, commented in a statement that officials at the firm “remain cautious about our overall business, especially wholesale, given the continued difficult retail environment and ongoing pressures on margins.” Most retailers will report their June comps on July 10. Total retail sales for the second quarter ended June 28 rose 19.8 percent to $95.7 million as comps ascended 11.7 percent.MOVIN’ UP:Evan Davis has been named president of urban brand Enyce. Davis, 39, along with Tony Shelman and Lando Felix, founded Enyce in 1996, with financial support from Fila. In this new post, Davis, who had been executive vice president, will oversee product design and development, sales, marketing and all other operations for Enyce and Lady Enyce. Enyce is a subsidiary of Sports Brands International, the newly formed holding company that purchased Fila, Ciesse Piumini and Enyce last month.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye