Great Universal Stores plc, the retail and services group and Burberry’s parent company, posted sales growth in all of its divisions for the first quarter ended June 30. GUS said in a trading statement this week...
Great Universal Stores plc, the retail and services group and Burberry’s parent company, posted sales growth in all of its divisions for the first quarter ended June 30. GUS said in a trading statement this week that sales at Argos, its general home merchandise business, climbed 14 percent while those at Homebase, the home furnishings and gardening store, rose 5 percent. At Experian North America, a credit profiling and information company, sales rose 4 percent while at Experian International, they rocketed 11 percent thanks chiefly to acquisitions, outstanding interests and vigorous U.K. business in the quarter. As reported, Burberry — of which GUS holds a 77 percent stake — saw sales rise 18 percent in the period, 22 percent at constant exchange rates. “We believe that GUS is in good shape to continue to deliver growth going forward, although perhaps not at the rate of the first quarter,” said John Peace, GUS chief executive. The firm didn’t provide revenue figures. Results for the first half, which ends Sept. 30, are expected on Nov. 20.
Bankrupt Spiegel Group Inc. on Thursday said it will lay off approximately 680 employees as part of a consolidation of its customer contact and order fulfillment operations. The Eddie Bauer parent will shutter its Rapid City, S.D.-based customer contact center, with about 240 employees, and an order fulfillment operation in Newport News, Va., that employs approximately 400 associates. Both facilities are slated to close at the end of December. Additionally, the Downers Grove, Ill.-based company will move a retail distribution operation to Groveport, Ohio, from neighboring Columbus. Although most associates there are expected to transfer to the new facility, Spiegel said approximately 40 employees will be let go in September. Services provided by the closed operations will be shifted to other company facilities, the firm said.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)