GROTE PROMOTED AT ESPRIT: Thomas Grote, joint global chief operating officer of Esprit, has been promoted to president of the brand. Grote, whose promotion is effective Jan. 1, will continue to report to Heinz Krogner, deputy chairman and group chief executive officer. Grote will be responsible for the brand's operations, including the wholesale, retail and licensing businesses. Additionally, the chief operating officers for retail, wholesale and organization will report to Grote. He joined the group in 1990 as key account manager of the accessories division. At the annual meeting of Esprit Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong last Friday, Krogner said he will stay with the group and retain his current role for at least two more years.
HOUSE PASSES BAHRAIN FTA: The House approved a free trade pact with Bahrain on Wednesday. The Middle East island nation exported $182.7 million worth of apparel and textiles to the U.S. for the year ended Sept. 30, mostly in cotton sheets and trousers, accounting for just 0.2 percent of all such products imported into America. The agreement contains a yarn-forward rule of origin that requires apparel to contain either yarn and fabric from the U.S. or Bahrain to receive duty-free treatment, as well as an allowance of 65 million square meters equivalent of cotton and man-made apparel and fabric outside of the U.S and Bahrain for 10 years.
DELIA'S INC. PUBLIC AGAIN: Delia's Inc., a subsidiary of Alloy Inc., will go public in a spin-off. Shares of Delia's are expected to begin trading under the Nasdaq National Market on Dec. 19 under the symbol "DLIA." Alloy will continue to trade on the Nasdaq under its own symbol, "ALOY." Delia's, a lifestyle brand targeting teen girls ages 12 to 19, was acquired by Alloy in October 2003. Prior to that, Delia's had been a public company.
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