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.
@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)