JONES CLEANS UP: Jones Apparel Group Inc. will close the laundry, assembly and distribution operations in one of its denim manufacturing plants in San Luis, Mexico. All manufacturing will be consolidated into existing operations in Durango and Torreon, Mexico. Peter Boneparth, chairman and chief executive officer of Jones Apparel Group, said in a statement, "We conducted a detailed evaluation for the need to broaden our global sourcing capabilities, as the benefits of competitive pricing and fabrication options from Asia challenged the quicker turn and superior laundry capabilities from our Mexican manufacturing. We determined that centralization of our facilities to fully utilize manufacturing capacity, coupled with diversity in the sourcing model, was the best decision for our business and our shareholders."
PARLUX MULLS SALE: Shares of Parlux Fragrances Inc. surged nearly 14 percent in trading Monday morning on news that the company may be for sale. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based firm, which holds the licenses to several celebrity fragrances, including Paris Hilton's, Maria Sharapova's and Andy Roddick's, hired Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Oppenheimer & Co. to evaluate strategic alternatives for the future of the business. Parlux shares closed Monday at $31.08, up 4.12 percent. Nearly 1.5 million shares changed hands, more than triple the company's average trading volume.
JOBS CUT AT SARA LEE APPAREL: Sara Lee Corp. has eliminated 775 positions from its branded apparel division following an organizational review, the company said Monday. The cuts at Sara Lee Branded Apparel, which is expected to be spun off as an independent, publicly held company in 2006, will affect less than 2 percent of the division's 45,000 employees. Sara Lee said 285 employees in the division's U.S. headquarters accepted a voluntary transition program, some of whom will be replaced. The company said that it would add positions in the next few months to cover new functions after the spin-off. "Implementing the associated workforce reduction is a very difficult decision, but we believe these changes are unavoidable if the company is to flourish in the future," said Lee A. Chaden, chief executive officer of Sara Lee Branded Apparel, in the statement.
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