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.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)