LEVI'S GOES ORGANIC: Levi Strauss is hopping onto the organics bandwagon. The San Francisco denim giant is preparing to introduce denim and other products manufactured from organic materials. A company spokesman said organic products would be offered throughout Levi's portfolio of brands and products, and that a formal announcement describing the program would be made in the coming weeks.
GUESS NAMES CFO: Dennis Secor will take over as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Guess on July 5. In February, the Los Angeles company announced that Frederick Silny would be leaving as cfo. Carlos Alberini had assumed those responsibilities. Secor joins the company from Electronic Arts Inc., where he had been a vice president and cfo of the Canadian business segment since 2004. Secor previously served stints at Callaway Golf and Polaroid.
MERVYNS APPOINTMENT: Mervyns has named John Serino executive vice president of operations, succeeding Beryl Buley, who left in November. Serino, who has nearly 36 years of experience in retailing, will report to Vanessa Castagna, executive chairman of Mervyns' board. Serino will oversee stores, store operations, visual merchandising, real estate and property development for the 187-unit chain. He was chief operating officer for After Hours Formalwear, a division of David's Bridal, which is being sold by Federated Department Stores. Earlier, he was with Wilsons Leather, Auto Palace and Marshalls.
PHAT HOME: Kellwood's Phat Fashions division has signed an agreement with Dan River Inc. to develop and market a home collection under the Phat Farm and Baby Phat brands. The new lines are slated to hit department and specialty stores for fall selling. They will consist of bedding, bath furnishings and window treatments. The Phat Farm bedding ensembles include stonewashed denim and nautical blocks of color embroidered with the signature logo. The Baby Phat bedding styles a playful look with palettes of Asian black velvet, white mink and various prints.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye