In Brief: Levi’s Hit … EBEL Ceo Out … Tarrant’s Rag …
LEVI’S HIT: Levi Strauss & Co. plans to appeal a $45 million judgment in favor of a former Mexico City contractor wrongly targeted in an anticounterfeiting raid. “We strongly disagree with the court’s...
LEVI’S HIT: Levi Strauss & Co. plans to appeal a $45 million judgment in favor of a former Mexico City contractor wrongly targeted in an anticounterfeiting raid. “We strongly disagree with the court’s decision,” said a spokesman for the San Francisco-based jeans maker. “We don’t believe the size of the request substantiates the facts in the case.” The order from a Mexican federal court exonerates contractor Comexma, which sued the company for harm suffered to its image from a raid at its plant in June 2001. Mexican police were looking for evidence of imitation Levi’s brands based on information provided by Levi’s attorney. The brand-protection attorney set up the sting without getting the required company approvals, Levi’s said.
EBEL CEO OUT: Randi Shinske, president and chief executive officer of Ebel USA Inc., has left the company. Movado Group, which owns Ebel, has not named a replacement. Ebel sales this year are expected to be $40 million to $45 million, providing major growth for the Paramus, N.J.-based Movado. Movado Group, which bought Ebel from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in December 2003, expects full-year sales for fiscal 2005 to be about $410 million, a 20 percent increase over 2004.
TARRANT’S RAG: Los Angeles-based Tarrant Apparel Group said its subsidiary, Private Brands Inc., extended for seven years its exclusive distribution agreement for American Rag CIE with Macy’s Merchandising Group LLC, the sourcing arm of Federated Department Stores Inc. The original accord signed in 2003 called for a minimum purchase agreement of two years for the casual sportswear collection for juniors’ and young men’s designed and manufactured by Private Brands. The line’s initial rollout to 100 stores will expand to almost 300 Macy’s stores by fall 2005. Macy’s Merchandising Group also acquired a license to design and manufacture directly American Rag CIE nondenim men’s apparel.
EDDIE RODRIGUEZ CLOSING: Men’s Wearhouse is abandoning its experiment to capture the Latino customer. On Wednesday, while reporting fourth-quarter and year-end results, the retailer said it would discontinue the test of the Eddie Rodriguez stores. At the same time, Eddie Rodriguez, who had been designer and creative director of Men’s Wearhouse, will leave the company, George Zimmer, Men’s Wearhouse founder and chairman, said during a conference call. Early last year, the company launched Eddie Rodriguez, a men’s and women’s concept designed to evoke the Havana of 1955. The company had hoped it would eventually grow to a 100-unit chain over the next five years. The test had included six stores around the country. Those stores, the company said Wednesday, will be “wound down over the course of fiscal 2005.”
@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
@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)