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.”
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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