In Brief: New HR Chief For Penney … Ricci and Reebok … Industry Backs Safe Horizon …
NEW HR CHIEF FOR PENNEY: In his first appointment since taking over the reins at J.C. Penney, chief executive Myron Ullman on Monday named Michael Theilmann as the retailer's executive vice president, chief human resources and...
NEW HR CHIEF FOR PENNEY: In his first appointment since taking over the reins at J.C. Penney, chief executive Myron Ullman on Monday named Michael Theilmann as the retailer's executive vice president, chief human resources and administration officer. Theilmann, formerly of Yum Brands, joins the broadlines retailer on June 1. Theilmann, 41, succeeds Gary Davis, 62, who joined the retailer in 1964 as a trainee. Davis served as chief human resources and administration officer since 1996. Davis was elected executive vice president in 1998, and recently announced his plans to retire after 41 years with J.C. Penney.
RICCI AND REEBOK: Actress Christina Ricci is a new face for Reebok. In ads breaking later this month, Ricci will be featured in the athletic company's "I Am What I Am" advertising campaign, and actor John Leguizamo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb also will be in the new round of ads. The company kicked off the campaign in March, its biggest marketing expenditure in nearly a decade. In a separate development, Reebok said it will be the title sponsor of the Reebok Grand Prix, a global track and field invitational. The meet will be held at the new Icahn Stadium in New York on June 11.
INDUSTRY BACKS SAFE HORIZON: Ali and Joe Torre will be honored by actress Lorraine Bracco at the 10th annual Safe Horizon Champion Awards luncheon today at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. This year's Liz Claiborne Champion award will be presented to Catherine Hawas, a survivor of domestic violence, by Paul R. Charron, chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc. Other industry executives expected are Eugenia Ulasewicz, president of Burberry, as well as representatives from Phillips-Van Heusen, Jones New York, C-IN2, Limited Brands and Bloomingdale's. Safe Horizon is a nonprofit victims' assistance organization, whose mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, as well as their families and communities.
SEARS' ORCHARD ON BLOCK: Sears Holding Corp. is pursuing its first possible divestiture since the Sears merger with Kmart. The company said on Monday that it is exploring "strategic alternatives" for the separation of its Orchard Supply Hardware chain, which could include either a sale of the business or an initial public offering. "Sears Holdings is focusing its management attention and capital on the opportunities in our core business presented by the merger of Sears and Kmart," according to Alan J. Lacy, vice chairman and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings, in a statement. Lacy added that the aim was to provide the 82-unit hardware and garden supply chain capital to grow its store base while at the same time providing value to Sears Holdings.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)