- NEW TRADE BILL: Sens. Max Baucus (D., Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) introduced an omnibus bill Wednesday designed to strengthen U.S. enforcement of trade agreements and use of domestic trade remedy laws. The Trade Enforcement Act of 2007 would expand countervailing duty laws governing illegally subsidized imports to include products from nonmarket economies such as China, create a Senate-confirmed chief enforcement officer to investigate and prosecute cases and authorize $5 million for U.S. trade representative enforcement. It would also change the criteria for a material injury determination by the International Trade Commission in countervailing duty and antidumping cases, and limit the president's discretion under the China safeguard law.
- GLOBAL BRANDS GROUP HIRE: Global Brands Group, which is heading licensing for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has hired Simon Hawkins, formerly Reebok vice present of sales, as vice president of licensing and sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a new role. Hawkins spent 15 years with Reebok in various sales positions. Based in London, Hawkins reports to Mark Matheny, co-chief executive officer and co-chairman.
- A SWEET MOVE: Ed Jankowski will step down from his post as chief operating officer of Solstice on Aug. 17. Jankowski has taken a position at Godiva to run its North American division, which has 270 stores and 5,000 points of distribution. Jankowski spearheaded the Safilo-owned Solstice eyewear chain for the past six years. There are nearly 100 Solstice stores that sell eyewear from brands such as Marc Jacobs, Dior and Oliver Peoples. Claudio Gottardi, chief executive officer of Safilo Group, has tapped Giovanni Pesce, the company's head of retail in Europe, to assist in the transition while a replacement for Jankowski is found. Before joining Safilo in January, Pesce spent 15 years with Luxottica Group SpA, most recently as managing director of Sunglass Hut Australia, where he oversaw 200 sunglass specialty stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and was also a director of OPSM, a chain of 600 optical and sunglass stores in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)