NIKE BUYBACK: Nike Inc. said Monday that its board has approved a four-year, $3 billion share repurchase agreement. In addition, the company expects to complete within a few weeks the four-year, $1.5 billion share repurchase program that the board approved in June 2004. “The completion of our previous $1.5 billion program two years ahead of schedule is a testament to our confidence in the long-term growth prospects for our company,” Nike chairman Philip H. Knight said in a statement. “By doubling the size of the new authorization to $3 billion, we are confident in the strength of our cash flow.”
BULOVA PROMOTION: Bulova Corp. has promoted Gary Simon to executive vice president of sales, a new position at the watch firm. Simon has been with Bulova since 1997. He most recently was regional vice president for the Western region. Simon reports to Tom Fosorile, senior vice president of sales, and is responsible for coordinating and directing sales and marketing efforts for Bulova’s regional and chain accounts. He will continue to direct sales for the Western region and assist in coordinating field sales activities.
SWISS ARMY MOVES: Swiss Army Brands Inc. has begun construction on its new North American headquarters at 7 Victoria Drive in Monroe, Conn. The building, which is expected to span more than 165,000 square feet on 26 acres, will house the firm’s corporate offices and warehouse facilities. The firm has been headquartered in Shelton, Conn., for the past 30 years. The new building is expected to be completed in January 2007 and cost $26 million. Swiss Army, a wholly owned subsidiary of Victorinox AG, in Ibach, Switzerland, makes watches, apparel, multifunctional tools and cutlery. The firm also expects to open a 15,000-square-foot showroom on Greene Street in New York this summer.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast