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.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews