PORT LABOR TALKS: A potential work stoppage at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was on hold pending the resumption of contract talks today between a clerical union and shipping companies. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach handle about 40 percent of the nation's incoming cargo. Retail and apparel industry offi cials are closely watching the developments because any disruption could wreak havoc on shipments of fall and holiday goods. Negotiators for the Offi ce Clerical Unit of Local 63, a division of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, based in San Pedro, Calif., and 14 port employers agreed to take a break from the discussions to consider the proposals on the table. The contract of the 930-member union expired July 1, and it is seeking a new three-year agreement. A walkout would trigger a larger work stoppage by an estimated 15,000 longshoremen.
ARABOV TRIAL PUSHED BACK: The trial date for Jacob Arabov, the famed Manhattan jeweler known as "Jacob the Jeweler," has been moved to Nov. 5 from Aug. 6., said a spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's Offi ce in the Eastern District of Michigan. Arabov faces federal charges for allegedly laundering more than $270 million in proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics on behalf of a Detroit organization known as the Black Mafi a Family. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison.
AKRIS HIRES: Akris has tapped Angelica Mojarro to be U.S. visual director, effective Aug. 1. In this newly created role, Mojarro will be in charge of retail and wholesale visual merchandising, and the overall creative direction for Akris in the U.S. She joined from LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton's North American division, where she was visual merchandising and training director and worked on the Celine and Emilio Pucci divisions. At Akris, she will report to chief executive officer Caroline Brown. The St. Gallen, Switzerland-based company also is looking to strengthen its presence in Asia, and hired Chieko Ino as president of Akris Japan, a new post. Chieko was previously head of marketing at Chanel's fashion division in Japan.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)