In Brief: Stein Mart Names CEO … Bendel’s Own Show … Haggar Nominees …
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice...
STEIN MART NAMES CEO: Michael D. Fisher has become chief executive officer of Stein Mart Inc., replacing the retiring John H. (Jack) Williams Jr. The succession plan was announced in June. Fisher, 55, joined Stein Mart in 1993 as executive vice president of stores after nearly 20 years in department stores. He became Stein Mart’s president and chief operating officer in 2001. Williams, 65, joined Stein Mart in 1980, when the company consisted of three stores. He became president in 1990 and ceo in 2001. The chain currently operates 265 stores, which sell moderate to designer brands in women’s, men’s, children’s, accessories, gifts, linens and shoes. Jay Stein continues as chairman and Williams as vice chairman. Fisher and Gwen Manto, executive vice president of merchandising, will be nominated as directors.
BENDEL’S OWN SHOW: Those fashion followers who can’t wrangle invitations to the upcoming New York shows will be able to get a taste of them at Henri Bendel. The retailer, along with Seventh on Sixth, is staging its inaugural Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Boutique in which designers like Matthew Williamson, Diane Von Furstenberg and Luella Bartley will make special appearances at the store in the days following their runway shows. In some cases, the designers will also preview to shoppers several looks from their fall shows. "We think there is more and more interest in bringing the consumer some of the energy and excitement that happens inside the tents," said Fern Mallis, executive director of Seventh on Sixth. "Everything we’re doing there [at the tents] is about getting somebody into the stores ultimately." And, like at the tents, sponsors like Evian andCourvoisier will be handing out samples to shoppers.
HAGGAR NOMINEES: Rae Evans will stand for reelection to Haggar Corp.’s board of directors at the firm’s annual meeting on April 2, and James Neal Thomas has been nominated to fill the board post to be vacated by Donald Godwin, whose legal work on Haggar’s behalf disqualified him from consideration as an independent director based on Nasdaq’s proposed new rules. Thomas retired in 2000 as a senior audit partner with Ernst & Young and, if elected, will serve on the board’s audit committee in compliance with new regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a move opposed by Haggar’s board, Kahn Brothers & Co., which controls about 13 percent of the company’s stock, is soliciting proxies to elect Thomas Kahn and Mark Schwarz to the two seats being elected at Haggar’s upcoming meeting.
@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
@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)