In Brief: TJX Data Theft… Wal-Mart Health Ruling… Williams Exits Warnaco
TJX Cos. said Wednesday that an unknown amount of data relating to debit, check and credit card transactions had been stolen from its internal databases, and could affect T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and possibly Bob's Stores customers.
TJX DATA THEFT: TJX Cos. said Wednesday that an unknown amount of data relating to debit, check and credit card transactions had been stolen from its internal databases, and could affect T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and possibly Bob's Stores customers. Shoppers in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K., where the company operates stores under several different banners, might also be affected. The Framingham, Mass.-based retailer said it retained investigators to determine the extent of the theft and added security measures to prevent further break-ins. It released no further details. Customers should "carefully review their credit card and debit card statements and account information for unauthorized use," said Ben Cammarata, chairman and acting chief executive officer.
WAL-MART HEALTH RULING: A U.S. appeals court ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that Maryland violated federal law by requiring Wal-Mart to boost spending on health insurance for employees. The state legislature last year passed a measure to compel major employers to spend the equivalent of 8 percent of their payrolls on health care, targeting the bill at one company — Wal-Mart — and triggering similar moves in other states. In upholding a lower court decision, the appeals court panel concluded that Maryland violated a law intended to permit an employer to create a uniform system of health benefits nationwide.
WILLIAMS EXITS WARNACO: Roger Williams has resigned as group president of swimwear for Warnaco Group Inc., citing personal reasons. Williams, who held the post since May 2002, could not be reached for comment on his plans. Warnaco has initiated a search to fill the job, but in the interim, Speedo president Sherry Waterson and Paula Schneider, president of designer swimwear, will share responsibilities and report to Joe Gromek, Warnaco's president and chief executive officer.
STORMY WEATHER: A sleet and ice storm Wednesday morning delayed or prevented the opening of some retailers in Dallas. Stores at NorthPark Center, Galleria Dallas and Highland Park Village shopping center were among those affected. However, roads had thawed by afternoon and most businesses were open.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
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“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
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The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye