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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
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
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews