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.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion