In Brief: Tommy Italiano … DSW To IPO … Cherokee’s Roots …
TOMMY ITALIANO: Tommy Hilfiger Corp.’s European subsidiary, Tommy Hilfiger Europe BV, plans to buy back the rights to manage and distribute its flagship brand in Italy from Fincom SpA next month. “We intend to step up...
TOMMY ITALIANO: Tommy Hilfiger Corp.’s European subsidiary, Tommy Hilfiger Europe BV, plans to buy back the rights to manage and distribute its flagship brand in Italy from Fincom SpA next month. “We intend to step up marketing support for the Italian business and expect that Italy can and will be one of the biggest European markets for the company,” said Tommy Hilfiger Europe chief executive officer Fred Gehring. Hilfiger’s overall European business is slated to produce revenues of more than $500 million for the year ended March 31.
DSW TO IPO: DSW Shoe Warehouse is the latest retailer looking to score in the IPO market. Retail Ventures Inc., the parent company of Columbus, Ohio-based DSW, said Monday it would spin off the 175-store chain with an initial public offering, to hit the market sometime in the first half of this year and with a market value of $185 million. The company filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “DSW will use a portion of the proceeds from the IPO to repay intercompany indebtedness owed to RVI,” the company said in a statement. “The amount of the proceeds that RVI receives will depend on market conditions and other factors. RVI believes the proceeds will strengthen its balance sheet and improve debt coverage.” RVI will use the funds generated through the IPO to pay down its $100 million term loan and a portion of its revolving credit. RVI is expected to own a majority of the outstanding common shares of DSW.
CHEROKEE’S ROOTS: Cherokee Inc., the Van Nuys, Calif.-based brand broker, has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Roots, a Canadian apparel firm that operates about 150 branded stores in Canada and six in the U.S. Known for its T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, as well as a developed leather handbag line, Roots has had a partnership with the Olympic Games and will be outfitting the U.S. team in Terino, Italy, in 2006. Most recently, Cherokee has inked licensing deals with Essence and Latina magazines. In January, the company announced it hired UBS Investment Bank to explore strategic alternatives.
RUSSELL NAMES EXEC: Calvin Johnston has been named chief executive officer at the Russell Athletic division of Russell Corp. The position has been open for the past two years, prior to which it was occupied by Carol Made, said a company spokeswoman. Johnston, who joined Russell in 2000, was most recently president of Russell’s Jerzees Europe division and will begin in his new post on April 1. He will relocate to Atlanta from Scotland and will report to Jon Letzler, president and chief operating officer of Russell Corp.
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye