VF SHEDS EARL: Manufacturing giant VF Corp. said it has signed a letter of intent to sell its Earl Jean brand to a privately held New York-based apparel company, which it did not identify. VF said in a statement that the sale was expected to be complete within 30 days. VF acquired Earl Jean in 2003 as part of its purchase of Nautica Enterprises. The brand generated about $13 million in sales, including income from four Earl Jean branded stores. "We have faced challenges with the Earl Jean brand for some time, and think it makes more sense to concentrate our investments and resources on growing our stronger and more profitable jeans brands," Angelo LaGrega, president of VF's jeanswear coalition, said in a statement.
NEW ADVISER: President George W. Bush has appointed Howard H. Li to serve as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The organization aids in providing equal economic opportunities for full participation of Asian-American and Pacific Islander businesses in the U.S. where they may be underserved. Li is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Waitex International Co. Ltd., Prime Time International Inc. and Fortune USA Inc., an apparel firm based in New York since 1981. Waitex has eight facilities on the East and West Coasts, totaling 3 million square feet of warehouse space and providing complete supply chain solutions. Prime Time International Inc. and Fortune USA Inc. manufacture, import and wholesale women's and men's apparel to major department and specialty stores across the U.S. under its own 10 national brands, such as Focus 2000 and Focus Lifestyle, as well as under licenses such as Russell Athletic. Li also is director of the United Way of New York City and is chairman of the U.S.-Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
PARIS BLUES PRESIDENT: Paris Blues LLC, a maker of junior denim and sportswear based in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., said Brian Kail succeeded company owner and founder Jose Quant as president. Kail joined Paris Blues in September 2003 as senior vice president of sales. He previously was senior vice president of sales for Lucky Brand Jeans and president of Bongo. Quant remains chairman and chief executive officer.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)