WAL-MART WOES: Wal-Mart has pulled the plug on millions in stock options and other benefits for former vice chairman Thomas Coughlin, who was forced off the board in March after an internal investigation uncovered the possible...
WAL-MART WOES: Wal-Mart has pulled the plug on millions in stock options and other benefits for former vice chairman Thomas Coughlin, who was forced off the board in March after an internal investigation uncovered the possible misappropriation of as much as $500,000 in company funds. In a proxy statement, Wal-Mart said it suspended Coughlin’s restricted stock, stock options, incentive payments and some interest payments earned under a deferred compensation plan. The move voids a noncompete agreement Coughlin signed Jan. 22 after his retirement as vice chairman that would have continued his $1.03 million base salary for another two years. He might forfeit 186,407 restricted stock options worth about $9.7 million as well as 302,503 stock options exercisable within 60 days and worth about $14 million. The company’s findings have been referred to federal prosecutors in Arkansas. Spokesman Marty Heires said the company could not comment beyond what was disclosed in the proxy filing.
RODDICK, REEBOK SPLIT: Reebok International said Friday it will not renew its five-year contract with tennis player Andy Roddick as of May 1. Company executives declined to comment, but Dennis Baldwin, Reebok’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement: “After carefully considering what is in the best interest of our business, Reebok has elected not to continue this partnership.” Roddick was the center of the brand’s global marketing campaign last summer, and the company also developed a line of sportswear and accessories with the 22-year-old player. He is featured in the current Reebok marketing campaign based on the theme “I Am What I Am.” Last year, Reebok ended its endorsement of Venus Williams after nearly a decade.
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
“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
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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