Scoops: Internet Bubble? … One Hot Table … RFID Not Just for Geeks …
INTERNET BUBBLE? The National Retail Federation’s annual convention last month was hopping. Said one executive, “This is like the good old days in the 1990s when the floors were packed.” There were few complaints...
INTERNET BUBBLE? The National Retail Federation’s annual convention last month was hopping. Said one executive, “This is like the good old days in the 1990s when the floors were packed.” There were few complaints about lack of retailers, foot traffic or anything else — a first in this century. Two requests to NRF, though. Tell the guards to open the show floor gates on time next year and dispense with the loud marching band, please.
ONE HOT TABLE. Without regard for his own personal safety, Terry Zych, director of information technology at Timberland, pounced on the flames inadvertently set by Federated Department Stores executives during an industry soirée last month. Or was it spontaneous combustion of the bread basket? The mishap, involving a candle situation too near the bread, certainly brings new meaning to the term bread warmer. Both companies — and eight others — were honored for community-service efforts and Zych’s valiant act proved it’s not a 9-to-5 thing at Timberland. The dinner was hosted by Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard.
RFID NOT JUST FOR GEEKS. Madonna became one of the higher-profile beneficiaries of this emerging technology when she entered the New York Prada store with a must-have in mind. Sadly, the sought-after garment was not in stock. Through radio frequency identification technology, it was swiftly located at another store and shipped to London, where she was headed next.
A STUDY IN CONTRASTS: The sight of naturally natty Claudio Del Vecchio trolling the raucous NRF show floor certainly inspired a double-take. What was the president of Retail Brand Alliance (Adrienne Vittadini, Brooks Brothers, Casual Corner Group and Carolee) doing amid exhibit booths hawking everything from bar-code scanners and time-card systems to power-surge protectors? Del Vecchio was scouting out supply-chain solutions for his company. Nothing is imminent, he cautioned.
CLOSED BUT NOT SHUT OUT. The NRF CIO Council, which hosts a closed-door meeting at each NRF show, won’t share its minutes, but those on the inside whispered the top topics discussed: security and Sarbanes-Oxley. One chief information officer said technology projects are taking 15 to 20 percent longer to implement because of documentation now required by SOX. Post-holiday gift-card redemption also had tongues wagging, as did data-security standards for credit cards and credit and debit card fees.WHEEL DEAL. All the usual show floor freebies, from key chains to stress balls, were there for the taking. Even the very popular yellow Lance Armstrong “Live Strong” bracelets made a showing, but the best giveaway went to Sam Fried, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Limited Brands. Fried’s name was pulled from a hat at the closing session of the show, winning him a Segway Human Transporter. It was not clear whether the two-wheeled, electric-powered device got him to meetings any quicker, as he did not return a phone call.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)