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BREATHING ROOM FOR FEUERSTEIN: Malden Mills Industries Inc. chairman Aaron Feuerstein got some wiggle room on Thursday. The bankruptcy court extended to Aug. 21 the deadline for him to assemble $92 million to regain control of the Lawrence,...
BREATHING ROOM FOR FEUERSTEIN: Malden Mills Industries Inc. chairman Aaron Feuerstein got some wiggle room on Thursday. The bankruptcy court extended to Aug. 21 the deadline for him to assemble $92 million to regain control of the Lawrence, Mass.-based company from creditors, according to business manager David Costello. The previous deadline had been July 31.
“It just gives us some additional time, which I think all of the creditors think is in their interest…because they’d like to have him buy back the company,” Costello said. “He’s got more than half of [the $92 million] committed at this point.”
He added that because of strong demand for its fabrics, Malden is in the process of hiring 25 new manufacturing workers. The company payroll currently numbers 1,200. About 900 people work in the company’s mills.
EXPORT ADVICE: The U.S. Commercial Service is organizing a pair of panel discussions for May 20 intended to address ways that U.S. apparel and textile companies can do more business overseas.
At 9:30 a.m. at the offices of the Garment Industry Development Corp., at 275 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, the service will host a talk on how to market and sell U.S.-made apparel in Spain. Carmen Adrada, commercial specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Barcelona, is to be the primary speaker
At 2 p.m. at the Southgate Towers Hotel at 371 Seventh Avenue, the service, along with the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has set a seminar on trade progress that has resulted from the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act, the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act, and the Andean Trade Promotion & Drug Eradication Act, and how U.S. manufacturers can benefit from these pieces of legislation.
U.S. Customs Service import specialist Richard J. Wilson will discuss the work of jump teams in the affected regions. Henry Frasen, executive director of the Honduran Apparel Manufacturers Association, is also to present a case study on how his nation’s industry has adapted to the legislation.
There is no registration charge for the morning event. The afternoon event costs $95 for AAFA members and $125 for nonmembers.
NCCJ HONOREES NAMED: The National Conference for Community & Justice plans to honor Russell Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer of Rush Communications, and Keith Nagy, director of filament at Celanese Acetate, at its annual Retail, Fashion & Textile luncheon on May 20.
Russell is slated to receive the NCCJ’s Humanitarian Award, while Nagy is up for the Retail, Fashion & Textile Leadership Award.
Funds raised by the event, which is to be held at noon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, are to support projects, including the group’s Emerging Leaders Institute and its Faith Initiative.
MAKING THE GRADE: The High School of Fashion Industries held its annual “Stretch to the Future” scholarship design competition Wednesday. The entries were judged by various members of the textile, fashion and media industries.
The competition included garments in the following categories: women’s sportswear, men’s wear, swimwear, eveningwear, lingerie and a fantasy category featuring conceptual garments.
Approximately $4,000 was donated by Radici Spandex Corp. and will be divided among the winners. They include Tiffany Dominguez, who won the fantasy, women’s sportswear and children’s wear categories, as well as the grand prize. Juan Vargas won the eveningwear category; Xiao Jing Dong won for swimwear and men’s wear designs and Canea Jones was the lingerie winner.
Designer John Varvatos, Flaunt magazine founder Long Nguyen and several others judged more than 50 garments from HSFI’s senior class.
CALLING NEW DESIGNERS: Woolite recently announced the second annual Fashion Future Grants program and is inviting new designers to apply for sponsorship of their fall 2003 and spring 2004 fashion shows. The program was created to showcase promising designers. Candidates will be selected by an advisory committee chaired by Margaret Hayes, president of Fashion Group International and the Woolite Fashion Forum. One designer will be chosen for fall, while another will be picked for spring. Each designer will receive a cash award of $10,000 to be used toward a show or presentation during New York Fashion Week, as well as inclusion in a print and broadcast consumer education campaign. Last year’s winners were Paul Chan and Tawfik Mounayer. Applicants must have worked in fashion for at least one year and not more than five years. They also must be working at least partially with machine- or hand-washable fabrics.Final selections of the grant recipients will be made in June for fall, and in November for spring 2004.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty