The beleaguered Warnaco Group surprised observers recently when it said it would emerge from bankruptcy protection in early 2003 as a standalone company, with much of its stable of brands remaining.
Upon exiting bankruptcy, Warnaco will hold $265 million in debt, which includes senior subordinated notes, plus its borrowings under an exit facility. At its peak, Warnaco’s capitalization in June 1998 was $2.8 billion. The company’s bread-and-butter brands include Warner’s, Olga, Bodyslimmers, Lejaby, and of course, Calvin Klein Underwear for men and women, which it owns outright, and a long-term license for CK Jeanswear.
There are several big questions for 2003. Following Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.’s acquisition of Calvin Klein Inc. this month for $700 million, the relationship with Warnaco will likely be tested.
PVH told WWD it had a "full plate" and was currently not looking to buy the Calvin Klein businesses at Warnaco, and a deal with VF Corp. was thwarted by Klein and the Warnaco board voting it down in December.
Warnaco acquired Klein’s men’s underwear business and trademarks for men’s accessories worldwide from the designer’s company in March 1994 in a deal worth $64 million, plus ongoing fees. As part of the deal, Warnaco took over the Calvin Klein women’s underwear business in 1995.
In 1997, Warnaco acquired Designer Holdings Inc., maker of Calvin Klein Jeanswear, in a deal worth about $354 million. The pact gave Warnaco one-third of the $2.5 billion Calvin Klein empire.
Warnaco’s board will soon need to name a new chief executive officer. Tony Alvarez, the ceo hired in November 2001 to lead the company through its bankruptcy, is expected to return to the turnaround firm Alvarez & Marshal after a completed reorganization.
Industry observers said it most likely will come down to two candidates: John Kourakos, president of the Sportswear Group, which includes the Chaps by Ralph Lauren men’s wear label and the Calvin Klein Underwear and Jeanswear businesses, and Tom Wyatt, president of the Warnaco Intimate Apparel Group.
@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)