LESLIE FAY MAY LICENSE HUE: The Leslie Fay Cos. is looking into the possibility of licensing part of all its Hue hosiery division to an outside vendor.
"Since the company filed for Chapter 11, we have been analyzing all aspects of our business," said Kathryn Conners, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Leslie Fay. "We have been looking at Hue's numbers, studying the option of leaving it as a freestanding operation or licensing the name out to an outside vendor. We have been talking to several companies, including Gold Toe, but no conclusive decision have been made."
RELATING TO GREAT AMERICAN: Great American Knitting Mills, a division of Bidermann Industries Corp., New York, has formed a public relations unit to develop and expand media relations for its various hosiery labels, including Gold Toe, Perry Ellis and Arrow. Lucy Fierro, formerly public relations manager for Bidermann's Corporate Communications division, has been appointed manager of the new unit. She reports to Nathalie Roy, marketing manager, and Ray Russell, executive vice president of sales and marketing.
KEEPERS NAMES NEW PRESIDENT: Steele Davidoff had been appointed president and chief operating officer of Keepers International, where he had been vice president of administration for the past three years. He fills a position vacant since the death of Paul Greenberg in 1992.
Davidoff reports to Sid Levine, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer. He will focus on the areas of finance, administration and human resources.
In addition, Davidoff; Paul Hockley, senior vice president of manufacturing, and Sam Florence, senior vice president of sales and marketing, have been promoted to the Keepers board.
Keepers makes women's and men's socks under its Rare Footage brand name and under license for Givenchy. It also produces men's socks under the Keepers, Bugle Boy and Sasson labels.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion