Destination XL Group Inc. plans to reinstitute TV advertising to grab the attention of big and tall guys after noting the elimination of a fall marketing campaign hurt fourth-quarter sales.For the three months ended Jan. 28, net income was $1.8 million, or 4 cents a diluted share, against a net loss of $1.4 million, or 3 cents, a year ago. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share were 2 cents, compared with an adjusted loss of 2 cents a year ago. Net sales slipped 1.1 percent to $122.6 million from $124 million. The company said DXL comparable-store sales were down 1.9 percent for the quarter.Wall Street was expecting EPS of 1 cent on sales of $125.77 million.Shares of Destination XL fell 4.2 percent to $2.30 at 11:31 a.m.The company attributed the decline in sales to the “overall weakness in the retail environment, as well as the company decision to eliminate its fall marketing campaign."David Levin, president and chief executive officer, said, “Despite the 2016 retail environment being one of the most challenging in recent memory, we were very pleased to deliver strong growth in EBITDA and free cash flow.”The company said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the quarter rose 48.2 percent to $10.8 million from $7.3 million a year ago. Levin said the company “fully funded our DXL store expansion from free cash flow and grew EBITDA nearly 36 percent.” The company opened its 200th DXL store in 2016.Levin said, “Six out of 10 big and tall guys still do not know who we are and, therefore, our top priority in 2017 is customer retention and acquisition. We intend to fuel that objective with a marketing dollar increase of approximately 40 percent this year, including reinstituting television advertising beginning April 2.”Levin said the company also is planning to elevate its digital distribution channel to help grow its customer base. Destination XL has a new chief digital and information officer, Sahal Laher.Wunderlich Securities Inc. analyst Eric Beder has a “buy” rating for shares of Destination XL, and a $4 target price.“With store growth inevitably decelerating, and with a majority of big and tall males still not aware of the company, we view the marketing spend as an appropriate strategy and believe the returns can be impressive,” Beder said. He noted that the company will open only 20 doors for fiscal year 2018.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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