Levi Strauss & Co.’s namesake — a quintessentially American brand facing a befuddled market at home — has grown well beyond its own borders and found the international scene welcoming and profitable.
“This is a different company today than it was five or six years ago,” Chip Bergh, president and chief executive officer, told WWD, touting strong sales gains in 2017, with some extra momentum in the fiscal fourth quarter. “This is the first year where the United States is less than half of our business, the international business has been growing at a faster rate. [Direct-to-consumer] is now more than 30 percent of the business. All of these businesses are higher gross margin businesses for us, so we feel really good about our strategies, they’re clearly working.”
The iconic Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship will have a whole new look come 2021, reports @mistywhitesidell . The 10-story store is being expanded and renovated under the vision of chief artistic officer, Reed Krakoff. #wwdnews
“I feel like the [Emmy] nomination is this absurdly generous bonus to something that I’ve already been excited by for quite some time now,” Darren Criss tells @ktauer about his nomination for his role as Andrew Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, “My general attitude toward life is I hope for everything but expect nothing. But when you’re playing for the Warriors, there’s a good chance you’ll make it to the championships. And I’m not saying I’m Steph Curry, but when you’re on [showrunner] Ryan Murphy’s team, it seems more palpable than ever,” he continues. (Criss previously starred on “Glee,” another Murphy creation, although they didn’t directly work together.) “I feel like I’ve already won the lottery.” Read more in WWD.com (📸: @lexieblacklock ) #wwdeye #darrencriss #americancrimestory #emmys2018