Women's Wear Daily

NYC Factories Receive Grants Through CFDA Manufacturing Initiative

Twelve New York-based factories are getting a financial jolt through grants as part of the latest round of the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative. In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corp., the Council of Fashion Designers of America announced what is the program’s largest investment to date — nearly $730,000 — and the most recipients since the 2013 launch. Last year, seven grant winners received more than $480,000 all told. Nearly $3.5 million has been doled out to 33 New York City-based manufacturers since FMI was unrolled. Designed to rev up local fashion manufacturing, the public-private grant program started with help from Ralph Lauren, the Coach Foundation and Andrew Rosen. Still committed to bolstering the local sector and its workforce, the grants are designed to help recipients polish up their facilities and capabilities. Eight of this year’s 12 recipients are first-time winners. All of them were selected to receive the financial boost for equipment and software, infrastructure upgrades, capital improvements, relocation costs and workforce training. The aim is that more accelerated services will help to secure manufacturing jobs in New York City’s fashion industry. Atelier Amelia, Button Down Factory, Create-a-Marker, Timberlake Studios, New York Embroidery Studio, SN Productions and Geri Gerard are a

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The Hut Group Strikes Again, Buying Christophe Robin Haircare

LONDON – Britain’s The Hut Group has confirmed plans to buy Christophe Robin, the upscale haircare brand that has seen sales increase by more than 40 percent for each of the last two years. THG’s announcement confirms a report in Thursday’s WWD. Established in Paris in 1999 by its namesake, the celebrity colorist Christophe Robin, the products are aimed at maintaining scalp health, nourishing hair and protecting color. The formulations have more than 80 percent natural ingredients, and are free from parabens, silicone, SLS, oxidants, ammonia and not tested on animals, according to THG. The group said the brand sits within an established and fast-growing segment of the beauty industry and has seen its sales increase by over 40 percent for each of the last two years. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Christophe Robin has more than 70 products across 10 ranges, and is stocked in multiple countries including the U.K., the U.S., Europe and Asia through retailers such as Sephora and Space NK. It also sells on Robin’s website and on the THG-owned lookfantastic.com. Through lookfantastic.com THG has become one of Europe’s largest online retailers of premium beauty products including MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder and Lancôme. It also owns beauty brands including Espa,

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In Turnaround Mode, a Struggling Penney’s Continues to Attract Talent

Despite facing a tough turnaround, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. continues to attract top talent. In a string of appointments revealed Wednesday, Penney’s named former Target Corp. merchant Trish Adams as strategic adviser to simplify and improve Penney’s pricing and promotional strategies. She will work with Truett Horne, senior vice president, chief transformation officer. Steve Whaley, formerly with Walmart Stores Inc., was named senior vice president, principal accounting officer and controller, reporting to Bill Wafford, executive vice president, chief financial officer. And Laurene Gandolfo, formerly with Macy’s Inc., has been named Penney’s senior vice president for home product design and development, a new role reporting to Michelle Wlazlo, executive vice president, chief merchant. Jill Soltau, Penney’s chief executive officer since October 2018, said the executives announced Wednesday bring “significant expertise in their respective fields, and a track record of innovation and delivering results for some of the world’s largest and most reputable companies. Together, we will continue to strengthen our operational capabilities, optimize our product selection, and create a compelling and rewarding shopping experience for our customers.” Adams was with Target for many years, most recently as executive vice president, merchandising product group where she oversaw Target’s product design and development, sourcing and visual merchandising initiatives.

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