Arthur "Art" Ortenberg, 87-year-old co-founder of Liz Claiborne Inc., has died, according to a report.
Name: Casey What do you do? I'm a waitress. What was the last thing you bought? A pair of brocade pants from J.Crew. What are you wearing?
We've all heard of no-name fashion, but this is taking it a bit far. After selling its once-dominant namesake clothing label Liz Claiborne, the company (which also owns Lucky, Juicy Couture and Kate Spade), is on the hunt for a new name--and it could take up to 12 months to find it, reports the New York Post. In the meantime, the clothing company will presumably remain nameless. After four years with zero profit, Liz Claiborne has sold its eponymous label for $267.5 million to JCPenney. That might sound like a big chunk of change to the average citizen, but when put in comparison to the company's '90s valuation at near $2 billion, it's a pretty paltry sum. What's worse, The Post speculates that while this influx of cash will help to slash Claiborne's debt, the company will likely continue to falter under the reigns of CEO Bill McComb who the paper calls (LOL) "Edward Scissorhands."
If you love Juicy Couture's velour track suits--no judging, we promise--but find $196 price tag a bit jarring, good news: Liz Claiborne, the company that now owns Juicy Couture and kicked out founders Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy about a year ago, has hired American Eagle's chief design officer LeAnn Nealz to head up the brand, reports WWD. It can be deduced that her role will not only be to update the brand's image, but also to make it even more mass than it already is. Which hopefully means slightly lower prices.
Name: Kelly Age: 20 Occupation: Retail merchandise coordinator for Linea Pelle What is your favorite TV show? True Blood How would you describe your style? A mix of everything. What item of clothing are you currently obsessed with? Turbans! Where is your turban from? My mom. She finds them for me all over.
A few months ago, Britt wrote a story about a small-but-successful label called Bird, launched in 2006 by Los Angeles-based handbag designer Elizabeth Carey. After Juicy Couture launched its own label, also called Bird, in 2009, Carey's name and sales were cannibalized. She first attempted to reach out to Juicy Couture founders Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy informally about the issue, but soon enough Liz Claiborne, the conglomerate that currently owns Juicy Couture, was involved. Carey was forced to sue the company. She told Britt in April that she wanted to accomplish only one thing: “I want people to support young designers. I trademarked my company and did everything I was supposed to do. It’s a good lesson for people who want to start a brand, to know this and know that it’s out there. A big conglomerate shouldn’t be allowed to do this.” Yesterday, we were informed that Carey was forced to give up the fight. Her collection will re-launch as Liz Carey handbags this fall.
Juicy Couture's dynamic co-founders Gela Nash-Taylor and Pamela Skaist-Levy are stepping down as creative directors. When I contacted Liz Claiborne re