Margo Manhattan’s Jewelry Bows On Evine Live Nov. 4

October 6, 2015

We were not able to attend last week’s launch party for jewelry designer Margo Manhattan’s new line for Evine Live. But we got a press release on the festivities.

Damn, we missed the free tequila!

Manhattan’s collection will debut on the home shopping network on Nov. 4, and we can’t wait. She’s into chunky crosses and so are we.

Here is the press release:

Celebrity Jewelry Designer, Margo Manhattan, unveiled her latest collection of bold, edgy, elegant, rock ‘n’ roll chic designs, created exclusively for EVINE Live (, at Manhattan’s Studio 450 on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015.

Guests were welcomed with embossed leather bracelets with Margo’s signature cross as an entrance pass to the exclusive loft party. The designer’s latest video streamed on the wall and showcases of Barbie Dolls on Harley’s with custom leather outfits Margo Designed especially for the occasion set the ROCKER tone and mirrored Margo’s style and Gold Coast Motor Sports supplied Margo’s favorite bikes, a Triumph and Ducati for her guests to pose on.

Views of the Manhattan skyline were apropos for the native New Yorker who made a Grand Entrance in her custom designed leather and Silk Organza Rockstar gown designed by Carla Dawn Behrle. Complete with her very own custom armor in Margo’s iconic style belt and matching collar and harness for Mika, her German shepherd mascot.

Evine Live's CMO Penny Burnett, left, and Margo Manhattan. Photo credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.comj

Evine Live’s CMO Penny Burnett, left, and Margo Manhattan. Photo credit Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.comj

Models dressed in rhinestone studded Team GOGO Tee’s and Margo’s latest collection served a selection of hors d’oeuvres generously provided by New York restaurant The Marshal and cocktails from Avion Tequila, Nuvo, Elite Vodka and Birthday Cake Wines lined the bars. Throughout the night, DJ Johnny ‘Danger’ Stuart who rocked the party with an eclectic mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics and today’s hits.

Notable guests included: Margo Manhattan (Celebrity Jewelry Designer); Penny Burnett (CMO, EVINE Live); Nicole Miller (Fashion Designer); Jason Binn (Publisher, Dujour Media); Satia Ricketts (Owner, The Beauty Loft); Event Planner Sande Finkel (President, Sande Finkel Marketing Solutions); Laurie Wolfe (Creative Director & Principal, Wolfe Design Consulting); and famed photographer Luciana Pampalone.

The event featured a surprise performance by singer Josh Shapiro, who performed three songs including a cover of ‘You Raise Me Up.’ Following his performance, CMO of EVINE Live Penny Burnett addressed the crowd, and formally welcomed Margo Manhattan to the EVINE Live family.

Margo Manhattan then thanked her creative TEAM GOGO Sande Finkle, Laurie Wolfe, and Luciana Pampalone for helping her execute her vision for her brand. Margo formally welcomed all attendees to be her extended ‘Team Gogo’ family. Then Margo dedicated Serenade, her favorite Ballet, to her Mother, Prima Ballerina for NYCB’s for the inspiration of the theater as it was a little girls ‘DreamLand.’

A spectacular event that concluded with Margo Manhattan branded canvas bags in her signature blue and embroidered logo in metallic thread, Margo water, a facial courtesy of Sisley Paris New York, and a copy of the September/October 2015 issue of Art Bodega Magazine featuring Margo on the cover.

Margo Manhattan is set to Launch on EVINE Live on Wednesday November 4th, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST and 5:00 PM EST. Margo’s cutting edge jewelry, previously available only at her exclusive Madison Avenue boutique, will now be available to 88 million viewers on cable and satellite, both on TV and online at EVINE Live debuting on the channels.

Margo joins EVINE Live’s elite roster of celebrity and designer lines which include: Marc Bower Unlimited, NV by Nick Verreos, Countess Luann de Lesseps’s clothing line and celebrity chef Todd English.

In addition, the new MARGOMANHATTAN.COM website launched the night of the event with her latest Collections. Visit the Margo Manhattan Boutique Madison Avenue on 88th Street’ her beautiful jewel box shop on the Upper East Side, to experience the full breadth of her unique collections.

While you’re there, do not miss The Vault, a stunning collection of unique one-of-a-kind pieces, featuring diamonds, emeralds and sapphires, all set in white and yellow gold.

Model-Author Cindy Crawford Pops Onto Evine Live

October 4, 2015

We were too busy working our butts off at our real job last week to notice that model Cindy Crawford, who went to our alma mater Northwestern, did a drive-by at Evine Live to hawk her new book.

Did anyone see her?

Here is Evine Live’s press release in advance of her appearance.

American Icon and Supermodel Cindy Crawford Discusses Her Life, Career and New Book on EVINE Live

Cindy Sits Down for an Interview With EVINE Live on Her “Becoming” Book Tour, Giving Fans a Glimpse Into Her Life And New Book on October 1st

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Sep 30, 2015) – EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV), a digital commerce company (, today announced that American icon and supermodel Cindy Crawford will appear on EVINE Live October 1st at 9pm ET to discuss “Becoming,” her new book just released yesterday. In addition to offering the book for sale, Cindy will give fans a unique look into the pivotal points of her life and career in an EVINE Live-exclusive interview.

Cindy Crawford promoted her new book on Evine Live last week.

Cindy Crawford promoted her new book on Evine Live last week.

“Cindy Crawford is one of the most recognized supermodels in the world,” said Mark Bozek, EVINE Live’s Chief Executive Officer. “I’m thrilled to have Cindy on EVINE Live and offer our viewers her stories first-hand. That’s an experience only EVINE Live can offer and something that sets us apart from any other retailer in the world.”

“I’m excited that one of the first stops on my book tour is at EVINE Live,” said Cindy Crawford. “My new book ‘Becoming’ is a way for me to look back at my career and to honor and acknowledge the girl I once was while embracing the woman I am today. Being able to connect directly with fans on EVINE Live and get even deeper into the story is absolutely thrilling.”

The interview will appear on EVINE Live Thursday, October 1st at 9pm ET. During the segment, Cindy will be joined by EVINE Live host Heather Hall and Sonia Kashuk, her life-long friend and internationally known makeup artist. Filmed at Sonia’s New York City studio, the three will talk about Cindy’s new book, her life, career and feelings about turning 50 next year.

Cindy Crawford is one of the original supermodels who defined that pivotal moment when fashion models became cultural stars in their own right. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Cindy could be seen in virtually every major magazine and fashion runway, working with the world’s biggest brands. In addition to modeling, Cindy is a philanthropist and accomplished businesswoman.

“Becoming” is an engaging series of stories that sheds light into the life and work of an extraordinary woman who is as beautiful inside, as out. “Becoming” is a must for anyone who has followed Cindy’s legendary career, is fascinated by the worlds of fashion and photography, and will be a meaningful mother-to-daughter gift for all young women who can benefit from reading this modern-day American success story with universal coming-of-age lessons. The book is illustrated by 150 stunning and iconic images, as well as never-before-published photographs from her personal archive.

New Host Natasha Chugtal Arrives At Evine Live

October 4, 2015

Evine Live has a new host that jewelry designer Chuck Clemency seems to think is a real pistol: Natasha Chugtal. She made her debut last week.

Apparently a woman of color, and the only home shopping network that could use some color more than Evine Live is Jewelry Television, Chugtal is a former newscaster.


She left a job at CBS-affiliate WTVY in Dothan, Ala., to come north to Minnesota. Hope she’s ready to freeze her keister off. But we guess it won’t be too much of a shock since she’ apparently a native of the northern state.

When Clemency was on-air on Thursday a caller said she was a fan of Chugtal, having watched her on the local TV station.

As far as we could see, Evine Line hasn’t added Chugtal to its host listing on its website. Are they waiting to see how she works out.

HSN, Ford Help You Avoid Car Shopping Haggling

October 3, 2015

We blogged about HSN and Ford coming up with some kind of deal for car buyers. Turns out you will be able to buy several of the car maker’s top brands at a preset price — in other words, without having to go through that unpleasant process of haggling with a car dealer.

The initiative kicked off Saturday, with a final show at 5 p.m.

Our readers reminded us that QVC once had an offer where it worked to sell Saturns, so this is not totally new to home shopping.

Here’s what HSN had to say about their partnership with the automaker in a press release.

With more women influencing vehicle purchases than ever, HSN and Ford Motor Company are teaming up to offer a new approach to car buying. Now through the end of the month, the ease and convenience of HSN’s shopping experience will be extended to consumers looking to buy a new Ford vehicle.

In a study conducted by HSN, while women consumers enjoy the hunt for a new vehicle, they indicated they don’t enjoy the car buying process – specifically, price negotiations. In this exclusive marketing program with HSN, Ford will offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase, with a preset price, some of its most popular models including Fusion, Escape and Edge.

“We know our female car buyers appreciate our quality, safe and efficient vehicles, but the car buying process can be intimidating,” said Chantel Lenard, U.S. marketing director, Ford Motor Company. “HSN offers us a unique opportunity to reach a close-knit community of women and provide them with a simple, meaningful car buying experience.”

The Ford Preferred Price Event, including a two-year complimentary Ford Protect Premium Maintenance Plan, will be available exclusively to HSN consumers through Oct. 31.

“We want to take the stress out of car buying. At HSN, we believe shopping should be fun!” said Bill Brand, president of HSN. “We are excited to work with Ford to share their story through engaging content across all of our shopping platforms. We’re proud that HSN is a go-to brand for companies looking to reach a highly-engaged female consumer.”

The HSN customer survey found:

Top three on her list – The vehicle attributes most important to her are reliability, reputation of quality, and safety rating.

She has a say – Nearly all (96 percent) respondents are involved in the vehicle purchase decisions in their households; 44 percent are the primary decision makers.

She is a shopper at heart – She enjoys the hunt for a new vehicle; however, the process can be overwhelming at times. She specifically dislikes the price negotiation process.

She knows what she wants – When shopping for a vehicle, she tends to know exactly what type of car she is looking for.

The campaign kicks off Oct. 3 with three hours of dedicated programming on HSN at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. EDT.

Margo Manhattan Brings Her Divine Jewelry To Evine Live

September 28, 2015

Last month Evine Live announced a bunch of vendors who were coming to the network this fall, including jewelry designer Margo Manhattan. We didn’t know who she was, but we do now.

We looked her up because lo and behold, Evine Live invited us to a launch party this Tuesday for her jewelry line. That shindig will be held at Studio 450 Penthouse in Manhattan, of course.

So what’s the deal with Ms. Manhattan?

She makes jewelry for celebs such as Selena Gomez, and Beyonce wore one of her necklaces for her “Blow” video.

The pieces are chunky sterling silver and gold, and remind us of the late Scott Kay’s work. In fact, we have a large Scott Kay silver cross that looks very much like the one Beyonce had on.

Super star Bey is wearing Manhattan’s necklace in a scene where she’s decked out in a colorful bustier.

We can’t wait to see what her Evine Live pieces look like. We hope that they are not so scaled down that they lose the appeal of Manhattan’s more upscale jewelry.


Manhattan made headlines in New York City a few years back when her shop on tony Madison Avenue was robbed. In fact, the necklace that Beyonce wore was reportedly one of the items taken.

We liked the fact that Manhattan said she wasn’t worried the lose of $54,000 in merchandise, she was just happy that her saleswoman was unharmed by the thief.

Is HSN Selling Fords At A Discount On Oct. 3?

September 25, 2015

Do you want to buy your Ford on HSN? It looks like you might be getting the opportunity on Oct. 3.

The auto maker is having a “Preferred Price Event” on the home shopping network with “a very special offer.” then links to the auto maker’s dealer locator.

That’s all we know, and thanks for the tip, Michael!

Oops, She Did It Again: Jessica Simpson’s A Train Wreck On HSN

September 18, 2015

We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. We warned you about Jessica Simpson in a recent blog.

We missed the Texas blonde’s appearance Thursday night on HSN, but apparently it went about as well as her brief stint on QVC a few years ago. In other words, she was a train wreck.

These boots are made for walking, and Jessica Simpson should keep walking away from home shopping.

These boots are made for walking, and Jessica Simpson should keep walking away from home shopping.

TMZ already skewered Simpson, describing her as “dazed” and “confused” during her HSN debut.

“Jessica seemed out of it during her 2-hour sell-a-thon, giggling and slurring,” TMZ wrote. Poor Colleen Lopez!

She apparently had a lot of sellouts, but as QVC vet Steve Bryant posted on Facebook, “Don’t let the sell outs fool you. It’s common practice to bring in very small quantities to get as many sell out stories as possible. The real test of any product line starts in the 2nd and 3rd show.”

Steve is the most astute expert on the home shopping world that we know, and he also wrote, “Jessica Simpson on HSN is as big a cluster fuck as she was on QVC. It’s like the host is talking to a crayon. In my opinion, she is acting very impaired. Hey TV Shopping Channels, celebrities aren’t the answer anymore!”

Here were some of the comments from Steve’s Facebook page:

“Was flipping channels and saw the train wreck of Jessica Simpson. She appeared to me to be stoned or inebriated. Very, very sad. I give the host credit for having to deal with her and her inferior line of apparel.”

“Jessica is drunk or something and that swaying and slurring her words is painful to watch. I just messaged them saying get her off the air. Her stuff is selling but this is really bad.”

“She is on drugs to get skinny there was talk about her going to rehab.”

“Slurred Speech Simpson Special?”

“Steve…after I read your post I had to tune in. Your assessment was spot on. It was actually uncomfortable to watch. She’s obviously hammered or high. If she’s not, I would be completely surprised. Also, I think I lost several IQ points just by watching for a few minutes.”

Cheryl Burke To Do PSAs For QVC’s FFANY Shoes On Sale

September 17, 2015

It’s 2 a.m. and we have work tomorrow — or should we say later this morning. So we are just posting this as is.

Motivated athlete and designer of the cee bee CHERYL BURKE collection appears in public service announcements for QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale”

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (September 16, 2015) – As all women know, there is a pair of shoes for any and every occasion. This October, Cheryl Burke is lacing up to support a cause that affects so many–breast cancer. Through her involvement with QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale,” Burke is striving to prove that great shoes have the potential to make a true difference one step at a time.

The annual QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” broadcast, which is scheduled to air Thursday, October 22 from 6 to 9 PM (ET), will feature over 150 donated styles of shoes from more than 80 brands. To sweeten the deal, each pair comes with a charitable perk. Shoes will be offered at HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price* with a minimum of 80 percent of the purchase price** benefiting various breast cancer research and education institutions, giving shoppers a feel-good reason to make a purchase.

“I am very grateful to be championing an initiative supporting the fight against a disease that has impacted so many lives, including those in my own family,” commented Burke. “As a woman, this cause is especially important to me because it empowers women to shop for something that will make themselves and others feel good.”

As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, this event has generated more than $47 million, to date, for breast cancer research and education institutions.

“Each October, QVC and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York come together to stand in solidarity for an important mission,” says Mike George, President and CEO, QVC. “We are honored to have Cheryl Burke’s support this year to help promote and spread awareness for such an important cause. Her effervescent personality combined with a sheer gusto for life will leave shoppers feeling excited and inspired to participate.”

“We are delighted to have Cheryl Burke on our team, lending her passion, style and commitment to our vital cause,” says Ron Fromm, FFANY’s President and CEO. “Cheryl’s vivacious leadership as our 2015 PSA spokesperson will help make this year’s campaign and event successful, putting more dollars into discovery from coast to coast.”

Beneficiaries for the 2015 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Those wishing to support cutting-edge research at these organizations can go to to make contributions and find out ways to join in and be part of this important effort.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.
**Purchase price excludes shipping, handling and tax.

QVC Vendor Ellen DeGeneres Also Selling Line At Bergdorf’s, N.Y. Post Says

September 14, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, she of the hit daytime talk show, has been slumming at QVC.
But now she has also done a deal with tony Bergdorf Goodman, the New York Post reported Sunday.

The blonde New Orleans native already hawks her lifestyle collection, ED, on QVC, along with her dog food line.

But there was a party last week at the pricey Manhattan Bergdorf’s to kick off the products that DeGeneres will be selling at the store and on its website. According to the Post, Bergdorf will be selling ED goods such as $525 thrown pillows, a considerably higher price point than her home shopping wares.

The expensive items will be exclusive to Bergdorf’s brick-and-mortar stores through Sept. 22, and at Bergdorf’s website until the end of the month, the Post said.

HSN Will Live Stream Serena Williams’ Fashion Week Show

September 9, 2015

This is intriguing news from HSN: The home shopping network will be live streaming tennis legend Serena Williams runway show during New York’s KIA Style360 Fashion Week.

The “Front Row” stream event will take place on Sept. 15, and HSN will be selling items from Serena’s collection online immediately following the show.

“Throughout my life, I’ve always believed in pushing boundaries…whether it’s in tennis, business or fashion!” Williams said in a canned statement.

“By offering my Signature Statement collection exclusively through an innovative retailer like HSN, I’m able to communicate directly with my fans. This year my runway show will be broadcast live, and you can shop the collection immediately afterwards. That is exciting to me and not common in fashion today.”

With the ultimate Calendar Grand Slam within her grasp in New York this summer, Williams will partner with HSN and manufacturer Tiger J to present one for her runway show.

Before the show, Williams will host a live Q&A via Periscope at 2:30 p.m. where fans can get a peek behind the scenes at the show.

“Serena is a force both on the court and on the runway,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “We love that at HSN we are able to showcase a different side of Serena. This ‘Front Row’ live stream special of her fashion show is a great way to connect Serena directly with her fans and give them the immediate opportunity to shop.”

The Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection runway show will feature 26 looks “designed for women of all shapes and sizes,” according to HSN’s press release.

After the final model walks the runway, Williams will sit down for a brief chat via Periscope to answer questions from fans and announce a special social contest in which fans can win a one-of-a-kind couture piece from the collection.

Available exclusively on both during and immediately following the show, the collection will include 14 styles, such as faux shearing jackets, color-block knit sweaters, tunics and printed jogger pants. Prices range from $29.90 to $129.90.

The Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection Fashion Show will take place at KIA STYLE360, 639 West 46th St., at 3 p.m. Sept. 15.

The tennis queen will be on HSN on Sept. 23 to present her Serena Williams Signature Statement Collection live starting at 12:01 a.m. as part of the network’s Fall “Fashion Edit” series.

JTV Does Fund Drive For Beads Of Courage Program

September 8, 2015

Jewelry Television is partnering with Beads of Courage Inc., a non-profit organization that has a program we’ve never heard of but sounds very intriguing.

Children coping with serious illnesses receive special beads from their nurses and caregivers, with each bead representing a step in that child’s treatment. The idea is to honor their courage as they hit milestones.

During September, JTV is inviting its national audience to help seriously ill children be able to tell their story of courage.

“We are inviting our customers to support the mission of Beads of Courage by calling in or going online to donate, regardless of a purchase,” Jill Johnson, JTV’s vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement.

“To the children and families coping with serious illness, these beads represent the hope and courage needed throughout each stage of their treatment process. Every donation we receive will help provide the Beads of Courage Program at no charge for more than 30,000 participating children.”

A year ago, with donations from its audience, JTV raised $59,000 to benefit Beads of Courage. Through its efforts, the network was able to help establish three Beads of Courage programs at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Since 2005 Beads of Courage has been working to transform the treatment experience for children coping with chronic, life-threatening illness through Arts-in-Medicine programs. There are Beads of Courage programs in more than 250 hospitals worldwide.

According to research, the program offers a coping strategy that helps children move through their treatment and helps them communicate with others. On average, most children have more than 500 beads in their collection. The Program helps clinicians at the bedside feel better equipped to support the emotional needs of children.

JTV is inviting artists and the public to contribute to Beads of Courage through National Bead Challenge Day on Sept. 19. National Bead Challenge Day will honor the brave children suffering from serious illnesses by helping to fulfill their Dream Bead wishes.

The mission of Beads of Courage is to provide innovative arts-in-medicine programs for children coping with serious illness, their families, and the healthcare providers who care for them. Beads of Courage programs are evidence-based interventions designed to strengthen resilience, alleviate suffering, and improve the psychological adjustment process.

Evine Live’s Samuel Benham Likes His Tequila

August 28, 2015

Evine Live jewelry vendor Samuel Benham, fellow tequila lover, you’re a man after our heart.

Last night on the home shopping network host Heather Hall was talking about Benham, a courtly man who designs lovely artisan-crafted jewelry. Heather Hall mentioned to turquoise king Paul Deasy that she had gone out to dinner with Benham at the Vegas jewelry show, and he ordered a bottle of expensive tequila. And he apparently enjoyed it.

We wouldn’t have guessed that Benham liked snaffing down pricey tequila, so he rose a notch in our eyes. It’s our liquor of choice.

And speaking of Evine Live, on the network’s second-quarter call yesterday with analysts CEO Mark Bozek said that the new cookware lines by Paula Deen and chef Todd English are selling extremely well.

As you might remember, Deen and English are cast-offs from other home shopping networks. QVC dropped Deen like a hot potato during the controversy over racist remarks she made years ago. And HSN and English parted ways after he showed up in the tabloids inebriated and pawing willing women in public places.

Deen, by the way, is rumored to be one of the contestants on the new season of “Dancing With The Stars.”

Evine Live Posts 3 Percent Sales Gain, To $161 Million, In Second Quarter

August 26, 2015

Evine Live Inc. saw its net sales rise 3 percent year over year, to $161.1 million in the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday.

Those results compared to the 4 percent jump, to $1.4 billion, in the second quarter that QVC posted; and HSN’s net sales increased 3 percent, to $572.3 million.

Beauty was the fastest-growing product category at 23 percent, fashion and accessories delivered strong growth of 17 percent and jewelry and watches grew by 1 percent; gains were partially offset by declines of 12 percent in home and consumer electronics.


Online net sales as a percentage of total net sales increased 240 basis points to 46 percent.

Mobile remains the fastest-growing platform with net sales of $31.3 million, a 41 percent increase year-over-year.

Average-purchase frequency rose to 4.5 units per customer, a 10 percent increase.

Adjusted EBITDA was $2.5 million.

“We are pleased with our second-quarter financial results during this transition year, which were driven by better-than-expected sales. Over the quarter, we executed a more balanced approach to our airtime mix with continued investment in our new emerging brands, coupled with an ongoing commitment to our established anchor brands. Our top-line growth was driven by strong performance in the categories of beauty and fashion and accessories,” CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“As we addressed a number of the challenges we faced in the first quarter, we are seeing momentum in our continued efforts to reposition Evine Live by introducing more merchandising variety with new emerging brands that are generating revenue across our multiple platforms, especially mobile,” Bozek said. “With key members of our senior leadership team now in place, we are confident that we have the ability to execute our strategic plan and initiatives to create long-term value for our shareholders.”

Gross profit decreased 2.6 percent to $58.9 million. Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased 210 basis points to 36.5 percent, primarily related to the following decreases:

* 190 basis points of gross margin percentage decrease was attributable to reduced margins in Jewelry & Watches and Home (excluding textiles) due to merchandising mix changes and a lower than optimal average selling price (ASP).

* 30 basis points of gross margin percentage decrease was attributable to continued discounting of excess textile inventory.

* 25 basis points of gross margin percentage decrease was attributable to reduced shipping and handling margin.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 54 percent to $2.5 million primarily due to continued gross margin pressure from merchandising mix changes and increased variable costs from lower than optimal blended ASP in jewelry and watches, home, and the continued discounting in textiles.

Operating loss was $2.2 million versus $3.7 million in the second quarter of last year.

“We are committed to delivering measurable transparency to the market as we execute our plan to drive sustainable shareholder value,” added Tim Peterman, Chief Financial Officer.

“We are focused on strengthening our balance sheet. We are upgrading our technology and customer care systems at our distribution center in Bowling Green and are currently on track to phase in our new warehouse management system through the first quarter of 2016. Most importantly, we are focused on improving our alignment between merchandising, average selling price, margin and inventory, while carefully evaluating our operating costs.”

HSN Picks ‘American Dreams’ Entrepreneur Seekers

August 12, 2015

As part of its “American Dreams” initiative, HSN announced Tuesday that it was partnering with five entrepreneurs “who will fan out across the country … to find compelling new products to launch while raising awareness for the entrepreneurs behind them.”

Wow, that’s a mouthful!

These team mates their methods for discovering new product ideas include:

– Daymond John through investing in entrepreneurs on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank”

– Marc Portney through investing in entrepreneurs on Science Channel’s popular series “All-American Makers”

– Bob Circosta through HSN’s revamped “American Dreams Ideas Portal,” convention searches and seminars

– Akos Jankura through “My Cool Inventions” radio talent search

– Gregg Smith through Edison Nation, which operates the largest open innovation community and marketplaces in the world for independent inventors

“American Dreams” kicked off on HSN with the launch of its mini-series event on Sunday, which featured stories of some of HSN’s vendors including Serious Skincare, Benefit Cosmetics, R.J. Graziano, Jay King, GIII, DeLonghi, Violife, Donatella Arpaia and Wakaya Perfection.

The mini-series event will run every evening at 9 p.m. through Wednesday.

“There’s nothing more exciting than meeting entrepreneurs, hearing their ideas, feeling their passion and helping them make their dreams come true,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “As the original electronic retailer we have always championed entrepreneurs and this new initiative will further solidify our position as a destination to discover remarkable products and brands.”

HSN’s “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman” will devote its first hour from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to showcasing three or more entrepreneurs for the first time ever with their new product, alongside one of HSN’s existing partners who discovered them.

Bob Circosta, one of television’s first shopping hosts, kicked off the monthly series during last night’s show with three of the entrepreneurs he discovered.

Host of “My Cool Inventions,” Akos Jankura, will appear on the next installment of the series on Sept. 7, during “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman,” introducing his selection of entrepreneurs to HSN.

HSN has also created a landing page and portal for the “American Dreams” initiative where the public can submit and share ideas for products. HSN’s team of merchants alongside the “American Dreams” team will vet these submissions to identify passionate inventors with compelling products to launch.

JTV Seeks Tax Break To Acquire Knoxville Properties

August 11, 2015

Like a lot of companies in New Jersey, Jewelry Television is looking for a tax break — or so-called PILOT program — from its home state of Tennessee.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that JTV is asking the Knox County, Commission to give it a tax deal for a property purchase.

JTV wants a payment in lieu of taxes, in this case a 10-year deal, to save $1.4 million in tax payments stemming from buying its site and making improvements to its building, namely adding 20,000 square feet of space, according to the newspaper.

The 24-hour jewelry and gem network is talking about adding 30 high-paying jobs, at $80,000 or so. Where do we sign up?

Under the proposed deal, JTV would not pay taxes on the total $42 million to buy the properties it currently leases.

According to the News Sentinel, JTV employs almost 1,200 people and has a $59 million payroll.

BaubleBar To Hawk Its Baubles On QVC Thursday

August 11, 2015

Fun fashion jewelry line BaubleBar — which we’ve seen at Nordstrom — will be debuting a collection on QVC this Thursday at 7 p.m., the home shopping network said Monday.

The trendy brand, with its chunky colorful pieces, “is slated to present more than 10 looks that range from stud earrings to over-sized statement necklaces, bracelets and everything in between,” according to QVC’s press release.



BaubleBar’s QVC collection will be priced from $32 to $68.

“QVC shoppers love to discover the hottest new trends — from fashion-forward clothing to versatile accessories that make their looks unique,” Rachel Ungaro, QVC Vice President of Fashion and Beauty Merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We look forward to expanding their options with the launch of BaubleBar on QVC, giving them even more to discover and love.”

The company was founded in 2011 by friends and entrepreneurs Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky.

“We are so excited to take center stage at QVC and bring a taste of our products to a new audience,” Yacobovsky said. “BaubleBar is all about experimenting with style and the power accessories have to update your wardrobe. In line with that, our QVC collection includes something for every shopper’s personal taste, plus some new styles and silhouettes for the season.”

Here’s the boilerplate on BaubleBar:

BaubleBar is the first fast fashion brand in jewelry, keeping women on trend at a market-leading pace. Founded by longtime friends Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky, the duo are redefining how women across the globe shop for accessories.

Since launching in 2011, BaubleBar has become the first one-stop brand for top-quality, trend-leading fashion jewelry and is defined by unparalleled product selection, a high-touch customer experience and shoppable style guidance.

At its core, the company firmly believes aspirational style and accessibility shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. BaubleBar has emerged as the leader in fashion jewelry by pioneering an original sourcing model in the category and creating a brand that celebrates the fun of experimenting with fashion.

Looking for an accessories fix? Check out the latest, and largest, selection on or look for us at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Anthropologie.

New Host Meg Watters Prewitt Joins Jewelry Television

August 10, 2015

We got to eyeball Jewelry Television’s new host, Meg Watters Prewitt, on Sunday night.

Prewitt, a pretty young blonde, was teamed with JTV veteran Sharon Scott, who repeatedly introduced the newbie.

We couldn’t find Prewitt on JTV’s website as a host, but we located her Facebook page.

One of her past gigs was as a spokesmodel for Toyota of Bristol and for Ben Finch Photography.

We wish her luck, but and hope she survives the revolving door that this home shopping network has become.

HGTV’s Stud Finder Nicole Curtis Premieres On Evine Live Aug. 28

August 10, 2015

Evine Live has started promoted the fact that HGTV and DIY star Nicole Curtis is coming to the home shopping network, announcing that her debut will be on Aug. 28.

Straight outta Detroit Nicole Curtis

Straight outa Detroit Nicole Curtis

Here is the dope from Evine Live’s website:

Born and raised in Detroit, Nicole hails from a long line of do-it-yourselfers. With a remodeling style all her own, she is passionate about reusing salvaged and custom-made materials to ensure each remodel maintains the integrity of the home’s unique architecture.

Her exclusive new line of home improvement essentials includes everything from stud finders and hand-held tools to paint sprayers and easy-to-install decorative wallpaper. Turn every “to-do” into “TAH-DAH” with Nicole Curtis Home.

We recently reported on Evine Live’s fall lineup, which included the news that Curtis was on the roster.

We’ve never seen Curtis’s show “Rehab Addict,” probably because we can barely change a light bulb in our place, let alone try anything more complicated.

But we would be interested in buying a stud finder.

JCK Reports On Why QVC, HSN Jewelry Revenue Is Down

August 9, 2015

A key trade magazine for the jewelry industry, JCK, did a story last week about the declining sales of jewelry on home shopping channels.

The article, with the headline “Home Shopping Networks No Longer That Interested in Jewelry,” talks about how baubles and gems — which once made up a huge portion of HSN and QVC sales — are not just a small fraction of revenue.

The story points out that when the two home shopping networks debuted, jewelry made up about 50 percent of their sales. Now, jewelry accounts for only 9.5 percent of HSN sales and 12 percent of QVC sales, according to JCK.

Why the decline? Well, we know jewelry sales were hit hard overall during the Great Recession. Next, when jewelry revenue started to decline home shopping nets gave the category lousy time slots, JCK claims, which also hurt sales and continued the downward spiral.

We don’t know if we agree with the “bad-time-slots” argument, by the way.

JCK also notes that there was new competition from all-jewelry-all-the-time networks such as Jewelry Television and Rocks TV (which we have never heard of).

The trade magazine also claims that more of QVC and HSN sales are being generated online, not a very good forum to promote jewelry.

JCK says that millennials are more interested in buying tech items, like smartphones and Apple watches, than jewelry, which is hurting sales.

And finally, the magazine claims that home shopping networks have been hard-pressed to replace jewelry lines that were once very lucrative, such as QVC’s Diamonique collection.

Someone posted a comment on the JCK story that we also thought made sense: That the once-skyrocketing price of precious metals such as gold really socked jewelry sales.


JTV Debuts Own ‘Rock Star’ Reality TV Show Friday

August 7, 2015

Bragging that it will be the first home shopping network to air a reality show, Jewelry Television said it will be bringing “JTV Rock Star Designer” to its viewers.

The program is part of the network’s national search for talented jewelry designers, one of whom will win a $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to design and sell a jewelry collection on the national jewelry and gemstone shopping network.

The reality series will debut on today, Friday, at 7:30 p.m., leading into the network’s most-watched segment, “Girlfriend Friday.” There will also be an encore presentation every Wednesday at 2 a.m. beginning Aug. 12.

In March JTV issued a call for entries and received applications from designers around the country.

Each aspiring designer was required to submit examples of their jewelry designs and a biographical video describing why he/she should be JTV’s first “Rock Star Designer.”

The public voted on its favorite entries, narrowing the field to 10 semi-finalists.

A team of JTV executives, jewelry buyers and marketing professionals reviewed the work of the Top 10 and narrowed the field to five finalists who traveled to JTV’s corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., and competed head-to-head in jewelry design competitions.

There’s information on the five finalists on the Rock Star site.

They are:
* Tamara Cimalore – Wilmington, Del.
* Alicia Herzbrun – Maryville, Tenn.
* Ashley Hoffman – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
* Kelly Miller – Saint Louis, Mo.
* Deborah Wilson Taylor – Austin, Texas

“JTV Rock Star Designer” emcee Kristie Carson will present contestants with a series of challenges devised to test creativity, jewelry and gemstone knowledge, design skills, business acumen and ability to work under pressure. One contestant will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner is announced Sept. 25.

‘We are dipping our toe into the branded-entertainment arena to entertain our current viewers as well as attract new audiences,” said Jill Johnson, vice president of marketing at JTV. “This is a full-scale television production with original sets, wardrobe, crew and nationally recognized celebrity judges. We hope to make this an annual competition.”

With the surging popularity in crowd-sourced design, JTV is getting a first-hand look at what emerging jewelry designers are creating and how that merchandise may drive trends and consumer purchasing decisions.

“As one of the country’s largest retailers of fine jewelry and gemstones, this is a new way for us to be at the forefront of identifying refreshing new design talent and jewelry trends,” said Johnson.

For more information on “JTV Rock Star Designer,” and the contestants, visit

HSN Net Sales Increase 3 Percent, To $572.3 Million, In 2Q

August 7, 2015

HSN’s net sales increased 3 percent, to $572.3 million in the second quarter, with strong growth in apparel, accessories and electronics offset by decreases in jewelry (Oh no!) and home, the shopping network reported Thursday.

The No. 2 home shopping channel hit Wall Street’s projections for earning per share, but not the forecasts for net revenue, according to the Associated Press.

That compares to the 4 percent jump, to $1.4 billion, in the second quarter that QVC posted on Wednesday.

HSN’s digital sales were up 11 percent with penetration increasing 310 basis points to 40.3 percent. The return rate improved 70 basis points to 18 percent primarily due to changes in product mix. Units shipped increased 2 percent and average price point increased 1 percent.

Gross profit increased 7 percent to $209.3 million. Gross margin increased 130 basis points to 36.6 percent primarily due to favorable vendor settlements and lower inventory-related costs including inbound freight and duties.

HSN recorded $3 million for certain costs associated with the planned closure of one of its distribution centers as part of its supply-chain optimization initiative.

Excluding non-cash charges and the costs associated with the planned closure of the distribution center, operating expenses as a percentage of net sales increased 70 basis points to 24.7 percent primarily due to increases in bad debt expense and employee-related costs.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 9 percent to $68.2 million. Operating income increased 3 percent to $53.5 million.

The consolidated results for HSN Inc., which includes the HSN network and the Cornerstone unit, were that net sales rose 4 percent over the prior year to $885.6 million.

“Our ongoing focus on content-driven commerce continues to position us well for long-term growth,” HSN Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman said in a canned statement. “HSNi’s results in the quarter reflected strong top and bottom line performance, particularly on our digital and mobile platforms. We continue to advance our strategies to remain a leader in boundaryless retail.”

Famed Fashion Designer And Ex-HSN Vendor Arnold Scaasi Dies At 85

August 6, 2015

One-time HSN vendor Arnold Scaasi, a storied fashion designer whose dresses were worn by actresses and First Ladies, died at age 85 On Tuesday.

Scaasi was born Arnold Isaacs, but he reversed the letters of his last name early in his career. He did a line of costume jewelry for HSN several years ago that was truly gorgeous, and was so inexpensive it was unbelievable.

But we blogged about him because whenever he appeared on the home shopping network he was incredibly rude to the hosts, very haughty.

We guess that’s because he had made such a name for himself designing clothes for folks such Barbra Streisand, Barbara Bush, Joan Rivers, Joan Crawford and Elizabeth Taylor.

The New York Times obit on Scaasi had an anecdote about how the designer lost Jacqueline Kennedy as a customer when he wanted her to pay wholesale for his designs for her, rather than comping her the items for the publicity he would get. Jackie turned to Oleg Casini instead.

New York Post gossip columnist Cindy Adams had a great story about Scaasi.

“To judge the Miss Universe pageant, I once brought him to Puerto Rico,” Adams wrote. “Tragedy struck. Fellow judge Lynn Redgrave’s luggage went lost. Scaasi grabbed the hotel housekeeper’s yellow bedsheet. Draped, wrapped, tucked, and it became a Grecian goddess gown. I added my own coral brooch, earrings, necklace and out to the cameras and half a million viewers paraded Lynn. Like a queen.”

Melissa McCarthy To Premiere Fashion Collection On HSN Aug. 13

August 6, 2015

We thought we had reported this, but couldn’t find the blog. In any event, comic actress Melissa McCarthy is the latest celeb to come to the home shopping world.

The pieces are already online, and we kind of liked them, especially the choice of jeans and pants. The line offers Missy to Plus sizes.

Melissa McCarthy's HSN line is the cat's meow

Melissa McCarthy’s HSN line is the cat’s meow

One of our reader’s tipped us off the Vogue’s interview with McCarthy about her collection, where she waxes on about how she grew to love jeans and describes her new clothing line.

Here’s HSN’s press release:

HSN to Premiere Melissa McCarthy’s First Fashion Collection “Melissa McCarthy Seven7” on August 13

McCarthy to Make Her HSN Debut as Part of The Fashion Edit, HSN’s Fall Fashion Series

HSN is the Exclusive National Retailer Carrying Missy Sizes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Innovative live content retailer HSN announced today that Melissa McCarthy will debut her first-ever fashion line “Melissa McCarthy Seven7” during a special live appearance on August 13th from 1-3 pm and 9-11 pm, during HSN’s popular fashion program, ‘The List with Colleen Lopez’.

The collection is available for purchase today during a special sneak preview on As part of the retailer’s democratic sizing initiative, HSN will carry both plus and missy sizes of the line and will be the only national retailer carrying missy sizes, aside from McCarthy’s own website that launches in late August.

Melissa’s first fashion line combines her enthusiasm for fashion with her understanding of fit and style at every size, to create a comprehensive collection that balances style with thoughtful fit features. Melissa, who went to school for design before getting into acting, is fulfilling her dream with the launch of Seven7.

The line, which was carefully supervised by Melissa, from the original sketches to the design of each print, consists of 26 styles in the August Collection. With an assortment of denim, sweaters, tees, woven blouses and ponte bottoms, the line is brought together with vibrant colors, unique prints and modern silhouettes. All denim in the collection features special technology that provides four key fit features: a slimming panel; back lifting darts; forward seam details; and a contoured waistband.

“HSN is thrilled to be the launch partner for Melissa’s debut into the world of fashion,” said Bill Brand, President of HSN. “When we first met Melissa, we were immediately impressed with her passion for design and the clear point of view she had for her line. She will create a unique and engaging shopping experience that our customers are going to love.”

QVC’s Second-Quarter Revenue Increases 4 Percent, To $1.4 billion

August 6, 2015

QVC’s second-quarter revenue was up 4 percent, to $1.4 billion, from the year-ago period with operating income rising 11 percent, the home shopping network’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., reported Wednesday.

Units sold increased 4 percent, average selling price per unit increased 3 percent to $58.51 and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue were virtually flat.

The U.S. home shopping network experienced growth in all categories except electronics, according to Liberty.

E-commerce revenue increased 11 percent to $655 million and grew to 47 percent from 43 percent of total U.S. revenue.

The revenue from QVC’s international networks took a hit in the quarter, down 11 percent to $592 million.

QVC’s consolidated revenue, which includes its domestic network and its global channels, dipped 1 percent to $2 billion.

“We delivered a terrific quarter with strong and balanced results across markets, platforms, product categories and customer segments,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said in a canned statement.

“We generated local currency revenue growth and adjusted OIBDA improvement in every one of our consolidated markets,” he said.

“Our e-commerce growth accelerated significantly and we continued to extend our mobile penetration. We produced strong margin expansion despite investing in new shipping and handling policies in the U.S. and start-up expenses associated with the launch of QVC France,” George said.

“Our overall customer base and our new customer additions increased at some of the strongest rates in years,” he said. “Our strong quarter reflects our disciplined execution of strategies aimed at extending our leading global video and e-commerce position.”

Despite the business’ investment in new shipping and handling policies, adjusted OIBDA increased 7 percent to $349 million and adjusted OIBDA margin increased 78 basis points to 24.8 percent. These gains were primarily due to improved product margins, higher credit card income and lower bad debt and marketing expenses, which were partially offset by lower shipping and handling revenue.

How HSN Vendor Liz Lange Spends Sundays

August 4, 2015

Want to know how HSN vendors spend their time when they’re not hawking their wares on the home shopping network? Well, fashion designer Liz Lange spilled the beans on her weekends in The New York Times’ “Sunday Routine” weekly column.

The 48-year-old has rented a “famed” East Hampton estate Grey Gardens this summer, and is spending long weekends there away from steamy Manhattan with her lawyer fiance, her kids and their Goldendoodle, according to The Times.

Perhaps surprisingly, Lange didn’t plug her HSN collection, but did mention her maternity line for Target.

“Maybe Target customers, who we call ‘guests,’ maybe they have questions,” Lange told The Times. “I love to answer them all personally.”|All|matchallpartial|all+categories&lnk=snav_sbox_Liz+Lange

The story says that Lange sold her own maternity-wear business in 2007. Guess that’s how she can afford that Hampton rental!

She says her favorite eatery is Sette Mezzo, and that on Sunday eves at 10 p.m. she binge-watches TV movies on Lifetime and Hallmark Channel. Now that’s a damning confession.

More Details Revealed On QVC’s Planned Left Coast Hub

July 31, 2015

We’re already written about QVC’s plans to create a huge distribution center in Cali, a West Coast hub.

Here is the press release about the home shopping network’s landlord, SARES. The developer has purchased 150 acres in Ontario, Calif., where it will build seven industrial buildings with 3 million square feet.

QVC will be leasing the largest one of these buildings, for 1.1 million square feet.

SARES•REGIS Group Acquires Prime Industrial Land In Ontario, Calif.,

And Lands Video, E-Commerce Retailer QVC At Planned Project

Irvine, CA – In a pair of major transactions, SARES•REGIS Group acquired 150 acres of prime industrial land on Interstate 10 in Ontario, Calif., to develop state-of-the-art LEED certified industrial distribution buildings totaling approximately 3 million square feet. In concert with the land purchase, SRG pre-leased the largest of the seven buildings planned for the site to QVC for the giant video and e-commerce retailer’s first West Coast distribution hub.

“This is the largest and last tract of developable land in the western end of the Inland Empire and located on the I-10 Freeway. QVC looked at several properties on the market, and we’re pleased that our location was able to satisfy their logistic requirements,” said Larry Lukanish, senior vice president of SRG Commercial Development.

The property is part of the undeveloped 243-acre Meredith International Centre, which extends nearly a mile along the north side of I-10, opposite LA/Ontario International Airport between Archibald and Vineyard avenues.

SRG completed the land purchase with the Meredith family on July 1. As the land purchase was being completed, SRG and QVC executed a lease agreement for QVC’s 1,050,000-square-foot building to be completed July 1, 2016. The building will include 30,000 square feet of office and employee cafeteria space. In its statement, a QVC spokesperson said the company “anticipates hiring approximately 1,000 team members in total by 2020 as the distribution center expands fulfillment to all product categories.”

“At QVC, distribution plays a significant role in enriching the customer service experience. For each and every product we ship, we look at it as an opportunity to build trust, loyalty and engagement with our customers,” said James Reid, vice president of distribution operations at QVC. “This new distribution center will enable us to efficiently and swiftly serve our customers throughout the Western United States.”

SRG’s land purchase followed the Ontario City Council’s unanimous approval in April of a new Specific Plan and Development Agreement. In addition to SRG’s industrial project, there are entitlements for 1.1 million square feet of office and retail space and 800 apartment units on the 80 acres retained by the Meredith family. A family representative said that five acres have been sold for a planned Audi auto dealership and talks are under way with other interested buyers.

SRG’s six remaining industrial buildings planned for its 150-acre site are for lease. They range from 130,000 square feet to 575,000 square feet with 32-foot and 36-foot clear heights. SRG’s entire project will be completed by late next year. SRG has developed more than 21 million square feet of industrial space in the Inland Empire since 1994.

Chuck Noble, a principal broker of Lee & Associates who represented the Meredith family, said the Meredith property is the largest new entitlement in Ontario in 20 years. The Meredith interests were also represented by John Hatzis and Dave Hunsaker of Lee & Associates.

“This tract of land has been an important part of the city of Ontario’s long-range plans and a family’s legacy. For this reason, it required vision, a collaborative effort among the city, the landowner and the buyer and thousands of staff and consultant hours to produce these agreements,” Noble said.

SRG was represented in the land acquisition and the QVC lease by Joe McKay also of Lee & Associates. QVC was represented by CBRE brokers Erik Wanland in Ontario and Mike Barker in Wayne, Penn.

As a leading western United States real estate developer and property manager, SARES•REGIS Group has developed or acquired approximately 45 million square feet of industrial properties with an approximate value of $3.5 billion since 1994 primarily in Southern California. SARES•REGIS Group manages approximately 20 million square feet of industrial properties for its partners and clients. SARES•REGIS Group is California’s leading developer of LEED-certified buildings.

HSN To Debut Rita Hayworth Jewelry Line To Support Alzheimer’s Research

May 5, 2015

Legendary actress Rita Hayworth suffered from one of the most devastating diseases of our time, Alzheimer’s, and HSN is debuting a jewelry line based on her baubles on Friday to raise money and awareness for this life destroyer.

HSN Inc.’s philanthropic arm is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association for this initiative. In addition to the home shopping channel, other HSN Inc. brands will be participating in this initiative, namely Ballard Designs and TravelSmith.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth

In collaboration with Hayworth’s daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, HSNi Cares teamed up with the Alzheimer’s group for a 10-day campaign from that is running through May 10 to generate awareness of this disease.

The campaign’s centerpiece is a two-hour HSN Cares special Friday at 7 p.m. featuring the launch of the HSN Cares Rita Hayworth Jewelry Collection, inspired by the actress’s classic favorite pieces. And 10 percent of the purchase price from all items in the collection going to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“HSN Cares is proud to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association and Princess Yasmin to honor the legacy of Rita Hayworth,” HSN President Bill Brand said in a canned statement. “We hope to generate widespread awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, while creating meaningful connections through the impactful story of Rita Hayworth’s battle with the disease.”

The Rita Hayworth collection features 25 pieces designed with influence from items in Rita’s personal jewelry collection including: a 20.7 carat CZ three-stone engagement ring ($49.95); CZ and cultured freshwater pearl necklace ($199.95); a simulated emerald necklace & earrings set ($159.95); and a 23.75 carat CZ marquis and pave bracelet ($69.95).

Princess Yasmin will phone in during the show and to talk about the collection.

The charity also chimed in about the collaboration.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to partner with HSNi Cares to both raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and raise critically needed funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs,” said Maria Carrillo, chief science officer of the Alzheimer’s Association.

“With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 15 million people providing care, it is important that we all work together to change the trajectory of this disease and the commitment by HSNi Cares is greatly appreciated,” she said.

HSNi brands Ballard Designs and TravelSmith are also supporting the cause by providing their customers the opportunity to make a donation over the phones and online through May 16.

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson’s Squeeze Is Tattooed Trainer

May 1, 2015

We don’t know why a British tabloid, the Daily Mail, is so obsessed with ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s love life. But it is, and apparently so are a lot of other folks.

The London rag’s story on Robertson and her younger 38-year-old boyfriend, her tattooed personal trainer, spread like wildfire among QVC customers.

There’s been speculation about Robertson’s romantic life, sexual orientation and her pursuit by a horde of nut job stalkers for years.

Once she left QVC last December, Robertson started posting photos of her on vacation canoodling with her new beau, Eric McGee. The posts were a shock because Robertson had kept her personal life close to the vest.

According to the Daily Mail, McGee is divorced with two kids, and he and Robertson have met each other’s families. He even appeared on the home shopping network several times with her.

The Daily Mail dug up some dirt on McGee’s past financial woes.

His new life of luxury travel is a far cry from just four years ago when he and his wife Amy filed for bankruptcy with debts of almost $200,000.

In court documents seen by Daily Mail Online, Eric claimed he had personal assets worth just $11,000 and owed $189,243.

He said he had just $36.67 in two bank accounts, owned clothes worth $200 and household furniture valued at $1000.

His biggest asset was a 2007 Dodge Charger with 77,500 miles on the clock he valued at $9,475.

There have been plenty of snarky comments about Robertson’s new beau, that he’s too young; below her station, etc.

Here’s what we think: She and he look happy and very much in love in their photos.

No. 2 — This is not England with its royalty or India with its castes. We are all equals here. McGee has a job, seems to be treating Robertson well, and is hot as far as we are concerned. He’s not “beneath” anyone.

Good for both of them!

QVC Honcho Mike George Landed $2 Million Last Year

April 29, 2015

QVC Inc. President and CEO Mike George received $2 million in executive compensation last year, up from his $1.2 million in 2013, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

QVC’s parent company Liberty Interactive Corp. disclosed the information in its proxy statement. George’s comp in 2014 included a $1.1 million base salary and $841,400 in incentives.

While 2 million greenbacks is nothing to sniff at, it is way below George’s executive comp in 2012, when it was $18.2 million, but that apparently included stock options that kick in over the years.

‘America’s Top Model’ Jay Manuel On His HSN Makeup Line

April 26, 2015

The New York Post did a story last week on Jay Manuel premiering his makeup line on HSN last month, headlined “Makeup Tips From A Man Who Wears It.”

Manuel, a longtime panelist on “America’s Next Top Model,” offered his tips on makeup application, and talked about how he uses his own products when he’s on the air: Skin Perfector Foundation and Luxe Powder (which is sold out online).

He also talks about his Soft Focus Powder Blush, Beauty Bronzer, lipstick in “Carnal” and lip and eye liner in “Naked.”

Forget Ecclissi, Go For QVC On The Apple Watch

April 25, 2015

No social-media opportunity gets past QVC: The home shopping network has hopped on the Apple Watch bandwagon.

Customers can now “engage with QVC content via real-time updates and notifications within the Apple Watch app. Initially available in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, QVC for Apple Watch will sync with and extend the functionality of the QVC app for iPhone,” the network said in a press release last week.

With a tap of the QVC icon (the Q logo) on the home screen, customers can see QVC’s most popular content – the Item on Air, the product currently being shown live on air; and the Today’s Special Value, QVC’s best find of the day. Another tap brings up a close-up product shot with pricing and product details.

Customers can then complete their transaction on their iPhone. Additionally, users who opt in to receive push notifications will see real-time alerts of what’s currently on air on the Apple Watch home screen, and will be able to see additional information by clicking directly on the QVC icon.

“As wearables continue to serve as an extension of the mobile and tablet experience, the Apple Watch app demonstrates QVC’s commitment to investing in new technologies that deliver a fun, seamless and intuitive customer experience,” QVC Vice President of Digital Content Alex Miller said in a canned statement.

“Our customers tend to be early adopters of technology and we believe they will enjoy this new way of discovering the latest from the brands and products they have come to love, now with a simple glance at their wrist.”

QVC for Apple Watch will continue to evolve, offering new features and capabilities over time.

“The functionality of the app will only continue to get more robust. With customer feedback over time, we plan to provide users with a more interactive and engaging on-body experience,” continued Miller. “The developer team here had a lot of fun with this, and we know our customers will enjoy it too.”

Last year, QVC introduced Apple’s Touch IDTM sensor technology for its iPhone app, giving customers the option to log in to their QVC accounts using just their fingertip to authenticate their identity.

QVC also introduced enhanced second screen capabilities on the QVC app for iPad, synchronizing products on air to a consolidated product view on the iPad and further establishing its necessity as a companion tool during QVC on-air programming.

“The launch of the Apple Watch app is the most recent milestone of our multi-year strategy to build a robust and scalable global technology platform,” said Venkatesh Natarajan, QVC’s vice president of IT commerce platforms.

“The strategy’s underlying technology architecture has been instrumental in delivering new capabilities efficiently to our customers across the globe. It also enables us to be more agile and capable of incorporating new features, like TouchID, with ease.”

The QVC app for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch is available for free in the App Store. The Apple Watch app, also available on a user’s iPhone, works with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Evine Live To Host ‘Invitation-Only’ Investor Day

April 21, 2015

Evine Live Inc. sent out a press release Tuesday extending an invitation to the investment community to its first Investor Day. However, if you read down in the announcement you learned that attendance was “by invitation only.”

Say what? So does that mean the whole “investment community” can come, or just a select few? BTW, so far we have not been invited.

The dog-and-pony show will be held at the company’s studios in Eden Prairie, Minn., May 28.

The release says:

CEO Mark Bozek will introduce his new leadership team, each of whom will discuss their backgrounds and value creation strategies which the Company believes will drive long-term growth and sustainable profitability. During the presentations, observations may be made regarding the Company’s financial performance and recent developments.

Attendance at the Investor Day in person is limited and by invitation only.

For further inquiries, please contact Beth McCartan at

The presentations will be webcast simultaneously and available at beginning at roughly 11:30 am EST.

Designer Sigrid Olsen Makes Comeback On HSN

April 21, 2015

Back in the day, we sported clothes by designer Sigrid Olsen. Then her wares disappeared from brick-and-mortar stores. We’re happy to report she’s back on the scene.

Olsen has done a collection for HSN. InStyle magazine just did a story on the designer’s HSN line, pointing out her original retail business shut down seven years ago.

Two of Sigrid Olsen's beachy HSN offerings

Two of Sigrid Olsen’s beachy HSN offerings

InStyle writer Eric Wilson, like us, is fan of Olsen. He wrote that when Olsen’s line shut down, she got back rights to use her name and was running galleries where she sold her prints as paintings, as well as organizing yoga retreats.

Wilson wrote that her HSN frocks are similar to her original clothes, where she stamped designs on fabric using a cut-out potato.

Now living in Florida, Olsen also said that she is doing ageless, comfortable merchandise for HSN. The top price for her clothing appears to be $100.

HSN, QVC Set First-Quarter Earnings Releases

April 18, 2015

It’s that time of the year, first-quarter earnings.

Last week HSN said that it would report first-quarter results May 6 at 8 a.m. Eastern Time before the market opens.

CEO Mindy Grossman and COO and CFO Judy Schmeling will hold a conference call at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to review these results.

There will be a simultaneous audio webcast available via the company’s website at

A replay of the conference call can be accessed until May 20 by dialing 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406, plus the pass code 16764611 and will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.

QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., will do its first-quarter earnings call May 8 at 12:15 p.m.

The first-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at to register for the webcast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Interactive website. The conference call and related materials will be archived for one year.

QVC Fined In Accidental Death Of Warehouse Worker

April 18, 2015

QVC has been fined $4,500 regarding safety issues in the case of a South Carolina warehouse worker who died in an accident Thanksgiving Day last year, according to a local newspaper.

The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation also determined that the home shopping network’s safety program wat the 560-employee facility was deficient, according to story.

The determination and fine stem from the death of Agnes Ann McKithen Carter, 45, who was a QVC warehouse assistant at a distribution center in Florence, S.C.

She was 30 feet in the air on a forklift grabbing merchandise when a newly trained forklift operator drove into Carter’s aisle and hit her forklift. Although Carter was in a harness, she fell down with her forklift and died at a local hospital.

QVC has until May 4 to address safety concerns and to pay its fine, the story said. In a statement, QVC expressed sadness over Carter’s death and said it was dealing with safety issues.

The network also said that the employee who hit Carter’s forklift is no longer with the company.

Carter, who had a lovely smile, is survived by her husband, who she recently married, and four kids.

Her mother told the local newspaper that it is pursuing legal action against QVC.

QVC Goes A Little Bit Country, With ACM Awards

April 17, 2015

We love the Southwest, cowboy boots and margaritas, but we’ve never cottoned to country music. But QVC apparently does.

The home shopping network this week said that it broadcast live from the Academy of Country Music Festival tonight, Friday.

The release says:

Tune in to “QVC Celebrates the 50th Annual ACM Awards” on Friday, April 17 at 10 PM (ET) as the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer captures all of the excitement as the Academy of Country Music (ACM) prepares for its 50th Annual Awards in Arlington, Texas. With performances from some of country music’s biggest stars as the backdrop, QVC will be on site to commemorate the Academy’s five decades of country music.

Six-time ACM Award-winner Clint Black is QVC’s guest to co-host the show along with Carolyn Gracie.

In celebration of the 50th ACM Awards, QVC is hawking a three-disc set titled “Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years.”

The album features a collection of recordings from artists such as Alabama, Clint Black, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and many more.

As an added bonus, shoppers will receive a third disc created especially for QVC.

“At QVC, we aim to provide our shoppers with a backstage pass to some of today’s most popular musical acts,” said Karen Fonner, QVC’s vice president of content marketing and programming. “Teaming up with the Academy of Country Music allows us to showcase the top hits from some of country music’s biggest stars and share all of the excitement of the 50th Annual ACM Awards with our viewers.”

Those attending the Academy of Country Music Festival will have the opportunity to check out QVC firsthand. Fans can capture all the fun of the festival in a special GIF photo booth and HALO, a leader in portable power, will be providing a Portable Power Charging Station to ensure that phones stay charged throughout all of the excitement.

In addition, Q the Music™ complimentary music download cards will be distributed to increase awareness of QVC’s new music initiative that makes downloading music easier than ever. Any Q the Music purchase syncs directly to an existing music library. Shoppers can purchase “Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years” or music from their other favorite artists by visiting

Evine Live Appoints New Chief Merchandising Officer

April 17, 2015

After cleaning house of executives from the prior regime, Evine Live has brought in its own choice as chief merchandising officer, Penny Burnett.

Burnett, who will report to CEO Mark Bozek, starts April 20.

“Burnett brings more than 20 years of merchandising experience to Evine Live including traditional retail experience as well as merchandising and brand development consulting,” according to the press release.

“I believe Penny’s strong track record building businesses across broad categories of product positions her well to lead Evine Live’s efforts to expand our roster of proprietary brands and diversify our product mix,” Bozek said in a canned statement. “Penny’s retail and wholesale experience and her proven ability to drive both top line sales and profit should further our growth strategy.”

Burnett served as vice president of merchandising for Global Brands Group, part of the Fung Group, for five years where she directly managed the merchandising strategy for new acquisitions and oversaw merchandising for the kids’ and young men’s businesses.

Prior to that, she was the vice president of sales and merchandising for Guggenheim Partners on the Lionel brand and held key merchandising roles at both Macy’s and Target Corporation. She will be relocating to the company’s headquarters in Minneapolis.

“I could not be more thrilled to join the Evine Live family. As a merchant, it’s exciting to join a company distinguished for its vibrant approach to a wide range of products,” Burnett said in her canned statement. “The future of Evine Live is very exciting and I’m looking forward to joining a top-notch leadership team in such a dynamic organization poised for growth.”

HSN Chief Grossman’s Comp Last Year Was $4.9 Million

April 10, 2015

It’s the time of the year where public companies filed their proxy statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and we peons find out how much money America’s corporate elite made last year.

In the case of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman, it’s less than 2013, but nothing that we would sniff at. Grossman’s comp was $4.9 million in 2014, compared with $13.8 million in 2013.

Mindy Grossman

Mindy Grossman

As the Tampa Bay Business Journal explained, the gap in Grossman’s comp is deceiving and really “a paper distinction,” since she received all stock awards in 2013 but they will vest over the coming years.

Last year Grossman’s salary was $1.2 million, with a $1.2 million incentive bonus and the rest stock options.

QVC, Cosmetic Execs Team On ‘Cancers and Careers’ Benefit

April 10, 2015

For the third consecutive year, QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are joining forces for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” a two-hour broadcast that will provide shoppers a chance to feel beautiful while giving back.

Next Thursday QVC will offer “prestige beauty brands” with 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise benefiting Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation.

Beauty buffs can tune in to QVC for a wide range of products including color cosmetics, fragrance, skin care and hair care from brands including Laura Mercier, Clinique, Fresh, Shiseido, bareMinerals, Josie Maran, philosophy and many more.

As an added bonus, each shopper will receive a gift with purchase which features five deluxe samples from participating brands in a Sonia Kashuk-designed cosmetic bag created especially for ” Beauty with Benefits.”

Cancer and Careers empowers, educates and provides essential tools to people with cancer so that they can thrive in the workplace. Throughout the evening, inspiring segments will showcase those who have benefited from the many resources provided by Cancers and Careers.

Viewers will be shown the impact that each purchase can make on the lives of those affected by cancer, and industry experts will share beauty tips and tricks that are guaranteed to leave everyone feeling beautiful.

“QVC is dedicated to supporting our ongoing commitment to promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships,” said Ken O’Brien, senior vice president of merchandising for QVC. “Teaming up with CEW once again this year for ‘Beauty with Benefits’ will help us inspire viewers to positively impact lives across the country through Cancer and Careers.”

In support of the broadcast, QVC also launched a social campaign with the theme of “Better Together.” This simple but powerful phrase reinforces the collective goal of “Beauty with Benefits,” which is to bring people, products and expertise together to make life better for cancer survivors on the job.

QVC viewers, with or without a direct connection to cancer, will be encouraged to post about someone who makes life better for them, whether it is a friend, colleague, parent, teacher, doctor, grandparent, etc. Using the hashtag #BeautywithBenefits, viewers can share who they are better together with.

The social campaign will be promoted across social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, QVC Community and Google+.

To help raise awareness for ” Beauty with Benefits,” longtime friends model and entrepreneur Cindy Crawford and makeup artist and entrepreneur Sonia Kashuk united their passions for beauty and appeared in both the print and television public service announcements for the broadcast.

‘Orange County Housewives’ Hubby Headed To Evine Live

April 10, 2015

Now not only the women from the various iterations of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchises are flocking to home shopping networks to hawk products, the men are as well.

Dr. Terry Dubrow, the plastic surgeon who often appeared with his wife, actress Heather Dubrow, on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” now has a gig on Evine Live.

Dubrow, who also has his own show on E! called “Botched,” will be on Evine Live selling Consult Beaute, a line of anti-aging skin products. The missus will be appearing live with him for the premiere of the stuff on April 18 and 19.;_ylt=A0LEVixT1SZVsKkAVTsnnIlQ

“For close to 20 years, Dr. Dubrow has built a reputation as one of Southern California’s most respected plastic surgeons, offering a personalized approach to each of his patients. We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Dubrow’s exclusive line of products to our customers,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement. “We’re excited to add Consult Beaute to EVINE Live’s growing list of exclusive and proprietary brands.”

Dr. Terry Dubrow and actress wife Heather

Dr. Terry Dubrow and actress wife Heather

The doc had his own two cents, as well.

“I’m looking forward to sharing Consult Beaute with Evine Live’s customers,” Dubrow said. “While plastic surgery isn’t for everyone, every woman deserves to feel beautiful. I’m an advocate for minimal treatment that helps produce natural-looking results. I believe Consult Beaute’s innovative approach to anti-aging will help enhance the natural beauty and look of vitality customers are in search of without surgery.”

Dubrow helped develop Consult Beaute as an alternative for women like us, who are too scared and broke to go under the knife.

The press release says:

While most anti-aging products only offer topical creams, Consult Beaute goes one step further. The brand’s internal, external approach to beauty utilizes a two part system that works by combining age-fighting topical products with ingestible supplements that help support the health of skin, hair and nails.

With a practice based in Newport Beach, he made his television debut on Fox’s “The Swan,” and later went on to appear on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”

In 2014 he began starring in E!’s reality series “Botched” repairing plastic surgeries gone wrong. In addition to his television career, Dr. Dubrow is a board-certified plastic surgeon and former chief resident of plastic surgery at UCLA’s School of Medicine.

Iman Palazzo Pants Generate $8.8 Million For HSN

April 10, 2015

Super model Iman is doing very well for HSN, according to the New York Post’s gossip column this week.

Page Six reported that Iman sold nearly a quarter-million pairs of her palazzo pants over two weekends, generating $8.8 million in sales.


JTV Holds Contest To Find Rock Star Jewelry Designer

April 1, 2015

Does everybody really want to be a rock star, like Nickelback says? Jewelry Television seems to think so. (Coincidentally, we heard the song this morning on the radio coming to work.)

The home shopping network is launching a national competition to discover talented jewelry designers. JTV’s Rock Star Designer Contest is open to the public and the online call for entries runs through April 30.

“We know there are many talented jewelry designers just waiting to be discovered and given their first big break,” Jill Johnson, JTV vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “We decided to use our international platform to offer exposure for contestants, as well as an opportunity to help one lucky winner get started in the jewelry industry.”

Entrants must submit photos of finished jewelry they have designed and made that represents their unique design style, along with a headshot and video message explaining why they should be JTV’s first Rock Star Designer.

The winner will receive: $5,000 cash prize; one-on-one mentoring with JTV’s international buyers; a segment on JTV featuring winner’s jewelry collection; exposure to 85 million households; and introductions to industry insiders and manufacturers

One hundred jewelry designers will be selected from the applicant group by the judges’ panel, consisting of industry experts. The initial finalists will be posted online for public viewing and voting, which will narrow the group to 10 semi-finalists.

The panel of judges will narrow the group to five finalists who will be notified May 29th and will receive an all-expense paid trip to JTV headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete in a reality show style competition.

Designers will be filmed as they work their way through 4 unique design challenges. One finalist will be eliminated after each challenge until a winner emerges. The episodes will be aired on and promoted on the national broadcast network.

Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be available for the challenge filming dates. For a complete list of rules and details visit Learn more about JTV at

HSN Vendor/Handbag Designer Carlos Falchi Dead At 70

April 1, 2015

There’s been another sad death in the home shopping world. Handbag designer Carlos Falchi, an HSN vendor, died last Friday.

The talented designer appeared on-air recently on the home shopping network and looked spry and fit.

Carlos Falchi

Carlos Falchi

Obits said that he died at Duke University in North Carolina after a brief illness, apparently brain cancer.

We thought that HSN mourned his demise in a classy way. On the web page for his HSN “Chi by Falchi” line, HSN had a photo of him that said, 1944-2015,
“Thank you for your passion, creativity and artistic spirit.”

There was also a video.

One of Falchi’s daughters also posted a moving message on Facebook,

“I just want to say a big Thank You to all of my friends for your kindness and outpouring of support. It brings me comfort to see just how many lives my Dad has touched, I am so grateful to all of you for contacting me and offering kind words. It means so much to me and my family. I wish I could give each and every one of you a big Carlos Falchi hug but please know we are thinking of you. All our love, Kate Falchi, Juliet Falchi and Missy.”

RIP Carlos.

Lisa Mason Returns To QVC April 13 As Host

April 1, 2015

Yada, yada, yada. Lisa Mason has revealed when she is returning to QVC as a host.

Mason posted a blog on that warned, “I’m Back.” She makes her first appearance on April 13 on a Diamonique show with Jane Treacy.

Here it is:

Hello, my Dear Friends!

I am so very excited to share with you that I am returning to QVC as Host. It has been almost 4 1/2 years since I was a part of the QVC family and and I have missed you terribly! I have received the most amazing, warm welcome from the host team and everyone at QVC.

Lisa Mason and hubby Gino

Lisa Mason and hubby Gino

Gino, my husband, and I are transitioning back to Pennsylvania now. As soon as all is settled, I’ll see you on the air.

Here is what Mason’s mentor, Mary Beth Roe, had to say:

Don’t you just love seeing a long lost friend you haven’t seen in a long time? That’s why I’m so glad Lisa Mason is back as a QVC host! After a decade and a half of shopping with Lisa, falling in love with her sweet southern accent and her charming sense of humor, she wanted to branch out and try other things. We all understood, so she moved on about 5 years ago. She wrote a book, dabbled in real estate, did infomercials and was even a guest on QVC with Supersmile (one of my favorite products), and now we needed her back!

It’s like riding a bike…you never forget how. She will jump right in and take you shopping, and I’m sure you will enjoy her, laugh with her laugh, and fall in love with her, “Sugar”…”you sweet thing”… But also know that she knows her stuff. She knows the products inside and out, and she especially excels with jewelry, beauty, fashions, accessories as well as home goods. Cooking? I’ll find out from Gino, her husband! Welcome back, Lisa!

Management Bloodbath Hits Evine Live

March 28, 2015

Evine Live had a bloody week. Formerly known as ShopHQ, the home shopping network has done some spring cleaning, sweeping out many members of the former management team — including the president.;_ylt=A0LEV790zhZVLxsAiJ4nnIlQ

First, the network appointed Tim Peterman its executive vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Bill McGrath.

Peterman’s resume includes stints at Synacor, E.W. Scripps Co., IAC and Tribune Co. He will report to Mark Bozek, CEO of Evine Live Inc.

Bob Ayd gone

Bob Ayd

“Tim’s extensive experience in finance, retail and media makes him the ideal executive to drive Evine Live’s performance going forward,” Evine Live Chairman Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “We are confident that his proven ability to execute will be a tremendous asset as we continue to drive efficiencies and gain momentum with our strategy.”

But here is the blockbuster buried in the press release: “The company continues to transition its approach in all areas of the business, Evine Live is consolidating leadership and announced it is eliminating President Bob Ayd’s position.”


Another casualty was Teresa Dery, senior vice president and general counsel. Her interim replacement is Chief Strategy Officer Russell Nuce.

And here is Bozek’s “don’t-let-the-door-slap-you-in-the-ass” quote:

“We appreciate the contributions Bob, Bill and Teresa have made to the company and wish them all the best in their future endeavors,” he said. “We believe that our new leadership structure will allow us to be more nimble in all areas of the business and further cement a strong foundation for long term growth and profitability.”

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Dishes On Stalkers

March 28, 2015

What was up with ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s appearance last week on “Good Morning America”?

Host Robin Roberts claimed that it was the first time that Robertson had ever talked about her multiple stalkers. We don’t think that is so.

We have no sympathy for nutjob stalkers, far from it. But in the journalism biz, there usually has to be a timely news peg to do a story. But there was none here, that we could see.

Robertson told Roberts that she was so fearful of her stalkers, she essentially became a shut-in except for work. Robertson talked about court proceedings against one of the crackpots that tracked her.

She also said that her stalkers weren’t the sole reason she left the home shopping network, but was part of a list of reasons.

The ex-host also said that she isn’t retired, and is enjoying sleeping in.

Outdoor Decor Scott Brothers Head To QVC

March 28, 2015

Well, QVC says they have had four hit TV shows, but we’ve never heard of them. That must be because we avoid any home design programs like the plague.

But for those in the know, Jonathan and Drew Scott, “recognized worldwide for their real estate and design expertise,” are coming to QVC next week.

Their line of outdoor furnishings and accessories, Scott Living, will be on the air Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“Jonathan and Drew are famous for their ability to transform any living space into a dream dwelling,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We hope viewers will be inspired by the expert tips the brothers have to offer and seize the opportunity to update or refresh their outdoor spaces, just in time for spring.”

The press release says:

A combination of quality, style, versatility and affordability, the Scott Living collection has something to offer for design pros and novices alike. With products ranging from traditional to contemporary, the collection features an assortment of patio furniture, lanterns and lamps, decorative planters and more guaranteed to complement any style and space, with items perfect for all budgets.

“Helping fans turn their dream homes into reality is something we’re very passionate about,” Jonathan said.

“We are excited to unveil our collection on QVC and share our knowledge and experience with millions of viewers across the country,” added Drew Scott.

Since we don’t have an outdoor space to decorate, we’ll be watching “Chicago Fire” next Tuesday.

Bradley Cooper Joins Cast Of Film Bio Of HSN’s Joy Mangano

March 23, 2015

Wow, HSN mother of invention Joy Mangano must have had quite a life so far.

White-hot actress Jennifer Lawrence is slated to play Mangano in a film, “Joy,” which comes out in December. And who are her co-stars?

Hunky Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, according to several press reports today. Wowser! We consider Brad very “Huggable.” And he just broke up with his girlfriend.

The movie is already filming, in places like Massachusetts.

QVC Alum Lisa Robertson On “GMA,” Lisa Mason Comeback?

March 23, 2015

Our astute Facebook friend Maryam informed us that former QVC host Lisa Robertson is slated to make an appearance on “Good Morning America” tomorrow, Tuesday.

We don’t know if she’s a guest, a host, or what.

And has a good scoop. The site is reporting that former QVC host Lisa Mason is coming back to the home shopping network. Maybe it’s an effort to fill the Grand Canyon-sized gap left by Robertson’s departure.!!!

Congrats to TVShoppingQueens for breaking the news, and congrats to Mason for returning as a host. We hope Gino is doing well with his brain cancer treatments.

Country Music Star Karen Fairchild Debuts On Evine Live Oct. 27

October 9, 2015

Evine Live has already said that country music star Karen Fairchild was doing a fashion line for the network.

Yesterday they put out a press release offering details about her debut.

Here it tis:

MINNEAPOLIS, MN–(Marketwired – Oct 8, 2015) – EVINE Live Inc. (NASDAQ: EVLV), a digital commerce company (, today announced that Karen Fairchild, country music star and one of the four founding members of the Grammy award winning group Little Big Town, will debut an exclusive fashion collection on EVINE Live on October 27th at 8pm and 9pm ET.

Karen Fairchild

Karen Fairchild

The collection, which was designed by Karen herself, is a unique fusion of sexy, bold pieces that are Nashville inspired with a rock and roll sensibility.

“We’re always looking to offer our customers product and personalities reflective of what’s hot and, in the world of country music, there are very few artists who are as relevant today as Karen Fairchild,” said Russell Nuce, EVINE Live’s Chief Strategy Officer.

“Karen has worked closely with our team from the beginning, directing almost every aspect of the collection’s design. We’re excited to add Fair Child to our growing proprietary fashion business.”

“Fair Child is a blend of everything I love,” said Karen Fairchild. “It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”

Premiering October 27th at 8pm and 9pm ET on EVINE Live, Fair Child by Karen Fairchild will offer a number of exclusive styles designed by Karen.

Combining details and embellishments like studs, embroidery, and sequins, along with a variety of textures and silhouettes the line forms into one sleek and seamless collection. Fair Child will include jackets, tops and bottoms, dresses, and statement pieces for endless mixing and matching possibilities.

Karen Fairchild is one of the four founding members of Little Big Town, a country group that formed out of the Nashville music scene in the late 90s. The band gained international recognition with its hits “Boondocks,” “Little White Church,” “Pontoon,” and most recently “Girl Crush,” which made history on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart where it ranked #1 for 13 consecutive weeks.

In addition, they are recipients of 11 music awards, including GRAMMY Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards, and the Daytime Emmy Awards. Most recently, the band received five nominations for the 49th Annual CMA Awards, tying artist Eric Church for the highest number of nominations.

Lisa Vanderpump To Party With ‘Women Of Evine Live” In Beverly Hills

October 4, 2015

To celebrate “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump’s new home collection on Evine Live, the network will be hosting a “Women of Evine Live” reception at Lisa’s restaurant

The shindig will take place Sept. 29 at Vanderpump’s Beverly Hills restaurant Villa Blanca.

“Celebrating the impact and contributions that Evine Live’s many female entrepreneurs have made, the event will also serve as an opportunity for guests to get a sneak peek at Lisa Vanderpump’s home collection, launching exclusively on Evine Live Oct. 24 and 25,” the press release said.

We guess this will give Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek an excuse to visit the Left Coast.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate the women of Evine Live,” Bozek said in a canned statement. “We are fortunate to have a diverse group of women behind some of our most successful brands at Evine Live. Not only do we have women-backed brands that have been with us for many years, but also an exciting group who have joined the Evine Live family this past year as part of our expansion of proprietary brands.”

In addition to Vanderpump, Evine Live vendors Paula Deen, Heather Dubrow, Nancy O’ Dell, Michelle Williams and Nancy Davis will be in the house.

Vanderpump was one of the first jewelry collections to launch on EVINE Live during the net’s Valentine’s weekend event earlier this year.

Building on her estate fashion jewelry collection, the Pump will debut a new home line in late October. The collection features a number of items that “embody Lisa’s signature sense of style, including a luxurious faux fur throw,” according to Evine Live.

Another faux throw! Yikes, someone tell Dennis Basso.

QVC, ‘Today’ Hunt For New Products Nears End

September 29, 2015

QVC finally got around to issuing a press release on its collaboration with NBC’s morning “Today” show,” as both entities search across the country for new products for the home shopping network.

The hunt started in August, and this week nine budding entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative inventions on “Today’s Next Big Thing” a collaboration between QVC TODAY to discover the next big product to be sold on QVC.

As part of the initiative, inventors were asked to submit their creative ideas. From those submissions, nine finalists were chosen across three different categories including: apparel and accessories; home, households and pets; and kitchen and gadgets.

Starting today, Tuesday, the products in each category will be pitched live on “Today” to a panel of judges that includes Doug Howe, QVC’s Executive Vice President of Merchandising, Jill Martin, “Today” contributor and Creative Director of QVC’s G.I.L.I. fashion and accessories line and Al Roker, “Today” anchor.

Viewers can vote on their favorite product each day, beginning Tuesday, today, by going to

This Friday, the inventors of the product receiving the most votes in each category will have one last chance to win over the judges and explain why their product deserves to join the ranks of QVC’s best-selling items.

The overall winner selected by the judges will sell their product live on QVC this Saturday 3 at 10 a.m.

“The joy of discovery and the power of storytelling is a big part of who we are and what we do at QVC,” Howe said.

“Together with ‘Today,’ we are able to collaborate with entrepreneurs and inventors in an effort to help make their products successful while providing the winner with a powerful platform to tell their story, and distribute their products on a national scale.”

Here’s the boilerplate on QVC’s involvement with entrepreneurs.

Over the past 29 years, QVC has launched and fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands. TODAY’s Next Big Thing aligns with QVC’s commitment to find new products and inspiration for customers, and supports QVC Sprouts, which is QVC’s ongoing crowd-sourced product search.

They seek the best up-and-coming products from inventors and entrepreneurs, giving those with a retail-ready product the opportunity to be sold on and the chance to grow their businesses through a scalable and nurturing process.

Tune in to Saturday Morning Gifts on Saturday, October 3 at 10 AM (ET) for a firsthand look as the TODAY’S Next Big Thing top contender showcases their winning product. Visit to purchase the products of all nine finalists. To learn more about QVC Sprouts, visit

Evine Live Gets Monday Night Plugs On ‘Dancing,’ ‘Housewives of Orange County’

September 29, 2015

Evine Live got some plugs Monday night on primetime network shows that feature two of their vendors — Paula Deen and Heather Dubrow.

We’re talking about ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” which featured scenes from Deen’s kitchen shows this past weekend on the home shopping network, while Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Orange County” showed a peek at Dubrow and her doctor-husband Terry’s launch of their skincare line Consult Beaute in April.

“Tonight continues Evine Live’s transformation with our multi-platform ‘Brands with Fans’ strategy,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“Viewers of both ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ will get a behind-the-scenes look at Evine Live,” he said.

“Paula Deen and Heather and Terry Dubrow have been great partners and are wildly popular with our customers. I can’t wait to tune in to tonight’s episodes to see how ‘Team Buttercup’ tears up the dance floor on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and the Dubrows maneuver through the landmines of launching a skincare line.”

Deen is competing vying for the Mirrorball Trophy on Season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars.” And her partner, Louis van Amstel, joined her on Evine Live this past Saturday. We are told that they “twirled their way around Evine Live’s studios.”

Monday’s ‘Dancing’ episode featured footage of Paula’s Evine Live food show, “Paula Deen’s Kitchen,” as well as her and Louie’s dance rehearsals at the retailer’s studio.

Throughout season 10 of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the Dubrows have adventure launching their skincare line, which has taken more than 15 years to develop.

Monday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” showed viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the live launch of Consult Beaute on Evine Live on April 18.


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