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.

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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.”

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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.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/politiknox/jewelry-tv-wants-tax-deal-with-knox-county_72273593

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.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_081015_baubelbar.endpress

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.

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BaubleBar

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 BaubleBar.com 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.

https://www.facebook.com/meg.w.prewitt

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.

http://www.evine.com/l/nicole-curtis?stop_mobi=yes&ecid=fb_Home_20150809

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.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/evine-live-fall-premieres-include-little-big-towns-karen-fairchild/?preview=true&preview_id=19431&preview_nonce=67e29db6d8

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.

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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.

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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 JTV.com/rockstar.

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/melissa-mccarthy/13424

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.

http://www.vogue.com/13289469/melissa-mccarthy-debut-fashion-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 HSN.com. 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.

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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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/nyregion/sunday-at-grey-gardens-with-liz-lange-fashion-designer.html?_r=1

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.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/liz-lange/7263?query=Liz%20Lange&isSuggested=False&

“Maybe Target customers, who we call ‘guests,’ maybe they have questions,” Lange told The Times. “I love to answer them all personally.”

http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=Liz+Lange&category=0|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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3061586/Ex-QVC-queen-Lisa-Robertson-49-love-tatted-38-year-old-TRAINER.html

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.

http://ir.libertyinteractive.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1047469-15-4049&CIK=1355096

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.”

http://nypost.com/2015/04/24/hey-ladies-this-man-is-here-to-tell-you-how-to-wear-makeup/

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).

http://www.hsn.com/shop/jay-manuel-beauty/13231

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 bmccartan@evine.com.

The presentations will be webcast simultaneously and available at http://evine.mwnewsroom.com 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.

http://community.hsn.com/t5/HSN-Blogs/Get-To-Know-The-Story-Behind-The-Sigrid-Olsen-Studio/ba-p/809085?cm_mmc=Social_Facebook_HSNCommunity_SigridOlsenBlogPost_GettoKnow

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.

http://news.instyle.com/2015/04/17/eric-wilson-sigrid-olsen-hsn/

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.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/sigrid-olsen-studio/13186?rid=3858&query=sigrid%20olsen&isSuggested=False&URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hsn.com%2Fshop%2Fsigrid-olsen-studio%2F13186%3Frid%3D3858%26query%3Dsigrid%2520olsen%26isSuggested%3DFalse%26&cm_mmc=cj-_-HSN+RSS+Feed-_-5661516-10699362-_-skim58287X1516329Xdb36f9529ddf4c1de24b4fbb54159b2f-NA

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 http://www.hsni.com.

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 http://www.libertyinteractive.com/events 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.

http://www.scnow.com/news/business/article_9482fb22-df19-11e4-adf0-2bc16f1fee74.html

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.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_041515_ACMAwards.endpress

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 qvc.com/music.

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

http://www.hsni.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1434729-15-6&CIK=1434729

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.

http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2015/04/06/hsns-top-exec-sees-pay-package-shrink-in-2014.html

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.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dr-terry-dubrow-renowned-plastic-140000308.html;_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.

Sweet.

http://pagesix.com/2015/04/06/we-hear-1576/?_ga=1.84665561.1387340377.1408419542

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 JTV.com/RockStar 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 JTV.com/RockStar. Learn more about JTV at http://www.jtv.com.

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.

http://wwd.com/accessories-news/handbags/carlos-falchi-dies-at-age-10103931/

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.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/chi-by-falchi-handbags-and-luggage/fa0022-1569

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 QVC.com 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.

http://community.qvc.com/blogs/beauty-banter/topic/499851/im-back.aspx?cm_ven=FB&cm_cat=VENDOR&cm_pla=7B_GOSMILE_20150401_id:LISAMASONPOSTINGONHERPUBLICFB&cm_ite=NA_COMMUNITY_ai:499851LISAIMBACKBLOG&cvosrc=social%2Bnetwork.facebook-vendor.-GOSMILE-20150401-COMMUNITY

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.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/evine-live-inc-announces-executive-205500666.html;_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.”

Wow!

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.

http://headlineplanet.com/home/2015/03/20/tove-lo-marina-and-the-diamonds-to-perform-on-good-morning-america/

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

And TVShoppingQueens.com 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.

http://www.tvshoppingqueens.com/forum/showthread.php?15158-%28QVC%29-BIG-NEWS-LISA-MASON-will-return-to-QVC-as-a-Host!!!

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.

Jewelry Designer Dallas Prince’s Husband Recovers From Heart Attack

March 21, 2015

Dallas Prince and her husband and fellow jewelry designer and home shopping vendor, Vincent Ciurluini, are one of the most gorgeous couples we have ever seen. Not only that, they are talented designers and gracious, lovely and charming every time they are on-air.

So it was frightening to read on Facebook that Vincent last week suffered a heart attack. The good news is that doctors saved his life, and he is on the mend.

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

Dallas Prince and her husband Vincent, who is recovering from a heart attack

“Need a million prayers….. my husband, Vincent, had a heart attack last night and had surgery,” Prince posted on Wednesday. “A fabulous team of specialists saved his life. He is weak but laughing with me tonight in ICU at the hospital. He remains my everything.”

https://www.facebook.com/dallasprincedesigns?fref=photo

The next day, Prince had this update.

“Your enormous gift of prayers was overwhelming. I have truly never cried so many tears,” she wrote. “My ‘gentle giant’ husband had a very restful night and is about to have breakfast! I can’t stop staring at him and know that this was my miracle. So grateful to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Much love…..Dallas.”

Prince has appeared on ShopHQ and had a brief stint on HSN before returning to what is now known as Evine Live. Vincent has also sold jewelry on Evine Live.

Our dad ended up dying of pancreatic cancer in January, but nearly 20 years ago he suffered a massive heart attack. The hospital where he was treated, Morristown Memorial, had just recruited a team of heart specialists from Philly. Those doctors saved our dad’s life.

We’re glad physicians were able to do the same for Vincent, and our prayers and well wishes go out to him and Dallas.

Cindy Crawford, Sonia Kashuk To Do QVC Cancer Benefit PSAs

March 21, 2015

Glamor pusses Cindy Crawford (and fellow Northwestern grad) makeup artist Sonia Kashuk will be appearing in both a print and television public service announcement for “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits,” the home shopping network said last week.

http://www.qvc.com/PressRelease.content.html?press=cp_press_031715_BeautyWithBenefits.endpress

QVC and Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) are again teaming up for a two-hour live charitable broadcast to provide shoppers with a special opportunity to feel beautiful while giving back.

“QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” will April 15 and feature beauty brands including Laura Mercier, Clinique, Laura Geller, Shiseido, Josie Maran and philosophy.

“Cindy and Sonia have each been inspiring women for years with their ambition and passionate spirits,” Ken O’Brien, QVC’s senior vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “We are honored to have them as our spokespeople this year and are confident that together, they will inspire viewers to make a difference.”

During the event, customers can shop from a selection of cosmetics, fragrance, skin-care and hair-care products, and 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise will benefit Cancer and Careers, a charitable program of the CEW Foundation that is dedicated to the empowerment of people living and working with cancer.

Since 2013, “QVC and CEW Present Beauty with Benefits” has generated $2.2 million to benefit Cancer and Careers.

“Cancer has affected so many lives, but the challenges of living and working with cancer is often an aspect of the diagnosis that rarely gets attention,” Crawford said in a statement. “That is why I wanted to be a part of this great cause with my dear friend Sonia. Beauty is not just about the way you look, but also about the way you feel inside, and this is an opportunity for beauty to make a difference in people’s lives.”

“As a cancer survivor and beauty industry veteran, I am thrilled to be a part of Beauty with Benefits,” added Kashuk. “It’s wonderful to see so many leading names in beauty come together to support such a powerful cause that will impact the lives of so many.”

Evine Live Sees 4 Percent Sales Gain In Fourth Quarter

March 19, 2015

Newly christened Evine Live, formerly ShopHQ, posted a 4 percent increase in sales in the fourth quarter, up to $201 million.

The company Wednesday reported adjusted net income of $3.7 million, a rise over $3.4 million in the year-ago period.

Mark Bozek

Mark Bozek

For fiscal 2014, the home shopping channel racked up sales of $675 million, up 5 percent over fiscal 2013.

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“Our fourth quarter results were solid,and we are pleased with the progress we have made in strengthening the organization and repositioning to a digital commerce company,” CEO Mark Bozek said in a canned statement.

“Most importantly, at this early stage we have created a high level of enthusiasm and competitiveness that has not existed at this company in a long time,” he said. “We have begun a range of brand partnerships and digital commerce initiatives that we believe will help drive long-term sustainable growth in sales and profitability. We look forward to hosting an investor day at our headquarters on May 28th, where we will share more on our progress.”

William McGrath, EVP & CFO of EVINE Live, also chimed in.

“Our adjusted EBITDA margin of 3.4 percent for fiscal 2014, reflected a 60 basis point annual improvement. We are committed to continuing to improve our profitability levels and to enhance our liquidity. At the end of the quarter, we had $21.9 million in cash, including restricted cash. On March 6th, we increased our revolving credit facility with PNC by an additional $15 million. This expansion provides the company with greater flexibility and liquidity to support future growth.”

HSN Readies New Model Host Amy Bravo For Duty

March 17, 2015

HSN has a new host coming, one with apparently Hispanic roots.

She’s Amy Bravo, who has previously served as a host for HSN’s “Boutique” on segments on Univision, the Spanish-language broadcast giant. Bravo has also been a model on the English-language HSN.

Amy Bravo

Amy Bravo

On Facebook veteran HSN host Colleen Lopez posted an item about Bravo.

“I could not be more excited to introduce you to our newest HSN Host in Training – the beautiful and talented Amy Bravo!!!” Lopez wrote. “As one of our fabulous models for many years, Amy is already part of our HSN family – I’m so proud to watch her spread her wings and fulfill her dreams of becoming a Host. Much love and congratulations, Amy! ♥♥♥”

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627768473&fref=ts

Does Ex-QVC Host Lisa Robertson Have A Boyfriend?

March 12, 2015

We’ve been out of action for a few months, while we were on the mend. That left us a lot of time to watch home shopping while the ol’ ankle healed.

Here are a few observations from along the way:

We always liked Chris Scanlon when she was an HSN host, and were happy to see she was returning to home shopping on a new net, Evine Live. But her product was a hanger that bore a remarkable resemblance to those that HSN Invention Queen Joy Mangano sells. Is Scanlon trying to be “Huggable”?

We will still hate the Evine Live name forever, but we think it was brilliant for the network to introduce its Top Value, Today’s Special or whatever else you want to call it at 10 p.m. each night, two hours before HSN and QVC. This change has us tuning in to Evine Live before midnight.

Why is Lisa Robertson smiling?

Why is Lisa Robertson smiling?

Kudos to the home shopping nets for their recent jewelry shows. Evine Live did a particularly nice job with its live broadcasts from Tucson. Wish we were there.

We missed the soiree that Evine Live held at the Plaza in the Big Apple during Valentine’s Day weekend, when the channel introduced its new moniker. Lisa Vanderpump, Paula Deen and playboy chef Todd English were all there, as was Giggy, who dresses better than we do.

But there was an uproar from fans of the Three Amigos — Chuck Clemency, Paul Deasy and Michael Valitutti — because they weren’t included in the festivities. Some viewers feared that Evine Live’s new management was sacking the dynamic trio. It was a tempest in a teapot, because these jewelry mavens appear to be quite secure, and deservedly so, as Evine Live vendors.

Talk show host Wendy Williams, who at one pointed lived in our town of Montclair, N.J., had a jewelry line on QVC that never got traction. In fact, former QVC host Lisa Robertson made several appearances on Williams’ show. Well, Williams has now joined the flock of ex-QVC vendors who have been picked up by HSN. But it looks like Williams is doing apparel for HSN, not baubles.

Speaking of Robertson, QVC viewers continue to be obsessed with her love life. She posted photos on Facebook of her recent vacation, which showed her with a younger man. He is apparently her trainer, Eric. Is her also her boyfriend? Some claim that Lisa said on Facebook that he is, but we couldn’t find any such comment.

Anyway, if he is her squeeze, good for her. If not, that’s cool, too.

Billy Joel’s Ex-, Paul Deen And Todd English Hit Home Shopping Circuit

March 11, 2015

Something’s cooking at several of the home shopping channels. And it adds up to a lot of dollar signs.

Today HSN put out a press release noting that Katie Lee, Long Island crooner Billy Joel’s ex-wife, is coming to the network. The announcement was about the No. 2 home shopping channel’s 24-hour “Ultimate Cooking Lesson” on Sunday.

The cast of characters for that shindig will also include Curtis Stone, Robert Irvine, Lorena Garcia, Carla Hall, Ingrid Hoffmann, Jamie Gwen, Eduardo Garcia and Keith Schroeder.

“HSN is looking forward to hosting our first-ever cooking lesson with culinary greats from all over the country who will present innovative products during one of our most memorable cooking events ever,” Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s Chief Merchandising Officer, said in a canned statement.”HSN continues to redefine the shopping experience by offering highly entertaining events such as these that are fun and informative for our customers.”

The release says:

HSN’s newest personality, Katie Lee, will be launching Endless Summer Cookbook (Stewart, Tabori & Chang Hardcover), taking viewers beyond kitchen walls as she guides them through the complete dining experience: the atmosphere, the stories that ingredients tell and the company at the table.

And we’d be remiss not to mention what’s brewing over at Evine Live. Not only has it snapped up Paula Deen, who was dumped by QVC after the furor over some of the racist remarks she made years ago, but it’s got HSN remnant Todd English, the sometimes publicly inebriated celebrity chef, hawking his cookbooks and such on-air.

Why all all the food fury? It makes tons of money for home shopping channels. David Venable helped pave the way with the multi-million dollar empire he’s built for QVC with his cooking shows. It’s no chump change.

“Housewive” Lisa Vanderpump Heading To ShopHQ

February 6, 2015

Are you ready for EVINE Live, ShopHQ fans? And are you ready for Lisa Vanderpump, of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fame?

The No. 3 home shopping network has set Valentine’s Day weekend to roll out its new moniker, which it is no secret that we hate. But we do like Lisa, and watch her on both “Housewives” and her other Bravo show, “Vanderpump Rules.”

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In a nice touch, Lisa will be launching her Vanderpump Estate Jewelry Collection during EVINE Live’s Valentine’s weekend live broadcast from The Plaza hotel in New York City.

“We’re delighted to welcome Lisa Vanderpump to the EVINE Live family,” said our buddy (not) Mark Bozek, CEO of the network.

“While most know Lisa for her hit reality television series, few know about her talent and passion for design. The premiere of Lisa’s exclusive jewelry collection on EVINE Live will give fans the unique opportunity to see Lisa in a whole new light as a designer.” Bozek added.

“The launch of proprietary brands such as the Vanderpump Estate Jewelry Collection and the other exclusive brands debuting on Valentine’s weekend is a keystone in our goal to diversify our product mix and create exciting and sustainable brands.”
And what did the Pump say, in her canned statement?

“I cannot wait to share my designs with EVINE Live’s viewers,” Lisa said. “In developing this collection, I wanted to create something that all women could enjoy — a collection that was both attainable and glamorous. The Estate Jewelry Collection is the first of my collections created especially for EVINE Live — with more planned to come later this year.”

Here the boilerplate, and hype, from the release:

Vanderpump Estate Jewelry embodies Vanderpump’s signature sense of style, and features simulated gemstones and sparkling crystals to create bold, glamorous looks. Created exclusively for EVINE Live, the collection fuses inspirations from her own jewelry collection as well as her extensive global travels.

Vanderpump will showcase a variety of styles during her debut, and will broadcast live from “Eloise at The Plaza,” the one-of-a-kind store inspired by Eloise, the fictional heroine of Kay Thomson’s classic book.

Vanderpump’s career spans far beyond her appearances on television. A philanthropist, mother and entrepreneur, Vanderpump and her husband of 28 years have opened two successful restaurants in the Los Angeles area, along with 26 others which Vanderpump designed herself.

The “Real Housewives” star has a love for fashion and décor, designing most of her own clothes and adding personal touches to just about everything in her home, which has become the inspiration for her Vanderpump Collections.

Jewelry Designer Scott Kay’s Daughter Brings His Line To QVC

February 1, 2015

Wow, Tiffany Kay is a brave soul, braver than us. This all has to do with losing your dad, you see.

Kay lost her dad, noted jewelry designer Scott Kay (whose company is based in Teaneck, N.J.) in December. He was only 57, and died of a heart attack. Today Tiffany, 27, debuted a lower-priced Scott Kay sterling silver line on QVC, one that has apparently been in the works for 10 years.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/scott-kay-owner-of-teaneck-based-jewelry-company-dies-at-57-1.1182116

http://www.qvc.com/jewelry/scott-kay/_/N-mfluZ1z137z3/c.html

She is a lovely woman, and is continuing her dad’s business and keeping his legacy alive.

Our dad passed away on Jan. 13, and we would not be able to go on TV and talk about him the way that Tiffany talked about her designer dad today without losing our composure.

In fact, we have not been blogging because of circumstances stemming from our dad’s death, and the fact that we are laid up with a broken ankle. The blogs will be coming just sporadically for awhile.

We have been a fan of Scott Kay jewelry for years, and for the past two years purchased his pieces at sample sales in Bergen County. His specialty was heavy silver pieces, especially crosses and angel wings.

We have also picked up some of his jewelry at TJ Maxx.

The QVC pieces are gorgeous, with many incorporating one of our favorite stones, black spinel, and garnet. And they are not badly priced, compared to the original line.

https://www.facebook.com/scottkayusa

http://www.nationaljeweler.com/independents/retail-profiles/A-fulfilling-life-6432.shtml

Our condolences to Tiffany and her family. We did your dad proud today.

The Life Of The Rich And Famous Bruce Makowsky, Handbag Mogul

January 10, 2015

At one time it seemed that QVC had become B. Makowsky handbags all the time. Not so much anymore, but don’t feel sorry for Bruce.

The Wall Street Journal did a story Friday about Makowsky’s hood, which is the gated community of Beverly Park. The paper describes it as “one of the most exclusive, expensive places in Los Angeles, a land of exclusive, expensive places.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/l-a-s-star-studded-neighborhood-1420736165

There article describes Makowsky as a “handbag mogul and real-estate developer,” and has a photo of one of his palatial houses, which is described as an investment property.

He paid $13.45 million for it and is selling it for $25 million.

But wait, Makowsky has a second home in Beverly Park, one he actually lives in. It’s a Tuscan-style place.

Here is what he told The Journal about that cozy shack:

I could afford to live anywhere I want,” says Mr. Makowsky, who paid $22.6 million for his nine-bedroom, 15-bathroom home in 2010, according to public records. “This is a little slice of heaven.” He estimates his property, which he’s extensively renovated, is worth $100 million today.

So who else lives in this LA neighborhood? Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few folks.

QVC Diamond Tennis Bracelet: 18K, H Color, VS Clarity

January 10, 2015

Props to QVC for its Gem Day event Thursday, where it really upped its game.

The dominant home shopping network presented the highest quality diamond item we have ever seen on TV.

We tuned in for the final hour and saw Peyton Kelley talking about a diamond tennis bracelet. We looked at the screen and couldn’t believe our eyes: It said 18K gold.

We hopped on our computer and saw that not only was the bracelet 18k gold, the diamond quality was out of this world.

http://www.qvc.com/Diamond-Tennis-Bracelet-18K-Gold-by-Affinity.product.J319038.html?sc=J319038-ISRC

“As part of QVC’s quality requirements, randomly selected white diamonds from this bracelet have undergone a survey by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to verify the diamonds are natural and at least H color and VS clarity,” QVC.com said.

Kelley explained that QVC had gone to a jewelry company that makes pieces for a high-end company and asked what it had in its vault. It was this bracelet.

Now, it was not cheap. The bracelet came in 6 3/4, 7 1/4 and 8 inches. The 6 3/4 was $4,719, and is now $5,099.

The diamonds ranged from 2.8 carats to 3.3 carats, depending on the length of the bracelet.

But that diamond quality! Wow! Now that’s what we’re talking about.

Pamela McCoy ‘s ShopHQ Diamond Ring A Real Sparkler

January 4, 2015

OK, we’ll give credit where credit is due.

We weren’t fans of Pamela McCoy’s diamond line for Jewelry Television. But the former ShopHQ host has returned to the No. 3 home shopping channel with a new diamond collection, and the Today’s Top Value, and we think it’s a winner.

Pamela McCoy

Pamela McCoy

It’s a 1.95-carat diamond round and baguette 14K gold ring. It came in white, yellow and rose gold, but white and yellow have already sold out. the price tag is $1,290, or six ValuePays of $215.

http://www.shophq.com/gems-of-distinction-14k-gold-1-95ctw-round-baguette-diamond-confidence-ring/144-604.aspx

The sparkler is modeled after a ring that McCoy had made for her. We remember admiring the ring when McCoy posted a photo of it on Facebook.

Last night McCoy said that a ShopHQ buyer also saw the ring and wanted it duplicated for the network.

McCoy also said that that the TTV’s diamond quality is better than her original ring. The color grade is H-I and clarity is I1-I2.

Carolyn Gracie Returns To QVC Sept. 8, Cancer Free

September 3, 2015

For those wondering when host Carolyn Gracie will return to QVC, the answer is next week.

Gracie, who has been off the air all summer recuperating from a double mastectomy for breast cancer, posted on Facebook that she will be back next Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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“I am now doing great, I’m cancer free, got a green light from the doc, and am happy to report that I will be back on the air,” Gracie wrote. “YAY!! WOO-HOO!! YIPPEE!! I have missed you all so much and I want to thank you all again for helping to speed my recovery through all of your kind notes, well wishes, words of encouragement, great advice, stories shared, and sweet photos.”

She also thanked everyone for their prayers.

Welcome back, girlfriend.

‘Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern Brings Meat To Evine Live

September 3, 2015

Would you buy meat products from a man who hosts a show called “Bizarre Foods”? Well, that’s what Evine Live is asking you to do.

The network announced that Andrew Zimmern, chef and host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” will debut his “World’s Best Meats” line of fresh, never-frozen meats and sausages on Sept. 8, next Tuesday.

Get ready for sweet Italian and hot Italian Sausage, Sierra cut steak, pork tomahawk chops, lamb ribs and Merguez sausage.

Noting that Zimmern is a three-time James Beard Award winner, chef, writer and teacher, Evine Live said that he will be “bringing his zest for food” to the network.

“Andrew will tantalize viewers with his unique selection of food and high-quality cuts of meat from one of the country’s finest meat purveyors, Pat LaFrieda,” the press release said.

“We’re excited to welcome Andrew Zimmern as the newest member of the Evine Live family,” Evine Live Chief Strategy Officer Russell Nuce said in a canned statement.

“While Andrew is best-known for his work on ‘Bizarre Foods,’ he’s also a skilled chef and successful restaurateur,” Nuce said. “He’s passionate about seeking out the finest, freshest ingredients for his recipes, which led him to source from one of the best in the world, Pat LaFrieda. It’s almost unheard of in our industry to deliver to customers’ doorsteps meat that’s fresh and never frozen and we’re thrilled to offer that level of quality to our viewers.”

Here’s Zimmern’s canned comment:

“I haven’t been this excited in a long time,” he said.

“Working with my friend Pat to bring a new product line to Evine Live’s community is what I’ve wanted to do for years. Being able to share cuts of meat unavailable at retail’s butcher counters is real story telling through food, and it affords everyone the same opportunities that the best chefs in the world have. From Korean boneless short ribs, to my favorite new steak cut, to our signature sausages, everyone can share in what I’ve experienced abroad at their own table.”

“My family has been dedicated to supplying America’s best meat to the greatest chefs in the country,” LaFrieda said.”Now, I have the opportunity to get that same high-quality meat to households around the country.”

Here’s a boilerplate from the press release:

Partnering with Pat LaFrieda, a fourth-generation butcher and supplier of meats to some of the most celebrated restaurants around the country, Andrew has curated a unique selection of meats and sausages sourced from trusted family-owned farms.

Delivered fresh, never frozen to the customer’s doorstep, Andrew Zimmern: World’s Best Meats ensures first-class flavor that can’t be found at retail butcher counters and shops.

Evine Live, Skittles And Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch?

September 2, 2015

What the heck is Evine Live up to?

The home shopping network featured the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champion All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch in an exclusive appearance, “where he shared his favorite candy, Skittles, and helped football fans gear up for the start of the 2015 NFL season,” according to a press release from the network.

“Marshawn Lynch selling Skittles on EVINE Live was meant to be a fun way to deliver on the ‘Smile’ in our Shop.Share.Smile. promise to our customers,” Evine Live CEO Mark Bozek said.

“Providing our viewers with the unexpected entertainment that someone like Marshawn brings plus introducing 25 million Skittles and Marshawn Lynch fans to EVINE Live was a no brainer for us. We had a blast with Marshawn and I’m sure our customers enjoyed being a part of it too.”

Evine Live was selling a package of 36 packs of Skittles for about $15.

We have to admit it: We loves us some Skittles.

Mother Of Invention Joy Mangano Celebrates 15 Years On HSN

September 2, 2015

HSN mother of invention Joy Mangano is celebrating her 15th anniversary on HSN, and she will be bringing a host of new products to the home shopping network.

Mangano’s parade of hits includes the original Miracle Mop, Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer, the Clothes It All Luggage System, MemoryCloud Pillow and Forever Fragrant.

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She will be introducing her first-ever vacuum incorporating her Forever Fragran technology, a new genuine leather color block luggage set, s luxe leather magazine tote and s dual magnification Hollywood Spotlight Mirror. Throughout September, HSN will celebrate Joy’s anniversary with exclusive offers, including sales of with up to half off Joy Mangano products.

“I’m thrilled to celebrate my 15th anniversary with HSN,” Mangano said in a canned statement.  “I love creating solutions for everyday problems and designing products that make people’s lives a little bit easier. I have a lot of surprises in store for everyone – it will be a month long celebration filled with joyful discoveries!”

HSN will air “15 Years of JOY” on Sept. 12 and 19. to catch Joy live and visit HSN.com all month long for this special event.

Here is the boilerplate on Mangano’s company:

Ingenious Designs LLC:IDL is a subsidiary of HSN Inc. and was founded in 1991 by its president, Joy Mangano. Joy is one of the most recognized and successful electronic retailing personalities in the industry today. With more than 650 million sold, her famous Huggable Hangers are in homes across the country!

The company is a leader in designing, inventing, and marketing innovative and unique products including the original Miracle Mop, My Little Steamer, and the Clothes It All Luggage System. In addition, IDL has broadened its scope by developing and managing product lines for icon and celebrated supermodel IMAN, celebrity chefs Ming Tsai and Lorena Garcia, Grammy Award-winning producer Randy Jackson, and Four-time GRAMMY Award-winner Keith Urban.

Sweet Group Alabama Performs On QVC Tonight

August 28, 2015

We’re no fan of country music, but for those who are, Alabama will be performing on QVC tonight at 7 p.m.

The group will be on a “Q Sessions” show touting their new release, “Southern Drawl.”

Here what QVC.com has to say:

For over 40 years, Alabama has entertained generations of fans with their blend of country, southern rock and bluegrass. The three-time GRAMMY Award-winning group is one of the most honored and successful bands in country music history, with 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums, 43 chart-topping country hits and over 73 million records sold.

Join us in studio for a special Q Sessions on August 28 at 7pm ET as Alabama debuts their latest release, Southern Drawl, their first collection of brand-new material in 14 years.

Sit back and listen to the signature sound of this Country Music Hall of Fame band as they perform songs from this highly-anticipated album and don’t miss your opportunity to pre-order your CD or digital download before its official Sept. 18 release date.

You’ll also receive a bonus album titled Live on the Road with 6 live tracks compiled especially for QVC customers. Whether you’re a longtime fan of this iconic band or just discovering their music, tune in and experience an unforgettable hour of great songs during Alabama: Q Sessions on QVC, Aug. 28 at 7pm ET.

Halston Line Comes To QVC Sept. 10

August 28, 2015

It must be throwback Friday. Halston is making a comeback on QVC.

The H by Halston collection is scheduled to debut exclusively on QVC on Sept. 10. The home shopping network describes the line as “contemporary designs inspired by the iconic American brand, will be presented by respected fashion historian and style authority Cameron Silver, who has been named Fashion Director of H by Halston.”

The goods range in price from $32 to $399, and include knits, pants, dresses and jumpsuits.

“Bucket bags, totes and more in buttery leather and rich hues add sophistication to any outfit,” the QVC press release says. “The footwear category completes the collection with sophisticated pumps, casual and comfortable flats and classic boots.”

“Every fashion brand has a story and we’re excited to bring the H by Halston story to QVC,” says Rachel Ungaro, QVC’s vice president of fashion and beauty merchandising. “The collection will continue the iconic style and legendary aesthetic in a modern way that is relevant to all women.”

Silver will be providing commentary and styling tips.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent a brand that has such a rich history,” says Silver. “To be able to share my fashion knowledge and enthusiasm for these pieces through QVC is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to share the collection so others can fall in love with it like I have.”

QVC’s Parent To Acquire Zulily For $2.4 Billion

August 17, 2015

Those sly pusses at QVC have put together a really big deal, and we can assure you it is not on Easy Pay: The home shopping network’s parent is buying e-commerce site Zulily Inc. http://www.zulily.com/ for $2.4 billion.

The acquisition of the flash-sales site aims to help QVC target millennial moms, providing a young audience for the home shopping channel to sell its merchandise.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/qvc-to-acquire-online-shopping-site-zulily-for-2-4-billion-1439813202

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-17/liberty-interactive-agrees-to-buy-zulily-for-2-4-billion

http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2015/08/17/qvc-to-buy-zulily-flash-sales-site-aimed-at-millennial-moms-for-2-4-billion/

We have to scurry to work, but here is the press release.

zulily to Join QVC Group

Transaction Brings Together Leading “Joy of Discovery” Retailers to
Expand Digital Footprint, Enhance Customer Experience, and Drive Global Growth

West Chester, Pa. (August 17, 2015) — QVC, the global leader in video and ecommerce retail, today announced that its parent, Liberty Interactive Corporation (“Liberty Interactive”) (Nasdaq: QVCA, QVCB, LVNTA, LVNTB) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire zulily, inc. (“zulily”) (Nasdaq: ZU), a leading ecommerce site serving millennial moms and the digital-only generation, for approximately $2.4 billion. Under the proposed transaction, zulily will join the QVC Group to create a discovery-driven and experiential digital commerce powerhouse with appeal that spans generations of women.

Since its inception in 2010, zulily has emerged as a destination brand for millions of millennial customers, becoming one of the few retailers in history to exceed $1 billion in annual net sales in five years. Today, zulily brings young moms special finds every day, through desktop, mobile websites and mobile apps that feature a curated, constantly changing collection, spanning apparel, fashion accessories, children’s apparel, home décor, toys, gifts and more. With a vast network of 10,000 vendor partners, zulily offers thousands of new products every day from entrepreneurs and top brands, all at compelling values. Approximately 56% of its orders are placed over mobile devices.

Together, the QVC and zulily platforms represent combined annual revenues of more than $10 billion and 230 million units shipped globally to 19 million customers in 85 countries. Highly-complementary customer bases span generations of women, offering both companies the opportunity to extend their businesses beyond their respective core audiences. Adding zulily to the QVC Group allows QVC to reach an audience of young mothers who love to shop, and to accelerate its mobile leadership.

“QVC and zulily share a passion for creating a unique shopping experience that is rooted in discovery and brings carefully curated products to life. Together, we will further engage modern women who love to shop in new and compelling ways,” said Mike George, President and CEO, QVC, Inc. “As online shopping evolves, this partnership brings together two high-performing and highly-complementary leaders in ecommerce. We look forward to welcoming the talented zulily team to the QVC Group as our shared values and beliefs create an incredibly strong foundation for us to collaborate across all aspects of the business and transform how we serve customers in new, digital-first ways.”

“zulily and QVC are two distinctive customer centric brands that are passionate about delivering an exceptional shopping experience and surprising and delighting our customers, each and every day. There are tremendous opportunities to accelerate the growth of the zulily brand for our customers, our employees, and our vendors with QVC’s partnership.” said Darrell Cavens, President and CEO, zulily, Inc. “Together, zulily and QVC have complementary philosophies about our approach to entertaining and engaging our customers and we’ll now have the ability to unlock synergies for growth and deliver new ways to innovate on the discovery commerce model and change the way people shop.”

While each company will maintain its distinctive and powerful brand identity, this transaction will enable both businesses to expand their product lineup, brand portfolio, and vendor network in order to bring new, exciting experiences and value to their customers. Through zulily, QVC will have access to additional platforms to market its unique assortment, from Today’s Special Value to exclusive proprietary brands. QVC’s expertise and resources in attractive categories like Beauty, Home Décor and Apparel Special Sizes will enable zulily to expand its category offerings, and expose its customers to a distinctive shopping experience through joint on-air and online programming events.

Additionally, both companies will be positioned to thrive through intelligent cross-marketing to a combined customer base of 19 million and millions more email prospects, leveraging QVC’s deep expertise in analytics and zulily’s powerful personalization tools.

QVC will look to leverage zulily’s technologies, which use historical and real-time data to customize offerings for millions of customer touch points every day, to enhance customer engagement. QVC also sees opportunities to utilize zulily’s extraordinarily agile and efficient digital content production system. Meanwhile, zulily will explore incorporating QVC’s deep video expertise, as well as its flexible customer finance systems, to enhance its shopping experience, and unlock incremental demand on its own platforms.

With live programming broadcasting to nine countries on three continents, QVC remains focused on global growth, reflected in the August 2015 launch of QVC France. QVC sees opportunities to further accelerate zulily’s international growth through its local market knowledge, vendor relationships and platforms.

Together under the QVC Group, zulily and QVC will be able to leverage their combined scale, capabilities and customer bases to accelerate each company’s sales and deliver cost savings by leveraging their combined purchasing volumes.

In connection with the transaction, Mike George is being appointed to the Executive Committee of the Liberty Interactive Board of Directors and will serve on that committee with John Malone, Chairman of the Board of Liberty Interactive, and Greg Maffei, President and CEO, Liberty Interactive. Darrell Cavens will report directly to Mike and the other members of the Executive Committee.

Following the close of the transaction, QVC and zulily will operate under a management structure that enables each company to remain focused on its respective business, yet facilitates close collaboration to drive benefits across the combined organization. zulily’s President and CEO, Darrell Cavens, will continue to lead the business, and the rest of zulily’s senior management team, which has been instrumental in the success of the company, will remain in place and continue to report to him. zulily Chairman and co-founder Mark Vadon will join the Board of Liberty Interactive and provide strategic counsel and support to the companies.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approval and other conditions.

How Much Did Xcelerator, Weight Watchers And Hypnosis Each Contribute To Fergie’s Weight Loss?

August 13, 2015

Well, Sarah Ferguson’s appearance on QVC Wednesday to tout a juicer was news in Great Britain, where The Express did a story about it.

The headline from the article used a great quote from the Duchess of York’s debut on the home shopping channel: “‘I’m no longer Duchess of Pork’ says Sarah Ferguson in her new job SELLING JUICERS.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/597952/Duchess-of-York-Sarah-Ferguson-Prince-Andrew-juicers

On QVC Fergie said she went whole hog on a diet after seeing a photo of herself at nearly 200 pounds.

We blogged about her TV appearance yesterday (sorry we misspelled Duchess), selling the Fusion Xcelerator, but at that time didn’t realize some of the questions it raised.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/dutchess-of-york-joins-qvc-to-tout-nutribullet-copycat/

Fergie — or perhaps more accurately, QVC host David Venable — said words to the effect that her 50-pound loss was due to a combination of factors, including the Xcelerator.

We were reminded by readers later that Fergie had previously served as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. So how much did that diet regime contribute to her diet success, we wonder.

Then the New York Post Wednesday had a story with the headline “Trance-ing With The Stars,” about celebs using hypnosis to get them to work out. That article said that Fergie was among the “notables” who had “sung the praises of hypnosis for weight loss over the years.”

http://nypost.com/2015/08/12/how-hypnosis-can-help-you-shed-those-extra-pounds/

So, granted, QVC did qualify the claims about the Xcelerator’s contribution to Fergie’s weight loss, but we don’t know, it doesn’t seem quite kosher.

How much did the fancy blender, Weight Watchers and hypnosis each contribute to Fergie’s weight loss?


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