Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Falchi’

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.

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Designer Christian Siriano Rings In HSN Spring Fashion Event

February 23, 2013

“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano debuted his new line for HSN Friday, part of the home shopping network’s effort to brand itself as “the destination for everything Spring Fashion,” from now until Match 23.

“Our Spring Fashion series makes it so easy for customers to update their wardrobe with the latest styles for the season,” HSN Chief Merchandising Officer Anne Martin-Vachon said in a canned statement, “By identifying and integrating these key Spring themes and giving our customers access to authorities like Robert Verdi, Christian Siriano and June Ambrose, we are enabling our customers to evolve their personal style and create the looks they will love.”

On the heels of his 10th show at New York Fashion Week, Siriano debuted his HSN exclusive collection today.

Striking by Christian Siriano includes pieces inspired by the runway and combines modern, chic silhouettes with everyday glamour. The collection ranges from $79.90 to $169.90.

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Celebrity stylist-turned-footwear designer June Ambrose launches her first-ever HSN collection March 22. Ranging from $59.00 to $119.90, the June Ambrose collection includes a mix of sandals and pumps. The line is inspired by Studio 54 in the late 70’s where icons like Donna Summer, Bianca Jagger, Grace Jones, Tina Turner were center stage.

Known for her eclectic sense of style and impeccable taste, Padma Lakshmi launches her first-ever jewelry collection for HSN March 22. PL by Padma Lakshmi pieces ranges from $16 to $90.

Style icon Iris Apfel returns to HSN with her first-ever shoe collection under the same name as her fashion jewelry, Rara Avis by Iris Apfel. The collection consists of five styles and ranges in price from $59.90 to $99.90.

The HSN Spring Fashion series also features the debut of collections from luxury handbag brands Foley + Corinna and Isabella Fiore as well as the launch of the trendsetting cosmetic brand Too Faced with guest celebrity spokesperson Jillian Barberie Reynolds.

HSN’s Spring Fashion Series highlights the season’s newest trends in fashion, footwear and accessories from designers including Giuliana Rancic, Badgley Mischka, Sam Edelman, Queen Latifah, Vicky Tiel, Carlos Falchi, Vince Camuto, IMAN, Serena Williams, Donald Pliner and Stefani Greenfield, as well as new on-trend jewelry from designers R.J. Graziano, Iris Apfel, Fern Mallis, Randy Jackson and Ranjana Khan and finally, fresh new beauty assortments from Deborah Lippmann and Trish McEvoy.

HSN Holding ‘Pin To Win’ Pinterest Contest Judged By Giuliana Rancic

September 12, 2012

HSN is holding a “Pin to Win: Dream Wardrobe” contest that will be judged by a celeb-studded panel: Giuliana Rancic, co-host of E! Network’s “Fashion Police”; June Ambrose, HSN’s style expert; and trend expert Louise Roe.

Pinterest users will search for, pin and share their favorite fall fashions, accessories and beauty products for fall as a part of HSN’s Fall Fashion series “The Ultimate Trunk Show” presented by Elle Magazine.

Giuliana Rancic is launching a clothing line on HSN

The contest started Monday and runs through Sept. 17, Pinners have to submit their dream wardrobe pinboard by picking 10 items – at least five items from HSN.com and the rest from anywhere on the Web – and tag boards with #HSN and #FallFashion. Pinboards will be judged on originality, continuity, thoughtfulness and attention to detail.

The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in merchandise from HSN to help create their fall dream wardrobe. The second and third place winner will also receive HSN merchandise to help fill their closets.

HSN’s “Ultimate Trunk Show,” presented by Elle Magazine, highlights the season’s newest trends in fashion, footwear and accessories including the launches of G by Giuliana Rancic, Rancic’s apparel collection by Giuliana Rancic, and make-up artist Trish McEvoy.

HSN favorites returning with key pieces for fall are Badgley Mischka, Carlos Falchi, Carol Brodie, Iman, Louise Roe, Adrienne Landau, Robert Verdi, Serena Williams, Stefani Greenfield and Queen Latifah, as well as jewelry from designers R.J. Graziano and Iris Apfel; and beauty products from Deborah Lippmann, David Evangelista and Philip B.

Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Joins Giuliana Rancic For HSN’s Fall Fashion Event

August 24, 2012

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose is the latest fashionista to join HSN’s lineup Sunday as kicks off its fall fashion series, “Ultimate Trunk Show,” the home shopping network said Thursday.

“June Ambrose has elevated the style of some of today’s biggest celebrities,” said Anne Martin-Vachon, HSN’s chief merchandising officer. “We are thrilled to have June join HSN and offer her unique perspective on style during our biggest fashion event of the season.”

We hope June Ambrose doesn’t wear this hat on HSN

HSN’s roster for its event includes Louise Roe, Giuliana Rancic and “how-to” videos from respected beauty experts Trish McEvoy, David Evangelista, Deborah Lippmann, Philip B. and Vincent Longo — all on HSN.com, HSN mobile and HSN’s social platforms on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

HSN’s Fall Fashion Series highlights the season’s newest trends in fashion, footwear and accessories including the launches of G by Giuliana Rancic, the first ever apparel collection by Rancic exclusively for HSN, and top industry make-up artist, Trish McEvoy.

There will be items from Badgley Mischka, Carlos Falchi, Carol Brodie, IMAN, Louise Roe, Adrienne Landau, Robert Verdi, Serena Williams, Stefani Greenfield and Queen Latifah as well as new on-trend jewelry from designers R.J. Graziano and Iris Apfel; and beauty products from some of the world’s best known artists including, Deborah Lippmann, David Evangelista and Philip B.

HSN is giving amateur stylists a place to curate their ultimate wardrobe for Fall with the ‘Pin to Win: Dream Wardrobe’ contest on the social pinboard, Pinterest. Running from Sept. 10 to 17, “pinners” will be asked to submit their pinboard by picking at least 10 items — a minimum of five items from HSN.com and five or more from anywhere on the web – and tag boards with #HSN and #FallFashionElle.

Pinboards will be judged by Rancic, Roe and Ambrose on their originality, continuity, thoughtfulness and attention to detail. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in merchandise from HSN to help them create their dream wardrobe for Fall.

We’ll Skip The Brazilian Bikini Wax, And Watch ‘Destination Brazil’ On HSN Instead

May 20, 2011

HSN is trying another interesting programming ploy Friday, by dedicating the day to Brazil and its products.

We don’t know much from Brazil, other than it’s the origin of a particularly painful bikini wax.

“Bring home the spirit, culture & colors of Brazil with sizzling savings and hot, hot, hot new arrivals,” HSN said on its website.

“Destination Brazil” will include shows featuring Carlos Falchi, Jay King, Victoria Wieck and Rarities, among other vendors. Since Brazil is a rich source of gemstones, we’re looking forward to the jeweley HNS will be offering during the event. Brazil in known for its deep purple amethyst, for example.

In the cases of Rarities, we have designer Graziela Kaufman doing pieces for Carole Brodie’s jewelry line.

Here’s what Brodie wrote on her HSN blog:

I am beyond excited to showcase a magnificent fine jewelry collaboration for Rarities – it is a spectacular celebration of the natural gems and sophisticated styles of Brazil. As part of the Destination Brazil event, this colorful collection features 18 unique styles curated by me and designed by my very dear friend and colleague, Graziela Saade Kaufman. Graziela was born and raised in Brazil – a country where gems and jewelry are an iconic symbol of the culture. Brazilian women love their jewelry and wear it every day, everywhere… with remarkable ease, elegance and panache.

We have a similar design aesthetic (we both love big important jewelry)! Via trips back and forth to New York, Brazil and Chicago (where Graziela lives with her beautiful family) we finally decided on 18 designs that truly sum up the colors of Brazil. Once completed, we realized that our love of for each of these jewels represents more than jewelry… each magnificent piece is symbolic of our friendship.

HSN Handbag Vendor Carlos Falchi Strikes Deal With Licensing King Steve Russo, Says New York Post

May 25, 2010

Carlos Falchi, a luxury handbag maker who also does several lines for HSN, is apparently partnering with a company that makes Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants merchandise, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The story, headlined “SpongeBob HandBag: Accessory Firm Teams Up With Carlos Falchi,” says that Falchi has struck a licensing deal with “New York accessories kingpin” Steve Russo.

In its exclusive scoop, the tabloid reports that Russo has a five-year deal with Falchi that guarantees at least $120 million in retail sales.

Russo made his mark selling items ranging from backpacks to school supplies decorated with pop culture figures, from SpongeBob to Hello Kitty to Hannah Montana.

Falchi, in contrast, used to create leather wardrobes for people like Mick Jagger before he started his luxury handbag business, and then created a handbag and accessory line for HSN.

The Post said that Russo “has poured money” into Falchi’s factory in the Garment District.

Falchi’s company is owned by Wingsong Brands, which also has stakes in Ellen Tracy and Sharper Image, and an investor group headed by Marvin Traub, according to the Post.

HSN Handbag Designer Carlos Falchi Gets Plug In Sunday New York Times

December 27, 2009

The “Sunday Styles” section of The New York Times today features a tote bag by HSN handbag designer Carlos Falchi, who was profiled by the paper back in late October.

In the “Pulse” feature, in an item headlined “Sunshine in a Bag,” there’s a mention and photo of Falchi’s snakeskin-embossed microfiber tote. It retails for $255 at Bloomingdale’s.

The Times has packed the Falchi bag with resort items, such as sunglasses, sandals and a bikini.

HSN Gets Momentum From ‘Her Side’ Of The Business, Like Jennifer Stallone’s Firma-Face: Suzanne Somers Not Missed

November 12, 2009

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HSN CEO Mindy Grossman

Even though its third-quarter sales slipped a hair, HSN has momentum and is upbeat about the coming holiday season, according to company officials.

During a third-quarter conference call Thursday, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman fielded questions from Wall Street analysts about the company’s outlook for the rest of the year. 

“We’re optimistic going into the fourth quarter and seeing the trends continue from third quarter across multiple categories of the business, whether it’s new innovations in technology or, as you mentioned, in the ‘Her Side’ of the business,” Grossman said.

“We feel that both from an inventory perspective and a product-pipeline perspective we’re very well positioned going and in the quarter from everything from our gift strategies all the way to some of the new product introductions that we have had a lot of success with consistently,” she said.

Net sales for the HSN network and Web site (excluding HSN Inc.’s Cornerstone unit) decreased in the quarter to $467 million, versus $471 million last year, down 1 percent. However, operating income increased 115 percent to $37.1 million compared to $17.3 million in the prior year.

Chief financial officer Judy Schmeling said that the “slight sales decrease” was a reflection of the 6 percent lower-average price point for HSN items in the quarter, incuding an 18 percent decline in the average price point for the Today’s Special, “rather than any sizable mix shift.”

The network’s return rate dropped to 19.5 percent in the third quarter from 20.3 percent in the prior period; and inventory was down 15 percent.

In contrast to HSN, QVC saw its sales rise slightly in the third quarter. Earlier this week, QVC domestic posted $1.098 billion in revenue in the third quarter, a 2 percent increase from $1.073 billion in the year-ago period.

At HSN in the third quarter, gross profit increased 8 percent to $168.6 million. Unit growth was up 6 percent.

The No. 2 home shopping network has seen growing success with its fashion, beauty and jewelry lines, the “Her Side” of the business, according to Grossman.

“We have transformed our fashion businesses, exited unproductive brands and invested in the creation and developmemt of proprietary lifestyle brands with talented individuals who can bring a unique point of view to our customers,” Grossman said.

She cited as examples red-carpert designers Bagley Mischka, actress Molly Sims, rock star David Bowie’s model wife Iman and tennis champ Serena Williams. There was no mention of actress-author Suzanne Somers moved from HSN to ShopNBC during the third-quarter.

“It is important to note that at HSN we don’t just buy brand,” Grossman said. “We partner with visionaries, experts and design authorites to build propriety brands and bring them to life in unique and compelling ways.”

The CEO cited the line by Stefani Greenfield, Curations.

“We are now recognized in the fashion industry as a destination with strong leadership, innovation and a successful track record,” Grossman said.

In terms of the beauty category, HSN has added brands such as Benefit and Lancome, as well reaping success with its proprietary brands, such as Jennifer Stallone’s Serious Skin Care and FranBrand, the skincare line launched this week kby actess Fran Drescher.

HSN’s launch of Serious Skin Care’s Firma-Face in just four days in September sold almost 100,000 units, and more than 60 percent of customers signing up for Autoship, to ensure regular delivery, according to Grossman.

HSN has adjusted its jewelry product mix, resulting in unit growth of 13% this quarter, she said. Silver and fashion jewelry continue to be strong, with sales up 30 percent over last year “as customers responded to our wider range of price points and new designer introductions,” Grossman said.

She added that she is looking forward to the launch of Molly Sims’ jewelry line, Grayce, later this week.

Despite the dire economny, there was a 7 percent growth rate in sales from HSN’s best customers.

“We have been very focued in that segment of our business, and what we are seeing is her continuing to buy across multiple categories,” Grossman said

She explained that HSN is offering “The World of Carlos Falchi” and “Global Chic” from Iman.

Those are “businesses that completely go across jewelry, apparel, accessories, beauty, etc.,” Grossman said, noting that HSN’s viewers are “buying across multiple categories and we’re seing the increase in that best customer in the number of purchases she’s been making.”

HSN Handbag Designer Carlos Falchi Is Profiled In New York Times, His Target Line Debuts Nov. 1

October 29, 2009

Designer Carlos Falchi, who has expanded his HSN line beyond handbags to shoes, clothes and accessories, is profiled in the “Thursday Styles” section of The New York Times today.

The second graph of the story talks about Falchi pullng an all-nighter at HSN, where sales for his $100 faux leather coat were at more than 16,000 pieces that day.

In the profile, The Times also talks about the designer’s move into additional products, not just handbags, for HSN with his new Chi by Falchi line.

The story was a good read for us, because we didn’t know much about Falchi’s background. And we weren’t aware that Falchi will be doing a line of purses for Target, priced at $20 to $50. They go on sale at Target Nov. 1, and will be available for two months, according to The Times.

Falchi’s signature leather bags for HSN are much pricier than that, topping out at $850, and he favors floppy, unconstructed designs.

He does about $100 million a year in retail sales, according to The Times.