Posts Tagged ‘HSN’

Copycats Heidi Klum on QVC, Iris Apfel on HSN

February 20, 2018

The New York Post did a story Monday on celebrities hawking products by ripping – sorry we mean knocking — off real designers, and both QVC and HSN were cited in the story.

The article, “Attack of the Clones,” talked about one example that we were aware of where a celeb got called out for a product they were selling on QVC. That was the case of model-TV star Heidi Klum, who was in 2007 was sued by high-end jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels for a line she brought to the No. 1 home shopping channel.

Klum’s baubles had a clover-shaped design, which Van Cleef claimed unlawfully imitated its Alhambra collection. QVC pulled the line.

The Post said that the lawsuit was settled and that Klum later claimed that her business partner, Mouawad USA, was not “knowledgeable.”

According to the Post HSN and its owl-eye-glassed vendor Iris Apfel, a Seventh Avenue darling, also got in hot water. In 2011 the married couple that was the force behind Hanna Bernhard alleged that Apfel had copied one of its pins, a large jeweled toucan, for HSN.

The married duo shamed Apfel on their website, charging that Apfel owned their original toucan pin and had imitated it, the Post reported.

HSN later issued a statement saying that Apfel had mistakenly believed that the brooch in her collection was a vintage piece. The objectionable version of the toucan was dropped from Apfel’s HSN line, replaced by a “modified” version, according to the Post.


Honcho Says QVC, HSN Won’t Merge

February 12, 2018

We looked up at our TV screen, tuned to HSN, while in the midst of reading The Sunday New York Times and thought we were hallucinating: HSN host Amy Morrison was on a split screen chatting with QVC’s Rick Domeier.

We don’t know if Domeier was trying to be funny when he didn’t respond to Morrison’s comments and questions or if there were technical difficulties and he couldn’t hear her, but the resulting exchange was awkward and painful to watch.

The brief teaming of the two hosts was part of e kickoff of the marriage of former rivals QVC and HSN was this weekend, with both home shopping networks starting to cross-promote and their king, Mike George, allaying fears about the future of the two channels.

In a letter to viewers on HSN’s website, George reminded everyone that QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., but not to worry, the two networks would remain separate.

George wrote:

We’re excited to welcome HSN, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements to the QVC family. Together, with zulily, we seek to bring joy and inspiration to you, our loyal customers, daily by combining the best of retail, media, and social.

QVC and HSN will continue to have their own distinct personalities—remaining separate brands, with HSN broadcasting from St. Petersburg, FL and QVC from its studios in West Chester, PA.

HSN and QVC have so much in common. We’re both committed to bringing you curated collections of world-class brands and entrepreneurial products presented in fun, engaging ways. We both strive to connect you with new ideas, interesting conversations, exciting personalities, and the hottest pop-culture events via our broadcast channels, websites, mobile apps, social pages, and other touchpoints. And we’re both constantly innovating—always looking for ways to make your experience with us richer and more exciting.

Thank you for your loyalty and commitment to HSN, to QVC, or to both brands. We look forward to continuing to offer you extraordinary shopping experiences.

Mike George

President and CEO, QVC, Inc.

The next few months should be interesting.

And Amy, enough with the extensions.

HSN, Miglin Part Of FX Tale Of Versace Murder

January 30, 2018

If you are a home shopping fan you might want to tune into Wednesday’s episode of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. HSN vendor Marilyn Miglin and HSN are part of the chilling story of the serial killer who murdered not only the Italian fashion designer but Miglin’s husband.

The series is about Andrew Cunanan, the sicko who killed Versace and four other men in 1997. We read two accounts of the series that mentioned that one of Cunanan’s victims was Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, Marilyn’s husband.

According to the New York Post, actor Mike Farrell portrays “closeted” Lee Miglin, who is killed in his garage.

“Miglin’s widow, Marilyn (Judith Light), consoles herself with appearances on the Home Shopping Network,” the Post wrote this past Sunday about the upcoming episode.

A New York Times review earlier this month also mentioned the HSN connection, describing Marilyn Miglin as “a home shopping maven whose husband, the Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, was one of Mr. Cunanan’s victims.”

The Times wrote, “In the throes of tightly wound grief, she explains the advice her had given her that made her a cosmetics mogul: ‘Just think of that little red light as the man you love.'”

HSN’s Lopez is a nana, Brooke Shields to QVC

January 17, 2018

Sorry we’ve been out of touch. Had a lot going at home and on the work front, and during that period there’s been lots of news in the home shopping world.

Here’s some brief catching-up:

HSN host Colleen Lopez is now a granny. Her son Carlos and his wife Christie “welcomed their most precious gem of all, Lana Marie Lopez, weighing 9 lbs 2 oz on Friday, Jan. 12th!” Lopez said on Facebook. Congrats

In addition, actress and one-time Jersey girl Brooke Shields is the latest in a seemingly endless list of celebs doing a product lines for a home shopping network.

From the press release:

Chic fashion never goes out of style. Known for gracing red carpets and the pages of top lifestyle magazines, Brooke Shields has spent a lifetime being dressed by some of the world’s top fashion designers and stylists. Now, she is introducing her own line of contemporary wardrobe staples with Brooke Shields Timeless, an apparel and accessories line created especially for QVC. Brooke is scheduled to present select items from the collection on Thursday, February 15 at 7 PM (ET), with the full collection launching on Wednesday, March 14 at 11 PM (ET).

“What we love most about working with Brooke is her dedication to helping women live better lives, which is something we are passionate about as well,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Brooke’s line is sophisticated but approachable and is ideal for busy women who crave fashion that is not only chic and effortless, but a perfect mix of modern and timeless.”

Featuring an assortment of sophisticated separates, including classic button-ups, flowy blouses, tailored bottoms, flirty skirts, colorful scarves and contemporary fashion jewelry, it has never been easier to mix and match like a pro, creating personalized looks. With designs that effortlessly translate from day to night, this versatile collection is perfectly suited for every woman and any occasion.

“After years of being dressed by professionals, I walked into my closet one day and realized I had lost sight of my own personal style,” said Brooke Shields. “I am incredibly passionate about this collection because I have created pieces that are not only chic, but that take the guess-work out of getting ready each morning. I can’t wait to share this line with the QVC customer, and I truly hope it helps women look and feel their best each day.”

Next, a kind reader informed us that former QVC host Albany Irvin turned up on Evine this week to represent a new line of bronze jewelry called Bronzallure.

And in a tragic note, former HSN host and Jersey guy Dan Dennis announced on Facebook that his oldest son Brian had suddenly died. Our heart bleeds for him and his wife, as we know what it is to lose a young person suddenly. Our brother died last month, age 60.

Deepest condolences to Dan, who currently is a host on the ShopLC Network. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on-air.

Victoria Wieck Does Apple Watch Case For Evine

December 19, 2017

Former HSN jewelry vendor Victoria Wieck is really spreading her wings at Evine, now designing an Apple watch case featuring official Swarovski Zirconia.

“Made with the finest of cuts, the Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple watch case will feature two exclusive creations – the Single Row Pave and the Champagne Bubbles Pave made with high-quality Swarovski Zirconia,” according to Evine’s press release Monday.

The case first appeared Saturday on Evine and will make additional appearances this week during the “Last-Minute Jewelry Event.”

“This Evine-exclusive item reflects Victoria Wieck’s passion for creating beautifully crafted accessories for the modern woman and is one of the most uniquely-feminine Apple Watch cases available today” is the hype from Evine.

“Since Victoria joined the Evine family, she has developed iconic jewelry pieces that are fashion-forward and expertly mastered,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Victoria’s loyal following continues to seek out her newest creations and she always delivers exactly what they are looking for! This Apple Watch case not only is one of the rarest within the industry, but it represents who Victoria is and the high-quality designs she continues to create.”

The Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple Watch Case is the only jewel-covered case in the market that features Swarovski Zirconia.

It allows full function of all Apple Watch features, including Bluetooth and wireless capabilities as well as an open back design making charging your devise a breeze.

“I’m so excited to debut my newest creation for Evine,” Wieck said in her canned statement. “This Apple Watch case is not only stunning, but highly functional as well. All my ladies will be ready for holiday and New Year’s parties with the sparkle of Swarovski Zirconia found on my Skyblu watch case.”

Diana Ross Comes To HSN With Fragrance, CD

December 4, 2017

The original diva Diana Ross is joining the hordes or celebs who have launched fragrance lines, debuting on Tuesday with her “Diamond Diana” collection and dropping a new album then, as well.

“This personal fragrance is inspired by the powerful connection between music and sensual memories,” Ross said in a canned statement. “Sensual scent vibrations are carried from heart to heart like music. Everyone should have a diamond.”

HSN’s press release went a little bit overboard on this one:

Modern, with a gender-free spirit, the accord creates a radiant harmonious energy. This alluring memorable composition creates a new story each time it is worn. The sheer sensory experience of the down-trail is memorable.

Cut to a glistening glass-diamond, the bottle was personally designed by Ms. Ross inspired by her special crystal collection. A perfect 100 ml design with 60 facets forming an exquisite pointed cap with an internal Diamond Diana monogram.

Diamonds are the most romantic and rare gems in the world. A visual statement, the bottle evokes both elegance and mystery of the precious stone. The precision lines of the bottle creates a prism of light surrounding the masterpiece design with the clear scent inside.

The luxurious packaging is presented as a gift in a black velvet jewelry box adorned with silk black and bordeaux floppy ribbon. “Diamond Diana by Diana Ross” is embossed with 24k glittery gold dust. A special message from Ms. Ross is included in each box.

“Diana Ross has carried her signature fragrance concept in her heart forever,” Rodney Hutton of Simon James London said in a statement. “Our privilege was merely executing her precise design direction to bring her vision to life.”

Ross’s album release, “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection,” will also be available e on CD on HSN. It is a 15-song collection with some of her biggest hits.

A special holiday package will also be available as a bonus CD along with the “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection” CD only on HSN. These holiday recordings include: “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “A Wonderful Christmas Time,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.”
Ross will make guest appearances on HSN Tuesday throughout the day.

Evine’s Todd English sued for alleged sexual harassment

November 15, 2017

Guess it was only a matter of time before the sexual-harassment scandals that have hit the film and TV industries, as well as Washington, made their way to the home shopping world. Hello bad-boy chef and restaurateur Todd English, an HSN alum who is now on Evine sell kitchenware.

English is known as a womanizer, with the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column over the years doing stories about him in hot tubs with naked women and such. But this is different.

The Post recently reported that English and staff members of his Plaza Hotel Food Hall in Manhattan are being sued for alleged sexual harassment. That action was filed a few weeks ago by Gabrielle Eubank, according to the tabloid.

And that’s not all, folks.

In August six present and former English employees filed their own sexual-harassment suit, charging that there was a “rape culture” at Food Hall, with male staffers making obscene comments and being “sexually suggestive with pens, cucumbers and bananas,” the Post wrote.

English’s spokesman has no comment for the Post story, which went on to list a number of famous chefs and restaurant owners who have been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by female staff members.

The headline on the story was “Harvey-style sex abuse rampant in NYC dining world: workers.”

HSN Sales Dip 6% In Third Quarter

November 10, 2017

HSN reported its third-quarter earnings this week, and Hurricane Irma took a $13 million chunk out of the channel’s sales.

The No. 2 home shopping network registered a 6 percent decline in its sales, to $536.2 million, but part of that drop was blamed on the hurricane.

HSN closed down its Florida HQ and broadcast live from Nashville during the storm.

“In September, HSN implemented its business continuity plan as a result of the approach of Hurricane Irma,” the company said in its press release.

“HSN closed its headquarters, redeployed critical personnel and relocated its broadcast studios to temporary facilities outside of the storm’s track. These actions resulted in increased operating expenses and limited program effectiveness which we estimate impacted net sales and Adjusted EBITDA by $13 million and $5 million, respectively.”

Here are the other key grafs from the press release.

Digital sales decreased 3 percent while penetration increased 130 basis points to 46.1 percent. Sales decreased in electronics, apparel and accessories and beauty, offset by increases in fitness and home. Shipping revenues declined primarily due to the August 2016 changes in the standard shipping rates. Average price point decreased 6 percent largely due to changes in product mix. Units shipped decreased 2 percent.

Gross profit decreased 5 percent to $181.3 million. Gross profit rate increased 50 basis points to 33.8 percent primarily due to an increase in product margins, partially offset by higher outbound shipping rates and fulfillment costs.

Operating expenses increased 5 percent to $150.3 million driven by increases in employee-related costs and bad debt expense. HSN incurred approximately $1.6 million in expenses related to Hurricane Irma and approximately $0.9 million in allocated transaction costs related to the merger.

Operating income decreased $16 million, or 34 percent, to $31 million. Adjusted EBITDA decreased $15.4 million, or 27 percent, to $42.6 million. The impact of Hurricane Irma on Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to be $5 million. The supply chain optimization implementation resulted in an additional $1.3 million of costs in the third quarter of 2017 which impacted gross profit and operating expenses.

QVC Posts 3% Sales Increase In Third Quarter

November 10, 2017

Holy crow! QVC had a 3 percent revenue increase in the third quarter, to $1.4 billion, its parent company Liberty Interactive Corp. reported Thursday. This is after several quarters when sales were down.

The dominant domestic home shopping networks also posted a 14 percent rise in its operating income.

“QVC had an excellent quarter, growing constant currency revenue and adjusted OIBDA in every market,” Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “We made progress on the acquisition of HSN and expect to close in the fourth quarter.”

QVC saw year-over-year gains in the apparel, beauty, accessories and electronics categories in the third quarter.

But the home category was essentially flat and jewelry declined, according to Liberty.

The average selling price declined 4 percent in the quarter, “primarily driven by product mix within the electronics category, as several successful items sold in the quarter carry lower price points than items sold in the prior year,” Liberty said in its press release.

“We are very pleased with our strong results,” QVC President and CEO Mike George said in a statement.

“Our U.S. business returned to growth and our international segment continued its solid momentum,” he said. “Our performance demonstrates our ability to execute our strategic initiatives to improve product freshness and discovery, leverage our commerce content across platforms, increase customer engagement and attract new customers. We remain excited about the pending transaction to acquire HSNi and the formation of the new QVC Group.”

In the quarter QVC’s number of new customers increased 7 percent.

“As noted last quarter, the U.S. business experienced a systems outage late in the second quarter of 2017, which resulted in an estimated 1 percent shift in net revenue to the third quarter,” Liberty said.

HSN Sells 42,000 Copies of Mangano’s Book

November 9, 2017

It looks like the debut of huggable Joy Mangano’s first book on HSN was a humdinger!

Mangano hawked hand-signed copies of her tome, “Inventing Joy,” last Saturday on the No. 2 home shopping network.

She pre-sold more than 42,000 copies leading up to its world launch this week, according to an HSN press release.

“I am so excited to share my journey with everyone!” Mangano said in a canned statement. “‘Inventing Joy’ was years in the making, and now so many people will be able to benefit from my roller coaster of a life story. It makes the unbelievable believable because it really happened! Now it’s your turn.”

The HSN offer included a hand-signed copy of the book, plus free readers with a slipcase, an inspirational book mark with $20 off coupon, a CBS All Access one-month subscription and a two-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine.

To coincide with the book’s launch, Mangano partnered with CBS to bring exclusive video content to the network’s subscription streaming service, CBS All Access. The video-series features Mangano and her family.

“The book is an entertaining and binge-worthy read that will unlock the best and brightest version of you,” HSN’s press release says. “And filled with lively anecdotes, catchy principles, and high-octane inspiration, it serves as a powerful and encouraging blueprint for readers who want to live with more success, confidence, and happiness.”