Posts Tagged ‘New York Post’

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.

QVC’s Shawn Killinger Makes Page Six

August 24, 2017

Imagine our surprise a few days ago when we were doing our morning ritual, reading the New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, when we saw a name from QVC pop up.

One of the items talked about a fancy clambake in the Hamptons for a local magazine.

The final line said, “Also in attendance were Jill Martin and QVC’s Shawn Killinger, who showed off her adopted 2-month-old baby girl Jagger Jude.”

Of course, Martin is on QVC with a product line, and Killinger is off spending time with her infant. We’re not quite sure how she warranted a mention in Page Six.

Evine Eyes Studio Space In NY, Beverly Hills, Post Says

October 6, 2016

It appears that Evine is looking beyond the cold, snowy landscape of Minnesota.

The New York Post reported that the No. 3 home shopping network is seeking out studio space in the Big Apple and Beverly Hills.

The goal is to make it easier for celebs to appear on the network to hawk their wares. Seriously, who wants to fly to Minneapolis in the winter?

We suspect that Evine’s newest investors, designer Tommy Hilfiger and record mogul Tommy Mottola, are critical to this plan. They are among a group of investors that just poured $10 million into Evine, cheddar that will apparently foot the bill for new studios.

According to the Post, Evine is looking to have a street-level studio where the public could peer in the see the home shopping network’s broadcasts.

As the tabloid pointed out, this may give Evine a bit of a leg up on QVC and HSN, where vendors have to hoof it to West Chester, Pa., and St. Petersburg, Fla., to appear on-air.

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

September 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

Anderson Cooper’s Cousin Doing Jewelry For HSN

June 5, 2015

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s cousin is debuting a jewelry line on HSN in the fall, according to New York Post columnist Richard Johnson.

Johnson reported Thursday that Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin will be modeling her home-shopping jewelry on “the diamonds and pearls of her namesake, Consuelo, the Dutchess of Marlborough.”

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.


N.Y. Post Puff Piece On ShopHQ And Honcho Bozek

November 22, 2014

The New York Post’s business section finally did a story on ShopHQ’s name change to Evine Live (better late than never), and you will have to pardon our French here.

The article was what we in the journalism business would call a bl-w job. What does that mean? It was a fawning, unskeptical piece on the No. 3 home shopping network’s planned rebranding by new CEO Mark Bozek.

Here’s the headline; “Bozek’s No Clown: Brings Mojo to TV Shopping Channel.” The Post credits the former HSN honcho with bringing “brands with fans” to ShopHQ.

If you read the story, you get management-speak mumbo jumbo from Bozek about how Evine Live is going to be a competitor to Amazon.

Really? Well we’re going to earn $1 million (like Mr. Bozek) in the next year. Just because you say something doesn’t make it happen.

We appreciate Bozek making bold moves at ShopHQ, but rebranding a network, any network, is tricky business. We wish him luck.

Joan Rivers Gave QVC Jewelry To Her Thanksgiving Guests

September 6, 2014

One of our favorite stories about the late and great Joan Rivers, QVC vendor extraordinaire, was in the New York Post today. And of course it had a QVC angle.

Post columnist Paula Froelich wrote about how she many times she celebrated Thanksgiving dinner at Rivers’ gorgeous East Side apartment. Froelich got invited to the holiday dinner because she was a friend of Rivers’ niece.

“She had me at ‘jewels,'” Froelich wrote, which was the first line of a story headlined “Giving thanks for my friend — and my idol.”

When Froelich and the niece arrived, Rivers would tell them to “run upstairs and get some jewels.” They did and found piles of jewelry from Rivers’ QVC collection, and picked some.

“We felt like 5-year-olds,” Froelich wrote.

When they came back down, Rivers told them, “You look beautiful, great taste!”

Froelich noted that Thanksgiving dinner with Rivers was always served late, because in the morning she and her daughter Melissa would bring food to the needy for God’s Love We Deliver.

Froelich got one little fact wrong, but we’ll forgive her. She pointed out that Rivers was always busy, either flying to L.A. “or Florida for her Joan Rivers Classics Collection line for QVC.”

HSN, not QVC, is the home shopping network that’s in Florida. But we’ll forgive you, Froelich, because you offered such a wonderful memory of Joan.

Celeb Stylist June Ambrose To Expand HSN Line

January 4, 2014

June Ambrose

June Ambrose

HSN is leaking news to the New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, again.

The Post reported Friday that celebrity stylist June Ambrose has closed a deal to expand her HSN shoe line and add items such as apparel, coats and accessories.

We never saw her or her show collection on HSN, but here is a link what she has offered so far.

Our Check Is In The Mail To HSN Rock God Jay King

September 12, 2013

We’ve had something on our minds for several weeks now, mulling what to do.

With the advice of our two best friends, who are both talented and smart journalists, we have finally decided what course to take: We have a check in the mail to HSN vendor Jay King. In fact, it has already arrived.

In July, we wrote a blog critical of a Today’s Special from rock god King, one of our favorite HSN vendors. It pained us to write it, because we love both his jewelry and his passion for his work. And he’s a rock hound to the Nth degree, beyond even us.

Gift cuff, and our ugly hand

Gift cuff, and our ugly hand

We won’t rehash all the bloody details of the blog, which was about a five-stone cuff that came in four types of stones. The link to the blog is here, and in a nutshell we complained that the silver on the cuff was flimsy. Other HSN customers beefed that when they received their bracelets and opened the box, stones had come out of the cuff. Others said when they wore the cuff, stones fell out.

We had ordered King’s cuff in varascite, a green stone that matched a gorgeous Carico Lake turquoise and citrine pendant we bought when we were in Arizona in June.

We sent King’s cuff back to HSN, and a few weeks after posting that blog, we got a package from a woman who works for Jay that we’ve corresponded with in the past. We couldn’t remember that woman’s name at the time, but it is Stacie Chavez.

The box contained a note and a beautiful three-stone sterling bracelet with three pieces of Carico Lake turquoise, which is a stunning pistachio green.

We can’t find the note now (we think we tossed it when we cleared about three inches of papers off our desk).

The missive didn’t go into details, but it acknowledged there had been problems with the HSN TS cuff — for a variety of reasons — and that the issues that arose with the bracelet wouldn’t happen again. The bracelet that King’s folks sent us had Carico Lake turquoise from that apparently came from his personal collection.

It was a replacement for the TS cuff we had returned, a bracelet to match our pendant.

So what to do? We were touched and astounded that King and/or his company went to the trouble to make us this cuff with those beautiful Carico Lakes nuggets. It is our favorite kind of turquoise.

But as bloggers with a journalism background, we knew that accepting such a gift raises ethical issues, a potential conflict of interest — or the appearance of a conflict of interest, no matter how good the intention.

New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi, one of our favorite writers, faced the same dilemma in July after she panned Kris Jenner’s new daytime talk show. Shortly after the review was published, Kardashian sent Stasi a dozen fancy Magnolia cupcakes and a $325 sterling silver Tiffany pen.

The Carico Lake pendant we bought in Arizona

The Carico Lake pendant we bought in Arizona

A none-too-subtle Kardashian wrote Stasi a note. She told Stasi that she could use that pen to write a more positive review of her TV show the next time. Stasi called the sweets and the pen “a bribe.”

So a cynic would say that King — or his company — was trying to “bribe” us with that Carico Lake cuff, too. Would we think twice about writing a negative review of a piece of King jewelry if we kept that cuff?

Others would see King’s gesture as a genuine mea culpa, and a pretty grand one at that.

Still others would view the gift of the Carico Lake cuff as a combination of all of the above.

We didn’t know what to do until we asked our two BFFs who work/worked at major New York City newspapers for their two cents. They suggested a compromise.

It came down to this: We have sent King’s company a check for $90, the cost of the HSN TS cuff, to pay for the special one made for us. If King or his company don’t cash that check, we will send the Carico Lake cuff back to him.

We are being transparent about this, so all our readers know what we did and why.

A couple of days ago, Chavez emailed us to say she had received our note and check, and that she would be responding.

She never did, but we can tell you that the cuff will be back in the mail if our $90 check isn’t cashed soon. Head to the bank, Stacie!