Posts Tagged ‘QVC’

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.

https://nypost.com/2018/02/19/are-celebs-knocking-off-real-designers/

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.

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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.

QVC Parent To Post 4Q Results March 1

February 9, 2018

Liberty Interactive Corp., QVC’s parent company, will announce its fourth-quarter earnings March 1.

Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss the results at 11 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters including the proposed acquisition of General Communication Inc. by Liberty Interactive, its combination with Liberty Ventures Group and the subsequent split-off of Liberty Interactive’s interest in the combined company.

Please call ReadyTalk at (866) 548-4713 or (323) 794-2093, passcode 9151576, at least 10 minutes prior to the call.

In addition, the fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty 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 website. The conference call will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the SEC.

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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.

QVC Designer Louis Dell’Olio’s Wife Dies

December 27, 2017

Why do the holidays so often come with such heartbreak?

We lost our younger brother Jimmy on Dec. 20. His wake and funeral service are this week. And yesterday we learned that fashion designer Louis Dell’Olio, a QVC vendor, lost his beloved wife Jac earlier this month to cancer.

Jac had a career as a model, and she often accompanied Dell’Olio to QVC to model his fashions. This elegant lady was well known to the home shopping network’s customers.

Dell’Olio wrote a stirring blog about Jac’s death on his blog, which offers the sad details about her death and the joy of their life together. He can best tell that story.

http://www.louisdellolio.com/blog/

He said they made a decision not to announce that she had passed until after Christmas.

There were hundreds of condolences from QVC hosts and customers on various Facebook pages regarding her death.

Dell’Olio posted this message on Jac’s FB page.

“To all of Jac’s dear friends, and I know she did consider you all her friends, it is with a broken heart that I must give you this very sad news. My Love, my Jac has passed away, and is now in the arms of her loving Mommy. I can only hope and pray that the time will come that she will be in my arms again. Thank you all for being so kind and caring to the love of my life … My Jac, with love, Louis Dell’Olio.”

Many condolences.

QVC Host Dan Wheeler to retire

December 11, 2017

Thanks to those who tipped us off that veteran QVC host Dan Wheeler is retiring.

His farewell show will be Dec. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wheeler suffered trying times a few years ago when he beloved wife died of cancer. We, and many others, had followed his Facebook page where he posted photos of him at the hospital with her, at her bedside, as well as during happier times.

It was heartbreaking, and certainly anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer can relate. He was truly crushed, and his posts expressing his agony and loss were tough to read.

QVC.com says of Wheeler “A loving father (and grandfather!) who’s all about family & friends.When Dan isn’t cheering on his favorite team, you’ll find him making music with his bandmates. He also loves spending time with his adorable dog, Zoey, and sharing his know-how with shoppers & fans.”

Ripka Debuts Jewelry Line For Lord & Taylor

December 4, 2017

Veteran QVC vendor Judith Ripka, who is newly blond, is doing a jewelry collection for Lord & Taylor.

“We’re proud to introduce Ripka, the brand new collection of everyday wearable 14K gold, diamond and gemstone jewelry, now available exclusively at Lord & Taylor.
http://bit.ly/2zumFLf”

https://www.lordandtaylor.com/search/EndecaSearch.jsp?bmForm=endeca_search_form_one&bmFormID=l.Pm6PA&bmUID=l.Pm6PB&bmIsForm=true&bmPrevTemplate=/main/ProductArray.jsp&bmText=SearchString&SearchString=judith+ripka&bmSingle=N_Dim&N_Dim=0&bmHidden=Ntk&Ntk=Entire+Site&bmHidden=Ntx&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchpartialmax&bmHidden=prp8&prp8=t15&bmHidden=prp13&prp13=&bmHidden=sid&sid=15FFF09AB864&bmHidden=FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=

Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason Joins JTV

December 4, 2017

Another QVC alum is joining Jewelry Television, with former host Lisa Mason coming on-board.

Last week Mason announced on Facebook her debut on JTV with a jewelry line. She noted that she is joining former QVC diamond expert Michael O’Connor on the all-jewelry, all-the-the-time jewelry network.

“I am thrilled to share with you that I will see you next Friday evening on JTV!” she wrote. “I am representing a collection of jewelry called ‘LoveMore by Lisa Mason.’ It is a mixed collection comprised of solid silver, 14k gold, CZ and natural diamonds. Inspired entirely by the journey I have traveled with my Beloved, every piece is timeless and elegant. Some items are replicas of my personal collection (yes, the Flower ring will be offered in January!) and some are brand-new designs.”

She continued, “I want you to know how much I loved my time at QVC! My experience there was so very valuable and precious. So many QVC friends, in front of the camera and behind, are so extraordinary supportive of this new endeavor. I am so thankful! But I now have a new home at JTV! Joining my dear friend, Michael O’Connor, (who I hope to do a show with soon!!) I am so blessed to work at this loving, warm company. Based in my home state of Tennessee, it allows me to be close to family when I am there!”

Mason said that two holiday items are already available on JTV.com.

“Just in time for gift-giving, the silver heart-charm bracelet was one of the first gifts Gino gave me,” she wrote. “I love it! Today, I offer my version of that bracelet along with the silver heart-charm necklace to you! And, thanks to JTV’s generosity, both items have a special sale price, 5-stretch payments, and free shipping!”

She said, “I look forward to being on air next Friday, Dec. 8. I will be joining Nikki and Misty on their show ‘Girl Friend Friday’! I’ll pop in between 8 and 10 p.m. for a quick chat about my two holiday items! I hope you can join me! Then, I’ll see you for the full launch of the entire collection on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.”

Gino, of course, is Mason’s husband, who is suffering from brain cancer. He remains in everyone’s prayers, of course.

Ex-QVC Vendor Esposito Arrested In Pot Case

November 23, 2017

This is sad.

A former QVC jewelry vendor has been charged with selling marijuana to undercover law enforcement agents during a drug-trafficking investigation, according to a Providence TV station.

Prominent Providence jeweler arrested in undercover drug probe

Joseph Esposito, 71, allegedly sold weed and butane oil to an undercover agent numerous times between June and August out of a building where he has his company, Esposito Jewelry Inc., in Providence, Rhode Island.

He was arrested earlier this month and charged with five felony counts of selling pot, two felony counts of intent to deliver marijuana or marijuana oil and one felony count each of conspiracy and possession of marijuana in excess of five kilograms, according to WPRI.

He was released on $5,000 bond.

His arrest came as the result of a probe by Rhode Island State Police and the federales, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Esposito had more than jewelry at his company, according to authorities. He allegedly had a indoor marijuana-growing operation at his company,
Esposito’s alleged co-conspirator has a medical-marijuana patient card and a license to grow marijuana.

When they executed a search warrant at Esposito’s building police found 126 pot plants, 33 pounds of marijuana, and “four tubs of marijuana oil,” according to the TV station. They also confiscated more than $60,000.

“Esposito appears to have earned the bulk of his wealth from the jewelry company, a family business that was incorporated in Rhode Island in 1935, about nine years before he was born,” the story says. “At one time, the company’s products were sold on the QVC Shopping Network.”

Esposito’s specialty was sterling silver jewelry that included pendants that would were interchangeable and could be snapped in and out of necklaces.