Posts Tagged ‘QVC’

Dave King’s Wedding, Daniel Green Back, Gorga Out In Montclair

January 5, 2017

A bit of brief home shopping catch-up, since we’re under the weather and have to get some rest.

Former QVC host and actor Dave King kicked off the New Year by tying the knot with his lady love, Jenny Repko, in Manhattan Beach in Cali. Congrats to all.

Former Evine host Daniel Green, who left the network last year to break out as a chef and to hawk pots in infomercials, has turned up on the No. 3 home shopping channel again. We don’t know what that’s about, but it looks like the dashing Brit is back with “The Sizzle.”

https://www.facebook.com/DanielGreenEvine/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

And finally, Melissa Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame, has apparently closed the shop she had opened in our town, Montclair, N.J. Our talented colleague at our day job, Joan Verdon, broke the story.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/money/2017/01/03/real-housewives-retail-plot-twist—envy-closed/96113256/

What’s the home shopping connection? Gorga is one of the many women from the Bravo “Housewives” franchises to do a jewelry line. Her’s was for HSN.

Celeb Stylist O’Connor Brings Red Carpet To JTV

January 2, 2017

Celebrity stylist and TV commentator Michael O’Connor, MIA from the home shopping world for two years, will be back on the scene on Tuesday with his Bella Luce collection for Jewelry Television.

We recently blogged about O’Connor’s return to home shopping, now that his non-compete clause with QVC has ended, but last week we got to chat with him about why he is doing this cubic zirconia line for JTV.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/ex-qvc-diamond-expert-designs-line-for-jtv/

He said that his debut JTV collection — more than two dozen pieces hitting a top price of $190 — includes “a nice mix” of classic and dressier jewelry set in sterling silver. Pieces are already online.

http://www.jtv.com/s?q=bella%20luce%20by%20michael%20oconnor

O’Connor, whose Yorkie was yipping in the background as we spoke to him on the phone, said he has already shown some of his celebrity clientele pieces of his JTV jewelry. Actresses Lesley Nichol of “Downton Abbey” and “Glee” alum Jane Lynch are in photos sporting it. Lynch has O’Connor’s version of an angel-wing pendant, and Nichol has already worn her earrings on the red carpet, according to O’Connor.

Michael O'Connor, his angle wing pendant and actress Jane Lynch.

Michael O’Connor, his angle wing pendant and actress Jane Lynch.

A number of the pieces are inspired by what has appeared on the red carpet (which can cost $200,000 to $2 million), scaled down but including the detailing and the “impeccable” quality that O’Connor said he wanted. That would include the back of the pieces being as finished and as gorgeous as the front, according to O’Connor.

“It’s beautiful no matter what way you look at it,” he said.

To get the drift of what we’re talking about, take a gander at the backside of a John Hardy piece.

O’Connor, who spent 14 years on QVC essentially repping its Affinity Diamond line on-air, said that the feedback he often got from viewers then was that they wanted “more important,” grand pieces with larger stones.

But that was virtually impossible to do affordably at QVC, because the price of diamonds had shot up 40 percent to 70 percent and gold also skyrocketed. After O’Connor parted ways with QVC, he did some work for JTV, acting as a judge for its national search for “rock star” jewelry designers.

He was eventually approached by JTV about doing a line for it, and O’Connor said he was impressed with the quality of the CZ, or as he called it that “diamond simulant,” that Bella Luce incorporated. The deal was sealed when he found a manufacturer who could produce jewelry of the quality he demanded.

O’Connor’s signature stamp will also be on his collection, a mark that includes a small pink Bella Luce stone. Kinda reminds us of the ruby that Roberto Coin uses as a signature on its jewelry.

O’Connor’s initial pieces will be mainly white, but O’Connor said he is looking to branch out to colors such as blue and yellow.

He has been posting photos of his JTV jewelry on his Facebook page. So far O’Connor said the collection has been well-received, and he is even listening to suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/michael.oconnor.9210

For example, O’Connor said one woman was was lamenting the fact that she needed a size 4 ring, and he is hoping make that size a staple to his jewelry in the future.

His collection will air 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

QVC Furrier Basso’s Shop Robbed In Big Heist

December 27, 2016

Jersey boy QVC vendor Dennis Basso did not have a Merry Christmas: Thieves stole millions of dollars worth of sable coats from his chi-chi Madison Avenue salon.

The gravel-voiced furrier was the victim of discerning robbers who broke into his shop at 5 a.m. Christmas Eve, an action that was recorded on video security cameras.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/nyregion/thieves-with-discriminating-taste-steal-sable-furs-from-new-york-shop.html?_r=0

The crooks struck while Basso was celebrating the holidays in Aspen, Colorado — far from his roots in Morris County, where we also grew up.

The robbers only took the shop’s most pricey coats, the sables, which in some cases were worth $200,000 each.

Of course, Basso’s QVC wares are faux, not real, fur.

Ex-QVC Diamond Expert Designs Line For JTV

December 22, 2016

Celebrity stylist Michael O’Connor, who spent years on QVC presenting its Affinity Diamond line, has designed a collection for Jewelry Television. But it ain’t diamonds.

We hope to speak to O’Connor next week about why he decided to do faux diamond pieces for JTV’s Bella Luce collection, a collaboration that the shopping network announced on Wednesday.

The jewelry will debut Jan. 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Charming O’Connor has more than three decades of experience in the jewelry and fashion industry, and is a celebrity stylist and fashion commentator.

“Michael has always been at the forefront of jewelry trends and is someone who has influenced celebrity style for many years,” Jill Johnson, JTV’s vice president of marketing, said in a canned statement. “So we know our customers are going to love each piece in this new collection.”

Here’s the pitch from the press release:

JTV’s exclusive Michael O’Connor for Bella Luce collection delivers elegance and style day or night. O’Connor creates stunning jewelry with the look, feel and quality of luxurious red-carpet designs.

Each piece is crafted in sterling silver with Eterno accents and is stamped with O’Connor’s signature logo. Additionally, a pink Bella Luce jewel is tucked within the interior of many of his designs.

“As a brand for passionate jewelry advocates, JTV is the perfect partner for this collection,” O’Connor said. “This is an exciting time and I’m looking forward to sharing these pieces with the JTV family.”

$26 Million Wen Settlement? No Prob For QVC

December 9, 2016

What’s wrong with this picture?

1. Chaz Dean’s Wen Hair Care and Guthy-Renker agree to pay a $26.25 million settlement over a class action suit that alleged the product was making customers’ hair fall out and putting scabs on their scalps.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/qvc-notifies-wen-buyers-of-26-25-miilion-settlement/

2. QVC notified people who bought Wen from the network that they were entitled to seek part of that settlement money.

3. QVC offers a package of Wen products as its Friday Today’s Special.

http://www.qvc.com/A-D-WEN-by-Chaz-Dean-Set-of-5-CleansingCond-Kit-Auto-Delivery.product.A291562.html?sc=A291562-24HR&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-A291562&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/a/62/a291562.001?$uslarge$

QVC must be doing a hell of a business with Wen if it risks selling it despite all the complaints about it — and the settlement.

We don’t get it.

QVC Names Turner Alum As Chief Information Officer

December 9, 2016

Stop the presses: On Thursday announced that it had appointed Todd Sprinkle as its chief information officer. We think that was a promotion.

http://enterpriseapps.itbusinessnet.com/article/QVC-Appoints-Todd-Sprinkle-to-Lead-Global-Information-Technology-as-Chief-Information-Officer-4728781

Sprinkle will oversee QVC’s global IT organization spanning the United States, the United KingdomK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, China and at QVC’s global business service operation in Poland.

“Under his leadership, the QVC IT organization will continue to raise the bar in delivering a seamless and engaging multiplatform experience for customers and team members around the world,” the press release says.

Yeah, right.

Sprinkle reports to QVC CEO Mike George.

Todd Sprinkle

Todd Sprinkle

“QVC combines the best of retail, media and social to create the world’s most engaging shopping experience,” George said in a canned statement.

“Our industry-leading technology and teams support multiple social, mobile and web platforms, live broadcasts reaching nine countries, and millions of customer calls and packages shipped each year. Todd’s expertise in e-commerce and broadcast technology will be instrumental in continuing to build agile world-class technology platforms to drive our growth and deliver outstanding service.”

Sprinkle held various roles at QVC since joining in 2007. Key advancements under his leadership include the development of the QVC for iPad App and QVC’s responsive design implementation.

In addition, he has led the development QVC’s global content management strategy and key initiatives in IT strategy, planning and effectiveness.

Prior to QVC, Sprinkle spent 12 years in senior-level roles at Turner Broadcasting. He began in IT, then transitioned to become Vice president, network operations, with responsibility for broadcast operations, media operations, media management and the project management office.

Prior to Turner Broadcasting, he was with Macy’s, where he worked in IT Application Development.

QVC Notifies Wen Buyers Of $26.25 MiIlion Settlement

December 7, 2016

How the hell did this story get by us: Chaz Dean’s Wen Hair Care and marketer Guthy-Renker have reached a $26.25 million settlement of a class action suit brought by consumers who alleged the product made them lose hair.

People magazine, of all places, on Nov. 7 wrote about the proposed settlement of the lawsuit filed against QVC vendor Dean. At that time, the publication said that a South Cali federal judge would have to approve the deal.

See the Hair Loss Photos Behind the Wen Haircare Lawsuit Settlement

Apparently the judge did OK it, because QVC customers who bought Wen from the home shopping network have received emails about the multi-million dollar settlement.

There are two tiers of those eligible for greenbacks: Some will get $25 and others — who alleged severe damage to their hair and scalps — are entitled to up to $20,000.

https://www.wenclasssettlement.com/

Despite the settlement, Wen says it did no wrong.

“Wen by Chaz Dean is safe and we continue to provide our hundreds of thousands of customers with the Wen by Chaz Dean products that they know and love.” the company said in a statement. “Since the process of litigation is time consuming and costly, we made a business decision to pursue a settlement and put this behind us so that we can focus on delivering quality products.”

This summer the Food and Drug Administration announced that it was launching an investigation of Wen after receiving 127 consumer complaints against the product.

QVC Host Albany Irvin Exits Network

December 3, 2016

We’re heading toward the end of the year, when people’s contracts with their employers may or may not be renewed, or folks decide on their own they want to fly the coop.

And so QVC host Albany Irvin announced Friday on Facebook that she is leaving the No. 1 home shopping channel.

“Hi friends, today I wanted to share the news with you that I have decided to leave QVC to spend more time with my family,” she posted.

“I’ll miss you and our time together, but I’m so thankful for your friendship and support over the years. It has meant more to me than you know. I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, and wish you all the best! XO”

We checked, and her name is already off QVC’s website.

Evine Sales Drop 7 Percent In 3Q, To $152 Million

November 22, 2016

The hits keep coming to home shopping networks in the third quarter, and we don’t mean that in a good way.

Evine, the No. 3 channel, released its earnings on Tuesday, and its announcement “buried the lead,” as we say in journalism, about the sales drop. Net sales declined 7 percent, to $152 million.

The good news is that Evine stopped some of the flow of red ink during the quarter,

Its net loss was $3.9 million, a 25 percent improvement year-over-year, with adjusted EBITDA of a positive $2.5 million, a 1,400 percent improvement year-over-year. Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 210 basis points to 36.6 percent compared to 34.5 percent in the third quarter of last year.

All the major home shopping networks took a beating in the third quarter, with QVC seeing its revenue dive 6 percent, to $1.3 billion, just a day after HSN reported that its sales had slid 3.5 percent, to $569.7 million.

The only one to have an upbeat report was Jewelry Television, which said that its third-quarter sales rose 10.6 percent.

“I’m pleased with our progress as we continue to improve profitability through a disciplined merchandising mix that prioritizes contribution margin,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“For consecutive quarters, we have been expanding our gross margin rate, improving our cash position, lowering our net loss and improving our EPS by refining our mix of compelling merchandise, focusing on our most successful product categories, and engaging our valued customers via a personal shopping experience.”

Bob had quite a bit to say, actually.

“I am also proud of the progress we made this quarter toward our 2017 revenue growth strategy that centers on gathering a world-class team to help us cultivate our products, attract the right new customers based on their digital lifetime value, and create a culture that can drive sustainable revenue growth,” he went on.

“This progress includes filling out our executive management team with the recent hire of Lori Riley, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer; launching new high quality beauty brands, like Sirot and CoverFx; launching new fixed programming blocks like Paula Deen on location in Savannah, Georgia, and attracting leading industry advisors to help us bring new brands, products and personalities to our business, as we have done with Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Mottola.”

Wearable categories, which include Jewelry & Watches, Fashion & Accessories, and Beauty, posted strong revenue performance, and together rose 3 percent. The growth in wearables was offset by a 66 percent decline in the consumer electronics category.

Return rate for the quarter was 20.5 percent; an increase of 160 basis points year-over-year, driven by product mix shifts.

These results were primarily attributable to a 4 percent operating expense reduction of $2.7 million year-over-year, driven primarily by lower content distribution costs and decreased accrued incentive compensation, which were partially offset by higher expenses in marketing, and higher variable expenses resulting from increased credit costs and increased labor costs in customer solutions and fulfillment center.

EPS for the fiscal 2016 third quarter improved to ($0.06), which includes $600,000 in executive and management transition costs and $200,000 in distribution facility consolidation and technology upgrade costs. EPS for the fiscal 2015 third quarter was ($0.09), which included $800,000 in executive and management transition costs, $100,000 in costs associated with the implementation of the Shareholder Rights Plan, and $300,000 in distribution facility consolidation and technology upgrade costs.

The outlook for the rest of the year isn’t rosy. Evine said that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to be negative low to mid-single digits on a year-over-year basis.

HSN Newbie Carole Hochman To Compete Against Old Brand On QVC

November 20, 2016

Here’s a more lucid take on sleepwear designer Carole Hochman and her venture with HSN than we had in our blog yesterday, and we have Shannon to thanks for the insight.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/carole-hochman-bringing-her-jammies-to-hsn-from-qvc/

We wrote about HSN’s press release that announced that as part of the Naked and Comfortably You firms, QVC vet Hochman was launching a line on the No. 2 home shopping network next year. But QVC still sells various items of Carole Hochman apparel.

As it turns out apparently Hochman, like some other fashion designers, lost the legal right to use her own name as a brand. So the Hochman collection on QVC is not designed by her and has no association with her.

So her new HSN line will compete with her old company’s QVC line.

We guess when Hochman left her old company she didn’t have a non-compete clause, or at least not a lengthy one.