Posts Tagged ‘The Homeshoppingista’

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.”

HSN To Host Product Search At CES

December 20, 2016

When we worked for a trade publication that covered the cable TV industry, for several years every January we attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We dreaded it.

You need a Segway to traverse the huge convention center in Vegas, the press room was stuffed to the gills with ink-stained wretches, and your hotel was usually a million miles away from the action, in a town where 200,000 attendees are all trying to catch cabs.

So we read with glee on Monday HSN’s press release about it hosting an event t the show, which we no longer attend.

The No. 2 home shopping network said it was “tapping into the incredible network of entrepreneurs that attend CES in Las Vegas each year,” partnering with Flex, “the Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world,” to host a search allowing entrepreneurs to present their products and develop a manufacturing partnership with Flex.

Building on its existing American Dreams initiative, HSN is organizing a judging session to identify new consumer products that surface every year at CES, for subsequent introduction to HSN’s national audience.

“With HSN’s American Dreams, we have built an incredibly successful platform for entrepreneurs to launch their products, while telling their stories and connecting with customers directly across our TV, digital and mobile channels,” HSN President Bill Brand said in a canned statement.

“We are looking forward to leveraging the incredible network of entrepreneurs that attend CES each year to uncover innovative, new tech brands and introduce them to HSN.”

The panel will review the entrepreneurs from scores of entries submitted in the weeks leading up to CES 2017. Each entrepreneur will have five minutes to showcase his or her products during a two-hour block before a panel of retail, design, manufacturing and consumer technology executives.

In addition to Brand, the judging panel will include: Randi Zuckerberg, Angel Investor, author and host of Dot Complicated on SiriusXM; Mike Dennison, president, Consumer Technologies Group, Flex; Steven Heintz, vice president of design and engineering, Flex; Ryan Ross, HSN’s executive vice resident of marketing and digital commerce; Adam Freeman, host of HSN’s “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman; Dara Trujillo, HSN’s vice president of new business merchandising and development; and several other HSN execs.

CES 2017 exhibitors and the public are invited to present their product to the judges Jan. 6.

Entrepreneurs interested in presenting their product can email AmericanDreams@hsn.com to pre-register. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Venetian Hotel, Bellini 2006 Ballroom, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas.

In Memory Of Former Evine Host Connie Kunkle

December 19, 2016

We’re running on empty, exhausted after arriving in NJ at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on a red-eye flight from Phoenix. We didn’t sleep much on the plane, sandwiched in a middle seat, and we didn’t take a nap today, since we were running around trying to catch up on Christmas stuff.

But we felt compelled to blog about the shocking death of ex-Evine host Connie Kunkle. We were on vacation when we read abut her demise, at the young age of 58, on Facebook. We didn’t have a laptop to write about it when it happened, but it truly disturbed it and caused us sorrow, in a haunting way.

We were even more stunned to read that Kunkle had died of a special kind of dementia. How could that be? She was so young.

Her friend Andy Taylor posted the news last week.

Friends of Connie: It is with deep sorrow that I share that our friend Connie Kunkle has passed away at age 58. Little more than a year ago, Connie was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, at which time she moved to Texas to be with her sister, Judy. In the last few months, Connie transitioned to a memory care facility where she received loving care.

I hope it brings some comfort that Connie never ceased to be her wonderful self, with the sparkling green eyes, and delighted her caregivers despite her advancing condition. She passed peacefully in her sleep last night.

My 36 yr. friendship with Connie began with Disney Entertainment in Florida, after which she starred on Broadway and touring companies, sang around the world and in recent years was a very popular and dynamic on-air host for ShopNBC (now Evine).

Arrangements will be forthcoming. I know we all share in this shock and grief and are heartbroken. Please share this news with anyone who would want to know. Most of all, please know that Connie is no longer bound to a broken body and mind, and is now with her heavenly father, probably belting out a show tune – that’s our Connie!

The tributes poured in about the vivacious and gorgeous blonde host. We enjoyed her her on ShopNBC/Evine, and blogged about her “early retirement” exit from the network in March.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/veteran-evine-live-host-connie-kunkle-exits/

At the time, Evine announced that Kunkle was leaving and gave no hint about her dementia diagnosis.

EVINE Live Host Connie Kunkle wanted to share the following message with all of her fans:

“It is with a sad heart that I inform my EVINE Live customers, coworkers and friends, that I am leaving my position as an On-Air Host and taking early retirement. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and my interactions with its loyal and loving customers. I will miss the encouragement and friendship from this community. I appreciate your support, and I will miss each of you. A special thank you!”

We want to sincerely thank Connie for all the smiles and laughter she has brought to us and her viewers over the past 11 years. We wish her all the best as she starts this new phase in her life and will miss her dearly. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a few fun clips of Connie over the years plus share your favorite Connie memory in the comments below.

We had her bio from Evinelive.com, but had no idea how deep her background was as a performer and singer.

We’d venture to guess that most Americans have friends or family who have suffered from dementia, and we so wish that scientists would come up with a cure. It is complicated: We used to blog about TBI and dementia for our former college boyfriend.

There are many kinds of dementia, with different causes, and dementia does not equal Alzheimer’s. But it does translate to heartache for those who get it — whatever kind — and their caregivers.

$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 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.

HSN Opens Its Doors For Golden Door Spa

November 30, 2016

Just what we all need: Another skincare line on a home shopping network. We jest.

But we are getting one, with The Los Angeles Times reporting that the Golden Door spa is debuting its own products on HSN in January.

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-golden-door-spar-skincare-hsn-20161129-story.html

The Times describes the Golden Door Luxury Resort & Spa as “the famed Escondido, Calif.-based mind and body retreat … The business hosts about 40 people per week on its 600-acre property who then focus on exercise, nutrition and spa treatments. Both Golden Door’s natural beauty products and artisanal food products will be sold on the network.”

The line will include Soothing Cleansing Foam, Bamboo Face Scrub, Moisture Rich Serum, Golden Peel-A-Way Mask and Daily Renewal Treatment on the network, as well as Hydrating Cleansing Milk, Soothing Toner, Hydrating Moisturizer, Yuzu Body Oil and other products online.

Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan Moves To HSN From Evine

November 26, 2016

Jewelry-designer-to-the-stars Margo Manhattan for a brief time did a gorgeous collection for Evine.

The pieces were lovely, chunky sterling silver. But it appeared to us to be a one-shot deal.

Manhattan posted on Facebook this week that she was shuttering her store in the Big Apple and going in a new direction — namely south to HSN.

“It’s Official!” the blonde beauty wrote.

“My beloved shop on Madison Ave & 88th street, has brought us into the wonderful world of TV. We are closing the store on December 19th 2016 to jump into a fabulous new direction. Stay tuned! #Blessed HSN.”

Manhattan has designed jewelry that celebs such as Beyonce have worn, in a video and whatnot.

Meanwhile, she’s having a closing sale at her retail store.

Can’t want to see what she brings to HSN next year.

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.