Introducing Whim™, a New Collection by Martha Stewart, Exclusively at Macy’s

Launching for Spring 2015, Whim brings a sense of fun and creativity to bedding and dinnerware

Macy’s and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. has announced the launch of Whim™, an exclusive bedding and dinnerware collection from Martha Stewart available only at Macy’s. Now available on macys.com and in select Macy’s stores starting March 2015, Whim offers comforter sets, sheets and quilts in playful prints and colors, as well as colorful dinnerware.

To create this collection, MSLO’s talented team of young designers turned to their own homes and personal styles for inspiration. The result is a whimsical and sophisticated assortment, perfect for decorating a first home or reimagining an existing one. Designed to combine effortlessly, Whim products include easy-to-care-for, 100 percent-cotton bedding, with quilts, shams and five-piece comforter sets in colorful prints and cheerful solids. The collection also features coordinating sheet sets in playful designs such as zebras, flamingos, stripes and polka dots.

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

Whim Pretty in Poppy Comforter Set $140-$200. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Whim Collection also includes a 16-piece dinnerware set (online only) with four stoneware dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and mugs, available in four fun hues: blueberry pie, candy apple, pool and lemon zest. Consumers can purchase one color for a monochromatic look, or buy two or three shades and combine them to create a lively table.

It’s wonderfully fun, fresh and vibrant, easy to live with, and in addition, very affordable,” said MSLO Founder and Chief Creative Officer Martha Stewart. ”I think consumers who want something new and different will discover a lot to love in the Whim collection. Add a bit of whimsy to your rooms!

We’re thrilled to bring this exciting new line to our savvy, stylish customers,” said Stephen Cardino, VP/Home Fashion Director for Macy’s. “Designed to mix and match, the collection features a range of bold designs and speaks to the idea of relaxed, casual living. It’s perfect for our shoppers who are looking to refresh their homes this spring by changing the look of a bedroom or creating a beautiful table setting when entertaining family and friends.

Whim bedding ranges from $50 to $200 and the 16-piece dinnerware set is priced at $59.99. Products are available now at macys.com/martha and will be introduced in Macy’s stores March 2015.

 

LANDS’ END NAMES FEDERICA MARCHIONNI AS CEO

Global Fashion Executive Brings Proven Experience as Visionary Brand-Builder and Broad Leadership Skillset to Drive Growth for Iconic American Brand

Lands’ End, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has named Federica Marchionni as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Marchionni comes to Lands’ End from her role as President of Dolce&Gabbana USA Inc. and has succeeded Edgar Huber, who resigned from the Company. Ms. Marchionni will assume the CEO position at Lands’ End and join the Company’s Board of Directors on February 17, 2015, following the completion of her professional commitments to Dolce&Gabbana.

Under Ms. Marchionni’s leadership as President starting in 2011, Dolce&Gabbana USA’s revenues increased significantly. She successfully elevated the positioning of the brand and redesigned strategies for expanding it across multiple channels, target customers and geographic areas. While growing the existing business, Ms. Marchionni oversaw the opening of several key stores – including the 5th Avenue flagship store in New York City as well as stores in other markets including Toronto, Chicago, Aspen and Boston – and also strengthened the brand’s partnership with major U.S. department stores. Working closely with the product development teams, sell-through was also advanced in each category and channel, including online. Prior to that, over the course of a career as a global group director at Dolce&Gabbana that stretches back to 2001, she led business development for business units in more than 100 countries. Ms. Marchionni was also Senior Vice President at Ferrari where she acted as the chief executive of a division that generated an important portion of the company’s worldwide sales. Earlier in her career, Ms. Marchionni held positions of increasing responsibility in product marketing and sales at industry-leading consumer technology and telecommunications companies such as Samsung, Phillips, and Ericsson. She graduated summa cum laude from La Sapienza University of Rome with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

In announcing the appointment, Josephine Linden, Chairman of the Board of Lands’ End, said, “We are delighted that Federica Marchionni is joining Lands’ End. She is a multi-talented, visionary business leader with a complete set of creative, strategic and analytical skills to grow a multi-channel apparel brand in a highly competitive and evolving global environment. She has proven product development, retail and international experience, a tremendous passion for success, and a deep network of relationships across the fashion, consumer and retail landscapes. She also fully embraces the principles of quality, value and service on which Gary Comer founded Lands’ End in 1963. We are confident she will build upon the Company’s legacy as a classic American brand with a keen eye toward its future as a global lifestyle brand.

Mrs. Linden continued: “On behalf of the entire Board and Lands’ End organization, we truly appreciate Edgar Huber’s steady leadership prior to and during the spin-off from Sears Holdings Corporation. With annual sales in excess of $1.5 billion, roots more than 50 years deep and a great team behind it, Lands’ End is ready for a new leader to accelerate the realization of the full potential of the brand and drive profitable growth.”

With the successful completion of the spin-off of Lands’ End from Sears Holdings Corporation,” Mr. Huber said, “I have accomplished what I came to achieve at Lands’ End and I look forward to the Company’s success in the future.”

I have long admired Lands’ End’s powerful platform and I am excited to lead this iconic company. I have great respect and appreciation for what the Lands’ End team has accomplished to date, and I look forward to leveraging Lands’ End’s strong foundation to expand the brand into new markets and channels over time while remaining true to the brand’s core values and customer base,” Ms. Marchionni said. “ I join the Lands’ End family with the clear goal of moving the Company forward by working with the Board to identify and pursue growth in key areas, collaborating with and inspiring our people to find new ways to delight customers, and delivering improved financial performance for our shareholders. I cannot wait to get started to take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead.”