March 23, 2001 |
Quirky home store chain Restoration Hardware, which during the last two years has gone from market darling to Wall Street dud, is looking to remodel its business by putting former Williams-Sonoma Inc. President Gary Friedman in the top job. The question Thursday was whether Friedman, long known as the brilliant merchandiser behind Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores, is the best choice to lead a company that many say has great products but a disappointing financial performance.
January 3, 2000 |
Our planet at the year 2000 is a kaleidoscope of disparate images: The simple joy of children playing baseball in Cuba. Crowds of Albanian refugees pressed against a torn fence near Kosovo. The anguish of Japanese women remembering the first atomic bomb at Hiroshima, and the similar torment of a Vietnamese woman who lost 15 family members in the massacre at My Lai.
August 17, 2012 |
The co-chief executive and public face of upscale home decor chain Restoration Hardware Holdings Inc. has resigned, reportedly amid an internal inquiry into his relationship with a 26-year-old female employee. Gary Friedman, 54, who has served as chief executive since 2001, is widely credited with turning around a company once teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. The Marin County retailer is now readying for an initial public stock offering. A black-and-white photo of Friedman, with a 5 o'clock shadow and wearing a leather jacket, is still prominently featured on the retailer's website, next to a letter from the San Francisco native quoting the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.
July 5, 2013 |
If Barbie looked like an average 19-year-old girl, she'd have shorter legs, a thicker waist and a rear end to make pop star Demi Lovato proud. When Lovato saw photos this week comparing a more realistic doll, a model created by independent artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, to the twiggy Barbie sold worldwide by El Segundo toymaker Mattel Inc., she tweeted that it was “amazing.” And in a separate missive to her more than 15 million Twitter...
July 31, 2013 |
True Religion Apparel Inc., the Southern California denim company known for its pricey jeans, has named a new slate of executives several months after changing owners. David Conn was named the Vernon business' new chief executive. Conn previously served as president of retail licensed brands for VF Corp., an apparel company known for brands such as Lee, Wrangler and 7 For All Mankind. Interim CEO Lynne Koplin was named True Religion's chief merchandising officer. Erik Bauer, formerly an executive at the Children's Place retail stores and Gap North America, is now chief financial officer and chief operating officer.
November 22, 1999
I have just finished reading "Reaching New Heights" (Nov. 16). Bettijane Levine has written a poignant, sensitive article about Zina Bethune and her successful efforts with disabled children. I compliment Ms. Levine for a wonderful portrayal of a remarkable woman. Additionally, photographer Gary Friedman should be honored for that heartwarming photograph. My eyes became teary just looking at it. --RAY FEUER Granada Hills