J.Crew files for bankruptcy protection

Executives at J.Crew have filed for bankruptcy protection amid a major restructure.On Monday morning, bosses at the American retailer announced that they had filed a series of customary “first day” motions with the Bankruptcy Court so they can maintain…

Executives at J.Crew have filed for bankruptcy protection amid a major restructure.

On Monday morning, bosses at the American retailer announced that they had filed a series of customary “first day” motions with the Bankruptcy Court so they can maintain operations while undergoing the process and to help facilitate a “smooth transition” into Chapter 11.

According to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, a Chapter 11 filing permits reorganisation under the bankruptcy laws. Typically, the J.Crew boutiques and the brand’s Madewell stores would be able to remain open, but the coronavirus crisis has curtailed any such plans.

“This agreement with our lenders represents a critical milestone in the ongoing process to transform our business with the goal of driving long-term, sustainable growth for J.Crew and further enhancing Madewell’s growth momentum,” said Jan Singer, chief executive officer, J.Crew Group. “Throughout this process, we will continue to provide our customers with the exceptional merchandise and service they expect from us, and we will continue all day-to-day operations, albeit under these extraordinary Covid-19-related circumstances. As we look to reopen our stores as quickly and safely as possible, this comprehensive financial restructuring should enable our business and brands to thrive for years to come.”

As part of the Transaction Support Agreement (TSA), the company’s lenders will convert approximately $1.65 billion of its debt into equity.

In addition, Madewell will remain part of J.Crew Group, with Libby Wadle to continue in her role as chief executive officer.

“J.Crew and Madewell are two classic American brands with deeply loyal customers. We look forward to supporting Jan, Libby and the management team to recognise their full potential. The significant deleveraging contemplated by this agreement, coupled with J.Crew Group’s strategy to strengthen its robust e-commerce platform to drive continued growth in its direct-to-consumer segment, will position the company for future success,” insisted Kevin Ulrich, chief executive officer of Anchorage Capital Group.

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Kiernan Shipka has now ‘graduated’ to wearing couture

Kiernan Shipka has “graduated” to wearing couture to red carpet events.The actress found fame playing Sally Draper on AMC series Mad Men and has more recently appeared as B.D. Merrill in Feud alongside Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. As she makes th…

Kiernan Shipka has “graduated” to wearing couture to red carpet events.

The actress found fame playing Sally Draper on AMC series Mad Men and has more recently appeared as B.D. Merrill in Feud alongside Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.

As she makes the transition from child actress to rising Hollywood name, Kiernan has started wearing more fashion-forward ensembles to events, with her stylists Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson explaining that she is now open to experimenting with her looks.

“She grew up on Mad Men, and her style has grown with her,” the fashionistas told Footwear News, adding that they have worked with the starlet since she was 11 years old. “She graduated far beyond the smocking dresses she started out in – to couture, in fact.”

Kiernan seeks out age-appropriate yet colourful outfits and stepped out at the 2017 Emmy Awards in September (17) wearing a pale pink gown from Miu Miu which featured crystal beading on the straps.

While at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards she played with proportion by sporting a pair of blue and white cropped trousers with a pink top with mint green tulle detail from Delpozo, which was accessorised with shiny silver platform high heels from Miu Miu.

And though Kiernan has been spotted in lots of designer pieces of late, her stylists are adamant that the 18-year-old mixes in high-street pieces whenever she can, and counts Madewell as a go-to brand.

“Kiernan loves and understands the process and history of clothes far beyond that of most girls,” they shared.

Fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing what the blonde star wears for her next role, as Kiernan has recently been cast as teenage witch Sabrina Spellman in a new Netflix reboot.

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