Women's Wear Daily

Trolling for Big Fashion and Beauty Finds

QVC and HSN are seeking the next big thing in fashion and beauty. The multichannel retailers, both part of the Qurate Retail Group, will stage “The Big Find” contest to discover “the next big brands” in beauty, fashion, accessories and jewelry. From June 13 to July 12, entrepreneurs can submit a video entry presenting their products and telling the story behind their brand. “The Big Find is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for entrepreneurs to share their stories with an audience of millions across our QVC and HSN platforms,” said Mary Campbell, chief merchandising officer, Qurate Retail Group, and chief commerce officer, QVC U.S. “We’re looking for entrepreneurs who are passionate about their products, have great stories to tell, and are engaging storytellers. This initiative is part of our ongoing commitment to bring our customers more discoveries while increasing our product differentiation.” QVC and HSN have launched several successful entrepreneur-driven brands like IT Cosmetics, Philosophy, BareMinerals, Spanx and Diane Gilman. QVC and HSN sell products via home shopping and web sites. Merchandisers from QVC and HSN will review all applications and invite selected brands to a round of in-person pitch panels in August in West Chester, Pa., and St. Petersburg, Fla., where QVC and HSN are

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Odyssey Retail Advisors Formed Through New Partnership

Richard Johnson has a new partner and has recast his consulting firm as Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC. The firm, formerly called Johnson Retail RE Consulting Inc., changed with the addition of Charlie Koniver. “We believe, as a combined entity, we can do more good for our clients so we wanted the name to reflect more than just my name or Charlie’s or both,” said Johnson, managing director and partner at Odyssey Retail Advisors, based at 888 Seventh Avenue in New York. The firm lists Burberry, Richemont, Stella McCartney, Away, WS Development and Crown Acquisitions among its clients. Johnson and Koniver knew each other from past job experiences. They both worked at Kering, the global luxury group, where Johnson once served as head of real estate, Americas, conducting site selection, market research and negotiations for Kering’s Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Volcom and Puma brands. Koniver was a Kering senior real estate specialist. Johnson also worked at the Greenberg Group retail real estate consultants, while Koniver had jobs at Richemont as a real estate director in North America and at Thor Retail Advisors where he was director of leasing. Johnson said Odyssey Retail Advisors, with the addition of Koniver, will be able to serve “an expanding roster of

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