(Photo:www.marieaustralia.com/cocktail-dresses)Next time you’re on vacation, you may be able to visit Jessica Simpson at the mall.
Confidenti@l is told that the pop-star-turned-fashion-tycoon will open Jessica Simpson stores around the world as part of a new business deal.
Insiders tell us that the death of Vince Camuto, the famed shoe magnate who helped launch the star’s apparel and accessories company and owned a majority stake in it, opened the door for a big push overseas.
A source close to the brand says that while Camuto turned her brand into a billion-dollar industry, Simpson is hoping the international clout of Sequential Brands, which recently bought a majority stake in her company, is going to make her line a hit worldwide.
The boutiques will be the first stand-alone stores for the brand, which was launched in 2006. The wildly popular duds — which include everything from shoes and purses to fragrances and jewelry designed by Simpson — are now only available online or in department stores.
“Jessica’s done (magazine) covers all over the world, and they know who she is wherever she goes,” said the source, adding, “they’re excited about the sale (to Sequential) because there’s people there who are going to do great international things for the brand.”
The “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer, who has two children, Maxwell andAce, with husband Eric Johnson, doesn’t exactly need the extra cash.
The company — which she runs with the help of mom Tina and dad Joe — sells about $1 billion in products every year. And she’s reportedly worth about $150 million. After singing on the dotted line in April, the “Dukes of Hazzard” actress said in a statement, “Here’s to the next billion.”
Simpson, who became famous for ditzy one-liners on “Newlyweds,” the show about her short-lived marriage to singer Nick Lachey, wouldn’t be the first U.S. reality star to open up international shops. The “Simple Life’s” Paris Hilton has more than 30 eponymous handbag and accessories boutiques across the Middle East and Asia.
In 2011 Simpson described the secret to the company’s success: “We try not to set trends, but you need your trending pieces in every delivery. But those go fast: What you really need is your basics for every type of person.”Read more here:www.marieaustralia.com/bridesmaid-dresses