Marimekko Extends Brand Into Streetwear

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, is hitting the streets. A new collection of unisex streetwear designs called Marimekko Kioski features a range of androgynous, wearable wardrobe staples and the brand’s iconic Sixties patterns. The looks include knitwear, hoodies, caps, T-shirts, handbags and footwear introducing Marimekko’s iconic flower print, Unikko, to a new audience. The iconic poppy pattern, Unikko, was designed in 1964 by Maija Isola. The first collection launches today on marimekko.com and will be available at the Marimekko flagship at 200 Fifth Avenue on Saturday. The line will also be sold in Canada starting Saturday at Gravitypope stores in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Retail prices range from $ 20 for a scrunchie to $ 325 for a hoodie. Satu Maaranen, head designer of Marimekko, said she’s excited about how a new generation of Marimmeko fans have styled their vintage and new Marimekko items into their streetwear styles. “We feel that our playful prints are a perfect match with the creative streetwear culture,” she said. “This collection introduces our art of print-making to a new generation of urban youth around the world with reinterpretations of our iconic patterns in new colorways and new applications. The collection is especially inspired by our iconic Unikko print that stands

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The Biggest Fashion and Beauty Brand Controversies of 2019 — So Far

So far, 2019 has had no shortage of brand controversies in the fashion and beauty worlds. The year started off with a number of gaffes from some of the biggest luxury fashion houses, in many cases resulting in public outcry, public apologies and, sometimes, changes in company policy. Some of the most notable fashion controversies of 2019 were Gucci’s infamous “blackface” balaclava and Burberry’s noose sweater. Kim Kardashian also came under fire for cultural appropriation when she revealed the name her first fashion line, a shapewear collection called Kimono. From the backlash against Related Cos. chairman Stephen Ross and his many companies to Jaclyn Hill’s beauty brand recall, here is a breakdown of all the fashion and beauty brand controversies of 2019, so far. Gucci accused of cultural appropriation, twice — February and May 2019 Gucci fall 2018  Aitor Rosas Su–Ž/WWD Gucci came under fire for cultural appropriation not once, but twice in 2019. The first incident was in February when the designer house released a balaclava-style sweater in its fall 2018 ready-to-wear collection and on its web site, which many claimed resembled blackface. The backlash was immediate on social media, including by Gucci collaborator Dapper Dan, who took to his Twitter account to express his disappointment

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Flag & Anthem Names NFL Player Christian McCaffrey Brand Ambassador

Flag & Anthem has tapped NFL star Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers as its brand ambassador. Previously, the men’s wear brand started by Azod Mohit and Brad Gartman has partnered with Ford Motors on a capsule collection and collaborated with country star Dierks Bentley, as well. The partners seem to have been fated to work together. Gartman said he had followed McCaffrey’s career closely, going back to the athlete’s time at Stanford, where in 2015 he broke the NCAA record for all-purpose yards, was named Associated Press Player of the Year and was a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Meanwhile, McCaffrey said he shopped the brand and wore the clothes before shooting the campaign. Gartman said McCaffrey is the “ideal core customer for the brand,” and they are in similar “emerging” stages, with McCaffrey starting his pro-football career in 2017, one year after Flag & Anthem launched. Gartman also described the partnership as “natural.” The brand photographed its fall campaign in Colorado, which seems to have been a stroke of fate as well, considering that McCaffrey was born and raised in the state. While McCaffrey described the campaign shoot as “cool” and “easy,” Gartman expressed just how “natural” the shoot was. “It was kind

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L.A. Brand Dôen Opens First Brick-and-Mortar Store

Margaret and Katherine Kleveland, who built their direct-to-consumer, priced-right Los Angeles brand of romantic, vintage-inspired ditsy floral blouses and ruffle-trim dresses through a collective of female tastemakers with social media reach, have opened their first permanent brick-and-mortar retail store at Brentwood Country Mart. The 900-square-foot space stocks the full range of women’s and children’s clothing, chunky knits, denim and T-shirts, as well as mary jane shoes, ballet flats and accessories designed by the L.A. sisters, who were fashion industry veterans working at the brand Joie before they launched their own label in 2015, with pieces retailing for $ 115 to $ 598. “We want the customer to be touched on all levels and senses upon entering the store. From the scent we burn and warm lighting to the comfortable rugs and kid corner (with toys for the little ones!), we want it to feel comfortable and easy while shopping,” the Santa Barbara-born designers said in a statement. “Every piece is unique and inspired us in some way. We hope to evoke the feeling when you stumble upon a hidden gem in a small alleyway outside of Paris, from the hand-painted walls to the special wrapping paper.” Margaret and Katherine Kleveland  Chelsea Lauren/WWD/REX/Shutterstock The brand’s dreamy, visual style

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Caruso Opens Showroom in New York to Build Brand in U.S.

Caruso has set its sights on the American market. The Milan-based men’s brand has opened a permanent showroom in Midtown Manhattan and is meeting with specialty and department stores during men’s market this week as it strives to regain a foothold in the U.S. Spearheading the move is Marco Angeloni, the eldest son of former Brioni chief Umberto Angeloni, who remains an “active shareholder” in the business, according to his son. Caruso is now majority-owned by Fosun, the company’s Chinese partner since 2013. In 2017, when Fosun purchased the controlling stake from Aplomb Srl, Umberto Angeloni’s holding company with Ruggero Magnoni, Marco Angeloni was elevated to chief executive officer from chief operating officer. Marco Angeloni, who has also worked at Bain & Co., said his father launched the fashion brand a decade ago and opened flagships in both Milan and New York City. Both those stores have since closed and Umberto Angeloni stepped down as ceo when Fosun became the majority owner. Gone, too, are the brand’s trademark mannequins with handlebar mustaches intended to be reminiscent of its namesake, the singer Enrico Caruso. Marco Angeloni  What hasn’t changed, however, is the brand’s quality manufacturing of tailored clothing and upscale sportswear at an affordable price. The collection

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Jordan Brand Signs Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson, the first overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans, has signed with Jordan Brand. On Tuesday, Nike revealed the signing, which adds the former Duke University star to the brand’s roster of athletes that includes NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and recent NBA and WNBA signees Jayson Tatum, Rui Hachimura, Asia Durr and Kia Nurse. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the Jordan Brand family,” Williamson said in a statement. “Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had and continues to have today. He was one of those special athletes I looked up to, and I really can’t express how happy and excited I am for this journey.” Williamson was born in North Carolina in 2000, one year before Michael Jordan made his return to the NBA with the Washington Wizards. Many sports analysts expect a great professional career from the young prospect given his short-lived college career that drew loads of attention and endless Instagram and YouTube postings of his acrobatic play. Deadline

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Men’s Denim Brand Monfrère Expands to U.K.

Los Angeles-based men’s brand Monfrère aims to make its upscale denim the go-to wardrobe piece for day and night, and it’s quickly expanding.
The three-year-old business is now in Selfridges, marking its expansion to the U.K., and has a contract with a Korean distributor, which the company expects will help its presence in the Asian market grow over the next six to 12 months.
Monfrère is sold in 55 doors, including Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman, and was cofounded by Sean Rudes — whose father Jeffrey Rudes started J Brand with Susie Crippen — along with Steven Dann. The founder of his namesake men’s shop in New York, Dann is also Sean Rudes’ brother-in-law.
“Sean and I were really discussing denim fits and what we were looking to purchase and wear and both of us had the same requirements,” Dann said of the company’s start.
The two wanted comfortable denim that fit well and could be worn with a T-shirt and sneakers and just as easily transition to a look with a sports jacket. The two scoured the market looking for a brand that fit their requirements, but didn’t turn up anything in line with the description. That was when they said they

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Canadian DTC Jewelry Brand Mejuri Opening Door in L.A.

Toronto-based, direct-to-consumer jewelry brand Mejuri is expanding to the West Coast.
The label founded in 2015 by Noura Sakkijha with the goal of delivering everyday high-end jewelry that Millennial women can afford to buy for themselves, will open a showroom/store on Aug. 10 at 8404 Melrose Avenue, adjacent to the trendy Melrose Place shopping stretch that houses Glossier, Marc Jacobs and Isabel Marant.
After Toronto and New York, L.A. marks the third brick-and-mortar outpost for the minimalist jewelry brand with 488,000 Instagram followers, which in four years has quadrupled revenue year-over-year, grown to 120 employees, and inspired waitlists up to 70,000 customers, according to a spokesperson. The L.A. location is the first to open since the brand raised $ 23 million in series B funding in April for retail expansion from venture capital firms including NEA, Felix and Imaginary.
Mejuri operates with a weekly drop model, and its delicate mini hoop and chain threader earrings, diamond-line necklaces, zodiac signet rings and dainty chain bracelets run from $ 29 to $ 2,000. The brand also sells engagement rings.
“California has always been an important market for Mejuri and there’s nothing more valuable to us than meeting our community where they are,” Sakkijha said of the new opening. “The

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Hong Kong Wellness Group H&H Acquires British Skin Care Brand Aurelia Probiotics

LONDON — U.K. brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare has been acquired by Health & Happiness, the Hong Kong-based wellness group that owns French nutrition brand Biostime and Australian vitamins and supplements brand Swisse.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“I am hugely confident and passionate about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare sitting within the Health & Happiness Group. There is a true and perfect synergy between the expertise and beliefs they have in probiotics and our vision in skin care,” said Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia.
Vero will continue to stay on the board of the skin-care brand and will lead Aurelia’s R&D and product development teams. The company will continue to distribute from the U.K.
“The partnership will enable our brand to grow on a global scale in markets such as U.S., France and China. It will also allow us to continue to deliver new innovations,” said Vero.
There has been a lot of M&A activity of late in the skin-care, hair-care and wellness industries as larger groups look to increase their scale and geographic reach.
In April, Britain’s The Hut Group confirmed plans to buy Christophe Robin, an upscale hair-care brand. In January, L’Occitane International SA bought British premium skin-care and wellness brand Elemis for $ 900

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Jaclyn Hill’s Makeup Brand Drama: Everything You Need to Know

The summer of influencer drama continues.
As the feud between beauty influencers James Charles and Tati Westbrook settles, the drama is turning to fellow influencer Jaclyn Hill, whose highly anticipated makeup line has launched with criticism surrounding its sanitation and product quality.
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After numerous customer complaints and attacks by other influencers, Hill has deleted her social media accounts and the brand’s web site has temporarily been taken down after promising full refunds to all customers.
From all the influencers involved to allegations of contamination, here is everything you need to know about the drama surrounding Hill and her Jaclyn Cosmetics brand.
Who is Jaclyn Hill?
Hill is billed as one of the biggest beauty influencers, starting her YouTube channel nearly eight years ago and amassing roughly 6 million subscribers. She is credited with reviving Becca Cosmetics after partnering with the brand in 2015 to collaborate on the brand’s Champagne Pop highlighter — which sold out of its 25,000 units in 20 minutes — and later with a full collection in 2017. Her second collaboration with the brand earned more than $ 3.5 million in sales during its first day. Hill had also collaborated with Morphe Cosmetics for a 35-pan

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Hollywood Stylist Anita Patrickson’s Amanu Sandal Brand Sets Hotel Partnership

Hollywood stylist Anita Patrickson has aligned with Singita luxury lodges to bring her made-to-order Amanu sandals to resorts in South Africa. It’s the first move into the hospitality sector for the brand, and a full circle moment for Patrickson, who originally hails from Capetown.
She parlayed her work as a fashion stylist for Julianne Hough, Portia de Rossi and others into a custom shoe business that launched last year in L.A., inspired both by traditional sandals made using tire rubber in Africa, and the tradition of resort sandal making on the island of Capri.
Now she’s bringing the eco-conscious, high-touch experience  customers get in her West Hollywood flagship to guests at Singita. In June, Patrickson traveled to South Africa with one of the U.S. makers to train the staff at Singita Ebony Lodge and Lemombo Lodge to cobble the shoes, priced $ 160 to $ 275, from an array of leathers, with pony hair and feather trim, in under an hour.

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“My parents were both born in Kenya, and I thought this was a cool way to be able to take this craft back and teach somebody a skillset—and a way to be able to go home more,” Patrickson laughed, adding of her brand

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Jordan Brand Taps Jayson Tatum as Ambassador

SLAM DUNK: Leveraging the buzz from Paris Fashion Week Men’s, Jordan Brand on Friday announced the addition of Jayson Tatum and Rui Hachimura to its roster of basketball ambassadors.
With rows of white balls on sticks greeting visitors, the event took place in a hôtel particulier in the city’s 5th arrondissement dubbed the House of Jumpman, featuring a makeshift faux basketball court in the courtyard.
“I’ve been wearing Jordans since before I could walk…just getting [Michael Jordan’s] approval to come to the brand was really big for me because he’s the greatest of all time,” Tatum told WWD.
The St. Louis native, who was selected third overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, joins a family of more than 50 athlete ambassadors linked to the Nike Inc.-owned brand across multiple sporting disciplines, including Maya Moore, Kemba Walker and Blake Griffin, who were also present at the event.
The slickly groomed and heavily inked Tatum, who sported a pair of neon yellow “Flyknit 4s” by the brand, hinted at his own design aspirations. “Coming over to Jordan, there’s a lot of creativity. I definitely want to tap into that and tell my own stories,” he said.

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L.A. Brand Cult Gaia Launches Swimwear With Adriana Degreas

Cult Gaia, the accessories and resort wear brand that Instagram built one bamboo Ark bag “like” at a time, is dipping a toe into swimwear.
Founder Jasmin Larian is collaborating with luxury Brazilian label Adriana Degreas on a 21-piece collection inspired by tropical surrealism and Cult Gaia’s geometric and nature-inspired handbag hardware.
The collaboration includes bikini and one-piece suits with tortoise acrylic details, and loose, silk cover-ups in prints of exotic birds in the body of a female figure against a background of tropical foliage in shades of green, ecru and pink. Cult Gaia acrylic and bamboo handbags complement the collection, which sells from $ 198 to $ 750 at CultGaia.com and AdrianaDegreas.com.

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“I’ve always been a fan of Adriana Degreas since I first visited her store in Sao Paulo,” Larian told WWD. “We reached out and she was a fan of ours, so it was serendipitous. We’re using a lot of acrylic bar details from our bags; one top is sheer tulle with tortoise acrylic bars covering only what needs to be covered. It looks like acrylic on skin. Then we did a pleated triangle top that has beautiful, tortoise acrylic balls sewn in and inlaid. I think women are

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Former Harper’s Bazaar Australia EIC Kellie Hush to Launch Accessories Brand

SYDNEY — After nearly a quarter of a century covering luxury goods through various roles at Australian fashion magazines, Australian editor Kellie Hush is taking aim at the fast-fashion arena via her own accessibly priced accessories line.
On May 24, nine months after the former Harper’s Bazaar Australia editor in chief revealed she was quitting after six years to start her own business, Hush will launch a line of handbags and jewelry called The Way via an e-commerce site, with plans to open five freestanding 800- to 1,100-square-foot brick-and-mortar stores in the Sydney region by the end of the year and 50 stores across Australia within five years.
The store concept has been created by Australian interior designer Rebecca Vulic, a former senior director of global store design for Kate Spade New York.

The launch campaign for Kellie Hush’s new accessories line The Way. 
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Theway.com.au will launch with 800 stockkeeping units. Handbags, which account for 60 percent of the brand’s offer and are all made from fabric or polyurethane, range from 40 to 120 Australian dollars, or $ 28 to $ 84 at current exchange, while jewelry ranges from 15 to 50 Australian dollars, or $ 10 to $ 35.
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EXCLUSIVE: Randa Acquires Haggar Brand

Randa Accessories is finally making its long-desired jump into the apparel end of the business.
On Tuesday, the New York-based company revealed that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Haggar Clothing Co. Terms were not disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close on May 31. The acquisition also includes the Tribal women’s brand.
Haggar is believed to have sales of around $ 500 million and Randa revenues of about $ 700 million, so the combined company would have sales of more than $ 1 billion.
Haggar’s headquarters will remain in Dallas and the current management team, headed by chief executive officer Michael Stitt, will remain intact.
A little over a year ago, Randa was locked in a battle with George Feldenkreis to acquire Perry Ellis International. Ultimately, Feldenkreis prevailed but Randa’s management was determined to regroup and find another brand that would allow it to expand beyond accessories, where it dominates the market.
That opportunity arose with Haggar, a privately held, 93-year-old, Dallas-based brand whose founding family sold the business in 2005 to private equity firm Perseus LLC and Taiwan-based Pou Chen, the world’s largest footwear manufacturer, which has been the sole owner for the past several years.
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Bloomingdale’s Introducing Dylan Gray Men’s Brand for Spring

Bloomingdale’s is getting back into the men’s private brand business.
A decade after the retailer retired its in-house collections brands, Joseph & Lyman and Metropolitan View, in favor of a classifications strategy, it is launching a bridge collection for spring under the name Dylan Gray.
The line is described as “a modern, sophisticated update on classic men’s sportswear that fuses the elegance of European luxury with the ease of American sportswear.”
The 38-piece collection of soft tailored clothing, transitional outerwear, knits and trousers is manufactured predominantly in Europe. It is designed to be a hybrid of tailored and sportswear.
“We felt there was a white space in the European transitional classic zone in our stores,” said Dan Leppo, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and home for Bloomingdale’s. “We think there’s an opportunity with all that’s happening in direct-to-consumer today to offer great value and great fashion that moves beyond commodity.”
Leppo said Dylan Gray is “made with the modern man in mind, offering solutions for work or play for today’s smart casual lifestyle, without sacrificing style. It’s about fusing classic sportswear with Old World sophistication at a compelling price point.”
Prices will range from $ 98 to $ 698 and will include marled bird’s-eye polos,

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Kim Herring to Head Design for Culturata Brand

Kim Herring, a men’s wear veteran who served most recently as vice president of men’s private brand at Saks Fifth Avenue, has joined Culturata as chief creative officer for wholesale. He will be responsible for designing and presenting the seasonal collections for the brand while expanding its categories to create a full lifestyle offering. His first collection will be for spring 2020.
At the same time, Culturata’s founders and design partners Jacques Haggiag and Nadine Price will be leaving the brand, but will continue to consult with the label to ensure consistency, the company said.
In 2015, Culturata, a Canadian sport shirt brand, was purchased by Grano Retail Holding’s Luxury Men’s Apparel Group subsidiary, which also operates Hickey Freeman and Samuelsohn.

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“At LMAG, we have always wanted to work with Kim Herring, who we consider one of the premier sportswear design talents in North America,” said Stephen Granovsky, chairman and chief executive officer of LMAG. “When Jacques and Nadine advised us that they wanted to pursue other interests, and Kim departed Saks, we jumped at the opportunity to secure Kim for Culturata. I wish Jacques and Nadine well in their future endeavors.”
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Cottweiler Becomes First British Brand to Show at Seoul Fashion Week 

LONDON — The British Fashion Council is furthering its partnership with Seoul Fashion Week in support of emerging talent, with men’s wear label Cottweiler the first to benefit from the special relationship.
Cottweiler, the streetwear brand that won the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize for men’s wear, will be the first British name to be sponsored at Seoul Fashion Week in March. The brand will restage its fall 2019 show alongside those of South Korean designers.
“We are very grateful to be given the opportunity by the BFC and Seoul Fashion Week to present our work to a wider audience and connect to our already growing fan base in South Korea,” said designers Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell of Cottweiler. “This will be our first venture outside of London Fashion Week and for it to be in a city that embraces cutting-edge style like no other is an exciting prospect.”
The BFC-Seoul partnership aims to support emerging British and South Korean talent through sponsorships and to provide them with the opportunity to showcase directly to buyers and media.
“We are thrilled to be able to host Cottweiler in Seoul and to build on our partnership with the British Fashion Council,” said Jung Kuho, executive director of

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Emily Weiss’s Glossier Play Will Be First in a Series of Brand Offshoots

Five years after founding beauty brand Glossier, CEO Emily Weiss launches its first spinoff—a color cosmetics line inspired by ’70s nostalgia and school supplies. She talks to WSJ. Magazine about the advantage she says she has over big beauty companies.
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Steve Aoki Collaborates With Travel Accessories Brand Fūl

For the guy on the go, travel and gear accessories brand Fūl has unveiled a range of accessories — a collaboration with Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki called the “Fūl-Aoki” collection.
Fūl, originally founded by Justin Timberlake in 2004 and now owned by Concept One Accessories, has carved out a space in the travel category with backpacks, belt bags and travel gear inspired by the nomadic life of a musician but curated for anyone with an active lifestyle.
“Steve and I had been talking about doing something together for Fūl over the past couple of years,” said Sam Hafif, chief executive officer of the accessories brand. “Travel is such a big part of his life. No one I know travels as extensively as he does, so his vision for the product and how it should function comes from a unique personal experience.”

Grammy-nominated DJ and musician Steve Aoki. 
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The line takes a cue from the streetwear scene and Aoki’s personal style, and splits into two distinct directions. The first is the “street” collection which is comprised of five backpacks and one waist pack, and features  caribiners for headphones, multiple pockets for cables, thick padded laptop sleeves, and ergonomic shoulder straps. “For the

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Dunhill to Spotlight New Brand Positioning in U.S.

The Alfred Dunhill brand can trace its roots all the way back to 1893 but its presence in the U.S. market over the years has been spotty at best.
In the Fifties, the London-based brand operated major stores on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles and Rockefeller Center in New York and counted celebrities such as Frank Sinatra as fans.
But it slowly lost its grip on the market as management changed, stores closed and the brand cycled through a number of designers including Richard James, Nick Ashley, John Ray and Kim Jones.
Enter Andrew Maag, a former Burberry executive who joined the brand at the end of 2017 and promptly set out to “right size” the business and redirect its focus back to its core business. “We were really missing the mark in the luxury space,” he said. “But we’re just now experiencing a turnaround.”
That has been helped in large part by the positive reaction to the modern tailoring created by the company’s new creative director, Mark Weston.
At the same time, Maag said that since joining the company, one of his major focuses has been updating the fleet of stores. “They desperately needed to be brought up to relevant standards,” he said.
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Rising Jewelry Brand Prounis Marks Department Store Entry

Jean Prounis’ namesake fine jewelry line, Prounis, next week marks its entry into department stores.
The brand will hold a trunk show at Bergdorf Goodman for the next month. Running from Feb. 26 through March 28, the Prounis trunk show will mark its kick-off with a personal appearance by the designer on Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Bergdorf’s adds to Prounis’ roster of specialty stockists that already include Dover Street Market in New York and Los Angeles, Holly Golightly in Copenhagen, and Desert Vintage in Tuscon, Ariz. She has also held a trunk show with Moda Operandi’s digital interface.
“Bergdorf Goodman, in particular, has a really great timelessness. It’s such a historical store that I feel is in line with my brand story and image. They really care about quality and there is this sense of yesteryear, an homage to a New York elegance of the past,” Prounis, 25, said of her decision to show with the department store.
While the designer has a focus on direct-to-consumer and private sales, she decided to enter department stores, Bergdorf’s in particular, for the chance to reach a wider clientele.
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The Skinny on Skin: The Company Expands Into Lifestyle Brand

Skin, the 15-year-old loungewear and sleepwear company founded by Susan Beischel, president and chief creative officer, is growing on several fronts.
The luxury lifestyle brand, which sells such retailers as Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus, Bon Marché, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, introduced swimwear last year, as well as a second-tier line called Natural Skin, geared to stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay and Printemps.
Natural Skin, which had a successful soft launch at retail in the fall, is priced 35 percent to 40 percent below Skin, said Ken Sitomer, chief executive officer, who joined as Beischel’s business partner in 2011. Like Skin, Natural Skin comprises sleepwear, loungewear, robes, slippers, daywear and organic cotton bras and panties, along with basic replenishments.
Skin swimwear, whose distribution has been kept relatively tight, is sold at such retailers as Net-a-porter, Everything But Water, Neiman Marcus and Matches.com.
According to Beischel, the swimwear has the same concept as Skin’s other luxe products. as far as comfort, style and being multifunctional. “The fabric had to be super soft, and I needed to wear it as a body suit, or as a bra, or a workout top,” she said. Swimwear retails from $ 160 for the basic maillot to $ 300

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“I Don’t Want to Sell People Things!” See Daniel Bryan’s Reaction When Brie Bella Surprises Him With a Brand Manager

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Randa Invests in Stantt Men’s Brand

Randa has signed on as the lead investor in Stantt, a made-to-measure men’s wear brand. Randa was joined by New England Development, CompanyFirst, Sapna Shah of Red Giraffe Advisors, and entrepreneur John DeWees. The amount of the Series A financing was not disclosed but is said to have been a multi-million dollar investment.
The New York-based Stantt was cofounded in 2013 by Matt Hornbuckle and Kirk Keel and uses proprietary DataFit Technology, which is comprised of 99 sizes and an algorithm that requires only three measurements to create a custom fit. The brand offers wovens, knits and performance cloth in a variety of regular and big and tall sizes. All garments are made-to-order and delivered in seven days.
The financing round was led by Randa Digital Labs and will be used by Stantt to “increase marketing partnerships and support to more than 300 retail partners, enhance brand touch-points across all channels, drive expansion into new product categories and enable the hiring of key personnel,” the company said.
Heath Golden, president of Randa Digital Labs, said his company “appreciated the value of Stantt’s business model from the beginning. We are confident that Matt and Kirk will leverage these funds to take the company to the next

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STREET SIGNS: How WeSC Transitioned From Mall Brand to Contemporary Streetwear Line

When Joseph Janus joined WeSC seven years ago as chief executive officer of the American business, the Swedish streetwear brand, which is named We Are Superlative Conspiracy, was being produced and distributed by its U.S. licensee Oved Apparel Group. Like most streetwear and skate lines at the time, the brand was focused on mass distribution in retailers such as Tillys, Zumiez and PacSun.
But Janus, who has previously worked for brands including Calvin Klein, Guess and JNCO, sensed a shift coming in the market and knew he would have to slowly make WeSC more premium.
“I wanted to bridge the gap between traditional streetwear and luxury,” said Janus. “How do we get into better department stores and grow up with our consumer who is starting to mix luxury items into their wardrobe?”
In 2013 the brand bought back its U.S. license and created an independent American subsidiary and Janus was charged with growing business in the U.S. Over the course of the last few years, he’s made small shifts to get the company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, where it is today.
Step one was slowly increasing the price points and changing the distribution from mall stores to better department stores. Janus

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Meet P448, the Sneaker Brand Wayne Kulkin Is Betting On

MILAN — If you think the sneaker trend is about to end, think twice.
Wayne Kulkin, former vice chairman and chief executive officer at Stuart Weitzman, who oversaw the label’s global expansion during a 26-year tenure, is among the latest executives to have thrown his hat into the sneaker ring.
In 2017, he teamed up with Hilco Global’s chairman and ceo Jeffrey Hecktman to form StreetTrend LLC, a holding company focused on bringing Italian heritage and craftsmanship to the sneaker arena. He soon identified P448, an Italian niche sneaker brand founded in 2014 by Marco Samorè and Andrea Curti, as a label with great potential.
“It’s an oversaturated market, but on the other hand, there’s a complete casualization. I don’t think this is going to change and [we will] go back to men wearing suits and ties and women wearing dresses all day long, so this trend is here to stay. It’s comfortable, it feels good, it’s easy to wear and cool.”

A P448 sneaker style. 
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After helping to expand the label’s global retail network by signing an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement with P448 in 2017, Kulkin deepened his commitment to the brand by acquiring a stake in the company last summer.
In July 2018, StreetTrend

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Ones to Watch: Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang on the Power of Streetwear and Brand Collaborations

LONDON — Designers from around the world have been coming in waves to London Fashion Week Men’s and among the newest names on the calendar are Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang. But while they may be new to the London runways, they’ve already garnered international attention, having worked with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Kappa and Converse.
The Australian designer Alexandra Hackett of Studio ALCH, who creates new garments from repurposed Nike pieces, said she’s come to London to be better integrated into the international market. “Australia is quite geographically removed, which is reflected in its industry. London is more of an internationally recognized city and you can create product that, perhaps, has more markets in different countries across the world,” she said.
Hackett caught Nike’s attention early on and the famous swoosh has become her brand’s trademark. The sportswear giant has also sponsored some of her designs. Hackett has snared celebrity fans such as Kendrick Lamar, who has worn Studio ALCH’s boiler suit made from reconstructed Nike bags, and British Grime rappers Stormzy and Skepta.
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Men’s Wear Brand Fisher + Baker Targets Women for Minneapolis Event

Fisher + Baker is a men’s brand, but that didn’t stop the company from targeting women for an event at its Minneapolis headquarters earlier this month.
More than 80 women showed up at the Fisher + Baker studio for a Sip and Shop event, its first initiative targeted to females.
The event also served as a fund-raiser for Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker’s #Give16 Campaign, which was created by Zucker and his wife, Carly, to build the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Fisher + Baker donated $ 2,500 to the campaign from the event.
“Women are powerful consumers and are influential in the brand and style decisions of the men in their lives,” said Mike Arbeiter, Fisher + Baker’s chief executive officer and president. “By targeting female consumers as part of our brand engagement strategy, we are building awareness with a community that has a strong influence on men’s wardrobes.”
At the event, the women browsed through the brand’s classic styles of outerwear, sweaters and shirts while enjoying wine and cheese. Among the most popular items was the Lexington Vest, which retails for $ 298.
Arbeiter said the Sip and Shop event “was intended as a pilot concept that if

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Former Free People and Blackstone Staffers Unveil Bra Brand

Cuup wants to be a bra brand that connects with customers on an empathetic level.
Launched this month by Kearnon O’Molony, Abby Morgan and Lauren Caris Cohan, each founder brought their own issues to the table, which they hope to solve with Cuup.
O’Molony, who previously served as the managing director in Blackstone’s private equity group, spent a year trying to acquire La Perla, but the deal didn’t go through because the company filed for bankruptcy. While researching the intimate apparel market, he found some issues with the market mostly involving fit, inventory and manufacturing. Cohan, who previously worked at Free People, had a hard time finding her bra size. And Morgan, who met Cohan while working at Free People and Vimeo, felt like storytelling within the intimate apparel space was lacking.
With Cuup, they are doing things differently. According to O’Molony, most bra production starts at a 34B and is scaled up and down from that. With Cuup they are creating a bra for each size and have done 80 fittings instead of the typical six to have a better-fitting product that accommodates different bodies. They are also working closely with a bra manufacturer that’s more open to producing this many sizes

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EXCLUSIVE: Aldo Maria Camillo to Unveil Namesake Brand at Pitti Uomo

MILAN — Aldo Maria Camillo will unveil the first collection of his namesake label at Pitti Uomo, running in Florence Jan. 8 to 11.
The designer was selected by the international men’s wear trade show at its Pitti Italics Special Event.
“Aldo Maria Camillo works exclusively and with great focus on men’s fashion studying the masculine silhouette, with the aim of giving a new imprint and freshness to men’s wear. His cultural references belong to an intimately classical background, supported by solid stylistic training and an acute sensitivity to current worldwide events — which goes beyond fashion. He has talent, imagination, and a sense of material,” said Pitti Immagine director of communications and events Lapo Cianchi. “The new project of Aldo Maria is very personal and immediately engaged us, because we believe that in men’s wear it is essential to return to the standards of elegance nonetheless, re-read and renewed in a modern key. We want to join him in this adventure — the launching of his self-named brand — which now more than ever before requires courage and determination.”
A graduate from the New York Fashion Institute of Technology, Camillo kicked off his career in 2003 as an assistant fashion designer at Valentino. Three

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Martha Stewart Is Brand Ambassador for Aerosoles

Lifestyle doyenne Martha Stewart is partnering with Aerosoles to be its brand ambassador and collaborate on a line of footwear, handbags and accessories for the footwear retailer.
The first style will be a limited collection of rain boots for holiday, to be followed by a complete collection for spring that will include casual and dress flats, heeled sandals, luxury mules and slides, as well as espadrille wedges. Handbags and accessories will follow.
Stewart said, “It’s fun. What we’re trying to do with Aerosoles [is] make gorgeous shoes at the right price.”
She spoke about a recent visit to Bergdorf Goodman’s shoe salon. “You couldn’t move. There were so many people shelving out thousands of dollars for a new pair of shoes. The shoes were gorgeous, but the average Joe can’t go there. We’re trying to make affordable shoes for the average person.”
First up are the equestrian-inspired rain boots, under the tag Martha Stewart for Aerosoles, which will range in price from $ 79 to $ 99. According to Stewart, they will sell on Aerosoles beginning Nov. 1, and later on at QVC, where Stewart already sells her apparel offerings. She said there was no decision yet on whether her shows will mix the fashion and

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Blufin Introduces Be Blumarine Contemporary Brand

MILAN — Blufin, the fashion group controlling the Blumarine brand, is launching a new upper contemporary label, named Be Blumarine.
The new brand replaces Blugirl, which will be discontinued from the pre-fall 2019 season, when the company will unveil the first Blu Blumarine collection.
To inaugurate the new course, Blufin has tapped Mirko Fontana and Diego Marquez, the founders of the Au Jour Le Jour contemporary brand, as creative directors of Be Blumarine. Blugirl was previously designed by Anna Molinari, who will remain creative director of the Blumarine luxury line.
“This new brand was born after some serious consideration on the Blugirl label. We wanted something more mature, more modern and more dynamic, and I think that we had to incorporate in the new brand the name of our first line, which is well-known in the world,” said Gianguido Tarabini, Blufin chief executive officer. “Be Blumarine is for a woman aged from 25 who want to dress herself in a young way, with high-quality clothes that reflect the Blumarine world but are more accessible in terms of prices.”
In order to mark a clear distinction between Blumarine and Be Blumarine, Blufin developed a range for the contemporary line featuring an average wholesale price of

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Australian Cult Brand Spell & The Gypsy Collective Lands in U.S.

Australian fashion labels, many of which are in the spotlight as Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, tours the antipodes, have long been popular in Southern California, where the climate and beach culture mirror the land of Oz.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective, the 10-year-old contemporary brand started by sisters Isabella Pennefather and Elizabeth Abegg, opened its first stand-alone retail space in the U.S., a pop-up at 1108 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. Open through Nov. 25, the shop has attracted cult lovers of the brand, some of whom traveled from as far away as Florida and Canada just to shop.

The Spell & The Gypsy Collective pop-up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, Calif. 
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“Because we’re slow fashion, we don’t make too many pieces so they tend to sell out very quickly,” said Pennefather, who started out in 2008 making jewelry that she sold at the open-air market in Byron Bay, Australia. When her sister, Lizzy, came on board a few years later, they expanded into clothing and e-commerce, and the business grew from there.
“I remember when we had a clunky web site and early bloggers such as Oracle Fox [whose given name is Amanda Shadforth] bought our things at the

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‘Made in France’ Brand Rue Begand Opens First Store

PARIS — One is in Troyes, a city in eastern France with a deep-rooted textile history. The other is located in the Haut Marais, a trendy shopping district in the center of Paris.
Rue Begand — the men’s fashion brand — has opened its first brick-and-mortar store on the Rue Charlot, after launching wholesale in January at L’Exception in France and United Arrows in Japan.
Doubling as the label’s headquarters, the shop sports a photo studio in its basement where the fall 2018 and spring 2019 collections were shot for the Rue Begand e-shop, set to launch in a couple of weeks.
Named after a street in Troyes that used to house a number of clothing workshops, the brand is a celebration of local savoir faire.
“Eighty percent of our clothes are made in Troyes,” said Rue Begand’s founder Samuel Granata, adding that the remaining part is manufactured in a nearby town, with a few of the more voluminous pieces being made in Tunisia.
Rue Begand works with L’Atelier d’Ariane, a historical clothing manufacturer based in Troyes run by Granata’s mother Véronique. “My family has had the atelier for over 20 years,” said the 25-year-old founder, who runs the brand with his brother Arthur. “I spent most of

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Macko Joins Camp Hero Accessories Brand

Michael Macko has become a partner in Camp Hero, an accessories brand that produces unisex hand-beaded items such as bracelets, cuffs and hatbands. Macko, whose career has included stints at Saks Fifth Avenue, Details and MR Magazine, is helping the brand relaunch to focus exclusively on e-commerce and seeks outside investors to help it grow.
Camp Hero was founded in 2014 by childhood friends Allie Carroll and Dan Schneier who built a business that had over 100 wholesale accounts including Orvis, J. Crew and Murray’s Toggery. However, the strategy will now change.

“As we enter 2019, there will be a real emphasis on e-commerce and developing new business verticals,” said Carroll.
Schneier added that it was Macko who first discovered the brand and added it to the MRket show in 2014. “He’s been a mentor from day one, and his incredible creative perspective and business acumen will help bring Camp Hero to the next level,” he said.
Macko’s first order of business will be to oversee a web site redesign and revamp of the product offering to increase the assortment and the frequency of its drops, which will include limited-edition items such as the reissue of the Dia de los Muertos belt  as well

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Nana Judy Emerges on Fairfax Avenue as L.A. Comes Into Focus for Brand

LOS ANGELES — Nana Judy is the latest brand to set up shop on Fairfax Avenue, marking the brand’s entry into retail.
The company’s 2,650-square-foot store is next to Tyler the Creator’s Golf Wang shop. The space, which the company will officially ring in on its Oct. 25 grand opening, will also serve a dual purpose as the company’s U.S. headquarters and showroom.
“The brand’s been around for 11 years in Australia and we have a flagship in Melbourne, which does extremely well,” Nana Judy founder Glenn Coleman said of the thinking behind opening a Stateside store now. “We’ve been in the U.S. market for two years and the demand has been a natural progression and it happened organically through our consumers.”
The company’s had its eye on Fairfax Avenue for a few years now, Coleman said, jumping at the chance to sign a lease when space became available.
Coleman pointed to the street’s culture and the existing brands on Fairfax that made it a primary focus for Nana Judy’s first store.
The Fairfax flagship will carry in-store exclusives, including the Oct. 26 launch of a men’s and women’s collaboration with Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” Disney has been on a tear of late with collaborations marking

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Taps Lucky Brand for Queen-Inspired Fashion Collection

“Bohemian Rhapsody” may not be hitting theaters until Nov. 2, but the Queen biopic is ramping up the buzz with a new fashion collaboration with Lucky Brand. The L.A.-based denim company has launched a collection of vintage-inspired Queen concert tees to coincide with the Rami Malek film’s release this fall. The capsule includes three t-shirts for […]

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Will a Larger Adidas Yeezy Boost Release Hurt the Brand?

Kanye West always wanted this.
Not having royalties and not being able to produce more sneakers were the main reasons he left Nike. And upon signing his deal with Adidas, which started in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted more people to have access to his sneakers. Today he’s making good on that promise with the release of the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 in an all-white colorway that retails for $ 220. Customers will only be able to purchase the sneakers directly through adidas.com and the Yeezy Supply web site. They are reportedly releasing 1 million pairs of shoes.
West’s influence, along with scarcity, is what has bolstered the Yeezy footwear line. But what happens when a Yeezy Boost style becomes even more ubiquitous? Will it have the same trajectory as the Jordan brand, which lost market share and cache due to overproduction. WWD spoke with people in the sneaker industry to see if the release will hurt or help the brand.
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WWD: What do you think of this release?
Matt Cohen: This is an interesting release because we’ve never seen something like this. For one, it’s a restock,

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Meet Shefit, the Sports Bra Brand Set to Compete With Under Armour, Nike

Sara Moylan, who founded Shefit in 2013, met Jeffry Aronsson two years ago. Aronsson, who has held chief executive officer posts at brands including Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, was speaking at a fashion talk in Detroit, his hometown, when an eager Moylan pitched him her idea: a fully adjustable sports bra.
As a competitor on the fitness circuit, Moylan had trouble finding sports bras, which represent a $ 3.5 billion dollar industry in the U.S., that fit her. She decided to make one herself by gluing and sewing fabric together — they would fall apart in the wash — but she eventually partnered with a local seamstress in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Shefit is based, to develop what she envisioned.
The patented Shefit Ultimate Sports bra, which retails for $ 67, allows wearers to adjust the bra to whatever support level they need. With velcro closures, the bust band can be loosened or tightened up to eight inches while the shoulder straps offer 15 inches of adjustability. The bra also has a magnetic zipper closure, making it easy to get on and off, and compression and encapsulation that prevents uniboob. It accommodates cup sizes A through I with sizes

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Sanyo Partnering With Apolis Men’s Brand

Apolis, a socially conscious men’s brand, has inked a deal with Sanyo Shokai to expand the label’s presence in Japan as well as its product offering.
Sanyo will act as a partner, exclusive distributor and licensor for the brand and will oversee production and distribution starting with the spring/summer 2019 season.
As part of the deal, the Apolis e-commerce site will be relaunched, a flagship store will open in Tokyo, the brand will add women’s wear and its men’s wear offering will be expanded.
Creative director Raan Parton will partner with the Sanyo team to design the product, which will be manufactured in the Japanese company’s factories in that country along with Apolis’ network of global artisans rounding out the production.
Collections will be produced globally and will continue to adhere to Apolis’ sustainable standards and environmental conscientiousness. The brand was certified as a B Impact Corporation in 2012, a designation for businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Isao Iwata, president, representative director and chief operating officer of Sanyo, called Apolis “an early adopter of sustainable practices and socially aware production. Sanyo has also been a company with a

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Icecream Relaunches as Luxury Brand

Icecream, which was founded by Pharrell Williams and Tomoaki Nagao, better known as Nigo, in 2005, the same year they started Billionaire Boys Club, is back but with a sleeker, more elevated aesthetic.
Williams, who still owns the brand, and his team took into account how luxury and streetwear are commingling and brought on Matthew Chevallard, the founder of Del Toro, to design the collection, which will be released as mini capsules throughout the year. The Icecream sneakers were originally produced by Reebok.
“We wanted to pay homage to what Pharrell and Nigo created but bring it up to date,” said Chevallard. “We think this can sit alongside brands like Off White, Gucci and Palm Angels. We are also seeing consumers buying more luxury tchotchkes and collector’s items so that will be included in the line.”

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First up is a capsule that harkens back to Icecream’s diamond and dollars print. The assortment includes a made-in-Italy sneaker with leather laces, a leather-wrapped sole and a gel bottom, a velour slip-on sneaker, suede slides and a trucker hat. The line retails from $ 195 for the slides to R$ 350 for the sneakers. The footwear will be sold in clear, acrylic boxes covered with the Icecream logo.
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OVS, Massimo Piombo Unveil New Brand

Italian men’s wear designer Massimo Piombo has a couple of new jobs to add to its résumé.
On Thursday, Italian retailer OVS and the designer launched the new Piombo brand, cutting the ribbon of the label’s first freestanding store here. OVS and Piombo hold a 70 percent and 30 percent stake in the company, respectively.
In addition, the designer, who was named OVS men’s artistic director in March, will expand his role. Stefano Beraldo, OVS chief executive officer, announced that Piombo will take on the creative director post overseeing all the retailer’s lines, which include women’s wear and kid’s wear — a particularly successful segment for OVS according to Beraldo — along with men’s wear.
The fashion direction of the OVS women’s ready-to-wear collections will continue to be led by Caterina Salvador, under Piombo’s guidance.
The first store for the new Piombo brand, which is positioned in the contemporary, affordable luxury segment, is located in the city’s artsy Brera district. The 1,291-square-foot unit will be open for business Sept. 14, along with a second banner in Treviso, in Italy’s Veneto region.

The new Piombo label’s first store in Milan. 
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Beraldo noted that he expects to open 15 additional doors for the label by the end

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Fine Jewelry Options Now Available for Marilyn Monroe Brand

DIAMONDS, ANYONE?: In her role as Lorelei Lee in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Marilyn Monroe performed “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Now Marilyn aficionados can “get the look” from the M.Monroe Collection, a fine jewelry line starts at $ 150 for a simple sterling silver chain and go as high as $ 350,000 for the statement piece, the Stellar Cosmos Necklace, in 18-karat rose gold featuring 11 white diamonds in varying sizes. The majority of the pieces are priced between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000.
Many items in the collection – there are three core groups, Whisper, Aura and Stellar, all inspired by her attributes and multi-faceted personality – include a signature M hangtag that has a diamond accent mark, representing the Monroe mole on the left side of her face.
The line is available at the M.Monroe web site. Authentic Brands Group, the brand management firm that owns the intellectual property assets for the Marilyn Monroe brand, partnered with Adama Partners for the line. Adama, a New York-based venture firm focusing on the global diamond, gemstone and jewelry industries, last year combined forces with Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street to take online jeweler Blue Nile private.
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Robert Stock to Create New Brand

Robert Stock is ready to do it again.
The founder and former chairman of Robert Graham has transitioned out of that role and will launch another brand next month.
Called simply Robert, the upscale men’s lifestyle brand will be online only and utilize a club concept where customers will pay a membership fee to join Robert’s Club and gain access to the woven shirts, knitwear, sport coats and outerwear.
Stock’s partner in the new venture is Thomas Main, former head of design at Robert Graham, and a 30-year colleague of the designer.
“This is what keeps me going,” Stock told WWD. He said that since the Robert Graham company was acquired by Tengram Capital Partners five years ago and subsequently went public, there have been a series of “ups and downs.” Stock has been serving as a brand ambassador and consultant and has not been involved in the day-to-day operation of the brand.
However, he said the parting was amicable and he remains “on very friendly terms” with the Robert Graham team. “My name is on the label and I’m still a stockholder and have a lot of feelings for the company. So if the situation calls for it, and they need me, I’m always available.”
Stock, a Coty- and Cutty Sark-award winning

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EXCLUSIVE: Penélope Cruz Is Chanel’s New Brand Ambassador

NEW FACE IN TOWN: Chanel’s haute couture show today will have a Latin flavor: Spanish star Penélope Cruz is due to attend the display in her new capacity as ambassador for the French fashion house.
The Oscar-winning actress will be the face of the brand’s cruise campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel said in a statement provided exclusively to WWD.
“It’s such an iconic brand and Karl is a genius, and I’ve been admiring everything he’s done since I was a little girl, so it’s such a pleasure working with him. He’s like the king of fashion and we had a really, really interesting photo shoot, so to be in front of his camera is an adventure,” Cruz told WWD.
Debuting in Bigas Luna’s 1992 film “Jamón Jamón,” in which she starred opposite her future husband Javier Bardem, Cruz has since worked with directors including Stephen Frears, Rob Marshall, Woody Allen and most notably, Pedro Almodóvar.
She first attended a Chanel show in 1999 and has regularly worn Lagerfeld’s creations on the red carpet, including for the Oscars and the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Cruz wore several outfits by Chanel — including a striking black evening dress festooned with gold chains — in

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The Ken Scott Brand Makes a Comeback With Resort Capsule

MILAN — Ken Scott’s joyful and creative aesthetic is making a comeback.
The Ken Scott Foundation established in 1989 by the Indiana-born designer, who died in 1991 and became popular in the Sixties and Seventies with his colorful prints, has teamed with Milan-based Daniele Ghiselli Showroom to unveil a women’s resort 2019 capsule collection.
In particular, a design team of young fashion talents went through the designer’s archives in Milan to find the prints, which they used to pepper a range of contemporary designs infused with urban, street influences.
“The Ken Scott Foundation’s archives, which are completely catalogued and digitized, count 6,000 different prints and about one-third of them are unseen,” said Ghiselli, founder and chief executive officer of the namesake showroom. “He is identified and recognized for his floral patterns, but he actually developed so many themes, including sports, boats, bicycles, cars and food, just to cite a few. His prints look so modern and I think this is just the perfect moment, considering the current trends, to bring them back.”

A look from Ken Scott resort 2019 collection. 
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The capsule, which includes about 60 ready-to-wear pieces, as well as 30 footwear styles and 30 bags, will retail from 120 euros for sweatshirts to 250

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Intimates Brand ThirdLove Adds Sizing Options

Fast-growing online intimates brand ThirdLove has added 24 new sizes to its bra collection.
According to Heidi Zak, cofounder and co-chief executive officer of ThirdLove, the expansion was based on curated data that indicated the demand for the broader range of sizes. The company also conducted a beta test in June 2017 that sold out in eight days. That resulted in a wait list of 1.3 million women for the new sizes. ThirdLove’s size range — it now offers a total of 70 options — includes band sizes ranging from 28 to 48, and cup sizes ranging from an AA through H. The company also offers half-cup sizes.
In a telephone interview, Zak said the additional sizes will first be offered in its “Perfect Coverage Bra” in seven colors, including five “naked” shades to complement a range of skin tones. “We are keeping the price the same as the main line, even it costs almost 50 percent more to produce,” the co-ceo said. The average cost for a bra on ThirdLove is $ 68. Zak noted that most of the firm’s competitors offer just 25 or 26 size options.
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Netflix Turning Too Blue? Republicans’ Perception of the Brand Has Dropped, Data Shows

Hollywood’s left-leaning politics has made the industry a bête noire among conservatives for decades. But Netflix has made some recent moves that have especially rankled Republicans. In March, the streamer named Susan Rice — former national security adviser to President Obama, and a conservative target in the Bengazi scandal — to its board of directors. […]

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Travel Brand Away to Receive $4 Million in Performance-Based Tax Credits

Away is partnering with Empire State Development to grow its business.
Empire State Development is New York’s chief economic development agency. It encourages the growth of private businesses through loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance.
Away’s expansion includes the relocation of its headquarters to 82 Mercer Street, a 56,000-square-foot space, from it current site at 419 Lafayette Street. The travel firm will also create 249 new jobs over the next five years across product, customer experience, creative and editorial positions. Empire State Development is encouraging Away’s expansion by providing the start-up with $ 4 million in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program. Under the terms of the arrangement, Away has to create 249 jobs over an initial five-year period and then maintain the headcount in years six through 10 to receive the tax credits.
Away began operations in 2016 with just four employees. It now has more than 150 on its staff. The product line has expanded from a carry-on to include checked luggage, and more recently a duffel-like everywhere bag, garment bag, backpack, packing cubes and a Dopp kit.
The brand was started by Stephanie Korey and Jen Rubio, two former Warby Parker executives. So far the company has raised

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Bonobos and the Modern Male: A New Brand Story

For some time, the story around Bonobos has been its fits, diversity of styling and the $ 310 million deal to Walmart. 
But how to build a brand that lasts? The message might need to be more than product and the company’s doubling down on its marketing with a new campaign called Project172, which kicked off Monday with the launch of two TV spots. 
The campaign — with the TV commercials paired with a national e-mail, social media and radio campaign — enlisted 172 men (the total number of sizes and fit combinations in Bonobos pants), all wearing the same pair of stretch washed chinos in the same color, to share their thoughts on gender stereotypes and the changing definition of masculinity. The company is set to release on May 21 a mini-documentary with footage from conversations with those 172 individuals talking about their definition of masculinity. 
“We have been working in the last couple of years in terms of trying to position Bonobos from a brand perspective as a brand that stands for not just great fitting clothing but really helping men find their fit in the world, recognizing that the world is changing dramatically and particularly for men changing,” said Bonobos copresident

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J Brand RTW Fall 2018

J Brand’s fall lineup was divided into three categories: Super Evening, Super Fashion and Super Color. All of it was super Nineties, putting it super on trend. There were sheer organza “jean” jacket tops and blazers and organza details on jeans, an oversize crushed velvet jacket and pants, and a minimalist ribbed cashmere slipdress. As for the actual jeans, they came high-waisted and skinny with button flies and pockets, in holographic silver and a style that zipped up the front of the leg from ankle to waist. To play up the brand’s Los Angeles roots, the look book was shot at Chateau Marmont on Jacquelyn Jablonski, styled with combat boots to emphasize the Nineties-ness of it all.

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John Elliott on Building Brand Via Social Media

TOKYO — As a child growing up in San Francisco, at about age 8 John Elliott decided he wanted to start his own company. After sketching sneaker designers in class, his mother encouraged him to send them to Nike. Surprisingly, he received a written response from the company, which serves as “hallowed inspiration” for his streetwear brand now that he has collaborated with the activewear giant — something that he dreamed of for more thanijkjkjmjmm 20 years.
In a Q&A session with WWD style director Alex Badia, Elliott discussed his brand’s evolution.
WWD: How was it to collaborate with Nike?
John Elliott: That was pretty incredible. I think being a kid that is basically a swoosh lifer, having the ability to now tap into both their heritage and their performance, it’s been a dream come true. They’re an incredible partner. I think 2018 will actually be our biggest year yet with them. We have a lot of projects in store.
WWD: Moving back a little bit, when and why did you decide to launch John Elliott?
J.E.: I had worked in the industry for about 10 years, and I was leaving one job and I moved to New York and from New York I actually ended

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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand RTW Fall 2018

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand’s creative team imagined a girl going on holiday in her family’s house in the mountains. There, finding the wardrobe of her grandparents, she plays with vintage pieces, which she mixes and matches with her personal style.
In keeping with the theme, the wearable collection was infused with a sense of warm coziness. A cocooning faux fur oversized robe coat with a maxi hood was worn with corduroy pants and a roomy precious shearling jacket was matched with ski-inspired leggings in a botanical pattern.
Tweed was combined with shearling on a blouson worn with coordinated pants and a mannish sartorial suit was decorated with detachable faux fur pockets, which can be transformed into plush gloves.
Vintage mountain graphics jazzed up a double-breasted coat worked in a lively bubblegum pink, as well as a cotton T-shirt paired with a skirt embellished with a plissé silk insert.
Golden Goose also offered a luxurious take on denim, which was used for soft straight leg five pocket pants and for a cool bleached puffer jacket inspired by retro ski gear.

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J.W. Anderson Asks Public to Create Spring/Summer 2018 Brand Campaign

ME, TOO: Jonathan Anderson is taking a collaborative approach to his spring/summer 2018 ad campaign, asking members of the public to submit pictures so that he can promote future imagery – and image-makers – with the slogan Your picture/Our future.
“By asking for submissions in this way, it really feels like the right way
 to find new imagery. We have taken a chance on image-makers in the past, and we decided to do it in an even bigger way now,” the designer said, adding that he wants to help emerging talent along.
“I felt as if we were given a chance. We were all young, new and coming through together, particularly when we launched our campaigns. It felt right to give somebody else that opportunity. Fundamentally, it is about talent giving a chance to talent —this is something I really believe in.”
He said the aim is to “galvanize a new generation of image-makers—aged 18-30—and to help one of them develop a distinct voice in the forthcoming campaign.”
Anderson, the label’s founder and creative director, is working with Benjamin Bruno, the brand’s creative consultant and M/M (Paris), who usually work with Anderson on his campaigns.
Anderson also plans to curate the submissions for a show

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Sisley Unveils New Hair-care Brand

BRAND NEW: Sisley is launching a new brand — this time, for hair.
“It’s a rather emotional moment for us to introduce a new brand,” said Philippe d’Ornano, president of Sisley, during a party held in Paris on Monday evening. “The last brand we launched was by my mother and father — Sisley.” That was in 1976.
Cut to today, and the luxury beauty company will shortly roll out Hair Rituel by Sisley, whose product collection includes a revitalizing volumizing shampoo, a revitalizing smoothing shampoo, a restructuring conditioner, a regenerating hair mask and a hair-care oil.

A Hair Rituel product 
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“We are really treatment specialists,” said Isabelle d’Ornano, Philippe’s mother, after the screening of a brief film to present the brand. Hair care, after all, is considered the new skin care today.

At the Hair Rituel by Sisley party. 
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Designer Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Husband and Brand Cofounder Divorcing

It looks like the married owners of cult favorite boutique and brand Maryam Nassir Zadeh are headed for a split.
Eponymous founder Maryam Nassir Zadeh and her husband and business partner Uday Kak, who is also a photographer, made a contested divorce filing in a local Brooklyn court late last week. Documents in the case are sealed, but a contested filing generally means there is either a dispute over child custody, assets or both.
The now-former couple shares two daughters and public profiles list Zadeh and Kak as partners in the boutique, which has a storefront in New York’s Lower East Side, along with a popular e-commerce business. There is also a Maryam Nassir Zadeh line of shoes and bags, priced roughly between $ 400 and $ 900, as well as design-forward apparel, which Zadeh designs and has expanded over the last year.
Zadeh held her second fashion show in September at the East River Track in New York, with seating on bleachers and a surprise performance by Solange Knowles. She’s been producing seasonal collections since spring 2015.

The boutique carries a number of luxury designers, from the established to the new, like Marni, Rochas, Isabel Marant, Jacquemus, Lemaire, Jesse Kamm and Dumitrascu, and offers an

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Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Pre-Fall 2018

Founded in 2000, Italy’s Golden Goose Deluxe Brand has more recently been growing within the U.S. For pre-fall 2018, the brand designed a ready-to-wear and shoe collection around a fictitious woman who fantasized about stories of her grandfather, should she have ever met him. Notes from the designers claimed the collection, “is an ode to real imagination and imagined realities.” Vintage references ran throughout; there was Forties-inspired suiting, like a lilac set or striped trouser, along with multiple trenchcoats with full gun flap and box pleats. Men’s wear references and the reemergence of the brand’s original cowboy boots were also strong throughout. A mismatch of graphics — celestial, collegiate, tropical scenes, logos and floral prints — could have been pared down to make the whole idea more concise.

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Maria Cornejo to Serve as Brand Ambassador at Première Vision New York

CORNEJO’S CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION: Première Vision and the Council of Fashion Designers of America have crowned Maria Cornejo as the brand ambassador for next month’s Première Vision New York.
The designer is crafting a selection of exclusive designs for the show, putting to use textiles from the Swiss company Schoeller Textil. She said of the collaboration, “First, I am a total fabric nerd. I start always with fabric, draping. That’s the way we design the collection, designing the fabric. Secondly, the collection is going more and more toward sustainability.”
The show will run Jan. 16 and 17 at Pier 94 in New York.
The opportunity to work with Schoeller, the 2017 Fashion Smart Creation prize at the last PV Awards, was a selling point for Cornejo who also commended the company’s avant-garde reputation in this arena. The Swiss textiles maker was honored for its double-face fabric with a color-contrasting back in ECONYL yarn. “This was an amazing opportunity. There was no reservation for me to do it because it was also about spotlighting sustainability, showing that it doesn’t have to be boring,” she said. “It can be design. It doesn’t have to be granola or look beige. There are different ways to approach

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Burberry Named Most Popular British Brand on Instagram

ALL IN THE NUMBERS: Burberry is the most popular British brand on Instagram, according to data set to be released Friday from Iconosquare, a social media analytics firm.
According to the group’s annual British brands report, Burberry nabbed the top slot for the second year in a row. The brand has more than 10.4 million followers, followed by Topshop at 9.2 million; Jimmy Choo, 7.3 million; Asos.com, 6.6 million; Alexander McQueen, 5.3 million, and Stella McCartney, 4.5 million.
The report also noted that “British brands have a long way to go,” and pointed to Nike, which has 75.2 million followers; Victoria Secret, 57.7 million followers, and Chanel, 25 million. All three top the global list.
“Burberry should be especially pleased with their efforts as they have topped our British brands on Instagram study for the second year running and boosted their follower count by over 2 million over 12 months,” said Romain Ouzeau, chief executive officer of Iconosquare.
“A strong social media presence is an essential component of any successful marketing strategy. The top ten most popular British brands on Instagram have all been able to successfully promote aspirational lifestyles to a wide audience of people and will reap rewards this holiday season.”

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How Tommy John Introduces Its Brand to Macy’s Customers

Tommy John has made its way to Macy’s.
The men’s underwear brand, which was founded by Tom Patterson in 2008, began as an online-only company, but eventually moved into wholesale partnerships with Nordstrom and Men’s Wearhouse. Now, the company has secured a selling area at Macy’s Herald Square where Tommy John will operate a holiday pop-up that’s open through January.
“The underwear section of any department can be a very crowded space with hundreds of brands, styles and silhouettes cramped into limited square footage,” said Patterson. “By choosing to launch the Tommy John pop-up in Macy’s Herald Square, we’ve pulled Tommy John away from all the underwear brands on the market and taken over our own space to showcase the product and its features and benefits.”
In addition to a pop-up that showcases what Patterson described as an improved shopping experience that transforms underwear from a commodity to a more considered purchase, the company made a splash with an appearance from  comedian Kevin Hart, who invests in Tommy John and recently released collaborative product with the company. The first 200 customers who purchased pieces from the Tommy John x Kevin Hart collection were able to meet Hart, take a photo with him at

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J Brand RTW Spring 2018

Staged in a sun-filled studio set with loads of green plants and wicker chairs on which the models lounged, it was easy to infer an organic, clean California aesthetic from J Brand’s spring collection. The collection’s jeans — many cropped with high waists, wide or straight legs in powdery pink, natural off-white and traditional blue indigo — will pair well with the pottery-loving, gluten- and dairy-free cool girl’s lifestyle. From jean jackets to white Ts to a black leather miniskirt, the shapes were mostly clean and classic with little to no whiskering and the only distressing a raw hem or two. For the first time, men’s was included in the presentation, with the guys playing perfect counterpart to the girls in skinny jeans and relaxed jackets in shades of white, gray and faded blue.

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Marina Testino Unveils Point Off View Fashion Brand

Marina Testino is ready for her fashion debut. The recent Parsons School of Design graduate and niece of famed photographer Mario today unveils Point Off View, her fashion brand.
After graduating in May and signing with The Society Management’s creative roster, Testino went to Peru to work on the collection. She says she consulted with some of her teachers from school, as well as her aunt, who lives in Peru and studied fashion. “Really, it was kind of a secret project,” Testino says. “I saw my uncle [Mario] over the summer and I showed him the collection, but once it was done, not a lot of people knew that I was doing it.”
Through Point Off View, Testino hopes to release about two capsules a year, featuring a different artist collaboration with each. The first, designed solely by Testino, is called Edition Zero.
The Edition Zero offerings include a “Risky Business”-inspired button-down for $ 120, a denim jacket for $ 210 and an army jacket for $ 180. Each piece is emblazoned with whimsical phrases like “go skinny dipping” or “buy me a drink” or “misbehaving.” Testino says she designed the line for “young women, ages 16 to 30 years, that are outgoing and fun and

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Check Out Brand New Posters for 4 New Marvel TV Series

Marvel Television is bringing a huge lineup of its major shows — from returning favorites like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD to new breakouts like Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Runaways. But the House of M is also teasing some of its most anticipated upcoming shows in a cool way that will likely make you wish you were in New York City to reap the benefits.

IGN is debuting your first look at the four New York Comic Con-exclusive posters Marvel will be handing out at NYCC during their signings. In addition to awesome, stylized posters for SHIELD and Runaways, you also have the chance to get an early look at promotion for Jessica Jones: Season 2 and the upcoming Cloak & Dagger adaptation. Take a look at all four posters below:

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George Zimmer Acquires Competing Online Tuxedo Rental Brand

George Zimmer is building his empire.
Generation Tux, the online tuxedo rental business founded in 2014 by the gravelly voiced founder of Men’s Wearhouse has acquired a competing business called Menguin in a stock exchange deal worth $ 25 million.
As part of the deal, Menguin has relocated to Louisville, Ky., the headquarters of Generation Tux, and its chief executive officer, Justin Delaney, will become president of both brands, which will continue to be run as separate businesses. His cofounder Bogdan Constantin will serve as chief marketing officer.
“I met these guys about a year ago and they had a small company that was doing about the same volume we do,” Zimmer said. “But the difference was that we invested many millions more than they did. They built their business on old-fashioned hard work and knowledge.”

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The four-year-old Menguin has been experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 800 percent. Generation Tux expects to have sales next year of between $ 20 million and $ 30 million.
He said the number of rentals and revenue of the two companies was similar, but the expense structure at Generation Tux is much higher. One marked difference is that Menguin did not own its rental inventory while Generation Tux does.

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Timberland Introduces New Boot Style With Nationwide Brand Activation

Timberland is embracing creative product drops.
The VF Corp.-owned outdoors brand has introduced Ghost White, its first six-inch, all-white boot. The limited-edition style will be released this week. The company will celebrate the launch by rolling out six customized ice cream trucks today in New York, Baltimore and Washington, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Los Angeles, where customers will be gifted free ice cream and compete for a chance to get a free pair of boots. The ice cream trucks will be stationed outside of participating Timberland retailers where shoppers can purchase the boot.
“Timberland is a well-respected brand, but I thought it was important to let people interact with the brand,” said Mel Peralta, Timberland’s lifestyle marketing manager, who was hired by the brand in March to handle all of its brand collaborations.
In terms of the boot’s design, Peralta said this is an effort from Timberland to integrate functionality with style.
“This is our first white-on-white colorway on our classic six-inch premium silhouette,” said Peralta. “For us it’s a superimportant boot that’s the perfect marriage between heritage and style. It has the DNA of a workman boot because it’s waterproof, but it’s a stylish look.”
Timberland will celebrate the launch with an event at

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