It’s been a whirlwind five years for Chris Molnar. The apparel industry veteran of Michael Kors, John Varvatos and WP Lavori in Corso created Goodlife Clothing in 2014, a men’s premium basics brand whose T-shirts, Henleys and sweats are now sold at all Nordstrom and Trunk Club locations, as well as several specialty stores, a variety of upscale resorts, and online. But Molnar is now taking the brand into its next phase, opening its first brick-and-mortar store and expanding into women’s wear. Goodlife will enter the women’s business this fall. In November, Goodlife will open its first store, at 400 Bleecker Street in the West Village. It will measure around 400 to 500 square feet and will focus on Goodlife’s “hero product,” its premium T-shirts. Although other seasonal merchandise will also be on display in the shop, Molnar said it will be for try-on purposes only. Anyone purchasing the other pieces in-store will have them shipped for free. “Over 75 percent of our business is our year-round jerseys and terries that are made in L.A.,” Molnar said. “So by focusing on that, we mitigate the risk of having seasonal product on the floor and reduce the inventory we need to carry.” Molnar is partnering with Leap,
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J.C. Penney is turning its gaze to the outdoors. The retailer will open an Outdoor Shop for men in 100 stores and online on Oct. 4. The shops will offer apparel from a new St. John’s Bay Outdoor private label as well as three new national sportswear brands: American Threads, The American Outdoorsman and Hi-Tec. The shops will measure around 800 square feet and will be featured prominently within the men’s department, the retailer said. They will have modern fixtures, bold graphics and mannequins dressed to inspire adventure and exploration of the outdoors. Their anchor will be St. John’s Bay Outdoor, which will include sweaters, jackets, vests, graphic T-shirts and woven shirts, with prices ranging from $ 11.99 to $ 44.99. That collection will be offered in 600 stores and online beginning Thursday. Other new brands include American Threads, which is centered around denim and workwear, that will be exclusive to Penney’s for fall. The assortment will include also quilted vests, sweaters and jackets. The American Outdoorsman will offer knitwear, hoodies, vests, jackets and pants with waterproof pockets, moisture-wicking fabric, sun protection and quick dry properties. Hi-Tec will offer shirts, pants, fleeces, vests and outerwear. “As America spends more time outdoors, J.C. Penney is launching an entirely new outdoor category for men that delivers what he
The Duchess is back on American soil, letting her hair down in her element! See Meghan's sporty & chic style as she cheers on BFF Serena Williams at the 2019 U.S. Open.
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The Duchess of Sussex is showing her support for close friend Serena Williams. Meghan Markle, made a surprise trip to New York to attend Williams’ final U.S. Open match on Saturday against Canada’s Bianca Andreescu. Markle arrived at the match dressed in a gray coat and denim dress, where she greeted Williams’ husband, Alexis Ohanian, before the match began. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greets Alexis Ohanian as she arrives to watch the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships. Charles Krupa/AP/Shutterstock This marks the first trip Markle has made to the U.S. since giving birth to her and Prince Harry’s first son, Archie, in May. She previously visited New York City this year for her baby shower in February, which was cohosted by Williams. Markle also came out to support Williams at Wimbledon in July, sitting outside the royal box to cheer on her friend. Markle’s New York trip marks the beginning of a busy month of engagements for the royal. She is slated to attend her first official royal engagement after ending maternity leave on Sept. 12 for the launch of her charitable fashion label, which benefits the U.K. organization, Smart Works. She will then embark on a tour of Africa with Prince Harry
While many of her fashion blogger contemporaries are boosting their personal brands by launching their own labels through online retailers — a trend as of late — Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior is showcasing her virtual world “IRL” with a brick-and-mortar location this fall. “I want to get it open, like, yesterday,” said Duprie inside Platform, the trendy shopping project in Culver City and location of her pop-up, By Damsel. The two-month lease, with the option to extend, starts Nov. 1. “As soon as we can get in there, get it painted, get set up, we’re open.” “Everything now is so digital,” she continued. “The whole influencer space is so saturated now, as well. I wanted to think outside the box. I wanted something for people to come and experience the brand firsthand, a space where they could feel everything we stand for, the touch, the smell, the overall aesthetic of the brand, in person.” She described that aesthetic as “elevated basics, pieces that you’ll be able to wear for years to come, that can be incorporated with today’s trends.” The 600-square-foot shop will feature a range of items she has curated — priced $ 20 to $ 2,000 — from about a dozen
Polo Ralph Lauren is mixing it up a bit for the U.S. Open Tennis tournament this year. The brand, which has been the official outfitter of the tournament since 2005, has reimagined the ball person uniforms it creates to be made from recycled materials. This is another indicator of the company’s push toward sustainability, which includes using 170 million recycled plastic bottles in its products and packaging by 2025 and convert the use of virgin poly-fiber to recycled poly-fiber throughout its supply chain by 2025. The 2019 U.S. Open Ball Person’s uniform — a Polo shirt, short or skort — will be made from yarn derived from seven recycled plastic bottles and the fabric will have performance features such as stretch and moisture-wicking properties. In addition, Polo Ralph Lauren will be collecting plastic tennis ball cans in partnership with Wilson at this year’s tournament and they will be made into the fabric for the 2020 Ball Person uniform. Over the course of the tournament, the company expects approximately 12,000 cans will be collected and recycled. In addition to the official uniforms for the ball people, the company has created a collection of off-court styles inspired by the Polo Sport brand from the Nineties. The
You're playing for the claret jug and the chance to be called the "Champion Golfer of the Year." Those are pretty handsome rewards on their own. But after the Open Championship came to an end on Sunday night at Royal Portrush, the 73 golfers who made the cut also took home a tidy little financial reward.
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Lee Westwood is enjoying having his girlfriend on caddie duties after boosting his Open Championship title chances on Friday. The Englishman has never won a major but his second-round 67 put him firmly in the hunt for the Claret Jug on seven under, with J.B. Holmes the only man in the clubhouse on a lower score. Westwood has had partner Helen Storey on the bag at Royal Portrush and, despite her lack of golf knowledge, she has been a great help to him.
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“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band” will rock the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary recounts the story of one of Canada’s musical legends — a man who served as both lead guitarist and primary songwriter on a group that introduced the likes of “The Weight” and “The Night […]
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The complex relationship between Northern Ireland and Ireland has always been a part of Rory McIlroy’s life. As The Open comes to his home, McIlroy has already won.
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FACE OFF: The Dior flagship on Avenue Montaigne is about to close for renovations, but the facade of the building will travel: a reproduction of the historic headquarters will be superimposed on its new temporary boutique on Avenue des Champs-Elysées, opening on July 15.
The trompe l’oeil image, which lifts up at the corner like a page being turned, also went up on an advertising billboard on Place de la Concorde in Paris on Monday.
The trompe l’oeil facade of the Dior store.
The Dior store, located next to the Publicis Drugstore and across the road from Cartier, opens at a troubled time for the Champs-Elysées, which has been repeatedly closed to traffic and public transport since the gilets jaunes, or yellow vests, protests started last November.
The Avenue Montaigne boutique will close shortly before the Champs-Elysées store opens its doors, a spokeswoman for the brand said. The new boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne, a building which also houses offices and the brand’s haute couture ateliers, is expected to reopen in 2020.
The Lakers have agreed to send three players to the Wizards, sources tell ESPN. The move will allow Los Angeles to acquire Anthony Davis on July 6 while also leaving the team $ 32 million in salary-cap space.
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The Pelicans selected the superstar forward out of Duke No. 1 overall in Thursday night’s NBA draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, confirming what had been inevitable once New Orleans won the draft lottery last month.
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The Chinese film industry may not yet have emerged from a “cold winter” production freeze, nor its box office kept pace with 2018. But but those inclement elements did not put a chill on the pageantry at the Shanghai International Film Festival. The opening ceremony for the festival’s 22nd edition went ahead Saturday with the […]
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The Webster said Monday it has partnered with Fenty, the new luxury house launched by Rihanna with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton last month, for its first pop-up experience in the U.S.
Fenty will take over the first two floors of The Webster at 29 Greene Street in SoHo with a distinct installation and retail experience designed for the luxury multibrand retailer. The pop-up opens June 19 and runs through June 30.
“I am so proud and honored that Rihanna and her team chose to launch the new Fenty release with The Webster SoHo. She has an incredible personality and style and is the true epitome of a powerful woman,” said Laure Heriard-Dubreuil, founder and creative director of The Webster.
First established in Miami’s South Beach district by Heriard-Dubreuil in an historical Art Deco building designed in 1939 by Henry Hohauser, The Webster now operates flagship stores in New York, Houston, Costa Mesa, Calif., South Beach and Bal Harbour, Fla.
WWD broke the news on Jan. 17 that the pop star was working with LVMH on the high-profile fashion project, an extension of their wildly successful Fenty Beauty line. The singer and the French luxury conglomerate confirmed the project May 10, saying the new
Rafael Nadal will play for a 12th French Open title after sweeping aside old foe Roger Federer in straight sets at Roland Garros.
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Three weeks after unveiling Shoppable TV, a new offering that blends television and e-commerce, NBC Universal launched its first official project under the initiative — a Lacoste shopping experience during the 2019 French Open from Roland-Garros.
The “on-air shoppable moment” will air during televised matches featuring Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star and Lacoste brand ambassador. The model works via QR codes that show up during the broadcast, so viewers can scan them with their mobile devices and go immediately online to browse or buy. The transactions are handled directly on Lacoste’s web site.
“We are thrilled to officially launch Shoppable TV by pairing two iconic brands: Lacoste and the French Open,” said Josh Feldman, executive vice president, head of marketing and advertising creative of NBC Universal. “For the first time ever, tennis fans can shop the Lacoste x Novak Djokovic Collection while watching him play in real time.”
Coordinated in advance, the athlete’s outfits — in bright orange, and black and white — come from the French sportswear line. The idea is to give consumers immediate opportunities to shop them or other items in the collection.
The French Open comes as Djokovic marks his anniversary as the face of Lacoste, a role he assumed in
Frescobol Carioca is testing the retail waters in the U.S.
The high-end Brazilian swimwear and casual sportswear label will open its first brick-and-mortar pop-up, a Summer Cabana, in Greenwich Village on May 20. The 600-square-foot shop at 400 Bleecker Street will be open through mid-August but may extend its stay if successful, according to cofounder Harry Brantly.
“We’re trying to be a premium luxury resortwear brand and that’s hard to do without an outpost in the U.S.,” he said. Brantly said the company did a comprehensive analysis of its business and saw that nearly 40 percent of its sales come from the U.S., “and the vast bulk of that is in New York.”
Although the sales are scattered throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and other areas, the brand will start its retail experiment on Bleecker Street. “We’ve always loved the area and aspired to have a shop there,” he said.
He said if the pop-up is successful “we’ll go to the landlord with cap in hand” and extend the lease. “That’s the way retail is at the moment, and we’re keen to maintain our flexibility.” The brand is also considering pop-ups in Miami and Los Angeles.
In the States, Frescobol Carioca is also carried in Bergdorf Goodman,
Agentry PR is pivoting.
The organizer of New York Men’s Day, a showcase for emerging designers, will once again open the men’s spring calendar, working in tandem with the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The CFDA shifted the men’s dates to June 3 to 5 this season to coincide with the women’s resort calendar. This means the New York-based men’s shows will take place ahead of the men’s shows in London, Florence, Milan and Paris.
Agentry had considered sticking with the former July dates to give the designers more time to prepare their collections and align with the New York men’s trade shows, but opted to stick with CFDA instead.
But there are other changes: New York Men’s Day will now be held at Daylight Studios & Location 05, next to the newly opened Hudson Yards complex on the West Side of Manhattan. For the past few seasons, the shows had been held at Dune Studios in the financial district.
New York Men’s Day will feature presentations from nine designers, down from 12 in prior iterations. Five will be held over a two-hour period in the morning and four in the afternoon.
But the event will also feature an All Stars Showcase where previous Men’s
Dior Men is getting a lot of mileage out of its Hajime Sorayama sculpture.
Last November, the brand’s artistic director Kim Jones commissioned a 39-foot-tall sculpture of a robot woman by Japanese contemporary artist Sorayama to be the centerpiece for his pre-fall 2019 men’s show in Tokyo. The artist also designed a Dior logo for the season and his futuristic imagery became part of the prints used in the collection.
Now, smaller versions of the sculpture are making their way to retailers in North America, where they will be featured in a series of pop-ups this spring.
The first debuted at The Park at CityCenterDC in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The 16.4-foot version will remain on site through May 7.
On May 1, Holt Renfrew’s Yorkdale store in Toronto will install a 9.2-foot version that will remain there through May 31. On the other coast, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., will take delivery of the robot that had been at CityCenter and install it in its Jewel Court on May 14. It will remain there through May 28.
Designed like pods, the interconnected spaces are modular and can be adapted to a number of different retail locations. Inside the metal pods are mirrors
In its latest move in recent weeks to show it’s a friend of foreign businesses, China paved the way for German insurer Allianz SE to establish the country’s first wholly foreign-owned insurance holding company.
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NIKE’S LONDON MOVE: Nike is slipping on its running shoes and heading north to King’s Cross in London. It plans to move its headquarters to the new development there, joining Google, Facebook, Universal Music and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, which have already moved in, or are set to settle into the neighborhood.
At more than 60,000 square feet, the new Nike headquarters will be nearly double the size of the current one on Wardour Street in Soho. The company is due to move into the new building next year after building work is complete.
A real estate source has confirmed British media reports that the new location will be S1, a building in King’s Cross that is under construction, on the corner of Handyside Street and Canal Reach.
The London-based French architect Michel Mossessian, who worked on the NATO headquarters in Brussels and on the Marks & Spencer head offices in London’s Bayswater, is designing the Nike building.
He is also working on the adjacent building, which has already been pre-let to Google.
The Nike offices will be in close proximity to the recently opened retail space, Coal Drops Yard, and near King’s Cross and St. Pancras train stations. Central Saint Martins is also
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Rhone is taking the plunge into retail.
After testing the waters with a series of pop-ups the past several years, the buzzy men’s activewear brand will open its first permanent location at Hudson Yards next month.
Nate Checketts, Rhone’s cofounder and chief executive officer, said the 943-square-foot location on the second floor of Hudson Yards’ retail complex, will be located near M.Gemi and Mack Weldon and will “showcase a modern, sleek and streamlined design.”
Checketts said the company chose Hudson Yards for its first permanent location because he believes the location “is an incredibly unique opportunity for retailers. It is shifting the way Manhattan moves and works in a real way that hasn’t happened for some time in New York. With more than 1 million square feet of retail and mixed-use space, and more than 100 luxury and specialty retailers, Hudson Yard’s urban development allows us to showcase the Rhone brand on an unparalleled platform.”
But to whet its retail appetite until Hudson Yards opens, Rhone this week opened its latest temporary location, a pop-up at 1585 Broadway that it is calling the Midtown Manhattan Retail Experience.
The location in Times Square is intended to service the Rhone customers who “work in and around the
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Indochino will open up to 20 retail showrooms in North America this year.
The Vancouver-based custom men’s brand, said the expansion will be concentrated on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. The first will open in Cobble Hill in Brooklyn on Jan. 18. Other locations will include Greenwich, Conn., Manhasset, N.Y., and Paramus, N.J., followed by a second unit in Boston and a fourth in the Greater Toronto area. Three showrooms will open in California, in Roseville, San Diego and San Jose, plus Portland, Ore., and Bellevue, Wash.
Indochino ended 2018 with 38 showrooms.
The brand is also expanding its categories. Last year, it began offering chinos and outerwear and will begin offering casual shirts by summer as well as an expanded assortment of custom suits, dress shirts and formalwear.
Indochino said it posted a 43 percent increase in sales in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 55 percent and positive earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization for the second consecutive year. The company declined to provide more specific figures.
Drew Green, president and chief executive officer of Indochino said the company doubled its retail footprint in 2018 and is ready to “explore more new markets while profitably growing our existing markets, introduce consumers
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TRADING UP: With Paris trade show organizers looking to rethink their game, Tranoï on Tuesday revealed plans to open a temporary corner at Galeries Lafayette in January in tandem with its salon, presenting exclusive limited edition capsules by 28 designers participating in a new space in the event dubbed Only at Tranoï.
The aim, said a Tranoï spokesman, is to present the brands in a new light by offering buyers attending the show “a new level of exclusivity,” as the capsules are only being presented in Paris, and at Galeries Lafayette offer members of the public a taste of Paris Fashion Week.
“It’s a Tranoï concept store,” he added. Participating brands will include Russian down jacket specialist Shu, a Tranoï newcomer; China’s Jing Yu; Ukrainian fashion label Frolov, and Paris-based bag brand Zoobeetle.
Tranoï will be held at the Palais de la Bourse from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, with the Galeries Lafayette corner due to run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4.
General Motors plans to cut up to 14,800 jobs and end production at certain plants, marking the auto maker’s first significant downsizing since bankruptcy as it tries to adjust to lower demand for passenger cars. President Trump said GM should stop making cars in China and make them in the U.S. instead, in an exclusive WSJ interview.
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Psycho Bunny is jumping into the retail fray in Miami.
The New York-based men’s brand with the slightly maniacal rabbit logo with its teeth hanging over a skull and crossbones, is opening its first store in the Aventura Mall this fall.
The brand operates two stores in Panama, two in Mexico and will open one in Bogotá, Colombia, by the end of the year. There are also 17 retail locations in Japan, including a flagship in Shibuya.
The concept is a bit unorthodox since the store will have two iterations: a 1,400-square-foot space will open as a pop-up at the beginning of November and stay in operation through the middle of January. At that point, it will be closed until the middle of March when it will reopen permanently as a 1,600-square-foot flagship.
“Because of the timing of when we signed the lease, we needed more time to [create a flagship],” said Robert Goldman, who operates the brand with Robert Godley. So to capitalize on the holiday traffic, a pop-up was created that will replicate a working artist’s studio. It is being designed by the Montreal-based architectural firm, Aedifica, which has worked with Adidas, Aldo and others.
Each side of the Psycho Bunny store will
Isaia will open its first store in London, a 4,800-square foot shop at 45 Conduit Street, on Nov. 4. This marks the first store in the U.K. for the Naples-based luxury men’s brand, which operates some 14 stores elsewhere in Europe as well as in Asia and the U.S.
Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the family-owned company, said: “I visited London for the first time in 1976 when I was 13 years old and have loved it ever since. London is truly one of the greatest cities in the world. The history, sophistication and the love of tailoring make it the perfect place for Isaia to have a home.”
The store is being designed by Ferrari Architetti and will be decorated with art and artifacts sourced by interior designer Alberta Saladino that speak to its legacy near the Bay of Naples. It will include features also found in other stores such as a vintage Campari bar and a red lacquered piano.
It will be divided into distinct areas intended to spotlight the full range of offerings, including sportswear, tailored clothing and accessories, and there will be a separate made-to-measure area and a “Vesuvio” VIP room.
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Huckberry is jumping into the pop-up craze.
The San Francisco-based online men’s retailer will open its first retail location at 383 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village in November. The shop will feature “seven actionable adventures” that will highlight journeys ranging from a West Village Drinking Tour with Jack Kerouac to 72 Hours in Iceland. Each will offer a free itinerary that customers can take away from the store, insider perks at select stops such as discounts, VIP treatment, etc., and an edited selection of the season’s apparel, footwear, gear and gifts targeted to the specific adventure.
The pop-up will also offer a series of in-store events such as fireside chats and product demos. The first will be a question-and-answer with adventure photographer Chris Burkard on Nov. 6.
“When we started Huckberry in our apartments back in 2011, our mission was the same then as it is now: to inspire and equip adventures near and far,” Huckberry cofounder Andy Forch said. “Today, we’re excited to take our mission offline and serve our largest market with a fun and inspiring shopping experience we hope will push the boundaries of experiential retail.”
Cofounder Richard Greiner added: “Our vision is to build the most inspiring men’s retailer in the world through
NEW DIGS: Schiaparelli will open a pop-up store at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City on Oct. 18, marking the first time since its relaunch that the couture house will be available outside its salons in Paris.
The temporary store on the fourth floor will carry Story#1, the brand’s new ready-to-wear collection dedicated to Man Ray, alongside its first handbag, The Secret. Bergdorf Goodman plans to celebrate the exclusive partnership with a dedicated window display, an online look book and the cover of BG Magazine’s Holiday Luxe Book.
“I can’t imagine another place more aligned with the spirit of Schiaparelli than Bergdorf Goodman,” said Linda Fargo, senior vice president, fashion office and store presentation at Bergdorf Goodman.
“We are both utterly unique entities. We both believe deeply in beauty and excellence and the exquisite. We fully appreciate that we are their first home away from home, and that Schiaparelli is more than clothes…it’s an immersion in a place and a feeling. It’s not rushed. It’s personal and rare,” she added.
The window display on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 58th Street will be designed by David Hoey, senior director, visual presentation at Bergdorf Goodman, in collaboration with the Man Ray Trust, which is
Lingerie Française, an organization that represents French lingerie brands, is hosting a lingerie loft in New York.
Open from Nov. 2 to 4, it will display pieces from brands including Aubade, Chantelle, Passionata, Empreinte, Antigel, Maison Lejaby, Simone Perele and Implicite. The loft is a way to highlight these brands and introduce them to the U.S. customer, who Ulyana Sukach, director of international development at Lingerie Française, said already enjoys French lingerie.
“This loft will let visitors experience these brands in an educational and engaging way,” said Ulyana Sukach, director of international development at Lingerie Française, who noted American consumers have an appreciation for French lingerie.
According to La Fédération de la Maille, de la Lingerie & du Balnéaire, France’s lingerie market was valued at 3.9 billion euros in 2016 and it’s grown by 7.8 percent since 2013. French corsetry exports in 2017 were 371.5 million euros, 26.3 million euros of which went to the U.S.
Located at 305 Bleecker Street, the loft will not sell any merchandise — visitors will be directed to retailers who carry these brands — while offering an extensive slate of talks and experiences. There will be workout sessions, workshops on how to find the right bra and talks on
Sears Holdings is inching closer to a deal with lenders about a bankruptcy plan that would close at least 150 stores and provide a lifeline loan to keep a small footprint of around 300 locations open.
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The Miami Film Festival’s fall edition, called GEMS, has unveiled its lineup including Colombia’s Oscar entry “Birds of Passage” as opening night selection and Spain’s Oscar submission “Champions” as closing night film. Miami Dade College organizes the festival, which takes place Oct. 11-14 at the college’s Tower Theater Miami. The Miami Film Festival’s 36th edition […]
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Men’s brand Descendant of Thieves is not afraid of all the empty storefronts on Bleecker Street and will open its first brick-and-mortar store on the beleaguered strip in November.
The shop at 203 Bleecker is to house a 600-square-foot retail store and 1,000-square-foot showroom and office. The building has housed only two other tenants in its 100-year-plus existence: a bakery and a leather goods shop. It’s located on the east side of Sixth Avenue, near Minetta Street. Its design will be a nod to the history of the space and include vintage furnishings and vintage-inspired fixtures.
“Descendant of Thieves is going against the grain in leading a movement to bring back the independent shops of yesteryear and reignite New York City’s retail,” said Matteo Maniatty, creative director and cofounder of the brand. “We chose the 203 Bleecker Street landmarked location because we knew this was exactly where we wanted to be — among other independently owned businesses that give Greenwich Village its unique character.”
The store will showcase a variety of programming, including performances, art exhibitions and community events and also offer 60-minute delivery within New York.
“We are looking forward to re-creating — not renovating — the space back to its original feeling and
Facebook shares tumbled after the social-media company warned that its growth is slowing, igniting fears that its fortunes aren’t immune to the multiple controversies it has faced this year.
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First Man, directed by Damien Chazelle, also stars The Crown’s Claire Foy.
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Los Angeles-based beauty agency Forward Artists, which represents top talent in the hair, makeup, styling and grooming fields – including wardrobe stylists Rob Zangardi, Mariel Haenn and Micaela Erlanger, makeup artists Pati Dubroff and Melanie Inglessis and hair stylists Giannandrea and John D – has opened a New York office.
Founded in 2014, Forward Artists has defined itself by promoting transparency between agents, artists & clients as well as offering artists greater control over their careers.
Noted Dubrof, “I’m proud to be part of an agency that truly values the artist and agent relationship by fostering the communication needs of both. A bicoastal presence will open exciting new doors for growth and collaboration with New York artists and clients.”
Said cofounder Spencer Spaulding, “We’ve had many artists and clients reaching out wondering if/when we planned on opening in New York but I only wanted to do it if it happened organically. Growth has been mindful to ensure a healthy business and that artists are properly taken care of. We have never wanted to blow-up into a monopoly of artists. We want to stay boutique and high-end so we can serve each and every one of our artists with a bit more of a
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Rowing Blazers is going the retail route.
The preppy brand of vintage-inspired sport coats, button-down shirts and ties will open a 2,500-square-foot store at 221 Centre Street in Manhattan on June 15. The space formerly housed the Odin store.
Rowing Blazers was created last year by Jack Carlson, a former coxswain on the U.S. national rowing team who also holds a Ph.D. in archaeology from Oxford University (a center of rowing worldwide), and is the author of “A Humorous Guide to Heraldry” and “Rowing Blazers,” a coffee-table tome about the “authentic striped, piped, trimmed and badged” jackets worn by oarsman around the world.
Since its debut, the collection of boldly patterned and brightly colored jackets has caught the attention of Millennial customers, and the brand had a successful partnership with J. Crew on a limited-edition capsule of rugby shirts.
In addition, a pop-up that the brand operated on Rivington Street last fall was so successful Carlson believes it’s the right time to take a bigger plunge into the brick-and-mortar world.
“When we started, the idea was to be e-commerce exclusively and maybe add wholesale selectively,” he said. Rowing Blazers does wholesale its line to Asian retailers Beams, United Arrows, Journal Standard and others.
“But when we
Serena Williams has pulled out of her fourth-round match at the French Open against Maria Sharapova because of a pectoral muscle injury that won’t allow her to serve, she announced Monday.
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R|Label by The Reset, the year-old direct-to-consumer apparel line born out of the women’s empowerment digital platform Thereset.com, will debut its first temporary shop-in-shop at Bloomingdale’s in the Westfield San Francisco Centre on May 10. It will be open through mid-July during regular store hours. The effort marks the beginning of several partnerships with the department store to expand brand awareness through the shop-in-shop experience, rather than a stand-alone pop-up.
Certainly the foot traffic, even in challenging retail times, at a department store anchor in a large shopping center, is a boon to the San Francisco-based brand that so far has found its audience in the online world, with no advertising. Testing new brands on its floor could benefit Bloomingdale’s sales, too.
Calling it “the good stuff and nothing but,” founder and chief executive officer Maria Peevey said the pop-up will carry easy silk tops, featherweight sweaters, vegan leather jackets, and blazers and trousers retailing from $ 55 to $ 295. The brand launched last year with a neutral palette of solids and has hewed close to the classics since.
“The brand offers a sophisticated and clean look that is the perfect San Francisco uniform,” noted Catherine Bartels, Bloomingdale’s trade area vice president and San
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“We’ve always tried to make these worlds places you can get lost in. Feel like they exist when you’re not even in them – like they’re waiting for you.”
That’s the kind of world Rob Nelson, co-studio head of Rockstar North, wants to build.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is Rockstar’s first original game in five years, and the first it’s built specifically for the current generation of consoles. It’s a fact that’s easy to forget with GTA V still dominating sales charts and amidst the constant updates to GTA Online.
Work on Read Dead 2 began eight years ago, as production drew to a close on its predecessor. “I think when we finished this one…” Nelson breaks off and gestures towards a screen behind him in his Edinburgh office; it’s running Red Dead Redemption on an old Xbox 360 debug console. “I always like to keep it close by, just to stay familiar with it and the feelings it evokes.” The TV displays the game’s title screen, which teases the player with a sliver of the game’s natural beauty.
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Indochino is continuing to expand its reach.
The Vancouver-based made-to-measure men’s wear firm has set plans in motion to open eight additional showrooms in the U.S. over the next four months.
The first three will open later this month in Denver, Dallas and Bethesda, Md., followed by Short Hills, N.J., and Scottsdale, Ariz., in June. Columbus, Ohio and Newport Beach, Calif., are also slated to open this summer along with New York City’s Madison Avenue location.
“The latest investment in retail marks an important step in our growth strategy as we look to expand our bricks-and-mortar network by almost a third over the course of four months,” said Drew Green, chief executive officer of Indochino. “Indochino has evolved its digitally native foundation over the past few years and expanded at an industry-leading pace, based on the belief that an enhanced and custom shopping experience should be accessible to everyone. With each new market we enter, we’re moving closer to achieving this. It’s going to be a busy summer and we couldn’t be more excited.”
By the end of the summer, this will bring Indochino’s retail footprint to 31 showrooms. The locations were all chosen by determining where the brand has its strongest online business
Amazon has hoovered up exclusive live-streaming rights to the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for Prime customers in the U.K. and Ireland in a five-year pact — another move forward in the tech giant’s encroachment on TV sports. The United States Tennis Asssn. entered into a deal granting Amazon Prime Video exclusive live telecast rights to […]
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LONDON — An experimental concept shop that’s set to open in London’s Belgravia next month is channeling the multiple zeitgeists sweeping through fashion and design: Experiential retail, the sharing economy, sustainability — and community.
The store, called 50m, will launch with 10 emerging labels on May 24 at the Eccleston Yards development near Victoria Station, WWD has learned.
Created by a socially minded, London-based collective called Something & Son, 50m aims to tackle the problem of high shop rents in London, support new design talent and build a creative and commercial community.
The store, which spans 2,420 square feet, will allow emerging talent to showcase their wares in a space that will also include hot-desking and events areas, a café and a social meeting spot.
Launch brands include Ryan Lo, Kepler, a clothing line founded in 2016 by Alexandra Hadjikyriacou and Jaimee Mckenna; men’s wear designer and Royal College of Art graduate Bianca Saunders; the creative director of Simo Markus Wernitznig, and the jewelry studio Räthel & Wolf, run by Sari Räthel and Ricarda Wolf.
Any designer can apply to join the 50m retail community, and if they’re chosen, they’ll receive a dedicated rail space from which to show and sell their work in exchange for
President Xi Jinping offered to further open up China’s markets to foreign business, though fell short of proposing the thoroughgoing changes the Trump administration says it is seeking to avert a trade fight.
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Karl Lagerfeld is ready to take SoHo by storm.
On Saturday, the Karl Lagerfeld brand will open its first U.S. store at 420 West Broadway in New York, which features a mix of Lagerfeld’s European collection and Karl Lagerfeld Paris, which is a joint venture with G-III Apparel Group.
“The moment seems to be right and the space is great,” Lagerfeld told WWD. He noted that distribution of his signature brand, re-launched in the burgeoning masstige category in 2012, first put down retail roots in Europe and then China. “Our first tests in the U.S. were great.”
Inspired by the designer’s personal home and studio, the 3,230-square-foot store has a sophisticated yet inviting, open feel. Each of the furnishings has an unusual story behind it, from antique mirrors to velvet chairs and luxurious marble finishes to the giant Tokidoki silver cartoon sculpture of Lagerfeld — with a ponytail — holding his famous feline, Choupette. A bespoke carpet has a red border around its edges, similar to the border that the designer draws on all of his sketches. A full-size photograph of Lagerfeld, wearing fingerless gloves and chains, and taking a photo with his camera, greets visitors at the entrance.
One highlight is a library wall inspired by
The ink on the lease is dry. Gabriela Hearst has signed a lease to open her first store in New York at the Carlyle House at 991 Madison Avenue, adjacent to the Carlyle Hotel, through which customers will enter the store. Hearst, whose collection is three years old, has been eyeing store locations for a while. She plans to open for fall 2018. It’s a big year for her. Last month the designer opened a Paris showroom at 1 Avenue Montaigne and earned her first CFDA Awards nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year.
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NEW DOOR: Temple St. Clair is to open her first boutique. Rather than choose New York, the designer has gone the unconventional route — settling upon Florence for her inaugural brick-and-mortar venture.
The store, to be located on the Ponte Vecchio, will measure 250 square feet and is slated to open this summer or early fall.
The designer founded her brand in 1986 in the Italian city, with designs predicated upon artisanal goldsmith techniques.
“This opportunity came to me through my dear artisans in Florence. They introduced me to the Vettori family, a jewelry house established on the Ponte Vecchio for over 80 years. The Vettori and I immediately discovered a shared vision of bringing back the former elegance to the bridge while celebrating the work of the famed goldsmiths of Florence,” St. Clair said of the shop.
Jack Erwin, a men’s online footwear brand, will open its first full-service brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan this summer.
The flagship will be located at 488 Madison Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Streets, and will carry the brand’s full line of European-made, handcrafted shoes as well as some exclusives.
“Over the past three years, the Tribeca showroom has shown us that many of our customers not only want to try on our shoes for fit and comfort, but also really enjoy seeing the quality of our materials and craftsmanship while engaging with our team in-person,” said co-founder Lane Gerson. “As Jack Erwin grows, it’s important for us to continue nurturing these customers by improving and expanding our retail experience, and with so many new products launching this year, we think now is the perfect time to introduce Jack Erwin Madison.”
Jack Erwin launched in 2013 and sells primarily online, although it is also carried in Nordstrom.
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Amid denials of reports touting a potential sale, Acne Studios is chugging along with its global retail expansion plans.
On Friday, the 21-year-old Stockholm-based brand will open its newest store in West Hollywood, its second Los Angeles location following its downtown L.A. opening in 2013.
The 2,700-square-foot store at 8920 Melrose Avenue, down the street from Maxfield and James Perse, and around the corner from Hedi Slimane’s design studio and Jenni Kayne, is the company’s 54th location worldwide.
Acne Studios in West Hollywood.
“L.A. is one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the world. We keep coming back to the city for inspiration and for the special atmosphere. Downtown L.A. was a great starting point for us, but we always knew we wanted a store on the westside also. Anyone who has ever been stuck in L.A. traffic will understand why. Store scouting is always about the combination of space and location, and in 8920 Melrose Avenue we were lucky enough to find what we were looking for on both parameters. We love the mood of this store,” said Mattias Magnusson, Acne’s chief executive officer.
As a niche yet relatively mature company, Acne can afford to think outside the box. “The retail
Stadium Goods is aligning with another big entity.
LVMH Luxury Ventures recently backed the streetwear and sneaker retailer, which is now partnering with Nordstrom to operate a concept space within its new men’s store, which is slated to open on April 12 at 235 West 57th Street.
“Sneakers are the fastest growing category in men’s footwear and partnering with Stadium Goods punctuates our commitment to showcasing the best and most rare sneakers from the hottest brands that have long sold out elsewhere,” said Kristin Frossmo, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for shoes at Nordstrom. “Sneakers have disrupted fashion and are now being mixed with everyday looks — from desk to dinner. We couldn’t be more excited to be Stadium Goods first retail partner of choice.”
This innovative deal brings after-market sneakers into a retail space that sells brand new shoes. According to John McPheters, who cofounded Stadium Goods with Jed Stiller, this has been in the works for a couple of years, but it wasn’t a difficult sell.
“We’ve spent so much time trying to elevate the after-market experience,” said McPheters. “And we feel like we are getting to a great place to be able to sell our product in Nordstrom. It’s a
The Tie Bar continues to expand its retail reach.
The Chicago-based men’s brand, which launched as strictly an online player, will add its fifth brick-and-mortar store in Philadelphia next month.
The store will be located at 1527 Walnut Street in the ground floor of The Beacon apartment building. The 900-square-foot unit is slated to open on April 9 and will join the two Tie Bar stores in Chicago as well as units in New York and Boston.
“We couldn’t be happier bringing The Tie Bar to Philadelphia, it’s a rapidly growing market for us and offers so much potential to expand our in-person business,” said Allyson Lewis, chief executive officer. “Our existing stores continue to buck the retail trends of late, providing our clientele a unique in-person shopping experience while remaining profitable for the brand. An aggressive retail strategy was essential to our further growth this year and it made perfect sense for that to include Philadelphia.”
The store will offer the brand’s assortment of furnishings and accessories — dress shirts, neckties, bow ties, tie bars, pocket squares, belts, socks, shoelaces. It will also offer the company’s newest product category: dress pants. The pants will be available starting on March 20 and will be sold
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SHOP TALK: Delvaux is on a retail roll, with a Milan flagship due to open on Via Bagutta in the Palazzo Reina by end of spring. The location fits with the brand’s penchant for storied sites with a soul.
The store will be one of three international flagship openings this year as part of its international expansion under Jean-Marc Loubier, founder and chief executive officer of First Heritage Brands, which snapped up the heritage label in 2011, and also owns Robert Clergerie and Sonia Rykiel.
Starting with London, the heritage Belgian leather goods brand will in May relocate to a historic retail location on London’s New Bond Street, originally the boutique of French shoe manufacturer François Pinet, and still fitted with the original interior and shop front. A second store will open on Sloane Street the same month.
As reported, Delvaux by end of the year will also open its first flagship Stateside, located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in the landmark Sherry-Netherland building, taking over an historic spot formerly occupied by New York institution A La Vieille Russie.
In the meantime, Delvaux in Paris has just opened a fun kitchen-themed pop-up store at the Le Bon Marché for the launch
Multi Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro is slated to open a new cinema named after him in Guadalajara, his hometown, on March 10, in an event which is likely to prove one of the festival’s highlights. “Hopefully, he’ll have a few Oscars in tow,” said Guadalajara Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo. The new cinema is one […]
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Los Angeles is a town famous for its second acts, and now two of its recently rebooted fashion brands are coming together for a new production. L.A.-founded men’s wear brand Band of Outsiders is returning to its hometown for the first time since its recent reboot, with the launch of a pop-up shop and window at Fred Segal’s equally new Sunset Boulevard flagship in West Hollywood. Open from Feb. 8 to 18, the pop-up will be the only retailer in L.A. to sell Band’s spring collection, which was first shown during London Fashion Week Men’s in June.
Fred Segal at 8500 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
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The two brands — Band now based in London and Fred Segal’s executives now based in New York — came together through the Liberty trade fair. “Our merchandising and commercial director, Katharina Groborz, met Brian Nylas from Fred Segal through Eitan Braham from Liberty Fairs, in New York,” said Daniel Hettman, Band’s brand director. “Fred Segal and Band of Outsiders already had a great partnership in the past, so Katharina and Brian were especially excited about creating this new project together.”
Hettman continued, “L.A. has always been a very important city for the brand, considering
Alexander McQueen and Givenchy are the latest luxury brands to sign leases at South Coast Plaza. They are to join more than 250 boutiques at the retail center in late spring, and the McQueen boutique will be the only Orange County location for the brand (there is a store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles), while the Givenchy boutique is a Southern California exclusive (it’s one brand that’s missing on Rodeo Drive).
Family-run South Coast Plaza, which the late Henry Segerstrom built into one of the most profitable retail centers in the world, with annual sales topping $ 1 billion, is already home to Dior, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Harry Winston, Hermès and The Webster. Segerstrom was many times the first to bring European brands such as Courreges to the States. SCP this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Givenchy store at the Aventura Mall in Miami.
The McQueen boutique will be located on Level 2 of the center in the Nordstrom Wing, while the Givenchy boutique will be located on Level 2 near Jewel Court. The locations are significant because South Coast Plaza has more than 1 million feet of retail space, and customers often must park — or valet
Provided they free up salary and offer a max deal, the Warriors could position themselves to secure an offseason meeting with LeBron James if, as expected, he declines his $ 35.6M player option and becomes an unrestricted free agent, sources told ESPN.
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Caroline Wozniacki has found love — and it’s far from the kind you see on the tennis court.
The 27-year-old Danish tennis champion just announced her engagement to her fiancé, NBA player David Lee of the San Antonio Spurs. Lee popped the question while the two were on vacation in Bora Bora — and it wasn’t long before Wozniacki showed off the sparkler on Instagram, revealing a very large oval diamond, which takes up the majority of her first knuckle, and is flanked with by a channel-set diamond band.
Wozniacki captioned the announcement, “Happiest day of my life yesterday saying yes to my soulmate @Dlee042“
Lee soon followed Wozniacki’s post with a photo of the couple, writing, “She said YES! So thrilled to be engaged to my soulmate! ”
The two had sparked relationship rumors earlier this year, and finally made their relationship public this past summer.
Before Lee, Wozniacki was previously engaged to golf star Rory McIlroy. The former couple ended their engagement soon after announcing the news in early 2014.
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WATCH THIS SPACE: Having first opened a private art salon in Paris more than three decades ago, Trend Union founder Li Edelkoort will soon take her career full circle by unveiling a public design gallery in her company’s headquarters.
Set to open its doors Jan. 18 at 30 Boulevard Saint-Jacques, the space will showcase design and arts and crafts — “what deserves to be shown collected and cherished at this moment in time,” according to the trend forecaster. To that end, a Heartwear pop-up shop will be among the planned events.
Created in 1993 by Edelkoort and some of her fashion designer friends, Heartwear is a nonprofit that collaborates with artisans by helping them scale up their creations without compromising their design integrity, culture or environment that they live and work in. With the assistance of department stores and magazines, Heartwear develops high-level goods with broader distribution. The nonprofit’s aim is to create a lasting connection with a collective or region. Khadi cotton from India and indigo-colored textiles from Benin are two of the projects that have been executed. To try to help the specific regions become self sustainable, profits are reinvested in those where the artists are based.
Trend Union will also
Bombay Shirt Co., an Indian online custom shirt brand, will open its first American store in New York’s SoHo on Wednesday.
The unit, at 223 Mott Street, will offer a variety of men’s custom shirts that will sell for $ 59 and up, with most selling for less than $ 200. Both casual and dress shirts will be offered and fabric choices include Egyptian cottons, linens, denims, flannels and others from India, Italy, Japan, Portugal and Turkey.
The design of the store is minimalistic and contemporary and the unit will have a fit specialist as well as stylists on hand to help walk customers through the process.
“New York City has always been on our radar and was an obvious choice expanding outside India,” said Akshay Narvekar, founder and creative director.
Bombay Shirt Co. was founded in 2012 and operates six stores in India and one in Dubai.
HOLIDAY INSTALLATIONS: With Christmas approaching, Dover Street Market hosted an event to celebrate with a series of signature installations from various brands and designers, and marked Comme des Garçons’ Re/tartan Re/energy Holiday campaign launch.
London-based stylists Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall, co-editors in chief of brand new magazine-cum-posterbook Chaos SixtyNine, held a “teenage bachelor bedroom” themed installation in the basement. “We wanted it to be a space where you could put up all the posters from the magazine freely. That seemed naturally to be a teenage bedroom,” said Lyall.
The space was also used to launch the Chaos Bruv Club Collection, as well as special merchandise. “The Bruv Club is like men’s suiting, racer graphics, a bit skate and a bit gentleman,” said Stockdale. “It’s a nice mix of the two. Bruv Club to us is all-inclusive: boys, girls, anyone up for a bit of fun.”
While the second issue of the biannual title won’t be out until at least May of next year, Charlotte and Katie have collaborations up their sleeves — the first of which will be with Hayden Kays, a British artist influenced by Fifties pop art. It will include custom graphics printed onto Chaos phone cases. They will be available
SPACE FOR AN APE: A Bathing Ape, the Japanese streetwear label, is opening a store in central Paris on Dec. 1.
The first French standalone store for the brand, which was founded in 1993 by Tomoaki Nagao, known as Nigo, will be on the Rue de la Verrerie, a street that runs parallel to the Rue de Rivoli not far from the capital’s City Hall.
Stretching across 1,500 square feet, the space will bring a futuristic touch — via stainless steel walls and grey marble floors — to a Haussmann-style building facing Paris department store BHV Marais. A Bathing Ape’s owner, I.T, has teamed up with BHV parent company Galeries Lafayette Group for the store.
Artworks by Adam Lister, known for depicting popular paintings with magnified pixels, will decorate the back wall, while mirror and light box ceilings will add dimension to the ceilings.
The Bape store will sell limited-edition items including Eiffel Tower and tricolor motifs in blue, white and red, alongside the brand’s signature ape head and shark designs. Rubber bracelets and tote bag gifts will be handed out to some shoppers at the grand opening.
The brand plans to open other Bape store spaces in “familiar corners of Los Angeles” and elsewhere
IN BLOOM: Gucci is going to unveil its Gucci Garden in Florence on the opening day of Pitti Uomo, which runs from Jan. 9 to 12.
Conceived by the label’s creative director Alessandro Michele, the Gucci Garden will be housed inside the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia, in the city’s central Piazza della Signoria.
A store, carrying an exclusive, limited-edition product selection, available just in this unit, and a restaurant by Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura will be featured in the space, in addition to an exhibition area curated by the critic Maria Luisa Frisa.
The opening of the venue will be celebrated with a private cocktail event on Jan. 9.
The Gucci Garden project further strengthens the relationship between the fashion house and its Florentine roots. This year, Gucci also pledged to donate 2 million euros to restore the Boboli Gardens in the city over three years.
For the occasion, in May the brand staged its cruise 2018 fashion show at the Palatina Gallery at Pitti Palace, which overlooks the Boboli Gardens.
LONDON — “We have a problem: We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job.”
So says Edie Campbell, one of Britain’s best-known models and a vocal member of Cameron Russell’s online campaign to raise awareness around the harassment of models at the hands of photographers and members of the fashion industry.
In an open letter to the fashion industry penned for WWD, the 27-year-old admonishes mainstream media for their silence of the sexual abuse suffered by male models, which she describes as “more complex.”
To her point, a 2016 post on Facebook by male model Cory Bond represents a rare admission: “Inside the modeling business, I have been the victim of inappropriate touching, sexual assault and was drugged once in the course of my 19-year career. I haven’t spoken much about it out of fear of not working and doing the job that I love. You just want it to go away. But trust me, some men in power think that they can do whatever they want
Paris-based contemporary fashion brand Gerard Darel will expand into the U.S. with the opening of freestanding boutiques in New York and Los Angeles beginning this month. The New York flagship will open at 145 Spring Street in SoHo on Nov. 8 and the Los Angeles location, in Westfield Century City, will open Dec. 17. The outdoor shopping center recently underwent a $ 1 billion renovation.
The stores will showcase Gerard Darel’s Parisian aesthetic with vintage furnishings fused with modern elements unique to the New York and Los Angeles locales. Both boutiques will carry the full range of women’s ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories.
The brand, which was founded in 1971 by Danielle and Gerard Darel, made its entry into the U.S. market via Bloomingdale’s shop-in-shops at 20 locations. Today it is sold in more than 50 countries, in more than 500 boutiques and shop-in-shops worldwide.
The label has amassed a celebrity following including Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Olivia Palermo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Halle Berry. It has also tapped Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington Burns and Robin Wright for past campaigns. Peter Lindbergh shot Wright at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Gerard Darel’s current spokeswoman is French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker brand will open a New York pop-up for the holiday season.
To be located at 640 Fifth Avenue with an entrance at 52nd Street, the 1,600-square-foot shop will sell an assortment of shoes — including styles reissued from the brand’s 2014 launch collection.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker’s line of little black dresses and handbags will also be on sale.
The shop is to be open on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and remain open through Dec. 3. Parker is expected to periodically drop into the store to greet shoppers.
“Having a home in New York for our SJP Collection has been only a seeming fantasy since we launched our brand almost four years ago. So it is with unbridled excitement that we share the news that we have indeed found that home, right off Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Midtown,” Parker said.
The actress, producer and designer’s business partner, George Malkemus, added: ”The very idea of the ultimate New York girl opening a pop-up and, on top of it, one opposite the famous 21 Club, has me pinching myself again and again. I couldn’t be happier for my dear, dear friend and partner, Sarah Jessica Parker.”
Injustice 2 is coming to PC sometime later this year.
PC players will be able to try out the DC Comics fighting game via an open beta on Steam, which starts on October 25. There are no details yet regarding how long the beta will last for.
Injustice 2 is being adapted for PC by QLOC. The game released for PS4 and Xbox One back on May 11 earlier this year.
Injustice 2 creative director Ed Boon recently discussed the possibilities of bringing the game to the Nintendo Switch, saying that while it is possible, a few compromises would have to be made.
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Berkeley-based designer Erica Tanov will open her first Los Angeles boutique at The Row DTLA with regular hours starting next month. The 650-square-foot space, which will be open on Sundays starting this week, will feature an assortment of Tanov’s clothing, accessories and home goods, alongside a select group of independent designers and including Bay Area painter Emily Payne, Oregon ceramicist Notary Ceramics and furniture craftsman Russell Fong.
“It wasn’t on my radar to open a store in Los Angeles until Runyon Group approached me,” said Tanov of the shopping center developers behind Platform in Culver City. “When I saw that like-minded independent brands were also there, including Bay Area companies like Mission Workshop and Tartine, I was intrigued.”
Tanov said the “crumbling, industrial” vibe of the complex, the former American Apparel factories, which were built in 1918, appealed to her sensibility as well. “It was in some way very luxurious,” she said of the soaring ceilings with exposed beams and raw concrete floors. She added her own vintage fixtures and display cases and an enormous antique door she had in storage. Black powder-coated rolling racks completed the look.
Collaborations with California-based artists distinguish Tanov’s work, including fine art photographer Todd Hido, who produced
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Brett Johnson is taking the plunge into retail.
The designer, who launched his eponymous men’s wear collection in 2013, will open his first store in SoHo on Thursday.
The unit at 109 Mercer Street between Prince and Spring Streets, will have 1,600 square feet of selling space and around 1,400 square feet devoted to showrooms and offices. There will be a soft opening this week and a grand-opening party is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Johnson, who was formerly based in Virginia, has relocated to New York to be closer to the business.
“For us, it’s just easier to control everything from out of the store,” he said. “Our clientele is primarily based in New York, so it just made sense.”
Johnson, the son of Black Entertainment Television founders Robert and Sheila Johnson, got his start designing his own interpretation of the Nike Air Force One sneakers and then branched out into apparel. The Brett Johnson line of outerwear, knitwear, woven shirts and trousers are all manufactured in Florence.
The collection has been sold at Neiman Marcus as well as a handful of specialty stores in the U.S. He said the best-selling items are outerwear and knitwear, but the store will also offer made-to-measure, a category that
Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster will open its second U.S. location and first West Coast store in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 5 in an impressive new space that embodies the “high-end experimentation” and disruption the brand has become known for with its product, space, styling, culture redesign and technology.
The 4,800-square-foot museum-like space at 814 S. Broadway will include kinetic sculpture and interior installations by Floria Sigisomondi, and the opening night party will feature a performance by Victoria Modesta.
The Los Angeles store experience was inspired by traditional methods of harvesting, as the stretched path inside guides visitors through a journey reimagining the process of harvesting, drying and threshing ripened rice crops. The space was designed to touch on ideas associated with the season, and fall being the time of harvest.
Scarecrows greet visitors high on top of terraced “fields,” where mother-of-pearl finishes add a layer of Eastern ambience. Nearly 2,000 metallic rods, symbolizing rice, stand just behind the inner entrance. The twigs left after the harvest are represented by rugs designed by knitting designer Misu A Barbe. An installation by artist Jung Uk Yang at the far back of the space represents the final step in harvesting rice: threshing.
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Talent agency The Wall Group is set to open a Paris office next week in the midst of the city’s fashion week. The agency, which represents hairstylists, makeup artist and fashion stylists, has a roster that includes Danilo, Renato Campora, Ben Skervin, Hung Vanngo, Frank B, Alice Lane, Kate Young, Karla Welch and Elizabeth Stewart.
“Our decision to expand into Paris is a logical next step for our business,” said founder Brooke Wall. “We’ve worked with European talent, brands and fashion houses for years from afar, but demand continues to increase as the focus on international red carpets, film festivals and fashion presentations intensifies. We see a lot of opportunity to grow our services in-market and are excited about this evolution.”
Wall founded TWG in 2000 in New York and began with a roster of behind-the-scenes talent focused on the traditional fashion and editorial industry. TWG opened its Los Angeles office in 2003 to addresses the small but burgeoning group of artists focused on celebrity and red carpet styling. Today, those artists are among those signing lucrative consulting and designing gigs, such as Welch’s recent tie-up with Hanes, for which Justin Bieber was the poster boy.
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Isaia will open its first store in San Francisco in a landmarked Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building at 140 Maiden Lane.
The 7,900-square-foot store will have 4,000 square feet of selling space and will open on Sept. 22.
In converting the historic building, the Naples-based luxury brand retained all of Wright’s original features and materials. That includes the wall plaster, millwork, trim, railings, bubbled ceilings, suspended planter, glass entry and the brick and stone facade.
Wright designed the building for the V.C. Morris Gift Shop in 1948. It was used by the architect as a prototype for the circular ramp at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which he also designed.
“This year marks our 60th year as a brand,” said Gianluca Isaia, chief executive officer and third generation of the men’s wear brand. “It is personally very important to me that we are always pushing to do new things, while paying homage to our heritage. Opening a shop in the landmarked Frank Lloyd Wright building accomplishes just that.”
He added that the company was “honored to have the opportunity to work within such a respected piece of American architecture. We kept the integrity of every design feature intact.”
Isaia likened the project to “restoring
Los Angeles-based fine jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer is set to open her first brick-and-mortar boutique in Caruso’s new Palisades Village by Caruso retail project next year. Meyer’s shop will be a 500-square-foot jewel box, appropriate for her delicate baubles.
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“I’ve always had in the back of my mind a vision for a store, but I could never find a location that felt right. I grew up in Malibu so I know Pacific Palisades, and when they approached me about opening there, it was a very attractive mix of tenants,” she said.
Other fashion brands have yet to be announced but are said to include a homegrown contemporary label also opening its first store, and an international luxury lifestyle brand that makes both swimwear and cocktail dresses.
Meyer, whose jewelry is also sold at Barneys New York and Net-a-porter, said she was wary of competing with her wholesale partners, who up until now have been her distribution focus. She recently launched e-commerce because she found that “it’s a totally different customer that doesn’t compete with my stores.” But she said the retail offerings in the seaside enclave of Pacific Palisades are slim save for Elyse Walker’s boutique. “There’s just not a
MIXING IT UP: Tieing in with fashion week, Mixology Clothing Co. will launch a weeklong pop-up shop collaboration within the W New York – Times Square.
The shop will officially launch with a VIP event hosted by Dawn Del Russo, style expert and TV host, on Sept. 7 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There will also be a performance by Bianca Monica, a DJ and photo booth social media session.
Located on the seventh floor of the W New York – Times Square, the shop will be curated by cofounder, vice president and head buyer Gabrielle Edwards. The pop-up will feature a variety of back-to-school trends, ath-leisure, a mixture of classic and vintage Ts and accessible jewelry/accessories retailing from $ 50 to $ 150.
Among the labels that will be featured are Decker, Jet, BB Dakota, Brooklyn Karma, Darah Dahl, Flying Monkey Daydreamer, Rails, Levi’s, Strut This, Jonathan Saint, Sunday Stevens and Voluspa. The pop-up will be open to the public from Sept. 7 to 14.
Mixology was founded in 2012 by Jon and Rene Shapiro (who are still active in the company) and owned by brother-sister duo Jordan and Gabrielle Edwards. The retailer has seven stores in the Tristate area, with an eighth opening in
Texas is at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now and that includes John Varvatos.
The designer is still planning to open his 21st store in Dallas on Friday, but due to Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated Houston and other communities in the area, the new store as well as the Houston boutique will be donating 10 percent of their sales to the American Red Cross during the month of September.
The Dallas store, at the NorthPark Center, will be Varvatos’ 28th unit globally. The 2,800-square-foot unit will carry the brand’s full assortment of John Varvatos Collection, Star U.S.A. and Converse x John Varvatos apparel and accessories.
Not surprisingly, the store will have a rock ‘n’ roll theme. The designer has teamed with Rock Paper Photo to showcase a selection of images of rock legends including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan as well as Texas natives Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The storefront features glazed brick and antique-finished zinc metal, the floors are rift and quartered wood and the walls are white brick and walnut. Displays include vintage tables, leather seats, custom benches and oversize mirrors as well as the brand’s signature “Edison Bulb” chandelier with more than 1,300 lights.
THE WORLD OF PRINCE: The belongings of pop star Prince will be the subject of a new exhibition, opening in London’s O2 arena in October.
From world-famous items such as the orange Cloud guitar from his Super Bowl halftime performance or the purple jacket and ruffled shirt from the “Purple Rain” tour to never-before-seen artifacts taken from Paisley Park, his estate outside Minneapolis, the exhibition will offer an intimate look into the legendary performer’s life.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, highlighted the Cloud guitar as one of the standout pieces in the collection. She told the British newspaper Evening Standard that “[even though] people always associate the color purple with Prince, his favorite color was actually orange.”
Nelson chose the British capital as the location for the first exhibition centered on her brother since it was the city that accepted the musician the most. He performed at the O2 arena for 21 consecutive nights in 2007. The exhibition, titled “My Name Is Prince” will run next to the same arena for 21 days.
Nelson added that by staging the exhibition, she is aiming to fulfill her brother’s wish of opening up his world to the public: “It was always his wish to make all
Nike is leveraging the excitement around New York Fashion Week and the U.S. Open to tell its own stories.
The sportswear brand is continuing its New York Made campaign, which first launched in November, and will offer a variety of events, brand activations and product releases over the course of two weeks.
“Nike has had a long history in NYC,” said Helen Kim, general manager of the East Coast region at Nike. “We are excited to continue this story and be a part of cultural moments with great product stories.”
Nike will start things off by paying homage to star tennis player Roger Federer with RF19, a temporary space highlighting the player’s style and New York’s sneaker culture that will open on Aug. 23. This space will also feature the release of Federer’s latest New York Collection and a new styles from Nike Zoom Vapor and Air Jordan 3.
In partnership with Virgil Abloh, Nike will introduce Nike Off Campus at 23 Wall Street on Sept. 6. This space will showcase the Ten Icons by Abloh and serve as a cultural learning environment. There will be a series of workshops with leading contemporary designers. Nike hasn’t confirmed that they will release their collaborative product
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Jackie Rogers is going back into men’s retail.
The muse of Coco Chanel who has also been a big-band singer, Hollywood starlet, New York model and designer over the course of her storied career, relaunched a men’s line earlier this year and has experienced enough success to devote an entire space to it.
Rogers, 85, who has a women’s store on the tony Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., took over the former jewelry store next door last fall in hopes of opening an art gallery. But those plans never came to fruition so she decided to convert the 600-square-foot space into a men’s store. She will offer a small assortment of jackets, shirts and some accessories, she said.
The space, which is connected to her women’s store, will debut by Oct. 15 and there will be a grand opening later that month or in November, “when the people are there,” she said. It will carry a ready-to-wear collection but will also offer made-to-measure. Shirts will retail for $ 300 to $ 600 and jackets for $ 895 to $ 3,000. The less-expensive models will be unconstructed, she said, but they will also sport the Jackie Rogers signature silhouette: a narrow shoulder, higher armhole and no vents.
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Alberto Masotti, the former owner and president of the La Perla innerwear brand, has embarked on a new project. His Fashion Research Italy, a nonprofit organization founded in 2015, will open its headquarters in Bologna on Oct. 21 and will also debut post-graduate courses.
Located at 12 Via del Fonditore, on the outskirts of the Italian city, Fashion Research Italy has renovated a 75,600-square-foot space, which once housed a La Perla manufacturing plant, for a total investment of 15 million euros, creating an educational and exhibition hub dedicated to Made in Italy.
“Manufacture and craftsmanship should embrace new opportunities of development through innovation, research, education, heritage and globalization: fashion needs to evolve into fashion 4.0,” said Masotti, who last June unveiled the “Statue of a Woman” as the symbol of the foundation. The sculpture, which is 32 feet high, is dedicated to Olga Cantelli, Masotti’s late wife and former La Perla designer, and features 21,120 LED lights, its shape recalling both the female body and a gown, thus linking heritage and innovation in fashion.
The sculpture “Statue of a Woman” dedicated to Olga Cantelli.
Fashion Research Italy also houses a one-of-a-kind multimedia interactive catwalk, which is not only a symbol but also an
Ubisoft has announced it will hold an open beta for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ upcoming PvP mode, Ghost War, this summer on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
The mode, which offers up a four-versus-four team deathmatch experience set on expansive, open maps, will be available in its entirety as a free update this fall to everyone who owns a copy of Ghost Recon Wildlands.
Ghost War features a variety of classes to choose from, allowing players to decide what type of role they want to have on the battlefield. New player-versus-player mechanics, like sound markers and suppressing fire, will be incorporated into the mode as well.
Ubisoft’s military shooter has proven to be very successful, holding strong as the best-selling game of 2017 so far.
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To mark the season three premiere of HBO’s “Ballers” series, the network is opening a Los Angeles pop-up at 633 North La Brea Avenue.
They’ve tapped men’s wear brands including Roc96 x MadeWorn, Pyer Moss, Buscemi, Cazal and Hall of Fame to produce co-branded capsule collections.
The show’s costume designer, Tiffany Hasbourne, said the pop-up would bring the “‘Ballers’ aesthetic to life.”
“This is going to be the most action-packed and stylish season of ‘Ballers’ yet, so there was no other way to launch than with a fully-immersive experience to capture that energy and offer our audience the opportunity to shop the ‘Ballers’-inspired collection,” she said.
Roc96, which was started by Rocafella cofounder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, teamed up with MadeWorn on a distressed, cotton jersey T-shirt that pays homage to Jay-Z’s “Can I Live” song from Reasonable Doubt, his debut album that was released in 1996. The shirt is embroidered with a 3 Ball. They will also offer a MadeWorn bomber jacket.
Kerby Jean-Raymond, who designed Pyer Moss, has made an oversized short-sleeve, ponte knit crew and a hooded sweatshirt.
And Jon Buscemi, who started his Los Angeles-based footwear and accessories brand in 2013, will offer a white slide, the 125MM high-top sneaker in black and
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Peter Millar is partnering with Andrisen Morton, the high-end Denver men’s wear store, to open a boutique at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs this fall.
When the shop opens in September, it will mark the second collaboration between the two companies.
The Peter Millar store will become part of an upscale collection of shops at the Broadmoor. It will feature a walnut interior accented by burnished brass and will carry the brand’s
tailored clothing, soft sport coats, sportswear, and performance apparel.
“The Broadmoor provides the highest level of service in every experience for their visitors, from their accommodations and services to their activities,” said Scott Ruerup, president of Peter Millar. “We are proud to open a new store at their resort with Andrisen Morton, who also share those values of service and quality that they have shown throughout their history.”
Craig Andrisen, co-owner of Andrisen Morton with Dave Morton, said: “We have witnessed the brand continue to evolve with us and our customers since we began carrying the line in our own shop and are excited to introduce [it] to visitors from across the country at The Broadmoor.”
The store will be Peter Millar’s 11th in the U.S. and its second in Colorado. The other is
NYDJ, which prides itself on offering jeans that fit every woman, took that message straight to consumers. Over the course of three weeks in April, the company visited three malls — Fashion Valley in San Diego; Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., and Roosevelt Field in Garden City, N.Y. — in search of women to appear in its fall ad campaign, which launches Tuesday.
The company staged an open casting call with mini-makeovers, hair touch-ups and fittings, and then photographed each of the women in the NYDJ jeans. Over 300 women participated in the three cities.
“We didn’t set out looking for models at all,” said Kate Foster, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of NYDJ. “What we were really inspired by was that magic moment that occurs every day in dressing rooms of stores that carry NYDJ, when a woman slips on her jeans she has a positive emotional reaction to finding her perfect fit. We felt like we had an opportunity to build an entire campaign around that magic moment, so we decided to take the show on the road. What we saw was far better than we expected.”
Mothers and daughters and groups of friends showed up to have
CRÈME DE LA CRÈME: Tata Harper Skincare is bringing her eponymous natural luxury skin care to Le Bristol Paris hotel, where starting on Sept. 27 and 28 she will inaugurate a first spa room in the City of Light.
“It’s a room and a little lounge,” she told journalists in Paris during a lunch on Thursday. “We’ve developed specific protocols — for face, beauty, everything — for our Bristol client.”
Harper, who is co-chief executive officer of Tata Harper with her husband, Henry Harper, said the concept at the hotel will be along similar lines to what her brand has opened in Credo in the U.S.
The Vermont-based executive also unveiled her latest product, Crème Riche, a rich cream chockablock with 43 actives. It will be launched in mid-September in France, the U.K., U.S. and Canada.
“This product has been in the making for almost three years. It involved almost five different scientists, and it has the latest in antiaging and moisturization technology today,” said Harper, citing sugar acids and microalgues technology as examples.
“It really represents the pinnacle of our formulation today,” she continued. “This was one of the most requested products that people really wanted.”
Sixteen of Crème Riche’s active ingredients are focused on
SUPERDRY’S SPORT PUSH: SuperGroup has unveiled plans to expand Superdry’s activewear franchise by opening stand-alone sport stores, with the first one set for Grenoble, France. Four Superdry Sport stores are set to open before Christmas.
The news came as the company released its full-year financial results, with revenue climbing 27.4 percent to 752 million pounds in the year to April 29. Underlying profit before tax rose 18.4 percent to 87 million pounds million.
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As the ath-leisure trend continues to work its way into consumers wallets’, SuperGroup’s chief executive officer Euan Sutherland said the move was aimed at delivering long-term, sustainable growth and at further securing Superdry’s position as a global lifestyle brand.
He said the brand’s key marketing strategy is to provide customers with “a multichannel approach that balances a disciplined owned and franchised store opening program.”
The brand has been focusing on making its sports range more innovative and technical, and growing its women’s sports category to rival the men’s one. The brand said it also wants to optimize customers’ in-store experience through a more curated and refined selection of sports products.
The company declined to give further details about the openings or
One Management founder Scott Lipps has set his sights on Los Angeles, having relocated to the West Coast to open a new company called Lipps.
Lipps, who has kept a stake in One Management, has been staffing up the digitally focused agency, which will represent models, celebrities and influencers and offer brand consulting and content development.
Describing the initiative as a hybrid company, Lipps said the talent list consists of 25 people. He also has been staffing up his own team, which will have office space in the Dream Hotel in Los Angeles. His new recruits include Anahid Krile, who spent the last 17 years as director of L.A. Models, and one of her former colleagues Monna Lee, who is now Krile’s second-in-command at Lipps L.A. Mike Eland, former director of scouting at Wilhelmina Models, is also new to the team. Steven Baillie is on board as creative director.
“If you look at the fashion business now as opposed to when I started One almost 16 years ago, it’s shifted in incredible ways. It’s really important to me to do something that is an agency for the future,” he said. “A lot of the talent agencies in L.A. like CAA do a lot
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NEW YORK — “I like to work.”
That’s a good thing, since not only is Claudio Marenzi spearheading a major expansion of Herno, his family’s venerable outerwear company, but he’s also the new president of Pitti Immagine.
Marenzi made a quick stop in New York before heading to Toronto and back home to Italy to take one more look at the space that will become Herno’s first American store. The 3,000-square-foot space at 95 Greene Street between Prince and Spring Streets, is scheduled to open by the end of June. It will be sandwiched between Chloé and Tiffany & Co. and near Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, MCM and A Bathing Ape. A Fendi store is expected to open on the block later this year.
“It’s very luxury, but there’s also Bape and MCM,” Marenzi said over a coffee at Sessanta in SoHo. “This is a block where multichoice customers can shop.”
Herno, which was founded by Marenzi’s parents Giuseppe Marenzi and Alessandra Diana in Lesa in Italy, in 1948, has built a reputation for manufacturing high-end outerwear for nearly 70 years. The brand started after World War II when Giuseppe lost his job working for an airplane manufacturer and joined a raincoat producer. He applied the
ALAÏA’S ARRIVAL: Designer Azzedine Alaïa is poised to open his first London flagship, at 139 New Bond Street, not far from Smythson, Belstaff, Ermenegildo Zegna and Delvaux, according to industry sources.
The store, former home of the vintage jeweler S.J. Phillips, will span 6,000 square feet over three floors, and is down the street from Chloé which, like Alaïa, is owned by Compagnie Financière Richemont. The Chloé store is set to open at 143 New Bond Street later this summer.
The building is owned by Trophaeum, the property owner and developer that’s been stocking nearby Albemarle Street, and other parts of Mayfair, with luxury brands, flagship stores and restaurants, including Amanda Wakeley, Aquazzura and Alexander Wang.
Alaïa is thought to be paying about 1,500 pounds, or $ 1,924, per square foot, according to sources.
Trophaeum has also recently signed with Thom Browne, Moncler and Casadei for stores in Mayfair. Casadei opened last November. On Albemarle Street, Trophaeum brought in the restaurant Isabel earlier this year, and has brokered a deal with Robin Birley, who will open a new private members club later this year.
Spokespeople for Trophaeum and Richemont declined to comment.
Alaïa has two stand-alone stores in Paris, and is stocked at a variety of retailers including Galeries Lafayette
For BRIDES, by Gigi Engle.
Your partner just sat you down and asked for an open marriage. Or was it the other side of the coin and you are seeking an open relationship? Either way, what happens now?
First of all, many people are unclear about what it means to be in an open marriage. Wanting an open relationship does not mean you selfishly want to sleep with other people without losing the convenience of a primary relationship. This can be the case, but if you do an open marriage correctly, it doesn’t have to be.
Honestly, if it’s the right choice for you and your spouse, an open marriage can be pretty hot and exciting. It’s a new way to explore your limits both as a couple and as individuals. You can grow in ways you may never have known were possible — it can even make you closer to your spouse.
You can grow in ways you may never have known were possible — it can even make you closer to your spouse.
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The number one requirement: it has to be something you both want. The only way an open marriage can work is with total transparency, regular check-ins on emotions and feelings, and radical communication. Both partners need to commit to total honesty and cultivate a bond that allows for regular reassessment of the arrangement based on each person’s comfort levels. The option to walk away has to be omnipresent.
Whether this change is right for you or not, here is what to do if your partner (or you!) want an open marriage.
Find the root of the request
Ask yourself the following, depending on which side of the coin you’re on: Where is this coming from? What is the real reason I’m being asked to open our marriage? Why do I want an open relationship?
Here is the truth about the open marriage discussion: It could be indicative of larger problems within the marriage itself. Before you can delve into your personal feelings on the matter and decide how you’d like to proceed, you must figure out the why. There is nothing wrong with an alternative marriage style if it’s what both partners want, but before proceeding any further, you need to have total understanding. You owe that to each other as partners.
Underlying issues do not have to be the reason people seek an open relationship, but it is a possibility, and therefore this needs to be acknowledged and laid to rest. If you or your partner are asking to see other people due to unhappiness or dissatisfaction with the marriage itself, agreeing to an open marriage will not fix those problems. An open marriage is not a Band-Aid for intimacy issues.
An open marriage is not a Band-Aid for intimacy issues.
Approach your partner with empathy
Let’s be real here — your initial reaction to an open marriage may not be forthcoming and brimming with delight. Likewise, your partner may be caught off-guard should you approach him or her with such a request. It can be shocking to learn that your partner wants to change your relationship in such a fundamental way. Anger is a normal emotion. It’s OK.
Think about where your partner is coming from. Whoever is asking for this chat came forward in order to have an honest discussion, and that took some guts. The response: empathy.
No one cheated. Trust was not broken. Neither you nor your partner is required to be on board with this arrangement, but both of you do need to be flexible enough to listen. That’s what marriage is about.
Consider what this means for you as an individual
Take some time to yourself and figure out exactly how you feel about the prospect of opening your marriage. Don’t rush into a decision.
The fact is, in certain cases, open relationships are the byproduct of one partner wanting to sleep with other people and the other partner agreeing so as not to lose their spouse—guaranteed, this will end in disaster.
Remember: You can always change your mind. Relationship dynamics alter as you grow over time—the only way this kind of relationship can succeed is with a willingness to compromise and have honest discussions.
Assess how this change will impact your relationship dynamic
If opening your marriage is going to make one or both of you a jealous, needy mess, it won’t work out. Above all, you need trust. You and your partner are the only people who can choose what is best for your marriage. You understand each other and your relationship in a way no one else can.
Sit down, hear each other out, and figure out what each of you want in the short and long term out of your partnership, and move from there.
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HEAVY METAL: Balenciaga is on a retail roll, with the second store under creative director Demna Gvasalia’s artistic direction set to open in Paris in September.
It marks the brand’s fourth boutique in the capital and second in its so-called golden triangle, which also counts a store on the neighboring Avenue George V that Balenciaga said it plans to keep.
The boutique, located at 57 Avenue Montaigne, will sport the same metal-based industrial concept unveiled at the recently revamped Rue Saint-Honoré flagship in March, based on a clothing warehouse, and is to house Balenciaga’s full men’s and women’s collections.
In the Saint-Honoré store, clothes hang on industrial conveyor rails similar to those in the brand’s production headquarters in Italy. Adding to the factory feel of the space, ceilings are covered in aluminum foil, the changing room walls are made of cast concrete and the utilitarian benches are covered in synthetic leather. Other industrial touches include silicone changing-room curtains and long, aluminum tables for displaying accessories.
The Kering-owned brand, which has 115 stores worldwide, under its new chief executive officer Cédric Charbit recently revved up its management team for merchandising and retail development.
As reported, Daphné Cousineau, who has held key international sales roles at Céline,
GUEST HOUSE: Balenciaga recently revamped its Rue Saint-Honoré store, a few doors down the same Paris street from Colette. Now Balenciaga is kicking off a series of monthlong brand takeovers of the first floor of the landmark concept store.
For its guest slot — scheduled to run June 19 to Aug. 5, with a custom-made design under the artistic direction of its creative director Demna Gvasalia — Balenciaga is to present its men’s fall collection, an exclusive women’s collection and limited-edition products specially designed for the event. Other surprises are in store, according to Colette, with the Kering-owned brand also due to stage an artistic installation in the floor’s gallery space. Only the store’s Beauty Box space will remain unchanged.
Gvasalia, whose design ethos is based around “enhancing, underlining and re-presenting that which already exists in a new light,” in March unveiled a new design concept for Balenciaga’s Rue Saint-Honoré flagship based on a clothing warehouse, with industrial conveyor rails similar to those in the brand’s production headquarters in Italy, ceilings covered in aluminum foil, and long, aluminum tables for accessories.
Following in Balenciaga’s footsteps, meanwhile, will be Les Vacances de Lucien, offering a selection of designs from brands represented by Paris-based Lucien Pagès’ namesake public relations agency, which will take over the space from
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TRANS-ATLANTIC TRIP: Kate Spade New York is setting up shop in Paris for the first time. The U.S. brand will open a 2,000-square-foot flagship on the Rue Saint-Honoré this summer, showcasing its handbags, ready-to-wear, accessories, small leather goods, jewelry, watches, shoes and eyewear.
Expanding its presence in Europe is a key part of the parent firm Kate Spade & Co.’s strategy. The brand opened a flagship on London’s Regent Street last year. In France, its presence is currently limited to the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store and the brand’s dedicated Web site.
“We have already seen strong customer demand and brand resonance in the market with our wholesale presence, making a Paris specialty store the natural next step for Kate Spade & Company’s growth,” said chief executive officer Craig Leavitt in a statement.
The new store, located at number 418 of the upscale shopping thoroughfare, will feature mid-century modern references, although its two-level façade is inspired by traditional Parisian storefronts, with painted wood and dark stone elements. Inside, furniture from the Kate Spade New York home collection will be blended into the design, the brand said.
To coincide with the opening, scheduled for June, the brand has created an exclusive clutch featuring the colors of
Palace is making its way to New York.
The skate brand, which is headquartered in London, took to Instagram to post a cryptic video earlier this week with the date “5.5.17” spinning against a city backdrop. And today the brand confirmed it would open in New York with another Instagram video featuring Jonah Hill, a Chihuahua, a robot and a dancing Palace logo.
Palace was founded by former skater Lev Tanju in 2009. Tanju opened a London shop in 2015 and he’s created a strong following with his graphic logo and collaborations with brands including Adidas and Reebok.
SAVE THE DATE: Chloé may be poised for a fresh chapter under its new creative director, Natacha Ramsay-Levi, but the house is also keen to protect its past — and the story of the Chloé girl.
Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, the brand’s ceo, at a leisurely seaside lunch Saturday during the Hyères fashion and photography festival in the south of France, revealed the brand will open a “maison” dedicated to the house’s heritage on July 2 during Paris Couture Week.
The news comes a day after French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay unveiled a series of measures to safeguard the country’s assets, including a permanent fashion collection, at a time when a number of couture houses, including Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, are moving to preserve their archives with state-of-the-art conservation facilities.
The multi-purpose Maison Chloé building will house the brand’s archives and showrooms as well as a photography studio, according to de la Bourdonnaye. The house’s fashion shows will also be presented there, he said, as well as exhibitions to “make the brand more accessible to the public.”
The site’s inaugural exhibition – curated by Judith Clark – will be dedicated to Guy Bourdin, “the photographer who photographed Chloé the most.”
“We want it to be an artistic place [dedicated to] femininity,” added de la
Equinox is extending its relationship with Rhone.
The fitness company has selected the men’s activewear brand for its first pop-up retail concept. On Monday, April 24, Equinox will open 11 Rhone shops around the country, offering an expanded assortment of apparel and accessories. A special online link has also been created that went live on Wednesday night.
The shops will be added to three Equinox clubs in New York, four in Los Angeles and one each in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Dallas and Miami.
“At Equinox, we push the limit and commit to high-performance living,” said Frank Rappa, senior director of retail for Equinox. “Rhone provides men’s premium performance apparel, combining cutting-edge technology and design. Together, we are creating an assortment of styles that work and wear well, representative of both brands, and are taking our members to the highest levels of their personal performance.”
Cortney Ansel, senior vice president of sales for Rhone, added: “We have been working with Equinox since our launch and value the company not only as a retail partner, but also as a fellow disruptive brand in the active industry. We are looking forward to increased exposure with our target customer through this elevated partnership.”
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Round Two is bringing its popular retail concept to New York.
The secondhand store, which allows customers to buy, sell and trade vintage along with modern apparel — consider it the Beacon’s Closet of streetwear — will open in Manhattan this summer. This comes after a successful pop-up held late last year at Procell, a vintage store on the Lower East Side.
Co-owners Sean Wotherspoon, Chris Russow and Luke Fracher have yet to lock down a location, but customers can expect the same lively atmosphere they’ve cultivated at their Los Angeles shop on Melrose. Shoppers regularly line up outside of the store, which is stocked with Nike sneakers, pieces from Supreme, band T-shirts and vintage items from Guess, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
“People are drawn to the pace of the store,” said Justin Esposito, Round Two’s creative marketing director. “Every single day there’s new inventory. People are always coming in to resell us stuff.”
Wotherspoon, Russow and Fracher opened their first Round Two location in Richmond in 2013 and in 2015 introduced the Los Angeles location, which is frequented by celebrities and influencers including Kendall Jenner, Migos, DJ Khaled and Lil Yachty. They recently opened The Gallery, a by appointment only space that
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MILAN FOR BROWNE: Thom Browne continues to expand in Europe with the opening of a store in Milan.
A sign with the brand’s logo has appeared on a retail space in Via Gesù, dubbed the Via dell’Uomo, or men’s street, near the Four Seasons Hotel. The street is home to brands ranging from Caruso and Rubinacci to Brioni and Stefano Ricci, to name a few.
Details about the store were not available at press time.
Thom Browne, as reported in January, has set its sights on a shop in London, its first in Europe, which will be located in Mayfair on Albemarle Street.
The opening of the London store is the first major expansion move by the company since Sandbridge Capital acquired a majority stake in Thom Browne last May from Japan’s Stripe International. Stripe retains a minority stake. Sandbridge’s other investments include stakes in Derek Lam, Tamara Mellon, Farfetch, Rossignol, Topshop and Karl Lagerfeld.
The New York-based designer, who was awarded the CFDA men’s wear designer award last year, launched his men’s business in 2001, and has become known as one of the most directional designers in American fashion in both men’s and women’s wear. Browne shows his men’s collections in Paris and his women’s in New York. He also
ELECTRIC AVENUE: Citadium, the Printemps Group-owned, Millennials-focused urban apparel megastore, is set to open a flagship on the Champs Elysées in July.
Measuring around 18,000 square feet, the three-story site will house over 250 established and emerging sports and streetwear brands, with collections spanning the apparel, sneaker and accessories categories as well as objects and gadgets.
Printemps chairman and chief executive officer Paolo de Cesare in a statement described Citadium as a “key pillar of development” for the group. “The brand has demonstrated exceptional dynamism given the current climate for fashion retail, and has a strong digital and international potential,” he said. “Citadium’s arrival on the Champs Elysées reflects the group’s ambitions for [the retailer], and is a key step in the development of the brand, as a strategic location for reaching a more international Millennial clientele,” he said.
Founded in 2000, Citadium operates five flagships in France: in Paris, where there are two stores, Toulon, Marseille and Bordeaux.
Brands present on the Champs Elysées — Europe’s most expensive retail location, according to a recent report from global real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield — range from Zara, Levi’s, and Banana Republic to Louis Vuitton.
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Rodd & Gunn, a New Zealand-based men’s wear brand, will open its second U.S. store in New York City in March.
The 3,200-square-foot store at 81 Front Street in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn joins a flagship that opened in Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif., in October.
Rodd & Gunn operates 85 stores in New Zealand and Australia, but entered the American market as a wholesaler.
Asked why the brand chose Brooklyn instead of Manhattan for its East Coast debut, Mike Beagley, chief executive officer, said, “We weren’t really looking at opening on the East Coast, but this opportunity came up and we thought it was a great way of commencing in New York quickly. It is an amazing building in an iconic location that we believe is an emerging retail and lifestyle area of Brooklyn – incredibly high average household income and literally a stone’s throw from Wall Street.”
He said the California store has performed “exceptionally well and we are really happy in how the Newport Beach community has embraced us. We are trading well above plan and selling all of our categories from hand-made in New Zealand luggage to outerwear and footwear.”
Beagley said the plan calls for opening eight to 10
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Bergdorf Goodman is linking up with Nike on a NikeLab space within its men’s store.
The 400-square-foot shop, which will open on Friday on the third floor, has a New York Made theme and is inspired by basketball. The shops-in-shop resembles a deconstructed basketball court and features leather, cork and wood with white finishes along with hanging fixtures.
“We have always admired Nike’s forward design sensibility and approach to performance and technical apparel and footwear,” said Melissa Lowenkron, senior vice president and general merchandising manager for men’s, women’s footwear, handbags and beauty at Bergdorf’s. “Their pursuit of innovative collaborations has placed them at the forefront of fashion and speaks directly to our customers’ interests and lifestyle.”
Nike currently operates eight stand-alone NikeLab locations in major cities including New York, London, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and Milan. There are also four additional spaces within Dover Street Market shops around the world. The space will debut with the NikeLab Dunk Lux Chukka x R.T., Nike’s latest collaboration with Riccardo Tisci, and a Nike “Made in Italy” Destroyer jacket commissioned by New York artist Eric Elms, which will be available exclusively at Bergdorf’s. According to Lowenkron, there will be new drops of product every few
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