MILAN — Moncler next month will unveil its first eyewear collection under the licensing agreement with Marcolin, inked last year. The six sunglass designs, branded Moncler Lunettes, will be available globally at the luxury brand's boutiques, exclusive department and concept stores and select opticians.“This partnership with Marcolin is a very important step in the brand’s growth strategy," said Moncler chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini. "The decision to opt for developing the range of Moncler products, embracing the eyewear world in a synergic way that completes our core business, is without doubt one of our strengths. We firmly believe in the potential of this partnership. And we are convinced that this partnership will yield outstanding common business results thanks to the new projects we are working on together.”Ruffini has been expanding the product offer of Moncler, which dates back to 1952, beyond the core down jacket, with a special attention to technology and design.Inspired by the classic ski goggle shapes of the Seventies, the acetate ML0001 and the more feminine ML0002 models stand out with an embossed metal logo on the front and for little details on the temples reminiscent of Moncler's distinctive "boudin" quilting.The acetate men’s ML0003 and unisex ML0004 frames spotlight retro style with removable leather side shields. The aerodynamic temples remind of high-altitude goggles. They will be available in contrasting black and red, brown and yellow, deep blue and light blue, and black tone on tone colour combinations, with polarized or mirrored lenses.The quintessentially feminine ML0005 frame has a round shape, while the unisex ML0006 has a squared silhouette. The soft volumes of the two acetate styles recall the light and airy effect of the brand's core duvet.Prices range from $290 to $560.Marcolin, based in Longarone, Italy, produces and distributes collections for brands including Tom Ford, Ermenegildo Zegna, Roberto Cavalli, Tod's, Emilio Pucci, Dsquared2 and Diesel, to name a few. In 2015, the company sold about 14.3 million eyeglasses.Moncler SpA, publicly traded on the Italian Stock Exchange, said growth across all markets and distribution channels helped the company report a 17 percent rise in revenues in the first six months of the year, totaling 346.5 million euros, or $388 million, compared with the same period in 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)