MILAN — Italy’s Safilo Group and Kate Spade LLC have extended their international licensing agreement for the Kate Spade New York eyewear brand and signed a new contract for the design, production and distribution of the nascent Jack Spade men’s eyewear brand in North America. Both deals are valid through Dec. 31, 2018. Noting the continuing partnership with Kate Spade LLC brings “excellent growth expectations,” Safilo Group chief executive officer Luisa Delgado said the addition of Jack Spade “creates new opportunities to enhance the male segment of our portfolio that has tremendous potential, with a stylish yet timeless, functional brand that has a sense of fun.” “Both Jack Spade and Safilo share a deep passion for design, quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Jack Spade’s entrance into the eyewear category with such a regarded industry partner is a natural progression of our existing Kate Spade New York eyewear assortment,” said Kate Spade LLC ceo Craig Leavitt. Jack Spade sunglasses will be sold in high-end department stores, specialty retailers such as Safilo’s Solstice Sunglasses and Jack Spade stores in the U.S. and Canada starting Feb. 2014, while the regular eyewear line will debut in April. Safilo Group produces and distributes its own brands Safilo, Carrera, Polaroid, Smith Optics and Oxydo in addition to licensed labels including Alexander McQueen, Fossil, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tommy Hilfiger. Jack Spade men’s wear and accessories are available online, in 13 retail stores in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, and at select retailers.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim