SHOE BIZ: Kooba will launch footwear on Aug. 5 at the FFANY New York Shoe Expo. The collection will feature platforms, flats and gladiator sandals with a similar look to the firm’s classic hobo bags and totes. The shoes will retail from $225 to $450 and will be offered at spring market to the same distribution channels as the bags, including high-end department and specialty stores. “I’ve always been obsessed with shoes, so after building a successful handbag business, it just seemed like a natural next step to translate our unique mix of rich and interesting leathers, attention to detail, and an effortlessly chic sensibility into footwear,” said Abbe Held, founder and creative director at Kooba.
VINTAGE SHOPPING: Yoox.com is partnering with jewelry collector and historian Deanna Farneti Cera on a series of themed sales taken from Cera’s collection of vintage costume jewelry. The first sale later this month will focus on “Revisiting the ’80s” and will include 20 pieces from the era, such as a Karl Lagerfeld by Ugo Correani Plexiglass and metal ruffle cuff and Yves Saint Laurent rectangular wooden earrings. Yoox.com will feature a sale every two to three months. Last week, the Bologna, Italy-based e-tailer said it was preparing for an initial public offering and could list before yearend.
DIMASSO AND DEVI: Accessories firm Devi Kroell has tapped Tony DiMasso as president and chief operating officer, a new post.DiMasso has joined the company after five years as chief operating officer at Jimmy Choo, where he was instrumental in expanding the brand’s U.S. presence. Before that, he was the chief operating officer of Diesel USA. “[Kroell] has an international presence and a lot of unexplored potential,” said DiMasso. “I am looking forward to a fantastic partnership with Devi as we look to take the brand to the next level of growth and drive its retail and wholesale operations.” DiMasso reports to Devi Kroell, designer and chief executive officer.
MERCI GABLONZ: Parisian concept store Merci has unveiled a treasure trove of colorful vintage rhinestone jewelry crafted by the women of the Czechoslovakian village of Gablonz, where Daniel Swarovski began his glittering career. The collection’s previous owner, a Gablonz native, was selling several pieces at a flea market in Vienna where it was spotted by Merci’s artistic director, Daniel Rozensztroch, who bought the entire stock, until then stored in a box in a garage. Comprising 70 brooches, bracelets and holiday decorations, made from cut glass and mercury glass beads, the pieces date back to between 1900 and 1930. Designs take inspiration from the animal kingdom, be it an elephant brooch or a lobster tree decoration, or more playful themes, such as a teddy bear, or a Mickey Mouse, proving the character was already a cultural phenomenon in Eastern Europe. Pieces are 300 euros, or $420 each, and go on sale in September.
DIVA-MADE SHADES: The House of Deréon label, cofounded by Beyoncé Knowles and mother Tina Knowles, signed a licensing agreement with Allure Eyewear to produce an eyewear collection under the brand. The initial collection of Deréon eyewear consists of optical frames and sunglasses in bold colors and oversize, glamorous silhouettes. It will be sold at major department and specialty stores around the country and retails from $40 to $200.
“Sunglasses and eyewear add an incredible amount of appeal and they are truly an essential accessory for any look,” Tina Knowles said.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)