BIGGER AND BETTER: Accessories still bring in the customers, as evidenced by the Louis Vuitton event at Bloomingdale’s on Thursday night.
The party to celebrate the newly opened Vuitton shop within Bloomingdale’s drew scores of Vuitton clients. The in-store boutique, which opened in 1995, has tripled to almost 3,900 square feet and now has three levels. Additional product categories such as men’s and footwear were added to the mix of handbags, eyewear and shoes. There is also a permanent two-story Louis Vuitton monogram pattern with a changing LED light display that covers the store’s corner at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.
“We have a very long-term view of our business,” said Daniel Lalonde, president and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton North America. “We have been looking forward to growing our footprint at the New York flagship for several years.”
Michael Gould, Bloomingdale’s chairman and chief executive officer, said of the space, “It’s a great growth opportunity for us.”
There are talks to expand Louis Vuitton into other Bloomingdale’s locations.
LOUBOUTIN GOES LATIN: Christian Louboutin is opening his first South American boutique at Iguatemi São Paulo, one of Brazil’s top fashion centers that also houses the likes of Gucci, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Like all Louboutin stores worldwide, the São Paulo boutique will house the brand’s red-soled stilettos, espadrilles, flats and growing handbag collection in a stylish setting. Designed in partnership with New York-based architect Eric Clough of 212box, the store will also be the only Christian Louboutin boutique to feature a facade of imbuia wood — grown exclusively in Southern Brazil — carved with thousands of intricate drawings.
“In such a pretty mall, I want to have my prettiest shoes,” said Louboutin. “Iguatemi São Paulo is the essence of Brazil — a mix of style and culture, supported by a splendid administration.”
The 865-square-foot store space is the designer’s 17th store worldwide and will open in March.
AWARDS SEASON: When the third annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards is presented in June, there will be more than just handbags. The contest has added a shoe category, as well.
Applications are now open for categories such as best student-made bag, greenest bag and best shoe. Sponsors include Crystallized Swarovski Elements, Singer Sewing Co., Parsons The New School for Design, Pantone, Foot Petals, Devi Kroell and M&J Trimming. Prizes include a free booth at WWDMAGIC, a “designer feature” on Singer Sewing’s Web site and an apprenticeship with Devi Kroell. Lulu Guinness will also be honored as this year’s Iconoclast recipient for her 20 years of achievement in handbag design.
@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)