The $1 billion brand is out to up its “cool” factor with a string of new store formats that it will roll out worldwide. The first efforts can be seen here, including the 4,286-square-foot flagship at 750 Lexington Avenue that reopened Sunday.
The flagship is The Jones Group Inc.-owned company’s first to employ a new retail concept: merchandised walls with a laser focus on trend, the main attraction being The World According to Pumps — a wall of sky high, mid-height, kitten and block heels in leather, patent, suede, glitter and metallic dégradé ombré.
Nine West, the largest brand under the Jones umbrella, is available in more than 2,500 doors worldwide, with more than 1,200 stand-alone and concession doors in 57 countries. In the U.S., the 102 full-price stores see average weekly foot traffic near 3,500 people. There are also more than 150 outlet stores in the U.S. that see almost 4,000 shoppers a week, on average.
Rather than opening additional doors, the brand — which sells more than 20 million pairs of shoes a year — is focusing on its existing retail channels and bolstering wholesale accounts.
@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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia