For Carlos Falchi, the second time around is in the bag.
Two years after the Brazilian designer launched a contemporary collection with sourcing firm Li & Fung that failed to take off, Falchi is at it again, this time with new partner L & Leung, which also produces handbags for brands that include Iris by Iris Apfel, Carlos by Carlos Santana and Emma Fox.
The former Falchi by Falchi contemporary line of bags, shoes and jewelry had one shipment to Macy’s for its Brazil promotion. Falchi had also tapped Li & Fung to take on production and distribution for his main “couture” collection. “The Macy’s promotion did well at retail, but when it came to production, we both realized that small U.S. production was not their niche and my couture line has always been made in the U.S.,” said Falchi, who also sells his moderately priced Chi by Falchi brand of bags, jackets, watches and hats exclusively on HSN.
For Falchi’s second go at contemporary, he’s focusing exclusively on bags with leather and calf hair looks that mimic his main collection’s concepts (even the brand name is the same) but with prices that retail from $228 for a cross-body camera style to $348 for a North/South tote, capping out at $598 for an oversize calf hair bag. L & Leung president Lisa Nunziata said her goal is to create a collection that’s strong on brand, leather and function. When asked if she was concerned that customers might confuse the main line and the contemporary one, she replied, “We don’t want them to know the difference.”
Design director Steve Quiles, formerly of Lucky Brand, said the contemporary line’s interest is in the details, from the adjustable buckle on the Y-shaped shoulder straps of a cross-body style to an appliqué in a chevron pattern on a crescent-shaped hobo. A python print, a croc embossment and a cobra pattern burnout have a similar exotic look of the main collection. All the leathers are sourced in Brazil, with the bags produced in China.
The line makes its debut in market this week and is slated to hit retail for a May-June transitional delivery.
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
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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
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