In her day job as an MGM producer, Cassidy Lange helps others to fulfill their creative dreams. But now she’s found just the outlet for her own creativity in her namesake bag line, a contemporary collection steeped in the boho-chic vibe of her home town of Venice Beach, Calif.
Like many entrepreneurs, Lange, 31, wanted but couldn’t find just the right bag that could take her from beach neighborhood to corporate job as a senior vice president of production at MGM Studios in Beverly Hills.
“I wanted something that would fit in my office, or on my beach cruiser handlebar or in a yoga class. For me, that meant simple, classic and unadorned.”
She developed the London bag, a round pouch-style bag, devoid of hardware, with a simple leather strap laced through a loop to form an adjustable handle.
The rest plays out like a Hollywood yarn: Lange was spotted wearing her bag by Rachel McAdams while working on “The Vow.” McAdams was intrigued and asked if she could make her one.
“I really like the way it felt to have people interested in my creative work,” said Lange.
Currently, Lange’s work on “Carrie” has made Hollywood gals Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriella Wilde and Judy Greer fans, too.
Lange has sold on Fab.com, where all 80 bags were snapped up on the first day. For fall, she’ll start wholesaling through KKS sales in New York. Other styles include a messenger and circle bags made from calf hair, lambskins, distressed leathers with a tie-dye effect and Navajo blanket styles.
First year sales are projected at $250,000, and wholesale prices range between $90 and $250.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion