- ANG GETS BUTLER LICENSE: Butler Bag has signed an agreement with Accessory Network Group to design, manufacture and distribute handbags to specialty, midtier and mass retailers beginning for this holiday season. Butler Bag, a Philadelphia-based company founded by Jen Groover, had made its bags in-house for the past two years. Wholesale prices for the bags range from $9 to $26, and the collection includes totes, satchels and clutches in materials such as nylon, PVC and canvas. ANG also makes handbags and accessories for companies such as Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein and Tahari.
- BERNS UPS STAFF: Berns Communications Group LLC, headed by Stacy Berns, is staffing up to support its growing client base. The firm named Jessica Liddell senior vice president for developing and implementing corporate positioning and visibility programs; Amy Kover as vice president for conceptualizing stories for clients, and Laura Ruben director of administration. Prior to joining Berns, Liddell was with The Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc., Kover was a financial journalist at Fortune, The New York Times and Smart Money, and Ruben was at Bear Stearns and Morgen-Walke.
@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