Cathy Lee understands the power that great accessories can have, which is precisely why she coined her handbag brand Ekatrina New York. “It’s named after Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress,” says Lee, who held positions at the Gap and Old Navy brands, Liz Claiborne and Ann Taylor before starting her own line. “She was the most powerful woman ruler in architecture, politics, everything. I used her as a muse to create power through handbags and accessories.” Ekatrina New York handbags are indeed fit for a queen, or at least some royal stars — Korean celebrities such as Yunjin Kim from the ABC-TV series “Lost” have already been seen sporting Lee’s crocodile and python embossed totes and clutches. As someone who splits her time between New York and Korea, Lee launched the Ekatrina brand three years ago in Asia and Europe at such stores as Mitsukoshi in Taiwan and Milan’s Castelli Cesare. But she is ready to bring accessories power to the U.S. Ekatrina New York is slated to debut at Ice Accessories in Los Angeles in New York. The collection wholesales from $130 to $375.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)