When David Galan, who will be among those participating in Coterie’s TMRW section featuring young and emerging designers, was handling New York accounts for Gucci during the Tom Ford era, he got some invaluable lessons in design.
“I looked at the quality and I formed an idea of what women like in reference to luxury,” said the 34-year-old Galan, who was inspired to try his hand at design.
He moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles in 2004 and started designing belts and accessories for stores such as Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Big Drop and Scoop. He has since expanded his business into handbags and jewelry.
“My customer is a little edgy, but chic,” Galan said. “She loves luxury, but wants something different than what everyone else has. She’s someone who embraces individuality.”
For his handbags, Galan likes to work with exotic skins, such as pony, anaconda python and crocodile.
“For fall, I’m focusing on croc and snakeskin,” said Galan, who produces his line entirely in Los Angeles.
His handbags wholesale from $129 to $299. Some of his bags are structured, while others are contoured to the body. For fall, he will also include a group that is hand woven.
Galan’s handbags are sold at Fred Segal, Ron Herman and Nordstrom, as well as some Japanese accounts. Although he has some celebrity accounts, he said what’s important to him is his relationship with his buyers and the stores. He is inspired by art, architecture and nature, especially the greenery, beaches, running and hiking in California.
“I pull a lot from nature,” he added. “Here in Los Angeles, so much Art Deco is still alive, and Forties buildings.”
Galan also designs jewelry, wholesaling from $79 to $199, using chains, crystals and mixed media.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
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@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)