Merging costume jewelry assets, K&M Accessories announced today that it will acquire the assets of Robert Rose Jewelry, previously owned by Collection 18.Terms regarding the sale could not be learned. K&M is the producer of private label costume jewelry for Tahari, Guess and Jessica McClintock among other brands as well as in-house jewelry lines.With the acquisition, K&M hopes to “offer retailers innovative products and operational excellence that deliver top-line growth opportunities for customers,” according to a statement.The firm noted: “As the retail landscape continues to transform, vendors who provide economies of scale will be able to offer retailers superior customer service, significant margin opportunity and a wider product assortment.”Drew Pizzo, president of Collection 18, said in a statement: “We are confident that Robert Rose’s compelling product offering combined with K&M’s global reach and operational strengths will provide our customer base with the most reliable source for trend-right fashion jewelry.”Todd Marcus, president for K&M Accessories, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Robert Rose and its clients to the K&M family. Our entire team is excited by the opportunity to deliver all of our retail partner’s products with a fresh point of difference. Robert Rose has consistently brought energy, excitement and emotion to the fashion jewelry industry and our united organization provides a platform for us to grow together.”
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion