John Hardy is forging ahead with its expansion plan under relatively new owner L Catterton. The brand will make its foray into privately operated U.S. retail this fall by opening stores in Houston and New York. A third U.S. store, in a yet-to-be-determined location, will open in early 2017.The Houston location, opening in September, will be located in the River Oaks District. The brand will occupy a 1,000 square-foot space.In New York, John Hardy will open in SoHo at 118 Prince Street. The 1,200 square-foot space will open in November.These openings are coupled with the Bali-based label’s e-commerce expansion.“We are looking to become a true multichannel brand,” chief executive officer Robert Hanson told WWD.“The U.S. and North America are our largest commercial market — 80 percent of our revenue is in U.S. but is almost entirely done through wholesale. We haven’t had boutiques in U.S. before; this will mark the brand’s first foray into U.S. retail. We have boutiques in Bali, Jakarta and Hong Kong,” he added.The label will also elevate the scope of its product offering under the watch of newly instated creative director Hollie Bonneville Barden — whose appointment was first announced by WWD last month.“We are really focused on becoming a jeweler — moving beyond a silversmith to a goldsmith and stone setter,” said Hanson. As such, the label plans to move its average price point from $750 to just over $1,000,“to keep our core customer with us but bring new customers to the brand.”
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
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.