NEW YORK— Stuart Vevers may have been born and raised in the U.K., but New York City is his home now. And so redesigning the company’s boutique in SoHo was especially meaningful to the executive creative director of Coach.“It’s my local store,” he said. “It’s the closest to where I live in TriBeCa, so I visit it frequently.”The 3,790-square-foot store at 143 Prince Street is in a building that dates to the Thirties and seeks to blend historical architectural features with Coach’s signature details. The windows facing West Broadway have been opened up to reveal more natural light, there is a mix of bespoke furniture and custom cabinetry and the building’s original cast-iron columns, exposed brick walls and end grain block flooring were also retained.Vevers worked with William Sofield, designer and president of Studio Sofield, on the project, which also speaks to the uniqueness of the area.“We focused on connecting the space to the neighborhood so that it felt unique and considered for this space and building,” he said. “It’s also an expansion, so we had more space to play with.”The store previously measured 3,090 square feet and was closed for the renovation since the beginning of June.The two-level unit sells men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and accessories as well as seasonal limited-edition pieces. Services include Made to Order Rogue, which allows shoppers to customize a Rogue bag, and monogramming is also available.Vevers said he also worked on the design of the company’s 20,000-square-foot flagship on Fifth Avenue, which opened last year, but the SoHo unit has a different aesthetic. “We want people to discover different locations and feelings,” he said. “The assortment and curation is different. Fifth Avenue is more elevated, but we wanted this to feel like a cool, downtown space.”Vevers enjoys stepping outside of the apparel and accessories realm and working on store design for a change. “I definitely enjoy it, but only if I’m working with the right partner,” he said. “With Bill as a partner, we started talking about the space and came up with some new ideas.”The store reopens to the public today. Coach operates more than 900 stores around the world. Vevers will show his spring collection on Tuesday, where he said he is planning "some fun surprises."
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion