“Madison Avenue has the largest collection of luxury watches anywhere,” declared Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, Tuesday at the Surrey Hotel. That’s where Bauer officially launched the third annual Madison Avenue Watch Week, which concludes Saturday, and hosted a breakfast discussion with Marc Hruschka, president and chief executive officer of Chopard; Michael Margolis, president of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard North America, and Benjamin Clymer, founder of Hodinkee, an online magazine covering high-end watches, who moderated. “New York is a great watch town in some ways and not the strongest watch town in other ways,” Clymer told the crowd of about 20 watch lovers. His point: Luxury jewelry and watch boutiques are fantastic for product and service, but multibrand stores typically lack service and expertise.For the dozen or so watch lovers on hand, the discussion was wide-ranging, covering topics from currency fluctuations and materials costs affecting prices, to technical innovations like “constant force escapement.” Being accessible to clients was a big theme, with the executives encouraging visits to factories and watchmakers. “Literally meet the person who made your watch,” Margolis stressed. Chopard, said Hruschka, is “pushing vertical integration. We want to have as much control as possible. Ninety-six percent of the components of a piece are produced in-house.” Watch Week seems to be gaining momentum, this year rounding up 17 boutiques between 57th and 86th streets along Madison Avenue, including Montblanc, Georg Jensen, Graff, Chopard, David Yurman, de Grisogono, Girard-Perregaux and Porsche Design, to stage private parties, discussions with watch experts and watchmakers, and exhibits of the latest styles and technologies, as well as antiques and vintage pieces. “It’s really about bringing collectors to Madison Avenue to see the newest innovations, even before Baselworld,” said Amy Rosi, a spokeswoman for the BID.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim