Credo Beauty is forging ahead with its mission to open clean beauty stores across the country.Following the death of founder Shashi Batra, the natural beauty emporium is set to open its fifth brick-and-mortar outlet in Chicago on Thursday. The brand operates stores in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Chicago is its first foray into the Midwest.The 1,415-square-foot space is located at 1659 North Damen Avenue, part of a retail corridor that stretches between upscale Bucktown and hipster-centric Wicker Park. It will carry 2,000 stockkeeping units across 105 brands in the skin, makeup, hair, fragrance and wellness categories.“It’s exciting for us to open in Chicago [and] it was a learning curve for us….Opening a store on either coast is a given — you know that in New York and California people are eating organically and [into healthy ingredients],” said Annie Jackson, chief operating officer of Credo Beauty. “When you go into other states, you’re not sure how much they understand clean beauty.”But Jackson found an eager and willing consumer base in Chicago.“When we were scouting locations we were asking people if they’d ever heard of clean beauty, [and they had]. The shift of women becoming savvy and reading ingredient labels is not just relegated to the coasts,” she said.New brands launching in tandem with the Chicago store opening are Rodin and Oilixia, a U.K.-based skin-care line.A Tata Harper spa — the brand’s third with Credo Beauty — will open on Aug. 1 with a facial menu.Credo’s founder and chief executive officer Batra passed away from an aggressive illness in May. Jackson came on board with Batra early on — Credo launched in 2015 with an e-commerce site and San Francisco flagship — and is planning to continue his original vision.“Our plan and goal is to continue to open stores,” Jackson said. “We’ve got more on the horizon and we’re not changing from the fact that we want to get into communities and tap into a customer that is living a lifestyle that aligns with us….I think he’d be proud of what we’re doing.”
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“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 at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. 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.