Oars + Alps, an e-commerce men’s ath-leisure and grooming brand, has closed on a $1.3 million round of seed funding.Lead investors are Levy Family Partners and Breakout Capital, both of which focus on e-commerce businesses.Oars + Alps was founded in 2015 by Mia Saini Duchnowski and Laura Lisowski Cox who used $50,000 of their personal savings along with money they got from winning the regional 2016 Harvard Business School New Venture Challenge.“We knew we needed additional capital in 2017 to grow our business and to keep up with the demand for our product,” said Duchnowski, chief executive officer. “It was important for us to find strategic investors whose interests were aligned with ours in terms of growth, scope, time, and level of involvement. We were pleasantly surprised to be oversubscribed in less than a month, and this allowed us to make sure we had the right investors who were passionate about both the space and the brand.”They will use the money to hire more staff, add other merchandise and produce additional quantities of its most in-demand product. The company said there is currently a wait list of over 1,000 people for its solid face wash, for example.Additionally, Oars + Alps will launch a non-profit partnership with SOS Outreach, an organization that inspired kids to make healthy and positive choices through outdoor activities and donates a portion of its proceeds to the group.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion