ASPREY OPENS IN MIAMI: Earlier this month, British luxury goods firm Asprey opened a 200-square-foot store at the Setai hotel in Miami. This, the firm's third U.S. store, will offer jewelry, silver, gift items and exotic leather goods. Prices in the store range from $160 for small leather goods or key chains to $37,000 for a purple crocodile bar set with sterling silver and crystal martini glasses. An Asprey spokeswoman said, "The Setai offers Asprey the perfect venue in Miami to reach our clientele in their world. We like reaching our customers where they live and where they vacation." Asprey has flagships in London and New York and brand outposts in luxury markets such as Beverly Hills, Saint Moritz, Switzerland, and Dubai. A Tokyo boutique is slated to open next month. On Feb. 1 the firm will host a charity fashion show for 300 women at Mar-a-lago.
VALENTINO, MITSUI END JOINT VENTURE: Valentino SpA said Monday it had acquired 100 percent of its Japanese subsidiary, after buying out local partner Mitsui and Co. Ltd. Valentino, which is a unit of Valentino Fashion Group SpA, purchased Mitsui's 49 percent holding in Valentino Japan Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. Mitsui set up Valentino Japan in 1974 with two other Japanese companies. Valentino bought 51 percent of the business in 2004. In Monday's statement, Valentino said the buyout was in line with its strategy to develop the Japanese market, which accounts for 10 percent of company sales.
TIFFANY TO OPEN IN MADRID: Tiffany & Co. said on Monday it will open a store in Madrid in the fall. The site, at No. 10, Calle José Ortega y Gasset, will be 5,400 square feet and will occupy two levels in the landmark building. Tiffany architects and designers are working on preserving the building's original facade, creating a two-story entry rotunda of stone that opens to a modern and gracious interior with Macassar and walnut woods, custom furnishings and brushed stainless steel showcases, the jewelry retailer said. Cesare Settepassi, vice president and managing director of Tiffany & Co. Europe, said in a statement that the retailer's "prominent location in a landmark building in Madrid's most desirable shopping area provides us with the ideal environment for introducing customers to Tiffany's own heritage of product design and outstanding service, for which it is known worldwide."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast