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."
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)