BRAND NEW: A-Net, the Issey Miyake-affiliated company that owns such brands as Tsumori Chisato, Mercibeaucoup and Ne-net, is launching a new brand called Merrem for spring. The brand's designer, Akiko Egawa, worked her way up through the company while designing various product lines for Sunaokuwahara, another A-Net brand, before she was offered her own line. The brand aims to provide women in their twenties to thirties with fun, colorful styles at prices that are more affordable than those of other A-Net brands. A spokeswoman for the company said that while the average price is 15,000 yen, or $160, most items are priced closer to 11,000 to 12,000 yen, or $118 to $128. Merrem's first store, in Tokyo's Marunouchi district, last week and and handful of other stores will roll out in Japan in the coming weeks.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)