Wal-Mart Stores Inc. isn’t giving up on its Made in America pledge, and on Thursday will host a U.S. Manufacturing Summit at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
The retail giant in January committed to sourcing $50 billion worth of goods in the U.S. over the next 10 years. It continues to appeal to other retailers to participate as it tries to line up support from businesses across a variety of industries, and reaches out to the federal and state governments. The blueprint is similar to other Wal-Mart initiatives such as the sustainable index the retailer introduced in 2009. Wal-Mart created a coalition between retailers, manufacturers, government, nonprofit organizations and academia for the index, which measures key performance indicators and category-specific metrics to evaluate a retailer’s performance and supply chain performance.
On Thursday, Wal-Mart Stores president and chief executive officer Mike Duke, Wal-Mart U.S. ceo Bill Simon, Sam’s Club ceo Rosalind Brewer and executive vice president and chief merchandising and marketing officer Duncan Mac Naughton, will be joined by such business leaders as General Electric chairman and ceo Jeff Immelt and Kayser-Roth president and ceo Kevin Toomey; Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Richard Fisher, president and ceo of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, as well as the governors of eight states.
Wal-Mart will convene some 1,500 people at its summit, which “will build on Wal-Mart’s commitment to drive more American manufacturing as an industry,” the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer said.
“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