Woolrich is expanding its reach into Canada.The venerable American brand has opened a store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The one-level store measures 2,880 square feet and joins the more than 270 shops and services at the high-end mall.Canada is one of the most important markets for Woolrich as it plans its expansion under its owners, WP Lavori in Corso and Goldwin Inc. In addition to the Toronto store and a shop-in-shop at Sporting Life in the Yorkdale center, Woolrich will also open stores in Vancouver and Montreal in 2018 and 2019.“People everywhere value high-quality garments,” said Andrea Cane, Woolrich’s global creative director. “Woolrich offers sophisticated outerwear that has been tested since our first parka design in 1972. And we believe that appreciation of versatility, carrying wearers from a great outdoor hike to their everyday city commute, is what has stood the test of time.”The Toronto store features a design reinterpreted from the concept created by Japanese architecture firm Wonderwall under its creative director Masamichi Katayama. The store strives to offer a modern take on the brand's heritage, blending items from Woolrich's 187-year history with contemporary design pieces. The exterior displays the brand's signature Buffalo Check plaid on the facade and the interior carries men’s and women’s apparel and accessories along with the new footwear line. A grand-opening event is scheduled for tonight.[caption id="attachment_11067128" align="aligncenter" width="200"] The exterior is covered in Woolrich's signature Buffalo Plaid.[/caption]Woolrich International, a new entity created in the fall of 2016 following the merger of Woolrich Inc. and Woolrich Europe, plans to open more than 60 Woolrich stores worldwide by 2020.Woolrich has been producing wool in Pennsylvania since 1830. Italy-based WP Lavori has been a partner of Woolrich's since 1984, starting as a licensee in Italy and expanding into Europe and Asia. The Tokyo-based Goldwin bought a minority stake in the business in October.
Woolrich International had sales of $190 million in fiscal-year 2016 and is projecting an annual average growth of 12 percent from 2017 to 2020 and sales of $300 million within three years.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)