ESI'S LEATHER BUY: ESI Leather Group, a Milwaukee-based tannery, has acquired WB Place Co., Hartford, Wis., a 128-year-old processor of deerskin for apparel, gloves, slippers, boots and accessories. Terms were not...
ESI'S LEATHER BUY: ESI Leather Group, a Milwaukee-based tannery, has acquired WB Place Co., Hartford, Wis., a 128-year-old processor of deerskin for apparel, gloves, slippers, boots and accessories. Terms were not disclosed.
ESI Leather, a unit of Everett Smith Investment Co., also of Milwaukee, owns and operates 13 other leather processors and tanneries in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Germany and China.
Thomas Packee, president of ESI subsidiary Blackhawk Leather Ltd., Acton, Ontario, will take on additional duties as president of WB Place. Lyn P. Schuette, a fifth-generation owner of WB Place who was its president, will remain with the company as senior vice president.
Packee said all of WB Place's 115 employees "will remain intact."
RIETER GOES BANGKOK: Switzerland's Rieter Group, a major supplier of spinning machinery to the textile industry, has opened a sales office in Bangkok, Thailand. The move by Rieter's spinning systems division, in cooperation with its Thai agent Cosa Liebermann Ltd., "is aimed at strengthening its customer relationships and orientation in this Southeast Asian nation," the group said.
According to latest available figures, more than half of Rieter spinning systems' volume of $526 million (769 million Swiss francs) in 1992 was done in Asia.
Rieter already has established sales offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei. Rieter's spinning division also operates service centers in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
MONSANTO'S KNITWEAR IDEAS: A fall 1994 knitwear fashion show featuring apparel made from Monsanto's Acrilan acrylic is slated for Feb. 9 in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. The event, hosted by Phil Shroff, Monsanto's fashion consultant, and his wife, Dhun Shroff, incorporates European looks in circular knits from such firms as Andrex Industries, Armtex, Windjammer Knits, Paul Gottlieb & Co., Channel Knits and Fab Industries.
COTTON COUTURE: On Feb. 23, Cotton Incorporated will present "Cotton at the Couture," a color, fabric and silhouette report highlighting cotton apparel featured at the recent Paris couture shows. The 30-minute audio-visual presentation, which will be shown five times throughout the day, is set for the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, New York. Mary Lou Hawkins, Cotton Inc.'s senior director of fashion marketing, will narrate.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews