• LI & FUNG ON KB TOYS: Hong Kong-based sourcing giant Li & Fung Ltd. said Monday that it “suffers” an exposure of about $5 million to KB Toys, which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. “As one of the largest creditors of KB Toys, Li & Fung will seek proper recourse from the bankruptcy courts and has approached most of the affected factories to meet with the group to discuss how it can help them to deal with the bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S.,” Henry Chan, Li & Fung’s executive director, said. “In addition, Li & Fung, with its long and harmonious history of working with a large community of suppliers worldwide, is committed to rendering appropriate assistance to all KB Toys suppliers, especially the SME factories, which may need help in specific instances.” Li & Fung was acting as buying agent for KB Toys, managing the production of its orders.
• ROBERT GRAHAM LICENSE: Robert Graham has finalized a deal with Paramount Apparel International, which will make accessories for the brand under license. The Bourbon, Mo.-based manufacturer will produce men’s and women’s headwear, scarves and gloves under the Robert Graham name starting for spring 2010. The accessories will be distributed in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Best known for its lively printed sport shirts, Robert Graham has licenses for dress shirts, belts and small leather goods, neckwear and cuff links.
• PINT SIZED: The Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Skechers brand has signed a licensing agreement with New York’s Adjmi Apparel Group to produce a line of Skechers branded children’s apparel. The line, which is planned for a fall launch, will consist of casual clothing for boys sizes 12 months to seven years, and girls 12 months through 16. Under terms of the agreement, Adjmi will design, distribute and market the line, targeted to department and specialty retailers that already carry the Skechers line of children’s footwear.
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)