ZIPPERS GET GREEN: Ideal Fastener Corp., the world's second-largest zipper manufacturer, is partnering with Unifi Inc. in offering manufacturers "sustainable zippers." Ideal will use Unifi's Repreve yarns, which are 100 percent recycled, for zipper tapes. The product will be marketed under the Ideal Earth product suite. According to a statement from Unifi, the resources expended even on trim can add up, especially for larger items such as jackets. The companies estimate that using Ideal Earth jacket zipper tapes for 500 jackets or 500 pants conserves a about one gallon of gasoline.
WOOL MISSING MESSAGE: Henrik Kuffner, director general of the International Wool Textile Organization, believes the wool industry is missing an opportunity to deliver an eco-friendly message. In an editorial in the IWTO's most recent newsletter, Kuffner warned that consumer interest in sustainable and organic technologies and products was likely to be a long-term trend, and one the wool industry had failed to address. A definition for organic wool has yet to be worked out.
"Wool, with its natural attributes, being probably the best material for this target group, is about to miss the train with this huge market opportunity, and so far, a remarkable part of the wool industry has ignored this movement," Kuffner said. "Amazingly, consumers are even discussing more about 'organic polyester' than wool. Can we afford this? When are we going to join this trend?"
LEVI'S GOES WITH GLORY: China's Ever-Glory International Group has received orders valued at about $1 million from Levi Strauss to produce cargo pants and chinos. Levi's began working with Ever-Glory in 2006, and during the second half of the year, the company offered Levi's its own design styles. Ever-Glory is publicly traded in the U.S. and produces apparel for brands such as Eddie Bauer, BB Dakota and Fat Face.
LENZING OPENS IN INDIA: Lenzing Fibers opened a new sales and marketing office on Monday in Coimbatore, India, one of the country's textile centers. The company has also teamed up with India's Modi Group to build a new viscose fiber production facility in India.
The plant will take two years to construct and is expected to start production by 2010. There is only one viscose fiber supplier in India, resulting in high import duties for brands and manufacturers looking to use Lenzing's modal and Tencel fibers.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye