BUSINESS FIRST: The Democrats and their presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, have far outpaced the Republican Party and presumptive nominee Sen. John McCain in political fund-raising, but they take a backseat to selling and buying party souvenirs and paraphernalia. In a perfect display of GOP ideals, the Republican National Committee and convention organizers are out-marketing their Democratic rivals by a wide margin this week in Minnesota. The RNC stuck the ubiquitous elephant logo on everything from T-shirts to baseball caps, sweatshirts, Beanie Babies and handbags — and party loyalists and delegates streamed out of the Xcel Energy Center with fistfuls of merchandise.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)