Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, one of the top international-trade legal and consulting companies, has formed a strategic alliance with political strategist Steven Champlin, principal of Champlin Washington Strategies.Tom Travis, managing partner of Sandler, and Champlin said the alliance will enhance their respective firms’ abilities to further their clients’ interests, combining their trade, legal and political expertise.“Steve Champlin is one of the foremost experts on U.S. trade policy,” Travis said. “His experience as a former key adviser to congressional leaders, combined with his 25-year career in private practice, providing guidance and insight to companies and associations on national and global government policies, makes him a great resource for ST&R’s government-relations group, attorneys, advisers and clients.”Champlin said ST&R’s extensive expertise in a variety of international trade and Customs matters “is an ideal complement to the work Champlin Washington Strategies does in advising clients with global interests.”The two firms will each maintain offices at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington.ST&R, founded in 1977, provides international trade-related legal and consulting services to clients across the globe, including many in the fashion industry. ST&R and its related global trade compliance management company, STTAS, comprise the largest customs and international trade services provider in the world. Operating from offices in North America, South America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the firms’ trade professionals assist companies in complying with the free-trade agreements, laws, rules and regulations affecting the importation and exportation of merchandise.Since the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Champlin has worked in developing and passing U.S. trade agreements through Congress. Prior to entering the private sector, Champlin served as executive director of the Democratic Caucus for Rep. Steny Hoyer (D., Md.), and worked on the staffs of Rep. Tony Coelho (D., Calif.), Rep. William Gray (D., Pa.), and Rep. David E. Bonior (D., Mich.).
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)