- PRINGLE REVIEWS SCOTTISH FACTORY: Pringle of Scotland has entered into a formal consultation process with British workers' union GMB after a major review of its manufacturing operations in Hawick, Scotland. The company said Tuesday that the indications from the review were that operations at Pringle's factory in Hawick, which produces heavy knitwear, may cease. The consultation process is expected to take around 30 days. The company said the proposal could affect up to 80 jobs at the factory. Other jobs located in Hawick, including those in Pringle's head office, its financial division and its customer relations department, will not be affected. "We are considering ways to improve the performance of the business and closure of the manufacturing operation at the plant is, very regrettably, something we must consider," said Douglas Fang, chief executive of Pringle. Fang added Pringle had evolved since the Fang family business, S.C. Fang & Sons Co. Ltd., acquired the brand in 2000. Ready-to-wear is an increasingly important part of the company's business, Fang said, with less customer demand for heavy knitwear.
- PORTS PACT EXPIRES: The six-year contract between the West Coast shippers and union workers expired Tuesday. The Pacific Maritime Association and the 26,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union are negotiating on wages, benefits packages, technological advances and conditions of employment. The union's strike plans were unclear if a stalemate persists. Recent progress, notably a tentative agreement on health benefits announced last month, has generated optimism that the West Coast ports would not see a repeat of the 10-day lockout in 2002 that caused an estimated $15 billion loss to the U.S. economy. A contract would cover union members at 29 ports in Washington, Oregon and California, home to the nation's largest ports at Long Beach and Los Angeles.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast