In its 10th year of business, Bailey44 opened its first store, at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Bailey Group, the Los Angeles-based parent company of contemporary label Bailey44 and Millennial line Ali & Jay, is making major advancements in the digital and direct-to-consumer space and adding several new executives.Peggi Jewell has been appointed president of the group, overseeing day-to-day operations. Jewell held prior executive roles at VF Corp., Kellwood, Lucky Brand, Liz Claiborne and J. Crew."Bailey 44 and Ali & Jay are two uniquely different brands, but with a common theme of positively celebrating women. I see them as strong brands that are still somewhat of a secret to the legions of women that want clothing that is fashionable, accessible and of great quality," said Jewell. "The team at Bailey has done an incredible job of poising both brands for success this past year, and I look forward to helping them further realize that potential."Roshanna Sabaratnam joins the company in the new role of chief digital and marketing officer. Prior to joining Bailey, Sabaratnam held senior executive roles at J Brand, Gilt and Yahoo."Few brands are taking a proactive approach to building a direct-to-consumer relationship. It is refreshing to be part of a company which takes that approach and is committed to a digital, customer-first point of view. Combining that approach with a message of the positive celebration of women makes this a rare and exciting opportunity," she said.Christopher Tate, Bailey's chief executive officer, said, “The company has spent the last several years pivoting its business from a single-branded domestic wholesale company into a multi-branded, multi-channel company. Our industry is changing rapidly and we had to quickly evolve. We are very pleased with the results we have accomplished and the paths for growth that have been established. The addition of Peggi and Roshanna to the company will help enhance a strong leadership team and continue to enable the brands to grow quickly and profitably.”Bailey's 2017 revenues are up 19 percent versus the year prior and the company is showing 212 percent profit growth for the same period. The brand has also accelerated its success in the digital space, with a 67 percent increase in digital channel revenues year-over-year for both wholesale and direct-to-consumer. Projections for 2018 are another 25 to 30 percent in revenue growth, and over 100 percent growth in profit.
“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