Billionaire chief executive officer Tony Hsieh loves using C-words — for clothing, customer service and company culture, that is.The ceo of Las Vegas-based Zappos Inc. kicked off the inaugural WWD Fashion Forum on Sunday in Downtown Las Vegas at The Venue, a hip new place across from one of his highly publicized redevelopment projects called Container Park.Hsieh, who sold his company to Amazon.com for more than $1 billion in 2009, spoke about evolving Zappos into more than just a Nevada success story.“A great brand is a story that never stops unfolding,” he said. “But we wanted to evolve our brand at Zappos, so we added a fourth ‘C’: community.”With that in mind, four years ago Hsieh and other executives turned their attention — and personal fortunes — toward investing $350 million into downtown Las Vegas.The goal was to reshape the dusty, downtrodden part of Sin City. He dreamed of it becoming a residential area, one with so-called “serendipitous collisions.” It would be home to thriving small businesses, apartments buildings, art exhibits and anything that doesn’t resemble the gaming part of the city.To start, the executives moved Zappos and its 1,500 employees into new headquarters at the former City Hall building. Hsieh’s investment consortium also bought nearby land and buildings for future developments.He also restructured the way the company runs. Hsieh, who lets business leaders tour Zappos for ideas on creating a varied corporate culture, said the e-tailer operates more like a city and “a lot less like a top-down driven organization.”So far, he said, the master real estate project is working, though not without its share of challenges. (Las Vegas has struggled with high rates of unemployment, mortgage foreclosures and hotel bankruptcies. It also has one of the country’s most transient populations.) The city’s downtown, he said, has created hundreds of new small businesses, such as a hotel chef who opened her own eatery and a former Zappos employee who now sells his own barbecue sauce.To prove his point further, Hsieh listed other culturally driven examples such as the Life Is Beautiful event, a three-day festival of music and food that attracts more than 30,000 people every fall. Launched three years ago, it now hosts major headliners. The next event, held Sept. 25-27, will feature Stevie Wonder, Hozier, Snoop Dogg, Duran Duran and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few.“As a business, we needed to be integrated with the community around us,” said Hsieh. “Instead of focusing on us, we encouraged our employees to go out and interact with the community.”For Hsieh, it’s a personal juggling act. He splits his time evenly between both Zappos and the Downtown Project initiative.He said the effort to improve downtown is important because more than half of the human population currently lives in a city. In the future that figure will jump to 75 percent, he said.“What we think we are doing is far bigger than downtown Las Vegas,” Hsieh said.The ultimate goal (and tagline), he said, is to make downtown Las Vegas a place where people will become smarter.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)