The Timo Weiland label is in transition.After eight years, the partners have sold the brand to a former minority partner and moved on to other projects. But it is expected to relaunch in 2019, according to cofounder Timo Weiland.Meanwhile, Weiland has teamed with technology entrepreneur Noah Gellman to create The Lead, an organization he describes as “part consulting, part executive networking.” The new company is intended to bridge the gap between Silicon Valley venture-capital-based start-ups and fashion industry firms.Alan Eckstein, cofounder and design director of Timo Weiland, has started Everyone Wins, a business that creates sustainable apparel by redesigning overstock. And the third partner, Donna Kang, is focusing on the Timo Weiland x Zenni optical collaboration as designer and director and is also style director of Crowne Plaza, according to her LinkedIn page. In September, the Timo Weiland brand was retained to redesign the uniforms for InterContinental Hotels Group and its Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts.Weiland said the three continue to be partners in TAD, a creative agency that is focusing on Crowne Plaza, as well as the optical business. Eckstein’s new venture is unrelated to TAD.“We’re still partners,” he said, calling Eckstein and Kang “two of the most talented design minds out there.” Project I, which bought a 25 percent stake in Timo Weiland in 2015, is the owner of the brand and will work with TAD to relaunch the collection next year through a licensing deal.But for now, Weiland’s energies are centered around The Lead.“I have a love and appreciation for the industry,” Weiland said, “but I think The Lead will be more impactful.”The Lead will track and curate emerging technology from Silicon Valley and present the findings to fashion brands and retailers to help them run their businesses more efficiently. “We interview start-ups, founders, venture capitalists and chief executive officers and create an innovation list that we recommend to our members,” Weiland explained. Companies or individuals pay a membership fee to join and are provided with three lists a year that have been curated by The Lead.Gellman said that will include the Defiant 25, which will be issued in June, and highlight the top executives “taking chances and embracing technology.” There will also be a list of the top 50 direct-to-consumer brands, and another that will rank the top 100 business-to-business companies. “These will be tech companies that are living under the hood, but are really the engine that powers innovation,” he explained.Additionally, The Lead will host four networking breakfasts a year to facilitate a “conversation” between technology and fashion firms. The first will be held in New York on March 8 and will feature Katie Finnegan, principal and founder of Store No. 8, an incubation arm for Walmart.Gellman said this business model exists in other industries, but not in fashion.
The Lead recommends firms in all aspects of the industry, including marketing, e-commerce, payments, customer experience, fulfillment, in-store, textiles, sustainability and other topics. They will service all manners of the fashion industry, from luxury to mass.
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Exclusive: Guillaume Henry has left @ninaricci, the fashion house said on Thursday. “After three years of mutually gratifying creative collaboration, Nina Ricci and Guillaume Henry have together decided that the designer will depart the house after the presentation of the fall-winter 2018-19 collection,” Ricci said in a statement. Get all the details on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“When Bella enters a room all heads turn,” said @peterphilipsmakeup, creative and image director for @diormakeup. Last night, the two celebrated the product launch of Dior’s Lacquer Plump in Los Angeles with other celebs like @parisjackson, @winnieharlow and more. Head to WWD.com to see the rest of the photos from the night (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
“These shirts are an art form, it’s about getting the message out to as many people as you can. It breaks down the pretentiousness of the art gallery,” says Kumasi Sadiki, cofounder of @ebayontheblock, a store that sells merchandise by New York artists who are shifting their attention to clothes as a wearable medium. Pictured here is a design by artist @joegarvey_, one of the first to spearhead this movement. Head to WWD.com to read @mistywhitesidell full story on how their designs have become merch for the underground elite #wwdfashion
@netaporter is dedicating a part of its website – called the Fine Jewelry and Watch Destination – to highlight its high-end jewelry. The hub will feature products on the site, as well as incorporate styling advice and educational content about high-priced jewelry items. Get more details on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories
For “The Cher Show,” an upcoming musical based on @cher’s life and career, @bobmackie is once again collaborating with the singer in designing the costumes. For decades, Mackie has designed glitzy stage costumes and red carpet looks for the 71-year-old Grammy winner. Pictured here is a sketch of some of the pieces in the wardrobe of the musical, which is set to debut in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway #wwdeye