Through a new three-year sales and distribution deal with J. Roseroco New York Co., Vera Wang International is bolstering its retail presence in Seoul, South Korea. As part of an ongoing expansion, the designer label plans to open nine retail outposts. Projected retail sales for this three-year stretch are $24 million, according to Susan Sokol, president of apparel for Vera Wang. A freestanding ready-to-wear store is scheduled to debut late next year in the Chungdam Luxury area where Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and other high-end stores already have units. In addition, a three-walled rtw store has opened in the Galleria East department store, and three others will debut at Samsung Plaza, Hyundai and Shinsegae by next spring.Plans are also in place to roll out two Lavender Label shops next year and two more in 2010 at the Galleria West, Samsung Plaza, Hyundai and Shinsegae.Vera Wang has developed a following for both labels since it started selling them through J. Roseroco's freestanding stores two years ago, Sokol said. Now the company aims to build on that and boost international sales, which account for 40 percent of its total business. Sales in Asia comprise 25 percent of that figure, said Sokol, adding, "Clearly, Asia is a strong and important market for our product."Isabella Um, chief executive officer of J. Roseroco New York, concurred. "We have been working with the Vera Wang collections here in Korea for the past few seasons, and there has been an overwhelmingly positive response from customers," she said.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim