BOTKIER GOES LIVE: Botkier, the New York-based accessories company, has relaunched its Web site, Botkier.com. The site showcases all of the brand's categories, including new products such as footwear, belts, small leather goods and some jewelry. Prices range from $125 for a smaller leather case to $795 for a woven tote bag.
"We have been in the e-commerce business for a while now, but felt it was the right time to relaunch our Web site," said designer Monica Botkier, who estimated the site will generate $1 million in sales in its first year. "With the launch of footwear and small leather goods, it's a good opportunity to show a new expanded vision of the brand and the Web site is a perfect vehicle....International distribution is ever changing and expanding into new markets as the brand becomes well known to the international clientele. In terms of the U.S, we have very tight distribution."
DIDDY CARES: Sean Combs has designed a limited edition scarf in tandem with Dress for Success and Diaego, the spirits, beer and wine firm. The "Something to Share" scarf will retail for $30 and 100 percent of the profits will benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that provides interview suits and career development help to low-income women. The scarf and a $30 pocket square are available on somethingtoshare.org.
Combs is the face of Ciroc vodka, which is owned by Diaego.
PROJECT ACCESSORY: Accessories-designer hopefuls have another chance to prove their talent at the second annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards on June 18 at the New York Historical Society. Submissions are being accepted from Feb. 29 through April 15. Rules and regulations can be found at handbagdesigner101.com, which explains all of the information regarding the award's categories, such as Best Handmade Handbag, Best Student-Made Handbag, Most Socially Responsible Handbag and Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design. The winner of the latter category will have the chance to showcase the collection with a free booth at the MAGIC Marketplace show in Las Vegas in August. Other finalists in the competition will have their bags featured in a window display at Henri Bendel in Manhattan and will host a trunk show there. The winner of Best Student-Made Handbag will begin an apprenticeship with the Henri Bendel accessories design team.
“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