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.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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