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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty