In Brief: Poly Price Hike … Tonk to Saks … Lobbying in Geneva
POLY PRICE HIKE: Buyers of polyester staple fiber, which is used as an insolation in jackets and blankets, are facing another round of price increases. DAK Americas LLC on Tuesday said it would be boosting its prices by 3 cents a pound,...
POLY PRICE HIKE: Buyers of polyester staple fiber, which is used as an insolation in jackets and blankets, are facing another round of price increases. DAK Americas LLC on Tuesday said it would be boosting its prices by 3 cents a pound, starting with Oct. 25 shipments. In magnitude and timing, that matched a price increase disclosed by Wellman Inc. on Monday. Both manufacturers said their rising raw materials costs prompted the moves.
TONK TO SAKS: Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises, a division of Saks Inc., said Tuesday that Robert Tonk was appointed vice president of store planning and construction for Saks Fifth Avenue. He will report to Andrew Jennings, Saks Fifth Avenue’s president and chief merchandising officer, and will be a member of the company’s operating committee. Tonk has more than 30 years of retail design experience, most recently as general manager of store design-planning and construction at Hudson’s Bay Co. for two years. He was with Hudson’s for 10 years before that as corporate director of design.
LOBBYING IN GENEVA: Global textile and apparel industry groups from about 15 countries, including the U.S., launched a lobbying blitz in Geneva Tuesday in a bid to muster support ahead of a crucial World Trade Organization meeting Friday that will examine the ramifications of the quota phaseout. Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, said the end of quotas was a “pending catastrophe” with China, which is poised to monopolize global markets. According to some projections, China could capture 75 percent of the U.S. market share and 50 percent of the world market after the quotas expire on Jan. 1. Up to 30 million workers, many in poor nations, could see their jobs disappear as a result, said Ziya Sukun, executive director of Turkey’s ITKIB textile and apparel industry umbrella group.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews