J. Crew has opened its first stand-alone men’s store outside the New York metropolitan area — a 1,559-square-foot unit at Copley Place in Boston. A store that had carried merchandise for both genders has been converted to women’s only and is diagonally adjacent to the men’s store.
“We’re giving men their own space so they don’t have to scale walls or go through the women’s store,” said Frank Muytjens, vice president of men’s design.
He said the new store has a “moody, masculine feel” with its poured concrete floors, walnut accents and industrial fixtures.
Although he did not provide a volume figure, Muytjens said he expects the store will attract a strong following. “We get a lot of customers from Boston [at our New York men’s stores,]” he said. He called Boston, “the quintessential East Coast city” with all its universities and colleges and expects the company’s dressier offerings to perform well. “We’ll have an emphasis on suits,” he said, “and we expect Alden shoes to do really well because they’re from Massachusetts and have a factory there.” The store will offer a 15 percent discount to students who show their school IDs.
Muytjens said he also anticipates the assortment of Hill-Side ties, which will be offered for the first time outside of New York in that store, along with Danner boots, Sperry Top-Sider shoes, Timex watches and Thomas Mason for J. Crew shirts to be bestsellers.
The store will sprinkle “vintage finds” throughout, he said.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion