Formerly known as Kuhlman Co. Inc., the men’s wear firm was founded by Scott and Susan Kuhlman in 2002 as a men’s shirt manufacturer. By 2003, the Kuhlmans opened their first store and over the next 18 months built the business to 30 units. The company went public through a reverse merger in 2005 and brought some high-profile, big-box retail executives on board to help it grow even further. The strategy was unsuccessful and, by 2006, Kuhlman was out of money and the business wound down.
The assets were purchased in 2007 by private equity partners Louis Silverman and Jason Behfarin. Under its new ownership, the company is planning to strategically reopen stores in cities around the U.S. The first will be in Manhattan.
Now known as S. Kuhlman, the firm has subleased 2,300 square feet of retail space at 989 Third Avenue on the corner of 59th Street, according to the retailer’s real estate adviser, The Lansco Corp. S. Kuhlman will remain in the space until February 2010, at which point it will have the opportunity to work directly with the building’s landlord to remain. Although the asking rent for the three-level retail space is $25,000 a month, Lansco was able to negotiate a substantially lower base rent with a percentage based on sales, the company said. The sublessor was a Belgian fabric company named Arte.
Another two to three stores are expected to follow in cities including Boston and Los Angeles.
S. Kuhlman is known for its European-inspired men’s wear, which is a hybrid between sportswear and dresswear.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)