LOS ANGELES — Now entering a fifth week of bitter stalemate, the Writers Guild of America strike is taking a toll on Los Angeles apparel retailers, who have long depended on entertainment clients for a robust holiday shopping season.
With scripted drama series and sitcoms halting production at an estimated cost to the L.A. economy of $21.3 million per day—not to mention millions of dollars more lost to empty restaurant tables, vacant hotel rooms and other secondary effects of the strike—several men’s wear boutiques reported a marked decrease in foot traffic and a near-freeze on lavish corporate gifting. What was once a cashmere blanket gift for an A-list entertainment client is now more along the lines of a merino wool sweater, sources said.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)