Backstory: The company launched in 1987 as a children’s outerwear label. Eight years later, owner Sherrie Gibson opened a store in Rockland, Maine, but as the retail side grew— and the wholesale business shrunk — she ultimately folded her “Black Parrot” kids’ line, in 1998. Last year, Gibson opened a second shop in Portland. Both outposts sell a mix of fashion, furniture, books and art.
Designer roster: Gary Graham, Alexandre Herchcovitch, Vera Wang, VPL and Vena Cava.
Extras: Gibson is an artist as well — she began her career as an art teacher in Philadelphia — and is working on a commission for the University of Kentucky Medical Center with her husband, artist Warren Seelig.
La Garçonne; Fairfield, Conn.
Backstory: Owner Kris Kim is a long-standing fashion vet. She worked at Prada, Katayone Adeli, Hogan and Y & Kei — all on the public relations and marketing side — before launching lagarconne.com, in 2005. “Anyone we associate with dressing really well are all a bit boyish,” says Kim of the Garçonne name. “It’s Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kirsten Dunst, Lou Doillon. We cater to that type of girl.”
Designer roster: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Zero + Maria Cornejo, A.P.C. and Zucca.
Extras: The La Garçonne Web site has its own virtual magazine called — what else? — “Le Magazine,” which features the work of freelance stylists and photographers.
Capitol; Charlotte, N.C.
Backstory: Charlotte native Laura Vinroot Poole opened Capitol 12 years ago after noticing a dearth of fashion hot spots in her hometown. “My mother’s friends were all shopping in Atlanta, Charleston or New York and I found that very strange for a city of our size,” says Vinroot Poole, who launched a second store in 2002 for emerging designers, called The Poole Shop. “We’re known for our customer service,” she adds. “We travel at our expense to zip [our clients] into gowns.”
Designer roster: Azzedine Alaïa, Altuzarra, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy and Balenciaga.
Extras: The 6,000-square-foot store was designed by her husband, Perry Poole. Highlights include furnishings from Jean Prouvé, Karl Springer and Charlotte Perriand, artwork by Josef Albers, as well as a 750-square-foot courtyard complete with a vertical garden by Patrick Blanc.
Lawrence Covell; Denver
Backstory: Husband and wife duo Lawrence and Cathy Covell opened their store in 1967 as a leather goods shop. “It was kind of a lark,” says Cathy. “We knew nothing about the business. But we were interested in fashion, loved Europe and wanted to explore all the lines that weren’t sold in Denver or, for that matter, this region of the country.”
Designer roster: Dries Van Noten, Brunello Cucinelli, Maison Martin Margiela, Jil Sander and Yohji Yamamoto.
Extras: Lawrence Covell is a family affair. In 2000, the couple’s son joined the company as its men’s buyer; a year later, their daughter-in-law came on board as the women’s buyer.
Joan Shepp; Philadelphia
Backstory: Joan Shepp entered the fashion game in 1971 with a small accessories boutique in Philadelphia’s Lafayette Hill suburb. “It was a lot of handbags and vintage jewelry,” says Shepp, who now owns a 4,500-square-foot space in Center City with daughter-cum-partner Ellen Shepp-Weinstein. The store features a strong focus on Japanese and Belgian designers as well as a top-notch shoe lounge.
Designer roster: Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garçons, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Sonia Rykiel and Limi Feu.
Extras: Just last week, Shepp opened a Y-3 women’s and men’s shop-in-shop on her store’s mezzanine level. “We’re the first in the country, which is really exciting,” says Shepp. “Over 400 people showed up [to the opening party].”
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)