DALLAS -- Losing $100,000 worth of fine jewelry to a burglar made Michelle Sanders realize she didn't want to feel emotionally attached to material objects. Asceticism wasn't the answer. It was Brilliant Ideas, a store and catalog business she created...
DALLAS -- Losing $100,000 worth of fine jewelry to a burglar made Michelle Sanders realize she didn't want to feel emotionally attached to material objects. Asceticism wasn't the answer. It was Brilliant Ideas, a store and catalog business she created to specialize in inexpensive fashion jewelry styled after leading fashion and fine jewelry lines, such as Donna Karan, David Yurman and Cartier.
From its start almost six years ago, Brilliant Ideas has steadily grown -- opening a fifth unit in Texas last November at Preston Center East shopping center here. Volume of the San Antonio company, which also does a small catalog business, is expected to hit $2 million this year.
Sanders contracts about 80 percent of her stock from 100 manufacturers, working closely with 15. The merchandise is heavy on classics, like fake pearl necklaces, plus some more forward looks, such as brushed gold electroplate abstract earrings. The stores also stock a few name lines, including Simon Sebbag and Frederic Jean Duclos.
With units in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas plus a franchise in Austin, Sanders plans to continue opening stores in Texas. "I feel we have so much room to grow in Texas, and I know how to buy for Texas women," Sanders asserted. "They like bold jewelry -- a statement of confidence and personality and style. They like to be noticed."
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