LONDON — Talitha, the London-based brand known for its bohemian holiday wear, is making its first foray into brick-and-mortar retail with an experiential concept space in Notting Hill. The space brings together fashion and lifestyle and aims to capture the brand's colorful, globe-trotting spirit."It's the Talitha woman in her world," said cofounder Kim Hersov, referring to the intimate space that's been designed to look more like a bedroom than a traditional retail store. Scattered among the clothing rails are one-off antique chairs, rusty shelves filled with hand-woven baskets, photo frames and candles, all of which are for sale alongside the clothing. The centerpiece is a plush double bed with a dark wooden frame and brightly colored satin pillows."It's this idea of the boudoir; a bedroom is a woman's haven, it's a very personal space. It's a little unconventional, but we thought that, in a funny way, it works with our clothes," added Hersov, who has the same bed in her own home.A second room at the back of the store, which spans 750 square feet, is wholly dedicated to lifestyle objects sourced from around the globe. There is colorful china, hand-painted lamps, coffee table books and one-off artworks displayed on a white marble table.[caption id="attachment_10877484" align="aligncenter" width="562"] Inside the new Talitha lifestyle concept in Notting Hill.[/caption]Hersov and cofounder Shon Randhawa, teamed with interior decorator Hubert Zandberg to source the furniture and homeware on offer. Having previously designed the homes of both Hersov and Randhawa — and scoured flea markets around the world with them — Zandberg had plenty to choose from. Some of the standout pieces include an art piece he bought with Hersov 15 years ago from a South African gallery, and a velvet couch he had originally designed for Talitha's first showroom.The brand has also collaborated with interiors labels such as the heritage textiles company Tibor, which provided fabrics for curtains and cushions, and the charitable craft project Madwa, known for its straw baskets."We want to offer a curated experience. The visit should be like a journey, a discovery and a feast for the senses. You can see and touch the objects and garments, feel the vision, hear the tinkling bells and smell the beautiful fragrance from the candles. It's an immersive Talitha world," Randhawa said.[caption id="attachment_10877487" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Inside the new Talitha lifestyle concept in Notting Hill.[/caption]The idea is also that the decor will change as new collections are introduced, with new objects and concepts."Next time you might find a living room," Hersov said. "It's the concept of the global traveler. It will be inspired by a variety of different things in the way a traveler draws inspiration from different elements. We didn't want a static space, so that customers will want to come back to see what we've done next."The same curated approach applies to the clothing on display. Hersov said that instead of filling each rail with as much product as possible, she wants to focus instead on one-off pieces. She said she wants to complement — and not compete with — Talitha's retail partners, which include Net-a-porter, Matchesfashion.com, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Moda Operandi."I'm careful about not doubling up with other stores in the U.K. The intention is not to conflict with our stockists or interfere with their business. This is not the intention because they are the reason we are here today. We want to complement what they are doing and represent our collection in an environment that elevates our pieces," Hersov said.[caption id="attachment_10877480" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Inside the new Talitha lifestyle concept in Notting Hill.[/caption]Randhawa, who works closely with the brand's production facilities in India, said she has been growing the company's team of artisans in order to facilitate the production of one-off, special pieces. "We have expanded our in-house team and we work with artisan craft centers and co-ops all around India, giving us access to different crafts and skill sets," Randhawa said.Hersov added that the space will also offer them the chance to meet the customers in person and to experiment with different custom pieces based on demand. "If it works, we can take the concept and travel with it doing pop-ups. Maybe this is a way to test how this concept would work in a hotel space, in an amazing location. There are a lot of ideas about how we can grow this, but it's really important to test it first and experience how it will work."
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)