NEW DELHI — Pink fountains at the Ambience Mall in Vasant Kunj here, indicative of the launch of a new brand for men in India, seemed a little bizarre for the Indian male who has grown up on a diet of browns and dark shades.
But the opening of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Thomas Pink store last month, its first in India, brought another moment of reckoning for the Indian man and a chance to be quirky and innovative.
The men’s wear segment constitutes about 43 percent of the $58 billion textile and apparel market in India and has been growing at 9 percent each year, according to consulting firm Technopak. The market size is expected to more than double in the next 10 years.
“The brand will sit in the Indian wardrobes easily,” said Darshan Mehta, president and chief executive officer of Reliance Brands Ltd., the brand’s local partner. He said the new store was launched a little more than nine months after the announcement was made last March. The British retailer has more than 100 stores worldwide and flagships on London’s Jermyn Street, Madison Avenue in New York and Rue François 1er in Paris.
Reliance Brands has been growing its number of retail outlets in India with a portfolio of brand partnerships including Brooks Brothers, Diesel, Ermenegildo Zegna, Hamleys, Iconix, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden and Stuart Weitzman.
The 1,000-square-foot store is not Thomas Pink’s flagship but rather the first step on the way forward. Two more stores are in the pipeline: one in Gurgaon in the New Delhi Capital region and the other at Palladium Mall in Mumbai.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia