Bankruptcies wreak real havoc on a brand.That’s why when Gildan Activewear Inc. began a countdown on social media ahead of its Aug. 14 relaunch of American Apparel’s online shop many cheered the news. Others scratched their heads dumbfounded about the return of a brand that had seemingly closed for good while still others were more snide calling it “Canadian Apparel” in reference to where parent Gildan has headquarters.Gildan, which acquired the firm’s intellectual property out of bankruptcy, relaunched American Apparel with many of the same basics customers know well utilizing its global workforce. The company, in hopes of squashing any backlash about taking the manufacturing out of Los Angeles, rolled out a Made in USA capsule that gives people the option of paying more to buy U.S.-made product.American Apparel follows Nasty Gal, which began its transition under new ownership a bit earlier, after Boohoo.com PLC acquired its intellectual property earlier this year. Boohoo worked fast to buy up new inventory and create a new customer service team in the days following the close of its acquisition. It also had to fend off the sour taste left in the mouths of some consumers prior to the deal’s closing who were angry about lost customer credits or shipping delays during the liquidation period. Not only that, it took time to get the merchandise buys right.Boohoo co-chief executive officer Carol Kane told WWD in May the business under its new parent appears to be hitting its stride with the wrinkles largely ironed out.“I think they’ve got it,” she said of customers. “There will be customers who have gone to Nasty Gal looking for vintage and may not have found it, but then we’ve had some really good feedback from customers who have seen what we’re doing so far and they really like it."Meantime, the market's still waiting on teen retailer Wet Seal, whose intellectual property was also sold out of bankruptcy to Gordon Brothers, has been teasing customers on its website of a new collection coming soon. Posts on social media bear the promise #werecomingback.
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)
@denimdaysfestival, which initially launched in Amsterdam in 2014 and has since expanded to New York, is heading to Nashville for the very first time. The two-day festival, which will take place in November, will feature brand activations, hands-on workshops by artisans and denim mills, a vintage market, live entertainment, and local food and drinks. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Later this month, the popular “Diana: Her Fashion Story” exhibit will be reopening. @historicroyalpalaces, the charity that manages @kensingtonroyal, has been working towards adding new, never-before-seen garments to the exhibit, including this dress created by Gianni Versace for a fund-raising dinner at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The exhibit will reopen on April 26 at Kensington Palace @wwdfashion
“Our family has always been engaged and interested in the world around us. [My brothers and I] were always encouraged to have our own opinion at a young age, which is not always something a child is asked — especially to have an opinion with reasoning behind it,” said @yarashahidi on becoming an activist. We caught up with the 18 year old last week, where she talked about her road to acting, how “Black-ish” led her to start conversations about identity and more. Head to WWD.com to read what she had to say #wwdeye (📷: @chelsealaurenla)