West Watch: Jigsaw Goes American … Co-Op Heading West? … New Look …
JIGSAW GOES AMERICAN: Jigsaw, the $108 million chain with 40-plus stores in the U.K. and Ireland, plans to open its first U.S. women’s wear boutique on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood Country Mart. John Robinson, founder of the...
JIGSAW GOES AMERICAN: Jigsaw, the $108 million chain with 40-plus stores in the U.K. and Ireland, plans to open its first U.S. women’s wear boutique on Aug. 9 in Los Angeles’ tony Brentwood Country Mart. John Robinson, founder of the Anthropologie-like concept, and his wife, Belle, creator of children’s wear stores Jigsaw Jr., will attend the debut of the1,500-square-foot space. Jigsaw Jr. will open an 800-square-foot store at the Mart on Sept. 1. The stores are anticipated to generate $2 million in combined first-year sales. — Kristin Young
CO-OP HEADING WEST?: The Barneys New York flagship closed at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., and now the chain is banking that a Barneys Co-op store — targeting younger consumers seeking trendy fashion — will succeed at the megamall, said a retailing source familiar with the deal. Barneys declined to comment. The store is slated to open by spring. Co-op already has units in Manhattan’s SoHo and Chelsea neighborhoods and in South Beach, Fla. A fourth is to bow on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in September and in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area by February. Analysts point to Co-op as the most promising segment in the portfolio of Barneys, which is up for sale. — K.Y.
NEW LOOK: Work started this month at the California Market Center’s 2A wing on 22 refurbished misses’ and contemporary showrooms, including Rep et Trois, Creative Concepts and Tom & Rebecca Sales. The expansion will increase the section to about 70,000 square feet from 20,000 square feet and is to be completed in October. The design’s modern look contrasts muted-color walls with bold streaks of graphics and incorporates industrial materials of masonite and translucent acrylic panels. Coming after the building’s new gift and home floors of the C wing, the project is part of the market center’s long-term, multimillion dollar overhaul, general manager Paul Lentz said. So far, the 3B wing has received an update and 3A goes under the hammer in November. — Nola Sarkisian-Miller
TRADING UP: Responding to market changes on retail floors, the four-year-old Pool trade show is expanding its offerings to include music merchandise, cosmetics and home wares in time for this MAGIC. It’s switched venues from the Las Vegas Hilton to the 20,000-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to accommodate its 350-plus exhibitors. “Anything you find in a boutique you should find at a trade show,” said show organizer and independent rep Ronda Walker. “The show has become a destination at this point, and we don’t need the crossover from MAGIC too much.” The tactic is similar to the approach pioneered by Designers & Agents, which shows during markets in Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo. For the first time Pool will also feature a virtual runway: a 10-foot-wide superscreen on which designers can pay to have their clothes modeled on virtual mannequins throughout the show’s run from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. — Marcy Medina
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)