It’s been almost three years since Liz Claiborne Inc. purchased two small Vancouver-based contemporary brands called Kensie and Mac & Jac. Today, many labels under the Liz umbrella are suffering, but Kensie is a bright spot.
These companies may not have been considered power brands at Claiborne in 2006, but analysts agreed the acquisition would do wonders for the company’s desire to strengthen its contemporary apparel segment. They said at the time that the labels would most likely pick up steam and sit well alongside the group’s subsidiaries, Juicy Couture and Laundry by Shelli Segal (which Claiborne sold to Perry Ellis International last year).
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"