Eskandar, a small designer brand with a devout following, has a growing footprint at Bergdorf Goodman.
Its new shop on the sixth floor is 1,400 square feet and features views of Central Park. Only a handful of other designer shops, such as Prada and Giorgio Armani, occupy similar or more square footage at Bergdorf's. Eskandar had been on the third floor, displayed in space shared with other designers.
"We are a little-known brand, and we don't do much in the way of advertising," designer Eskandar Nabavi said at the March 6 opening of the shop. "But we have a very high turnover at Bergdorf Goodman. We are kind of a secret success."
He is proud of the view, and for uncovering windows that were walled over for years and replacing them with antique stained glass. In addition, a higher ceiling was created as part of the renovation.
There are oak floors, reclaimed rafters established as shelves and country-esque display tables, helping to achieve a "rustic chic" ambience, said the designer, who goes simply by Eskandar. The shop is inspired by his stores in London, Paris and New York and is segmented into six areas, enabling his team to merchandise by color groups, including some created especially for Bergdorf's.
The item-intensive collection, with its signature billowy, unstructured silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and yarns and hand-detailing, draws customers often in their 40s or older. Cashmere represents the core of the collection, which ranges from Peruvian pima cotton T-shirts for $150 to summer knits from $600 to $800 and cashmeres from $950 to $1,600.
The colors are rich: berries, reds, oranges and aubergines are featured as well as nutmegs, chestnuts and walnut greens. Hand-embroidered flourishes appear on a range of items, from petticoat skirts to evening jackets. The collection draws upon multicultural influences, and offers merchandise such as Brazilian seed necklaces in berry tones, and handwoven linen scarves from Nepal.
Eskandar, who said his clothes are not governed by "trends" but by function, tradition and layers, was taught to knit by his grandmother and has been in business for 13 years. He plans three more freestanding stores in the next three years, and in the U.S. sells at Neiman Marcus and independent specialty stores, as well as Bergdorf's, which has nurtured a designer exclusive that generates in the vicinity of $6 million in sales."We are extremely proud of our relationship with Eskandar," said Jim Gold, Bergdorf's chief executive officer. "He has his own aesthetic. It's a multicultural, eclectic sensibility, yet extremely luxurious. And the label is ours exclusively in Manhattan," aside from the three-year-old Eskandar store on 10th Street and University Place. "It's super high-quality fabrics and yarns, pure luxury with very unusual shapes. It's very relaxed, yet with a chic sensibility."
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye