From store openings and new lines to creating their own social networking sites, handbag firms are on the move.
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: Befitting its new Beverly Hills retail home, Judith Leiber has had some work done — and gave the big reveal this month with the opening of a 2,800-square-foot flagship on Rodeo Drive.
The accessories firm’s store is the result of a brand review started after Schottenstein Stores Corp. acquired a majority stake last year. Spearheaded by Kramer Design Group, the store design is intended to evoke whimsical sophistication to appeal to longtime Judith Leiber fans and first-timers.
The white Thassos marble facade with hammered stainless steel and polished chrome-framed windows leads to a light-filled gray front room that showcases opening-price-point accessories, including casual evening and day items and costume jewelry, which is new for the company. The circular Crystal Room, which is inspired by the brand’s Chocolate Bar clutch, contains faceted crystal fixtures and showcases Judith Leiber’s staple minaudières.
Prices start at $195 for costume jewelry pieces and bags and go up to $5,295 for an elaborate crystal or exotic skin style.
“You have to stay true to what the heritage of the brand is and also figure out how to move it forward,” said Mary Gleason, Judith Leiber’s president, who estimated the store would generate $4 million to $6 million in first-year sales.
“We have always had a relationship with Hollywood and the red carpet, but we never had a presence here that identified the brand.” The look of the Beverly Hills stores will possibly lend itself to the firm’s other full-price U.S. stores, which are located in New York; Costa Mesa, Calif., and Las Vegas.
— Rachel Brown
BAG OF FUN: The Kensiegirl girl will soon be outfitted from head to toe.
The teen apparel brand, owned and operated by Liz Claiborne Inc., is signing a licensing deal with Trebbiano to design and manufacture handbags under the Kensiegirl brand name. The collection will feature contemporary styles for young women ages 14 to 24 and will hit department stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for spring. Prices will wholesale from $21 to $38. Jewelry also will be an addition to the licensing deal.
“Providing a handbag and jewelry offering to our Kensiegirl consumer is a natural next step as we continue to grow in the contemporary sector,” said Eric Karls, president and chief executive officer at Kensiegirl. — Caroline Tell
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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye