MILAN — Frida Giannini, one of the first designers to fashion a silver-etched iPod case, has now turned her focus to the iPad.
The exclusive cover-up combines craftsmanship with technical materials and is available in black rubberized Guccissima leather and double-G-logoed neoprene, both featuring the iconic green-red-green web detail. More versions will bow in October, while special editions to celebrate important occasions are also in the pipeline. For example, there will be a poppy red Guccissima patent leather style for Saint Valentine’s Day, silver Guccissima leather for the holiday season and a diamanté-patterned version exclusively available at gucci.com.
Each case has a strap closure to preserve the touch screen and is lined with suede for further protection. Priced at $230, the case will be available starting in mid-June in Gucci’s flagship stores in Rome, Milan, Paris, London and New York.
Elsewhere, Gucci Group must slash its transport-related emissions of carbon dioxide by 20 percent in the next 10 years, and Puma is expected to switch to 100 percent sustainable packaging by 2015, according to the first targets published by parent group PPR as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive.
The company has set out seven targets for each of its five divisions, which also include books and electronics retailer Fnac, furniture chain Conforama and mail-order division Redcats. They cover issues such as staff training, environmental impact and solidarity programs.
PPR chairman and chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault revealed that a portion of key executives’ salaries was tied to achieving these objectives, adding the targets were also factored into the five-year development plans and the budgets of each division.
“I can’t imagine running a company like PPR without a commitment to corporate responsibility,” he said of the CSR department, launched in 2007.
Gucci Group, whose brands include Gucci, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen, will also have to ensure that by the end of 2010 it uses only paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) — including shopping bags.
Pinault said customers were highly sensitive to issues linked to sustainable development but were not prepared to pay extra for these initiatives. “If we wait for customers to make sustainable development a condition for purchasing, then nothing will happen,” he added. “It’s as if green products were somehow not normal. They are normal, it is the other products that are not normal. It’s up to us to work out how to make green products the new normal.”
PPR estimates it emitted 452,492 tons of carbon dioxide in 2009, of which transport accounted for 58 percent and energy emissions 42 percent.
It has taken incremental measures to reduce air transport, such as asking Gucci customers in the United States to wait an extra 48 hours for orders between stores in separate cities to be shipped, in a bid to reduce air transport.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion