A cocktail party celebrating the newest license at the Natori Co. with Loftex USA pulled in retail heavyweights at the Loftex showrooms this month. Among the guests: Michael Gould, president and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale’s, Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and ceo of Macy’s Inc., and Jeff Kantor, president of Macy’s Home Store.
Loftex, which manufactures upscale bath and beach towels, will launch the licensed towels bearing the signature prints of the Natori company this fall. Shipments of the bath collection are planned for August, and the beach collection is slated to be in-store for spring 2010, said Josie Natori, president and ceo of Natori Co. The Bath Collection features 16 solid colors, as well as colorful and tonal geometric prints such as the Natori Crest and Natori Dragon and coordinates including an embroidered wedding towel set.
Distribution is aimed at major department stores, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Dillard’s, as well as specialty stores. The bath towels will retail for $30 each and the beach towels will sell at $50. A wholesale sales projection for the first full year was not available, but the line could generate sales in excess of $5 million, according to industry estimates.
Natori said her goal was for consumers to have a luxurious spa experience at home.
“One’s bath should be a refuge that indulges the senses, restoring, relaxing and rejuvenating the soul,” she said.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)