NEW YORK — “My dream was to have a shop in New York. Now I’m ready to do it,” said Serge Cajfinger, president and artistic director of Paule Ka, the French ready-to-wear firm.
In 2011, London-based private equity firm Change Capital Partners bought a 70 percent stake in Paule Ka to accelerate the brand’s international expansion. Today, the company is established in 56 countries and distributed through more than 475 points of sale. There are 58 freestanding Paule Ka stores globally, 13 of which are owned directly by the firm.
The U.S. market has been on the designer’s bucket list for many years. The 26-year-old company is getting its feet wet this summer with a 560-square-foot pop-up shop that opened on Jobs Lane in Southampton on Memorial Day weekend. It will also open its first New York showroom at 595 Madison Avenue, a 4,000-square-foot space on the eighth floor, this week. “I never had a New York office,” said Cajfinger, on a visit to New York last week. The company normally sets up sales appointments at the Bryant Park Hotel. Its U.S. distribution includes Mitchell’s, Richard’s, Tootsie’s, Fivestory, neimanmarcus.com, saks.com and halsbrook.com. “Now we have a permanent home,” said Susan Kelly, vice president, who oversees the U.S. business.
@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
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)