MILAN —Rebecca Minkoff is aiming to get bigger in Europe.The American designer, who was in Milan on Tuesday to meet the students of Condé Nast’s Social Academy influencing market program, said she is inaugurating her first flagship in Milan next year.The boutique will follow the opening of a shop in Venice last September, the North American label’s first unit to debut in the European market.“We have been selling our products in Europe since a few years, but now we are getting really serous about this,” said the designer, who last year teamed with TODO, the Italian company manufacturing and distributing Rebecca Minkoff collections across the European countries.TODO is a join venture between Venice-based manufacturing firm Doro Group and Tomorrow London Ltd., the international sales platform operating four outstanding showrooms in London, Milan, Paris and New York.“I think that now we have to think about the global customer, but we can say that European shoppers tend to take more risks with materials then the Americas,” Minkoff said. “I really hope European customers will appreciate our products’ great quality, style and design and also the fact that you can buy the bag and still be able to buy your dinner.”[caption id="attachment_10898051" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Rebecca Minkoff Resort 2018[/caption]According to TODO, Rebecca Minkoff’s European division generated revenues of 10 million euros in 2017 and it expects to quadruple its business in five years.Along with the unit in Milan, the brand, which already operates four stores in the U.S., one in the Middle East and one in Malaysia, along with the aforementioned location in Venice, also plans to open a boutique in Paris.Last October, Rebecca Minkoff signed an eyewear licensing agreement with Safilo Group to design, manufacture and distribute a collection of sunglasses, which will launch in late 2018, and an optical collection that will be available in January 2019. This is the third licensing agreement for the brand, which also works with Movado on a line of watches and Incipio on a collection of mobile accessories.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)