After several years without a men’s line, Los Angeles-based Habitual will relaunch men’s denim for spring, showing at ENK Vegas. The collection emphasizes clean, modern looks in black, gray, dark indigo and medium indigo shades.
“It’s a very tailored and sophisticated look with a European aesthetic,” said Jennifer Wojinski, design director for both men’s and women’s at Habitual. “It’s more of a city look than the vintage look a lot of other brands are going for these days.”
Retail prices will range from $175 to $195 for basic washes to $225 for jeans with slight abrasion and $325 for a selvage style. Jean jackets are $275, with a jazzed-up version with leather sleeves at $575. All the product is made in Habitual’s own factory in Los Angeles from European-sourced fabrics, including some stretch blends.
The men’s jeans come in a skinny fit, slim straight, regular straight and relaxed boot. Black-and-white details adorn the collection, such as a white bar tack on the rear center belt loop and a black leather back patch with white stitching on the sides. Habitual has just started showing the men’s line to retailers and it has so far been picked up by American Rag and LASC.
Habitual was originally founded by Michael and Nicole Colovos but went bankrupt in 2008. Current owners Bobby and Teal Ahn acquired the brand from Pacific Marketing Works and brought on Wojinski as the new design director this past January.
Ask any self-respecting Southerner to name their favorite khaki slacks and the name Duck Head is sure to be mentioned. The brand traces its history back to 1865 when two Nashville brothers, George and Joe O’Bryan, turned duck, heavy canvas surplus used for Army tents, into sturdy work pants and overalls. The company’s pants with their mallard duck logo became a wardrobe staple and the company changed hands several times over the years until being sold to Goody’s, a Southern retailer, in 2003. Goody’s itself fell on hard times and went out of business in 2009. The Duck Head name was auctioned off and purchased by a group headed by Virginia investor Ross Sternheimer. He brought on board Bill Reese, who worked for the brand for 22 years, to serve as president of Duck Head Apparel Co., and moved the headquarters back to Nashville.
For spring, Duck Head will return to the market, offering an updated lifestyle collection that is rooted in khaki pants and shorts, augmented by polos, woven shirts, tees, caps, accessories and footwear. The line will be shown at MAGIC.
“We started from scratch,” said Scott McFadden, executive vice president of Duck Head. “It needed to be updated. Goody’s was putting a duck on anything and everything, and we wanted to make a quality product.”
The initial focus will be on basics, with pleated or flat-front pants in multiple colors for $49 retail. Shorts average $43 and will be offered in seersucker, plaids and other updated patterns. Polos are $38 to $45 and T-shirts are $20 to $22.
McFadden said Duck Head is expecting its first push to Southern retailers and is targeting stores such as Belk, J.C. Penney and Stage Stores, which purchased the Goody’s name.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia