NEW YORK--Coolwear, based in Long Island City, N.Y., is the latest streetwear line to move into the retail ring. On Friday, the firm will open its first store, a 1,400-square-foot boutique on 123-3 Main Street in Westhampton, N.Y. Two other streetwear firms--Dollhouse and Living Doll--also have opened small boutiques, as reported. Stuart Gelb, a founder and principal of Coolwear, said juniors never see his total look in stores. "Their merchandising is cherry-picking instead of a total concept," Gelb said. "At certain stores, like Wet Seal, they let us use our labels and certain customers come in and ask for it. I don't think it's shown as a total package, but I think the name rings well in the customer's mind," Gelb continued. Oded Nachmani, the other founder and principal at Coolwear, said they chose Westhampton because of the summer crowds and because rents are low compared with Manhattan's. "We figured that the young kids are out there in the summer and we wanted to test the waters," he said. "The same store in New York would be double or triple the price." Nachmani said they are paying $30,000 rent for the season, which will run through part of September. The company is projecting sales of $800,000 for that period. Although the lease is for five years, Nachmani said the store will be open only during warm-weather months. The store will offer Coolwear dresses, related tops and bottoms, some with lace trims; sporty items such as tank tops and Lycra spandex twill bottoms; sleeveless and short-sleeved sweaters, and T-shirts. Nachmani calls this store a "prelude to a retail operation" for the company, which had a wholesale volume of around $35 million last year, and said he ultimately wants to have a store in every major city. "The next step would be a store in downtown Manhattan," he said, adding that he is considering SoHo or the East Village. "What we make is always on the cutting edge, and the kids that buy it are downtown," he said. "We won't be able to sell our goods on the Upper East Side."
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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