NEW YORK--Designer Susan Martin has ambitious plans for her partnership with Westbury Knitwear Co., Matthews, N.C. The Susan Martin Co., a contemporary knitwear firm established by Martin and Westbury in late 1994, expects first-year wholesale volume of $3 million, said Martin. Westbury manufactures women's, men's and children's apparel. The initial collection, slated for Sept. 30 delivery, consists of handloomed or handknit sweaters and coordinating knit bottoms. Wholesale prices range from $34 for a handloomed cotton straight skirt to $98 for a handloomed intarsia boxy tunic in mohair and acrylic. "I started with knits because I wanted to do a small line to begin with, and items are big right now," said Martin. For spring 1996, Martin will add cut-and-sew jersey and cotton interlock programs, and for fall 1996, she will introduce wovens to make a complete contemporary sportswear line. Martin has been involved in the contemporary knitwear business for many years. From 1985 to 1991, she was women's wear designer and design director for Kikit's women's and men's lines. After that, she joined Charming Shoppes Inc., where she worked on the development of a chain of women's contemporary retail stores that never got off the ground. She left Charming Shoppes at the end of 1993 and hooked up with Westbury in late 1994. "My ideas are based upon one or several strong visual elements--silhouette, a subtle or exaggerated detail or a strong graphic element created through color and pattern," she said. The Susan Martin holiday collection is full of novelty looks and includes many primary colored jacquards and intarsias that coordinate with black. The line contains groups in all cotton, shetland wool, lambswool, angora and nylon, and mohair and acrylic. The line is produced in Hong Kong and China, mostly from Asian yarns. Many styles have special details such as pom-pom drawstrings and ties, zippers on the fronts and sides and a removable snowflake patch on the back. For resort, the collection is all cotton, including cotton doubleknit, textured embroideries and intarsias. The colors are softer brights that work with brown. Accounts to date include Nordstrom, E.B. Pepper in Pittsburgh, The Studio in Brookline, Mass., Rexer Parkes in Atlanta and Temptations in Oceanside, N.Y. The line is being shown in the Creative Concepts Showroom at 214 West 39th St. here.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)