NEW YORK--Tristan, a Canadian specialty retailer with European-flavored fashions, has opened its second U.S. store, a 5,500-square-foot unit on Sixth Avenue at 49th Street. Tristan opened its first U.S. store in April 1993 in Roosevelt Field Shopping Center, Garden City, N.Y., and plans to have seven stores operating in the U.S. in three years. "Once that is done, we'll analyze whether we're doing good, or in trouble," said Gilles Fortin, president and owner of the Montreal-based chain. This fall, three more U.S. units are planned, one in Stamford, Conn., in September, and two in the Boston area, in Burlington and Braintree, Mass., in October. Fortin said he could not project the volume for the new store, at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, but he said that the 5,000-square-foot Roosevelt Field unit did more than $2 million in sales in its first year. "It's on plan. So far, so good." "Sixth Avenue is not typical of the type of merchandise I am selling," Fortin said. "We would fit better on Madison Avenue or 57th Street," he said, "but it's dangerous to pay those rents." He said rents on those streets are $150-$200 a square foot--double what he's paying on Sixth. "It's a funny place." he commented. "There's not really business on Saturdays, we're closed on Sundays, but traffic is very heavy from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, particularly at lunchtime." In Canada, Tristan owns 83 stores, which last year did a total volume of about $80 million, according to Fortin. The company does its own designing and its merchandise is manufactured in Canada and the Far East. The stores feature a range of country, casual and dressier looks geared toward 20-to-35-year-old men and women. Items include lines wool pants at $120 to $150, heavy knit sweaters at $120, lighter sweaters at $60 to $100, blazers at $160, long cocktail dresses at $200, men's suits, $320. The firm was founded by Marcel McDermott in Montreal. Fortin bought it from him 21 years ago when it was one store selling unisex looks and losing money. "At that time, I was a musician," said Fortin, who played keyboards in a rock band. "All the players were shopping there."
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast