LOS ANGELES--Fendi is returning to Rodeo Drive. The Rome-based manufacturer of ready-to-wear, fur, knitwear and accessories will open a store in late October at 355 N. Rodeo Drive between Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo. The boutique will be 2,800 square feet and located in a space that used to be part of Gucci but is being separated to house its own store. The store will be operated by Irwin Tauber, owner of Fendi stores in the Bal Harbour Shops in Florida; Fairfax Square in suburban Washington, D.C.; the Galleria in Houston, and South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Beverly Hills boutique will be the sixth U.S. Fendi store, in addition to Tauber's four units, a unit in Stamford, Conn., and the Fendi-owned store at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street in New York. A spokeswoman for Tauber and Condotti Shops, his Bal Harbour-based operation, said plans for the store are being finalized and that an official announcement about the store would come in two weeks. "We're still working on what mannequins to order," said Leoni Obando, marketing director for Condotti. "It's still a baby." Obando said the merchandise mix will include ready-to-wear, furs and probably shoes, fragrance, watches and other accessories. A grand opening party will be held in November. Fendi had a Rodeo Drive store in the Eighties that was operated by Beverly Hills retailer Torie Steel. That unit, which was located on the 400 block, was closed in the late Eighties. The Fendi deal is the latest of several moves recently made on the three-block-long Rodeo retail district. Lladro, the figurines manufacturer, has signed a deal for the old Torie Steel property on the 400 block. That space, which has not had a permanent tenant for several years, is now a hot property, bordered by the new Chanel and Bijan. Lladro is considering occupying half of the space and leasing half to another tenant. Ermenegildo Zegna, the Italian men's wear manufacturer, reportedly is close to signing a deal for the space formerly occupied by Chanel at Rodeo and Dayton Way. That space, across from Fred Hayman and Two Rodeo, is one of the few high-profile locations available on the street. Other retailers who recently have been looking for space on Rodeo include St. John Knits and Mark Cross.
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@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)