FOG ROLLS OUT OF GEORGIA: London Fog Industries will close its distribution center in Washington, Ga., by the end of February. The Darien, Conn.-based rainwear and outerwear maker, which operates four...
FOG ROLLS OUT OF GEORGIA: London Fog Industries will close its distribution center in Washington, Ga., by the end of February. The Darien, Conn.-based rainwear and outerwear maker, which operates four other distribution facilities across the country, said most of the products processed through the Georgia plant will be handled through the distribution center in Eldersburg, Md. Edward L. Frey, executive vice president of operations at London Fog, said the Georgia site, which has 30 full-time employees, has been operating "without modern equipment in an outdated facility." Frey said the company is working with the local community to try to find jobs for the displaced workers.
AUGUSTUS PROMOTES SCHLANSKY: Augustus Clothiers has named Arnold Schlansky vice president of the women's division, a new post. Schlansky, who has been in sales with Augustus for eight years, will oversee sales and marketing for the New York firm's suits, dresses and separates lines. He reports to Chuck Krieger, president of Augustus, and Krieger's sister, Nella Hahn, president of the women's division. The family-owned business operates separate women's and men's divisions and is participating with Norma Kamali in a joint venture for a new suit line. The company also does an extensive private label and contract work at its factory in Brooklyn.
MISTY HARBOR, HEAD TO TOE: Now Misty Harbor, which made its name in rainwear, wants to keep consumers' feet dry and warm. Misty Harbor Properties has signed a licensing agreement with Premier Footwear Corp. to produce women's, men's and children's footwear under the Misty Harbor brand. Targeted at department stores, the new outdoor-influenced collections will include casual hikers, duck boots and other lifetsyle footwear. The lines will premier at next month's FFANY show for fall 1995 delivery. The collections will also be sold through the Premier Footwear showroom, 370 Sixth Ave., New York. William Baum, vice president of marketing for Misty Harbor Properties, said the new license is part of the continued expansion of the brand into new categories. Misty Harbor products will generate about $100 million at retail this year, Baum said. Other licenses are with Essex Manufacturing for rainwear and umbrellas, Amerex for women's outerwear and coats, J.R.B. Enterprises for children's outerwear and girl's swimwear, and Crossroads for women's totes and umbrellas. Baum said he is in discussions for a women's casual, moderate-price sportswear license.WETZLER'S NEW ROLE: Richard Wetzler has joined Jeannene Booher Ltd., New York, as vice president and national sales manager. He succeeds Carol Kalikow, who went on maternity leave in late September. The company said it is uncertain whether Kalikow would return to work. Most recently, Wetzler was sales director at Sully Bonnelly, a ready-to-wear resource. Prior to that, he was vice president and sales director at Constance Saunders, a dress and suit division of Dépêche Mode.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews