NEW YORK--Bradlees' first store in the city, a 143,000-square-foot, six-level unit on 14th Street, and its first Long Island store, in New Hyde Park, are set to open Sunday. "This sets the stage for our further expansion into these areas," said Barry Berman, chairman and chief executive officer. Two more Bradlees units, in the Bronx and Staten Island, will open sometime in 1995, and additional sites in the other boroughs are being scouted, the company said. The Manhattan store, on the site of the former Mays Department Store, is the 136-unit discounter's second largest unit. The largest is a two-level store in Yonkers, N.Y., which has 147,000 square feet. Most units in the chain have 75,000 to 80,000 square feet and just one level for selling. With more selling space, the 14th Street store will be offering deeper assortments of women's apparel, infants', toddlers', large sizes and shoes, compared with typical Bradlees stores. Big men's clothing and soft home furnishings will also be greatly expanded, the company said. There will also be a Mama Brava's Italian restaurant and a unique way to advertise. There will be an imaging system, projecting from two store windows full-color laser disc 3-D images of products floating in midair outside the store.
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion