Asia Watch: Cacharel And Carry…Singapore Fling…Taming The Crocodile
CACHAREL AND CARRY: In a move to shore up its business in Asia, Cacharel on Monday said it had signed licensing and distribution agreements with Itochu Fashion System to distribute its men’s, women’s and children’s lines in...
CACHAREL AND CARRY: In a move to shore up its business in Asia, Cacharel on Monday said it had signed licensing and distribution agreements with Itochu Fashion System to distribute its men’s, women’s and children’s lines in Japan. The contract will come into effect on Jan. 1.
IFS, part of Japan’s Itochu Corporation, already holds the license for Cacharel’s women’s wear. The new accord is part of a strategy to expand sales threefold over the next five years. Japan accounts for 20 percent of its ready-to-wear sales, Cacharel said.
Last year, women’s rtw and children’s apparel, both produced in-house, generated $41.1 million, or 35.1 million euros. Licenses accounted for about $46.8 million, or 40 million euros, while the fragrance business brought in about $187.2 million, or 160 million euros.
Meanwhile, in a related announcement, Cacharel said its collaboration with British design duo Suzanne Clements and Inacio Ribeiro would be renewed for another three years. Since Clements Ribeiro arrived in 2000, Cacharel, a family-controlled firm known for its youthful sportswear, has shifted its image upscale, capturing accounts in the U.S. such as Nordstrom and Barneys New York. — Robert Murphy
SINGAPORE FLING: Two Versace stores have bowed in Singapore at the recently opened Paragon Mall on Orchard Road, the city-state’s most popular shopping avenue. The Versace boutique, which has an area of about 2,100 square feet, is located on the first level of the shopping center and carries Versace men’s wear, women’s ready-to-wear, accessories and the brand’s home collection. A 900-square-foot Versus boutique that carries the Versus and VJC lines for both men and women is located on the mall’s second floor.
Both shops had soft openings on Sept. 23 and grand openings on Oct. 17. To mark the occasion and to celebrate the debut of a Versace store in Tokyo, the company created a limited-edition “Donatella” T-shirt for sale exclusively in the Far East. The T-shirt, which is limited to 1,000 pieces, features a Warhol-inspired image of Versace’s creative director, Donatella Versace.
Versace opened its first store in Asia in Singapore in 1990. In 2002, the company signed a distribution agreement with Gamut Marketing Pte, which now operates three Versace stores in Singapore, as well as Versace and Versus shops in Malaysia. Both parties declined to estimate sales figures for the new Singapore stores, although one executive reported a waiting list is already accumulating for Versace’s leather Biker bag in beige and white. Twenty of the brown waist bags were sold over the opening weekend.— Constance Haisma-Kwok
TAMING THE CROCODILE: After 10 years of legal wrangling, Lacoste and Crocodile Garments have settled a patent infringement suit. The suit stemmed from the use of a left-facing crocodile logo by Hong Kong-based Crocodile Garments that is very similar to the right-facing Lacoste logo.
Although Crocodile Garments has used its croc on shirts since 1952, it had signed a distribution agreement with Lacoste in 1980.That deal gave Crocodile exclusive rights to distribute Lacoste goods in Hong Kong, while Lacoste retained distribution rights outside of Hong Kong. The dispute arose when Crocodile registered its emblem in China, Denmark and Britain, a move Lacoste considered a breach of agreement.
In the settlement, Crocodile Garments has agreed to modify the curvature of its crocodile’s tail. It also will refrain from using the color green on its logo and it will not seek to distribute the brand beyond Hong Kong, Macau and China. The company is expected to unveil its new logo in mid-2004, but has until March 2006 to sell existing products.
In a joint statement, the companies said they will now concentrate their efforts on fighting piracy in mainland China. “I feel relieved to finally walk out of a miserable decade of lawsuits,” said Crocodile Garments deputy chief executive Sunny Chung. “Now we can deal with piracy and develop our business.”
Crocodile currently has 900 stores in China, with plans to open another 700 by 2006. — C.H.K.
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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye