NEW YORK — Renay Arbour and Annie Walker discovered a welcome relief from the frantic pace of a model’s life during a two-month modeling stint in Tokyo: the pleasures of the Japanese bathing ritual.
"We were exploring the bathhouses there and developed a love for bath products," said Walker. The duo was so inspired, in fact, they began creating their own bath products during their free time. "First we started doing bath teas, mixing together different herbs," said Arbour. But their hobby quickly turned into a business idea and also provided inspiration for their new company’s name, Deep Steep.
"We wanted to take [our passion] to the next level," said Arbour. "We both had the interest to start working with different ingredients."
To that end, Deep Steep features 10 different bath and body products, each available in four different scents, and is expected to hit retail sales of $1.5 million this year, according to industry sources. The line was first picked up by Nordstrom in November, and is currently available in about 200 boutiques around the country, including Manhattan’s Bathroom, Lucy Barnes and The Fragrance Shop, and Brooklyn’s Therapy.In the U.K., Harvey Nichols carries the line.
The Deep Steep range consists of a lotion, cream, bubble bath, body polish, foot polish, moisture stick for body, moisture stick for foot, soap, sugar scrub and the bath teas, with prices ranging from $5 for the tea to $32 for the sugar scrub. The scents — Rosemary Mint, Lavender Chamomile, Grapefruit Bergamot and Honeydew Spearmint — are the result of careful experimentation and exploration. "We were very specific," said Walker. "With a scent like Lavender, we mixed in chamomile, which softens [lavender’s] sharp edges." Arbour and Walker worked with a team of herbalists, chemists and aromatherapists to create the fragrances. "It was really important that we stick to natural ingredients and to keep working with the chemists," noted Arbour. "We had to make sure that we had something we can both live with."
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)