TUNES ON THE SLOPES: Burton has made making music on the mountain one step easier. The Burlington, Vt.-based outerwear company’s latest launch is an "analog clone MD jacket," the first snowboarding jacket with a built-in sound...
TUNES ON THE SLOPES: Burton has made making music on the mountain one step easier. The Burlington, Vt.-based outerwear company’s latest launch is an "analog clone MD jacket," the first snowboarding jacket with a built-in sound system.
Burton teamed up with SOFTswitch, a company that integrates electronics with fabrics, to develop a jacket with a Sony mini-disc player and recorder. SOFTswitch technology enables fabrics to serve as interfaces for electronic devices or audio equipment. Instead of having to remove ski gloves to fiddle with controls, wearers can just adjust the key pad on the jacket sleeve to change songs or volume levels.
Greg Dacyshyn, vice president and director of soft goods, said, "For years, riders have struggled with making makeshift systems so they have easy access to their music while riding."
The MD player rests in the chest pocket and can be removed to machine wash the seam-sealed, waterproof jacket. This fall there will be only 100 units of the $1,000 item offered worldwide, with 30 to 35 being sold in the U.S.
COLUMBIA’S SECOND SKIN: Columbia Sportswear has signed a licensing deal with Excelled Leather Corp. to design a collection of leather coats for women, men and children.
A select number of stores will carry the men’s line for the holiday season and a major launch is set for women’s for fall 2003. The 20-piece women’s collection will be offered in department stores, sporting goods stores and outdoor specialty stores, a Columbia spokeswoman said. Retail prices will range from $170 to $500 for the rugged, outdoor styles and novelty items.
IN THE JUNGLE: David Goodman is taking his Buonumo line up a notch. This fall, the fur-trimmed cashmere collection offers more sable and chinchilla items, and focuses on animal-print cashmere. It will be sold at about 35 trunk shows, more than any other previous season. Given that, Goodman is planning for at least a 50 percent increase compared to last year’s sales of $1.5 million. A recent trunk show at an Omaha specialty store doubled sales versus last year, he said.
Goodman remains involved with his 80-year-old family business.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion