J. Crew's Art Project J. Crew has collaborated with New York's Parsons The New School for Design and Fashion Institute of Technology on a limited-edition collection of premium denim. The collection, 82 pairs in total, includes one-of-a-kind, customized pieces.
"We wanted to do something new and exciting that captured the vibe and personality of J. Crew," said Cynthia Ng, director of denim and washed product.
The four graduates of the design schools who worked on the collection are Julia Burns, Sariah Carson, Jennifer Manko and James Boone. Roula Nassar, a freelance designer with J. Crew, also collaborated. With the help of Ng and Jenna Lyons, senior vice president of women's design, the designers transformed the 82 pairs of the American-made, ring-spun five-pocket style into their own creation. Styles have been embroidered, bleached or speckled with blue paint.
"They're all individual," said Ng. "We talked about our ideas and we sat together and guided them through the process. Some have embroidery, some have crystal beading. One pair of jeans has about four or five layers to it. We quickly found out people's strengths."
The jeans will retail at select J. Crew locations for $275. A small rollout began in October, but the bulk of the jeans will hit stores in January.
"Lots of work went into this project," said Lyons. "We're a large company and we've wanted to maintain a sense of individuality and craftsmanship. We'll do what we can to freshen up. It's paid off. The customer gets something that's unique that you're not going to see somewhere else." — L.D.
Chip & Pepper Embracing New York State of Mind Chip and Pepper Foster, the twin brothers who design the Chip & Pepper premium denim collection, are opening their first flagship boutique in a 700-square-foot space in lower Manhattan.
The store, which is set to debut on Nov. 25, is at 250 Mulberry Street, between Prince and Spring Streets in the NoLIta district.
"The location is unbelievable," Chip Foster said. "It took us almost a year to choose a spot."The designers said they settled on NoLIta because they didn't want the location of their first freestanding shop to affect sales at stores where the collection is already distributed. That is one reason the Los Angeles-based twins didn't open in Manhattan's hot Meatpacking District.
"There are great stores that we do business with already in that area and we wouldn't want to jeopardize our business there," Pepper Foster said.
When it came to deciding between New York and Los Angeles, the choice was obvious.
"New York is the fashion mecca," Pepper Foster said. "It's important to be there."
This isn't the Fosters' first venture into retail. In 1994, they opened the Golf Punk boutique on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, where they sell rare and vintage denim and T-shirts. The NoLIta shop, however, will carry the full Chip & Pepper collection, which includes a range of denim styles, as well as the brand's full line of T-shirts, knitwear, twills, outerwear and hats. It will also house C&P University, the brand's line of T-shirts, knitwear, twills and outerwear that incorporates vintage and original logos from universities around the U.S.
In 2006, the Chip & Pepper store will also feature a custom denim bar.
"If customers want copper rivets, they can have it," Pepper Foster said. "They can have the entire Chip & Pepper experience."
The interior of the store is meant to be reminiscent of the log cabin in Lake of the Woods in Ontario, where the twins spent their childhood summers.
"It's so beautiful, but very simple," Chip Foster said.
"A lot of the washes we do, too, follow that trend," his brother added. "It all comes together from growing up around that lake. We've definitely come full circle." — Lauren DeCarlo
Guess Posts Double-Digit Gains in Third Quarter NEW YORK — Guess Inc. reported a 75 percent jump in third-quarter net earnings on revenues that rose 34.3 percent as consumers responded favorably to the retailer's product mix.
In the three months ended Oct. 1, the company earned $20.7 million, or 46 cents a diluted share, including a $4.6 million compensation expense related to contributions of the company's licensing business to operations. Results in the quarter compared with a profit of $11.8 million, or 27 cents, in the year-earlier period. Analysts had been calling for a profit of 37 cents in the latest third quarter.Total revenues were $265.6 million versus $197.8 million a year ago, while same-store sales were up 8 percent. Product sales in the quarter rose 37.1 percent to $251.7 million, while net royalties in the licensing segment were $13.9 million, down 2.7 percent.
The company said retail stores in the U.S. and Canada saw sales rise 18.3 percent to $156.3 million. In the wholesale segment, however, revenues fell 9.3 percent to $31 million.
"Our inventories continue to be clean and this has contributed to substantially increased margins in our retail and wholesale segments," said Paul Marciano, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Guess, in a statement. He also cited strong results in the company's European business, where sales rose to $64.4 million from $17.3 million a year ago, thanks in part to the acquisition of its European jeanswear licensee in January.
In the nine-month period, net earnings totaled $33 million, or 74 cents, compared with $14.7 million, or 33 cents, in the same period a year ago. Net revenues swelled 30.5 percent to $659.4 million versus $505.3 million last year.
Guess said same-store sales in October rose 12.3 percent while total sales in the four weeks were $45.5 million, up 22.4 percent.
Los Angeles-based Guess operates 305 retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.
Shares of the company closed up 19 cents at $28 in Wednesday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. — Meredith Derby
“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
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye