A PRINCELY GARDEN: The Prince of Wales already is a farmer, baker and butcher. Now, add furniture to the list of products made by his charitable foundation, the Duchy Collection, which focuses on sustainable farming, forestry and food production. The new line of chestnut pieces, which includes chairs, tables and benches, is made of wood harvested from the prince’s Aconbury Wood in Herefordshire. The furniture will be the centerpiece of the store windows at Burberry’s 57th Street flagship in New York and its Bond Street shop in London, which are today installing royal garden parties in hopes of beckoning an early spring. The visual displays also will include typical English-garden staples, such as lifelike renderings of maze hedges, a table set for tea and mannequins dressed, naturally, in Burberry garden-party attire. Now, all they need is the White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.
STANDARD ISSUE: Even though war is on his doorstep, air-raid sirens have put him on edge and his sales are down 45 percent, Kuwaiti retailer Majed Al-Sabah of Villa Moda is keeping his sense of humor during a difficult period. Over the weekend, Al-Sabah had to smile when he learned that a major shipment of Prada destined for his Villa Moda retail complex — some 300 boxes of shoes, handbags and clothes — were mistakenly collected from the Kuwait City airport by the U.S. Army. The goods were taken to its warehouses north of the city in Camp Doha, which supplies troops with equipment, food and other necessities. Army officials identified the errant Prada shipment on Sunday and were rerouting it to Villa Moda on Monday. "I was so worried it was going to end up somewhere in Iraq," Al-Sabah said. "And I didn’t want to see it on CNN."
Hermès is launching a Laundromat pop-up shop in NYC - dubbed Hermèsmatic - where customers can bring their old scarves to be dip-dyed by an expert. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @donstahl)