SWAROVSKI DONATION: Swarovski made its mark at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., recently when it placed the world's largest illuminated crystal octahedron, weighing one ton, atop the tower at the entrance of GIA's...
SWAROVSKI DONATION: Swarovski made its mark at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, Calif., recently when it placed the world's largest illuminated crystal octahedron, weighing one ton, atop the tower at the entrance of GIA's headquarters. "It will be like a great diamond in the sky," said Nadja Swarovski, who dedicated the Tower of Brilliance, which took craftsmen at the company’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria, over two years to complete. Swarovski also gave the institute more than $1 million to further gem research and education.
LEIBER IN A CLICK: Accessories firm Judith Leiber has launched its first Web site, judithleiber.com. The informational site features the history of the brand, red-carpet moments and special Web pages showcasing minaudières, day bags, evening bags, shoes and eyewear. Visitors can also read about how the bags are made and where to buy them. "This will allow those customers who are new to Judith Leiber to fully understand what the brand stands for," said Victor Lipko, Judith Leiber’s chief executive officer.
In addition, the site has information about the company’s new collector’s club. Twice a year, the company will offer special bags to club members. "We see this is as another tool to maintain an informative dialog with our current and future customers both nationally and internationally," said Lipko. "At a later stage, we also plan to provide links to our retail partners in different markets so that the Web site becomes a more effective sales and marketing vehicle." The site, which was created by design company Dillon/Thompson, is not equipped for e-commerce transactions.
HARTMANN ANNIVERSARY: Luggage and accessories firm Hartmann Inc. recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with a big to-do at Bloomingdale’s in New York, featuring celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch and an exhibition of some of its vintage styles. The Lebanon, Tenn.-based firm showed classic pieces from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies, as well as some current styles. Among the items were a 1935 Pathfinder wardrobe trunk used by actor Jimmy Stewart, and the 1886 honeymoon trunk of first lady Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland.
"The evolution of Hartmann’s products illustrate the transformation of travel in the U.S., as well as abroad, over the past 125 years," said David Herman, president of Hartmann. In addition to luggage, the firm now makes business cases, accessories and personal leather goods.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)