CLIMB ANY MOUNTAIN: There are all kinds of goodwill acts, but for leather goods firm Stone Mountain, charity starts at home with a soft leather shoulder bag.
Last month, the New York Parks and Recreation Department honored Stone Mountain, its president, Kenny Orr, and a group of 40 women who have moved from welfare to employment through the NYPRD’s training program, at a luncheon held in Central Park’s Arsenal at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue.
At the event, Stone Mountain presented each of the women with a handbag.
"When anyone is interviewed for a job, she should look as professional as possible," Orr said. "To that end, we have been giving women smart, elegant leather handbags as attractive accessories to go along with their new professional wardrobes."
In addition to Stone Mountain handbags, the women were given helpful advice on appropriate attire by the Dress For Success Foundation.
"I know how hard it is to overcome adversity," Orr said. "I am giving back a very little, but it’s something."
MILLER’S NEW BAG: The late August rain didn’t stop Nicole Miller fans from heading to Lord & Taylor’s New York flagship recently to meet the designer and check out her new fall handbags.
A number of other accessories designers, including Eric Javits, Adrienne Landau and Elizabeth Gillett, were also on hand as part of L&T’s two-day Accent on Accessories event. Held in conjunction with the Accessories Council, the event featured designers and company representatives showing customers their fall products and was accompanied by window displays featuring fall accessories.
L&T, which has held Accent on Accessories for the last three seasons, in the last two years has been working to add more diversity to its accessories offerings and make the department more trendy. The flagship moved its legwear department to the eighth floor in order to give more room to its burgeoning accessories department, which now includes a wider range of vendors and new designers.
NEW DIGS: Luxury leather goods firm Lambertson Truex has moved its showroom to a sun-filled space at 230 West 17th St. in New York."We needed more space," said co-founder John Truex. "With the more recent launches of our shoe and belt collections, it was time to showcase our collections all together."
The 6,000-square-foot showroom showcases the firm’s entire line, including bags, shoes, belts and small leather goods, as well as the new men’s line and pet accessories collection.
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)
The @cfda has shifted the dates of #NYFW, with Men’s showing on February 5 through February 7, and Women’s will directly follow, running from February 8 through 14. The preliminary schedule will be released on the CFDA’s web site in the next few days, but Mark Beckham, VP of marketing for the CFDA, revealed that @rafsimons will be back to close the men’s-specific part of the week with a show on February 7 #wwdfashion (📷: Kelly Taub)
@ferragamo is introducing a new space dedicated to the development of women’s and men’s leather good samples. The laboratory, which is created eco-friendly materials and designed to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes, will allow the company to expand its accessories offering through traditional artisanal approaches. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
How does a “regular, degular, schmegular” girl from the Bronx, N.Y., become a Grammy-nominated artist with a certified platinum record in less than a year? Call it the @iamcardib come up. The 25-year-old has become a musical sensation, and the fashion world is taking note. “If I could describe her style I would say drama. She’s really into the dramatics,” says Cardi B’s stylist @kollincarter. See how Carter styles her bold and out there looks with the link in bio. #wwdfashion
“There is no formula. There is no guideline. I can watch Ted Talks all day, but there is no one who can advise me on exactly what it is I should be doing,” said @ronniefieg, CEO of @kith, in an interview with WWD’s @ariahughes at the brand’s new SoHo office in Manhattan. Head to WWD.com to see how Fieg went from hanging out in shoe stockrooms at 13 to building his own business. #wwdfashion (📷: @weston.wells)
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion