CORD’S NEXT BAG: Cece Cord has found so much puppy love for her dog bags that she is now extending the line into what she calls "people totes."
The New York socialite is launching her Travels with Tiger brand in handbags and clutches made of suede, crocodile skin and ostrich, sans air holes and other amenities for little pups. Retail price points range from $1,150 for suede and leather styles up to $7,000 for crocodile skins.
"So many people without dogs bought them," said Cord, who sells the line in New York exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman. "The people totes come in the same materials and are designed to be worn as a set, especially for people who travel with their dogs."
SPADE MANAGEMENT SHUFFLE: Kate Spade LLC has promoted Julia Leach to executive vice president of brand strategy, a new position, from senior vice president of creative services. She continues to oversee the creative marketing, advertising and visual initiatives and will now also work on branding efforts in the company’s retail and licensing divisions.
Leach, who has been with Kate Spade since 1996, will report to chief executive officer and creative director Andy Spade. Susan Anthony, who was director of public relations, has been named to the new post of special project manager, in which she oversees co-branding opportunities, like the development of entertainment properties.
Marybeth Schmitt joined the firm as vice president of public relations for the Kate Spade and Jack Spade brands. Schmitt was most recently director of public relations and special events at Gucci USA.
SIGERSON HEADS EAST: Fast-growing accessories company Sigerson Morrison has begun a retail push into Asia. The company has signed a licensing deal with Japanese firm Shin-ei Corp. for a franchised store that opened last week in the Roppongi Hills outdoor mall in Tokyo.
The 500-square-foot store includes the firm’s array of women’s footwear and accessories.
The store is expected to generate first-year sales of $180,000, company executives said. Sigerson Morrison has three stores in the U.S., and one in London, as well as a wholesale business, of which Asia represents 30 percent of total sales.CASLIN’S NEW ROLE: Colleen Caslin joined jewelers Seaman Schepps and Trianon as chief operating officer and creative director, a new post.
Previously, she was senior vice president and marketing brand manager for both Asprey and Garrard, which she joined in 1996. Prior to that, she held posts with Chaumet, Tiffany & Co. and Bergdorf Goodman. The two separate jewelers are owned jointly by Josef Bauer and Anthony Hopenhajm.
Seaman Schepps was established in 1904, and is known for its use of colored precious and semi-precious stones, as well as its link bracelets and signature shells encrusted with stones. The jeweler has a store at 485 Park Avenue in New York.
Trianon, meanwhile, was founded in 1979 and is known for cufflinks and handmade women’s jewelry in natural shells, precious woods and rare stones in 18-karat gold.
Both jewelers will open a combined store in Paris next month, and host an exhibition of their work at the Agnew’s art gallery on Old Bond Street in London in June.
ON THE GO: Adrienne Landau has traveling on the mind and has introduced an item that seems designed for vacations, and can be worn just as easily at a nightclub in Miami as at an exclusive Swiss report.
The silk and chiffon wrap, which the company has named To Go, is not exactly a scarf, shawl or blouse, but it has armholes and can be transformed and worn in multiple ways.
To Go is available in a variety of prints, including animal and floral designs, as well as in solid colors, such as tangerine and turquoise. It carries a wholesale price of $118 and has just begun hitting stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Tootsie’s, as well as a selection of boutiques around the country.
It will also be sold on Neiman Marcus’s Web site, nm.com.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)