WARMING TREND: Dearfoams, a slipper company, has entered the accessories field with a collection that could literally be hot.
At the May accessories market, the New York firm introduced a line of earmuffs and scarves that can be heated. Each item contains a pocket with a removable pouch that can be warmed in a microwave oven. With the heated pouch in place, the earmuffs stay warm for up to one hour, the scarf for up to two. The company is also making hand warmers, bread baskets and seat pads that work in a similar manner.
Howard Eisenberg, president of Dearfoams, projected a first-year wholesale volume of $20 million for the line, and said the company is working on heatable gloves, vests and shoe inserts.To launch the line at retail, Eisenberg said Dearfoams is working with retailers to develop accessories department concept shops called Hot Spots.
BULGARI'S LONE STAR DEBUT: Bulgari Corp. of America will break into the Texas market with a Houston unit in late July.
The 550-square-foot boutique, which will be in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, is projected to do $2 million in first-year sales. It will be the eighth U.S. store for the Rome-based fine jeweler. According to Arrigo Berni, general manager for Bulgari Corp., the company is also scouting other store sites. Dallas is under consideration. Berni said there are others, but declined to identify them.
MADE IN THE SHADE: Sunglass specialty stores grabbed the biggest single share of retail sunglass sales in 1993, according to a recent report from the Sunglass Association of America.
Of the $1.9 billion total that the SAA said consumers spent on sunglasses, about $380 million was spent in stores such as Sunglass Hut, one of the biggest sunglass specialty store chains in the world. According to Richard Enholm, chairman of the SAA's statistical committee, this amount is 10 to 15 percent higher than it was in 1992.
Of the remaining volume, four retail categories -- department stores, optical retailers, drug stores and mass merchandisers -- were responsible for about $285 million each. The rest of the purchasing was done through a variety of channels, including sporting goods stores, convenience and grocery stores, wholesale clubs, catalogs and TV infomercials.Information for the report, which the SAA publishes annually, was based on industry surveys of retailers and manufacturers as well as U.S. trade data.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty