LUCKY SHOES: Vernon, Calif.-based Lucky Brand Dunagarees is stepping into footwear. The line of denim-driven activewear has inked a licensing deal with South River, N.J.-based Steinweis Jacobson LLC to produce women’s and men’s footwear....
LUCKY SHOES: Vernon, Calif.-based Lucky Brand Dunagarees is stepping into footwear. The line of denim-driven activewear has inked a licensing deal with South River, N.J.-based Steinweis Jacobson LLC to produce women’s and men’s footwear. Lucky Brand footwear will hit department and specialty stores for the back-to-school season, featuring five men’s and six women’s athletic-looking styles in leathers and suedes. The looks will also be carried at Lucky’sstores and Web site, luckybrandjeans.com. Retail price points will range from $60 to $100.
HARRODS NIXES CHICAGO PLANS: Chicago, apparently, is not Harrods’ kind of town. The London department store has all but scrapped plans to open a unit in the Windy City — what would have been its first in the U.S., a company spokesman said. He said Harrods’ owner, Mohamed Al Fayed, failed to see eye-to-eye with developers for Chicago’s historic State Street shopping area. Al Fayed had wanted to take on a larger role in the development — in the form of a proposed hotel and real estate project — but was offered a "fairly modest retail proposal," in the end, the spokesman said. "Further involvement in the project looks exceptionally unlikely," he added. "The developer seemed unaware of the fundamental brand value associated with Harrods, and this was reflected in [the proposal]."
ITALY ON MADISON: The Italian Trade Commission plans to kick off an 11-day promotional program with retailers on upper Madison Avenue in Manhattan tonight. The ITC has set a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Madison between East 65th and 66th Streets to mark the program’s beginning. Called "Passport to Italy," it gives consumers a chance to win Italian prizes, from trips to fashion accessories. Passports for the program are available at 32 participating retailers and in the March 17 issue of New York magazine. The promotion is to end April 6.
MO’ MONEY: Bluefly Inc. has renewed and expanded its secured revolving credit facility with Rosenthal & Rosenthal Inc., an independent financial services and factoring firm. Its available financing has been increased to roughly $4 million from $2.5 million. The deal was secured by Bluefly’s inventory and a letter of credit from an affiliate of Soros Private Equity Partners. The credit facility entitles Bluefly to certain credit accommodations, including the right to obtain loans, factor-to-factor guarantees and letters of credit issued in favor of Bluefly’s suppliers.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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)