GRAFF GROWS: Graff president Henri Barguirdjian revealed Tuesday that the high-end jewelry firm plans to open two stores in the U.S.: on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach this fall, and on Oak Street in Chicago next fall, which will bring its store count in...
GRAFF GROWS: Graff president Henri Barguirdjian revealed Tuesday that the high-end jewelry firm plans to open two stores in the U.S.: on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach this fall, and on Oak Street in Chicago next fall, which will bring its store count in this country to three. Another American store, at Le Reve Casino in Las Vegas, is slated for 2005, although plans are still being finished for the store as well as the casino, he said. Currently, there is one Graff store in the U.S., on Madison Avenue, and the company also sells its products at a few Saks locations. Besides New York, there are four other Graff stores worldwide: in Moscow, Dubai, London and Monte Carlo.
CHICAGO BOUND: Sweden’s fast-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will plunge into the Midwest with its first two store openings in the Chicago area this fall. A company spokeswoman confirmed Monday that H&M will open a 30,000-square-foot store at 840 North Michigan Avenue, formerly occupied by FAO Schwarz, and a 25,000-square-foot store in Woodfield Shopping Center in northwest suburban Schaumburg, where Forever 21, Wilsons Leather and Aeropostale were situated. Both locations are scheduled to open in late September.The company also reported on Monday that its revenue rose 18 percent in January compared with the same period last year. Last month, H&M reported profits for 2002 advanced 49 percent to $670 million, on sales growth of 14.6 percent to $6.28 billion. (Dollar figures are converted from krona at current exchange rates.)
SEYMOUR BY MAIL: To coincide with the first anniversary of the Jane Seymour Signature Collection, the actress-turned-fashion designer will have her own catalog. The 24-page namesake catalog, produced by direct marketer Blair Corporation’s Crossing Pointe, will hit consumer mailboxes this week and feature Seymour’s spring collection — all priced under $100. The stand-alone catalog is intended to attract a wider audience, and Crossing Pointe will continue to include Jane Seymour fashions in its catalogs mailed to consumers.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews