l SONIA START-UP: Sonia Rykiel is opening a 3,000-square-foot boutique today at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The freestanding store, the fourth of its kind in the U.S., will carry Rykiel’s women’s and children’s...
l SONIA START-UP: Sonia Rykiel is opening a 3,000-square-foot boutique today at the Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The freestanding store, the fourth of its kind in the U.S., will carry Rykiel’s women’s and children’s lines, as well as accessories. The company’s new lower-priced line, Sonia/Sonia Rykiel, will debut in the South Florida boutique. The company also plans to open more stores internationally. Next is a London store, which is slated to open before the end of the year.
l GAP VOID FILLED: As expected, Paul Pressler, named president and chief executive of Gap Inc. one month ago, has been named to the San Francisco-based firm’s board of directors. Donald Fisher, Gap’s chairman, said he would propose Pressler’s addition to the board at the time of Pressler’s appointment. Pressler’s predecessor, Millard (Mickey) Drexler, resigned his post as a director two weeks ago.
l STREET SWEEP: Beverly Hills property owners and tenants approved a $15 million improvement initiative to spiff up the five-street shopping triangle, which includes Rodeo Drive. The initiative calls for widening sidewalks and medians, adding midblock crosswalks, building street and pedestrian lights and planting more trees in a two-phase, two-year process. Approved by a two-thirds majority on Oct. 22, it includes a special tax to fund the improvements levied over a 25-year period starting early next year,when construction is slated to begin. One of the more attractive benefits of the improvements is a reduction in car traffic, according to property owners. "If you take away vehicular traffic, you’ll stimulate foot traffic, which is ultimately what retailers want," said Chuck Dembo, a partner at Beverly Hills real estate firm Dembo & Associates.
l JAPAN FAN: Sir Paul Smith has opened his first flagship in Tokyo’s fashionable Aoyama district. The new shop, which opened earlier this month, is also his fourth freestanding signature women’s wear store in Japan. The store, on Kotto-Dori, spans 1,782 square feet and two floors. It has a glass front, and the ground floor resembles the designer’s Notting Hill home with floors covered in gray and off-white checkerboard stone and fabric-covered walls. The upper floor has a boudoir feel, complete with a four-poster bed. Japan is a key market for the brand: approximately 65 percent of his $353 million business is generated there.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye