STEELE DEAL: Lawrence Steele has signed a six-year licensing agreement for all his products and distribution with Alberto Aspesi, a leading Italian apparel sportswear manufacturer. Before this deal for production and worldwide distribution, Aspesi...
STEELE DEAL: Lawrence Steele has signed a six-year licensing agreement for all his products and distribution with Alberto Aspesi, a leading Italian apparel sportswear manufacturer. Before this deal for production and worldwide distribution, Aspesi only produced Steele’s sportswear; Casor handled the ready-to-wear and Miss Deanna, a knitwear maker recently acquired by Giorgio Armani, fashioned the sweaters. Those agreements expired. Aspesi, founded 35 years ago, also produces apparel for Comme des Garçons. "Having developed my brand through three licensees…often meant designing bigger collections to satisfy everyone’s production needs. Now, it will be more streamlined and focused," said the 39-year-old American designer, whose collection bowed in 1994. Steele will trade his usual runway show for a more "intimate" showroom presentation starting on Sept. 27 in Milan. According to recent talk on the acquisitions front, Aspesi, based in Legnano, near Milan, has caught the attention of such Italian groups as the Bulgari-led Opera, Diego Della Valle’s Tod’s Group and Sinv, the manufacturing company that recently acquired Byblos. Executives at Sinv and Tod’s couldn’t be reached, whilethe word at Opera was "no comment."
CHANGES AT EW: James W. Seymore, who for months had been rumored to be leaving his post as managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, was succeeded Tuesday by Rick Tetzeli, deputy managing editor of Fortune. Seymore will become an editor-at-large at Time Inc. During his 12-year tenure, EW won four National Magazine Awards, including two for general excellence. In addition, Andy Sareyan, president of The Parenting Group, has been named president of Entertainment Weekly. He succeeds John Squires, who became an executive vice president of Time Inc. last July. Meantime, Peter Bonventre, executive editor of EW, who was reportedly in the running for the managing editor’s post, has been named editorial director of the magazine, where he will continue to provide senior editorial leadership as well as work with the business side to identify and develop new ventures and opportunities. He reports to Sareyan and Tetzeli.
KMART ISP EXIT: In a notice filed Tuesday with the court overseeing Kmart Corp.’s bankruptcy, the distressed retailer and its BlueLight.com LLC unit have agreed to sell the assets of their dial-up Internet and e-mail services division to NetBrands Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of United Online Inc. Terms of the sale were not disclosed and the final price will be subject to higher bids at an auction to be held later. Formerly known as BlueLight.com and now known as Kmart.com, the assets are part of the companies’ BlueLight Unlimited Internet Service, a $8.95 a month Internet service provider. The companies said the sale will not affect the operation of the site.
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