URBAN RENEWAL: Looking to expand on its bond with hip-hop fashion fans, Kmart Corp. will test a new line of men’s urban sportswear in 50 stores in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The collection, under the Ched-da...
URBAN RENEWAL: Looking to expand on its bond with hip-hop fashion fans, Kmart Corp. will test a new line of men’s urban sportswear in 50 stores in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The collection, under the Ched-da label, will include denim jackets, jeans, shorts, T-shirts and other knit tops and woven sport shirtsavailable only at Kmart. The Troy, Mich.-based discounter has emphasized its links to Hispanic and African-American customers since filing Chapter 11 last January and, as reported, is building a stable of exclusive brands.
JONES ISSUES MEN’S LICENSE: Jones Apparel Group Inc. on Monday licensed to Sixty North America Holding Inc. the rights to manufacture and distribute men’s denim sportswear under the Energie and Energie Jeans X-Experience brands in the U.S. The collection, which will be targeted at upscale specialty stores and freestanding Energie stores, is to be introduced this fall. Jones owns the Energie trademark in the U.S.
LOEB HONORED: Retail consultant Walter F. Loeb on Monday was honored by the Departments of the Army and Air Force with the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the highest award granted to civilian personnel by the secretary of both services. Loeb, who was presented his award at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon, was honored for his role as consultant to the Commander of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service over the past 12 years. AAFES is the nation’s 10th largest general merchandiser.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion