FIT TO GET ENDOWMENT: The Fashion Institute of Technology will receive a $300,000 endowment from Retail Brand Alliance and United Way of New York City. The scholarship fund will be presented at a reception June 27 at the Manhattan-based school. The...
FIT TO GET ENDOWMENT: The Fashion Institute of Technology will receive a $300,000 endowment from Retail Brand Alliance and United Way of New York City. The scholarship fund will be presented at a reception June 27 at the Manhattan-based school. The money will initially provide five full-tuition scholarships to students who were directly affected by the events of Sept. 11, and in later years to other eligible students. The funds will be distributed through FIT's Education Foundation for the Fashion Industries. Retail Brand Alliance is the parent company of Casual Corner Group, Adrienne Vittadini, Carolee Designs and Brooks Bros.DOOR OPEN AT BENETTON: Benetton denied Monday that it has decided to sell its money-losing sporting goods unit, but clearly, it is leaving its options open. "No decision has been made," a spokesman said. Benetton did say it has received expressions of interest and it is open to alliances and partnerships. Benetton said its sporting goods business, which includes the Nordica, Prince, Rollerblade and Killer Loop brands, posted a loss of $46.6 million in 2001, while this year's loss should shrink to $15.5 million. Dollar figures are converted from euros at current exchange.NEW ZALE CHIEF: Zale Corp. said Monday that Mary L. Forte will become chief executive officer on Aug. 1, succeeding Robert J. DiNicola, who will continue as chairman in a nonexecutive capacity. Forte, a 26-year veteran of retailing, has been Zale's executive vice president and chief merchandise officer since February 2001 and was instrumental in the company's turnaround over the last 18 months. She joined Zale in July 1994 as president of its Gordon's Jewelers division, which she upgraded, and became executive vice president and chief administrative officer in January 1998, where she was involved in the Peoples Jewellers of Canada and Piercing Pagoda acquisitions. Prior to Zale, she held executive jobs at QVC, The Bon Marche and Rich's. Zale is the nation's largest fine jewelry specialty retailer. DiNicola's retirement--his second from the corporation--was planned. He first became chairman and ceo of Zale in 1994, retired in 1999, and returned in February 2001 to get the retailer back on track.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)