CALMING CUSTOMS CONCERNS: Bush administration officials on Wednesday sought to assure importers that the war on terrorism won’t put a crimp in U.S. Customs processing imports. Companies, including textile and apparel importers, are concerned...
CALMING CUSTOMS CONCERNS: Bush administration officials on Wednesday sought to assure importers that the war on terrorism won’t put a crimp in U.S. Customs processing imports. Companies, including textile and apparel importers, are concerned that when the U.S. Customs Service, as proposed by President Bush, is folded into a new Department of Homeland Security, trade issues will be overshadowed by Customs’ border-security mission. "Enhancing border security and facilitating commerce must be the dual mission," homeland security adviser Tom Ridge told business officials gathered at the White House. Congress is now debating the security plan and will put its imprimatur on the proposal.
FERRAGAMO, ZEGNA IN DEAL: In an effort to grow its footwear and leather goods business, Ermenegildo Zegna has formed a joint venture with Salvatore Ferragamo. The new entity, ZeFer, is controlled equally by both family-owned companies and is expected to generate about $47 million (converted from euros at current exchange rates) at retail within the first three years. ZeFer’s management will be drawn independently from both companies. A Zegna spokesman said ZeFer’s future chief executive will come from within Zegna, but he declined to offer a name. Ferragamo will handle production of the collection, which is set to bow for fall 2003 and will be in Zegna stores and a few other retailers.
MASS APPEAL: Consumer Reports, in its first survey on mass merchants, reveals what its 31,000 participants had to say about shopping at them. Overall, in terms of quality, value and problems, Sears came out on top with a score of 77, Costco and Target were on its heels with scores of 76. But ratings on apparel didn’t fare so well. Less than 20 percent of surveyed shoppers considered the quality of clothes at Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart excellent. At Sears and Sam’s Club it was 20 to 30 percent; while Costco won with 30 to 40 percent. The survey is published in CR’s July issue.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast