- BURBERRY OPENS IN AZERBAIJAN: Burberry is looking east. The London-based fashion and luxury goods firm opened its first store in Azerbaijan Friday, in Baku, the country's capital. The 2,368-square-foot store is located on Neftchiler Avenue in the city, and carries the Burberry Prorsum women's wear collection, alongside Burberry London's men's and women's lines. It also carries Burberry's accessories — including the label's Warrior bag — and the brand's eyewear, fragrances and timepieces. Other brands on Neftchiler Avenue include Escada and Ermenegildo Zegna, while Emporio Armani, Versace and Tru Trussardi all have stores in Baku. New York-based architecture firm O'Neil Langan designed the Burberry store, and its interiors are decorated with pale stone floors and dark wood fittings. This summer, the company plans to open a seventh Russian store inEkaterinburg and its first Hungarian store, in Budapest.
- HERMES' NEW FOUNDATION: Hermès International said Tuesday it was establishing a foundation to oversee its philanthropic endeavors and to bolster its efforts in social and environmental responsibility. The Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès, headquartered in Paris and with an initial five-year mission, will be dedicated to promoting and preserving craft skills and supporting such creative fields as design, visual arts and performing arts, the company said. On the corporate social responsibility front, Hermès plans to support organizations that promote education and training and support environmental research. Hermès said the foundation has a budget of 18.5 million euros, or $28.8 at current exchange, and would be run by Catherine Tsekenis.
- NEW CREDIT FACILITY: AnnTaylor Stores Corp. has increased its revolving credit facility to $250 million from $175 million, according to a Securities and Exchange filing on Tuesday. The new facility, which involves six banks including Bank of America N.A., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Wachovia Bank N.A., also allows AnnTaylor to borrow an additional $100 million. The company said in the filing that it does not anticipate borrowing against the new facility to fund working capital needs of the business.
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
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