BURBERRY OPENS MADRID STORE: Burberry has opened its first stand-alone store in Madrid, located on the city's Calle Ortega y Gasset. The 6,500-square-foot store will carry men's and women's collections and accessories from the Burberry Prosum line, alongside the Burberry London collection for men, women and children. The Madrid store is part of the company's plans to increase its net retail space by a minimum of 10 percent this fiscal year, with stores set to open before the end of the year in cities such as Kansas City, Mo., and Sydney.
MARGIELA AND BARNEYS: Maison Martin Margiela and Barneys New York have teamed up to exhibit one-of-a-kind garments at the Madison Avenue flagship. The three-week installation will be focused on Margiela's women's Artisanal collection of new and old pieces found around the globe that have been reworked entirely by hand. The clothes will be located on the fourth-floor women's area from Saturday through Sept. 30.
NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS: Historic sights might be the top draw for tourists visiting Britain, but the British luxury goods lobby Walpole is hoping a new initiative will persuade visitors to spend as much time on Bond Street as at Buckingham Palace. The committee, which represents British brands such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Harrods, has launched "Great Britain, The Greatest Brands," a marketing initiative to promote British brands to visitors in the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012. The company said in a statement that, although the number of visitors to the U.K. has risen by 122 percent since 1979, tourists' spending had increased by only 40 percent. The not-for-profit organization plans to approach the U.K. government to ask it to devote more funds to pitch the U.K. as a shopping destination to tourists, and to ease visa requirements for tourists visiting from countries such as China.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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