In Brief: Eddie Bauer Exits … Laura Ashley Leaves Regent … Retail Eatery
EDDIE BAUER EXITS: Eddie Bauer Inc. has emerged from the Spiegel Inc. Chapter 11 reorganization process as an independent company called Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. Spiegel filed for bankruptcy on March 17, 2003. "We are extremely...
EDDIE BAUER EXITS: Eddie Bauer Inc. has emerged from the Spiegel Inc. Chapter 11 reorganization process as an independent company called Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc. Spiegel filed for bankruptcy on March 17, 2003. "We are extremely excited about our new status as a stand-alone company. The entire Eddie Bauer team worked hard during the Spiegel bankruptcy to build a strong platform for the future," said president and chief executive officer Fabian Mansson, in a statement Tuesday. "We streamlined operations, recruited new talent to strengthen the team and renewed our commitment to providing quality apparel and accessories that reflect a modern outdoor lifestyle." Eddie Bauer, based in Redmond, Wash., specializes in selling clothing and accessories for those who appreciate the outdoors. It operates more than 400 stores in the U.S. and Canada, distributes catalogues and has joint ventures in Japan and Germany as well as a Web site.
LAURA ASHLEY LEAVES REGENT: British retailer Laura Ashley plans to close its Regent Street flagship following a rent review. "Our decision to withdraw from Regent Street was not taken lightly," the company said in a statement, "but a review saw an increase in rent to levels that would have made it unprofitable to continue." A spokeswoman added there were no future closures planned. Earlier this year, Laura Ashley said it would be cutting its fashion offering and increase its focus on home furnishings, following an 11.4 percent drop in sales. The company still has three stores remaining in London's West End. As reported, House of Fraser was forced to close its Dickins & Jones store on Regent Street last week, also due to high rents.
RETAIL EATERY: Bergdorf Goodman will open BG, a bar-restaurant with a view overlooking Central Park and room for about 100 guests, in October. The 2,000-square-foot BG will be on the seventh floor of the women's store, and will take some of the space currently occupied by the home department. Kelly Wearstler Interior Design has been selected to create BG. "We chose to work with Kelly because not only does she have a great respect for the traditions of fine living, but she has that rare ability to glamorize historical classics into spaces with a completely modern appeal," said Linda Fargo, vice president of visual merchandise for Bergdorf Goodman. Bergdorf's also operates Goodman's Cafe on the beauty level, and Cafe 745 in its men's store.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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