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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)