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.
“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