In Brief: Eyes Ahead … Kohl’s Joins NRF … Luck of the Irish …
EYES AHEAD: Prada and Italian eyewear maker De Rigo announced Wednesday that EID (International Eyewear Distribution), the joint venture created in 1999 between the two companies to produce and distribute eyewear lines for the Prada, Miu Miu, Jil...
EYES AHEAD: Prada and Italian eyewear maker De Rigo announced Wednesday that EID (International Eyewear Distribution), the joint venture created in 1999 between the two companies to produce and distribute eyewear lines for the Prada, Miu Miu, Jil Sander and Helmut Lang lines, will sign a licensing agreement with Avant-garde Optics to produce and distribute Prada-branded eyewear in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Avant-garde Optics is controlled by De Rigo’s competitor, Luxottica Group SpA. The deal squelches rumors that Prada chief executive Patrizio Bertelli was planning to terminate the joint venture with De Rigo after growing unhappy with its distribution in the U.S. The Avant-garde agreement does not change the distribution for the Italian and European markets, where EID operates directly through its own network. The Prada eyewear collections will be showcased at Vision Expo East in New York this month. Meanwhile, well-placed sources here say Luxottica continues to consider an acquisition of De Rigo, although Luxottica has denied it. Luxottica has been looking for ways to fill the gap left by the termination of the license with Giorgio Armani last year. Earlier this year, it signed a deal to acquire IC Optics, the firm that produces Versace eyewear, and to produce and distribute eyewear for that company.
KOHL’S JOINS NRF: The $7 billion, 400-unit Kohl’s Corp. and several other retailers have joined The National Retail Federation industry organization this year. Other retailers signing on include Jo-Ann Stores Inc., the largest national chain for the retail fabric and craft industry with almost 1,000 stores in the U.S.; Cort Furniture Rental, with 120 locations coast to coast, and OBI Bau, the largest retail home center in continental Europe with 464 stores.
LUCK OF THE IRISH: Enterprise Ireland, the government agency that promotes Irish exports, cited QVC as the largest single purchaser of Irish consumer goods in the U.S. "QVC has been a wonderful associate for Irish small business and craftspeople, and a great way for these companies and individuals to market their goods outside of the Irish marketplace," said Ruairi Curtin, vice president of consumer products for Enterprise Ireland in New York. Said Doug Howe, QVC’s vice president of merchandising: "When we first introduced Irish products to our customers, it was a novelty business. It has now grown to over $30 million. Certainly, many Irish products are purchased during our themed programs on St. Patrick’s Day and on the Rose of Tralee, but they are very popular throughout the year, as well."
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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