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."
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)