JACOB THE JEWELER IN COURT: Jacob Arabov, founder of bling jeweler Jacob & Co., pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit on charges of participating in a scheme to launder more than $270 million in illegal narcotics proceeds of a Detroit drug organization called the Black Mafia Family. Arabov has been accused of selling jewelry that was purchased by alleged ringleaders Terry Lee Flenory and Demetrius Flenory, and others. Arabov, known as Jacob the Jeweler, was arrested at his Manhattan flagship on June 15. If convicted, he faces as much as 20 years in prison.
LEVI'S CITY DIGS: Levi Strauss & Co. inked a deal for a 3,500-square-foot retail store, blocks west of Union Square in Manhattan at 25 West 14th Street. The jeans maker expects to open in time for the holiday season in 2006. Robert K. Futterman & Associates represented Levi's and the landlord, Vornado Realty Trust.
BAG BUY: Kathy Van Zeeland, a handbag company started two years ago, has acquired Tignanello Handbags, an 18-year-old handbag firm. Both are based in New York. Leonard Dreyfuss, president and founder of Tignanello, will continue to work with the brand, which specializes in leather handbags that sell at stores such as J.C. Penney and manufactures private label bags for department and better specialty stores. "Tignanello Handbags will strengthen our portfolio of brands by filling a niche of leather handbags that retail from $75 to $120," Bruce Makowsky, chief executive officer and co-president of Kathy Van Zeeland, said in a statement. For fall, the company will launch a higher-priced line of leather bags under the name B. Makowsky.
MACY'S WINDOW PROJECT: Viewers who missed the premiere episode Wednesday night of "Project Runway" can check out the winning design in Macy's Herald Square's 34th Street windows this morning. Macy's, the national sponsor of "Project Runway," will showcase the winning outfit the morning after each episode. The previous winning designs will remain in the background of the window.
@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
@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)