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.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews