In Brief: Levi’s Outlets on Clearance … Hitting the Road …
LEVI’S OUTLETS ON CLEARANCE: Casual Male Retail Group Inc. said it plans to shutter 50 to 55 of its 83 Levi’s and Dockers Outlet stores within two years, as part of an overall plan to exit that business. It said the closings will result in...
LEVI’S OUTLETS ON CLEARANCE: Casual Male Retail Group Inc. said it plans to shutter 50 to 55 of its 83 Levi’s and Dockers Outlet stores within two years, as part of an overall plan to exit that business. It said the closings will result in a $27 million to $30 million charge. The Canton, Mass.-based retailer in August first said it planned to pull back from the Levi’s business, partly blaming an "erosion" of brand equity, but also acknowledging that as Levi’s got its serious inventory overrun problem of the late Nineties under control, the volume of product available for outlets has become limited. Casual Male said it plans to close or sell the remaining Levi’s and Dockers stores not taken out in its first round of closings as their leases come up. The retailer plans to focus on its 467-store big-and-tall men’s chain.
HITTING THE ROAD: Luggage maker Hartmann Inc. and its consultants, Richard Lambertson and John Truex, the design team behind Lambertson Truex, are parting ways. Hartmann’s collaboration with Lambertson Truex began in 1999, when the luggage firm hired them to update the look of existing products and direct new product design. Under their guidance, Hartmann has launched luggage lines such as Luxe and Career, which feature weekenders and carry-ons in whimsical prints. Hartmann is expected to continue carrying these. The duo’s last collection for the house will be the Career line, which is being previewed for fall selling.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over the top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty