O SOLE MIO: Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. has ended its 14-year lease agreement with Browns Shoes. The Toronto-based Holt Renfrew, considered Canada’s premier luxury chain, will transition to operating its own shoe division...
O SOLE MIO: Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. has ended its 14-year lease agreement with Browns Shoes. The Toronto-based Holt Renfrew, considered Canada’s premier luxury chain, will transition to operating its own shoe division by February 2007. Browns operated the shoe business at Holt Renfrew since the early Nineties. The companies said they parted ways due to different strategic directions. Holt Renfrew has three locations in Toronto and one each in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
RETRO FOX ADDS LICENSEES: Skechers USA Inc., footwear manufacturer, has signed a licensing agreement with Billant Apparel to design, develop and market Retro Fox branded footwear for women, men and children. The footwear will complement Retro Fox apparel, set to launch in the juniors’ and men’s categories this spring. Retro Fox footwear will launch for holiday 2005. Billant Apparel, founded in 2004, is reviving brands such as Huk-A-Poo and Nik Nik, in addition to Retro Fox. Billant Apparel also signed a licensing agreement with Fishman & Tobin to produce the Retro Fox Kids line for girls and boys. The children’s line will launch for back-to-school 2005. The children’s collection will comprise Retro Fox’s signature polos, track jackets, wovens and sweaters for infants, toddlers, girls’ sizes 4-16 and boys’ sizes 4-20. Fishman & Tobin produces boys’ lines for Sean John and Izod.
“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
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast