WARNACO SIGNINGS: Warnaco Group Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Nautica Enterprises Inc. to produce Nautica swimwear, and has also signed a lease for new headquarters at 501 Seventh Avenue. Nautica had a deal with Apparel Ventures Inc.,...
WARNACO SIGNINGS: Warnaco Group Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Nautica Enterprises Inc. to produce Nautica swimwear, and has also signed a lease for new headquarters at 501 Seventh Avenue. Nautica had a deal with Apparel Ventures Inc., which picked up the license for Ralph Lauren swimwear. The former licensee for Ralph Lauren swimwear was Warnaco’s Authentic Fitness division.
Meanwhile, Warnaco will consolidate its operations into the new space this summer, said Scott Pudalov of ESG/Insignia, exclusive leasing agent for the building on behalf of a partnership of Leona M. Helmsley and Peter L. Malkin. Warnaco, which emerged from bankruptcy in February, is currently at 90 Park Avenue, though it also operates from a few other offices in Manhattan. The company was represented by James Saunders and Noel Flagg of Newmark & Co. Real Estate. Warnaco signed a 13-year agreement for 160,000 square feet at 501 Seventh, a 460,000-square-foot property at 37th Street that’s being modernized with a new lobby, roof and elevator cabs, refurbished corridors and bathrooms, and various amenities. Saunders said that although the office market has "a fair amount of competitive space available, blocks of more than 100,000 square feet within this vicinity are limited."
JCP’S BIGGER BOARD: J.C. Penney Co. Inc. has elected Burl Osborne to its board of directors, increasing the number of directors to 11. Osborne is currently chairman of The Associated Press and retired in 2001 as president of Belo Corp.’s publishing division. After joining Belo in 1995, The Dallas Morning News more than doubled its circulation and won six Pulitzer prizes. "Burl Osborne’s successful business expertise in leading strategic growth, recruiting and developing talent, and directing quality improvements are consistent with all major objectives of our company," said Penney’s chief executive officer Allen Questrom in a statement. Osborne joined Belo in 1980 after a 20-year career with the AP.
SKECHERS DEAL: Skechers USA Inc. has signed a license with the New York-based Garson International to design, distribute and market Skechers Collection men’s jackets and coats. Theouterwear will be previewed through Garson’sNew York showroom beginning in the second quarter, with first shipments expected at retail for holiday selling. This license agreement with Garson is the second for the Manhattan Beach-based footwear brand. The first was signed this year with Kids Headquarters to produce Skechers-branded children’s apparel.
@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