In Brief: Watch for Kangol … Eddie Bauer Taps Designer … Wet Seal Hires Adviser …
WATCH FOR KANGOL: Kangol is adding women’s and men’s watches to its growing assortment of accessories classifications. The firm, best known for its flat caps, entered agreements with Fossil Inc. and Bollman Hat Co. Fossil will...
WATCH FOR KANGOL: Kangol is adding women’s and men’s watches to its growing assortment of accessories classifications. The firm, best known for its flat caps, entered agreements with Fossil Inc. and Bollman Hat Co. Fossil will design and manufacture the 18-piece watch collection and Bollman will handle distribution. Wholesaling from $40 to $60, the watches feature elements such as kangaroo-embossed leather straps and striped or monogram printed dials. There are several shapes in stainless steel, including an oversized style and a traditional tank case. Kangol was founded as a headwear manufacturer in England in 1938, so as an ode to its history, the only digits on the watch face are the numbers three and eight. The signature piece is the 504, modeled after the brand’s iconic 504 flat caps. In stores now, the watches are available at the Kangol store on Columbus Avenue in New York City, as well as independent retailers such as Below the Belt in Brooklyn and Plaza Surf & Sport in Rocky Point, N.Y.
EDDIE BAUER TAPS DESIGNER: Eddie Bauer Inc. said Thursday it had named Stephen Cirona vice president of design. A former executive at Tommy Hilfiger, Cirona, 43, is currently president of his own design house. He will start Wednesday and report to Kathy Boyer, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer of the Redmond, Wash.-based company. Cirona replaces Jarlath Mellett, who left the firm last year, according to a spokeswoman.
WET SEAL HIRES ADVISER: Amid speculation over a possible bankruptcy filing, ailing specialty retailer Wet Seal said Thursday it has appointed Rothschild Inc. as its financial adviser. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based company appointed a special committee last month to secure the services of a financial adviser, after reporting an operating loss of $102.8 million or $3.20 a diluted share, for the quarter ended July 31.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye