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.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion