History: This brand was started in 2000 by London Institute (now University of the Arts London) graduate Yusuke Yanagi, when he was working as a freelance designer. Now 37 years old, he took full control of the brand’s sales and business activities when he established his own company in 2008.
Design philosophy: “Rather than taking inspiration from something and then making things based on that, I make clothes by thinking how I want them to feel when they’re completed. Then, in order to materialize that, I use my own know-how.”
Key items for fall: Ankle-length pin-striped pants and fine wale corduroys, waffle-knit sweaters in subtle two-tone color contrasts, nylon-cotton blend raincoats, collarless shirts and reversible quilted vests.
Price points: In Japan, prices range from 15,000 yen, or about $147, for a checked shirt, to 26,000 yen, or about $254, for a raincoat.
Distribution: Revolver in San Francisco, Blue Button Shop in Toronto and Steven Alan in Tokyo
Key takeaway for the season: “I really think a lot about the use of color in my clothes,” Yanagi said, pointing to a navy blue raincoat that looks almost iridescent in the light due to the contrasting ways the fibers take to the dye.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion