Outerwear firm London Fog believes that inclement weather should never prevent a woman from being accessorized, so the Iconix-owned brand is introducing its first handbag line for fall 2008.
"London Fog is a heritage brand," Kimberly Lee Minor, vice president of Iconix brand management, said. "The vision for it is to be a classic brand with a little fashion vanguard."
The bags are being produced by New York-based accessories firm Mondani, which also manufactures Emilie M., Hype, Rampage, Bill Blass and Bill Blass Collection handbags.
"Every woman has gotten caught in a rainstorm and her bag came out looking terrible," Mondani president Steven Hedaya said. "The bags will have tremendous wearability and are weather and stain resistant."
The line of satchels, hobos and various other day shapes will bow in department stores such as Macy's, Belk and Dillard's, as well as on nordstrom.com next fall, with retail prices of $100 to $250. The leathers and fabrics used are treated to wick away moisture. Some have the look of a buttery shrunken lambskin that is typically sensitive to stains.
"The technology has been out there," Hedaya said. "It's something that we're working on....It used to be when you did this to leather it became very stiff. [The London Fog leathers] look and feel like drum-dyed leather."
The hardware on the bags is taken from the buckles of the company's signature trench coats.
London Fog is looking to expand into men's accessories, belts, small leather goods, ties, jewelry, watches and eyewear. It is already in luggage, cold weather accessories and umbrellas. The firm is also relaunching footwear next fall.
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
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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
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