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.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast