PLINER’S RETAIL EXPANSION: Leather outerwear will be an important part of the mix when Donald J. Pliner opens four stores within the next year.
Next month, a 2,500-square-foot company-owned store bows in Coral Gables, Fla., while a franchised unit will open in San José’s Silicon Valley. The company will follow up with a 4,000-square-foot store in Beverly Hills next June, not far from where the designer opened a Shop for Papagallo store in 1967. He plans to open a Pliner store in New York for fall 2003, increasing Pliner’s store count to seven.
Known for his footwear and accessories, Pliner has updated his outerwear to include more athletic-inspired styles and sportswear for spring. He wanted to open more stores to give customers a better sense of the different items the brand offers, he said.
"We found that no matter how much a department store or specialty store carries, it’s usually only 20 percent of the line," he said. "We thought this was one way to grow beyond advertising. We’ve also found that where we open stores, that has helped department stores in those areas."
David J. Bartelucci Architects is designing the Coral Gables space. It will have Moroccan decor with Pliner’s signature scarlet walls, cow print and carved pig statues. That design also reflects the new look of Pliner’s New York showroom, another attempt to make the brand more cohesive in buyers’ eyes.
On another front, Pliner is launching a Web site for consumers to use as a store locator or check out new catalogs.
WOOLRICH’S NEW DEAL: Woolrich has signed a three-year licensing deal with Manzella Productions, a Buffalo-based company, to produce a line of Woolrich gloves.
The 10-piece women’s collection will consist of casual and activewear styles, and will bow at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City in January, said Jeffrey Liebel, chief operating officer of Manzella Productions.
Casual offerings will focus on knits like rag wool or merino wool gloves, and the active styles will play up waterproof, breathable fleece, which can be used for outdoor activities like sledding or for glove liners. Wholesale prices will range from $7 to $20. The collection will be offered at apparel and outdoor specialty stores.
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“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion