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.
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