LOS ANGELES — Polo Ralph Lauren said Tuesday that it has signed a licensing deal with Apparel Ventures Inc. to make women’s and girls’ swimwear beginning July 1, 2003. "This new relationship will allow us to capitalize on our combined strengths — Polo Ralph Lauren’s creativity and design expertise, and AVI’s ability to consistently manufacture and distribute quality fashion swimwear," said Douglas Williams, group president at Polo.The Ralph Lauren swimwear license had been held by Commerce, Calif.-based Authentic Fitness Corp. since 1998. Apparel Ventures, a $100 million company based here that also holds licenses for Tommy Bahama, OP and Anne Klein, will manufacture and market swimwear for Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Sport, Ralph Lauren Girls, Lauren Ralph Lauren and RALPH Ralph Lauren. "We were interested in moving into a global brand situation with an internationally recognized name," AVI ceo Lynne Koplin said on Tuesday. Koplin worked at Authentic Fitness when it launched Ralph Lauren five years ago.The range of Ralph Lauren swimwear is expected to generate $25 million in the first year under the new deal at wholesale, Koplin said.The Ralph Lauren Collection line, which is already being designed in Italy using European fabrics, will reflect the luxury sensibility of the brand more than it has in the past, she added."I like to think we are a fashion company and fashion will really be driving the Collection and Sport lines."The new lines will preview in January and begin shipping in May. Distribution of Ralph Lauren Collection and Ralph Lauren Sport swimwear will include Ralph Lauren boutiques as well as specialty and department stores, while Lauren Ralph Lauren, RALPH Ralph Lauren and Ralph Lauren Girls swimwear will be distributed only to department and select specialty stores.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim