NEW YORK — Quietly and without the buzz their previous gig afforded them, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, formerly of Trovata, are launching their own contemporary collection, Shipley & Halmos, for spring. Less than a year after leaving that much-feted California-based company, which they cofounded with existing head John Whitledge and Josia Lamberto-Egan, the duo has packed up and moved cross-country, setting up shop in New York. (Interestingly, all the original principals remain shareholders in Trovata.)
In their own words, Shipley & Halmos is "an offering of some clothing & things crafted with hand, health and heart," an explanation printed on their silk labels. However they spin it, it's a shopper-friendly collection of about 17 pieces featuring a slew of pretty day dresses, casual tunics and plenty of men's wear-style shirts paired with preppy high-waisted shorts. Initially, Barneys New York will carry the line exclusively. Both 27, Shipley and Halmos eliminated some of the cute details their former label is known for, but left others in for interest — sexy, extra-deep arm holes on silky tanks, slouchy bows on crisp white shirts and more structured ties attached to a great teal trench. "We wanted to go for something more feminine and mature, to feel out who our girl is," says Shipley. Wholesale prices start at $45 for blouses, $70 for pants, $145 for dresses and $200 for coats.
Although New York Fashion Week is right around the corner, the two decided to bypass the runway for now. "We're in no hurry," says Halmos. "We'd like to get two seasons under our belts before we do that." Indeed, between producing the new collection, including a men's lineup, moving to New York and trying to find a home for not only the business but also themselves, there's been little time for anything else. "We've done everything ourselves," says Shipley. "From setting up phone lines to technical design." Halmos chimes in, "Maybe we'll try to get an intern next season."
But for now, this is a highly personal endeavor for the pair, who have known each other since college. Thus, the decision to use their names instead of coming up with some catchy moniker. "If your name is on the label," explains Shipley, "you have a greater responsibility to the consumer to make sure it's right."
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
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With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)