NAUTICA SERVES: Nautica swimwear is about to take a few dives on the beach instead of in the surf.
The company has signed two-year endorsement deals with pro volleyball players Elaine Youngs and Misty May. Nautica executives were expected to announce the deal and the players planned to show their stuff on the sand volleyball court this morning at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.
Youngs and May, who are on different top-ranked teams, will compete in Nautica. Now that NBC and Fox are airing pro volleyball tournaments, there is more interest among apparel sponsors, Youngs’ agent Sue Rodin said.
ON THEIR TOES: Danskin decked out dancers for the New York City Ballet Workout 2, an exercise video and DVD to be released Tuesday. The brand expects to pick up some new customers considering 180,000 units of the first installment were sold worldwide.
WADING AT HOME: Norma Kamali has seen swimwear sales increase by 25 percent since fall 2001 thanks to her shop-like-a-celebrity-service.
The designer’s online catalogs are periodically e-mailed to clients who then can have items sent overnight to their homes. They have 48 hours to try on and return garments. Design Your Own Swimwear, Editors’ choice Swimwear and Poly Jersey Swimwear are among the three swimwear catalogs that have been sent out this year to thousands of shoppers. The latter features two pieces from the current “Goddess” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Kamali said: “The online catalogs allow clients to view all the sites available for each season, with information about fit and color, as well as tips on how to pick the best swimsuit.”
Sportswear catalogs are also offered via e-mail.
STAR STRUCK: Jeffrey Grubb, the designer behind FAL and FAL Active, has taken to celebrity power.
Madonna has agreed to have her image stamped on FAL cashmere or cotton T-shirts to be sold to benefit Lifebeat, a nonprofit group helping to fight AIDS. The launch is set for July 18 at Jimmy’s boutique in East Hampton, N.Y., where 10 autographed versions will be auctioned. The Material Girl offered her services after hearing about the project, Grubb said.During a special appearance at the Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills last month, Grubb ran into old friend Wayne Scot Lucas. The stylist purchased all 16 units of FAL’s $95 white mesh messenger vests for his client, Justin Timberlake. The pop star sports it in the opening act of his Justified and Stripped tour.
Later last month, Grubb met up again with Lucas, who this time was accompanied by Janet Jackson, another client, at the New York premiere of “The Matrix Reloaded.” Grubb later gave Jackson a FAL Italian “moth mesh” white top to wear to last week’s premiere of the sci-fi flick.
Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey and John Leguizamo are also on Grubb’s list for product placement. Gloria Estefan prefers to be a paying customer in Miami stores. Kim Basinger is said to wear FAL knits in her new flick with Jeff Bridges, “A Door in the Floor.”
FAL is now being sold at Belle Gray, a Studio City, Calif., store run by “Days of Our Lives” star Lisa Rinna.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye