HEADS UP: Sporting goods company Head has presented an offer for some of Benetton’s money-losing athletic brands, including Nordica, Prince and Rollerblade, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Head declined to comment. A...
HEADS UP: Sporting goods company Head has presented an offer for some of Benetton’s money-losing athletic brands, including Nordica, Prince and Rollerblade, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Head declined to comment. A Benetton spokesman confirmed that companies have shown an interest in the sport assets, but he said Benetton hasn’t decided whether it prefers an outright sale or some other type of alliance or partnership to revive the struggling unit.
NIKE GOES HOMEGROWN: Nike Organics, activewear made of organic cotton, is the sneaker giant’s latest attempt to be a "responsible global citizen." Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The company is now selling this new women’s activewear to select U.S. accounts.
There are organic cotton shorts and capris, as well as a hoodie, short-sleeve top, V-neck T-shirt and tank top. The group is currently only offered in the U.S. Nike plans to add men’s organic cotton items next year.
EVERLAST BRANCHES OUT: Everlast Worldwide has lined up licensing deals for watches, hats and bags to launch at retail this spring.
Dingbats, a Hollywood, Calif.-based company, will introduce durable Everlast watches, and All Star Apparel, a Carson City, Nev. firm, will unveil hats with small pockets to stash keys, credit cards and cash. In addition, existing licensee Accademia, a company based in Florence, Italy, will expand its distribution to sell Everlast sport and school bags in Belgium, Switzerland and Austria.
PARTY PEOPLE: Some ceo’s have come under fire for their indulgences in recent weeks, but that didn’t stop Jake Burton, founder of the snowboarding company that bears his name, from throwing his annual bash.
Last weekend, he moved out his furniture, threw down tarmac on his floors and opened the doors of his Vermont home to more than 1,500 guests. Pro snowboarder Shannon Dunn said some young fans had visions of spending the night, but the bash wound down after midnight.
Hundreds of Burton fans also piled into Lot 61 Tuesday night for the launch of the brand’s pro riders North American tour, a multi-city event designed to promote the sport. Dunn, along with fellow riders Victoria Jealouse, gold medalist Ross Powers, Terje Haakonen, Shaun White, Trevor Andrew and JP Solberg, were on hand, as was an MTV film crew. Captain Morgan and Sobe helped pick up the tab.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast