IN THE BAG: No stranger to Seventh Avenue, Jody Stuart, whose sister Jill is widely known for her signature sportswear, has introduced a line of yoga bags.
The collection is distributed by InJoy under its label and produced by Inca by Stephanie Hirsch in overseas factories in places like India and China. Instead of solid nylon bags, Stuart serves up functional, playful styles in florals, stripes, Hawaiian prints and ethnic-inspired styles. Given Hirsch’s panache for decorated accessories, it’s no surprise that Stuart is going forward with embroidered, handbeaded and velvet styles. Bags wholesale from $22 to $33 and have special features such as interior pockets and cellphone holders.
InJoy yoga bags are sold at about 20 yoga studios in New York, as well as a few in Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. Stuart, who used to design her sister’s handbag line and has worked for firms like Ann Taylor and Bonjour, is now going after specialty stores beyond the yoga world and plans to launch an online store in the next two months. She will also send out a direct-mail piece to at least 1,200 yoga fans this fall. There are also plans to pursue mail-order businesses and even food stores that specialize in wellness products.
DONNA’S SPA TREATMENT: Donna Karan has long liked things ethereal, but now she is introducing her first spa collection. Called Body Spa, the line was scheduled to be unveiled Wednesday night at a press event at the designer’s collection store on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.
There are two groups: rejuvenation — body-hugging items geared toward working out, and meditation — relaxed looks like T-shirts imprinted with inspirational sayings. Both groups are designed to double as streetwear.
Karan said, "Body spa was born of my passion for spa escapes, be it the ones I travel to or the ones I create at home. To me, spa life is a union of the senses and soul — breathing deeply, taking time for yourself and treating your body well inside and out. Spa life is multi-dimensional."
This fall, Body Spa will be sold exclusively in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue, and a select number of other stores will offer it elsewhere. It will be offered to more retailers next year, a Donna Karan spokeswoman said.
HOWELL JOINS COLUMBIA: Columbia Sportswear has named Ed Howell as president of its Sorel division. He will join the company in September, managing Sorel’s outdoor apparel and footwear and serving on Columbia’s executive management team.
Until last week, Howell was the chief executive officer of Eastern Mountain Sports, an 83-unit outdoor specialty chain with headquarters in Peterborough, N.H. EMS has not yet named a successor, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.
GETTING ACTIVE: During a trend presentation at Promostyl’s New York offices Tuesday, Britt Bivens, account manager, said the influence of activewear should continue to seep into the sportswear market for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
Bright topstitching, zippers used in more artistic ways and activewear fabrics softened for the sportswear market should be among the key athletic influences. With people still enjoying yoga and meditation, those activities lend themselves to washed-out pastels, misty taupes and grays.
Martial arts-inspired looks will also be evident in layered outfits. An example of these types of "urban kimonos" could be a lightweight wool dress worn over pants and belted like a judo belt, Bivens said.
Bivens also expects a renewed interest in authenticity, but not the manufactured kind that has been prevalent in marketing campaigns for years. She’s counting on vintage, recycled and more understated items that have a story behind them to be important.
Yohji Yamamoto’s partnership with Adidas is a perfect example of how a designer’s touch can make an ordinary product look unusual and fun, Bivens said.
On the retail front, there should be a move to more of an insider’s view, as seen at Selfridges in London, where shoppers can catch a glimpse of employees doing alterations in a workroom, when they are en route to the restroom. Several auto makers have been successful in devoting part of their showroom space to exposed work areas and museums, Bivens said.
"This will become more important to retailers. It allows customers to be an insider even if for only a few minutes," she said.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty