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.
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
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye