JOINT MARKETING: Hornwood Inc. and Lee Fashion Fabrics Inc. have agreed to form a joint venture marketing company set to begin operations on Aug. 26. The venture will combine Lee Fashion's export business, overseas production capability and marketing...
JOINT MARKETING: Hornwood Inc. and Lee Fashion Fabrics Inc. have agreed to form a joint venture marketing company set to begin operations on Aug. 26. The venture will combine Lee Fashion's export business, overseas production capability and marketing division with Hornwood's textile facilities and industrial products business. As part of the plan, Lee will consolidate its dyeing and finishing operations into a Lilesville, N.C., Hornwood plant from its own facility in Johnstown, N.Y. The Johnstown factory will continue to house Lee Fashion's embossing and laminating operations.OPTIMER'S APPOINTMENT: Barry Garlick has been named president of Optimer Performance Fibers, a Wilmington, Del.-based textile marketing company. Garlick was vice president of marketing and business development for Asia and the Western region of the U.S. since he joined the company in November 2000. Garlick will be responsible for worldwide sales, marketing and advertising, as well as creating global marketing alliances. Optimer holds the patent on Dri-release, a polyester-and-cotton wicking yarn. In October, Optimer formed a joint venture with Japan's Mitsui & Co. to license the rights to produce Dri-release yarn in Asia, closer to where garments are produced.HIGHTOWER HIRE: Textile consulting firm Werner International recently named Neil Hightower vice president of marketing for the Reston, Va.-based firm. Hightower was previously chief executive officer of Thomaston Mills Inc. and will continue to work from his Thomaston, Ga., office.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)