Isda & Co., a San Francisco-based sportswear firm, has introduced a new line of bags and belts to coordinate with its clothing collections.
"We wanted to offer a complete lifestyle approach to dressing," said Isda Funari, the firm's designer. "Accessories are a natural progression from our sportswear."
Funari, whose studio is surrounded by California redwood trees, said she is greatly inspired by nature and favors all-natural fabrics such as linen, flax and silk. Wholesale prices for the bag, belt and small leather goods that comprise the line range from $24 to $85. Funari projected a wholesale volume of $100,000 on the spring collection.
Kata Eyes The Future
Two-year-old Kata Eyewear, Culver City, Calif., is entering the next phase of its evolution with Evos, its newest line.
Unlike the nature-inspired motifs Kata has used in previous eyewear collections, Evos is designed around a modern and alomost futuristic theme. According to Blake Kuwahara, Kata's designer, the collection has the look of the Nineties - very minimalist in neutral colors such as silver, pewter, granite and brown.
"Evos is very aerodynamic, minimal, sensual," Kuwahara said. "To me, it's about the fluidity of human movement."
The Japanese-made frames feature seamless-looking temples and an interplay between matte and shiny materials. Evos eyewear wholesales from $125 to $135, and first-year wholesale volume is projected at about $3 million. The frames will be available here in January at Barneys New York and Morgenthal Fredrics.
Prima Classe's Mapless Journey
Milan-based handbag firm Prima Classe doesn't need a map anymore to show it the way to go. And it's headed in a new, simpler direction.
Looking for a more classic look that would work well with the map-print bags the company is know for, Prima Classe designer and owner Alviero Martini has done a collection of about a dozen styles of plain brown leather bags with goldplated hardware.
The bags, which wholesale from $150 to $250, will debut exclusively at Bloomingdale's this month. First-year wholesale volume on the line is projected at $50,000.Swatch Goes to the Games
Swatch, the firm best known for its funky, inexpensive watches, has signed an agreement with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG). The Swatch name will be present at every event on the timers that keep the minutes of the XXVI Olympiad in 1996 in Atlanta.
Swatch is following in the footsteps of its sister companies, Omega and Longines, as the offical timekeeper of the Olympic games. All three brands are owned by SMH, the Biel, Switzerland timepiece comglomerate. Omega's first participation with the Olympics dates back to the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles. Since then, Omega and Longines have participated in a total of 20 Olympiads.
Though Swatch may be something of a newcomer to the quest for the gold, it's already gearing to make a major impact. The firm has also been licensed by the ACOG to create special editions of Swatch, Omega and Longines watches bearing the Atlanta 1996 logo, so that those who aren't able to attend the games can still wear a little piece of them on their wrists.
Breaking News: @louisvuitton's men's artistic director @mrkimjones is leaving the French fashion house after nearly 7 years. Jones joined Louis Vuitton in 2011, following a three year tenure as creative director of British luxury goods brand Alfred Dunhill. Jones is to exit Louis Vuitton after showing his fall 2018 collection for the brand in Paris on Thursday. Read the full exclusive story on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews