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.
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“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.