Are accessories-only stores the next trend for designers? Since the luxury accessories category generally fared better than others in the past 12 months, some design houses are trying to figure out a way to jump on the booming bandwagon. Many are...
Are accessories-only stores the next trend for designers? Since the luxury accessories category generally fared better than others in the past 12 months, some design houses are trying to figure out a way to jump on the booming bandwagon. Many are piling on the bags in their ad campaigns, others are increasing the space devoted to accessories in their stores and some are rolling out accessories-only store concepts.
Among them are Giorgio Armani, who in 2000 established an in-house accessories division with a focus on opening freestanding stores. Last October, the company opened an Emporio Armani accessories store in Madrid, its first solely dedicated to that division outside Milan. The opening of freestanding accessories shops is also high on Versace’s agenda. The first one, just under 700 square feet, opened in Munich last February.
Chanel, meanwhile, opened a 1,500-square-foot shoe and handbag boutique at 737 Madison Avenue in New York last June, which is adjacent to its fine jewelry shop. The Peter Marino-designed unit offers shoes, handbags, travel pieces and small leather goods — and similar stores opened at The Short Hills Mall in Short Hills, N.J., and The Mall at Millenia in Orlando.
"Our global shoe business has grown four times over in the past two years," said Barbara Cirkva, executive vice president of fashion at Chanel Inc., the U.S. arm of the Paris fashion house. "The time was right for the idea of pairing shoes and handbags into a unique retail concept."
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia