TORY’S NEW GEM: Justin Giunta of Subversive has been named design director of jewelry at Tory Burch, with his first collection slated for holiday-resort, WWD has learned. “I have always been passionate about jewelry, and it’s a category we want to expand,” said Burch of her new hire. “Justin’s talent and handcrafted aesthetic will take us to the next level.” For his part, Giunta will continue to design and operate his own collections, including Deviated by Justin Giunta, his new lower-price line. Since launching Subversive in 2003, Giunta’s piled on, collagelike approach to design has garnered plaudits, including the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Accessories Design in 2009 and Ecco Domani’s first-ever award for accessories design in 2008. While his position at Tory Burch marks Giunta’s first long-term gig with another house, his past runway collaborations include Chris Benz and Trovata. He’s also done a collection for Target.
SPOTLIGHT ON BROADWAY: Bloomingdale’s knows there’s no business like show business. So it has again tied up with another Broadway production, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” and trumpets today its role as official costumer of the hit show by unveiling a Lexington Avenue window re-creating the stage set and showcasing the black outfits worn by the cast. Styles include Hervé Léger, Citizens of Humanity, Helmut Lang, AllSaints, Diane von Furstenberg, Eileen Fisher, Michael Kors and Sutton Cashmere. “Clothing and accessories tell stories. There are pieces in everyone’s closets that are reminiscent of a phase of life,” said Anne Keating, senior vice president of public relations at Bloomingdale’s. The play, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and directed by Karen Carpenter, revolves around clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger. It’s been extended until March at the Westside Theatre. A portion of the proceeds from the play’s ticket sales benefit the Dress for Success charity for low-income women.
THE FLYING SCOTT: Pop designer and club-kid fave Jeremy Scott has his eyes set on New York again. After several seasons of showing his collections in Paris, London or Los Angeles, Scott is returning to New York Fashion Week this season. The Los Angeles-based designer will show his fall collection as part of the MAC & Milk lineup at Milk Studios on Feb. 17.
TAKE THAT: H&M was still on the defensive Thursday due to reports it had discarded and destroyed bags of clothing on West 35th Street in New York. “H&M is committed to taking responsibility for how our operations affect people and the environment,” said spokeswoman Nicole Christie.
Last year the company donated more than 500,000 items of clothing to groups such as Gifts in Kind, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Caritas, the Red Cross and Helping Hands. “When possible, we also donate faulty garments that have been returned to our stores. However, we do not donate clothes that do not meet our safety requirements, chemical restrictions or are damaged,” Christie said. “We have agreements with reputable aid organizations in most of our sales countries.”
H&M has not posted signs or handed out fliers in either of its West 34th Street stores to bring shoppers up to speed about these initiatives. Christie said, “We are currently looking into if we can further improve our routines.”