J. Christopher Burch, the founder of C. Wonder, has acquired a stake in Solid & Striped, a contemporary swimwear brand launched last year by Isaac Ross. As the name suggests, the young label focuses on classic solid and striped swim styles in trim fits, with a corresponding resort-oriented sportswear line launching next fall. The New York-based company started with men’s and is expanding into women’s this spring.
“I always invest in people and concepts. [Ross] is smart and talented and has a clear idea of what he wants to do. He understands the culture and the customer,” said Burch of his investment. “The apparel industry is one of the toughest industries around — it’s very difficult to succeed in — but I think Isaac has the qualities to do so.”
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"