L Brands, parent company of Victoria’s Secret, has developed a new policy on the use of popular, but controversial wood-based fabrics, like rayon, viscose and modal. L Brands has committed to tracing the source of wood-based fabrics that are used in their apparel lines and to eliminate sources connected to the destruction of rainforests and the violation of human rights.L Brands joins a growing list of fashion companies looking to address deforestation and human rights abuses in their supply chains and follows Ralph Lauren as one of the few major U.S.-based companies to address the issue.L Brands’ policy and actions on wood-based fabrics were developed in cooperation with Rainforest Action Network, whose “Out of Fashion” campaign has raised the issue of the risks that controversial wood-based fabrics pose to endangered forests and human rights in countries such as Indonesia and elsewhere."It's encouraging to see brands beginning to take responsibility for their supply chains," said Brihannala Morgan, senior forest campaigner with Rainforest Action Network, who worked with L Brands on the creation of its policy. "L Brands' commitments and actions, following right behind Ralph Lauren and among more than 60 other brands who have developed policies, can have a real positive impact for forests and the people who depend on them."Brands such as Ralph Lauren, Zara, Stella McCartney, H&M, Asos and Levi Strauss & Co. have already adopted forest products purchasing policies and have moved to source more responsibly in order to slow the rate in which the world’s remaining endangered and ancient forests are being pulped for fabrics such as rayon, modal and viscose.L Brands posted its policy on its web site and said it will give preference to suppliers who work toward conservation of endangered forests and the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems within these forests.Rainforest Action Network’s “Out of Fashion” campaign encourages its members and consumers to write to brands such as L Brands and other fashion companies to call attention to the environmental and social impacts of forest-based fabrics and ask the companies to take immediate action. RAN’s Out of Fashion campaign is calling on brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Michael Kors, Guess, Forever 21, Under Armour and Footlocker to develop better purchasing policies, research their supply chains and identify and eliminate controversial sources.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)