AMANDA CHARLES ENTERS DRESS MARKET: Moderate knit firm Nina Leonard is launching a better-priced knit dress division for fall. Named Amanda Charles (Amanda is owner Lenny Feinberg’s daughter, and Charles is his middle name), the line will wholesale from $49 to $69 and sell in more than 150 doors, including Lord & Taylor and Belk. “There was an explosion last season with the sweater dress, and I wanted to use better yarns, like ponti and wool acrylic,” said Feinberg, declining to project volume. The line includes A-line dresses and tunics in both solids and prints, often including belts, and are “engineered so they don’t touch the hip,” said Feinberg.
LAUREN HANSEN ADDS ACCESSORIES: Lauren Hansen is launching knit accessories for fall to capture lower-priced impulse buys with hand-spun-looking scarves, capelets, shalls and hats. “A lot of our customers — last year especially — were nervous of the economy, but they still have racks and shelves to fill,” said Christopher dal Piaz, president of parent company SML Sport Ltd. Co. “We saw in Europe this niche market for scarves, hats and gloves, which we incorporated into a sportswear collection so accessories can hang with our sportswear at a lower price point.” While the normal Lauren Hansen sportswear collection wholesales for $50 to $125 in about 400 doors, including Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, the new accessories line will wholesale from $25 to $40 for fall in a projected 100 doors. Dal Piaz predicts it will become more than a $1 million wholesale business within two years, declining to disclose current sportswear volume. KRAZY KAT LAUNCHES SANDY & SID: Moderate sportswear firm Krazy Kat is looking to better- to bridge-priced knits to grow its top line. “We have a great back office and infrastructure, and what we need is to add more sales, which you can do by opening new categories,” said Bansi Lakhani, chief executive officer of Krazy Kat, which is predicting it will hold its $45 million in wholesale volume steady this year, plus layer on new businesses, including a scarf line it launched for spring. For fall, Krazy Kat is entering the novelty knit business by introducing Sandy & Sid, named after Lakhani’s two children and designed by Sanjiv Thakkar, who hails from knit firms Ava and Hampshire Brands. Consisting of cardigans with special detailing and sweaters with colorful prints, Sandy & Sid will wholesale from $39 to $286 and is expected to sell in about 100 doors for fall. Lakhani projects the new line will do $4 million in wholesale volume its first year and $10 million within three years.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews