Julie Chaiken, chief executive officer, designer and owner of the contemporary firm she founded in 1994, will close her New York showroom next month and move all operations to San Francisco, where the company is based. Chaiken said that since she lives in San Francisco and has two small children, she made the decision to close her New York office in order to spend more time near her home.
“It just got to be too much traveling and I didn’t want to be away from my family anymore,” she said. “The beauty of owning your own company is that I am able to make these decisions.”
The New York showroom, located at 580 Broadway, houses about 18 employees, all of whom are expected to leave the company. Chaiken said that while the details are still being worked out, she doesn’t think any employee will want to make the move to the West Coast.
Chaiken said she plans to hire more people in San Francisco to work out of her headquarters at 116 New Montgomery. She will also look into joining a multi-line showroom in New York, in order to keep some sales presence there. She plans to show her collections in New York during fashion week, but will not have a show this September since “there is just too much going on with the move.”
Chaiken said that although only a small amount of her production is done in New York currently, she plans to move everything to Asia.
“Being on the West Coast, we are closer to Asia, so it will be easier for us, and more cost effective to move everything to Asia,” she said.
Chaiken started the company 14 years ago as Chaiken & Capone in San Francisco, along with former co-owner Pam Capone. The company became known for its “best-fitting pants.” While the pants remain the brand’s signature, today the label offers a full collection of sportswear, outerwear, swimwear, maternity and eveningwear. Chaiken is sold in about 400 stores globally, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s West, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion