Rebecca Taylor, which is known for its signature prints and femininity, will launch a customer-based service called Taylor to You by Rebecca Taylor on Wednesday.The service gives online clients an opportunity to engage with the brand in a three-dimensional experience by providing access to a combination of personalized styling and in-home services.Taylor to You by Rebecca Taylor is a styling and private shopping experience that brings a personal touch to the customer. The idea is to bring the traditional styling service that's offered in stores to the brand’s clients online and adds the convenience of a monthly or seasonal curation of product to try before they buy.The brand’s e-commerce clients will be invited to complete an online questionnaire, which will be used to help their stylists gain insight into their style preferences and clothing needs. Once the customer engages, she will be matched with one of Taylor’s New York City in-store stylists. The stylist will help build a customer profile to better understand the client’s style preferences and curate a personalized box with five to seven items that will be shipped to the client overnight at no charge. The service requires no commitment from clients as it is not subscription-based. There is, however, a $25 stylist fee which will be credited to the client’s account should they purchase. If a client doesn’t purchase, she will be charged the $25 stylists’ fee.“Women today lead very busy lives, and as a working mother of three I can relate to my customer and her needs,” said Taylor, founder and creative director. “I wanted to create a stronger, more intimate connection with my customer and provide her with a high touch accessibility to the brand. I think being able to blend technology and human touch is extremely important today and by leveraging our seasoned stylists to offer this exclusive service, we create a 360-degree client experience.”Janice Sullivan, chief executive officer of CLG Group, which oversees Rebecca Taylor and Parker, explained that the service blends two things that are happening in the market — combining Stitch Fix and Trunk Club with a stylist. She said Taylor is a small contemporary brand with eight stores (the eighth is opening in Dallas Thursday), and limited resources."I have tons of talent in my stores. I've got a great group of people who have been with me a long time. They are great brand ambassadors and great stylists, and traffic is down everywhere. Everyone is suffering. How do I take this great group of people and leverage their expertise?" she asked. What Taylor wants to do is connect their online customer and give them all the stylist services one would get if one walked into a store.Sullivan said the company's online business experienced double-digit growth year over year. Although she declined to reveal how much volume she expects the service will generate, she said the company has added extra stock to fulfill the orders and has changed its e-commerce platforms to accommodate the service.Sullivan said the online questionnaire asked clients about their needs, their lifestyle, whether they go to functions, stay at home or go to work. They also asked a little about their bodies, what they want to cover up, what they want to show and what brands they like. They then invited them to make an online styling appointment.She said since it's not subscription, the customer can buy as much or as little as they want. For example, they may offer the "Top 10 Things They'll Need for Spring," such as an update to the blazer, the colored leather jacket, or the great going-out top, she said. Or they might put together an event-driven box. Sullivan said one key advantage is that Taylor has a consistent fit. The company launched a casual counterpart, La Vie by Rebecca Taylor, last year."For us, the ability for a small brand to combine two of what we see trending in the industry and deliver a 3-D experience to an online customer helps put the brand in the hands of the customer," she said. She said they'll start with their top customers and see how it goes. Then they'll roll it out to their entire database.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.