NEW YORK — David Chu held a spring presentation last week, getting a jump on competitors waiting for New York Fashion Week. By presenting 12 looks, the apparel brand was de-emphasized in favor of showcasing Chu’s more recent venture, Tumi. Holiday and spring offerings of the high-end luggage, as well as totes and briefcases, were given center stage.
“I wanted to make Tumi more glamorous and have more style to it,” said David Chu. “The most glamorous time for travel was the 1920s and ’30s.” So the company devised a collection of hard-sided trunks—including one built to hold 12 pairs of shoes and another with a combination lock, for jewelry—all paneled with Tumi’s signature, ballistic nylon, and trimmed with vacchetta leather.
“I see things on the hanger and I’m, like, ‘I never knew that color worked on me.’ It’s things you necessarily wouldn’t choose to wear, but once you put them on, you see why Janie is who Janie is." — Lily Collins on working with former "Mad Men" costume designer, Janie Bryant on creating looks for her role as Celia Brady's in Amazon series, "The Last Tycoon." 📸@jilliansollazzo #wwdeye
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Rutson has been tapped to Build New American Fashion Group. The parent of Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott hired the merchant to rev up its brands and expand its portfolio into designer, beauty and lifestyle categories. Read more on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion
Michael Kors' $1.3B Jimmy Choo deal has the company squaring off with Coach Inc. as both seek to build American powerhouses. Coach bought Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade just two weeks ago, but Michael Kors' acquisition may be putting pressure on its rival in the new push for scale. #wwdnews (📷: George Chinsee)
Meet actress Lucy Boynton, who plays opposite Naomi Watts in the recently released Netflix series "Gypsy." Boynton stopped by WWD to talk about her upcoming projects and her nomadic lifestyle. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)