Michael Saiger went to a shooting range in 2008, and managed to save several shells and a few leftover bullets. He pulled the cap out of one, emptied the gunpowder, cleaned the bullet and drilled a hole in it. He took a brass cuff he acquired from a family trip to Africa two years prior and threaded the bullet on it. Then and there, Miansai was born.
Now, the collection of men’s accessories — which continues to be equally as popular with female consumers — is carried in about 130 stores, spanning 40 states and 17 countries including the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. It’s currently carried in Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s Co-op, J. Crew and Ron Herman and in the past year alone, new retail partners include Neiman Marcus, Mr Porter, Park and Bond, Collette, Liberty, Selfridges and Neiman Marcus.
“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)