Three months after it ran a full-page ad plugging American manufacturing, New Balance is furthering that commitment with the introduction of its Made in the USA 990 apparel collection.
Inspired by the sneaker label’s 990 style, the women’s and men’s items will be available starting Nov. 1 in New Balance boutiques and via the company’s Web site. Signature details from the sneakers such as heavy-gauge topstitching and a waffle half-moon with mounted label are being used for the apparel.
A fleece pullover, poly-twill jacket, graphic T-shirt and other styles are made from materials sourced domestically. New Balance Made in the USA 990 apparel is produced by Peckham Inc., the Lansing, Mich., nonprofit that provides job training and competitive employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Peckham is already New Balance’s manufacturing partner for military apparel.
Products with the Made in the USA label will retail from $30 to $200. The nearly $2.4 billion Boston-based company employs 4,000 people around the world. New Balance is currently the only major shoe company that produces athletic footwear in the U.S., with 25 percent of its U.S. footwear shipments being produced by five New England facilities. The company also operates a manufacturing facility in Flimby, U.K.
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“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
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“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia