Oakley is showing off its technical prow-ess with a new capsule collection of high-end, cutting-edge designs.
Called Elite, the five-piece group, which includes three sunglasses, a watch and a boot, will offer the most technically complex and priciest items the active brand has ever produced.
“Oakley earned its authenticity with more than 600 unique patents in product design and the Elite icon represents the most innovative concepts we have ever envisioned,” said Colin Baden, president of the Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based company.
The collection will hit stores and wholesale accounts on Nov. 15. It is anchored by three sunglass models, including the $4,000 C Six that features a machined carbon fiber frame requiring 90 hours of labor to produce and includes components such as bearings in the temples that also are used by NASA. Oakley will produce only 250 C Six sunglasses. In addition, the range includes the $1,500 C Six Aluminum that combines sculptured aluminum and carbon fiber in the frame, and the $600 Pit Boss, made from lightweight titanium.
Oakley is also introducing its first mechanical watch with Elite, the $2,750 Time Bandit II, a sleek, Swiss-made remake of the brand’s classic model updated with a flexible titanium and rubber bracelet that was inspired by the human spine. The watch will sell to fine jewelry and watch stores, as well as Oakley boutiques.
Rounding out the Elite offering is a fire- and puncture-proof boot based on the footwear the company produced for the U.S. armed forces.
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
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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
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