The opening of the first Knot Standard in-store shop at Bloomingdale’s last week indicates a new avenue for growth for the men’s custom-apparel brand.The 125-square-foot shop at the department store’s 59th Street flagship in Manhattan allows customers to digitally design their own suits on a large, in-store touch screen or iPad. As a result, the shop carries no inventory but instead relies on stylists and a 54-inch touchscreen to complete the orders.Dan Leppo, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s and home, said the concept is a welcome addition to the store’s men’s offering. “Knot Standard brings excellent custom product and a unique, best-in-class customer experience to our men’s floor,” he said.John Ballay, chief executive officer and cofounder of Knot Standard, said the shop represents “a fusion of the two business channels that already exist.” Knot Standard operates seven showrooms around the country where customers can create their own garments. It also operates a virtual studio online where shoppers can browse the brand’s 1,000-plus fabrics and digitally apply them to a 3-D model to create their own look.Ballay said that if the shop in Bloomingdale’s is successful it will spark “a very ambitious rollout” in the future.“We’ve been talking about this concept for the better part of four years,” he said, “and we’re kicking it off with Bloomingdale’s.”Since the shop opened on Nov. 3, Ballay said it has garnered interest from both customers and the Bloomingdale’s associates. “We’ve seen an incredible level of interest from the staff that we may not have had with an off-the-rack brand,” he said.Although the deal is not exclusive to the department store, Ballay said Knot Standard feels a certain “loyalty” to Bloomingdale’s for being the first retailer to get behind the brand.Beyond that, Ballay said Knot Standard hopes to add showrooms to its fleet next year. “We’re overdue in Los Angeles,” he said. “And then everything else will be on a market-by-market basis.”Knot Standard was founded in 2010 and counts Traub Capital and Under Armour ceo Kevin Plank as investors.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)