Alan Maleh has operated his men’s wear store for only five years, but its life span — and need to reinvent itself — shows the shifts that can take place in retail in such a short time.The shop originated as H.W. Carter & Sons General Store. It was mostly stocked with heritage and workwear items targeting a specific customer in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. But the hip neighborhood began to change, and with the arrival of tourists and chain retailers such as Gant, Urban Outfitters and J. Crew, Maleh had to rapidly adjust. In 2013, he re-branded the store as Gentry and shifted the outpost to be more refined but with a broader appeal."We think our identity as a store in Williamsburg has to be more universal than it has been in the past," said Maleh, who began his working life in retail before founding Weeplay, a children's wear company, in 1994. "We are very skeptical about limited appeal."Gentry's brand list reads fashion with a capital "F" — it includes Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Stone Island and Eidos — but Maleh said he and his buying team have selected the most practical pieces from the collections. "We aren't selling trendy, runway goods. Our customer can go to Zara for that. These are pieces you can hang on to for years," he said. "Because we buy like this, most of these pieces sell out before they go on sale."Maleh, who owns the men's magazine Man of the World, has also focused on diversifying the retail space's revenue streams. In 2015 he opened a Man of the World concept shop on the second floor, which sells grooming products, furniture, antiques and accessories. Going forward he's hoping to layer in more experiences for his discerning shopper, be they concierge amenities or a haircut."We believe that the future of retail relies in its services," said Maleh. "If you want to be successful, you are going to have to solve needs."
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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