Sim Gulati and Brad Feinstein, founders of Dropel Fabrics, a new hydrophobic cotton textile supplier, have created a water and stain-resistant fabric that they hope will create demand on the selling floor. Called Dropel Enhanced, it offers proprietary hydrophobic technology fused with cotton fibers that breathe. The cotton includes invisible Nanotechnology.“Cotton hasn’t really evolved and I thought ‘How cool would it be if I could wear the garments I love to wear but they have the functionality of synthetic fiber?’” said Gulati.Gulati also believes his manufacturing background — his family owns factories in India and he founded The Gulati Group, an apparel manufacturing company and textile supplier — gives him a leg up.“We have the sourcing and infrastructure to integrate with retailers. Many of our competitors have come to me for production. They can’t produce the volumes needed to work with major retailers,” he said.They are hoping that retailers and brands will look to them to produce Dropel Enhanced garments, but on top of that, they’ve introduced Kelby and Co., a new men’s wear brand that’s made with Dropel textiles.The line will be sold on Kelby and Co.’s e-commerce site, which goes live this week, and features an oxford shirt, a gingham shirt, a chambray shirt, a French terry bomber jacket, and two Pima cotton T-shirts, one V-neck and one crew neck. Shirts retail from $80 to $98, the bomber jacket sells for $145 and the Pima cotton T-shirts are $55.“Instead of waiting for a brand to adopt this, we said we will do it ourselves,” said Feinstein.The textile supplier, which is a part of The New York Fashion Tech Lab accelerator program, is currently piloting its fabric with a men’s wear brand, a children's wear line, and a home furnishings brand.Dropel, which is kicking off a seed round of investing this month, is also working on developing a textile with a hydrophobic exterior and moisture-wicking interior.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“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)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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