Bridget Brown has experience filling voids in the market. She started her first business Bella Bridesmaids in 2000 when she was working at a high-end retail store and noticed groups of girls coming in and buying the same dress in multiples. “They’d go, ‘Oh god, we can’t find a really cool bridesmaid dress,’” said Brown, who built Bella Bridesmaids into a 43-store network and sold it in 2012 to one of her franchisees.
Around that time, Brown had embraced a vegan lifestyle. Her husband Nick noticed that she could never find a decent vegan handbag or pair of shoes that were less than a luxury price point. “I’ve always been a conscious consumer and I always want to know where something is made and how it was made and what kind of conditions it was made in,” said Brown. “Nick said, ‘Let’s try and do this. Let’s not do shoes — that’s really difficult. Let’s start with bags.'” After two years of development, Brown and her husband last month launched Filbert, a small range of four vegan bags priced $225 to $475, they’re selling direct-to-consumer through the label’s site shopfilbert.com.
Mary J. Blige will be featured in ads for her friend, designer Dennis Basso. Of Blige, Basso tells WWD’s Rosemary Feitelberg, “She’s a modern day woman, extremely talented, very beautiful and she represents a powerful woman.” #wwdnews
Just In: In September, @bottegaveneta will be skipping a runway show. Instead, newly-appointed creative director Daniel Lee will make his debut for the brand in Milan next February. Lee succeeded former creative director Tomas Maier, who held the position for 17 years. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
The Gucci-Dapper Dan lineup, which launched today, reimagines archival pieces of the designer — especially tracksuits and jacket styles — in Gucci’s signature fabrics and decorative elements. Gucci leitmotifs, including embroidered dragons, bold letterings and the house’s signature green and red stripes, stand out on bomber jackets, T-shirts and tanks, in addition to tracksuits, which are offered in GG-printed nylon and velour. A new yellow Gucci logo also makes its appearance, inspired by the original sign of Dan’s Harlem store, reports @sandrasalibian. (📸: @ari_marcopoulos_official ) #wwdfashion
Candice Swanepoel’s line, Tropic of C is one of many modern, chic swimwear brands that use Econyl, a fabric made from regenerated nylon that is rescued from things like fishing nets, carpets and plastic landfills and remade into textiles for apparel and carpets. Other swim brands using Econyl include All Sisters, Mara Hoffman, Araks, Adidas and Volcom, to name a few, reports @jessiredale. Read more on sustainable swimwear on WWD.com. Styled by @elmercer (📸: @chrismiggs) #wwdnews
As the veil lifts on the topic of feminine care, modernized vagina-centric products such Queen V The Spritzer Rosewater Spray and vibrators from Smile Makers and Dame Products are growing in availability report @_a_collins and @ellenbthom. Read more on WWD.com #wwdbeauty (📸: @joshuascottphoto)